Straight Outta Combat Radio-Honoring Combat Wisdom
SOCRS132- Kenneth Bender- “America: Courage, Commitment, Community”

SOCRS132- Kenneth Bender- “America: Courage, Commitment, Community”

October 8, 2020

Kenneth Bender (In His Own Words):

U.S. Army Air Corps -World War Two

Senior Fire Control NCO, B-29 'Superfortress'

I was born 95 years ago on September 7, 1925 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. located on the Mississippi river about halfway between St. Louis and Memphis.  I have lived here all my life except for time I spent in the service during WWII.

My father was a banker and when I was eight years old in 1933, in the heart of the great depression, the bank in which he worked became bankrupt.  Except for odd jobs, such as working in the collector’s office during tax season or helping out in another bank during vacations, he was unemployed for about three years.  We were poor, but so were most of my friends, and I really did not realize what my parents were going through to provide for my three older siblings, me and themselves. When I was nine I got a job selling magazines on Tuesdays after school, making about twenty cents each week. It was spending money for a kid.  When I was 11, I got a job delivering papers after school making sixty cents a week.  After several months, the new social security law came into effect and you had to be at least twelve years old to get a social security card. I was laid off until my twelfth birthday.  I got a better route and in time I finally worked up to $2.70 a week.  I kept this job until I was in high school when I got a job setting pins in a bowling alley.  This was in the day before automatic pin setters.  On an average night working from about 6:00 pm to 9:00 or 10:00 pm I would make anywhere from sixty cents to a $1.20.  I was rich.  Somewhere about my junior or senior year I got a job working in a hardware store after school and on Saturday making thirty-five cents an hour.

 

In the middle of all this on December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.  This was a Sunday and in the early afternoon our family was getting ready to take a short drive around town. My Mother would not let me go along because I had not written a paper for school that was due the next day.

 

As they were getting ready to leave my uncle called and told my dad to turn on the radio. THE JAPANESE HAD BOMBED OUR NAVAL BASE AT PEARL HARBOR IN HWAII.  We were all glued to the radio for the rest of the day. The next day, Monday, at school our principal brought his big floor model radio from home.  He set it on a table in the cafeteria and let anyone who had a drop hour come in and listen to President Roosevelt address a joint session of congress asking them to declare that a state of war had existed since the bombing began the day before.  I was lucky enough to be in the room and hear this historic address.

When I was seventeen years old and a senior in high school I knew that when I was eighteen I would be eligible for the draft, so a buddy of mine and I (with the principal’s approval) skipped a day of school and drove to the town of Sikeston, Mo. Which was about 30 miles away and had a small army air corps training base.  We spent all day taking tests and when we were told that we had passed we were sworn in to the Army Air Corps Reserves under a program in which we would not be called to active duty until after we were 18 years old.  We had chosen our branch of service and felt good about it.

 

A few months after my 18th birthday I was called to active duty and after a period of schooling I became as Central Fire Control gunner on a B-29 Superfortress.  The largest and longest- range aero plane that had entered the war.  I was sent from Lowery Field in Denver, (a great place to be assigned) to the air base at the tiny dusty town of Clovis, New Mexico.  In a large gymnasium, men were assembled in groups according to their job.  All pilots in one bunch, navigators in another, CFC gunners, etc.  A pilots name was called and he stepped to the center of the room, a co-pilot, a navigator, etc. until a crew of 11 men (boys mostly) had been assembled.  We introduced ourselves to each other and the next day began flying together.  We started in a B-17 because there were not enough B-29s available.  Our pilot had been trained on a B-17 and flew it well.  After a few weeks we got to move up to a B-29 which was a whole new world for our pilot and co-pilot.

SOCRS131- Bill Quiqley- “On Mission with Transition”

SOCRS131- Bill Quiqley- “On Mission with Transition”

August 17, 2020

Bill Quiqley is a former Army Psychological Operations 1SG who transitioned out of the service after 20+ years in the Special Operations community. He is currently the City Leader for Bunker Labs in Tampa, where he encourages Veterans and Military spouses to realize their dreams of financial independence through entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder of Gorilla Gurus, a design and ad agency specializing in Gorilla Marketing.

 

Throughout his career as a Special Operations professional, Bill was the beneficiary of innovation that enabled him to deploy to remote locations and accomplish the missions assigned to him. He had the opportunity to travel professionally to over 15 countries, sharing his knowledge of information dissemination strategies with partner nations. Being able to identify new and creative ways to message select audiences that resulted in positive and long-lasting change was vital to his success while in uniform. Bill served two combat deployments in Iraq in addition to tours in Bosnia, Nigeria, Niger, and Qatar. It is because of those experiences that he is passionate about telling the story of Innovation and the Veteran Community.

SOCRS130- Marvin “Gonzo” Gonzales- “Immigrant’s Son: Family is Everything”

SOCRS130- Marvin “Gonzo” Gonzales- “Immigrant’s Son: Family is Everything”

June 26, 2020

Marvin Gonzalez  “Gonzo” 

 Born and raised in Long Island, NY. Family came from El Salvador escaping the civil war. Graduated from West Hempstead High School and following the attacks on the WTC 9/11.

Enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  October 27, 2004 attended Navy Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois.  Graduated Gunners Mate “A” School in June 2005 and assigned to amphibious assault ship USS OGDEN LPD-5 from March 2005 to March 2007. During this timeframe deployed to the Arabian Gulf with Navy’s Fifth Fleet and Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. After a successful WESPAC deployment and decommissioning of USS OGDEN LPD-5. Transferred to Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training Class 265 Coronado, California, from March 2007 to October 2007. 

Successfully completed training and moved on to SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). Graduated SQT Class 270.Upon completion of SEAL Qualification Training, transferred to SEAL Team EIGHT in April 2009.  Completed 1 deployment to Yemen (Mar-Sept 2010), as well as 1 JCET deployment to Colombia (Nov 2010), and 1 deployment to Africa (Feb – July 2011). On June 15, 2012, was Honorably Discharged from active duty service. Worked in Private Sector for various security projects and conducted underwater construction projects in NY Tri-state area.  In Nov 2018, hired by the Department of State as a Method of Entry MOE Instructor. Charged with providing training to foreign law enforcement agents in the Middle East and Africa. Currently President and owner of OP5 Tactical. 

Personal awards include Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Battle E Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, , Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal, Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Device, Military Freefall Parachutist   

 Currently holds a Commercial Deep Sea Diver Diploma, and is working towards completing a bachelor’s degree in Security Management through Bellevue University.

 He is currently married to Joanna and has 3 children:  Gabriella (4), Joseph (2), Jeremy (4 months)

SOCRS129- JayR McIntyre- “Security Expert: Son of A Preacher Man”

SOCRS129- JayR McIntyre- “Security Expert: Son of A Preacher Man”

June 11, 2020
JayR McIntrye, CEO~Rat Pack Worldwide Security (Son of a Preacher Man)
 
During his tenure in the United States Army, JayR McIntyre served in the 1st Infantry Division in Germany from 2002-2005 with his First Deployment to Tikrit, Iraq from 2004-2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom and Served in the 1st Calvary Division from 2005-2008 with his Second Deployment to Mosul, Iraq from 2006-2008 for 15 months. JayR also served in the 1st Armor Division from 2009-2011 with his third deployment to Mosul, Iraq 2010-2011 for 9 Months.
 
JayR has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat action Badge and Numerous Army Achievement medals. Air Assault Qualified. JayR Holds a B.S in Sports Medicine and an Associates in Sports Medicine and is a Graduated of The EBV UConn School of Business 2019. He also serves as the President of Student Veterans of America at Keiser University in Tampa Florida; He also is a Veteran Treatment Court Mentor in Tampa Florida.
 
 
SOCRS128- Kirby Ingles- “Creating Pillars of Community”

SOCRS128- Kirby Ingles- “Creating Pillars of Community”

June 8, 2020

Our veteran guest for this episode of Straight Outta Combat (Radio-Medicine by GreenZone Hero) is Army veteran Kirby Ingles. Kirby is a 23-year veteran who now lives in Central Missouri with his wife and four children.

Currently, Kirby is a leadership and transformation coach working with young professionals, transitioning veterans, and emerging leaders. Kirby’s passion is helping fatherless men live a more fulfilled life and to become pillars of their communities. His focus to bring positive light to the strengths of the men he works with so that they can become leaders who change the world.

SOCRS127- Adam Bird- “Heroes Media Group: A Brighter Future for Podcasters”

SOCRS127- Adam Bird- “Heroes Media Group: A Brighter Future for Podcasters”

May 29, 2020

Adam Bird is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heroes Media Group LLC. Heroes Media Group (HMG) is a Digital Media Branding platform committed to providing a voice for our community heroes and those who support them. HMG is committed to providing education, entertainment and empowerment to: Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, Firefighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Educators, Medical Professionals, and Clergy.

Adam earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Management in 2011. He is an experienced entrepreneur and leader in building companies, educating, training and mentoring and empowering teams to success. Ultimately, Adam founded HMG to create jobs and reorganize the way media is consumed, delivered and trusted on a global scale.

Born in Wisconsin, Adam developed a love for the outdoors at a very young age. Fishing, hunting and playing sports was an everyday thing. After high school Adam enlisted the Army National Guard where he worked in various positions until mid 2007, when he left the Military to pursue greater opportunities and to be a full-time single parent to his son.

Mr. Bird has recently changed his single status to married and we congratulate him.

