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The Half Percent Podcast
42 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Guarding Guarding Chemical Ali, Tariq Aziz and Camp Cropper: A Decade in the New Jersey National Guard.
Eddie Molina joins the podcast. Eddie spent a decade in the New Jersey National Guard and was deployed to Iraq, where he was stationed at Camp Cropper, the holding facility near Baghdad International Airport where high-value detainees were kept. Among those detainees were Chemical Ali, Tariq Aziz, and many other prominent Baath Party members. Eddie is now a feature writer for several online and print media publications, including The Blue Magazine, SOFREP, Law Enforcement Today and Police1. Eddie also authored a book, A Beginner's Guide to Leadership, available anywhere you purchase books. Eddie is always looking for good stories and interviews. To contact him, learn more about Eddie and to read his work, please visit: http://eddiemolina.com
47 minutes | May 14, 2021
Nerves of Steel-A Naval Aviator, Corsairs, Prowlers, Hornets and Flight 1380
Captain Tammie Jo Shults (US Navy, Ret.) joins the podcast. Tammie Jo was a Naval Aviator from 1985-1993 (active duty) and until 2001 in the reserves. During her naval career, Tammie Jo earned her wings in the T-34, then as a flight instructor for the T-2 Buckeye, later qualifying in A-7 Corsair II and EA-6B Prowler and eventually becoming one of the first female naval aviators to qualify in the F/A-18 Hornet. After retiring from the Navy, Tammie became a pilot for Southwest Airlines, where she flew the 737 until her retirement in 2020. On Flight 1380, from New York to Dallas in 2018, an engine fan blade failed and led to fuselage damage and rapid decompression at 32,000 feet. Due to Tammie's (along with first officer Darren Lee Ellisor) calm, steady and heroic actions, the flight was able to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. For her actions, Tammie was recognized by Congressional resolution and visited the White House to meet with then-President Trump. Tammie wrote a memoir of her life as an aviator, Nerves of Steel , which can be purchased anywhere you buy books. She also volunteers as a pilot (along with her husband, fellow retired Naval Aviator, Dean) with Angel Flight, a group dedicated to providing free transport to those with special medical needs where treatment is not available to them locally. Find out more about Tammie and order her book at her website: https://www.captainshults.com/ Learn more about, and get involved with Angel Flights at: https://www.angelflightsc.org
89 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
The Marine Corps, French Foreign Legion and Indiana Jones for a day job.
James Karp is a former US Marine, French Foreign Legionnaire and current archaeologist. James deployed to Iraq during the early stages of the war and participated in the 2nd battle of Fallujah. After the Marines, James enlisted in the French Foreign Legion. After retiring from military life, James started SV Chasing Horizon, a group of veterans who help other veterans reconnect and regain a sense of purpose by organizing short and long-term sailing excursions, dive training and other ocean related activities. Follow James in Instagram @julesduiburgLearn more about SV Chasing Horizon on Facebook: @SVchasinghorizon
74 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Patrolling the No-Fly Zone, Ejecting from an A-6 and Blazing a Trail for Female Aviators.
Linda Maloney spent 20 years in the US Navy, first as an enlisted air traffic controller and then as a Naval Flight Officer, flying both the A-6 “Intruder” and EA-6B “Prowler.” In 1993, Linda became one of the first women in US history to join a combat military flying squadron. Linda received a distinguished air medal for combat, awarded for flights flown over Southern Iraq in support of the no-fly zone during her deployment to the Arabian Gulf. Another first for Linda was being the first woman to eject from a Martin Baker ejection seat from her A-6 aircraft in 1991 over the Atlantic Ocean, an experience she takes us through in detail. After retiring from the Navy, Linda worked as a defense contractor and authored Military Fly Moms ~ Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope, a biographical collection of the inspiring true stories and photographs of seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming aviators in the military, and being moms. Linda is also the founder and CEO of Women Veterans Speakers and Project Director for Proudly She Served, a series of oil portraits by Steve Alpert highlighting and honoring women veterans and aiding in their transition into civilian life. Learn more about Linda and her work: https://womenveteranspeakers.comAnd the Proudly She Served project: https://www.proudlysheserved.com
67 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Recon Marine, NYPD Cop, Federal LEO, 3-Time Jiu-Jitsu World Champ and a Career of Giving Back.
