Hazard Ground

Servicemembers from across the military, sharing their accounts of combat and survival. Hosted by sports talk radio host and Army veteran, Mark Zinno, this podcast brings you firsthand accounts of war, with a perspective you only get from someone who has lived through it. From WWII to Vietnam, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hear inspirational stories of service and resiliency from those who have fought on and off the battlefield!

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Hazard Ground

Ep. 122 - Remi Adeleke (Navy SEAL/Writer/Actor)

Remi Adeleke was destined to lead an unconventional life. He might say it was divine intervention. Whatever it was, it put him on a path most ordinary people never travel. Then again, Remi isn't an ordinary human being. He was born into Nigerian royalty, the son of a Yoruba chief. His father was also an entrepreneur, architect, and engineer, who worked to bring prosperity to Nigeria through innovative development projects. But, his father's untimely death would leave Remi's family penniless, and resettled in the Bronx, NY. Remi would go from Prince to street hustler, until a twist of fate lead him to the Navy, where he put himself through hell to become a Navy SEAL. His story didn't end there, but only got better. Hear his incredible story of transformation - how he defied the odds in the Bronx, the Navy, and in combat - on this very inspirational episode of HAZARD GROUND!

"Transformed"

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00:00:00 6/24/2019

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We bring a little bit of levity to the show this week with our guest, Matt Cothron. Matt, better known by his online moniker, Uncle Chaps, is a successful (and humorous) blogger and podcast host. But, before that, he was a Marine, serving in combat as a bomb dog handler. In 2007 he was shot through the arm - an injury that would eventually contribute to medical retirement. Leading up to that event, he had been in over 40 fire fights and conducted over 100 raids in Iraq. His experiences in combat would ultimately contribute to a diagnosis of PTSD toward the end of his military career. In turn, his struggle with PTSD would lead to a very personal and regretful event in his life that he still pays the price for to this day. Hear about Matt Cothron's journey from Marine to successful career bringing humor and perspective to the masses, on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.getheadstrong.org

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00:00:00 6/17/2019

When you look back on Jason Redman's career as a Navy SEAL, two words stand out: warrior and leader. We've said it before - those words get thrown around rather loosely. But in Jason's case, they are terms he continues to embody, even after his career in the Navy was finished. In this episode, he talks about what it means to be a leader, and what it takes to continue to grow as one, constantly learning and refining knowledge, lessons, and experience. He also goes in-depth on what happened to him on the night of September 13, 2007, when the assault force he was leading came under heavy fire while hunting down an Al Qaeda HVI. Redman was injured badly, taking multiple rounds to his body and gear, and one devastating round to his face. Hear how he helped bring his men home alive that night; and how a hand-written sign he had hung on his door at Bethesda Naval Medical Center became the rallying cry for his recovery, and an inspiration to many others! Hear all of it on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.jasonredman.com | "The Trident" | "Overcome"  

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00:00:00 6/10/2019

We have another Special Guest this week, and an absolutely incredible story of one man's quest to survive under Saddam Hussein's rule as well as the insurgency that plagued his country months into Operation Iraqi Freedom. He still goes by his code name, Johnny Walker, and for years - including through Desert Storm and the 2003 U.S. invasion - he dreamed of a better life for himself and his family. He didn't see a future in Iraq, but rather one nested in the American Dream. Johnny Walker discovered a path to that dream when he started working as an interpreter, or "terp" as they're known on the battlefield, for Navy SEALS operating in his homeland against the insurgency vying for control. Hear Johnny talk about what life was like under Saddam, how he found purpose in working with U.S. forces, and how he eventually achieved his American Dream, in this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.codenamejohnnywalker.com | "Code Name: Johnny Walker" 

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00:00:00 6/3/2019

It was an absolute honor to have Marine, WWII vet, and Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel "Woody" Williams on the show! Woody Williams grew up in rural West Virginia, so far removed from urban centers that his family had no access to daily news sources. So, Woody's family had virtually no access to information about the military, let alone the events leading up to WWII. But, eventually it was the Second World War that would act as the catalyst for Woody joining the Marine Corps. While fighting on Iwo Jima, Williams "displayed 'valiant devotion to duty' and service above self as he 'enabled his company to reach its objective,'" earning him the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle. Woody received the Medal from President Truman at the White House on October 5, 1945. Williams is the last surviving Marine from WWII to wear the Medal of Honor. This is an incredible, inspiring edition of HAZARD GROUND you don't want to miss!

www.hwwmohf.org 

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00:00:00 5/27/2019

Our Special Guest this week is Renee Nickell. Renee became a Gold Star Sibling when she lost her brother, Marine Major Samuel Griffith in combat on December 14, 2011 in Afghanistan. Renee was very close to Sam; in her eyes, he was her hero. Losing him was devastating. Six years after his death, she decided to honor and remember Sam by writing a memoir about him, with the hope that it would help her and others who had lost a sibling, find some peace in the process of healing. The book is "Always My Hero" and it's a tribute to Samuel Griffith. Renee shares with us her journey from losing her brother, writing the book, and finding a reason to be whole again on this very moving episode of HAZARD GROUND.

www.reneenickell.com | "Always My Hero" 

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00:00:00 5/20/2019

This week, another legend in the Special Ops community joins us, as retired Colonel Lee Van Arsdale takes us through two pivotal operations for the storied 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, more commonly known as Delta Force. Van Arsdale joined Delta Force in 1985, and spent 14 years leading some of the most elite soldiers history has ever seen. As a Major, he lead the Delta assault troop that captured Manual Noriega in Panama in 1989, personally restraining Noriega while he was taken into custody. Van Arsdale was involved with several other high impact missions throughout his career, the world will never know about; however, one other one rose to notoriety in the mid '90s. That was the Battle of Mogadishu - more commonly known as "Black Hawk Down." In this episode, we once again get a rare look at this battle - and new information about it, from a man who lead troops on the ground there. A West Point grad, Van Arsdale now works on the faculty staff at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, helping develop the next generation of leaders. This is one episode you don't want to miss!

www.thayerleaderdevelopment.com 

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00:00:00 5/13/2019

There are many general officers in the U.S. military, but there are few who truly leave their mark on the organization after they have finished serving in its ranks. LTG (Ret) Michael Ferriter is one of those few. His commitment to not only serving his country, during multiple times of conflict, as a Ranger and beyond, along with his steadfast leadership have made the military a healthier and more lethal fighting force. LTG Ferriter is also responsible for bringing the Combatives Program to the Army. But, it's his thirty-plus years of service in uniform, and uncompromising sense of integrity, having lead soldiers from the elite 75th Ranger Regiment to taking care of military families as the commanding general of Installation Management Command that stand out as his greatest achievements. We were lucky enough to have him share with us his journey through the ranks and what he's doing now to continue to influence lives, on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.theferritergroup.com | www.nationalvmm.org 

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00:00:00 5/6/2019

Scot Spooner is a modern-day warrior. He joined the Army at a young age, earned his Green Beret, and eventually earned a spot in the Army's elite Delta Force. He's trained for war, instructed others in its finer and deadlier points; fought in combat and survived when others around him were less fortunate, and returned home, seemingly unscathed. But, ultimately, injuries deeper than skin surface came to light. So Scot, in the truest sense of the term "warrior," sought healing while discovering a way to not just help himself, but help others, as he and his brother and business partner call it, "become more powerful humans." This is a very inspirational story about a man who experienced combat not just in war, but in his personal life as well. Scot's literally been tested by fire, and has come out of it a truly more powerful human. Hear his incredible story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.ogfree.com 

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00:00:00 4/29/2019

This week we return to Afghanistan, 2002, and the Battle of Takur Ghar. Retired Army Master Sergeant and Ranger, Eric Stebner tells it from the perspective of leading Chalk 2 of his Quick Reaction Force up an over 10,000-foot mountain, under enemy mortar fire, to link up with his Platoon Leader's chalk, which was already engaged with the enemy on top of the mountain. Stebner recounts the effort to climb 2000 feet, at a high altitude in the thin mountain air, and fight the battle to take back the high ground on top of Takur Ghar, and eventually recover the bodies of Navy SEAL Neil Roberts and USAF combat controller John Chapman. He and his chalk would eventually fight their way to securing Takur Ghar, but not until well over twelve hours after landing, and losing a total of five men, including Eric's best friend, when it's all said and done. Hear this moving account of combat and survival on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.myusvc.com/4vrrip.html 

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00:00:00 4/22/2019

Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Kevin Lacz left college to join the Navy with orders for SEAL training. He would go on to graduate with BUD/s Class 246, and eventually land with SEAL Team Three. By 2006, he was fighting in Ramadi, Iraq, working primarily as a sniper and medic. In 2008 he returned to Iraq, working again as a sniper, medic, and also breacher - SEAL certifications that made him the only member of his platoon qualified to participate in any operation the platoon planned. During his time in Iraq, Kevin also worked alongside American Sniper, Chris Kyle. Their close relationship led to Kevin working as a technical advisor, as well as playing himself, in Clint Eastwood's 2014 film, "American Sniper." Kevin talks about that experience as well as surviving combat, and losing not just teammates, but what it's like to lose a piece of yourself on the battlefield, in this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.huntingforhealing.org 

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00:00:00 4/16/2019

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