SOCRS126- Steve Breakstone- “Opportunities & Then Some Never Quit”

SOCRS126- Steve Breakstone- “Opportunities & Then Some Never Quit”

May 21, 2020

Steve Breakstone grew up in Pennsylvania.  He was enlisted in the US Army Infantry stationed in Alaska from 1984-87 and earned the Expert Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.  Steve was a police officer in the City of Sarasota from 1987-2011.  He was selected as the Police Officer of the Year in 1992. He investigated persons crimes and homicides.  He was a Detective Sergeant of Detectives and retired from the department as a Lieutenant. He is divorced and the father of 4 children, aged 35, 23, and 18. A son was deceased at 17.  Steve authored the book, "Redemption of Joe".  He speaks fluent Spanish and is very involved in personal development and mentoring.

SOCRS125- Don Mann- “Duty, Honor, Country & Close Calls”

SOCRS125- Don Mann- “Duty, Honor, Country & Close Calls”

May 13, 2020

Our guest for this episode of Straight Outta Combat Radio (Radio-Medicine by GreenZone Hero) is former Navy Seal Team SIX Commando, World-Class Adventure Competitor, and New York Times Best Selling Author, Mr. Don Mann.

Don’s military biography is impressive-he’s a decorated combat veteran; Corpsman; SEAL Special Operations Technician; jungle, desert, and arctic-survival instructor; small arms weapons instructor; foreign arms weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance, and Escape Instructor; in addition to other credentials.

He is the author of 20 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography “Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.”  The members of SEAL Team Six are synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. These are the same elite warriors who assassinated Osama bin Laden. As a member of this elite team of warriors, Don worked in countless dangerous operations around the world to include Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He was even captured by the enemy once and lived to tell the tale.

To become a SEAL, Don had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point and beyond. Don’s narrative is all about physical and mental toughness. He has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience; and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.

Mann received a Master’s in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York. He lives in Cape Charles, VA.

Navy Seal Team SIX Commando, World-Class Adventure Competitor, and New York Times Best Selling Author, Mr. Don Mann.

Don’s military biography is impressive-he’s a decorated combat veteran; Corpsman; SEAL Special Operations Technician; jungle, desert, and arctic-survival instructor; small arms weapons instructor; foreign arms weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance, and Escape Instructor; in addition to other credentials.

He is the author of 11 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography “Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.”  The members of SEAL Team Six are synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. These are the same elite warriors who assassinated Osama bin Laden. As a member of this elite team of warriors, Don worked in countless dangerous operations around the world to include Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He was even captured by the enemy once and lived to tell the tale.

To become a SEAL, Don had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point and beyond. Don’s narrative is all about physical and mental toughness. He has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience; and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.

Mann received a Master’s in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York. He lives in Cape Charles, VA.

SOCRS0124- Jesse Gould- “Heroic Hearts Project: Leading the Way in the Fight Against PTSD”

SOCRS0124- Jesse Gould- “Heroic Hearts Project: Leading the Way in the Fight Against PTSD”

May 7, 2020

Jesse Gould is Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pioneering psychedelic therapies for military veterans. After being deployed in Afghanistan three times, he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017 to spearhead the acceptance and use of ayahuasca therapy as a means of addressing the current mental health crisis among veterans.

The Heroic Hearts Project has raised over $150,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s and partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, as well as sponsoring psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia.

Jesse helps shape treatment programs and spreads awareness of plant medicine as a therapeutic method. He has spoken globally about psychedelics and mental health, and received accolades including being recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020 by Cause Artist. Driven by a mission to help military veterans struggling with mental trauma, he is best known for his own inspiring battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy. 

Jesse’s work can be seen and heard at NY Times, Breaking Convention, San Francisco Psychedelic Liberty Summit, People of Purchase, The Freq, Psychedelics Today Podcast, Kyle Kingsbury Podcast, Cause Artist, WAMU 88.5 and The GrowthOp. 

SOCRS123- Ben Killoy- “The Fatherhood Sensei”

SOCRS123- Ben Killoy- “The Fatherhood Sensei”

April 28, 2020

Ben Killoy is a Husband, Father, and Marine Veteran living in Milton, WI with my beautiful wife and kids.  

He was an 1142 Electrical Equipment Repair Specialist in the Marine Corp (aka Generator Mechanic), served from 2003-2007, mostly in Okinawa. While there, he traveled to South Korea four times and stared down the North Korean in the DMZ. He also visited Australia, and wrapped up my time in the Corps with a trip to historical Iwo Jima.

Ben was employed shortly after leaving the service, but was still not connected to his inner passion: leadership. He wandered without a clear path to follow.  It was only after he went to a seminar that changed everything and reignited his passion for Leadership. 

Since then, Ben has been on a 4-year journey to master leadership principles and to understand his true capabilities to own his life and the choices he was making. When he left the Marines, he felt that he was not going to reach his full potential while serving and that it was going to hold him back. "That sounds funny saying it out loud as it not a reason most people give, but that was where my mindset was," says Ben.

Currently, Ben uses his passion for leadership to help Military Veteran Dads understand who they are, develop the skills to overcome adversity and own their life and choices. He helps dads come home to their families and make the strongest legacy any of us can have, our families.

Ben loves leadership because it allows him "to reach down and pull people up when others might have pushed them down."

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