SOFcast

By US Special Operations Command

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Dave Timmonsario
 Apr 29, 2022
Outstanding PODCast! This one gets it right and a must listen

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 Mar 26, 2022
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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. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. The Special Operations Command Enterprise consists of special operations personnel and enablers from across all of the military services and this podcast is a rare opportunity to hear their stories directly from those that lived them!

USSOCOM comprises some of the best leaders in the world and SOFcast highlights and connects these leaders’ stories and lessons learned to our worldwide audience. SOFcast gives the Special Operations community a place to share authentic stories and adventures to make us better, safer, and more effective. Sharing our unique perspectives and experiences creates a distinct opportunity to shape current and future SOF through conversations. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.

BONUS EPISODES - every few episodes our hosts will welcome a guest for a special “Shots from the Field” episode. These episodes feature real questions from SOF members about real issues within our force. Our panelists have 15 minutes per topic to give real in-depth answers that go beyond the Command talking points. These episodes are filled with back-and-forth debate and argument from the “devil’s advocate” side in order to get to the heart of some really controversial and relevant current issues. If you have a topic you’d like to hear discussed, please leave a comment!

This is the official special operations podcast. These are our stories. New episodes released every two weeks.

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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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S4 E5 Pineland Underground - MAJ Bobby Tuttle and SGM Chuck Ritter
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From the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School's hit podcast Pineland Underground, SOFcast welcomes hosts MAJ Bobby Tuttle and SGM Chuck Ritter. We talk about the show's success, dirty deeds done right and cheap, and how podcasts are opening a whole new world of dialogue. All that and more on this episode of SOFcast!

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Nov 16, 2022
S4 E4 LTG Antonio Fletcher - Commander of NATO Special Operations Forces Headquarters (NSHQ)
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Lieutenant General Antonio Fletcher discusses his journey into Army Special Forces, the importance of NATO SOF, and the current state of the world. With the war in Ukraine evolving daily, the NATO alliance stands ready to meet the challenges of a complex security environment.

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Nov 02, 2022
S4 E3 Dan Rayburn - Know what you're worth!
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Dan Rayburn is a successful entrenpreneur and business expert who's made it part of his mission to help SOF veterans maneuver the world of civilian job placement. Dan takes a no-nonsense approach to matching the best company's in the world with uniquely talented Special Operations servicemembers. This isn't your typical "transitioning" talk, this is practical advice you can use right now!

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Oct 19, 2022
S4 E2 Chaplain (MAJ) Jeff Struecker - Rangers, Somalia, and Faith
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Retired Chaplain Jeff Struecker recounts his experiences during Gothic Serpent, the military operation depicted in the film "Blackhawk Down". He and fellow members of Task Force Ranger endured some of the most intense and brutal fighting since Vietnam, suffered terrible loss, but ultimately proved to the world the strength of it's SOF members and why Rangers Lead the Way!

