Episode 88 - Ishmael Beah


Ishmael Beah, best-selling author and human rights spokesperson, was appointed UNICEF’s first Advocate for Children Affected by War on 20 November 2007.  In accepting the position Mr. Beah said, “… for me it’s just a way to give me more strength to continue doing what I’ve already embarked on, what I’ve dedicated my life to doing – which is to make sure that what happened to me doesn’t continue to happen to other children around the world.”  He pledged to give a voice and hope to children whose lives have been scarred by violence.

In 1991, the outbreak of a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone upended the lives of millions.  Ishmael Beah’s parents and two brothers were killed and he was forcibly recruited into the war at age 13. After two years, with UNICEF help, he was removed from the army and placed in a rehabilitation home in Freetown.

At the 1996 United Nations presentation of the Machel Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, Mr. Beah spoke about the devastating effects of war on children in his country. In May 2000, at the UN Special Session on Children he served on a panel entitled ‘Reclaiming Our Children: The UN Responds to the Plight of the Child Soldier’. The panel included then Secretary General Kofi Annan and UN agency heads.

Mr. Beah continues his advocacy to help change the course for the thousands of children still trapped in wars. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has testified before the United States Congress. In 2008, he co-founded the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW) with a mission to raise awareness of the plight of children in conflict zones, advocate for an end to hostilities and provide role models for children who are currently struggling to recover from war.

Activity highlights

Ishmael Beah’s book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier was published in the United States in 2007. It has since been published in Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia and appears in over 35 languages. The book was also available in Starbucks shops, and for each book sold, US$ 2.00 went to the US Fund for UNICEF.  A Long Way Gone has been assigned to freshman classes of several universities in the US.

Mr. Beah has received numerous humanitarian and writing awards. He has spoken at many literary festivals including the Hay on Wye Literary Festival in Wales, United Kingdom. He appears in Bling: A Planet Rock, a 2007 documentary that draws attention to the diamond conflict.

Ishmael's UNICEF webpage:


Ishmael's Books:

A Long Way Gone

Radiance of Tomorrow

Recommended Books:

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Battle of Algiers - Alan O'Leary

Recommended movies:

Flags of our Fathers

Letter from Iwo Jima


Episode 87 - Pip III


Rob Piparo, better known as Pip, is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department, located in New Brunswick, NJ and a Paramedic with Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. He has been involved with emergency services for 17 years. Pip holds certifications as a Firefighter 1 & 2, NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor, Extrication, High Angle and Confined Space Technician, NJ and National Registry Paramedic, and Crossfit Level I.

Pip has always been passionate about fitness. He spent several years running half marathons and training strictly with kettlebells until he discovered Crossfit. He is currently a Coach at Iron Crossfit in North Brunswick , NJ . He has also completed a marathon and an Olympic distance triathlon with hopes of someday being able to compete in an ironman distance.

Pip’s passion for training lead him to the 555 Fitness page, where he quickly developed a friendship with its founder. After several months of back and forth banter, he asked Pip if he wanted to join the team. One could say the rest is history, but for now, we will just say we are too busy making history. email – pip@555fitness.com

Website: http://www.555fitness.org

Recommended Book:

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual - Jocko Willink

Recommended TV:

The Crown


Episode 86 - Jason Kasper


Jason Kasper is the bestselling author of the David Rivers series. He served in the United States Army for fifteen years, beginning as a Ranger private in 2001 and ending as a Special Forces captain and team commander in 2016.

Jason is a West Point graduate and a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and was an avid marathon and ultramarathon runner, skydiver, and BASE jumper, all of which inspire his fiction.  He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Cary, North Carolina.

Jason's website:


Jason's Books:

Greatest Enemy

Offer of Revenge

Dark Redemption

Recommended Books:

How Not to Die - Gene Stone and Michael Greger

Talent is Overrated - Geoff Colvin

Willpower - Roy Baumeister and John Tierney

Recommended Movies:

Team America World Police


Episode 85 - John McCarthy


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
One of the premier commentators for this sport working for Bellator on their broadcast team.
Refereed thousands of bouts worldwide, including hundreds of Bellator and UFC bouts.
Refereed for a diverse number of organizations globally including K-1 (Japan), Strikeforce, Affliction, Bellator, King of the Cage, RIZIN and a multitude of others.
Over the past 20 years, has been a licensed Referee in 21 states in addition to numerous Canadian provinces and countries throughout the world.
Key figure in the writing of the Unified Rules for the sport of MMA, which is recognized by the ABC and Athletic Commissions across North America.
Certified MMA Referee & Judging Instructor for the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC).
Conducted the first ever MMA Referee and Judges Instructional Training Seminar for the ABC at their annual conference and has continued teaching at these conferences on multiple occasions over the years.
Creator and Head Instructor of COMMAND - Certification of Officials for Mixed Martial Arts National Development, an internationally recognized (and ABC accredited) MMA Referee and Judging training school.
Conducts COMMAND Referee and Judging courses for regulatory bodies and Commissions worldwide.

