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Justin Lascek is a United States Special Forces soldier, a Green Beret, who was severely wounded in early 2019. After stepping on an IED, he lost both legs and testicles. This show will generally cover combat, medicine, love, music, philosophy, extremes of the human experience, and everything in between. Exploring these topics with guests will cultivate a community of growth, critical thinking, and compassion.
 
FieldCraft Survival presents Two former U.S. Special Forces Green Berets with decades of operational experience in hostile environments. Our intent is to better prepare the American citizen with knowledge that will preserve life in worst case scenarios. All tactics, techniques and procedures discussed have been developed and gathered by former Special Operations soldiers and subject matter experts in their particular field of expertise. We have walked it, now it’s time to talk about it… Welc ...
 
Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss leadership and current issues. Hear from special operations personnel like Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, Army Rangers, Marine Raiders, Air Force Special Operators, pilots, medics, communicators, and more! Join our hosts, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Leader Greg Smith and Green Beret Sgt. Major Matt Parrish, as they speak with special operations guests, past and present, about their experiences. SOFcast is the U.S. S ...
 
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“The more I use my voice, the more powerful I feel.” For Episode 046 Jason and Emily have a deep and far-ranging conversation with Melissa Urban: Whole30 Co-Founder and CEO, recovered addict, New York Times best-selling author, mother, podcast host, nature churchgoer, and rucker. From a “good kid” in New Hampshire through trauma, addiction, recover…
 
For SOFcast’s season finale, we take your “Shots from the Field” questions straight to the top of SOCOM’s chain of command, General Richard D. Clarke, USSOCOM’s Commanding General. CCM Smith, SGM Parish and General Clarke discuss the evolving mission of SOF, the unique challenges of SOCOM leadership, and how the command is working towards a more ro…
 
Love it or hate it, every great career must come to an end. The real question is, are you prepared for life after the military? Retired Navy SEAL Matt Stevens and Marine Raider Michael “Halty” Halterman share their challenges of transitioning from the world of Special Operations to the civilian sector. What translates, what doesn’t, and how you can…
 
“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…
 
What would you do if the one thing you’ve worked harder for than anything else, was suddenly taken away from you? CW4 Bradley Palm, a 160th SOAR pilot, woke up 15 days after his Chinook crashed during a daring night-time mission. He would awake to injuries that should have permanently ended his flight career. Even worse, he found out the crash had …
 
Robb Wolf, is a former research biochemist and 2X New York Times/Wall Street Journal Best-selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. He and co-author Diana Rodgers recently released their book, Sacred Cow, which explains why well-raised meat is good for us and good for the planet. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands …
 
“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…
 
What can you learn from someone who led a team of Afghan commandos up a mountainside under enemy fire to save wounded comrades? How about someone who helped rescue hostages from a burning building under hostile fire? US Army Sergeants Majors Matt Williams and Pat Payne both earned the Medal of Honor for their heroic deeds respectively, but not only…
 
“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…
 
How does a warrior find the balance between fight and faith? Chad Robichaux is a Recon Marine, MMA champion, and family man who found himself trapped in a dark place in his life. Chad takes you through his personal journey of almost losing everything including his family, coming to terms with his PTSD, and discovering the balance between being a wa…
 
“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…
 
Join Iowa Senator Joni Ernst with Senior Enlisted Leader CMSgt Greg Smith and Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish as they discuss a range of topics like motivation for service, leadership, and navigating the challenges of being a female commander in combat. Senator Ernst is the Senate’s first female combat veteran, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, …
 
“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 …
 
Miles Miller is a Grammy award winning (and nominated) musician who has played drums with Sturgill Simpson most of his adult life. I got to know Miles while on two different Sturgill music tours. We excitedly talk about a variety of topics such as the art of music, being an artist, and creating music. If you are a fan of Sturgill or drumming, you'l…
 
Advancing international partnerships is a key component to success across our many global requirements throughout the #SOF enterprise. In this episode of #SOFcast, our USSOCOM J3 International liaison from New Zealand, LTC Bryan Dill-Russell, joins us to share his experiences and perspectives in both conventional and special operations forces along…
 
When you are not at war are you at war with yourself? Are you a quiet professional or a silent professional? Join Green Beret MSG Geoff Dardia and Chelsey Poisson, an emergency room nurse and Army veteran, with Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish, as they discuss the pace of operations and its effect on health and families. Also, they discuss the environm…
 
