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“It’s the ultimate symbol that freedom and liberty will always prevail. Always.” For episode 045, Jason, Emily, and Rich talked with Sergeant Major Dan Plants about D-Day and the GORUCK events he has led in Normandy to remember and honor the sacrifices of those who fought there. A history lesson combined with the personal remembrances of those who …
 
Jim “Pee Wee” Martin in Ohio, one of the “Toccoa Originals” and few surviving paratroopers of WWII sat down with Jason and Rich, along with a handful of GORUCK Cadre, for Episode 044 in Ohio. On June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Martin became the last WWII era American paratrooper to jump over Normandy at the age of 93, landing behind Ut…
 
“If you’re the best, nothing else matters.” Episode 043 remembers and honors 1st Lt Ashley White Stumpf with some of the people who knew her well: Brian Porter, Doug Baker and Molly Donahue. Ashley served as a member of a Cultural Support Team (CST) attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. She was killed during combat opera…
 
“I want to find out what’s true” Sebastian Junger -- war journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author of Tribe, The Perfect Storm, War and most recently Freedom -- joins Jason and Emily for Episode 042 about calculated risks, seeing the world as it is, the service of journalism, and doing hard physical things to feel differently about oneself. Jun…
 
“What we were built to do can inform a lot of what we should do today.” Michael Easter joins Jason and Emily for Episode 041 on embracing discomfort through putting ourselves in extreme situations to appreciate what we have and find better health. Michael is known in Heath Journalism as the guy who interviews interesting people doing interesting th…
 
“The courage to say ‘yes,’ and let it change you.” Jason talks with Scott Campbell and Roger Sparks for Episode 040 about their chance meeting in 2010 in Afghanistan, how those experiences changed both their lives, and the overall power of tattooing. It is a raw and vulnerable conversation about grief, pain, memory and catharsis -- the role reversa…
 
“Service doesn’t require a great platform or require you to be the sole author of a solution. It is a humble task. And the only requirement is a love of people.” For Episode 39 of Glorious Professionals, Jason and Emily talk to Chris Long about the power and pressure of professional sports and using his platform in service to others. In an 11-year …
 
110 Days, 3 Missions over an 11,000 foot mountain, 45 “Sensitive Items,” and 10 rather small donkeys For Episode 038 Rich and Jason are alone in the SCIF at GORUCK HQ for an oral history of Rich’s experiences in Operation Cyclone, also known as “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Rich picks up his story a bit where Episode 003 left off, just after his two tour…
 
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own” — Bruce Lee Born in England on a farm, our guest for Episode 037 James Geering had always dreamed of becoming a Firefighter but was told because of color blindness he was unable to serve. James, now a podcast host, author and firefighter and paramedic of 15 years…
 
"These Things We Do, That Others May Live." Dr. Doug Kechijian (Dr. K) is a former Pararescueman, or PJ, in the US Air Force and now a Doctor of Physical Therapy and CEO / co-founder of Resilient Systems; he talks professionalism, procedure, self discipline, human performance and getting the call with Jason and Rich for Episode 036. In his senior y…
 
Silver Star Recipient Roger Sparks joins Jason in Jacksonville for a raw Episode 035 about resolve and intentions. From his wild upbringing and early struggles with his physical limits, through diverse experiences in the tip of the spear of two military branches pushing his body and mind to aid and train others, Roger’s life focus has been to “grow…
 
Dr. Ellen Glasser joins Jason and Emily for Episode 034. Dr. Glasser was recently re-elected as Mayor of Atlantic Beach, FL and has a long history of public service. She was sworn in as an FBI Special agent in 1982, one of the first 500 women to do so, and through her 24 years as “Agent Mom” this glass-breaking-badass served with distinction on hig…
 
Medically Retired Green Beret Kevin Flike joins Jason and Rich for Episode 033. Kevin tells the story of his life of service up to and after his second tour as a combat engineer in Afghanistan in September 2011 when during a 10+ hour firefight he was shot in the stomach. He suffered a fractured hip, damage to his femoral nerve and was paralyzed on …
 
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain Since the first GORUCK Challenge in 2010, GORUCK has been synonymous with the harder path. To push yourself, and …
 
For Episode 031, Jason interviews Dr. Stuart McGill, CEO of BackFitPro and *the* expert when it comes to backs and dealing effectively with back injury and pain. Dr. McGill explains in simple, easily understood terms why proper adequate movement is foundational -- and rucking is so helpful -- to having a healthy back and spine. Dr. McGill was the P…
 
