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Former Action Guys Podcast is a way for veterans, first responders and others to share their stories that the world has never heard in a casual, conversational format that allows a natural flow of information about their career and lives. Justin Cramer is a former Marine JTAC-E that completed 5 deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and on the USS Makin Island. Justin served with 1st ANGLICO, 10th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment and others before leaving the military after 12 y ...
 
A Field Guide to Whale Creek is a self-guided audio tour and field guide pamphlet (available for download at www.newtowncreekfieldguide.com). These tools add insights to the strange beauty of the post-natural landscape accessible via the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, designed by George Trakas. You can reach the site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn by G train, bicycle or car. Just look for the enormous digester eggs belonging to the DEP’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. A NOTE TO THE CURIOUS: ...
 
Hi, I’m Justin Peters. I’m the host of The Struggles Real, a podcast focused on adulting advice for young professionals. You know, those moments where you think, I wish I would’ve learned this in school. Those are the topics that we love to talk about. Join me each week as I interview experts sharing their strategies for solving problems that us young adults will face throughout our twenties and thirties. Some of the experts you’ll hear from include a former top 20 poker player, a corporate ...
 
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It might just be my circle but so many of my friends are recently single and I’m hearing the war stories of 1st dates. From coordinating plans, getting catfished, talking to a brick wall, and awkward goodbyes, I gotta say, I’m not jealous. Being in a long-term monogamous relationship has its struggles, but taking Gaby out on a date is not (usually)…
 
I’m talking to my friend Jenny Foss who is a Job Search Strategist who has been in the game for quite a while helping people navigate job searches, advance their careers, and make career pivots. We start with how to bridge the gap between the job you have and the job you want. Jenny shares the secrets of what makes a great resume and I’ll give you …
 
Tony Musselman was a United States Marine Corps JTAC that was sent to Marjah with 2nd Battalion 6th Marines as a combat replacement after fellow JTAC Jason Calo was killed in combat. Tony had barely graduated from TACP school when he got his orders and it set the theme for the rest of his career. Tony deployed multiple times with 5th ANGLICO, 2/6, …
 
Where are you at with your 2023 New Year’s resolutions? Are things going better than ever? Awesome! But if you’re like the majority of people, your goals might be wavering or even worse, you might have completely abandoned them. The good news is the year is still young. We have plenty of time to get back on track with our 2023 goals and in this epi…
 
Cody Anderson is an EOD tech and former infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. Cody currently works as an EOD contractor and has over 16 years of experience within the field. In this clip taken from Ep. 129 of the Former Action Guys Podcast, Cody describes the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal in Eglin, FL which is where all US milit…
 
Tom Satterly is retired United States Army Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta. Prior to serving with Delta, Tom was a combat engineer that attended the German Ranger school, French Commando Course and other specialized training that he credits with preparing him to undertake Delta selection. Support the show: patreon.com/formeractionguys j…
 
19 cents. That’s how much in interest that my bank paid me in 2022. I’m not sure if that makes me want to cry, yell, or laugh but those are none of the feelings that I want to have when it comes to calculating my annual bank interest. The good news is, I don’t keep a ton of money in my savings account. Simply a couple thousand dollars that acts as …
 
I hope you’ve taken the New Year as an opportunity to set priorities and state your goals. In today’s episode, we will discuss how to create systems in order to accomplish those goals. My friend, David Ward from RunnersFI.com, is joining me in this conversation. From unhealthy and overweight to completing an ultra-marathon, David knows a thing or t…
 
I remember being so furious with my dad because I felt like I was the only 16-year-old in my friend group that paid for their own car insurance. Looking back now, I really appreciate him making me handle my financial responsibilities early on. Don’t get me wrong I still take advantage of my parents picking up the tab at dinner or paying for the hot…
 
Jack Murphy is a former Army Ranger and Green Beret that attended Columbia University after leaving the military. He made a name for himself as an investigative journalist who has reported from Iraq, Syria, and other countries and has authored multiple books. Including his memoir, Murphy's Law. Support the podcast and website www.patreon.com/former…
 
Morgan Lerette explains the recruitment process he went through as a private military contractor for Blackwater during the early days of the Global War on Terror. He also talks about his Blackwater training prior to deploying to Iraq on a diplomatic security mission with the Department of State. This clip is taken from Ep. 119. Support the show pat…
 
It was fall of 2019 and I was absolutely lost with my career. 3 months prior, I had just left a longtime employer to try something else. Here I was in this new job with a fancy title and absolutely hating it. The problem was, I wasn’t sure what to do about it. Of course, I knew this role wasn’t a long term fit for me, but I wasn’t actually sure wha…
 
Dale Comstock is a former operator that served with the Joint Special Operation Commands Delta Force, as a Green Beret and a Mercenary. This clip is taken from Ep. 150 available now on YouTube, Apple Podcast, Spotify and more! Support the show patreon.com/formeractionguys jcramergraphics.com 00:00:00 Intro 00:01:28 Difference Between Mercenaries an…
 