Kini Cole spent 6 years in the US Marine Corps as a Recon Marine, 4 1/2 years with the NYPD and has been in federal law enforcement for 25 years. In addition, Kini is also a 3-time IBJJF World Champion, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor and an instructor at South Florida Tactical Athletes, a company that prepares candidates for Special Operations Selection Courses in all branches of the US military. Kini was born and raised in the Bronx and talks movingly of his mother's example of service throughout her life and how it influenced him to do the same with veterans. Kini also reveals some of the lesser known origins of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, his 4 months spent working at Ground Zero after 9/11 and how he got the nickname 'Grandinho'. Kini continues to serve and mentor in multiple ways and you can learn more about his work and organizations he's involved with here: Instagram: @doubleocornholioSouth Florida Tactical Athletes: https://www.sfta.us ReconSniperFoundation: https://www.reconsniperfoundation.orgForce Blue (Uniting Coral Reef Conservation and Veterans): https://forceblueteam.orgVeterans Response: https://veteransresponse.org
138 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Hunting IEDs in Iraq-Staring Into the Abyss and Warriors' Next Adventure.
Nick Rahn spent six years in the US Air Force as a member of the Security Forces, which included four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nick is also a mixed martial artist who has fought in multiple tournaments and competitions. This is a raw, intensely personal conversation in which Nick opens up about a lifetime of highs and lows, from family trauma to IED patrols and discovering a soldier who had committed suicide on base, to a loss of purpose after leaving the Air Force, culminating in his own suicide attempt. From that abyss, Nick emerged with a sense of purpose in the service of others, got back into MMA and founded Warriors Next Adventure. WNA provides multiple avenues for veterans to heal, get involved with charitable projects and rediscover that sense of camaraderie and purpose that they had during their military service. Learn more about Nick's work and Warriors Next Adventure here: https://www.warriorsnextadventure.com/#/
35 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Hunting Zombies on Guam, Playing Crud and Writing Thrillers-A Career in the US Air Force
KR Paul joins the show. Kay is active duty US Air Force, having initially joined the reserves in August of 2001. Kay's Air Force career has taken her on multiple deployments throughout the world and taught her invaluable lessons along the way...such as how to play Crud, hunting zombies with JTACs on Guam, the elastic definition of 'acquiring more food', and the resilience that comes with falling down a hole and climbing back out. In addition to all that, Kay is the author of the urban fantasy, "Pantheon". To learn more about Kay and her work, check out, https://authorkrpaul.comTo follow Kay's very active Twitter: @AuthorKRPaul
55 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
12 Years Handling K-9s in the Navy and Riding with the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders
Mike Camarillo joins the podcast. Mike spent 12 years in the US Navy as a K-9 Handler. Upon leaving the Navy, Mike began a 21-year career in law enforcement across multiple agencies, including serving in the executive protection unit assigned to the president of the Navajo Nation. Since 2003, Mike has been riding with the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders, a group of motorcyclists who honor military members and families through motorcycle escort services and volunteer community projects. To find out more about the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders and participate in their various rides (all are welcome), please visit: http://www.navajohopihonorriders.com/Follow them on Instagram: @navajohopihonorriders
34 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
From Hanging Off the Side of a Cliff in Afghanistan, to Finding Brotherhood and Service at Home with the CVMA
Ryan Casperson joins the show. Ryan spent 4 years active duty in the US Army and is currently in his 7th year in the California National Guard. He is the Commander of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Associate Chapter 33-2, based in Stockton, CA. While on active duty, Ryan was a wrecker, or what he describes as a 'tow-service for the Army'. While on deployment in Afghanistan, Ryan had some memorable experiences, including hanging in a truck off the side of a cliff, being mortared a few times and eating lamb chops at a Polish FOB. Back home, Ryan continues to serve in the CA Nat. Guard and through the CVMA. Ryan's chapter is involved in many local charitable projects, including a homeless veteran's outreach program, memorial rides, and Christmas/New Year's giveaway for veteran families in need. You can find out more about Ryan's Chapter of CVMA here: https://www.combatvets332.com/To find your nearest CVMA chapter and learn more about the association:https://www.combatvet.us/
51 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Undercover with Drug Dealers in Germany-CID in the Army
Daniel Charles Ross spent seven years on active U.S. Army duty, mostly as a long-duration undercover Military Police Investigator, serving five years in Germany in two trips. Dan has been a senior enlisted Navy Journalist since October 1986, with deployments to places such as Manila, the Philippines; Germany; and New Orleans covering Mardi Gras. Dan retired from the Navy Reserve in July 2010 as a Chief Petty Officer. Most of his civilian work life was spent on staff at and for magazines. He was an Associate Editor at AutoWeek; the Detroit Editor at Popular Mechanics; and the National Editor at both Motor Trend and Car and Driver. Dan is the author the military thriller 'Force No One' and the upcoming 'Force Majeure'. You can find out more about Dan and his order his books at: https://genuinedcr.com/
67 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Lions of the Sky: An F-14 Aviator Reflects on a Career of Dogfighting, Top Gun and the Tic Tac Incident