Licensed Referee and Judge under CSAC, and licensed Judge with NSAC.
Attended the ABC’s Boxing Referee and Judging Courses on multiple occasions throughout the years.
Refereed and Judged numerous amateur and professional boxing matches.
Refereed a WBC NABF World Championship.

Awarded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in 2006.
Opened Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy, a 26,000 sq ft state of the art MMA training facility in 2006.
Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2006 for “Outstanding Achievements in the Martial Arts”.
First-ever recipient of the 2008 World MMA Awards “Lifetime Achievement” accolade, voted on by the sport's most prestigious journalists.
Awarded 2007 commendation by Senator James Battin for “Career Accomplishments” in MMA, “for the work done to increase the safety, visibility, and importance of Mixed Martial Arts”.
Awarded 2007 proclamation by the California State Athletic Commission for “dedication and commitment to other officials in helping developing their skills and concern for athletes”. 
Awarded "Best Referee" 2016 World MMA Awards.

Facebook:  Big John McCarthy

Recommended Book:

Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell

Recommended Movie:



Recommended Documentary:

Beyond the Glory


Episode 84 - Chief Bobby Halton


BOBBY HALTON, editor in chief of Fire Engineering and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference, began his fire career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department. He left as chief of operations in 2004 and joined the Coppell (TX) Fire Department as its chief. He left this position to assume his duties at Fire Engineering. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He has served on National Fire Protection Association technical committees and is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Life Safety Initiatives. 

FDIC website:


Recommended Books:

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond

The Rational Optimist - Matt Ridley

Any Nasim Taleb book.

The Last Sailors - Harald Mertes and Neil Hollander

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher - Timothy Egan

The Immortal Irishman - Timothy Egan

Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari



Episode 83 - Peter Park


Peter Park, Founder of the Platinum brand and co-owner of the Platinum Fitness Summerland facility in Santa Barbara County, CA, brings a past rich with his own professional athletic achievements to his 23 years of experience training elite athletes, big-screen celebrities, top touring musicians, and common citizens that are serious about their fitness, mobility, and longevity.

As a culmination of his experience, Peter recently authored a book on Foundation training, which lengthens and strengthens the back body, equaling out one’s total body strength, posture, flexibility, and overall body awareness.

Instagram:  platinumfitsb

Recommended Books:

Starting Strength - Mark Rippetoe

Easy Strength - Dan John and Pavel Tsatsouline

The Go Giver - Bob Burg

Recommended Documentary:

What the Health



Episode 82 - Josh Brolin


Academy Award® nominated actor Josh Brolin is one of Hollywood’s top leading men who continues to balance challenging roles in both mainstream studio productions as well as thought-provoking independents.
This summer, Brolin will be seen in a trio of films. First up, he stars as super-villain ‘Thanos’ in Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released by Disney on April 27th.  He then stars opposite Ryan Reynolds in the highly anticipated sequel Deadpool 2, starring as ‘Deadpool’s’ nemesis ‘Cable’. 20th Century Fox will release the film on May  18th.  And lastly, he stars in Sicario: The Day of the Soldado, which will see him reprising his role as pragmatic special agent ‘Matt Graver’ opposite Benecio Del Toro’s mercurial ‘Alejandro’. The original film, which also starred Emily Blunt and was directed by Denis Villeneuve, was nominated for three Academy Awards®.
Brolin most recently led an all-star cast in Joseph Kosinski’s film Only The Brave, the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots,  an elite crew of firefighters who fought the Yarndell Hill fire June 2013. The film was released by Columbia Pictures in 2017. 
Other recent credits include Joel and Ethan Coen’s comedy Hail, Caesar!, opposite George Clooney, Channing Tatum, and Tilda Swinton; Everest, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes. Based on the book Into Thin Air, the film recounts the devastating events which occurred as a group of hikers attempted to conquer that summit in 1996; Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller-directed Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For; Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon detective novel of the same name alongside an all-star cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson.
He starred in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opposite Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas.  He received rave reviews for his portrayal of George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s biopic, W. 
In 2008, Brolin was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and received awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review for his portrayal of Dan White in Gus Van Sant’s acclaimed film Milk. 
Prior to that, Brolin earned a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of an ensemble for his work in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Additionally, Brolin starred in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster American Gangster and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of this ensemble.
Other film credits include: Labor Day directed by Jason Reitman; Spike Lee’s Old Boy; Gangster Squad; Men in Black 3; Planet Terror; part of the critically acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature, Grindhouse; You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger opposite Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts; In the Valley of Elah; John Stockwell’s Into the Blue; Victor Nunez’s Coastlines; Paul Verhoeven’s blockbuster hit, Hollow Man; Scott Silver’s Mod Squad; Ole Bornedal’s psychological thriller Nightwatch; Best Laid Plans opposite Reese Witherspoon, produced by Mike Newell; All the Rage; and Guillermo Del Toro’s science-fiction thriller, Mimic.  Brolin also received recognition from critics and audiences in David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster, portraying a bisexual federal agent alongside an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ben Stiller.  Brolin made his feature film debut starring in the action-comedy classic Goonies, directed by Richard Donner for producer Steven Spielberg.
On television, Brolin made his mark as a series regular in the popular ABC series “The Young Riders,” as well as “Private Eye” for NBC and “Winnetka Road” for CBS. Brolin also received critical praise in the TNT epic miniseries Into the West, opposite Beau Bridges, Gary Busey and Jessica Capshaw. In addition, Brolin starred in the title role of NBC’s acclaimed political drama, Mr. Sterling.
As a producer, Brolin joined Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn, in a documentary entitled The People Speak, based on Zinn’s influential 1980 book A People’s History of the United States. The film, which aired on the History Channel in 2009, looked at America’s struggles with war, class, race, and women’s rights, and featured readings by Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, and David Strathairn, among others.  Brolin made his directing debut in 2008 with a short entitled X, which he also wrote and produced. It premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before screening at such festivals as South by Southwest and the AFI Dallas Film Festival.

Instagram: joshbrolin

The Eric Marsh Foundation website:


Recommended Books:

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts

Recommended Documentary:


Recommended Movies:


Paris, Texas

Dog Day Afternoon

The Warriors


Episode 80 - Ryan Parrott


Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, Author, Public Speaker, and Founder of two non-profits benefiting Veterans and First-Responders is originally from Detroit, MI.

Ryan enlisted in the Navy after watching the Twin Towers fall on 9/11, and Parrott served eight years as a U.S. Navy SEAL attached to Team SEVEN, completing three combat tours to Iraq before being assigned to Advanced Training Command as an Instructor.

In 2012, Ryan established Sons of the Flag to help burn survivors and their families find the help and medical attention that they deserve.

He is also the founder of the Bird’s Eye View Project, a web and TV series addressing the extreme needs of Veterans and First Responders through extreme sports.  Ryan is also the author of Sons of the Flag:  Real Accounts from the last 100 years of American Service.

Ryan's Website:


Sons of the Flag Website:


Ryan's Book - Sons of the Flag

Recommended Books:

Extreme Ownership - Jock Willink and Leif Babin

The Great Book of Base - Matt Gerdes

Recommended Movies:


Band of Brothers


Episode 79 - Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss


Dan Kerrigan
Dan is a career chief officer, published fitness author and presenter on the local and national levels. A passionate firefighter health and wellness advocate, he works with the IAFC, NFFF, and NVFC in efforts to reduce health-related LODD’s. He is a Russian kettlebell instructor and uses Firefighter Functional Fitness to achieve optimal performance.

Jim Moss
Jim Moss is a career fire officer, certified personal trainer, and published fitness author. He is a passionate advocate of firefighter fitness and wellness on the local and national levels. He trains, writes, and teaches firefighters how to optimize their physical performance, careers, and lives through Firefighter Functional Fitness.