Ryan Hendrickson is a retired US Army Special Forces soldier that did 8 deployments to Afghanistan as a Green Beret. In his career, Ryan has earned a Silver Star, 4 x Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and other personal awards. In this clip taken from Ep. 169, Ryan describes being injured by an IED and the medevac process that followed. Support the sho…
 
Hi, I'm Justin Peters. I'm the host of The Struggles Real, a podcast focused on adulting advice for young professionals. You know, those moments where you think, I wish I would've learned this in school. Those are the topics that we love to talk about. Join me each week as I interview experts sharing their strategies for solving problems that us yo…
 
Michael Hanthorne is a US Marine that served as a motor transport operator during multiple deployments. In addition to running convoys on IED laden roads, Michaels unit was tasked with cleaning up enemy casualties during the second battle of Fallujah. We discuss Michael's journey in treating his PTSD from that event. 00:00:00 Intro / Unions 00:10:4…
 
Today’s episode is an exciting conversation with Chris Sparks, a retired professional poker player although I think he uses the term retired fairly loosely. I’ll settle somewhere in the middle and call him a well-paid hobbyist. Chris has played over 2 million hands of poker across thousands of tournaments including main events tournaments like Worl…
 
Matt Gunndlach is a retired Marine infantryman that served in Iraq with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines during their 2005 rotation. "Ajax" Trueblood is an Air Force veteran and military historian that researched 3/2 and their deployment for his book Bastards and Brothers. Support the show patreon.com/formeractionguys jcramergraphics.com…
 
This clip is taken from Ep. 072 of the Former Action Guys Podcast. Maj Thomas Schueman is a Marine Corps infantry officer and deployed as a platoon commander with Kilo Company of 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment during their hard-fought 2010 deployment to the Sangin Valley. 3/5 lost 25 men killed and had almost 200 wounded during the deployment. S…
 
Wesley Morgan is a combat correspondent that has traveled to multiple war zones to uncover the greater context of the Global War on Terror. Morgan is the author of The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech Valley and has covered stories for news outlets like The Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, and others. Supp…
 
I did not know how beneficial fiber was prior to this conversation and I wouldn’t even have been able to tell you fiber was only found in plants. I’m excited about this episode though. I had a blast researching and preparing for this conversation. It has been a while since I’ve dug deep into a health-focused subject. Our last was with Dr. Jennifer …
 
Jacob Maldonado is a former United States Marine Corps radio operator that was shot outside of a convenience store by a LA gang member carrying a .44 Magnum. Jacob used his medical training to provide self-aid until the paramedics arrived by packing his own wound. Support the show patreon.com/formeractionguys jcramergraphics.com…
 
Jay Maldonado is a former Marine Corps radio operator that served with 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, 1st ANGLICO, and other units. Jay deployed with 2/9 to Afghanistan and also took part in the humanitarian efforts in Nepal after their devastating earthquake. Shortly after joining 1st ANGLICO, Jay was shot by a Los Angeles gang member while on weekend…
 
In this clip taken from Ep. 138 of the Former Action Guys Podcast, Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (SFOD-D) member Dale Comstock describes his first mission as a Delta operator. This clip has everything from helicopters taking too much ground fire to prison doors being blown off with "plenty" of C-4. Support the podcast: https://www.p…
 
Ryan Stevens is a United States Marine JTAC that served with 2d ANGLICO, Raider Battalion, and Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Stevens has served in multiple combat zones and you can hear more of his story on Ep. 142 of the podcast. Support the podcast and website: https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys www.jcramergraphics.com www.ANGLIC…
 
If you’re paying attention to your portfolio right now, you know the stock market has been on a nosedive, and if you’re anything like me, this market drop has you feeling discouraged. I continue doing all the right things. I maxed out my IRA, I’m dollar cost averaging through my 401K, and even investing my net earnings in my brokerage account. All …
 
LtGen David Bellon is the commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces South. In this clip taken from Ep. 164, LtGen Bellon and Justin talk about the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the mental health of veterans that served in the Global War on Terror. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphi…
 
Nate Garens details his time with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) supporting the 1st Armored Division, 1st Infantry Division, and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) units in Ramadi, Iraq. Hear Nate's entire story on Ep. 009 and 038 of the Former Action Guys Podcast. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramer…
 
Andrew Bustamante is a former Air Force Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer and former CIA agent. In this clip taken from Ep. 165, Andrew Bustamante describes working with America's nuclear weapons. Andrew's Website https://everydayspy.com/ Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphics.com/collections/former-…
 
Chris "Dutch" Moyer is a retired JSOC operator and current tactics instructor. On 9/11, Dutch and his team were training in hand-to-hand combat when they were told about the attack on the World Trade Center. Just over a month later, Dutch and his team were assaulting Mullah Omar's compound outside of Kandahar (OBJ Gecko). This air assault raid is t…
 