Naval aviator, author and film producer Paco Chierici joins the show. Paco spent twenty years in the Navy, flying the A-6E Intruder, F-14A Tomcat and the F-5 Tiger II. Paco deployed to combat zones from Somalia to Iraq and was stationed aboard carriers including the USS Ranger, Nimitz and Kitty Hawk. In his career, Paco has accumulated over 3,000 tactical hours and completed over 400 carrier landings. In addition to being an aviator, Paco also is the author of the novel, Lions of the Sky and the producer of the award-winning naval aviator documentary, Speed and Angels, available on Amazon Prime. Like most kids my age, I walked out of the theater after seeing the original Top Gun and was ready to join the Navy then and there, so being able to talk to a real fighter pilot was fascinating. Paco takes us through about his first aircraft carrier landings in second by second, edge-of-your-seat detail, the different aircraft he flew, his friendship with David Fraver, the pilot who witnessed the infamous 'Tic-Tac' UFO incident, as well as discussing what flying has meant to him. To learn more about Paco and order his novel, please visit his site: https://www.lionsofthesky.com/Paco wrote a detailed account of the Tic-Toc UFO incident, entitled 'There I Was: The X-Files Edition'. You can read it here:https://fightersweep.com/1460/x-files-edition/
42 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Anti-Terrorism in the US Army-Combating Human Trafficking on the US Border and The Protector Life
Jason Piccolo joins the show. Jason spent over a decade in various capacities with the US Army, in active duty and reserve. His service included a deployment to Iraq in 2006 as the Anti-Terrorism Officer for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula. Jason has also been in law enforcement for over twenty years, including patrolling the US-Mexico border as a Border Patrol agent and later with the White House Security Council's Human Smuggling Cell. Jason is the author of two books, Unwavering, about his time as a Border Patrol agent, and Out of the Shadows, detailing his decision in 2015 to become a whistle blower, exposing the fact that Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) were being handed over to criminal sponsors. Jason appears as a regular guest on Court TV, Fox and Friends, as well contributing regularly to the Washington Examiner, Townhall and Law Enforcement Today. Jason hosts his own show, The Protector Life, as well as a new show, Ground Truth, in conjunction with The Hunter Seven Foundation. Find out more about Jason and his work: https://jasonpiccolo.us
82 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Deep Sea Fishing at GITMO-Patching Up Marines in Ramadi-Ju Jitsu with Tim Kennedy and Getting Involved with the VFW
Retired Navy Corpsman Nick Nelsen joins the podcast. Nick spent 20 years in the Navy and had as varied a career as one can have. Nick did two separate tours at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, "best deployment ever!", multiple deployments to Iraq, Japan, the Philippines, the Balkans and finally Afghanistan (where Nick shares his encounter with the Afghan Superman). Nick shares hilarious and inspiring stories of the soldiers he served with and how time and again he saw those young soldiers act in amazingly courageous ways. After retiring from the Navy, Nick got involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and he details all the many ways that this 120 year old organization serves our nation's veterans. -Nick's VFW post is 1264-Irving L. Manning Post: https://vfw1264.org/-Learn more about the VFW National Home for Children here: https://www.vfwnationalhome.org/ -American Legion: https://www.legion.org/-Disabled American Veterans: https://www.dav.org/-Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP): https://www.asapasap.org/
65 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
Death Waits in the Dark-22 Years as a Nightstalker with the 160th SOAR
Retired U.S. Army CW4 Greg Coker joins the podcast. Coker flew the AH-6 'Little Bird' attack helicopter with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the 'Nightstalkers'. The most gifted and deadly helicopter pilots in the world, the Nightstalkers are the dedicated wing of Army Special Operations and fly in and out of the most dangerous areas and missions our military engages in. Coker is a true Texas gentleman and shares stories from his amazing career with humor and humility. Coker has co-written a book with former Delta Operator George Hand IV about his experiences and the 160th SOAR, called 'Death Waits in the Dark'. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to charities and organizations that support our veterans. You can find out more about Coker and order the book here: https://www.deathwaitsinthedark.com/
100 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
Brig-General Don Bolduc-37 Years in the Army-From a Farm in New Hampshire to Special Ops in Afghanistan and Africa
Retired Brigadier General Don Bolduc joins the podcast for a fascinating, candid, no-nonsense discussion of an Army career that spanned almost four decades . Bolduc's incredible career began in the enlisted ranks and ended as Commander of Special Operations US-Africa Command. In between, Bolduc earned a degree and became an officer, then a Ranger and eventually on to Q Course and Special Operations. Bolduc spent time at the staff level in the Pentagon and JSOC, and deployed throughout the world, including multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bolduc was among the first US forces in the initial invasion of Afghanistan, shortly after 9/11, and linked up with then-Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help form a government and combat the Taliban and al-Qaeda. During his time in charge of US Special Operations in Africa, Bolduc instituted a program to formally provide a path to treatment for the mental, physical and spiritual health of soldiers in his command, and has been open about his own struggles with PTSD. Bolduc now teaches at New England College, ran in the Republican primary for US Senate from New Hampshire and plans to run again in 2022. You can learn more about Brig-Gen Bolduc here: https://donbolduc.com/ You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
36 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Unforgiving Drill Instructors to Thanksgiving with President Bush-A Marine Officer Tells Her Story
Jenna Stocker joins the podcast. Jenna spent 4 years as a Communications and Strategy Operations Officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up in a family of military vets, Jenna was an avid swimmer and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Minnesota. After working at the Center for Security Policy in D.C. and briefly entertaining the idea of law school, she completed OCS and became an Officer of Marines. Jenna discusses her perspective on being a female in the Marines, the frustration of dealing with persistent injuries and what the Marine Corps means to her....and her very special Thanksgiving dinner with President Bush!
