The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Courage, Strength, & Perseverance
By Tiffany Martschink
We gain insight about tools in their toolboxes to push through and overcome obstacles that we can use and apply in our own lives.
Created By: Tiffany Martschink (Retired Military) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Courage, Strength, & PerseveranceJul 30, 2022
Memorial Day 2023
Note: As enacted, S. 1160 is Public Law 89-487 (80 Stat. 250). The statement was released at San Antonio, Texas.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Statement by the President Upon Signing the "Freedom of Information Act." Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/238540 Scott Deluzio, a U.S. Army NG Infantryman is a Gold Star brother. His brother, Stephen Deluzio, was also a U.S. Army NG Infantryman of a different state. While both were deployed, Scott received the news that his brother was Killed In Action (KIA). He shares his story of how he handled the news. He authored "Surviving Son: An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother." (https://survivingsonbook.com/)
David Arthur; Medically Retired US Army Chaplain
Alfredo Torrez Navy Veteran
Music Used from Epidemic Sound
USA National Anthem www.epidemicsound.com/track/YpQF3cnStF/
Star-Spangled Banner (traditional) www.epidemicsound.com/track/T5Fl5FMthN/
America The Beautiful (orchestra) www.epidemicsound.com/track/OhP9ntIbEW/
Turbulent Build (Fredrik Ekström) www.epidemicsound.com/track/ZR5oj7WSRk/
Mandy Hickson’s “An Officer, Not a Gentleman”
Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma
Resiliency Shield: Breaking "Impossible" Goals into Achievable Goals
'I had seen dozens of people die horrible deaths ... This time was different. This time it was a friend of mine dying in the dirt in front of me, and it was my job to save him.'
Dan Pronk is the author of three bestselling books, a regular keynote speaker, and the resident medic on the hit TV Show, SAS Australia. After failing dismally in his first career dream of being a professional triathlete, he studied medicine on an army scholarship. Upon qualifying as a doctor, he passed the SASR selection course and served five years in Special Operations, including four tours of Afghanistan with 100+ combat missions.
During his years with Army Special Operations, Dan Pronk had the unique opportunity to treat dozens of gunshot wounds. In his memoir, Pronk describes the highs and lows of his military-medical career, with the real toll they took on his mental health and family life. He writes about the burden of saving - and failing to save - friends and comrades, the feelings of helplessness and despair that haunted me, and the journey back to a meaningful and fulfilling civilian life. This memoir is a tribute to the doctors, medics, and first responders working behind the scenes in conflict around the world.
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The Resilience Shield is the culminated experience of three SAS veterans — Ben Pronk (his brother), Tim Curtis, and Dan Pronk. They developed The Resilience Shield after examining the impact of extreme stress and how people stay strong in the face of overwhelming circumstances.
Teaming up with the University of Western Australia, we used thousands of results from our Resilience Survey to prove our model builds resilience.
This book has all our research on stress and resilience, with personal experiences and stories of incredible people we're lucky enough to know.
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He show how you can break "impossible" goals into smaller, achievable sub-goals. You'll have a clear pathway to start and build momentum. Using Special Forces selection case studies, I uncover how average people with above-average persistence beat stronger, faster, and smarter people. This book will inspire you to do more. It could be getting off the couch or doubling down on your existing goals. Regardless of your ambitions, you'll supercharge your commitment to achieving them. You only get one go at this life, so what are you waiting for? Read it and get going!
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The Mission Focused Mindset: Perseverance
LTC Tammy Barlette (USAF, LTC, Retired) is a mindset and performance expert who specializes in the art of perseverance. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel and fighter pilot, who has faced many challenges herself, she takes lessons learned from the high-performance cockpit and relates them to the challenges of life. She has flown multiple aircraft, including the T-37 Tweet, T-38 Talon, A-10 Warthog, MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, accumulating more than 3000 total flying hours.
After an aircraft injury required cervical spine reconstruction, Tammy transitioned to the Arizona Air National Guard. She flew the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper, accumulating over 1500 hours of combat support time in both Iraq and Afghanistan assisting and protecting troops on the ground, providing real-time reconnaissance and lethal support. During this time Tammy also graduated from the prestigious US Air Force Weapons School. Desiring to get back into a high-performance aircraft and having a passion to teach, Tammy then transitioned to the Air Force Reserves, instructing in the T-38 Talon for the last 6 years of her 20-year military career. Her focus was on balancing family life as a married mother of three with instructing in the fast-paced environment of the Air Force’s premier fighter trainer. She excelled at both, earning multiple awards, and spearheading new programs to mentor and grow professional aviators.
As an entrepreneur, wife and mother of three, she shares powerful heartfelt stories of strength and grit. Tammy Barlette talks about how, for her, quitting has never been an option and the importance of not comparing her "backstage" self to someone else standing in the spotlight as she has moved forward in whatever comes her way. Confidence is a topic that is close to her heart. The importance of confidence in one's success is often under valued and this was a lesson she learned after years of aviation experience. It doesn't have to take years to develop confidence. Persistence and dedication in the face of difficulties and obstacles are required for progress. Her stories of struggle and triumph taught her how to persevere against the odds. Resist collapsing under pressure.
#YouveGotMettle | #MindsetMatters | #Perseverance | #Aviation | #MilitaryPilots | #WomenInAviation |
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tammybarlette/She’s Got Grit: aborderlife.com/grit-project-blog/2016/2/8/woman-fighter-pilotAir Force Monthly: www.airforcesmonthly.com/2009/12/18/pilot-makes-history/major-tammy-barlette-with-an-mq-9-reaper-at-nellis-usaf-image/ Flygirls: www.facebook.com/plugins/ Covered Speakers: coveredspeakers.com/inspirational-keynote-speaker/tammy-barlette-fighter-pilot-founder-athenas-voice/
Dr. Kate Hendricks-Thomas
First Female F-16 Pilot
An Unlikely Story of Transcending Boxes and Labels
CH Shabazz Contact Information
The Mettle of Honor is sponsored by Acuity Benefit Consulting. Acuity Benefit Consulting contact information is as follows:
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/ray-hahn/. Wall Street Journal Article httos://www.wsj.com/articles/ chaplain..
Army's Highest Ranking Muslim Chaplain - His Calling Came After Years of Turmoil | By Sean Kimmons - Army News Service October 5, 2018 | www.army.mil/ article/211553/ | YouTube Channel episode: youtu.be/5xTu22apRW8
Veterans from War (VFW) Legislative Director - Tammy Barlet
Impossible Odds with Jessica Buchanan
On October 25, 2011, while on a routine field mission in Somalia, Jessica was abducted at gunpoint and held for ransom by a group of Somali land pirates for 93 days. Forced to live outdoors in deplorable conditions, starved, and terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, Jessica’s health steadily deteriorated until, by order of President Barack Obama, she was rescued by the elite SEAL Team 6 on January 25, 2012.
Jessica’s ordeal is detailed in her New York Times bestselling book, “Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.”
Jessica co-hosts the popular women’s conversational podcast, “We Should Talk About That.” Jessica is a highly sought after inspirational speaker and her TEDx Pearl Street talk, ‘Change is Your Proof of Life’ has been the foundation for which she travels the world, inspiring audiences to access their resilience by identifying their own autonomy and chance in the middle of their own life-changing event. Jessica’s ordeal is detailed in her New York Times bestselling book, “Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.” “Deserts to Mountaintops: Our Collective Journey to (re)Claiming our Voice” is collection of memoirs from Jessica and 21 other amazing women who have experienced hardship and are journeying from the desert of survival, back to finding themselves. It will be published on Wednesday, 25 January 2023. To purchase her book, go to Amazon using this link to order it.
Jessica Buchanan's Website www.jessbuchanan.com
Marcus Lutrell's "Team Never Quit" podcast episode with Jessica.
