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Eagle Nation Podcast

Welcome to the Eagle Nation Podcast! We’re excited to bring you a weekly dose of Eagle Fire through compelling discussions with inspiring guests, on topics that you care about. We’ll explore veterans, community, nonprofits, fitness, and leadership. Please be sure to subscribe to podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts. We’d also love you to be a part of the show. Please send any ideas, comments, or questions to podcast@TeamRWB.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EagleNationPodcast.
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Feb 24, 2020

Marine Corps veteran-turned-podcast host Tanner Iskra talks new media and the changing veterans and military space in the latest episode of the Eagle Nation Podcast. We cover a lot of ground, including: 

  • Tim’s transition out of the military 
  • The Borne the Battle podcast 
  • Powerful stories of veterans 
  • The changing ways veterans are getting information 

And much, much more! 

Feb 10, 2020

Navy veteran, clinical psychologist and yoga instructor, Tim Avery, shares the benefits of yoga - both body and mind - in Eagle Nation Podcast Episode 139. We cover a lot of ground including:

  • How Tim went first tried out yoga and got involved in the Veterans Yoga Project
  • The relationship, recovery, physical and mental health benefits yoga can offer veterans
  • The connection between yoga and psychology
  • Why veterans should give Eagle NamasDay a shot

And much, much more!

Dec 16, 2019

Former U.S. Marine Corps infantryman and volunteer firefighter turned entrepreneur Zachary Green, shares his journey from the military to developing life-saving technology in this Eagle Nation Podcast episode. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:

  • A life-changing firefighting experience that prompted the idea for his business
  • The comparison between entrepreneurship and military service  
  • The concepts of purpose, luck and grit 

And much, much more!

Nov 25, 2019

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steven Weintraub is working toward a new mission - helping other veterans stay engaged with their communities and families while building lifelong memories. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:

  • His time and deployments in the Marine Corps 
  • Why staying engaged is critical in veterans’ transition to civilian life
  • The differences between generations of veterans 
  • How Team RWB members can get tickets

And much, much more!

Nov 18, 2019

Evie King is a former Army Brat who said she would never marry into the military. Now, she’s going into her eighth year of being a military spouse and advocating for the health and wellness of our military and veteran communities. 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Her experience as a military spouse
  • The role military families play in overall veteran and service member wellness
  • Her favorite self-care techniques and resources

And much, much more! 

Sep 23, 2019

Benjamin Bun is an Army veteran, Crossfit Gym owner, competitive athlete, and social media influencer. In this episode we cover a lot of ground, to include:

  • Why he spends so much time with social media, and what it’s like to be completely honest.
  • Dealing with old injuries and why it’s important to keep moving.
  • Why social connection is so important for physical fitness
  • And why you should participate in WOD for Warriors!

And much, much, more!

Sep 16, 2019

Roman Rozell is a family man, motivational speaker, professional teacher, former Green Beret, combat hero, and 34-year-old Arizona State University (ASU) wrestling walk-on.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His childhood growing up on the rough streets of Apache Junction, AZ.
  • His struggles with drugs and breaking the cycle. 
  • His Army career, and dealing with his injuries.
  • What it’s like to be a high-level collegiate athlete, and be twice as old as your teammates!

And much, much, more!

Aug 9, 2019

Matthew "Griff" Griffin co-founded Combat Flip Flops, which is a leading military lifestyle brand, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Griff served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifle Company Fire Support Officer with three tours to Afghanistan and one tour to Iraq. Post military, Griff moved to the private sector where he specialized in developing solutions for companies growing business in "difficult" locations before co-founding Combat Flip Flops.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The story of how he wrote and published a book with his friend in 90 days.
  • What it’s like to do business in dangerous countries outside of the military.
  • His D-Day anniversary jump.
  • The history and founding of Combat Flip Flops.

And much, much, more!

 

Jul 15, 2019

Matt Collier is an Army veteran, business executive, entrepreneur, speaker, and politician. At 29, he was elected the youngest big-city mayor in the U.S., serving in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He was also hand chosen by Bob McDonald to serve in the Department of Veterans Affairs as Senior Advisor to the Secretary. Among his many accomplishments, there was the development and launch of the VA Center for Strategic Partnerships with the purpose of developing sustainable partnerships to improve the lives of veterans and their families. He’s currently a senior executive and sits on the board of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His Army experience
  • Stories and lessons from his time as mayor of Flint, Michigan
  • His work with the Concussion Legacy Foundation
  • What it was like to try and transform the VA

And much, much, more!