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Oct 05, 2022
S4 E1 Medal of Honor recipient and Green Beret MSG Earl Plumlee
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On August 20, 2013 during a change of command ceremony on FOB Ghazni, Green Beret Earl Plumlee found himself facing a complex attack by a determined enemy force that had breached the perimeter and was approaching fast. Armed with his "super cool sniper rifle" and a side arm, MSG (then SFC) Plumlee took the fight to the enemy and miraculously survived nearly unscathed. This is the story of how MSG Plumlee and a handful of SOF warriors pushed back a devastating attack and the events that lead to MSG Plumlee being awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Sep 21, 2022
S3 E12 USSOCOM CSEL CSM Shane Shorter
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SOFcast host SGM Matt Parrish welcomes the 11th USSOCOM Command Senior Enlisted Leader CSM Shane Shorter. They discuss CSM Shorter's career, leadership philosophy, and how he's reinforcing the "team" concept and values at USSOCOM. All that and more, on this episode of SOFcast.
Aug 24, 2022
2022 Warrior Games - Army Green Beret MSG Ivan Morera
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Amy Master Sergeant Ivan Morera is a Special Forces medic, the DoD's only military freefall qualified upper-body amputee, and a competitor at this year's Warrior Games! MSG Morera sits down with SOFcast host SGM Matt Parrish to talk about the day that changed his life, his road to recovery, and what it takes to prove all the naysayers wrong!
Aug 17, 2022
S3 E11 Lessons learned and more from a PSYDET's return from Europe
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SOFcast talks with a PSYOP Det recently deployed to Europe. They share their experience, lessons learned, and what exactly is PSYOP.
Aug 10, 2022
S3 E10 USSOCOM Command SEL CCM Greg Smith - "Farewell episode"
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SOFcast co-host and Command Senior Enlisted Leader for US Special Operations Command; Greg Smith shares his journey through the US Air Force and Special Operations. From operating out of hangars in Pakistan days after 9/11 and battling Leukemia, to becoming the senior enlisted leader in USSOCOM, CCM Greg Smtih shares the ups and downs of a spectacular 32-year career.
Jul 27, 2022
S3 E9 Matt Hesse - "The Purpose Blueprint"
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Matt Hesse is a US Army Veteran, entrepreneur, and the founder of the University of Health and Performance. Matt and SGM Parrish talk about the importance of physical fitness and how it contributes to a healthy transition and supports mental and spiritual well-being. They also discuss Matt's passion for helping SOF Veterans by providing a world-class retreat venue where they can implement their own "Purpose Blueprint".
Jul 13, 2022
S3 E8 CMDCM (SEAL) David Isom, Command SEL, SOCPAC
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INDOPACOM is comprised of 36 nations, home to 50% of the world's population, and 3,000 different languages! CMDCM (SEAL) David Isom shares some of the unique challenges he faces as the Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) Senior Enlisted Leader and why SOF is critical to the mission in the Indo-Pacific region.
Jun 29, 2022
S3 E7 LtCol(R) John Griffin - YOU can innovate for SOCOM
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Have you ever had an idea to fix a problem from deployment or training but didn't know how to make that solution a reality? Northeastern University Program Director for the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel John Griffin talks about how NSIN is meeting the needs of the DoD with problem solvers from academia, business, and from within the ranks of our service members! Find out how you can bring your innovation to life and still retain the rights to your idea. All that and more on this episode of SOFcast. Subscribe to SOFcast today! Also available on YouTube!
Jun 15, 2022
S3 E6 Lyla Kohistany - Afghan American who fought the Taliban and now helps SOF leaders lead
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Lyla Kohistany is a former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer who supported SOF through much of the GWOT and now serves as a cultural consultant for the command. As a child Lyla was brought to the U.S. as a refugee from the Soviet War on Afghanistan in the 1980's. Her familiarity with the Afghan culture made her an invaluable asset to SOF's efforts in Afghanistan, but it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing Lyla. From almost becoming a child bride to becoming the CEO of a non-profit, Lyla Kohistany embodies the SOF tenet "Humans are more important than hardware"!

Promote Leadership
Email: lyla@promoteleadership.org
Website: www.promoteleadership.org

Honor the Promise
Email: lyla@honorthepromise.vet
Website: www.honorthepromise.vet

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Jun 01, 2022
S3 E5 Czech Republic SOF operator Igor - Partnerships, J3-I, and Service
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Fostering and maintaining relationships with our allies and partners is an integral part of USSOCOM's SOF Strategy. That's why USSOCOM hosts the largest gathering of international SOF personnel outside of NATO, known as J3-I and why this year's SOF Week is even more important as it includes the ISOF Commander's Conference. Our guest for this episode is an operations officer from Czech Republic's SOF, whom we'll call Igor. Igor shares his motivation for serving his country, joining his nation's SOF, and talks about how partnerships with USSOCOM directly influenced him on the battlefield as well as his time stateside as part of USSOCOM's J3-I.

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May 18, 2022
BONUS SOFIC Episode - Ms. Kelly Hughes
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SOF Truth: Most special operations require non-SOF assistance.

Ms. Kelly N. Hughes is a Senior Acquisition Analyst, with the Program, Budget and Acquisition Team, Secretariat for Special Operations (SSO), ASD-SOLIC. What does all that mean? It means she has a unique insight into the process of getting the best technology and equipment into the hands of SOF operators across the command.

As we prepare for SOF Industry Conference, Kelly takes us behind the curtain of what it takes to support USSOCOM and why it is so important for the individual operator and our national security!

