November 12, 2021

*Long War Interviews Update*

Hey everyone, just a quick update on the show and a big Happy Veterans' Day to all my fellow vets out there. Also, here are the links to my book, Chasing Alexander: A Marine's Journey Across Iraq and Afghanistan https://www.a...

March 23, 2021

15 - Myles Hennessey

For today's episode, I sat down with Myles Hennessey, who was both an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer in the US army. We talked about both of his tours to Iraq, as well as the mindset it takes to go from being enl...

Iraq Army

March 18, 2021

14 - Erik Armstrong

For this episode I talked to Erik about the 82nd Airborne, his time fighting the Iraq War and his time hopping around in the Afghanistan War. We also talked about the importance of training, good leadership, working with army...

Iraq Army Afghanistan

March 13, 2021

13 - Michelle Murray

For this episode, I sit down with Michelle Murray, a former soldier and veteran of OIF I, (that's Operation Iraqi Freedom phase one, or the invasion of Iraq). We talked about dealing with our Arab allies and their biased view...

Army Iraq

March 10, 2021

12 - Abe McCann

Hey everyone, this episode contains discussions of suicide bombings and things like that. If hearing stories about that isn't for you, go ahead and skip this one. Today I talk to Abe McCann, a former combat engineer. He discu...

Army Iraq

March 06, 2021

11 - Nick Burkert

Hey everyone, in this episode I sat down to talk to Nick Burkert, a veteran of the famous 82nd Airborne Division. He did two tours through Iraq and one in eastern Afghanistan, before finishing out his career as a recruiter. H...

Afghanistan Army Iraq

March 03, 2021

10 - Courtney Salapek

Hey everyone, this episode has discussions of sexual assault and suicide, so if that's not for you, go ahead and skip this one. For today's episode I sat down with Courtney Salapek to talk about what it was like to have order...

Army Iraq

March 01, 2021

09 - Doug Hawthorne - Part II

This is the second half of my interview with Doug Hawthorne. We discuss his second deployment to Iraq, his time in eastern Afghanistan, and we talk a lot of shop about IEDs. Doug makes the great point that you can't understan...

Afghanistan Iraq Army

February 24, 2021

08 - Doug Hawthorne - Part I

This week I talked to Doug Hawthorne about IEDs. It was such a great conversation, that I'm making this into a two-part episode. This episode covers Doug's early years in the army and his first deployment to Iraq. Part II wil...

Army Iraq

February 17, 2021

07 - EO2 (SCW) Carl Ploense

Hi everyone, just a quick warning, in this episode we talk about people who were killed and wounded in Iraq. If that's not for you, we'll be back on Friday. Now, for today's episode, I talk to Carl Ploense. He's a great guy, ...

Iraq Navy

February 12, 2021

06 - William Fabrocini

Joining me on this episode is an old platoon mate of mine from the Marines, William Fabrocini. If we seem too chummy on the episode, that's why. He deployed to the same town, Marjah, on back to back deployments, and got to se...

Afghanistan Marine Corps

February 10, 2021

05 - Yonel Dorelis

For today's episode I sat down with Yonel Dorelis, a career helicopter pilot. We talked about his time in the Marines, the Navy, the Air National Guard, and the Air Force. He's a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Fly...

Afghanistan Air Force Army Iraq Marine Corps Navy

February 06, 2021

04 - Annette Wittenberger

Just a heads up for everyone, this episode deals with PTSD and some other heavy topics. If that's hard for you, you might want to skip this one. Annette and I talked about her 17 years in the army, and how the army has change...

Afghanistan Army Iraq

February 03, 2021

03 - Alani Bankhead

For this episode I talked to Alani about her time in the elite Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Much of her work is confidential, but she does a great job explaining how military law enforcement and counter-intelli...

Air Force Intelligence

January 29, 2021

02 - Danny Zientek

I sat down with Danny to talk about his unique perspective on the Iraq war. He did three tours across Iraq, and got see the major phases of the war up close. He also spent some time in the mountains of Afghanistan. Make sure ...

Afghanistan Army Iraq

January 27, 2021

01 - Travis Weiner

I sat down with Travis to talk about the 101st Airborne, what it feels like on pre-deployment, and what makes a good military leader. Check out his documentary at MeatGrinderDoc.com

Army Iraq

January 27, 2021

Introduction

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