Firefighter Functional Fitness - Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss

Recommended Books:

Firefighter Preplan - David Soler

Play the man - Mark Batterson

Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


Recommended Movies:


Smokey and the Bandit

Fed Up

Episode 78 - Adam Greenberg


If there's ever a person who epitomizes perseverance, it's Adam Greenberg, famous for the one pitch that changed his life forever. A 92 mile-an-hour first-pitch fastball to the back of the head on his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs gave Adam the record for being one of only two players in history to have an official at-bat without ever taking the field. After seven years of continued hustle to get back, Adam signed a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins in 2012. He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Adam is an All-State native of Connecticut and an All-American standout at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010, he founded the health and wellness company Lurong Living, where he enjoys empowering others to gain control of their health through a line of dietary supplements and nationwide health challenges. As a proven dynamic leader, he also enjoys traveling the country sharing his story and keys to perseverance.

Lurong Living:


Adam's Book - Get Up

Recommended Book:

The Slight Edge - Jeff Olson

Raving Fans - Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles

Recommended Movies:


Field of Dreams

Episode 77 - Dena Ali


Dena is a Captain with the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department, prior to that, she served five years as a police officer. She has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, where she is pursuing a degree in public administration. She is a founding member of the Carolina Brotherhood and a fitness advocate with 555 Fitness.

Dena's Instragram:  dma1096

Facebook: Dena Ali

Recommended Books:

Sons of the Flag - Ryan Parrott

Myths about suicide - Thomas Joiner



Episode 76 - Tu Lam


Tu Lam (Retired U.S. Army Special Forces- Green Beret)--23 Years Full Spectrum US Special Operations throughout 27 countries worldwide. Team-Leader assignments in Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, Hostage Rescue, Direct Action and Counter-Terrorism Operations in permissive and non-permissive environments. Composite Special Forces team training and development team leader. Founder/CEO and Director of Training and Research Development for Ronin Tactics Inc. 

Rōnin Tactics specializes in Law Enforcement and Military tactics training in non-lethal and lethal applications. Using concepts and directives, special weapons and tactics, empty-hand and edge weapons combative, close-quarters battle, and firearm applications both handgun and rifle. 

Tu's Website:


Recommended Books:

The book of five rings - Miyamoto Musashi

Recommended Movie: 

12 Strong

Episode 75 - Steve Kibler


Steve Kibler is an Engineer with Orange County Fire Rescue, Florida.  Steve lost his son, Camden, to Leukemia at the age of 5 months.  In this episode, we talk about the gift of life, loss, needing your tribe, gratitude and much more.

After the interview, Steve sent me this message:

I forgot so many things that talk about but one of the most important ones was the fact that “Nurse Sarah” stayed in contact and she switched to labor and deliver and was the nurse that help deliver Kendall. So she was the first person to take care of Camden when he got sick and watched him leave this world and the first to watch Kendall come into this world and care for Kendall.

Steve's St Baldrick's webpage:


Recommended books:

Ivy and Bean - Annie Barrows

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Angel with the Golden Glow - Elissa Al-Chokhachy


Recommended Movies:

Dr Strangelove



American Sniper


Episode 74 - Sam Quinones


Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction.

His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Bloomsbury Press.

His career as a journalist has spanned almost 30 years. He lived for 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs.

In 2014, he resigned from the paper to return to freelancing, working for National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications.

Columbia Journalism School selected him as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize, for a career of excellence in covering Latin Acover4tyttBOLDmerica. He is also a 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious fellowships given to print journalists.

He teaches Tell Your True Tale writing workshops, and edits a storytelling webpage of the same name (see navigation bar above).


Quinones grew up in Claremont, California, and graduated from Claremont High School in 1977.

He attended U.C. Berkeley, studied economics and American history, and lived in the legendary, now-defunct Barrington Hall coop. There, he also produced punk rock concerts of bands such as the Dead Kennedys, the Dils, the Zeros, the Mutants, the Offs, Black Flag and Flipper, and wrote a senior thesis on the bebop jazz revolution of the 1940s.

He lived for a year in Europe, where he supported himself playing guitar on the streets and teaching English.

cover2In 1987, he found his first journalism job at the Orange County Register. In 1988, he moved to Stockton, California, where for four years at the height of the crack epidemic, he covered gangs, dope and murder as a crime reporter for the Stockton Record.

In 1992, he moved to Seattle to write about county government and politics for the Tacoma News-Tribune.

But he was unhappy in the rain and gray. Plus he found himself covering noxious-weed ordinances and dog-leash laws in Seattle, when in Stockton he’d been covering double homicides, Crips/Bloods, Nortenos/Surenos and the like.