Foster Huntington is a photographer, filmmaker, and adventurer who talks to Jason and Emily about creating his life off the beaten path on his own terms. The focus is on creativity and overcoming obstacles to intentionally choose your course - along with finding your natural talents - for Episode 030. Foster recounts his struggles with in formal ed…
 
History is happening all around us, and it’s going to be OK. In the spirit of leading with transparency, since 2013 Jason has published a “State of GORUCK” blogpost for the community. He turns 2020’s post into Episode 029. You can read the full post, comment and ask questions HERE. The episode covers GORUCK’s evolution from 2019 to 2020 through COV…
 
Dave Castro rarely speaks of his service at the tip of the spear but the imprint of those years of training to excellence is apparent in everything he does -- especially at the CrossFit Games. “The past that I speak so little of is so foundational for who I am.” In Episode 028, with Jason and Rich, Dave discloses a few of the missing pieces of his …
 
Jason, Emily and Rich do a team check-in of sorts for Episode 027. They discuss COVID and learning from history about “unusual times” particularly with regards to schooling; adaptation and sacrifice; the tensions of community and personal responsibility; having self-discipline; and lessons of leadership. The team also gives a peek behind the curtai…
 
Dr. Kelly Starrett distills his years of accumulated knowledge to lay out the basics for “playing the long game” of life to build better individuals who build better communities. In a far-ranging Episode 026, Jason and Rich cover a lot of ground with Kelly from his origins in the mountains of Germany to the origins of humans and back. In his new it…
 
For Episode 025, Florent “Flo” Groberg shares his very American stories of service, sacrifice, family, and the four men who are forever linked to his life. Flo talks with Jason and Rich about his upbringing in France and family in Algeria, the long line of warriors and patriots he comes from, including his adoptive father Larry Groberg who has his …
 
Jimi talks about the early days of CrossFit and gives his secrets for building and shepherding communities particularly as part of a growing business. Episode 024 is part two of Jason & Rich’s conversation with Jimi Letchford who wound up at the launch of the rocket ship that became CrossFit International. Episode 023 follows Jimi’s first career in…
 
Episode 023 is Part One of Jimi Letchford’s conversation with Jason and Rich about his life in service. Jimi is the former Director of CrossFit International and a Marine Infantry Officer. This part focuses on Jimi’s early life and then career in the military. He explains how wrestling and a well-placed jet led to a single-minded focus on the Naval…
 
For Episode 022, Jason and Emily talk with Chad Malone about his experiences as a Black man growing up and living in America, raising his own children in Washington DC, and his perspective on the current race-related uprisings. Chad is open, educated and candid not as the voice for his community but as one who has struggled to find his voice and no…
 
Ben Bunn joins Jason and Rich in studio — also known as the champagne room — at GORUCK HQ for Episode 021. Growing up in the Tampa area, Ben was the last person anyone would have pegged as a future Green Beret. He took an unexpected and interesting route to active service in the military and quite literally grew into his future roles in the Army an…
 
Senator Joni Ernst joins Jason and Emily for a conversation focused on service for Episode 020. Senator Ernst is the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress and the first female combat Veteran elected to the United States Senate, and she shares some of her story and perspective with an emphasis on bridging divides and “serving this great country”…
 
Marjorie K. Eastman joins Emily and Jason for Episode 019. Marjorie served as a US Army Intelligence officer and commander, and she wrote “The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11”. Her ten years of post 9/11 military service include two combat deployments, one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the other in support of Operation End…
 
Cadre DS, aka Dan Skidmore, is back with Jason and Rich in Episode 018 to talk about training. The previous part of the conversation (Episode 017) covered in more detail DS’s history and high level of physical preparedness as an Air Force Combat Controller. In this part, he dives deeper into how he trains, the origins of becoming a coach while on d…
 
Cadre DS, aka Dan Skidmore, joins Jason and Rich for Part One of their conversation for Episode 017. Part Two will focus on training, while this part focuses on DS’s history: his progression from paintball battles in the fields of Ohio, to attachment to teams in the mountains of Afghanistan as an Air Force Combat Controller, to now GORUCK Director …
 
For Episode 016, Jason and Rich talk to Cadre Will Hinkson about going through transitions, perceptions versus reality, and the importance of finding an individual “why.” Will’s competitive nature - and some good advertising - led him to become a Reconnaissance Marine on the scorching rooftops of Iraq. Later during a security contracting gig in Kab…
 