109 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
From Skinhead Punk Rocker to the Air Force and Tracking Drug Runners in the Amazon Jungle...to Divinity School
Dru Johnson joins the podcast in a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation. To say his life has been eventful is an understatement. Growing up in Oklahoma, Dru became a skinhead, dropped out of high school and joined a punk band. After some soul-searching and long conversations with his Vietnam-Vet father, Dru decided to join the Air Force, where he served 2 years active duty and 5 years reserve. He volunteered for multiple deployments to the Amazon basin in Columbia where he was part of multi-branch counter-narcotics operations. In the midst of his many jungle deployments, Dru had a Saul on the road to Damascus conversion and became a Christian. This led him to eventually finish his Air Force service and go to college. Working in IT and attending seminary, Dru went on to become an associate pastor of a church in St. Louis, where he spent 8 years. He also spent two years in Scotland and took multiple trips to Kenya to train rural pastors. Dru currently teaches at The King's College in New York City. He is also director of the Center for Hebraic Thought and hosts a podcast of the same name. Dru also co-hosts the long running OnScript Podcast and is the author of the book Human Rites, as well as many other essays and articles. Learn more about Dru and connect to all his work here: https://drujohnson.com/
103 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
29 Years in Army Special Operations, from the Amazon Jungle to Afghanistan and the Middle East
Rick Hogg joins the podcast. Rick is a 29-year US Army Special Operations veteran with 13 combat deployments. Starting in the 82nd Airborne, Rick transitioned into Special Operations and a career which took him to Central and South America, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career, Rick saw every aspect of Army Special Operations, and gives great insight and detail into what it takes to be at the tip of the spear. Rick now runs War Hogg Tactical, a company that offers professional comprehensive mobile firearms, tactical and K9 training to civilians, military and law enforcement agencies. Learn more here:https://www.warhogg.com/Follow Rick and War Hogg in Instagram:@warhoggtactical
42 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
A Humorous Look Back at 13 Years as an Army Medic. From Being 'Doc' to Publishing Books
Derwin Lester was a medic in the Army, and later the Army National Guard, for 13 years. Derwin takes a wry look at his Army career and relates some hilarious stories from basic training. He also takes us through his deployment to a relatively quiet Iraq and a few near- misses involving stolen uniforms and dumpster diving for computers. Derwin also indulges his creative side, writing military themed science fiction and owns his own publishing imprint, Divided By Zero BooksYou can find his catalog on the Divided By Zero Facebook page here: @dividedbyzerobooksDerwin also hosts his own podcast, The Blanket Fortress of Solitude: https://open.spotify.com/show/0mugStnWVXS2bKnxw3RtET
102 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Battling the Taliban in the Saw Valley
Sean Ambriz joins the podcast. Sean is a Military Police Soldier in the US Army who did two combat tours in Afghanistan. In this podcast, Sean takes us through two major battles with the Taliban in riveting detail. Taking place in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan two years apart, what started as relatively routine missions ended up turning into a massive engagements, which saw Sean and his fellow soldiers under constant fire from the enemy and dealing with multiple casualties. Sean tells his story in fascinating, exact detail and along the way spotlighting the heroes he served with and the incredible displays of leadership from his commanding officers. For his actions, Sean received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Sean would later put these experiences into a book, Ghosts of the Valley. You can order Ghosts in the Valley here: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Valley-Sean-Ambriz-ebook/dp/B08BG8VHWH Follow Sean on Instagram: @chief_pinkmist
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