Straight Outta Combat Radio-Honoring Combat Wisdom
SOCRS100- Scott Neil- “Make Whiskey, Not War”

SOCRS100- Scott Neil- “Make Whiskey, Not War”

October 11, 2019

Scott Neil was one of the Green Berets sent into Afghanistan to take down the Taliban after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "On 19 October in 2001, two Special Forces teams went in on the North and that’s kind of what we know today from the movie and the statue at ground zero as the horse soldiers," said Neil.

"They raised an unconventional militia army of horsemen and they started attacking the Taliban so much so that within 90 days, less than 90 green berets overtook Afghanistan," he added. Neil’s story was recreated for the Hollywood “12 Strong” (released in January, 2018).  

Now, the former Army Master Sergeant calls Tampa home. He started a new venture — creating his own bourbon. "We decided to make a little whiskey... make whiskey, not war is our tagline," said Neil.

He says it’s important for he and fellow veterans have a chance to transition into another career after the military. For him, creating the American Freedom Distillery was perfect. American heroes, producing an American product, with an American story flowing through it.

"For us, it was a way we could do both art and science and it was a way that we can make a product that truly reflects [who] we are," said Neil.

 

SOCRS099-Mike Frazier- “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit/Noble Warrior”

SOCRS099-Mike Frazier- “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit/Noble Warrior”

October 10, 2019
My name is Mike Frazier and I am a Combat Veteran with over 10 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army.  From Federal Law Enforcement to the Special Operations community, I have learned a lot and seen even more. My time in the military came to a halt due to a back injury and PTSD and depression tried to swallow me and bury me. I was not going to stay down in that dark hole. I was trained with the mindset of : "Night Stalkers Don’t Quit."  My new mission in life is to share a bit of my struggles to help others that are lost find some clarity and change their mindset to live life to the fullest.  I created Noble Warrior in hopes of reaching some 'lost' veterans looking for a new course heading.
SOCRS098- J.P. Lane- “Nice Try Taliban: God was With Me”

SOCRS098- J.P. Lane- “Nice Try Taliban: God was With Me”

October 7, 2019

“Never Give Up, Never Surrender” – By JP Lane

My name is Justin Lane, aka JP Lane. Many people have their own reasoning for joining the military, mine is probably similar to most my age, in 2001, watching the twin towers fall. I was reminded of that feeling when I was old enough to sign up. At the age of 20, In 2008, I joined the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer. I was deployed, in 2010, to Afghanistan to search for IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices). I was blown up 3 separate times, and the 3rd one got me. July 2nd, 2011, I was blown up by a 200-lb IED while on mission. It was the first IED to penetrate an RG31 truck. The blast resulted in putting me in a coma for 6 weeks. I lost both my legs, right arm snapped in half, lost my four front teeth, pelvis snapped in half, spine dislocated from my pelvis, and everything in my torso was destroyed by shrapnel except for my heart and left lung. In total, I received 26 injuries, and had 28 surgeries, this completely changed my life. Doctors said I wasn’t going to be able to do many things, like, use prosthetics because my legs were so badly damaged. Also, that I wouldn’t be able to speak properly or sing ever again because of a tracheotomy.

With each day, I am proving them wrong. I am the only double amputee recording artist in the world. God wasn’t finished with me yet. Since I got my prosthetics, I have performed for 2 Presidential Inaugurations, Presidents Obama and Trump. I have performed with Lee Greenwood, Neil McCoy, Aaron Tippin, Jason Castro, and more. I have performed for non-profit organizations such as Adopt-a-Vet and Helping a Hero, which are in support of our military. I also, performed for organizations that support the local community, like, “Taking it to the Streets”, a homelessness initiative, and G.A.N.G Outreach in Colorado, that provides positive/encouraging sports camps for underprivileged kids. I have also been able to perform and inspire thousands in Brazil and Mexico. I signed the dotted line when I joined the Army – to SERVE and protect the American people – and since I am still alive, by the grace of God, I will continue to serve. Retirement is just a word! So, I decided to be a motivational speaker to share my story and give hope to those who need it. I am a reminder for others to “Never Give Up, Never Surrender”.