Chris Voss, the former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, author of the best-selling book “Never Split the Difference,” founder of The Black Swan Group, and currently THE Negotiations expert on MasterClass joins Jason and Emily for Episode 015. From the streets of Kansas City to NYC, the Philippines, Georgetown and quarantine, hi…
 
“If not me, then who?” - 1stLt Travis Manion, USMC The mission of the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is to unite and strengthen communities by training, developing, and highlighting the role models that lead them. Ryan Manion, TMF’s President, joins Emily and Jason on Episode 014 to tell the story of TMF - a non-profit her mother started after the …
 
On Episode Lucky Number 13 is Lieutenant General (Ret) Kenneth Tovo, a Green Beret who most recently served as Commanding General of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) before retirement in 2018 after 35 years of military service. General Tovo joins Jason and Rich to dive deep on his hard-won lessons of leadership, particular…
 
For Episode 012, Jason and Emily are joined by Ambassador Elisabeth Millard, a career diplomat in the Foreign Service who most recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American ci…
 
Coco Tang has traveled the world as a Nationally Registered Paramedic and a DOD-trained Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructor, and she is currently on contract working the night shift in New York City treating COVID-19 patients. She joins Jason and Emily for episode 011 to talk about the similarities and differences in her medical mission…
 
In Episode 010, Jason and Emily are joined by expert Linda Mansolillo to talk about disaster preparation - be it wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, or a global epidemic. Linda is a biotech strategist with 24 years of military service, currently a medical officer in the Air Force Reserve, and is also a mom. Through projects like LadyBugOut she focu…
 
Our guest on Episode 009 is Dr. Rajeev Ramchand. He joins Emily and Jason - after a decade lapse in contact - to help us understand the COVID-19 pandemic better using an epidemiological lens and to educate others about where we are and where we are going. Their conversation covers the basics of epidemiology, the data we have and how to make it bett…
 
In episode 008 of Glorious Professionals we welcome former Quiet Professional (aka Green Beret) Brent Cooper in to talk with Jason and Rich about failure and not quitting, the sum of a team being greater than its parts, and how his unique life experience and passion brought him to be Executive Director of the Green Beret Foundation (GBF). Brent gre…
 
US Congressman Michael Waltz from Florida’s 6th District (Northeast coast covering just south of GORUCK HQ through Daytona and the Palm Coast) joins Jason and Rich for Episode 007. The Congressman is the first Green Beret to serve in Congress and is just the kind of person whose story and perspective we like to share on Glorious Professionals. Repr…
 
Episode 006 of Glorious Professionals focuses on community building. Blayne Smith joins Jason and Rich to have a conversation about cultivating, deepening and maintaining interdependent relationships - on the battlefield, in the office, and around your neighborhood. And perhaps online too. Maybe. What is the difference between connections and commu…
 
In Episode 005 of Glorious Professionals, Jason and Rich bring Cadre Surfhog (aka Sean) into the garage to talk about his most recent deployment and bringing the “deployment mindset” to home quarantine - most notably the importance of adaptability when the abnormal becomes normal. You can’t dictate events/atmospherics but you do dictate your respon…
 
Welcome to our first non-beta episode of the Glorious Professionals Podcast! It is particularly fitting that Jason’s first guest is Dr. Richard Angel. Dr Angel is a Special Forces Medic (18D), 7th SFG (A) turned ER Doctor and is just coming out of his battle with COVID-19. For a primer on their conversation see his blog post here. Jason and Dr. Ang…
 
In this episode of the Glorious Professionals Podcast, Rich gets his turn in the hot seat. You've heard Rich's voice on the previous two podcasts interviewing Jason and Emily, and GORUCK Nation might know him from the MACV-1 Introduction and his return to Vietnam video series. Rich has had a very storied career and shares his tales with humor and k…
 
In our second episode of the Glorious Professionals Podcast, current head of Travel and Women's for GORUCK, Emily McCarthy talks to Richard and Jason about her professional journey and how she wound up as a new CIA Case Officer drinking cola with Sudanese Rebels, among many other stories of adventure through service. The “Glorious Amateurs” of the …
 
In this first episode of the GORUCK Glorious Professionals Podcast, GORUCK founder Jason McCarthy talks to Emily McCarthy and Richard Rice about his history and the origins of the brand. The “Glorious Amateurs” of the OSS in WWII and the “Quiet Professionals” of the Green Berets are our inspiration for this podcast. On Glorious Professionals we wil…
 
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