Straight Outta Combat Radio-Honoring Combat Wisdom
SOCRS081- “Freedom Matters 01: What Does FREEDOM Mean To You?”

SOCRS081- “Freedom Matters 01: What Does FREEDOM Mean To You?”

June 20, 2019

We pose the question: "Whats Does Freedom Mean To You?"

A compilation of answers from veterans Simon Kirby, Ryan Weaver, Joe Crane, Todd Scattini, Andrew Nelson, Chad Walker, Mark Green, Scott Huesing,  Kalen Marie, Steven Kuhn and Pete Turner.

 

SOCRS080- Simon Kirby- “Belfast, Hard Work, Beaches & The American Dream”

SOCRS080- Simon Kirby- “Belfast, Hard Work, Beaches & The American Dream”

June 6, 2019

Simon Kirby was born in East London, England. He was the son of restaurateurs.  At the age of 15, Simon left school and at 16, joined the the British Army as a light-infantryman in the Royal Green Jackets Regiment. His first combat tour came in 1979 in Tyrone County, Northern Ireland. His unit was tasked with intercepting IRA patrols crossing the border, conducted with long-range and chopper-borne patrols.  After that initial tour, and over the course of the next two years, Simon was stationed in Germany and also completed the US Army's Air Assault School at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. At the age of 19, he attended the British Army's NCO Cadre School where he was awarded the regimental batten, given to the top student. At that time, Simon was the youngest person in regimental history to earn such an award.

Simon's second combat tour came at the age of 20.  In 1981, he deployed to West Belfast during the height of the troubles there.  That deployment proved costly for Simon's unit.  He lost three of his close friends in an enemy ambush.  It was not long after that he would return to the civilian world, leaving the army after serving his Country for five years.

Simon eventually made it to the United States (a dream that he had during a break from his Ft. Campbell training while visiting Florida). Currently, Simon owns a very successful holistic-natural-food restaurant, Simon's Coffeehouse, in Sarasota, Florida.  He is the father of two children, enjoys cooking, meditation, yoga and sailing the Caribbean (when time permits).

SOCRS079- Joe Crane- “Cobras, Freedom & Master Minds”

SOCRS079- Joe Crane- “Cobras, Freedom & Master Minds”

June 5, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Crane retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 after 24 years of service. He was an AH-1W Super Cobra Attack helicopter pilot and completed 2 combat missions to Iraq. Joe is now an airline pilot and host of the Veteran on the Move Podcast: Your Pathfinder to Freedom. It’s mission is to provide knowledge and inspiration to veterans aspiring to transition to the exciting world of entrepreneurship.

SOCRS078- Chad Walker- “Operation Green Shield & ClienTell: Making Real Differences”

SOCRS078- Chad Walker- “Operation Green Shield & ClienTell: Making Real Differences”

June 3, 2019

With his self-described “aggressive proactivity” Chad Walker is a Navy Veteran who is committed to outside the box thinking and when necessary, building a new box. Chad has spent the last three years creating real world solutions in both the Urban Tech and Nonprofit space. As Veteran turned Entrepreneur Chad has developed a unique perspective when it comes to quality of life. He aspires to create lasting change throughout the Veteran community in the coming years with his nonprofit Operation Green Shield as well as bringing balance to the construction and home services industry with his ClienTell APP. Chad is always quick to answer when asked if the change he’s working toward is truly possible, “Outside of my first marriage, I don’t fail very often”.

SOCRS077- Andrew Nelson- “Going With The Flow, Thinking Big, Hunger & Drive”

SOCRS077- Andrew Nelson- “Going With The Flow, Thinking Big, Hunger & Drive”

May 23, 2019

Over his career, Andy has represented a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Andy especially enjoys working with businesses owned by veterans, military spouses, active duty service members, and others focused on the military community. These clients not only do business in a wide variety of industries, they are also located all over the world. 

SOCRS076- Mark Green-  “Building Resiliency & Creating Hope in Transition”

SOCRS076- Mark Green- “Building Resiliency & Creating Hope in Transition”

May 2, 2019

Author, speaker and vetrepreneur Mark E. Green spent 34 years in the U.S. Army working his way up from buck private to lieutenant colonel, who served two stints as inspector general, including one during which he was responsible for the southern half of Afghanistan. Part of the inaugural team that got taekwondo recognized as an official Army sport while serving in the 82nd Airborne, Green recently achieved his 3rd degree black belt after having to learn to walk again from an injury during his deployment. Green, who got his master’s degree in business and his law degree while in the service, has dedicated the remainder of his life to helping his fellow veterans and their families obtain remarkable resilience and experience triumphant transition. He’s the author of "STEP OUT, STEP UP: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Transitions and Military Service" and "WARRIOR’S CODE 001: 7 Steps to Remarkable Resilience", which focuses on the mind, body and spirit and was developed based on his experiences. "WARRIOR’S CODE 001" also includes the stories of several other veterans from different branches and different eras. The Mindset Vet’s Resiliency with a Kick curriculum featuring the 7 Steps to Remarkable Resilience will be the centerpiece of workshops and training he is currently building. Green and his wife Denise and their son Adam in Orlando, Florida, where Green has established his company My Silver Boots, LLC.

His purpose in sharing his story in "Step Out, Step Up: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Transition and Military Service" is to encourage others to have hope and recognize that no matter where you come from, you can achieve your dreams. In "Warrior’s Code 001", he shares his secrets to developing a mindset that boosts resiliency and smooths transitions. He developed these strategies from his own experiences with his family, hard-earned lessons, and education, and is developing a curriculum around them.