My goal is to impact the world with more than just music. Changing hearts and minds, one at a time.

In a situation like mine, most people would look in the mirror and feel like no one would want them. I was blessed to have found someone who not only loves me for me, but also supports my career and my passion of singing. Crystal, my beautiful wife as of Feb. 2018, has been a huge support for me and given my life purpose. We now work together inspiring couples around us, telling them the amazing story of what brought us together.

April 1st – 9th, I went back to AFGHANISTAN to have a “proper exit.” I was able to visit the hospital I was first recovering in after being blown up. Since I was in a coma, I did not remember much of the hospitals or traveling that I did during that time. As I visited different bases around Afghanistan, I was welcomed back with open arms from thousands of troops. I was proud to walk down the welcome ceremonial row, holding my “NICE TRY TAILBAN” shirt. One of the most amazing feelings was getting to wear the U.S. Army uniform once again, but nothing compared to the feeling of getting to leave the country on my own two feet, prosthetic feet, with my head held high!

Upon returning from Afghanistan, just as it seemed like my story was about to end, Crystal and I were in a serious car accident that rolled our jeep and destroyed our car. Airbags went off in every direction, and glass shattered with every turn of our vehicle. Thank God we were wearing our seat belts, otherwise the damage we received would have been worse. But as part of the strong and determined Lane family, we will overcome. Nothing in this world will defeat us or bring us down! We have a purpose… to bring hope, love, inspiration and the idea of being mentally strong, to people across the world.

SOCRS097- Khalid Elneser- “Freedom & Hempworx”

SOCRS097- Khalid Elneser- “Freedom & Hempworx”

October 3, 2019

United States Air Force Veteran Khalid Elneser discusses his childhood, service to Our Country, military-to-civilian life transition challenges, Freedom and the benefits of hemp-based holistic products that are helping people to live better lives.

SOCRS096- John Preston- “The 1000 Year Warrior: 22 & You”

SOCRS096- John Preston- “The 1000 Year Warrior: 22 & You”

September 24, 2019

John Preston is an American singer-songwriter, firefighter and US Marine Corps veteran. In this candid interview he talks of his childhood, military service and its after-effects on him personally and others, including close family members. He explains how his musical career started, how he creates his songs, his influences and inspirations and what music means to him.  

For more information about his current project visit: www.22andYou.net 

SOCRS095- Osee “Trey” Fagan- “The Untold Stories of Valhalla”

SOCRS095- Osee “Trey” Fagan- “The Untold Stories of Valhalla”

September 19, 2019

When Osee “Trey” Fagan came up with the idea for a book about fallen heroes, he had three goals in mind.Honor the fallen so they’re not forgotten. Find a way to support their families. Inspire the current and next generation of Marines.

After serving in the Marine Corps’ Force Reconnaissance and Marine Corps’ Forces Special Operations Command, MARSOC, Fagan said he felt compelled to start the project.

“I’m getting out and transitioning out of the military in a couple months,” said Fagan. “I felt like I still had something to give, something to honor the people in the community and the guys who died.”

The project is coming together as a book called “The Untold Stories of Valhalla,” which tells more than a dozen stories of service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The book will be a compilation of stories written by close friends of the fallen, with permission from their families. Stories about the fallen won’t just be about their roles as Marines, it will be about who they were as family men, friends and as individuals.

The mythological Valhalla is a place where heroes go who have died in combat to join their brothers in a glorious feast to celebrate their valor in combat, which is where the title of the book came from.

Veteran authors writing about their friends’ lives and their deaths had to be compelled to write their stories, said Fagan.

“You do it because you know at the end state, this product is going to honor them in the long run and it’s going to help their families for one and it’s going to be in good nature,” said Fagan.