Navy Seal Foundation www.navysealfoundation.org/
#YouveGotMettle | #storytelling | #navyseal | #DesertsToMountainTop | #ImpossibleOdds | #jessicabuchanan
In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'; NPR STAFF Heard on Morning Edition; May 14, 20133:28 AM ET; www.npr.org/2013/05/14/183624076/in-somalia-surviving-a-kidnapping-against-impossible-odds
Women in Ranger School
After graduating with a BS Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy (USMA), Lisa Jaster commissioned as an Engineer Officer and later transferred into the US Army Reserves - still as an engineer officer. Lisa is always inspiring strength through her leadership
To order a signed copy of her book, go to deletetheadjective.com/order-delete-the-adjective/
United States Military Academy (USMA) | United States Army (Official Page) | United States Army Reserves | Army Combat Fitness Test | Black Rifle Coffee
How to connect with LTC Lisa Jaster
Delete The Adjective Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter | Delete the Adjective on Facebook |
U.S. Army Ranger, LTC Lisa (Poplinski) Jaster
The Stellate Institute (Part 1: James Lynch, MD)
U.S. Army Colonel (COL) James Lynch, MD (retired) and Sean Mulvaney are the cofounders of The Stellate Institute. Dr. Jim Lynch is a primary care sports medicine physician who joined the Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (ROSM) team after serving 31 years in Army medicine. In April 2021, he co-founded The Stellate Institute in Annapolis, MD to serve as a center of excellence for an innovative PTSD treatment called Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB). Dr. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989, a Master of Science in healthcare improvement from Dartmouth College in 2001, and his medical degree from Brown Medical School in 2003. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Lynch is a physician with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and has supported USA Swimming as a National Team Physician since 2011. He has supported elite athletes in international competition including multiple World Championships and Olympic Games. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as Course Director of the NATO Special Operations Medical Leaders Course and Adjunct Faculty at the University College Cork, Ireland. His clinical interests include posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative injection therapies. He has been a pioneer in the world of PTSD treatment using a procedure called stellate ganglion block (SGB). He has published multiple articles in the medical literature on SGB and has presented his research in international forums in Germany, Australia, and Portugal. Colonel Lynch's 31 years of military service include deployments to Panama, the First Gulf War in 1991, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and throughout Africa in support of Special Operations. Dr. Lynch lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Jodi of 29 years. His hobbies include running and supporting youth sports. He has traveled to over 60 countries, including 8 of the 10 most dangerous countries in the world. Dr. James Lynch is passionate about serving those in need.
"It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people." -Martin Luther King Jr.
"The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it?" -Benjamin Franklin
#ptsd | #ptsi | #PostTraumaticStressDisorder | #traumarecovery | #anxiety | #depression | #veteranshelpingveterans | #mentalhealthmatters | #YouveGotMettle
The Stellate Institute Website: https://thestellateinstitute.com/
The Stellate Institute YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/@thestellateinstitute3043
Dr. Lynch (LinkedIn): http://linkedin.com/in/james-lynch-md
Dr. James Lynch Personal Website: drjameslynch.com
When Preparation Meets Opportunity
Christmas Jazz and Instrumental Music
O Come, All Ye Faithful - Snow Dept. www.epidemicsound.com/track/XzBPbgGKf3/
Angels We Have Heard on High (Jazz Version) THE EVERGREEN TRIO FEAT. AXEL SALES www.epidemicsound.com/track/qabTaJGdCS/
Jingle Bells (Jazz Version) DEXTER GREEN FEAT. LOVISA MARKETING www.epidemicsound.com/track/rdXQQahCGJ/
O Christmas Tree (Jazz Version) THE EVERGREEN TRIO FEAT. MÄRTA OPERATIONS www.epidemicsound.com/track/eYNs4EiB54/
The First Noel (Jazz Version) THE EVERGREEN TRIO FEAT. ELLINOR CREATIVES www.epidemicsound.com/track/wPrlWrdQc0/
What Child Is This (Jazz Version) The Evergreen Trio
The First Noel (Jazz Version) (Instrumental Version) THE EVERGREEN TRIO www.epidemicsound.com/track/fTcp3zem5B/
Go Tell It On The Mountain (Instrumental Version) THE SNOWY HILL SINGERS www.epidemicsound.com/track/6bQb8e9pSD/
Real Talk w. Veterans Club; Inc. CEO
“The Army Gave Me More Than They Took From Me” -Ashley Gorbulja
Meet US Army National Guard Veteran Ashley Gorbulja of the Washington DC area. While serving in the National Guard (Ohio), Ashley functioned as a Military Police Sergeant. She is the Founder & CEO of Guide On! Education. guideoneducation.com | email@example.com | linkedin.com/in/ashley-gorbuljamission2serv | "GuideOn" the Military Community | Founder & CEO | VHA Communications Specialist I TAL Podcast Co-Host | MPH | MAPL | Content Creator | Vetrepreneur | Public Speaker I Talks about #podcast, #womenveterans, #entrepreneurship, #militaryfamilies, and #marketingconsultant
Bernard Toney: "Tactical Medical Officer: The White House"
Voting and Veterans Day
Mentioned heard in this episode:
US Air Force Brigadier General Robert S. Spalding III (http://linkedin.com/in/rspalding) was the U.S. Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to China, Beijing and from May 2017 to January 2018, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, White House, Washington D.C. While at the National Security Council, Spalding notably wrote a memo calling for nationalizing the development of 5G wireless network.
James D. “Murph” Murphy is a former F-15 Instructor Pilot in the US Air Force. He is the Founder and Chairman of Afterburner.(https://www.afterburner.com/jim-murph-murphy/).
Annette Whittenberger (https://tactical16.com/annette-whittenberger-author) | (https://summit.richabadami.com/annette-whittenberger)
Jon Macaskill (https://macaskillconsulting.com/about-jon/)
#YouveGotMettle | #VeteransHelpingVeterans | #Elections2022
Veteran’s Day 2022
Your Leadership Legacy (S2:E95)
"Take A Knee with Tiffany" Series Summarized
Christy Hinnant linkedin.com/in/christyhinnant | www.linkedin.com/company/voicesagainstsa/
Heath Philips linkedin.com/in/heath-phillips-4a32258a Website: heathtalks.com
Sharron West-Robino linkedin.com/in/sharonrobinowest
Spoken Word Born To Inspire | Written and performed by Jeff Moffett (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-moffett-piipinc/)
Scott DeLuzio LinkedIn Profile www.linkedin.com/in/scottdeluzio
Personal Website www.survivingsonbook.com|Company Website www.amplifyplugins.com | Podcast Website www.driveonpodcast.com
Credits for music in this episode
Check One | by Isaac Larson | Epidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/5REatyG9jr/)
Voices in Introduction
LTC Tammy Barlette (Retired USAF Fighter Pilot A-10 Warthog) www.linkedin.com/in/tammybarlette/
Credits for music in this episode
Check One | by Isaac Larson | Epidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/5REatyG9jr/)
Healing the Unthinkable
Sharon Robino-West is a Marine Corps veteran and a writer. She is also a survivor of military sexual trauma and domestic violence. She believes it important to share her experiences and explain how writing has helped her and other veterans heal. Sharon Robino-West has worked as a peer support specialist for veterans, run support groups for survivors of sexual assault and worked as a program manager for the At Ease program. She also created a program for women veterans in Nebraska. She was part of the first veterans’ block of the Douglas County Jail, where she spent time with the jailed veterans twice a week.