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May 11, 2022
S3 E4 Best Rangers 2022 - CPT Josh Corson and CPT Ty Boyle
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Winners of the 2022 Best Ranger Competition, from the 75th Ranger Regiment CPT Joshua Corson and CPT Tymothy Boyle join the hosts of SOFcast to talk about what it took to not only complete the three-day grueling event but to beat 50 other teams. Tenacity, endurance, and faith, these Rangers indeed lead the way!

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May 04, 2022
S3 E3 ReBlast - Low Level Blast Exposure and SOF
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Detecting and treating brain injuries continues to be a high priority for USSOCOM. That's why ReBlast is so important. ReBlast is a pilot study researching the long-term effects of repetitive, low-level blast exposure (RLLBE) on Special Operations Forces service members.

In this episode, SOFcast is on the road again, this time to Massachusetts General Hospital's Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. SOCOM Senior Enlisted Leader Command Chief Master Sergeant Greg Smtih sat down with ReBlast study researchers Dr. Yelena Bodien and Dr. Brian Edlow, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy Russell Smith to talk about how ReBlast is helping researchers better understand the effects career-long repetitive blast exposure has on brain health and function.

"Optimal cognitive performance and brain health are more important than ever to ensure that SOF can achieve the mission successfully that they need to achieve in the future"
- Dr. Brian Edlow
Apr 20, 2022
S3 E2 SFC Doug Kiesewetter - Preserving what you've built
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SFC Doug Kiesewetter is a Special Forces Engineer and Weapons Sergeant with the US Army National Guard 20th Special Forces Group and the Chief Content Officer at SOFLETE.

In this episode, host SGM Matt Parrish and SFC Kiesewetter talk about the changing culture within SOF that encourages physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellbeing. "...it doesn't make sense if you're building a house one day, and the next...you're breaking [it down]. It's just it doesn't make any sense."
Apr 06, 2022
S3 E1 SMSgt Derek Anderson - An impossible mission to save 13 lives
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In June of 2018, the world held its breath as news of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave slowly filling with water hit the headlines. SMSgt Derek Anderson, an Air Force Pararescueman, was part of the team tasked with saving them. Faced with pouring rains threatening to flood the entire cave system, SMSgt Anderson and his team were faced with a seemingly impossible task of conducting a rescue never before performed with 13 lives hanging in the balance. "Show me the impossible..."

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Mar 23, 2022
S2 Bonus - The Senior Enlisted Leaders of USSPACECOM and USCYBERCOM
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US Cyber Command's Senior Enlisted Leader Cheryl D. Lyon and US Space Command's Senior Enlisted Leader MGySgt Scott H. Stalker join SOFcast to to discuss their organizations respective roles in future combat, safeguarding our country's interests, and where SOF fits in their missions.

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Mar 09, 2022
S2 E12 USSOCOM Commander GEN Richard D. Clarke
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The Commander of USSOCOM GEN Richard D. Clarke returns to SOFcast for our season finale! General Clarke discusses leadership and accountability, the evolving global role of SOCOM, and why "we can't take our foot off the gas" in taking care of SOF servicemembers.

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Feb 23, 2022
S2 E11 SSgt Nick Jones - The battle that changed his life forever
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SSgt Nick Jones is only the 8th Marine Raider to receive the Navy Cross for valor, an award second only to the Medal of Honor. SSgt Jones take us into the ISIS-occupied tunnels of Northern Iraq and into the battle that changed his life. Leadership in the face of danger, selfless determination, and what it takes to be "Always Faithful, Always Forward"!

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Feb 09, 2022
S2E10 Lt. Col. Onnie Retkofsky - Resilience through spirit!
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Resilience isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution. It’s different for everyone and figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Air Force Special Operations Command Division Chief for the integration of Air Force resiliency programs and Special Operations Command’s Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program’s, Lt. Col. Onnie Retkofsky talks with SOFcast about tapping into her own spiritual drive that helped her accomplish becoming a 5x Ironman All World Athlete and 12x Ironman finisher. Lt. Col. Retkofsky also shares some ways to help you find your own focus for resilience.

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Jan 26, 2022
S2E9 SOF Caucus - A bipartisan look at SOF
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SOFcast goes to Washington! Hosts CCM Greg Smith and SGM Parrish sat down with representatives from both sides of the aisle during last year's SOF Caucus to discuss their support for SOF operations, family, and what they’re doing for SOF’s readiness.