For Joe Bell, an author in the book, it was therapeutic to tell his friend’s story.

“The story I’m writing, I’m so close to the person I’m writing about, that it’s easy to describe everything he meant to me and my family,” he said.

For Bell, the book means more than just telling stories.

“It’s important because the next generation of raiders need to know they’re just like these guys and they can be just like these guys and (the book) can give them something to emulate,” he said.

Bell said the book is also important to not only show the character and human side of the Marines, but to also put the Marine Corps in a good light.

Both Bell and Fagan said they hope the book will eventually make the Commandant’s Reading List, a selection of books the commandant of the Marine Corps puts out for Marines to read to improve their leadership and their well-roundedness as a marine.

“It would mean the effort of the authors and the Marines in the stories are worthy of note throughout the Marine Corps,” Bell said. “It would signify the sacrifice they made would mean something to the entire Marine Corps family.”

Profits from the book will support the families of the fallen. Donations and book sales will be evenly divided to provide support, said Fagan. According to Brothers In Arms, money from the project will go to quality of life initiatives for surviving spouses and children; grief counseling; educational and vocational scholarships; assistance with cost of living expenses for families suffering from economical hardships; and travel expenses associated with annual travel to/from memorial sites/ceremonies such as Arlington National Cemetery.

“Our goal is to raise $17,000 (needed to get the book published),” Fagan said. “Everything above that is going to go to support the families.”

Through this book, Fagan said he hopes to honor the fallen so they’re not forgotten, find a way to support their families, and inspire the current and next generation of Marines.

“It’s a labor of love because the stories (the authors) are writing about meant a lot to them,” Bell said. “It’s as much about us writing the book about these Marines as it is about the families who are going to hopefully read the book.”

For more information on the book or the Brothers In Arms Foundation, visit www.brothersinarmsfoundation.org/the-untold-stories-of-valhalla.

SOCRS094- Barry Zworestine- “Country Roots”

SOCRS094- Barry Zworestine- “Country Roots”

September 6, 2019

Barry Zworestine (In His Own Words):

I was born in Southern Rhodesia (in what is now Zimbabwe) in 1953. After a fairly uneventful schooling in which I focused more on sports than on academics, I went to university in South Africa, where I spent several years training in the field of education.

In 1976 I returned to Rhodesia to comply with national service requirements and was involved in the Rhodesian Bush War. On leaving the war in 1977, I spent a number of years living and working in South Africa before emigrating to Australia, where I lived for several years before settling in England for a brief period of time. After unsuccessfully attempting to mountain bike from Great Britain to Israel in 1984, I flew there instead and spent four years developing the British Council English Language Centre. While in Israel I developed a passion for marathon running, which then extended to ultra-marathon running after I returned to South Africa to qualify as a clinical psychologist.

 I returned to Australia in 2000, where I have remained ever since. In 2002, given my military experience and psychological qualifications, I was accepted as a contractor with a veteran organisation; I still continue with this work today. I also continue to run short distances and am passionate about music. I play the African drum, American Indian flute and the Australian didgeridoo.

In my most recent book, “Which Way is your Warrior facing” I dress the complex nature of transitioning to Civilian territory. I have also combined Book One “Which Way is Your Claymore Facing” and set the book up as a free PDF download from my website. I have encapsulated many years of conversations and learning with the extraordinary men and women I have sat with in my practice over the years, from regular to special forces soldiers. I hope that some of what I have written will support you and others around you on your journey towards healing. As I have noted, this is not a researched and academic text, and as such it may very well have its failings and limitations. Instead, this book is based on years of conversations with veterans and their partners and children. It is based on my experiences and challenges as a veteran and a man. It embodies years of exposure to neuroscience principles and brain- and body-based wisdom. I have tried to express this in simple, accessible writing and to draw on military operational terms to explain relevant concepts and lessons. I've also drawn on my own life experience while navigating my own pathway through a variety of life challenges.