LinkedIn Profile linkedin.com/in/sharonrobinowes | Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org | National Veteran Federation nvf.org/veteran-resources/ TED Talk | Omaha "Healing the Unthinkable" youtu.be/EK_2ieBwYgE | "You epitomize the professionalism and intelligence of a true Marine. Sempre Fi" -Fellow Marine
Consequence of Habit & Naval Special Warfare Operators
From This Episode
linktr.ee/chrisnorriscognitvecoach | https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-norris1/| (https://www.consequenceofhabit.org/chris-norris-bio) | My Steady Mind mysteadymind.com/coach-chris-norris
Consequences of Habit Empowering individuals and communities by bringing awareness to the impact habits have on mental health, success and the environment. (https://www.consequenceofhabit.org/chris-norris-bio) | Jon Macaskill (https://macaskillconsulting.com/about-jon/) | Will Schneider (https://mysteadymind.com/coach-will-schneider/) | Heather (https://mysteadymind.com/coach-heather-sweeney/)
This episode is powered by Acuity Benefit Consulting. Retaining military veteran talent is critical to your bottom line so give them a specialized resource for the benefit that they value the most- VA Disability Compensation. Go to www.acuitybenefitconsulting.com to learn more.” Raymond Hahn is the Founder and President of Acuity Benefit Consulting.
#YouveGotMettle #Minfullness #Meditation #VeteransHelpingVeterans #MentalHealthMatters
9/11 SPECIAL: NYPD Officer John Mulet
The September 11 attacks were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil; nearly 3,000 people were killed. The attacks involved the hijacking of four planes, three of which were used to strike significant U.S. sites. American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175 were flown into the World Trade Center’s north and south towers, respectively, and American Airlines flight 77hit the Pentagon. United Airlines flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers. The plane was believed to be headed to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
On 9/11/2001, as an NYPD Officer, John Mulet came into work as usual - "on a beautiful Tuesday morning' as he put it. But the rest of the day, and his life, for that matter have never been then same again. https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mulet-a96061225/
On 9/11, 24-year-old Air National Guard rookie fighter pilot Heather "Lucky" Penney was sent on a suicide mission. Without any live weapons on board her aircraft, she and her flight lead, Lieutenant General Marc Sasseville, rushed into their F-16's on September 11, 2001, knowing that it might be their last mission. Their mission? - to ram Flight 93 to protect Washington DC only to find that the passengers on Flight 93 have overcome the terrorists and crashed the airliner.
REFERENCES / THINGS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE FROM GUESTS
Mission First Partners (MFP) is the company John Mulet (https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mulet-a96061225/) began two years ago today. You can email him at Jmulet@Missionfirstpartners.net
Reflecting on her experience, Heather "Lucky" Penney came to the realization that everyone has the potential and capacity for heroism. In fact, there are certain qualities - bravery, service, and belonging - that we can practice on a daily basis to connect with and strengthen our own inner hero. LISTEN TO HER TALK HERE. Her TED Talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Norah O'Donnell with the "CBS Evening News" conducted an exclusive interview “Fighter pilots recall mission to take down Flight 93 on 9/11.” #YouveGotMettle References Bergen, P. L. (2022, April 1). September 11 attacks. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/event/September-11-attacks
Ericka Kelly: The Full Story
MILITARY EXPERT: Experienced Civil Servant with a demonstrated history of upholding the core values of integrity, service, and excellence. As the 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve, I was honored to represent the highest level of enlisted leadership. I served as an adviser to the commander on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare and effective management of more than 74,000 civilians, active duty/reserve officers and enlisted members at more than 66 locations. I provided leadership and guidance to numerous committees, councils, boards, military and civilian functions worldwide.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY: Strong legal professional. As a law enforcement officer, I was responsible to safeguard and promote the security of the workforce. I use professionalism, accountability, and vigilance to serve in a multitude of roles which included: Less-lethal weapon instructor; Emergency Medical Technician; subject matter expert; presenter; coach and trainer.
Master's Degree in Business Administration | Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice focused on Pre-Law Studies and Languages.
Public Speaker | Coach | Trainer. Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team I am certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, I am equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, I have access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.
#YouveGotMettle #Resilence #Mettle #Gritericka.email@example.com By phone number: 562-685-2645 schedule a meeting on: https://calendly.com/ericka-kelly
Hear Ericka Kelly share her story on the podcast Paul Forchioni's "It's a Long Beach Thing" Podcast with Ericka Kelly
Kim DeFiori: Lessons from Thor
Kim DeFiori began her military career after graduating from West Point in 2008 as a Military Police (MP) Officer. She deployed shortly after to Afghanistan for a year, serving with military police and infantry companies. She was one of the first women to work alongside Afghan police day and night conducting raids with special operations units. She went on to serve as an aide-de-camp at the Pentagon.
However, Kim's story doesn't end there. She shares her personal story in this episode of her journey in dealing with the aftereffects of her deployment because, as she says, "The Army does a good job teaching you how to deploy but not how to come home." Part of the trauma occurred back home. Wearing a mask + drinking alcohol and neglecting treatment are not a good mix.
Kim DeFiori is a mental health advocate wants to reduce mental health stigma and hopes all who are suffering won't do so in silence and isolation but will have the courage to ask for help.
#LessonsFromThor | #MentalHealthMatters | #VeteransHelpingVeterans |#YouveGotMettle
LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE
Kim DeFiori's LinkedIn Profile
This Able Veteran (https://thisableveteran.org/anxiety-alerts/) | Phone: 618.964.1162 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
1714 South Wolf Creek Road; Carbondale, IL 62902
Leashes of Valor (https://leashesofvalor.org/) | "One leash saves two lives... We're bringing service dogs and post-9/11 Veterans together in order to enrich and improve the lives of both."
Location: 24114 Sparta Rd.; Milford, VA 22514 | Mailing address: PO Box 571; Garner, NC 27529 | EIN: 82-1110902
AMERICA VET DOGS https://www.vetdogs.org/
USAF Combat Controller (S2: E89)
Email Eric at First There Foundation
First There Foundation on LinkedIn
First There Foundation on Facebook
First There Foundation on Twitter
Eric Hohman for Congress
Michael J. Weiss: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Meet Army veteran SGM (R) Michael Weiss of Moyock, North Carolina. Michael originally entered the military from Southern California and retired after more than three decades of uniformed service. He is now the Executive Officer of J3 Khai Restoration.,
At my first duty station, Fort Sill, Oklahoma (home of the Army’s Field Artillery), I met, then Master Sergeant Michael Weiss who was the Installation Religious Affairs NCO (56M). At that time, the MOS was Chaplain Assistant (71M). I believe his last assignment; he was the senior Religious Affairs NCO at TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command). From the first time I met him and throughout my military career, I’ve known him as a compassionate leader.
It's been a pleasure maintaining contact with him throughout the years. SGM Michael Weiss, #YouveGotMettle
J3 Khai Restoration Website https://j3khai.fun/about/
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-weiss-j3m-khai/
MICHAEL’S PURPOSE STATEMENT To help people, families, tribes, and nations find, refine and live out their DNA, (Divine Natural Ability) so they, and others, will live abundantly. (John 3:16, 17:3)
MICHAEL’S GOAL WITH LIFE COACHING The goal for my Life Coaching Sessions is to share in your story so I can help you see that you are truly loved by our Father, and that HE also wants to bring his dreams for you to life!
#mentalhealthmatters | #bipolar | #veteranshelpingveterans | #YouveGotMettle |
MEMORIAL DAY 2022: Scott DeLuzio (Bonus)
Scott DeLuzio is an Army Combat Veteran (NG Infantryman-Afghanistan), an Author (Surviving Son), an Entrepreneur (Amplify Plugins), and a Podcast Host (Drive On Podcast).
Surviving Son is a compelling true story that provides the reader with an insight into the life of a combat infantryman who fought in Afghanistan at the same time as his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action just miles away.
On Drive On Podcast, Scott has this mission: "I talk about topics such as mental health, PTSD, relationships, leadership skills, and interview other veterans about their experiences and how they've dealt with them. My goal is to give hope and strength to veterans and their loved ones who might be struggling with their own situation, whatever that may be."