Matt Gundlach is a retired United States Marine Corps infantryman and former staff non-commissioned officer in charge of the Marine Corps Shooting Team. Matt also hosts the @3GIQ Podcast and podcast and continues to be part of the shooting, hunting and outdoor community. Support the show patreon.com/formeractionguys jcramergraphics.com Matt's podca…
 
This clip is taken from Ep. 004 with Michael Hanthorne. Michael volunteered to attach to 3rd Battalion 1st Marines for the battle and was assigned to clean up dead insurgents as the fight raged around them. Check out the entire interview on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys…
 
The amazing Brian Bogert is joining me on the podcast today. At 7 years old, his life transformed in a blink of an eye after he was in a vehicle accident that his left arm was detached. Instead of dwelling in the suffering, he fully recovered with a reattached arm thanks to his persistent and proactive focus. Today, Brian is a lot of things: entrep…
 
Ryan Rogers is a Marine Infantryman that served with Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 6th Marines during Operation Moshtarak in Marjah, Afghanistan. The realities of combat hit home quickly in this clip taken from Ep 151. Check out the entire interview now on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Support the show patreon.com/formeractionguys jcramer…
 
March 19, 2004, Greg Coker and other Nightstalker pilots of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment are on a rare daytime mission to support troops in contact when enemy forces fired an SA-16 at Greg's helicopter. Hear Greg's full story on Ep. 168! Support the show: patreon.com/formeractionguys…
 
Hasard Lee is a US Air Force officer that flys the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-35 Lightning II. Hasard has deployed in support of the war in Afghanistan and also creates YouTube videos showcasing different aspects of what it's like to be a pilot. Support the show patreon.com/formeractionguys jcramergraphics.com Hasard's links https://www.youtube…
 
As much as I’d want to work on The Struggle is Real full-time, I do have a day job. I could gripe about my 9-5 but I actually really enjoy my job at MMA. I like who I work with, who I work for, and what I work on. It also creates really cool opportunities like the one you’re going to hear today. A colleague who leads an internal learning and develo…
 
Ryan Hendrickson is a retired Green Beret that went to Afghanistan 8 times with special forces units. Prior to serving in the Army, Ryan also did an enlistment in both the Navy and Air Force. Ryan now volunteers to go to Ukraine to help defuse mines. Support the show: patreon.com/formeractionguys Ryan's links: https://linktr.ee/rmhendrickson.tipoft…
 
I did not anticipate one of the biggest struggles in my 20s would be making friends. It was so easy in high school and college when I was surrounded by people. Although I have been lonely at times, I rarely spoke about it. I guess I had shame around feeling lonely but that line of thinking is changing for me. It initially started when I was prepari…
 
Greg Coker served in the United States Army as an enlisted infantryman and warrant officer pilot who worked his way up to be a Little Bird pilot with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. We discuss his missions with Delta Force, Rangers and other special operations units and talk about him being shot down in Iraq. Support the show: patre…
 
Chris Martin is a law enforcement officer that served with the DC Metro Police. Chris made a career change and began working as a Law Enforcement Professional training Afghanistan Police at different levels. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphics.com/collections/former-action-guys-podcast-gear Want to be …
 
I feel like I always gravitate towards stories about taking a chance. Ahmad Jabbir’s story about how he went above and beyond during his job interview comes to mind. I really enjoy them and these stories provide a much needed reminder. As I get older, I feel like I’m making more conservative choices. If that is true or not, objectively I’m not sure…
 
Todd Opalski is a retired Marine infantry officer that served with Marine Recon, Delta Force, and conventional units in multiple war zones. Todd is the owner of Zen Commando and joins us today to discuss his military career and helping veterans. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphics.com/collections/forme…
 
Andrew Bustamante is a former secret agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that now runs his own business. Andrew is also a graduate from the US Air Force Academy. Andrew's Website https://everydayspy.com/ Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphics.com/collections/former-action-guys-podcast-gear Wan…
 
Going into college, Grace was pre-med and planning on becoming a doctor. She found out through taking classes and trying internships, that this wasn’t the right path for her. Instead, her twisted journey led her to therapy. Although this wasn’t her plan going into college, Grace shares that looking back now, she’s really appreciated the unclear rou…
 
Lieutenant General David Bellon is the commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces South. LtGen Bellon also served in the invasion of Iraq and both battles of Fallujah. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphics.com/collections/former-action-guys-podcast-gear Want to be on the Former Action …
 
Brandon Harris is a United States Marine Corps Infantryman that served in 3 combat deployments during his career. Including with A Co 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment during the assault on Marjah. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/formeractionguys https://jcramergraphics.com/collections/former-action-guys-podcast-gear Want to be on the For…
 
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