Jul 1, 2019

Courtney Billington is a senior executive at Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) where he’s the president of Janssen Neuroscience. He’s a long time veterans advocate and has a truly meaningful perspective on the importance of the military community in our country. 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Army basketball and the importance of athletics
  • J&J’s long history of supporting the military and veterans
  • Why diversity and inclusion is so important
  • How J&J is able to support veterans through their position as a global health care company, not only through hiring efforts.

And much, much, more!

Jun 19, 2019

Join us as we spend time with a DELTA commando. Patrick McNamara spent 22 years in the United States Army in multiple special operations units. He retired from the Army's premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and has become a well-known expert on tactical training and fitness, along with a social media influencer.  

 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His military career
  • His podcast with Joe Rogan
  • How he balances social media in his life, despite being a social media influencer
  • Why fitness is critical to veterans and the transition process

 

We promise that you’ll leave this podcast motivated!







May 28, 2019

Brett McKay founded the Art of Manliness in 2008 and has grown it into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web.

Brett grew up in Edmond, OK, and attended the University of Oklahoma. He took a break in college to live in Tijuana, Mexico for two years doing service. After graduating, he then went on to pursue his lifelong goal of going to law school. While attending the University of Tulsa College of Law, Brett started the Art of Manliness as something fun to do in his spare time.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, to include:

  • The beginnings of the Art of Manliness
  • Brett’s definition of “manliness” and why it’s probably not what you think
  • The military connection to the Art of Manliness
  • His new effort - “The Strenuous Life
  • How Brett runs a successful website, yet stays disconnected from the internet

And much more!

In addition, Team RWB’s Executive Director was a guest on the Art of Manliness Podcast a few years ago - check it out here.  

May 13, 2019

Since his column started in Runner’s World magazine, he’s become one of the running community’s most popular personalities.

The New York Times identified John as the creator of the slow running movement which brought the joy of activity to a new generation of runners and walkers.

Known by his fans as “the Penguin” for his back-of-the-pack speed, John Bingham is the unlikely hero of the modern running boom. Overweight, uninspired, and saddled with a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoking habit Bingham found himself firmly wedged in a middle-age slump. Then, he discovered running and changed his life forever.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • His Army experience, and how it has affected his life.  
  • His history and beginnings as a runner.
  • Why his non-traditional approach to running has found such appeal

And much more!

 

Apr 29, 2019

Claire Gibson is a Nashville-based author whose work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur Magazine, among many other publications. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, tells the story of a group of female veterans in an incredibly powerful way.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • Her childhood in a military family and growing up at West Point
  • The blessings and curses of writing recent historical fiction
  • How this story came to be
  • What it’s like to publish your first book, and her future plans!

And much more!


Apr 15, 2019

COL (R) Shane Kimbrough is a former Army Officer and current NASA astronaut.  He was selected by NASA in 2004, and completed his first spaceflight in 2008. Shane launched on October 19, 2016, as part of Expedition 49/50, where he became the Commander of the International Space Station, and remained so until he departed almost 6 months later.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • His Army career and how it led to NASA
  • His leadership style, and how it’s changed over time
  • Fitness in space
  • How his perspective on life and the planet has changed since he became an astronaut

And much more!

Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Chad Kahl is the Chief Medical Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Jim Karol is a world renowned mentalist and entertainer, known for his ability to harness the power of the human mind.  They’re an unlikely duo, but both deeply understand the link between mental wellness and physical healing, and want to be change agents for the way health care is perceived and delivered to military members and veterans.

 

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • Dr. Kahl’s article in the Military Times about Blue Zones
  • The connection between mental wellness and physical healing
  • Cognitive dissonance with drone warfare "the ender wiggins effect"
  • The power of nootropics on mood and memory
  • Eastern integrative medicine for sleep and memory and neuropathic pain
  • Side effects of the pharmacopeia, drug dependence, how RWB can be a bigger part of the solution

 

And much more!

Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Chad Kahl is the Chief Medical Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Jim Karol is a world renowned mentalist and entertainer, known for his ability to harness the power of the human mind.  They’re an unlikely duo, but both deeply understand the link between mental wellness and physical healing, and want to be change agents for the way health care is perceived and delivered to military members and veterans.

 

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • Dr. Kahl’s article in the Military Times about Blue Zones
  • The connection between mental wellness and physical healing
  • Cognitive dissonance with drone warfare "the ender wiggins effect"
  • The power of nootropics on mood and memory
  • Eastern integrative medicine for sleep and memory and neuropathic pain
  • Side effects of the pharmacopeia, drug dependence, how RWB can be a bigger part of the solution

 

And much more!