SOCRS093- Boone Cutler- “On The Front Lines…Always”

SOCRS093- Boone Cutler- “On The Front Lines…Always”

September 4, 2019

Boone Cutler is an author, columnist, music video director and Warfighter Rights leader. He holds the distinguished honor of being the first nationally recognized radio talk show personality who is also a combat veteran from the current war.

Boone’s message is simple: “America has lost faith in what they used to believe were the heroes of Hollywood, America has become disgusted with the political climate of today so the only place to turn to and trust for leadership is the Warfighter.”

Boone began writing his Iraq War-inspired autobiographical account of what he experienced, Voodoo in Sadr City, during his combat tour in Iraq, and completed it during his two-year recovery from wartime injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during the Neglect Scandal of 2007.

After recovery, Boone began to see a major void in the Warfighter community.  He decided to approach Fox News affiliate 99.1 FM Talk with the concept of a new show that focused on national, international and social events based on the Warfighter’s perspective.

In 2011, his show Tipping Point with Boone Cutler was launched, providing a weekly platform for Boone’s raw Paratrooper, no-holds-barred style. The show quickly becoming a hit over the air waves and online, with an audience of fellow Warfighters and curious mainstream American listeners.

In June 2014, Tipping Point with Boone Cutler began its partnership with KNEWS 107.3 FM in Reno, NV airing for three hours every Saturday.

In 2010, Boone founded the National Warfighter Symposium to bring much needed attention to Warfighter issues, such as post-combat life – particularly the alarming rates of Warfighter suicide and homelessness.

America currently loses at least 23 Warfighters (22 veterans + 1 active duty) to suicide every single day. This is a number that Boone has made his mission to combat with his creation of “The Spartan Pledge”.  Warfighters promise not to take their own lives, and instead vow to find a new mission to help one another. He has chosen GallantFew.org, founded by US Army Ranger Karl Monger as his signature charity.

In 2012, Boone was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease, secondary to a blast-injury in Iraq.  He is currently starting to campaign for more awareness on the issue in the Warfighter Community.

Governor Sandoval of Nevada appointed Boone to the Inter-agency Council on Veteran Affairs for the 2012/2013 term. Boone is now very involved with the arts, after seeing first the healing effects of music therapy. He also works as music video producer / director for REDCON-1 MUSIC GROUP.

In 2014, Boone became the national spokesperson for the Warfighter Rights’ Movement whose mission is to end Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder phobia that results in discrimination against Warfighters in employment, housing and the judicial process.

Boone spoke at the 2016 World Peace Conference.

SOCRS092- Jack Berman- “The Shirts Off Their Backs”

SOCRS092- Jack Berman- “The Shirts Off Their Backs”

August 30, 2019

Jack Berman joined the Navy while still in High School in 1960. During his time in the Navy, he worked as a radar man and a storekeeper during various enlistments until 1976. Jack switched over to the Air Force in 1976 and worked as a Production control supervisor for civil engineering projects. Jack now lives in Missoula, Montana.

Jack is a combat veteran deploying to Vietnam and during Desert Storm in 1991.
SOCRS091- Roy Duncan- “Do Your Job, Come Home, and Get Busy to Work”

SOCRS091- Roy Duncan- “Do Your Job, Come Home, and Get Busy to Work”

August 22, 2019

U.S. Army Veteran and Bronze Star recipient Mr. Roy H. Duncan is THE FIRST WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN to join us on the show. 

Roy is the son of a sharecropper and was born in Western Kentucky. During the war, he was a Radio Operator assigned to HQ Company, 21st Armored Inf Bn, 11th Armored Division in General Patton’s Third Army.

This native Kentuckian answered his Nation’s call to duty and his story is amazing, one worth hearing. The tail-end of his military service took him through the last six months of the war that had the 11th Armor Division pushing through the sun-covered countryside from France to Linz where they liberated the Mauthausen Concentration Camp on the day the war ended.

Roy Duncan was not awarded just one Bronze Star Medals, he’s got three.