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!
Lisa Jaster is most often recognized as one of three women to graduate the US Army's Ranger School. In this honest and inspiring discussion, we learn that she is so much more. Lisa is a West Point graduate and has served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. She's also the wife of a Recon Marine and a mother to two beautiful children...and a member of Team RWB's Houston Chapter.
We cover a bunch of interesting topics, including:
Lisa doesn't do many interviews and we are very thankful to have spent some time with her as part of our Team RWB community. She offers a ton of wisdom and motivation for all of us.
Jason MaCarthy is a combat veteran, former Green Beret, and founder of GORUCK. We caught up with him at GORUCK HQ in Jacksonville Beach, FL to talk about combat, coming home, and moving forward.
Team RWB and GORUCK have a strong and growing partnership that is rooted in our shared passion for building richer lives and stronger communities. We've worked together on the Kill That 5k race series, Leadership Camps, and the forthcoming Bridge the Gap Weekends.
Jason and I have a great talk over a Bud Heavy and cover some big topics, like:
This episode is an inside look at a remarkable veteran that has continued his mission to serve America long after taking off the uniform. I'm proud to count Jason as a friend and Team RWB is proud to have GORUCK as a partner.
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: #EaglePodcast.