Guests
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)

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Jan 12, 2022
S2E8 Brad Thomas - Rocker, Ranger, and SMU Commando
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Brad Thomas is one of those people you can’t put into a box. He’s an Army Ranger who fought in Gothic Serpent (aka Black Hawk Down), became an SMU Commando, and now makes music alongside other SOF veterans in the band Silence and Light. SOFcast hosts CCM Greg Smith and SGM Matt Parrish talked with Brad about his experience in SOF, finding his tribe, and how music connects him to fellow veterans.

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Dec 29, 2021
S2E7 Dr. David Kilcullen - Counterterrorism and Strategic Competition
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The last 20 years of GWOT and counter-insurgency has dramatically shaped today’s force. Dr. David Kilcullen has been at the forefront of those shaping policies and strategies. Dr. Kilcullen joins the hosts of SOFcast to discuss how the lessons learned from GWOT (the good and the bad) will be applied to the future of SOF and where those lessons fit in Strategic Competition.

Dr. David Kilcullen is the former senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Patreus and former Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department. He’s also the author of The Accidental Guerrilla, Counterinsurgency, Out of the Mountains, Blood Year, and The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West
Dec 15, 2021
S2E6 Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) Ramón Colón-López
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The Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, SEAC Ramón Colón-López, joins SOFcast to talk about the role of SOF in Great Power Competition, getting the record straight on diversity in the ranks, and what he’s doing to preserve the mission of special operations at the highest levels of decision-making.

SEAC Ramón Colón-López is the 4th Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman and a USAF Pararescueman.
Dec 01, 2021
S2E5 Maj Carly Costello and CPT Julia Pleasants - Women in SOF
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Women have long had a place in Special Operations, but recent changes in policies has broadened the opportunities for women to serve in SOF positions previously offered only to men. These opportunities have come with it’s share of criticism regarding culture, standards, and equality.

Maj Carly Costello and CPT Julia Pleasants join the hosts of SOFcast to discuss the role of Women in SOF; how these new roles are critical to the future of SOCOM and how do we ensure these trailblazers get a fair shot at doing their job without being hindered by a spotlight.

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Nov 17, 2021
S2E4 10th Special Forces Team - what’s working and what’s not
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Fresh out of JRTC and a training event overseas working with partner forces, members of the US Army’s 10th Special Forces talk with SOFcast about what’s gone right, wrong, and everything in between. This isn’t an “everything’s great” conversation. This is a candid, “no-holds-barred” discussion about their experience training alongside conventional forces, the growing pains of re-balancing to strategic competition, and why working with partner forces is imperative to the mission readiness of SOF units.

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Nov 03, 2021
S2E3 Legendary Green Beret J. Stryker Meyer - MAC-V SOG, indig partnerships, and jungle warfare!
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Members of today’s US Special Operations Forces are often regarded as heroes, but there are those that today’s elite operators look up to and regard as their own heroes. John Stryker “Tilt” Meyer is one of those men!

As a member of the clandestine MAC-V SOG operating in the midst of the Vietnam War, Tilt recounts his combat experiences, some very close calls, and how close partnership with indigenous forces along with coordinated joint operations lead to successful missions in places where American troops “officially” never were.

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Oct 20, 2021
S2E2 Green Beret MSG Tim Kennedy - Motivation, Drive, and Expanding Freedom!
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Motivation, drive, and patriotism! We’re talking about Special Forces MSG Tim Kennedy!
From lessons learned in the cage, to the ups and downs of running businesses, and living the life of an influencer; Tim Kennedy and SOFcast hosts CCM Greg Smith and SGM Matt Parrish talk about what it takes to stay motivated, driven, and always striving for the next challenge.

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Oct 06, 2021
S2E1 Former PJ's Brian Kimber and Scott Light - Giving of yourself, literally!
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Although they barely knew each other, when Scott Light heard that fellow air commando Brian Kimber needed a kidney, he answered the call. CCM Greg Smith and SGM Matt Parrish talk with Scott and Brian about what it’s like to find out you have a disease that won’t just end your career but could end your life, and how discovering a donor match would lead to a new lease on life for both of them.
Sep 21, 2021
Reflecting on 9/11 and Afghanistan
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SOFcast hosts CCM Greg Smith and SGM Matt Parrish discuss the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and have a candid conversation about the recent withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
Sep 08, 2021
Bonus Episode - Lessons from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp with Ryan Jensen and Cameron Kinley
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From the GridIron to the battlefield; team cohesion, resilience, and the drive for excellence are the cornerstones of the elite. The percentage of college football players that make it to the NFL is comparable to the number of servicemembers who make it to SOF. We talk with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Center Ryan Jensen and Navy Academy graduate, now NFL undrafted free agent, Cameron Kinley about what it takes to work with an elite Super Bowl winning team, overcoming adversity, and what kind of work ethic it takes to get to the top and stay there. All that and more on this bonus episode of SOFcast!