Connect with this week’s guest via links below: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/scottdeluzio Book survivingsonbook.com Company amplifyplugins.com Podcast driveonpodcast.com RESOURCES
The Veterans Crisis Line can be reach by a couple of different methods:
Their website is www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) For Veteran Crisis Line, press "1"
Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can call 1-800-799-4889
You may also send a text message to 838255
To chat online, go to www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat/
Stop Soldier Suicide stopsoldiersuicide.org/
Can be reached by phone at 1-855-838-8255
Vets for Warriors www.vets4warriors.com/
Robin Phoenix and The Best Medicine Brigade are HEAL*arious
Robin Phoenix is a Certified Humor Professional with the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor as well as a comedy boot camp mentor for Armed Services Arts Partnership. Robin, #YouveGotMettle
Mentioned in this episode
The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor www.aath.org/
The Military Women’s Memorial womensmemorial.org/
More about Best Medicine Brigade
Website: www.bestmedicinebrigade.com | Email: email@example.com
The Comic List thecomiclist.com/premium/member/robinphoenix/
Professional Social Media Accounts
Facebook www.facebook.com/bestmedicinebrigade | Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/bestmedicinebrigade/groups
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestmedicinebrigade/ | YouTube: Best Medicine Brigade YouTube Channel
#HumorHelps #HumorTherapy #VeteransHelpingVeterans #MentalHealth #VeteranMentalHealth #YouveGotMettle
S2:E85 Ricky Johnson
USMC Veteran Ricky Johnson from Missouri shares his story of life prior to, during, and after military service. Ricky Johnson is a Marine Veteran and North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist (with Veteran stamp) and is trained in Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention and Trauma Informed Care. In addition, Ricky is certified in Critical Time Intervention and implements this model in his daily work activities. Mr. Johnson was also a mentor with the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court team and is a member of the Western North Carolina's Recovery Alliance. Most recently Ricky was awarded the 2019 NC Tides “Empowering Hope Award” for his tenacity, strength, and self-determination in overcoming adversity, while inspiring hope and empowering others through their own personal and life journey. In the year of 2020, Ricky was appointed by the North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore to the North Carolina CFAC Committee (Consumer and Family Advisory Committee). Our mission is to spread awareness, discuss consequences and share the gift of hope. #YouveGotMettle
Next week's episode of The Mettle of Honor Podcast, we will hear from a retired US Army Ordinance Officer, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Robin Phoenix Johnson. Mental health is a topic that's near and dear to her heart. In her episode, we hear how she uses humor as means of healing of healing which is why she started her company Best Medicine Brigade. You will see how HEAL*arious she is as we talked about her organization.
USN CDR Theresa Carpenter (S2:E84)
Independence Day Weekend Music Playlist
Everlasting Holiday www.epidemicsound.com/track/cwHn7Qr3kp/
Rise of the Titan www.epidemicsound.com/track/sbdgrLRkn3/
Alone with You www.epidemicsound.com/track/T0txKkoWjI/
Way Down South (Instrumental) www.epidemicsound.com/track/S6AX3ADx8Y/
Vagabond Heart (Instrumental) www.epidemicsound.com/track/nzxuTk8GAP/
Fidler Barn www.epidemicsound.com/track/Nq7VDi1T29/
Ride Baby Ride www.epidemicsound.com/track/pVGxs94fTH/
Forever Again www.epidemicsound.com/track/M5HQkidfZ2/
Long Way Back www.epidemicsound.com/track/4yda8QwtNI/ #YouveGotMettle #Martschink
How do we Address Suicide and Mental Health Issues amongst The Military and Veteran Communities?
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(S2:E79) Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - It happens to men too
(S2:E78) V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault
In this episode, you hear Christy shares in this episode about the difficulty of her transition out of the military, being sexually assaulted and subsequently diagnosed with chronic PTSD. She found herself dealing with her pain by way of alcohol and winding up in a very dark place contemplating suicide.
The Veterans Crisis Line can be reach by a couple of different methods:
Their website is www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) For Veteran Crisis Line, press "1"
Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can call 1-800-799-4889
You may also send a text message to 838255
To chat online, go to www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat/
Stop Soldier Suicide stopsoldiersuicide.org/
Can be reached by phone at 1-855-838-8255
Vets for Warriors www.vets4warriors.com/
I Need Help (S2:E76 with Olivia Nunn)
Women’s History Month
Wanda Petty is “Sista Soldier”
(S2:E74) USMC Veteran Runs for Office
Tabatha is the Chapter Director for the Women Veteran's Alliance (Lafayette, Indiana). She brings her experience from her time in the Marine Corps in Public Affairs in the civilian sector as a public relations specialist. She is good at fostering and driving relationships needed to initiate, develop and implement organizational communication strategies. Experienced in digital content creation, brand integration, marketing, social media management, community relations, and promotion across major media outlets, news media networks, editing, and photojournalism.
LINKEDIN PROFILE www.linkedin.com/in/tabitha-bartley/
(S2:E73) Homeless, MST, and the "Why?" Behind the Podcast
In this episode, Tiffany shares a piece of her story about a specific event she experienced while serving as an Instructor/ Course Writer in the Army Reserves at the end of her career. It was at a point, while serving when she was also homeless that she experienced an MST (Military Sexual Trauma). Listen to her share her story and how it influenced what she is doing now- providing a platform for military service members, veterans, and their family members to share their personal stories by hosting this podcast- The Mettle of Honor Podcast -and advocating for those veterans dealing with mental health issues, suicide intervention, and MST survivors.
Tiffany's Professional Memberships
American Legion (Lifetime Member) | Project Management Institute (PMI) (Member #4731395) | Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Trainer (LivingWorks, LLC) |
Tiffany's Contact Information
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/tiffanymartschink Podcast anchor.fm/mettle-of-honor
RESOURCEFUL WEBSITES FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT/ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Women’s Health Hotline 1.800.VA.WOMEN
VA Women’s Health Clinics www.womenshealth.va.gov/
VA’s Military Sexual Trauma www.mentalhealth.va.gov/mentalhealth/msthome/
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: www.rainn.org | National Network (for male survivors): www.1in6.org
New Year. New Season. New Focus. Same Podcast.
This book will give you an inside look for anybody planning on serving, currently serving, or who has served to help them be successful and significant. You will hear from Chiefs in their own words, with different personalities, and different backgrounds. Each word relates to the more significant theme. You will learn how to be persistent, not give up, and have faith in yourself!
P - Passion
E - Excellence
R - Resiliency
S - Significance
I - Identity
S - Service
T - Transformation
E - Enthusiasm
N - Noble
C - Compassionate
E - Encourager
Connect with the authors:
Ledford Fate: www.LeffordFate.com
Ericka Kelly www.ErickaKellyEnterprises.com
Amazon Link www.amazon.com/dp/B09MYVXHQ1
The number 22 represents the number of veterans s take their own lives each day. The number has become a rallying cry for advocates trying to call attention to suicide among veterans.
⚠️ We hear a clip of a veteran talking about how they turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with his PTSD. If this is something is triggering for you, proceed with caution ⛔️
Next week I will be sharing my story about my battles with a number of mental health problems I’ve dealt with and still struggle with. I will also talk a little bit about how I got into podcasting… Something I never had any desire to do, listen to, nor do I like the sound of my invoice yet here I am!
Morality, Duty & Military Ethics: Case of LtCol Scheller
Scheller had posted a video to his Facebook page on Thursday stating: "People are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, 'we messed this up.'" The Marine officer -- who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq -- said in the video he was "willing to throw it all away" to publicly "demand accountability" from military leadership. After the video was posted, Marine Corps spokesperson Maj. Jim Stenger said in a statement that Scheller had been relieved of command "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command."
