The Eagle Nation Podcast is the official podcast of Team Red, White, and Blue and this week, we have a very special guest. Host, Blayne Smith, is joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald…or as he prefers, Bob.
Bob was nice enough to invite us into his office during a recent trip to D.C., and we had a great conversation. During this episode, we address a number of topics that are on the front of Veterans’ minds. Of course, we touch on leadership. Bob tells us how he has managed to recruit some amazing people into VA and how building a values-based culture is the only way to ensure excellent service.
We also talk about the role of Veteran in managing his/her transition from military life and the need for Veterans to assume a mantle of leadership in our communities and country.
Finally, we dive into healthcare. Bob provides his thoughts on recent calls for privatization of the VA and discusses the importance of having a healthcare system that addresses the whole person and focuses on preventative care.
Team RWB and VA have a strong and growing relationship in our collective effort to serve Veterans and build strong communities. You won’t want to miss this episode!
In this podcast, we talk to best selling author and professor at the Wharton School, Dr. Jonah Berger. He’s a thought leader on the academic side of what causes certain content to go viral, how influence plays a part in all of our lives, and we discuss how this relates to life and Team RWB.
We cover a ton of content in this podcast, to include:
Eric Garcia has been lost. After an impressive military career that included assignments with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), his life took a turn for the worst. In 2010, Eric found himself homeless, addicted, and on the way to rehab. Just 7 months later, he started a small nonprofit to support Veterans through fitness and fellowship. He soon found Team RWB and in the time since has been one of our very best volunteer leaders.
Today, Eric serves other Veterans as a case manager at the Salvation Army in Tampa, Florida. He is working on a Mission Continues fellowship and will complete his degree in psychology next spring. Eric spends his time in trenches, meeting Veterans where they are at, everyday. His perspective is absolutely priceless.
This episode is a very raw and honest conversation that speaks to all of us. Please take it to heart and share with your friends.
In this episode, we talk to one of the best paratriathletes in world, Patricia Walsh. She is currently representing the USA at the Paralympics in Rio, and is an all-around amazing person.
We talk about a lot of great stuff including:
To say that Ben Bunn is interesting would be a massive understatement. The guy is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, has served as a Green Beret and Infantry officer, and has a tattoo of Chuck Norris on his left arm. More importantly, Ben is a smart and thoughtful guy that is in a middle of making what I'm sure will be an excellent transition from active duty. He and his partner own Cigar City CrossFit in Tampa and are building a really strong community.
In this episode, we dive into some deep stuff, including:
This is a really honest conversation and we hope that you'll take a lot from it.
In this episode,we talk with one of the greatest rock climbers to ever live, Tommy Caldwell. We talk about his long-time involvement in Team RWB, rock climbing as a post counter-culture sport, and how being a family man has changed his outlook on life.
We cover a ton a really exciting topics including:
Brian Stann is the CEO of Hire Heroes USA, an organization that has helped thousands of Veterans find high-quality careers. He is also one of the toughest and most accomplished people you'll ever meet. Brian played football at the US Naval Academy before being commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, where he would earn the Silver Star during one of his tours in Iraq. Never one to slow down, Brian became a professional fighter, eventually becoming the heavy-middleweight champion of the World Extreme Cage Fighting Championship and a top middleweight contender in the Ultimate Fighter Championship. In addition to all of this, he holds down one of the world's hardest jobs as the father of three young daughters.
We cover a lot of ground in this podcast, including:
Brian is an incredibly inspiring guy and we guarantee that this episode will leave you ready to run through a brick wall.
In this episode, we talk with best-selling author and leadership expert, Simon Sinek. We have a great conversation about ideas like: applying the "Circle of Safety" in the virtual world, why digital relationships will never replace actual relationships, and how 3/4 of an answer is better than an answer and a half.
Simon was a pleasure to talk with and he's been a long-time supporter of Team RWB.
We cover a ton of content in this podcast, including:
Theresa Larson is a woman with many titles and one inspiring story. She's played college and professional softball, served as a US Marine, and is now a doctor of physical therapy in San Diego. In her recent memoir, Warrior, Theresa bravely shares her story of being platoon commander in Iraq and battling some inner demons.
We have a very raw and honest conversation about:
In this episode, we talk with Nate Boyer - relief worker, Green Beret, Texas Longhorn football player, and all-around great guy. He is a pleasure to talk to and we are thrilled to have him as both a long-time member of Team RWB and a guest on the show!
We cover a ton of ground of this one, including:
Major General (Retired) Chris Cortez served in the United States Marine Corps for 33 years. As an Infantry officer, he led Marines at every level, from platoon to division. After leaving the military, Chris took on a new mission at Microsoft and has committed himself to supporting Veterans that are interesting in moving into the tech industry. Through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, Veterans are getting incredible training and certifications that put them on the path to jobs, not only at Microsoft, but with companies across the tech sector.
In this conversation, we talk with MG (ret) Cortez about:
Kelly Starrett is a doctor of physical therapy that has become the authority on human movement. He's been closely involved with CrossFit since the early days. His gym San Francisco CrossFit was one of the first 50 affiliates, and he was head judge at the first ever CrossFit Games. Kelly's book, Becoming a Supple Leopard has helped thousands of people to perform basic maintenance on their bodies and unlock their physical potential. In his new book, Deskbound he highlights the ways that we can counter a lifestyle that has us sitting far too much. Along with his wife, Juliet, they have formed a amazing nonprofit organization called Standup Kids whose mission is combat sedentary lifestyle and obesity by providing standup desks to school children.