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Aug 24, 2021
Bonus Episode - Active Duty SF Officer "Nate" talks toxic leadership, training, and building trust
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While we wait for Season 2 to kick off, we’re releasing a BONUS episode!

SOFcast host SGM Matt Parrish talks with his former team leader and Active Duty SF Officer “Nate” about their time working together. What does it take to lead a team of diverse experiences and personalities? What’s the right way to think of training? How do you build trust?

All that and more on this BONUS episode of SOFcast!

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Aug 10, 2021
24. GEN Richard D. Clarke - SOCOM Commander answers your questions!
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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 Parrish and General Clarke discuss the evolving mission of SOF, the unique challenges of SOCOM leadership, and how the command is working towards a more robust and lethal force.

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Jul 27, 2021
23. Matt Stevens and Michael “Halty” Halterman - Making your military transition a ramp instead of a cliff!
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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 prepare now for the inevitable. Make your transition a smooth ramp to success and not a cliff to disaster!

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Jul 13, 2021
22. CW4 Bradley Palm - An elite pilot, a horrible crash, and his fight to fly again
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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 claimed the life of his co-pilot CW3 Jake Sims and caused injury to every member of his flight crew.

SGM Matt Parrish and CCM Greg Smith talk with CW4 Palm about what it takes to not only to become an elite Night Stalker, but how family, faith, and a ‘Don’t Quit’ mindset helped him overcome life-changing adversity.

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Jun 29, 2021
21. SGM Matt Williams and SGM Pat Payne - Lessons learned from the Medal of Honor
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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 did they earn the Nation’s highest medal, they both decided to stay in the Army serving their country while passing their experience on to the next generation of Special Operations warfighters.



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Jun 15, 2021
20. Chad Robichaux - A Recon Marine fights for his family, his mind, and his faith
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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 warrior and a man of faith. All that and more on this episode of SOFcast.
Jun 01, 2021
19. Senator Joni Ernst - Senate Armed Services Committee member & combat veteran
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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, and is a strong advocate for the military. She discusses how she still uses the military decision-making process in her personal and professional life. Additionally, she explains her connection to the Ranger Regiment and her work focusing on the health and resiliency of the Warrior and their families. We know you’ll enjoy hearing this important conversation about leadership and the well-being of Special Operations Forces.
May 18, 2021
18. LTC Bryan Dill-Russell - New Zealand Commando & SOF Liaison
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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 with his time here at USSOCOM.

Lateral to #SOF Truth III: Competent Special Operations Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur, nor can successful partnerships be built after emergencies occur. Listen today as we discuss creating mutually supportive partnerships and opportunities, how we can remain the #SOF partner of choice, and more in today’s episode.

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May 04, 2021
17. MSG Geoff Dardia & Chelsey Poisson, BSN - SOF health, performance, & exposures
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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 environment the military operates in and conditions like repetitive blast exposure, toxin exposure and their long-term effects.

Listen to the trio discuss admitting to a vulnerability is a sign of strength and being “ahead of the bang” is an important tenet to good health. They advocate taking ownership of health and action with individual responsibility should be life-long philosophy. We know you’ll enjoy hearing this important conversation about taking care of yourself. 
Apr 20, 2021
16. Navy SEAL Jocko Willink - Best-selling author, podcaster, entrepreneur, and leadership expert
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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 experience includes participation in the seizure of the Russian tanker Volga-Neft-147 in the Gulf of Oman when the tanker was in violation of a U.N. economic embargo and commanding Task Unit Bruiser conducting operations in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in 2006.