"This is obviously an emotional time for a lot of Marines, and we encourage anyone struggling right now to seek counseling or talk to a fellow Marine. There is a forum in which Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command, but it's not social media," Stenger said. Scheller's video was posted the same day that 13 US service members and more than 170 others were killed in an attack outside Kabul's airport, according to the Pentagon and Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health. "The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others," said President Joe Biden in a Saturday statement. "Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far. May God protect our troops and all those standing watch in these dangerous days." Scheller wrote in a Facebook post Friday after being relieved that "my chain of command is doing exactly what I would do... if I were in their shoes." "I will not be making any statements other than what's on my social platforms until I exit the Marine Corps. America has many issues... but it's my home," he wrote.
Guest Intro’s and music
Recognize. Confirm. Recover.
From Airman to Mom
#YouveGotMettle | #militarywomen | #womenveterans
Facebook - www.facebook.com/airmantomom
Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/airmantomom
New Year's Eve Top Song Is...
Aud Lang Syne
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heartnow grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.
On old long syne my Jo,
On old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On old long syne.
(S1:E63) Bruce & Batman: never been in the same room at the same time
NAME Bruce Thompson |
BRANCH OF SERVICE: USMC
CURRENT STATUS: USMC VETERAN, Retired (1992 - 2016).
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Vice President of Vets to Industry
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Jacksonville, Florida.
In the small farm town where he grew up, there weren't really many options for future careers so, after high school, Bruce Thompson served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Bruce served for twenty-four years (1992 - 2016) in the Marine Corps. Bruce said joining The Corps gave him a sense of purpose, provided training, and a fulfilling career. Key civilian positions were held after retiring from the military. Bruce Thompson Launched Information Blast Florida "Keeping our Military, First Responders, Veterans, and their families informed about events, opportunities and updates (http://informationblastflorida.com/). Bruce was the Director of Public Relations at Veterans Village of Northeast Florida The Veterans Village of Northeast Florida Inc. wants to help impact homelessness in the Military Veterans Community with a Tiny House community & resources for all veterans (https://www.facebook.com/VVNEFL/). Bruce was also the Account Manager at Hire Military. Bruce Thompson, being the veteran he is, shares the following resources with you: Vets 2 Industry (vets2industry.org) |DOD SkillBridge (https://skillbridge.osd.mil/) | The Mission Continues (https://missioncontinues.org/) | Veterati (https://www.veterati.com/) | American Corporate Partners (ACP) Mentorship (https://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring-program)
(S1:E4) | From Navy Yeoman to P-3 Orion Naval Officer.
(S1:E62) Monica Jefferson
For more information about Moni Jefferson and how to connect with her, utilize any of these methods below:
WEBSITES monijeffersonpr.com | amseagency.com/ |https://myultimatepcs.com/
EMAIL email@example.com SOCIAL MEDIA linkedin.com/in/moni-jefferson
(S1:E61) Final Flight Final Fight: My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery
(S1:E60) There is No Finish Line In Self-Growth (Erika Kelly pt. 2)
MILITARY EXPERT | 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command | Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve | SENIOR SPECIAL AGENT | LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY | John Maxwell TEAM Executive Director Public Speaker | Coach | Trainer | Facilitator |
Ericka Kelly speaks, trains and coaches both individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills, and personal growth.
Words like professionalism, accountability, and vigilance in a multitude of roles are all synonymous of Ericka Kelly.
EDUCATION DEGREES OBTAINED Masters Business Administration Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice (Pre-Law Studies and Languages)
Contact information for Ericka Kelly
WEBSITE erickakellyenterprises.com | EMAIL ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKEDIN linkedin.com/in/ericka-kelly-enterprises | YouTube Video Resiliency with AFRC Command Chief, Chief Ericka Kelly
What People are saying about Ericka Kelly
(S1:E59 Erika Kelly) There’s No Finnish-line in Self Growth (part 1 of 2)
Nightmare vs Nightwear
This 31-minute bonus episode is not the full "Nightmare vs Nightwear" episode. Rather, the first half of this contains bits and pieces from the individuals interviewed for the full episode. The second half of this is a 15-minute yoga/ grounding session led by (Jen (Muehlegger) Baumgardner Barnes (MSW, LICSW, ERYT, TCTSY-F) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jen-baumgardner-barnes-msw-licsw-eryt-tctsy-f-5797b56a/)
NightWare - Treating nightmares with digital therapeutics: Overview | LinkedIn
Dr. Brian Robertson, (Retired Army | Cheif Consultant Surgeon General, Allergy/Immunology) www.linkedin.com/in/brian-robertson-md/
(S1:E57) Jeff Moffett's Spoken Word Entitled "Born to Inspire"
Jeff Moffett, originally from Detroit, Michigan, retired from the U.S. Army in Augusta, Georgia where he was an instructor at the Fort Gordon Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. His wife also served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Warrant Officer. In his LinkedIn profile, you will see in the "about” section, Jeff is a Telecommunications / Network Professional with over thirty years of experience. He has excellent management and communication skills and applies regulations, policies, and procedures throughout his work. Jeff has the ability to grasp new ideas and technology quickly and confidently. Jeff is pastor of the church named “The Historic Hosannah Missionary Baptist Church” in Augusta, GA I love hearing stories of how couples met. His story is unique in and of itself. CONNECT WITH JEFF MOFFETT LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-moffett-piipinc/ Contact information of the church where Jeff Moffett is pastor. Historic Hosannah Missionary Baptist Church | 1729 Ellis St. | Augusta, Georgia 30904 | PH: 706.733.4387 | FAX: 706.737.6286 At the end of this episode, you will hear from Navy Veteran, D.A. Michaels, author of Courageously Broken. Courageously Broken Book Details ASIN: B08J7TX3KV | Language: English | Publication date: September 15, 2020, | Print length: 277 pages | File size: 4979 KB | Simultaneous device usage: Unlimited | Text-to-Speech: Enabled | Screen Reader: Supported | Enhanced typesetting: Enabled | Word Wise: Enabled
D.A. Michaels “Courageously Broken: Memoirs of a Navy Veteran“
D.A. Michaels of the Cocoa Beach, Florida is our guest on this week's episode of the Mettle of Honor. She talks about #ptsd, #veterans, #lawenforcement, #firstresponders, and #courageouslybroken
Courageously Broken is a memoir about overcoming the adversities that life often hands us. Take a journey through the life of D.A. Michaels who flees a small town and abusive father by joining the Navy only to find herself working side by side with Navy SEALs in the jungles of Panama.
When a series of tragedies strike, they leave us with scars that cut deep. If we don’t properly process these traumatic events and instead, compartmentalize them as we often do, one day, when we least expect it, they will catch up to us and bring us to our knees.
That is what happened to Donna Michaels. As a military veteran and law enforcement officer, she set out to make the world a better place. But after years of suppressing her own traumas and witnessing countless others, it took a toll and brought a vibrant exhilarating woman into a darkness she never knew existed.
All her life she had been credited with being resilient and strong. She struggled to understand why after years of life experience and all the coping mechanisms she had learned she couldn’t bounce back and move on.
Courageously Broken is about the adventure of life. The good, the bad, and the journey into hell and back. Readers have said they have laughed, cried, and been grateful to see the world through the eyes of a veteran and law enforcement officer.
Book and contact information D.A. Michaels
Website: www.courageouslybroken.com/ | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/d-a-michaels-286142115/
“Courageously Broken: A memoir of overcoming adversity and conquering the battle scars of life” Details: ASIN: B08J7TX3KV | Language: English | Publication date: September 15, 2020 | Print length: 277 pages | File size: 4979 KB | Simultaneous device usage: Unlimited | Text-to-Speech: Enabled | Screen Reader: Supported | Enhanced typesetting: Enabled | Word Wise: Enabled |There’s now also a Kindle version of the book. Donna Michaels, #YouveGotMettle
(S1:E56) Health Care Panel
(S1:E55) Transitions and Identity with Jack Sterling's
(S1:E53) Leadership Moments with Jeff Clark
(S1:E51) Larry Moores: Black Hawk Down (part 1)
In part 2, Larry Moores will share with us valuable lessons he learned in Mogadishu and what roles his men played in recovering our dead and wounded. But here in part 1, we will learn more about him joining the military and his principles of leadership.