What is the best way to lead? Do you learn from a bad leader? Join retired LCDR Jocko Willink, a former SEAL, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, with Senior Enlisted Leader CMSgt Greg Smith and Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish as they discuss leadership perspectives. A veteran of SEAL Teams ONE, TWO and THREE, his operational experien…
 
This is a short story I wrote in my early 20s. Looking back, it was the only way I knew how to express what I was feeling. Though I'm not identified as depressed, at times there is depression. This story is what it feels like. I don't need well wishes; I post this in order to normalize it. I tried to read it how it sounds in my head. And this "take…
 
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…
 
Developing our people is our most important responsibility as a leader or instructor. Are we doing enough to develop those who will be leaders 20 years from now? Join Dr. Preston Cline, who has been a consultant on all the SOF Assessment and Selection courses, with Senior Enlisted Leader CMSgt Greg Smith and Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish as they dis…
 
“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…
 
What happens to the operator when he becomes badly injured while deep in the jungle of a foreign country? Join retired Air Force Colonel John Alvarez with Senior Enlisted Leader CMSgt Greg Smith and Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish as they discuss the formation of “Special Forces with wings,” counter-narcotics missions in the 1990s, and John’s experien…
 
"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…
 
Do we need to fail forward as part of innovation? Is AFSOC the air arm of SOCOM or the SOF arm of the Air Force? Join SOFWERX director and retired MC-130 pilot Air Force Col. Leslie Babich with Senior Enlisted Leader CMSgt Greg Smith and Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish as they discuss SOFWERX’s mission of being a bridge for bringing industry-leading i…
 
Popstar Nima is, first and foremost, a POPSTAR. This NSFW fella pays homage and satirizes the pop music genre with silly songs and high-quality music videos about being a gay popstar in southern California. The comedy is raunchy, but Nima is the sweetest guy. Our discussion is both silly and serious, and the second half is gold. We discuss the etio…
 
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…
 
In this episode I explain the concept of Speedy Brain, the anxious mindset influenced by culture, society, and social media. I describe the continuum of Speedy Brain and how to use meditation to slow it down. I also describe the acute and chronic effects of meditation, give some acute strategies for anxiety, and read a brief essay on the topic. Spe…
 
Do you keep your best performers closest to you or do send them the farthest away? The COVID environment has forced us into a remote, advise and assist paradigm, but is it effective? Join CMSgt Jared “Peaches” Pietras as he explains how good leaders must have a “heart to give back.” The career combat controller discusses training as always evolving…
 
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…
 
What does it feel like when you are in a room and no one looks like you? Is the leader-follower relationship in an organization the singular most significant relationship to developing the organization’s culture? Join Green Beret COL Michael McLendon as he discusses the importance of mentorship both as a mentee and a mentor. McLendon emphasizes a d…
 
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 …
 
Do tactical actions have strategic implications? Indeed, they do. Join SOF legend Rick Lamb talking about his experiences preparing for the Iranian hostage rescue mission, participation in the firefight in the Korean demilitarized zone, the Panamanian invasion, being wounded in Somalia during the Blackhawk down rescue and finally being a warrior di…
 
“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…
 
Do we do enough to understand differing perspectives? Join Master Gunnery Sgt. Jay Root, a former Force Recon Marine who helped stand up Marine Forces Special Operations Command, explore leadership topics and competing perspectives. The MARSOC plank holder discusses the challenges navigating friction points, the importance of interoperability with …
 
Air Force Colonel Allison Black, a pioneering aviator in Air Force Special Operations, is this episode’s guest. The former enlisted survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist became an officer and AC-130H navigator. She discusses what it is like being a leader in special operations today, how a “mission-first” philosophy is the foundation …
 
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing in the weeks following 9/11?  In October of 2001, Will Markham, one of the first Americans deployed into combat for the Global War on Terrorism, touched down in Afghanistan attached to a small Special Forces team. Listen to his first-hand account of how a joint team of adaptive special operator…
 
Special Operations Forces Truth #5: Most special operations require non-SOF support How does a female Naval flight officer describe her time working with Naval Special Warfare units? “I felt like as soon as I went into Naval Special Warfare ‘Do you perform? Do you put in the effort? Do you care?’ and if you have the tenacity and grit to make it hap…
 
Would you give up a day of skydiving to be a guest on our podcast? Major Frank Anello, Marine Forces Special Operations Raider did just that for this episode. “I was 100% sure either the bad guys were going to come back up the mountain and we were going to have a bad firefight or we were going to die of exposure. I was very sure we were in a bad pl…
 
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