Listen to Jocko explain how his outlook on leadership was impacted by a leader he calls “Delta Charlie” and how extreme ownership is the foundation of good top-down leadership. Jocko’s leadership style is based on building relationships, asking good questions, being humble and empowering people. He talks about how he used these principles during combat operations in Ramadi. We know you’ll enjoy hearing this compelling conversation from this charismatic and inspirational leader.
Apr 06, 2021
15. Dr. Preston Cline - Expert on High-Functioning Teams
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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 discuss whether we teach our people to navigate uncertainty properly, whether SOF is transactional or transformational, and whether SOF has a gatekeeping mentality.  

Listen to Dr. Preston describe the dynamics of highly-functioning teams, argue why women have and should always be part of special operations, guard against placing cultural fitness above all else, and challenge the special operations community to build cognitive, social and family resilience throughout your career and not wait until the end of it. We know you’ll enjoy hearing this compelling conversation about leadership, resiliency, and the cognitive domain within the special operations community. 
Mar 23, 2021
14. Col (Ret) John Alvarez - Helo pilot & first amputee to return to combat flight duty
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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 experience surviving a catastrophic helicopter crash in a piranha-infested Ecuadorian river.

John describes his challenging journey back to the cockpit after becoming the first amputee to return to full combat flying status. He credits his family, teammates and generous civilian benefactors for his successful return to the Special Operations community. Today, he is a strong advocate for USSOCOM’s Warrior Care Program chartered with advocacy for the command’s wounded, ill, or injured service members and their families. We know you’ll enjoy hearing this compelling conversation about resiliency and the support network within the Special Operations community.
Mar 09, 2021
13. Leslie Babich - SOFWERX leader, innovator, and AFSOC Col (Ret)
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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 innovation to the warfighter.

Leslie explains the three pillars of SOFWERX's teamwork strategy; discovering new technology, engage and create solutions between industry and the warfighter, and accelerate the delivery of the technology to the operator. Additionally, she discusses transition strategies from military to civilian life. We know you’ll enjoy hearing this conversation about bringing cutting edge technology to the special operator.
Feb 23, 2021
12. CMSgt Jared 'Peaches' Pietras - USAF Combat Controller, helps answer hot topics across SOCOM
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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 and the importance of putting out current, factual training information to potential to special operations candidates.

Additionally, SOCOM Command Chief Greg Smith, Green Beret SGM Matt Parrish and Pietras take shots from the field. They discuss work/life balance in the COVID environment, what makes a good officer in SOF, whether to let your best performers leave and is the SOF culture becoming risk adverse? We know you’ll enjoy hearing this conversation about these issues facing SOF.
Feb 09, 2021
11. COL Michael McLendon - Green Beret leader and mentor
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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 diverse force will motivate the best and brightest from across the country to take the challenge and succeed in joining SOF.

The 25-year Army veteran talks about the need for establishing partnerships at home and abroad synchronizing readiness in the battlespace. He stresses being a positive ambassador for SOF is essential developing these relationships. We know you’ll enjoy hearing his perspectives on leadership, diversity and strengthening partnerships.
Jan 26, 2021
10. CSM (Ret) Rick Lamb - Green Beret and Ranger legend
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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 diplomat in Haiti. The former Army Command Sergeant Major also opens up about how multiple deployments affected his personal life.

The former Ranger and Green Beret is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, USSOCOM’s Commando Hall of Honor and the 2015 Bull Simons recipient for lifetime achievements in special operations. We know you’ll enjoy hearing his historical perspectives on the special operations community and as he delivers his “Soldiers Promise.”
Jan 12, 2021
09. MGySgt Jay Root - Marine Raider and Joint Leader
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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 International Special Operations Forces, and the battlefield injuries leading to his Purple Heart. We know you’ll enjoy hearing from one of the establishing members of MARSOC.
Dec 29, 2020
08. Col Allison Black - pioneering Air Force Special Ops aviator, helps answer hot topics across SOCOM
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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 of her career, and what brought her into military service.

Black, alongside USSOCOM Command Senior Enlisted Leader Greg Smith and Green Beret Matt Parrish, take “shots from the field” about standards, diversity and inclusion, roles of the senior enlisted leaders, the importance of being apolitical, and whether the word “elite” is an appropriate way to describe Special Operations Forces. We know you’ll enjoy hearing their philosophies on these issues facing SOF.