He enlisted as a young Army Ranger, commissioned through Officer Candidate School and served a 21-year career in Airborne, Ranger and Special Operations assignments, with numerous deployments including, Grenada, Somalia and Afghanistan.
Moores is now Executive Director of Three Rangers Foundation, which provides veterans with experts, advice and assistance in every aspect of their journey; whether spiritual, physical, mental, employment, finances, family, or education.
Learn more about his foundation www.threerangersfoundation.org/
Larry proudly supports James Dietz’s portraits in his home: www.jamesdietz.com/
(S1:E50) MG Greg Martin Told by Chairman, JCS “Resign by 1700 or You’re Fired:“
(S1:E49 Aaron Moffett) Invictus: I AM!
(S1:E48) Freedom Learning Group Liz O’Brian
Elizabeth, a Military Spouse, sits on The Blue Star Families Advisory Council, The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network Advisory Council, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. She chairs the state of Virginia Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Previously, Elizabeth served in significant leadership roles as a Senior Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and as Chairwoman for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs, the first Military Spouse named to the role. Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, O’Brien spent over a decade coaching college women’s basketball at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hofstra University, and The University of Hawaii. Elizabeth resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her family. On any given day, she and her family can be found competing or cheering one another on at a sporting event. CEO and Founder of Freedom Learning Group (freedomlearninggroup.com/) Founded by a Military family, Freedom Learning Group is the leading educational courseware, content, and services provider powered by a global remote workforce of Military Spouses and Veterans. Freedom Learning Group (FLG) entered the educational courseware industry in 2017 with a cutting-edge business model intentionally designed to fit the needs of Military Spouses and Veterans while keeping them competitive in their respective professional fields.
FLG specializes in educational content development, instructional design, assessment writing, accessibility compliance, ADA accessibility, accuracy review, subject matter expertise, e-Learning, audio-video services, copy editing, and project management. My husband, Nathan, and I launched Freedom Learning Group (FLG) while stationed in Germany with the distinct motivation to provide Military Spouses with the freedom to invest in their career AND support their Servicemember. Military families serve and sacrifice in countless ways and we made it our personal mission to strengthen the career-family balance by providing career opportunities to the Military Spouses serving on the homefront too. We recognized a need in our Military Spouse community that was more than just the absence of a career. Military Spouses shouldn’t have to exchange passion for a paycheck, yearn for a relevant and meaningful career path, self-actualization, value and/or success. A strong family foundation is vital to the health and wellness of our Service Men and Women – family readiness is mission readiness. Raising awareness and developing solutions for the unspoken sacrifice of Military Spouses is paramount to what Freedom Learning Group represents. FLG empowers Military Spouses to take the lead and author their own career journey. Elizabeth O’Brien LinkedIn (Personal): linkedin.com/in/elizabethobrien30
Liz O’Brien Email: email@example.com
Freedom Learning Group Website:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn (Company): www.linkedin.com/company/freedom-learning-group
Facebook (Company): facebook.com/FLGEducationSolutions/
Twitter (Company): twitter.com/freedomlearngrp
Instagram (Company): instagram.com/freedomlearninggroup
YouTube Channel: m.youtube.com/channel/UCY4-O1weBv7MUuOzRnDNvWQ
Freedom Learning Group Address
International Pkwy; Lake Mary, FL 3274
Bill Barnett: You Served us. Let Us Serve You
(S1:E46) Dan Carter
(S1:E45) From the Heart of a Veteran's Mother
The SSDI Insider Secrets® Community focuses on helping our members gain the insight and support to confidently navigate the complex Social Security Disability process. You can schedule a free 20-minute call with Lisa to see if her course is a good fit for you and to discuss eligibility.
SSI Secret Insiders Website and Contact Information
www.ssdiinsidersecrets.com/ | ssdi-insider-secrets.convenecommunities.com/
Schedule a free call calendly.com/ssdiinsidersecrets/20min
(S1:E44) The Generosity Culture
CURRENT VOLUNTEER WORK
Board of Advisors for Blankets of Hope
Blankets of Hope partners with schools and teachers to help children (our future leaders) learn empathy by writing caring notes for the homeless that are attached to blankets and given to individuals in need in the children’s local communities across the nation. As a member of the Advisory Board, I help grow strategic relationships to further the mission of the charity.
Business Mentor with Warrior Rising - a 501c3 non-profit that empowers U.S. military veterans by providing opportunities to create sustainable businesses, perpetuate the hiring of fellow U.S. military veterans, and earn their future.
April Shprintz Means of Connecting
Email address: email@example.com
(S1:E43) Control The Narrative
(S1:E42) Eddie Dunn on Tectonic Transformational Time
(S1:E41) From GED to Graduate Degree: Turning A Mess into A Message
Website: www.joemanns.com | www.jmcbrands.com | dismissedmovie.com/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joemanns | Email firstname.lastname@example.org | Work Phone: 727.477.1222
(S1:40) LTC Olivia Nunn: Signing Off and Signing Out
(S1:E39) Inspiring Military Leaders Through Transition and Beyond
www.linkedin.com/in/jasonroncoroni/ | www.ordinaryherocoaching.com/about | email@example.com | www.amazon.com/Beyond-Military-Leaders-Handbook-Reintegration/dp/1544505574 | authorhour.co/beyond-the-military-jason-roncoroni-and-dr-shauna-springer/
(S1:E:38) Beautiful things don’t come without some suffering
Theresa founded Movement Rx with her husband in 2013 in order to break free from the limitations that traditional physical therapy puts on practitioners and patients. The result was a company where skilled practitioners can authentically treat patients with the time, care, and movement education they deserve.
Dr. Theresa Larson is determined to deliver movement and mindset health to as many people as possible with her team – including adaptive athletes, as she is an adaptive athlete herself. She is a motivational speaker for companies, helping individuals and teams understand that change is possible and leadership starts within. She also presents on movement and mobility internationally and is the co-creator and lead instructor of the popular Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes program. She recently authored a memoir (WARRIOR) that was published through Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins.
In addition to her practice, wellness and speaking efforts, Dr. Theresa Larson is a huge advocate for Challenged Athletes Foundation, Team Red White and Blue, a veteran non-profit, National Eating Disorder Association, CrossRoads Adaptive Athlete Alliance, and Resiliency Project.
Theresa’s mission is to deliver crucial information to people who need it the most. Anybody who has gone through loss, trauma, or a major change in their life needs to find their new normal again. Through ADAPT Media and the “My New Normal” podcast, she offers stories of motivation and strength, overcoming hardship, and information on injuries from some of the top professionals and organizations in the world.
She believes that our ability to optimally adapt to a new normal is a choice. As the Dalai Lama says, “beautiful things don’t come without some suffering.” 2QQrAxSm1d5lwwsdhinN
(S1:E37) Frogman Leaps into Mindfulness and Meditation
(S1:E36)MEMORIAL DAY and WASP
(S1:E35) Echo in Ramadi: They're Not Collateral Damage. They're People
In his book, Huesing transports readers to the deadly streets of Iraq in this visceral, gripping portrayal of urban combat. Bound together by honor and surrounded by chaos, they battled on the frontlines of a war without rules against an elusive, ruthless enemy who wore no uniforms and showed little mercy. Page after page, Huesing brings the resilience and bravery of the Marines brilliantly to life and shows how the devastation and terror of combat that left indelible scars on these heroes’ bodies, psyches, and souls. Like earlier classics about men at war--Helmet for My Pillow, We Were Soldiers Once and Young, and Generation Kill—Echo in Ramadi is an unforgettable portrayal of war that will leave readers amazed and, at times, moved by the author’s masterful way of capturing the experiences and emotions of combat.
WEBSITE: (https://www.echoinramadi.com/) | To book an interview with Scott Huesing, contact Kylie Frey at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SAVE THE BRAVE (https://savethebrave.org/) The mission at Save The Brave (STB) is to connect veterans through outreach programs to build strength of character. Our essential task is to prevent veteran suicide. STB is committed to providing veterans with Post Traumatic Stress ways to connect in a safe space. STB EMAIL (email@example.com) Save the Brave is a certified 501(C)3 registered in the State of California.
(S1:E34) STRATEGIC ACTION: Enlisting A Soldier. Maintaining A Family
Service History: Todd served in the Army for over 34 years retiring in the grade of Major General. He completed his military career as the Chief of Staff, United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his final military posting Todd served in an array of positions during a career that included seventeen moves and multiple deployments. Among his assignments, he has served in combat as both an infantry battalion and brigade commander; he was the US Army’s Director of Training, and he commanded an Army Training Division assisting US Army Reserve and US Army National Guard units attain and maintain readiness. He remains privileged to have led, served and fought alongside the best men and women this Nation has to offer.
Education/Major(s): BS in Organization Leadership (1986), US Military Academy; MS in Economics/Operations Research (1997), Colorado School of Mines; MS in National Security Studies (2007), US Army War College
Todd assists the Veterans and Military Services Team at the University of South Carolina attract, admit, enroll, and support military and veteran students. He also helps align the university’s world class research capabilities with critical national security challenges.
Director of Military Affairs | Leadership Bio (https://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2020/10/todd_mccaffrey_qa.php#.YJ9BroeSk2w) |
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org |Phone: 803-576-6829 | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-mccaffrey-6ba54141/)
University of South Carolina Military Student Affairs (https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/veterans_and_military_services/index.php)
Purple Heart Parking. The Purple Heart parking initiative, launched across the Columbia campus, comes with a new parking pass level also launches along with the symbolic space, which is ADA van compliant. The space is set apart with a special paint job and sign provided by Carl Lopez, commander of the South Carolina Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Purple Heart Parking decals at a reduced rate. These decals provide Purple Heart recipients with expanded parking options on campus. Contact Parking Services for details. Phone: 803-777-5160
(S1:E33) “Get on the Mat” and I'll Tell You about My Hat
(S1:E32) Mission Transition
Matt serves as the Veteran Transition Assistance officer for his West Point class. He serves as an advisor to the board of YourNexStage in Washington DC (the nation's first veteran collaborative focused on the needs of women veterans), and actively serves several other veteran collaboratives around the country.
During his active duty commissioned service in the United States Army, Matt served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and in the 194th Separate Armored Brigade. During reserve commissioned service, Matt served on the staff of the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and commanded multiple regions around the country for the US Military Academy’s Admissions Office. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves, holds a secret security clearance, and serves on the Service Academy nominating committee for his local Congressman.
Matt holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Point and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a certified Project Management Professional, and holds the ASCM organization’s Certified Supply Chain Professional designation.
"I'm on a mission...to SUCCESSFULLY OPTIMIZE the personal potential of veterans and public servants and the productivity of their prospective employers."
Additional Advice From Transitioning Troops matthewjlouis.com/lessons-learned/
Military to Civilian Thesaurus matthewjlouis.com/military-to-civilian-thesaurus/
Understanding Your Financial Needs Exercises matthewjlouis.com/financial-needs-exercises/
“The most difficult part of the transition for me was disengaging from ongoing activities and responsibilities at my last duty station and focusing on my transition to civilian life. There was more to do than I realized, with medical appointments, moving, required transition workshops, finding a job, and more. It wasn't that I felt like I was indispensable in my last position, but I had projects that I wanted to see through to completion before leaving. Also, the Army was still providing my livelihood, so I felt it incumbent on me to continue to contribute.” Dave Raymond (Former Army Colonel)
(S1:E31) Amy Apostol & Kate Hudson: Military Spouses Serve Too
Amy Apostol, Navy Reserve JAG Officer Spouse.
ADVISOR. Broad attorney skill set, including work in areas of national security, cybersecurity, personnel security and insider threat, policy, compliance, data sharing, privacy, GDPR, and litigation. Provides client solutions in evolving operational landscapes that require agility and innovation. Partner with business leaders to empower sustainable, legally compliant actions and policy. Help effectuate change while minimizing risk. Experienced advisor on significant and high-profile issues.
BOARD MEMBER. Gamma Phi Beta Facilities Management Company Board of Managers: make decisions about non-profit spending and operational priorities. Mission Hire Me Advisory Board: support fundraising efforts and make key partnership connections. (https://www.missionhireme.com/)
COMMUNITY SUPPORTER. Fort Hunt Little League Board of Directors: support community engagement, public relations, and member experience
-Be The Good Project Volunteer: support efforts to address food shortages and hunger crisis in the DC metro area
EDUCATOR. Adjunct Professor @ Albany Law School. Guest Lecturer on cybersecurity and insider threat issues. Speaker on topics such as cybersecurity, data privacy, insider threat, military families, and women's issues.
MENTOR. Provide career guidance and support for law students, attorneys, teachers, IT professionals, military spouses, and transitioning veterans through programs such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes AMPLIFY program, Veterati, and Military Spouse JD Network.
FOUNDER. Founder and creator of TechnoLawgicGals, a supportive community for women attorneys in privacy and tech. (www.technolawgicgals.com)
-Founder and creator of Wattage Careers, a career strategy platform aimed at imbuing energy, creativity, and success into the process of career growth and development.
LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com/in/amyapostol) | Email (email@example.com) |
Kate Hudson, (Active-duty Army officer Spouse). A passionate civil servant and lawyer committed to improving the experiences of the American public with their government. Over the past seventeen years, I have served in the public and nonprofit sectors at key interaction points for citizens: elections, the justice system, the federal civil service, and government oversight. I work to make the government agencies and systems that serve the American public more accountable, efficient, responsive, and more accessible. I love to learn how the 'sausage' gets made and strive for ways to improve it.
LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com/in/katehudsonesq) Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Twitter (KateHudsonEsq)
(S1:E30) Chair of the VA Board of Appeals Also Appeals for Those Suicidal
(S1:E29) Army Veteran with Autistic Twins
Having been honored by the local media and positively reviewed by countless past clients, I continue to retain a strong following, bringing folks what they need and want, regardless of their deadlines and the like. I'm passionate about real estate and helping people, and upon visiting my website, you'll get the best idea of what to expect when we work together. As a top-notch REALTOR® who stops at nothing to help my clients, you'll be thrilled with what we could do together. What will you find when you visit his website for the first time? When you're ready to sell your home, you'll see he specializes in many varieties on the local market and then some. Perhaps you invested in commercial property. Maybe you've got a luxury home in a golf course community you want to sell. Let Sam Silver, real estate agent, guide you. Except for the time he served in the United States Military, his entire life has been in Southern California, so he knows these communities. As I continue to educate myself on the market and the latest methods and tricks of the trade, there's truly no one better suited to help you list and sell your property.
Sam Silver Reliable REALTOR®! (License #: 01412755)
Digital Business Card card.get-card.com/samuel-silver/ | Website www.samsilverhomes.net/ | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/samsilverhomes | Email Address: email@example.com | Phone Number: 661.621.5340
Instant Messaging (IM) | Skype firstname.lastname@example.org | Google Talk email@example.com
(S1:E28) Shelly Huhtanen on Autism in the Military Family
Shelly Huhtanen is the author of the book Giving Voice Silent. This book is compiled of intimate short stories that involve a military family raising a child with autism. Issues such as stress involved with deployments, transitions with PCS moves, and fighting for an appropriate education are discussed. To connect with Shelly Huhtanen, she can be found on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/shelly-huhtanen/ For more information about her book, Giving Voice To The Silent Many, please visit silentmany.com/author/shellyhuhtanen/. The book can be purchased on Amazon through this link: www.amazon.com/Giving-Voice-Silent-Shelly-Huhtanen/dp/1940129834
The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment www.unumbcenter.org/
The Council of Autism Service Providers supports our members by cultivating, sharing, and advocating for provider best practices in autism services. The Council of Autism Service Providers is a non-profit association of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Our member agencies care for more than 50,000 children and adults with autism across the United States and have collective revenues approaching 1 billion dollars. We serve as a force for change, providing information and education and promoting standards that enhance quality. casproviders.org/
The mission of the National Autism Law Center is to enforce and expand the legal rights of individuals on the autism spectrum and to serve as a resource for such individuals and their families, as well as to the service providers and attorneys who support them. nationalautismlawcenter.org/
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services VR prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment. Our goal is to ensure that “quality happens one person at a time.” scvrd.net/
(S1:E27) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
(S1:E26)The 14th Presidential Commander: When Blue Stars Turn Gold
ALISON BANHOLZER CONTACT INFORMATION COMPANY WEBSITE: wearyourspiritwarehouse.com/ | LINKEDIN PROFILE (COMPANY): www.linkedin.com/company/wear-your-spirit-warehouse?trk=public_profile_topcard-current-company | LINKEDIN PROFILE (PERSONAL): www.linkedin.com/in/alison-banholzer | wjla.com/news/local/air-force-one-pilot-laid-to-rest-at-arlington-national-cemetery
(S1:E25) if you never felt like quitting, you never started living
(S1:E24 USMC VET) The Smoking Panda
Rear Admiral Melissa Bert: 1st Female JAG & Chief Counsel of the USCG
Before promotion to flag-rank in 2016, she distinguished herself in service in both legal and operational capacities.
As a lawyer, she was Chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Office, supporting U.S. engagement with the International Maritime Organization and providing legal advice on a variety of policies – including the Law of the Sea, drug and migrant interdiction, homeland security, search and rescue, pollution response, port and vessel safety/security, counter-terrorism, Arctic policy, and environmental protection.
For her legal expertise she was awarded the Young Military Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard by the American Bar Association in 1997 and the Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award in 2006.
Operationally, she was Chief of Staff for the Seventh Coast Guard District, responsible for oversight of Coast Guard operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. During the attacks of 9/11, she was the Operations Officer for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach protecting one of the nation’s most valuable ports. She previously served aboard two cutters, including as Executive Officer of the Cutter Red Birch in Baltimore, Maryland.
Rear Admiral Bert is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and George Washington University Law School. She has been a national security fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a military fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. She has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and University of Miami Law School.
She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Proctor in Admiralty in the United States Maritime Law Association and a Proctor in Admiralty in the United States Maritime Law Association.
She is also the founder of the Women’s Leadership Initiative supporting mentoring and professional development for Coast Guard women in uniform and civilians.
(S1:E22) What’s Your ROI?
(S1:E2) Combat Engineer Turns Molecular Biologist | Dr. Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D.
(S1:S1) A Wild Ride Called Life
She is a mother of two, a wife to an active duty Army Officer who is still serving in the military (26 years and counting!), as well as being an author, speaker, and podcast host. Her time in the Army includes a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Annette's blog, A Wild Ride Called Life ®, LLC. incorporates stories from her post-military life in which she shares how she lives life as being a mom and military spouse living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She also hosts a podcast titled “The Truths We Hide” in which not only does she share her story, but she also has guests who share theirs and offers advice to others to help them know that they are not alone.
Annette is no stranger to finding herself in some of the darkest areas of life. Like many veterans, the transition from military life to civilian life was a difficult transition. It’s these times when many veterans find themselves in the search of their true identity outside the military uniform. Listen in to this episode of The Mettle of Honor to hear her talk about some of these stories. Her book, A Wild Ride Called Life, will be coming out in the summer of 2021.
MENTORING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) www.taps.org/
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Trauma Survivors Network.
For more information about Annette, visit Freedom from Trauma, or contact her at any of the links below.
COMPANY WEBSITE: www.awildridecalledlife.com
LINKEDIN PROFILE: linkedin.com/in/🎗annette-whittenberger🎗-a953a227
TWITTER ACCOUNT: awhitt24
FACEBOOK: A Wild Ride Called Life | Facebook
(S1:E3) Shauna Springer, Ph.D. on WARRIOR: Know Thyself. Know Thy Tribe
(S1:E21) My Weapon of Choice? Strength and Perseverance
(S1:E20) The Original Private Benjamin
(S1:E19) Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass
Hard Work + Perseverance = Success
In Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters, Vice Admiral Sandy Stosz, US Coast Guard (retired) draws upon her 40 years of extensive experience and wisdom as a woman directing mostly all-male teams in front-line leadership positions to provide tools that will help leaders, particularly those at the middle level, reach their goals and succeed. The purpose of the book is to provide tools that will help leaders navigate complexity to reach their goals and succeed at every level. Character-centered, proven leadership principles emerge from Admiral Stosz’s engaging, personal stories that teach leaders how to find, and then become, an inspiring mentor; implement effective diversity, inclusion, and equity programs; successfully lead in an ever-changing environment, and much more.
Current Volunteer Experience
Chairperson, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Sailing Council (August 2018 – present) uscgasports.com/sports/sailing/index
Flag Officer Advisory Council Arizona State University (January 2019 – Present)
Board Member, The Flag and General Officers Network (June 2018 – Present)
Board Of Advisors, Darley Defense (January 2019 – Present)
"Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters" can be purchased at this link: sandrastosz.com/book/breaking-ice-and-breaking-glass/
U.S. Coast Guard Academy www.uscga.edu/
(S1:10) You Are A Masterpiece. Go Act Like It
This episode's guest is James McNeil- a U. S. Army Combat Veteran. James shares about his struggles with finding his true identity when he was medically discharged from the military. He talks about those periods of loneliness and isolation due to depression. Times were so low, dark, and depressing he attempted suicide on multiple occasions. While the transition from life in a uniform filled with comradery to isolation in civilian life, James shares that while you may feel suicide is the only way out, but this is not the case. You are not alone. You may feel like it so you isolate yourself and, chances are, you then feel more depressed than you did before. Sure, there are dark seasons in life but you weren’t made to do it alone. There are people who care about you and value you.
⛔️ TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️
While details of suicide are not shared in the episode, if you have any sensitivity to discussions about suicide to the point of it disturbing or triggering you in any way, please listen with caution.
James McNeil Contact Information
Website: Army Veteran James McNeil – Veterans Be Real
IF YOU ARE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE, PLEASE REACH OUT FOR HELP. Suicide Prevention: Veterans - Mental Health (va.gov)
The Grit Institute: Commit, Learn, and Launch
At age 19, Shannon Huffman Polson became the
youngest woman ever to climb Denali, the
highest mountain in North America. She went on
to reach the summits of Mt. Rainier and Mt.
Kilimanjaro and spent more than a decade
traveling the world. Yet it was during her experience serving as one of the Army's first female attack helicopter pilots, and eventually leading an Apache flight platoon on deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, that she learned the
lessons of leadership that forever changed her life.
Where did these insights come from? From her own crucibles of experience - and from other women. Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World, and the founder of The Grit Institute, a leadership institute committed to whole leader development and a focus on grit and resilience.
As one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, Polson combines her passion and firsthand experience in and study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class keynotes and training to companies and organizations on leadership and grit.
After serving for a decade in the armed services, Polson earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and led outstanding teams in the corporate world at Microsoft. Polson lives with her husband and two boys in Washington State.
The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World
With its gripping narrative and relatable takeaways, The Grit Factor is both inspiring and pragmatic, a book that will energize and enlighten current and aspiring leaders everywhere—whether male or female.
Learn more from publisher Harvard Business Review “Truly one of a kind, a giant and unique step forward” - Tom Peters, co-author, In Search of Excellence
“...will inspire and