So he left for Mexico in 1994, intending to study Spanish for a few months.

He spent his first week in Mexico in the village of Jaripo, Michoacan, which revealed to him the stories of Mexican immigration.

Hankering to stay, he then went to Cuernavaca, where while studying Spanish, he lived with the last Trotskyites in town. Their tiny apartment had the complete works of Lenin and photos of Che and Fidel throughout, and they had to tolerate the presence of the Yankee in their midst.

Their son was Leon Ernesto — named for Trotsky and Guevara — and he was enamored with Michael Jordan and Budweiser models.

A couple months into his stay, Quinones found a Mexico City reporting job that paid fully five percent of what he was making in Seattle – plus no benefits — at an English-language magazine called Mexico Insight.

After a year, Mexico Insight folded and he became a freelance writer. For the next nine years, he covered the country, as Mexico went through its historic political transformation. (He was the first foreign reporter to walk through the halls of PRI headquarters after the party lost the presidency to Vicente Fox in 2000. The mood was grim, but not that grim, as the PRI had really died years before and had been pretending to know the country ever since.)

He traveled to the major immigrant-sending states, spending time with gang members and governors, taco vendors and Los Tigres del Norte. He wrote about soap operas; about white elephant construction projects; about Nezahualcoyotl, the massive slum suburb east of Mexico City, after it elected its first non-PRI government.

He lived briefly in a drug-rehabilitation clinic in Zamora, while hanging out with a street gang. He lived with drag queens in Mazatlan, hung out with merchants in the Mexico City neighborhhood of Tepito, and with the relegated PRI congressmen known as the Bronx.

On the border, he spent time with the last apostle of a splinter group of polygamous Mormons, Fernando Castro, who lived south of Ensenada, with three of his six wives, and some of his 42 children and 128 grandchildren.

Quinones followed the promoters of Tijuana’s opera scene and visited the yeseros, makers of plaster statues of Mickey Mouse and Spiderman in that city’s Colonia Libertad.

In 1998, he was awarded the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious fellowships in U.S. print journalism, for a series of stories on impunity in Mexico, including a story of a lynching in a small town.

In Mexico, he wrote two collections of nonfiction stories.

His cult classic, True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2001) are nonfiction stories about people on the margins of contemporary Mexico – drag queens, Oaxacan Indian basketball players, valientes, gang members, and popsicle vendors.

His second book of non-fiction stories, Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2007) tell of the lives of Tijuana opera stars, velvet painters,  soccer players in southwest Kansas, narco-Mennonites, immigrants who return to run for mayor, a town southeast of L.A., and a young construction worker bent on finding a new way for himself.

He and his family live in Southern California.

Sam's Website:


Sam's Books:


Antonio's Gun And Delfino's Dream

True Tales From Another Mexico



Episode 73 - Tom Eberhardt


Tom Eberhardt is the governor of Bastoy Prison in Oslo, Norway.  Bastoy has a completely different model for their prison, with the focus being on rehabilitation.  We talk crime, guns, healthcare, prison models and much more.

Bastoy Prison Website:


Tom's Linkedin:


Recommended Book:

Crime and Punishment -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Recommended Movies:

The King of Devil's Island

Shawshank Redemption.

Episode 72 - Andy Stumpf


Andy was born and raised in Northern California.  From the age of 11 he knew that he wanted to become a Navy SEAL, and it became the single driving force in his life.  He enlisted in the Navy while still a Junior in high school, entering military service in 1996.  After completing boot camp he began the most grueling training program in the US Military - Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL, known as BUD/s.  Nearly 90% of all candidates are unsuccessful completing the six month program.  Andy graduated and began his SEAL career attached to SEAL Team Five, in Coronado California. 

In 2002 he screened for and joined the most elite counterterrorism unit in the military, SEAL Team Six.  This unit is tasked with conducting the nation's most critical missions, many of which have become the focus of Hollywood movies and books.  While on a combat deployment an Iraqi insurgent shot Andy at close range with an AK-47.  Doctors told him it would be years, if ever, before he recovered the use of his leg and returned to full active duty. 

In 2006, Andy returned to the Naval Special Warfare Center as the Leading Petty Officer for 2nd Phase BUD/s training.  While completing his two year instructor tour, in charge of 13 senior SEAL instructors and 600 students, Andy submitted his package to become a commissioned officer.  In 2008, he became the first E-6 selection commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program in the history of Naval Special Warfare.  Upon commissioning, he joined SEAL Team Three and completed his final combat tour to Afghanistan. 