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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Dec 15, 2020
07. CMSgt (Ret) Will Markham - Air Force Combat Controller
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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 operators battled the Taliban.  

CMSgt (Ret) Will Markham served an incredible career as an Air Force Combat Controller and Senior Enlisted Leader, but he also continues to serve the community post-retirement.  He discusses what brought him to military service, then to special operations, and what motivates him to continue to serve others daily.  We know you’ll enjoy hearing his lessons learned, leadership ethos, and thoughts on mentorship and growth throughout this episode.



Thanks for listening and please like, subscribe, and review! Let us know in the comments who you’d like to hear from in future episodes!

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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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Dec 01, 2020
06. D.B. - Naval Flight Officer and Special Warfare Combat Support
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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 happen people will respect that and so I knew I had to earn my place... The door might be closed for certain things, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t open it.”

Our guest shares her experiences with NSW as special operations forces enabler and how the SOF community encompasses the support personnel that are behind the scenes.
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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Nov 16, 2020
05. Maj Frank Anello - Marine Forces Special Operations Raider
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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 place.” Challenges aren’t just downrange. They can be with a leader you don't agree with or dealing with mental health issues.

Hear how these special operators dealt with the mountain top battles and the battles that are on the inside.
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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Nov 16, 2020
04. SGM Nate Griffin, Green Beret leader, helps answer hot topics from across SOCOM
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Shots from the field: Three special operations forces leaders take questions from SOF members from different units. Some of the topics we dive into include toxic leadership, how to navigate the grey, alcohol use within the SOF community and more in this episode of SOFcast.

Join Command Chief Greg Smith, Sergeant Major Matt Parrish, and Sergeant Major Nate Griffin as they talk about how senior enlisted tactical decisions have a strategic impact on the ability to gain and maintain access and placement in the new and future operational environment.

Do hands in your pockets really affect our ability to lead? Listen to find out...

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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Nov 16, 2020
03. WO1 Nick Lavery - Green Beret warrior and amputee
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“Members of the special operations forces community only complain when we have things really good. It’s when things really suck... that you are miserable and getting shot at all the time that you don’t hear a complaint.” - Green Beret Nick Lavery.

Green Beret Nick Lavery, while deployed to Afghanistan sustained multiple injuries and continued to return to the fight until he lost his leg. He didn’t let that stop him! Nick worked his way back to an operational Special Forces team and returned to combat and then became the first above the knee amputee to graduate from combat dive qualification SCUBA course.

Listen in for the behind the scenes stories.
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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Nov 16, 2020
02. VADM Timothy Szymanski - Navy SEAL 3-star Admiral
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Special Operations Forces Truth #1: Humans are more important than hardware. Guest Vice Admiral Timothy Szymanski shares how he made the difficult decision to go to the Naval Academy, almost was removed during an academic board, faced a conduct board his junior year for misbehavior, and then changed career goals from being a Navy pilot to answering the call to become a SEAL.

Vice Admiral Szymanski explains how his experiences built a foundation of resiliency and determination. The ability of special operations forces to persevere mentally through the BUD/S and later transitioning to a leadership role. Mistakes will be made, but accountability and the idea that “failure is not final”, and “no is not terminal” is the theme of his story.
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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Nov 16, 2020
01. Welcome to SOFcast - Intro to your hosts CCM Greg Smith & SGM Matt Parrish
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Join U.S. Special Operations Command’s Command Chief Greg Smith and Preservation of the Force and Family Sergeant Major Matt Parrish as they kick-off our official podcast from the headquarters of all special operations forces in the U.S. military. In-depth stories of their military careers and how they answered the call to join the SOF community are powerful and inspiring.
Command Chief Smith tells his experiences battling leukemia from a deployment to Afghanistan after September 11th and being exposed to microwave radiation. His experiences helped him to understand the importance of SOCOM’s Warrior Care Program and Preservation of the Force and Family.

Sergeant Major Parrish describes how he initially looked at joining the Marines, SEALS and then ended up enlisting as an 18X Green Beret. He walked into the Army recruiting office with a ‘Pantera’ goatee because he wanted to test himself. He went to Ranger school after becoming a Green Beret.

Both of these senior enlisted leaders share their experiences with answering the call to special operations, injuries catching up to them and the lessons they have learned about themselves and the SOF community over their careers.
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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast
Nov 16, 2020