Apr 1, 2019

Ryan Miller is currently the COO of OMG Farms, a California-based business (owned by Canibrands) that uses technologically advanced methods to produce high quality cannabis oils and delivery methods.  Ryan graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and served as an infantry officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded by a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, and ultimately lost a leg due to his wounds. Upon retirement from the Army, Ryan completed both an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ryan resides in Oakland, California.

 

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • Ryan’s story of injury, recovery, and resilience
  • Cannabis 101 - a overview
  • How veterans are using cannabis
  • What you need to know about VA healthcare and cannabis

 

Some important links:

www.warriorrising.org – the nonprofit Ryan helps run

www.opevac.org – a veterans cannabis organization recommended by Ryan

www.wfwproject.org – a grassroots and rapidly spreading organization that bring veterans together through cannabis, cannabis education, and community service

Apr 1, 2019

Ryan Miller is currently the COO of OMG Farms, a California-based business (owned by Canibrands) that uses technologically advanced methods to produce high quality cannabis oils and delivery methods.  Ryan graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and served as an infantry officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded by a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, and ultimately lost a leg due to his wounds. Upon retirement from the Army, Ryan completed both an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ryan resides in Oakland, California.

 

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • Ryan’s story of injury, recovery, and resilience
  • Cannabis 101 - a overview
  • How veterans are using cannabis
  • What you need to know about VA healthcare and cannabis

 

Some important links:

www.warriorrising.org – the nonprofit Ryan helps run

www.opevac.org – a veterans cannabis organization recommended by Ryan

www.wfwproject.org – a grassroots and rapidly spreading organization that bring veterans together through cannabis, cannabis education, and community service

Mar 18, 2019

Charlie Brenneman walked away from his job as a Spanish teacher, with a dream to fight in the UFC - a dream he ultimately accomplished in a big way.  A naturally curious person, he has turned his lifelong love of learning and helping people into a career, and is now a recognized podcaster and speaker.  He’s just a really good human being, and we have really fun conversation in this podcast.

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • His path from the classroom into the UFC octagon
  • His connections to the military
  • The learning process he uses to absorb and retain new information
  • His podcast and speaking career

And much more!

Mar 4, 2019

Dan Nevins is an Army veteran and wounded warrior who, for over a decade, has shared an inspirational message of leadership, perseverance, resilience, and overcoming adversity with audiences around the globe. His work with professional and business communities enables his passion for sharing and teaching yoga to the world.

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • His injuries and recovery journey
  • How he found Yoga, and how it’s not confined to Eagle NamasDay
  • The ways that he shares his inspirational story

Dan is a lot of fun, and we know you’ll enjoy this podcast!

Feb 11, 2019

Air Force Veteran Tamsen Butler was fit and healthy, when she experienced a sudden stroke at age 41, which was later found to be related to a birth defect in her heart.  She’s become an advocate for heart health, and has used her experience to change the lives of many people in the process.

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • Why being healthy and fit is so important, especially before you have a health condition
  • The importance of community in healing
  • How her military experience helped shape her
  • What led her to advocate and educate about heart health
Jan 28, 2019

Dan Savage is the Head of Military and Veterans Programs at LinkedIn.  He’s also an Army veteran and a West Point/Harvard Grad. He’s dedicated his post-military life to achieving real social change for veterans, and is an expert on what effective veteran support looks like.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • His military experience, and coming to grips with some tough experiences
  • Effective support for veterans
  • His favorite poem: If by Rudyard Kipling and why it’s so meaningful to him.
Jan 14, 2019

Eric Engelhardt is a former Green Beret who was wounded in combat, and found his way to being one of Team RWB’s original employees.  He’s as interesting a guy as they come, and is one of the reasons for Team RWB’s success. He’s an incredible person, and is a great spokesman for using community and physical fitness for recovery.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • His injury and recovery
  • His experiences working at Team RWB
  • His pending international move



Nov 26, 2018

Tom Voss is a Army veteran who’s post-military service struggles resulted in a 2700 mile hike across the country, featured in the Emmy nominated documentary Almost Sunrise.  

He’s an incredible person, and is a great spokesman for using community and physical fitness for recovery.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

 

  • His post-military service struggles and how they came to a head.
  • What is was like to hike across the country with another veteran
  • Almost Sunrise, and the decision to film his journey
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