To book Mark today for speaking or a workshop, contact him at stepoutstepup7@gmail.com.

 

SOCRS075- Todd Scattini- “The Hemp Colonel: On The Cutting Edge of Education, Healing, and Research”

SOCRS075- Todd Scattini- “The Hemp Colonel: On The Cutting Edge of Education, Healing, and Research”

April 25, 2019

Todd Scattini spent 27 years of his life wearing the uniform of the United States Army.  He's been an enlisted man, a combat arms officer, and a military diplomat ,and at the heart of it all is his indomitable "Cavalryman Spirit.

The Cav, as it is called, is a diverse, combined arms, military organization designed to be self-sustaining, flexible, and effective in combat. It is a special type of unit marked by a penchant for courage, decisiveness, speed, innovation and audacity in order to conduct reconnaissance and protection operations facilitating the mission of others. Historically, the cavalry helped the United States with its westward expansion during the infancy of our Nation. They provided protection for settlers heading West along the Oregon and Santa Fe trails departing from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Cavalry Cannabis is poised and capable to assume a similar role as the United States and the world embark on a path of discovery, not unlike those early American settlers, to unpack all of the medical benefits we believe are held within the cannabis plant.

Throughout history, in combat operations, when units were in distress, pinned down by enemy fire, surrounded and desperate, a message from the headquarters by messenger or by a crackling radio saying the Cavalry was on its way meant there was hope to be saved; hope for victory.

Today, many veterans and active duty military personnel feel trapped and desperate. The population from where Todd came, and the veteran population that he is now a part of, is facing an epic healthcare crisis marked by unacceptably high homelessness, unemployment, suicide, and opioid abuse and overdose rates. Todd believes cannabis presents a safe and effective method to address these issues.    

To most, it is likely surprising that he would end up in this position as the CEO of a cannabis company. Todd truly believes he has created his dream job. He also believes his education at West Point was meant to prepare him to lead soldiers in combat and to inspire him to a lifetime of service to the Nation. Interestingly, the skills and lessons he learned at the Academy, as well as those as a Cavalryman and a military diplomat prepared him well for his mission in the medical cannabis industry. At West Point, they were always taught that their only limit to their imagination was themselves and that they had to think critically about complex issues and then develop creative solutions to apply to them.  Todd believes there are few issues facing our country that are more complex than that of veteran suicide and our Nation’s opioid crisis. The two combined result in the death of nearly 12,000 veterans annually. Beyond that, opioid overdoses cost the lives of almost 70,000 American civilians last year. Cannabis can help reverse this situation. This is no longer an assumption. This is fact, and anyone who understands this would be irresponsible to ignore it and would be questionable as a leader.

SOCRS074- Stephen Colon- “Mister Knucklehead Himself on Freedom”

SOCRS074- Stephen Colon- “Mister Knucklehead Himself on Freedom”

April 11, 2019
Stephen Colon spent almost 10 years on active-duty and in the reserves for the United States Marine Corps.  He grew up working construction and saw how somebody willing to work hard could run their own business. When he was in Iraq, Stephen bought his first business. It was a lawn care company with the catchy slogan (which his wife still gives him flak about), "Mowing lawns one blade at a time“.  He sold the business list and immediately started working on side projects, while pursuing a full-time career.
 
Stephen is intrigued by business and consumers; however, it is the problem-solving component of running a business that truly fascinates him.  He encourages people to be the 'alpha' in their life, rather than a 'beta'. He believes the 'Alpha Mindset' dominates all aspects of living and a sure way to overcome obstacles, both personally and in business.
 
His podcast show, Knucklehead Podcast, is a story-telling initiative where the mistakes we make are talked about...this provides a positive perspective to people who could benefit from learning from our own mistakes and those of others.
SOCRS073- Bennett Tanton- “Battle Sight Technologies: Looking Toward The Future”

SOCRS073- Bennett Tanton- “Battle Sight Technologies: Looking Toward The Future”

March 29, 2019

BENNETT TANTON

Vice President, Battle Sight Technologies
 

Bennett is a former Reconnaissance Marine and US Army Infantryman. He holds a BA in Security Management and is a graduate of 2014 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with disabilities (EBV) at Syracuse University. Bennett is the Co-Founder of Cigars & Sea Stories and is the Managing Editor of Change Your POV Podcast Network.  He also works as a contributor and adviser to publications, companies and organizations. Bennett is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and has dedicated his life to helping veterans navigate the system and aid them in adding value to their communities.

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SOCRS072- Darrell Hernandez- “Warrior Blood”

SOCRS072- Darrell Hernandez- “Warrior Blood”

March 21, 2019
Darrell Hernandez served The United States of America as a Petty officer 2nd class, US Navy Seabee (Construction Battalion 40/25), Seabee Combat Warfare. He is both an OIF and OEF veteran, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the Philippines and Thailand.
 
Currently, Darrell serves on the Veterans Board of 9 districts of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  He is a district Commander and member of the Honor Guard and has served as the Tribal Veterans Service Officer and was the Director of the veterans homeless shelter. Darrell has been very proactive about bringing homes for veterans and housing rehab through USDA Grant's or other resources. His desire is to create economic growth through on-the -job training for veteran's with state and federal agencies.
 
Another strong desire of Darrell's is for better care services for veteran's struggling with PTSD and drug addiction.  He's been working with many Congressional leaders and been in contact with other allies who wish to see the same and better treatment elsewhere in different tribal regions.  It's been a battle for him for the past 6 years, but Darrell declares, "I'm not giving up on my tribal veterans."
 
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