In this episode, we cover a lot of ground, including:
In this podcast we have a hugely interesting discussion with Tim Kennedy. Tim is a true renaissance man - he's a world-class fighter in the UFC, and Army Green Beret, hosts a TV show on the History Channel, and much, much, more. We cover a ton of content in this podcast, including:
Joe De Sena understands grit and hard work. He's been hustling since he was a young boy growing up around organized crime in New York City. Joe also understands the importance of a healthy, purpose-driven life. In this wide ranging episode we cover:
Team RWB is proud to work with Spartan Race and it has been amazing to see the two communities come together. Please enjoy this very special episode with a guy that is changing the world for the better.
Patrick Murphy has accomplished a ton in the first 42 years of his life. He was the captain of the hockey team in college, deployed to combat as an Army officer, taught law at West Point, was the first Iraq/Afghanistan veteran to be elected to Congress, became a partner at a law firm, hosted a TV show on MSNBC, and now serves as the Undersecretary of the Army.
In this episode, we cover a ton of material including:
Tim O'Donnell (TO as he's affectionately known) is currently America's top male long-course triathlete and has been a leader at Team RWB since our earliest days. He has served on our advisory board and has coached at our triathlon camp since 2013. Tim is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and is a six time champion of the Armed Forces Triathlon.
We have a great conversation that includes:
Tim has been such an amazing ambassador for Team RWB and for veterans in general. We are incredibly proud to have him on our team and we are excited to bring you this awesome interview!
Matthew "Griff" Griffin is a co-founder of Combat Flip Flops in Kabul, Afghanistan. Combat Flip Flops is a service minded, dynamic company that creates cool stuff in dangerous places around the world - advancing their belief in "business, not bullets" to end global conflicts. He served in the 75th Ranger Regiment with three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, and is now spending his time to make the world a better place - his company uses some of their profits to send Afghan girls to school, and to clear land mines.
In this episode, we cover a ton of important topics including:
Annie Okerlin is an amazing woman who has committed herself to supporting Veterans and their families through yoga. Her organization, Exalted Warrior Foundation provides adaptive yoga in the military setting and trains yoga teachers to best serve military members. She's a great friend to Team RWB and has coached at multiple Leadership and Athletic Camps.
We have a very enlightening discussion around:
This episode is full of great information and tools to help you and your loved ones live a richer, happier life.
Sebastian Junger is a best-selling author and oscar-nominated film maker. He's been a war correspondent in places like Bosnia and Afghanistan and is very familiar with both combat and soldiers. His latest book, Tribe, contrasts modern society with the more communal social environments of our past. In doing so, Junger illuminates how many of the challenges that Veterans face, including PTSD, may have more to do with life at home than they do with combat.
In this very candid interview, we cover some provocative topics like:
Sebastian's work, and our discussion, highlight the need for organizations like Team RWB. The human need for connection, belonging, and purpose are deeply coded into our DNA. Unfortunately, many in today's society feel more isolated than ever. By coming together, in our communities, through positive activities, we're building a very important tribe that just may remind America how great it feels to work together.
Captain(Retired) Florent (Flo) Groberg is a French-America military officer and the recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was born in France to an American father and a French-Algerian mother and moved to the United States as a child. He served in the US Army where, in August 2012, he was severally wounded while attempting to thwart a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, and action for which he was ultimately awarded the our nation's highest medal for valor.
In this episode, we cover a ton of great stuff, including:
This conversation is a rare, inside look at the making of a real-life American Hero.
Leo Jenkins is a man that defies titles. His credentials include Army Ranger, Author, Traveler, Triathlete, CrossFitter...and having drank a beer in all 50 states!
Leo and I have a really interesting conversation that includes:
This podcast will definitely make you think. Please enjoy the conversation and see what you can learn from Leo's experiences.
Jeff Galloway is a former Olympian turned running coach who has touched over a million lives through his books, training programs, and schools.
He's had an amazing career that includes:
Jeff is a legend in the running world, and we have a great discussion that ranges from cross-country drives in the an old Volvo to the mental/physical connection to running.
Jessica Jones Meyers is a combat veteran, professional triathlete, and most impressively, mother of twins. She has been a Team RWB leader and ambassador from our very earliest days.
In this inspirational and sometimes raw conversation, we discuss:
Sadly, at least for our triathletes, we don't get in to swimming technique or how to improve your transition times. However, I think that everyone will benefit greatly from spending some time with Jessica. We can't thank her enough for her courage and honesty in this really powerful podcast.
Bill Rausch is a former Army officer, he's spent time on TheHill advocating for Veteran's issue in DC, he was a consultant,he's a husband, a father, and a local volunteer leader for Team RWB-- and in additional to all of that, he is the Executive Directorof Got Your 6. Overthe past couple of years Bill has become a familiar face as he hastestified before congress, appeared on many news programs, andseems to be everywhere.
Bill and I have great conversation that covers:
Bill is a great American and a true friend. It was awesometo pick his brain on this episode.
This week, we introduce JJ Pinter, Team RWB's Deputy Director. In addition to being a great guy and incredible leader, JJ will be sharing hosting duties for the Eagle Nation Podcast.
We have a wide-ranging conversation that covers:
We're lucky to have JJ on our team and we look forward to having him as a host for the show. Please help us welcome him to the microphone!