Throughout his 17-year career, Andy executed hundreds of combat operations throughout the world in support of the Global War on Terror.  He was medically retired in June of 2013.  His awards and decorations include 5 Bronze Star Medals (Four with Valor), the Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, The Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal with Valor, Three Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, Two Combat Action Ribbons, and the presidential Unit Citation. 

Although no longer wearing a uniform, Andy continues to fight for the SEAL community, and their families.  In 2015 he set two World Records after jumping from 36,500 feet and flying over 18 miles in a wingsuit in an effort to raise 1 Million Dollars for the Navy SEAL Foundation.  Andy is a sponsored skydiver and BASE jumper, constantly traveling the world creating content for his sponsors.  

His business experience includes managing corporate development and licensing, as well as Charitable Initiatives for a global fitness brand, focusing on strategic relationships and sponsorship opportunities with Fortune 500 Brands.  In addition to his management experience, Andy became the company pilot, accruing 3500 hours of flight time, earning his Airline Transportation Pilot's license, as well as type certifications in Gulfstream G-IV and Citation 525 series aircraft. 

In 2016 Andy was selected to star in the hit television show Hunted, currently airing on CBS.  He was also featured in the History Channel series "Navy Seals, America's Secret Warriors", a dedicated segment on Red Bull TV - Ultimate Rush series "Human Dart", and a global commercial campaign for Tempur Pedic. 

fter entering the private sector, Andy founded a consulting firm dedicated to ensuring that the lessons learned from over a decade of sustained combat are retained, refined, and utilized by leaders in the business world. 

Andy's website:


Andy's Podcast - Cleared Hot

Recommended books:

Tribe - Sebastian Junger

War - Sebastian Junger

About Face - Col. David Hackworth and Julie Sherman

Boyd - Robert Coram


Recommended Movies:




Episode 71 - Da Rulk


Originally from Hawaii, Da Rulk, aka Joseph Sakoda is a fitness expert and creator of Raw Functional Training, “RFT”. Raw Functional Training offers a unique training technique that motivates people to push their boundaries. He specializes in strength and conditioning and has worked with many athletes and MMA fighters.

Da Rulk focuses on giving 120%, which he describes as “running through the tape and surpassing limitations that are placed on you by yourself and those around you. Believing the impossible is always possible.” Da Rulk has since moved to Orange County, CA where he shares his passion. Da Rulk offers training classes, equipment, and nutrition coaching to share his rule of 120 with the world.

Rulk's Website:



Episode 70 - Dr Kirk Parsley II


Kirk Parsley served as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One from June 2009 to January 2013. While there, he led the development and supervised the group’s first Sports Medicine Rehabilitation center. He is a former SEAL, and received his Medical Degree from Bethesda, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2004. He interned in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego in 2005 and subsequently completed a Navy residency in Hyperbarics and Diving Medicine in 2006.

Doctor Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization.

His philosophy for wellness is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. He believes that many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.

Dr. Parsley spends as much of his spare time as possible with his wife Cindy, and his three beautiful children (Hayden, Cole, and Harper). He has been a competitive athlete his entire life, and enjoys nearly all outdoor activities and sports.

Kirk's Website : http://www.docparsley.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DocParsley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/docparsley

Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirk-parsley-m-d-b2214834

And of course the movie:  Team America - World Police

Episode 69 - Terrance Kosikar


I was the first responder to a fatal accident during an event at the Whistler Sliding Center during the Winter Olympics in 2010. Although I was well trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, I was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact sustained when those techniques were not enough. As a result of the fatality, I developed Post Traumatic Stress Injury ( ptsd ) that launched me into a very costly downward spiral.

During several years of severe depression, anxiety, nightmares, and substance abuse, I lost my family, my career, and nearly my life. Pushed to my breaking point, I found salvation within. Escaping to the back-country near Lillooet, BC, I found peace and purpose in mother nature’s beauty and simplicity. Many others who have suffered from PTS have not been so lucky.

It is my mission in life to help people who are suffering from PTS overcome this terrible injury. We will be offering a series of week long introspective nature retreats at Camp My Way. These trips will give people suffering from PTS – Mental Health and Substance Abuse challenges an opportunity to leave their real world problems behind, and to find themselves in some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. In my experience, this has proven to be an incredibly effective method to help manage my life .

Camp my way website: