Hazard Ground
Ep. 125 - Chris Greca (CSM/Army Ranger)
<p>Even though Chris Greca came from a military family, he never intended to join the Army. But, it was a spur of the moment decision at a red light one day that drove him to the recruiter's office. And before he knew it, Chris Greca was on his way to a 31-year career in the Army. He would retire in 2017 as a Sergeant Major, fulfilling key posts all the way up to the 4-star command level. Serving much of his career with the storied 75th Ranger Regiment, he also racked up a large number of injuries along the way. So much so that he became one of the first senior enlisted infantry soldiers in a leadership position to publicly address the emotional numbness and his own mental health issues that had come with serving so much time in and around combat. Greca continues to help other servicemembers suffering from those same issues today through public speaking and direct outreach. Chris Greca is an inspiring leader and we are honored to have him share his story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!</p> <p></p> <p><a href=http://www.5thprinciple.net target=_self>www.5thprinciple.net</a></p> <p></p> <p>Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to <a href=http://www.hazardground.com target=_self>www.hazardground.com</a>, click on the <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Amazon</a> banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we donate proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So far, we've been able to make small donations to <a href=http://www.vetsandplayers.org/ target=_self>Merging Vets and Players</a> and <a href=http://getheadstrong.org/ target=_self>The Headstrong Project</a>. So let's keep this going so we can make more and bigger donations! Help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to <a href=http://www.hazardground.com target=_self>hazardground.com</a> and click on the <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Amazon</a> banner today, and shop away!</p> <p></p> <p>Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at <a href=http://www.hazardground.com/sponsors target=_self>www.hazardground.com/sponsors</a>! So many great and honest companies with great products!</p> <p></p> <p>Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!</p>
Ep. 124 - Jeff Struecker (Ranger/Black Hawk Down)
<p>As a young Army Ranger, Jeff Struecker saw combat early, beginning with the operation to capture Manuel Noriega in Panama in 1989. But, it wasn't until his experiences during Operation Gothic Serpent - the op to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid - that combat took on a new meaning - a more violent and vicious meaning. Better known by its book and film title, Black Hawk Down, Struecker shares with us his experiences fighting on the ground in Mogadishu, on 3 and 4 October, 1993, in a running gun battle, the likes of which the U.S. military hadn't seen in years. He talks about how he was able to transform fear into decisive action, and head back out into the embattled city to help save his fellow Rangers, when he most certainly knew he was heading out on a suicide mission. After Somalia, Struecker would go on to become an officer and chaplain, serving in Airborne and Ranger units. He also served more than a dozen combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hear his incredibly inspiring story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!</p> <p></p> <p><a href=http://www.jeffstruecker.com target=_self>www.jeffstruecker.com</a> | <a href=https://amzn.to/30nOIt6 target=_self>The Road to Unafraid</a></p> <p></p> <p>Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to <a href=http://www.hazardground.com target=_self>www.hazardground.com</a>, click on the <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Amazon</a> banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we donate proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So far, we've been able to make small donations to <a href=http://www.vetsandplayers.org/ target=_self>Merging Vets and Players</a> and <a href=http://getheadstrong.org/ target=_self>The Headstrong Project</a>. So let's keep this going so we can make more and bigger donations! Help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to <a href=http://www.hazardground.com target=_self>hazardground.com</a> and click on the <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Amazon</a> banner today, and shop away!</p> <p></p> <p>Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at <a href=http://www.hazardground.com/sponsors target=_self>www.hazardground.com/sponsors</a>! So many great and honest companies with great products!</p> <p></p> <p>Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!</p>
Ep. 123 - Brian Wood MC (Battle of Danny Boy)
<p>In 2004 in the Iraq desert, British soldier, Brian Wood found himself on the receiving end of an order not given in battle in 25 years: FIX BAYONETS! In just a split second he digested that phrase, and began leading his men on a full-frontal assault against an entrenched enemy, charging into heavy oncoming fire. Outnumbered, he and his men engaged in a close-quarter battle, seizing the initiative and defeating the enemy force, saving numerous allied soldiers' lives. For his courageous leadership in battle, Brian was awarded the Military Cross by Her Majesty The Queen II - one of Britain's highest awards for gallantry in combat. But, his story doesn't end there. Years later he would be tried for war crimes under bogus litigation, straining his will and close relationships to a near breaking point. Hear how he survived one of the most daring assaults in military history, and the fallout from having his honor questioned years later, in this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!</p> <p></p> <p><a href=https://amzn.to/2Jnmurx target=_self>Double Crossed: The Highest Honour, The Greatest Betrayal</a></p> <p></p> <p>Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to <a href=http://www.hazardground.com target=_self>www.hazardground.com</a>, click on the <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Amazon</a> banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we donate proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So far, we've been able to make small donations to Merging Vets and Players and The Headstrong Project. So let's keep this going so we can make more and bigger donations! Help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to <a href=http://www.hazardground.com target=_self>hazardground.com</a> and click on the <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Amazon</a> banner today, and shop away!</p> <p></p> <p>Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at <a href=http://www.hazardground.com/sponsors target=_self>www.hazardground.com/sponsors</a>! So many great and honest companies with great products!</p> <p></p> <p>Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!</p>