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Mike Drop

Mike Ritland

News, Society & Culture, Politics, Documentary, Personal Journals

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Overview

The Mike Drop podcast is hosted by former Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland. It is a not so politically correct discussion of wide ranging topics that span from government, politics and war to health and fitness, from guns and survival skills to food and nutrition with music, BBQ and a touch of everything else in between. This is THE platform that is completely raw, totally unfiltered and in your face, while still intellectually sound with good intuitive dialogue between A-holes that know what they’re talking about.

199 Episodes

SEAL Team Seven Defense Strategies Group Zack Ferguson | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 192

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Zack Ferguson is a former Navy SEAL Team 7 veteran with multiple deployments to Iraq, Yemen, Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, where he served as his platoons Lead Sniper/Point man, JTAC, Combatives Instructor, and Weapons Ordnance Specialist. He's also an instructor and co-owner at Defense Strategies Group, a collective of Special Operations Combat Veterans dedicated to continued service and empowering communities through defense training and security solutions. And when he's not training with the best, he's even a competitive 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and amateur MMA fighter, where he met fellow Defense Strategies Group instructor (and previous Mike Drop Episode #62 Guest) Angel Cortes. But for every hardened warrior there's a complicated backstory, and Zack's story doesn't end overseas. So where did the trouble at home come from? How does a SEAL recover when they've lost everything? And most importantly, why is Zack Ferguson still fighting? ---------- Support Zack Ferguson - Find Out More about Defense Strategies Group at https://www.defensestrategies.us Find Out More about Zack at https://zackkferg.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@Zackkferg IG - https://www.instagram.com/zackkferg ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 June 2024

Green Beret Chronicles Founder Jay Dorleus | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 191

Jay Dorleus has seen more than his fair share of explosive engagements. With 2 Iraq and 4 Afghanistan Deployments under his belt, he's served 14 years in country as a Green Beret, with his first 4 years served as a Combat Engineer specializing in demolitions - tracking IED's and disarming charges that would otherwise devastate forces on the ground. And devastate they did - to hear it from Jay, he's picked up parts of his squad mates (literally) on more than one occasion. But violent beginnings often lead to violent ends, and for Jay, becoming a Green Beret wasn't just a matter of duty - it was a means to exact revenge on the very fighters that caused such devastation in the first place. So what's it like serving as a Green Beret in Afghanistan? How does a Combat Engineer make the leap to Special Forces? And how is Jay Dorleus still creating dynamic warriors through his company, The Green Beret Chronicles? Let's meet Jay. ---------- Support Jay Dorleus - Find Jay's Training, Resources, and More at https://www.greenberetchronicles.com/ Podcast - Beyond the Beret with Jay Dorleus - https://open.spotify.com/show/45o446jPR1BePrqELwrU0W?si=d0b2c38979924565&nd=1&dlsi=3aa40fcc50854c52 IG - https://www.instagram.com/green_beret_chronicles/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@GreenBeretChronicles Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=73014975&fan_landing=true&view_as=public ---------- Sponsors: American Hartford Gold Visit https://www.americanhartfordgold.com or call 855-967-1413, that’s 855-967-1413, or text “DROP” to 6-5-5-3-2 for UP TO $15,000 of FREE SILVER! ---------- Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- True Classic Tees Upgrade your wardrobe and get up to 25% OFF @trueclassic at https://www.trueclassic.com/MIKEDROP! #trueclassicpod #sponsored ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 10 June 2024

Vietnam Green Beret Col. Rich Wall | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 190

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop The United States Special Forces are a force to be reckoned with, but like any great nation, they weren't built in a day. Just ask Colonel Rich Wall, a Vietnam Green Beret with three tours under his belt - two with Special Forces before pivoting into the MACV-SOG Program, a highly classified Special Operations unit that conducted covert and unconventional warfare operations. He'd go on to receive the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars for his time in country, along with having taught history at West Point and working with NATO at the Pentagon. Of course, Vietnam is a totally different theater to the more arid climates (and more modern trappings) of the Middle East, and to hear Rich tell it, you were just as likely to catch disease as you were to catch fire from your adversaries waiting for you in the jungle. So what's it like to ship out in a draft army? How did Special Forces operate back then, and how did those operations influence future works? And if Vietnam was really as bad as the history books say, then what could possible possess a man to go back again and again? Let's meet Rich. ---------- Support Rich and the Special Forces Association at https://www.specialforcesassociation.org ---------- Sponsors: American Hartford Gold Visit https://www.americanhartfordgold.com or call 855-967-1413, that’s 855-967-1413, or text “DROP” to 6-5-5-3-2 for UP TO $15,000 of FREE SILVER! ---------- Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ------------ Black Buffalo If You're 21 and Older, consume Nicotine or Tobacco, and Want to Join the Black Buffalo Herd, Head over to https://www.blackbuffalo.com to learn more! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2024

Primal Canine Trainer Mike Jones | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 189

Mike Jones is the owner and head trainer at Primal Canine, a dog training service for all breeds, sizes, and age that specializes in severe behavior modification cases, high-level obedience training, and working dog training. He's also a founder at K9 Street League, a professional sports league for professional protection dog sport. When he's not training or organizing events, he's working in marketing and advertising, working in research and development, running his apparel company Carpe Omnia, or volunteering at a charity event like Valor Canines working against human trafficking. With a resume rich in experience it's hard to believe Mike started from the bottom, but he wasn't always working with dogs. How'd he end up working in 'collections' when he was only 16 years old? Where'd his work ethic come from? And when you're locked up in solitary confinement for over 500 days, what can all that time alone in a cell do to a man? Let's meet Mike. ---------- Support Mike Jones - Primal Canines - https://www.primalcanine.com K9 Street League - https://www.k9streetleague.com Valor Canines - https://www.valorcanines.org Carpe Omnia - https://www.carpeomnia.work Linktree - https://linktr.ee/mikejonespc Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mikejones_pc ---------- Sponsors: American Hartford Gold Visit https://www.americanhartfordgold.com or call 855-967-1413, that’s 855-967-1413, or text “DROP” to 6-5-5-3-2 for UP TO $15,000 of FREE SILVER! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 May 2024

Pro MMA Fighter Navy SEAL Mitch Aguiar | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 188

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Mitch "Smashin' Frog" Aguiar is one tough dude. He's a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs, he's a professional MMA Fighter, and he's even an entrepreneur, having built two businesses out of his 'Smashin' Greens' superfood and Violent Hippie Apparel. He's also a returning guest to the podcast - longtime fans may recall his appearance way back on Episode #008 of the show when he appeared alongside Kyle Maynard. Since then, Mitch has been hard at work building his businesses while knocking lights out both in and out of the octagon and traveling the world, constantly chasing new challenges like hiking from Sparta to Thermopylae on a fast and building Adopt a Cop Jiu Jitsu training for officers all over the country. What keeps this Smashin' Frog smashing? Let's ask Mitch. ---------- Support Mitch Aguiar - Check out Mitch's Smashin' Greens and other Superfoods at https://masfsupplements.com/ Get Your Violent Hippie Tees, Silkies, Apparel, and More at https://violenthippie.com/ Donate to Adopt A Cop BJJ at https://adoptacopbjj.org/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mitch_aguiar ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- American Hartford Gold Visit https://www.americanhartfordgold.com or call 855-967-1413, that’s 855-967-1413, or text “DROP” to 6-5-5-3-2 for UP TO $15,000 of FREE SILVER! ---------- True Classic Tees Upgrade your wardrobe and get up to 25% OFF @trueclassic at https://www.trueclassic.com/MIKEDROP! #trueclassicpod #sponsored ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

Night Stalker Master Aviator Author Alan C. Mack | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 187

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop CW5 Alan C. Mack is an elite aviator, war hero, public speaker, and the author of 'Razor 03: A Night Stalker's Wars.' Over the course of his near 36 year military career, he flew over 6700 hours of flight time, of which over 3200 hours were flown with Night Vision Goggles. He's trained and flown with the best, and he's been a part of a number of operations that were later adapted into Hollywood film productions like '12 Strong' and 'Lone Survivor'. He even had a hand in the rescue of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army soldier that was held captive by the Taliban from 2009-2014. So how do you become one of the most skilled aviators in our Armed Forces? How do you manage to clock that many flight hours, at night, in the desert, with night vision goggles on? And most importantly - what's the secret to making those incredibly difficult flight maneuvers look so simple to pull off? Let's ask Alan. ---------- Support Alan Mack - Website - https://alancmack.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alancmack2015 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AlanCMackAuthor Support the Night Stalker Foundation - Website - https://www.nightstalkerfoundation.com/ Support the Special Operators Transition Foundation - Website - https://sotf.org/ ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

Ret. Blackwater Operator Author Morgan Lerette | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 186

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop The world of private military contracting is wildly complicated. Take it from Morgan Lerette - he's a retired Blackwater Operator, Army Intelligence Officer, and the author of 'Guns, Girls, & Greed: I Was A Blackwater Mercenary in Iraq', an irreverently honest memoir that shows both the good and the bad of injecting private armies into active combat zones in the name of diplomacy, spread out over the early days of the Iraq War. With gut-wrenching tragedy, dark humor, and absolutely insane party stories that make 'Animal House' seem like a Disney film, Morgan's memoir offers a firsthand perspective of how men act and react in war, for better or worse. It's a story of national incompetence, international collapse, and the search for blood and treasure that either helped - or hindered - the American war effort in Iraq. Was all the carnage worth it? Let's ask Morgan. ---------- Support Morgan Lerette - Get Your Copy of Morgan's Book, 'Guns, Girls, & Greed: I Was A Blackwater Mercenary in Iraq' at http://amazon.com/dp/B0C7P83DL6 IG - https://www.instagram.com/blackwaterdude1/ TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@blackwaterdude1?lang=en X - https://twitter.com/BlackwaterDude1 ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Black Buffalo If You're 21 and Older, consume Nicotine or Tobacco, and Want to Join the Black Buffalo Herd, Head over to https://www.blackbuffalo.com to learn more! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

Navy Trauma Nurse Jab Lab Co-Owner Nikki Selby | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 185

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Working in a military hospital is no easy feat. You're trained in trauma and combat care - taking every measure possible to save lives wherever possible, no matter the cost. But when you come back to the states, suddenly civilian medicine becomes a whole different ballgame. Just take it from Nikki Selby - she's a Registered Nurse with over 28 years of experience in healthcare, and more than 23 of those years were serving in the Navy. Since she retired as a Lt. Commander, Nikki's traveled the globe working alongside executive protection, started her own business, and she's even featured on Mike Drop before, way back on Episode 48 of the podcast in 2019. So what's changed since COVID rocked the country? Does Ozempic (and other semaglutide weight loss solutions) really work? And most importantly - what's the secret to living healthy and staying out of the hospital? Let's ask Nikki. Hear Nikki's Previous Appearance on Mike Drop in Episode 48 at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-48-nikki-selby-airborne-angel/id1346234726?i=1000458911583 ---------- Support Nikki Selby - IG - https://www.instagram.com/fly_girl_rn/ Linktree - https://linktr.ee/fly_girl_rn Begin Your Aesthetics & Wellness Journey Today at www.the-jab-lab.com ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

Fit Body Bootcamp Owner Bedros Keuilian | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 184

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Bedros Keuilian believes that you can have it all. Fame, fortune, glory - any earthly desire, all within reach, but only if you're willing to earn it. He's a CEO, entrepreneur, author, mentor, podcast host, and an early immigrant, having immigrated from Armenia to southern California at a young age. Most importantly, he's an ardent believer in the American Dream, and the power of the human spirit. Today, Bedros uses the stage, social media, and his podcast to share his story and inspire others, but that's far from where he started. So what's it like starting over with nothing? How do you find your footing in a country where you don't speak the same language as everybody else? And most importantly - what's got Bedros so fired up in the first place? ---------- Support Bedros Keullian - Website - https://bedroskeuilian.com/ Podcast, 'The Bedros Keuilian Show' - https://bedroskeuilian.com/podcast/ Book, 'Man Up: How to Cut the Bullshit and Kick Ass in Business (And in Life)' - https://a.co/d/haPmpaK YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@BedrosKeuilian Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bedroskeuilian/ ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Ned Visit https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop to get 15% off your first order using promo code MIKEDROP. That's https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP for 15% off! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

Navy SEAL Blackwater Team McAfee CEO Jimmy Watson | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 183

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Jimmy Watson has got one hell of a story to tell. He served 17 years on active duty, first with two deployments as a U.S. Marine before getting into private contracting at Blackwater, where he'd eventually rise to the rank of Team Leader and find himself squarely in the sights of the F.B.I. following the events of the Nisour Square Massacre. From there he'd join SEAL Teams over at SDV off the coast of Hawaii, before eventually pivoting into bodyguard work for one John McAfee - shortly before becoming Team McAfee's very own CEO. Throw in a scandalous dash of crypto trading, a sketchy stint doing in contract work in Columbia, and you've got yourself one hell of a story. Fortunately for us, when it comes to Jimmy Watson, nothing is off limits. ---------- Support Jimmy Watson - Join Jimmy's Warrior Tribe, Touchpoint Nation, at https://www.jimmywatson.co Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mightywarrior2023 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@MightyWarrior2024 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mightywarrior2024 ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 April 2024

Air Force Pararescueman Brandon Daugherty Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 182

Air Force Pararescuemen, also known as PJ's, are the only elite combat force in the Department of Defense that are trained and equipped to perform personnel recovery. PJs are highly trained special operators who rescue, recover, and return American or allied forces in times of danger or extreme duress. It's a dangerous position from any angle - air, land, or sea, PJ's are there when others are not. Just take it from Brandon Daugherty. With seven back-to-back deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and a few classified missions in parts unknown, Brandon knows a thing or two about flying into the dark. And after 10 years in Pararescue, he's since pivoted to rescuing astronauts with his company at Operator Solutions that we covered in his previous episode. But what makes PJ's so special? Where's Brandon seen the most action? And most importantly - what kind of situations has he seen that the rest of us never even heard about? ---------- Support Brandon Daugherty and Operator Solutions - https://os-rescue.com/ Support Project Alpha 5 and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation - https://specialops.org/alpha5 ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP for 20% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 April 2024

Astronaut Rescue Air Force PJ Brandon Daugherty Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 181

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Brandon Daugherty rescues Astronauts. It's a complicated notion for a such a simple statement - where do Astronauts need to be rescued from, exactly? How many Astronauts are you rescuing in a given month, or even a year? And how does a guy like Brandon go from diving out of helicopters to snatching cosmic explorers right out of the ocean? Turns out, it all starts in the Air Force with a decade of Pararescue, along with seven back-to-back deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa to boot. Nowadays, Brandon's own Operator Solutions is doing incredible work alongside the likes of NASA and SpaceX, as well as his philanthropic work over at the Alpha 5 Project for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, but you don't get to save spacemen without doing a little homework first. So how do you rescue an Astronaut, anyway? Brandon's got the answers. ---------- Support Brandon Daugherty and Operator Solutions - https://os-rescue.com/ Support Project Alpha 5 and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation - https://specialops.org/alpha5 ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Ned Visit https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop to get 15% off your first order using promo code MIKEDROP. That's https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP for 15% off! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 March 2024

Former Secret Service Agent Evy Poumpouras Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 180

Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop You might not know it, but the United States Secret Service does a lot more than simply protecting the President. They're acting security for any Heads of State, including those foreign and domestic, alongside their families and any close confidants that require around-the-clock service. They also investigate crimes against the financial infrastructure of the United States, moving across the globe to ensure the validity of our economic systems. And with any wide berth of responsibility comes preparation - simply put, when you have to be prepared for anything, preparation quickly becomes everything. So what's it like working inside the White House? Have there been any close calls or scandalous operations that the mainstream media never reported on? And most importantly - how can you tell whether or not somebody is telling the truth when it really counts? Let's ask Evy. ---------- Get Your Copy of Evy's Book 'Becoming Bulletproof: Life Lessons from a Secret Service Agent - Becoming Bulletproof (Book) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982103760 Support Evy Poumpouras - Website: https://www.evypoumpouras.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evypoumpouras ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 March 2024

Former Secret Service Agent Evy Poumpouras Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 179

The United States Secret Service is one of our nation's most important federal agencies. Serving under the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service Agents are charged with conducting criminal investigations, protecting U.S. political leaders and their families, and ensuring the safety of visiting heads of state, no matter the cost. Just take it from Evy Poumpouras - she's a former NYPD Officer turned Secret Service Agent with over a dozen years of experience, having served under the protection detail of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. And while the Agency may have 'Secret' in the name, there's plenty of questions worth asking. What's training look like when you have to protect some of the world's most important assets? How is the Agency - and the Oval Office - equipped to handle whatever may come? And most importantly - when you're protecting an Enemy of the State, just how far will you go to keep them safe? ---------- Get Your Copy of Evy's Book 'Becoming Bulletproof: Life Lessons from a Secret Service Agent - Becoming Bulletproof (Book) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982103760 Support Evy Poumpouras - Website: https://www.evypoumpouras.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evypoumpouras ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Ned Visit https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop to get 15% off your first order using promo code MIKEDROP. That's https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP for 15% off! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 March 2024

SEAL Team Eight Sniper Sam Mackey | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 178

Sam Mackey retired from the U.S. Navy with over 20 years of service in SEAL Teams, having served first as a Sniper at SEAL Team Eight before pivoting to SEAL Team Four. During his tenure he deployed to the likes of Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, Cameroon, and more. He's also nearly a record-holder, having taken a shot at the title (literally) with a particularly long-distance engagement during his time in Afghanistan. Today, he's the CEO and Co-Owner of Outsider, a high-quality outdoor lifestyle brand that's encouraing people to get outside, be bold, and live free. Serving on a SEAL Team is tough enough, so how does somebody end up deploying twith two of them? What's the story behind that nearly-a-world-record sniper shot? And most importantly - what kind of stories do you get when you serve 20 years at SEAL Teams? Let's ask Sam. ---------- Support Sam Mackey & Outsider - Website - https://www.outsider.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/outsiderig ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Subscribe to the Mike Drop Patreon Page to see Ad-Free Episodes Early + Bonus Content at https://www.patreon.com/mikedrop Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2024

Arizona Border Sheriff Matthew Thomas Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 177

The crisis at the southern border is a hotly-contested topic among Americans, but few have seen the realities of the situation quite like Arizona Chief Deputy Sheriff Matthew Thomas. During his 31 years on the force, he's served in a variety of roles, from SWAT to Detention to Narcotics, and he's seen firsthand just how awful human beings can be to one another when there's something to be gained. In fact, that's why he sat down with Mike in studio in the first place - to talk about the very real dangers happening every day at the border, and why those hazards often seem to spill over into both sides of the fence. ---------- Get Your Copy of 'Interceptors: The Untold Fight Against the Mexican Cartels' at: https://www.onetimenation.com/shop Support Matthew Thomas - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deputy_onetime/ Website: https://www.onetimenation.com/ ---------- Sponsors: Ned Visit https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop to get 15% off your first order using promo code MIKEDROP. That's https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP for 15% off! ---------- Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 20% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com/mike and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 March 2024

Arizona Border Sheriff Matthew Thomas | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 176

Matthew Thomas is an active-duty Chief Deputy Sheriff in Pinal County, Arizona - one of the fastest growing counties in the country, in no small part due to it's proximity to the southern border. During his over 31 years of duty, Matthew's served in Detention, Patrol, Traffic, Training, Academy, Narcotics, Anti-Smuggling, Motors and SWAT. Not only is Matthew a tried and true on-the-ground resource for the current crisis at the border - he's also a bellwether for how judicial precedence has worked in the state for the last three decades, and a verifiable indicator of where things may be headed next. But you don't get to be Chief Deputy just for spending time on the force - there's a whole mess of stories just waiting to be told, from working undercover to busting trafficking rings, catching cartel members, and even a few car chases to boot. Let's meet Sheriff Thomas. ---------- Get Your Copy of 'Interceptors: The Untold Fight Against the Mexican Cartels' at: https://www.onetimenation.com/shop Support Matthew Thomas - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deputy_onetime/ Website: https://www.onetimenation.com/ ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- ZBiotics Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 February 2024

SEAL Team Seven Defense Strategies Group Mike O'Dowd | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 175

Anyone can be Special Operations - or at least, that's what Mike O'Dowd thinks. To him, Special Operations is a mindset - one about never accepting failure and refusing to settle for mediocrity. He's a 9 year Navy SEAL Vet with SEAL Team Seven, having deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He's served as a Breacher, Fighter, Waterman, Weapons Instructor, and he's even qualified as an NCAA Division 1 Athlete in rowing. He even founded Defense Strategies Training Group, a collective of Special Operations Combat Veterans dedicated to providing world-class security training with decades of real-world Special Operations Experience. Safe to say, Mike's seen his fair share of hard times. Fortunately, like any problem, it's rarely something a little hard work (and maybe a few explosives) can't solve. ---------- Train with Defense Strategies Group at https://www.defensestrategies.us Support Mike O'Dowd - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike_oscar_delta YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bH6wg7ln8lTc7BVMJ-wDw ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Ned Visit https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop to get 15% off your first order using promo code MIKEDROP. That's https://www.helloned.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP for 15% off! ---------- ZBiotics Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 February 2024

SEAL Team Seven Canine Handler Chris Cappa Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 174

Training an animal to move, obey, and communicate effectively is no easy feat - especially when you're serving at the Tip of the Spear. That's where SEAL Team Seven Canine Handler Chris Cappa met Mickey anyway - a scrappy pup that would go on to become an absolute beast on deployment, snagging bites and catching bombs for nearly every op he went on. Of course, that's only part of the story, and finding out the full weight of the military's might in the wake of the coronavirus scare, traveling to foreign lands for plant-based medicines, and joining the Warrior Dog Foundation's new Home with Handlers program all play a part. Just take it from Chris. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:10 - From SEAL Team 10 to SEAL Team 7 07:11 - Mickey's First Bite 19:55 - Training for Targeted Bitework 30:00 - Dampened Deployment 35:40 - LPO of the MPC 42:59 - No Shot For Me, Thanks 50:56 - Haircuts and Mustaches 54:19 - What Would Have Been Next? 01:03:06 - Ibogaine and Plant-Based Medicines 01:21:50 - The Warrior Dog Foundation's Home with Handlers Program ---------- Support Chris Cappa - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_chriscappa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WarriorDog/videos/warrior-dog-home-whandler-program/380732714475128/ Support the Warrior Dog Foundation - The Warrior Dog Foundation: https://warriordogfoundation.org/donate Teamdog: https://teamdog.shop/ ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- ZBiotics Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2024

SEAL Team Seven Canine Handler Chris Cappa Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 173

Every warrior has a different reason for going over the wire. For Chris Cappa, it was almost destiny; a chance encounter at a local gym turned into a series of relationships that were suddenly severed in a 2011 Afghanistan Boeing Chinook shootdown - otherwise known as Extortion 17. Soon after, Chris found himself headed to bootcamp, and before long, deploying at the Tip of the Spear with SEAL Team Seven in West Africa and Afghanistan. It wouldn't be long before Chris would find his real passion - canine handling with Mickey, the scrappy dog he feared may have been a non-starter right out of the gate. Turns out, great things really do come from small beginnings. ---------- Support Chris Cappa - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_chriscappa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WarriorDog/videos/warrior-dog-home-whandler-program/380732714475128/ Support the Warrior Dog Foundation - The Warrior Dog Foundation: https://warriordogfoundation.org/donate Teamdog: https://teamdog.shop/ ---------- Sponsors: Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKE and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 20% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ------------ BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKE for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 February 2024

Marjah Marine Infantry Squad Leader Ryan Rogers Part Two

There's more to being a Marine Squad Infantry Leader than simply telling other Marines what to do. You're not only responsible for your squad's successes, but you also feel the weight of the most devastating of failures. But The Battle of Marjah isn't where Lions of Marjah author Ryan Rogers' story ends - a resurgence of vengeance, a Five-Day War, and getting out alive is all an integral part of the tale. Remember - it's not about the choices, it's about the chances. ---------- Get Your Copy of Ryan's New Book, 'Lions of Marjah', on Amazon - ibit.ly/AYKJ_ Subscribe to Ryan's Podcast, 'Choices Not Chances' - https://choicesnotchancespodcast.com Support Ryan Rogers - Website: https://choicesnotchancespodcast.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqcmxKqaR4dIFFpaJxhtrQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChoicesNotChances ---------- Sponsors: ZBiotics Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 January 2024

Marjah Marine Infantry Squad Leader Ryan Rogers Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 171

The Battle of Marjah. A knock-down, drag-out, world class brawl. Featuring over 15,000 soldiers from all over the world, it was the largest joint operation in Afghanistan up to that point. And Ryan Rogers knows it better than most - he was a Marine Infantry Squad Leader for the whole damn thing. He was on the ground for the first day, and the next, and the day after, making the sort of decisions most wouldn't dare face. He's also the host of the Choices Not Chances podcast, and he's the author of 'Lions of Marjah', where he retells the events of the entire engagement from his perspective on the ground. Believe it or not, there's more to this story than meets the eye - a fleet anti-terrorism security team, a surprising turn in the boxing ring, and a unique appreciation of just how powerful the men and women of the armed forces really are all play a part in Ryan's tale. Let's meet the man. ---------- Get Your Copy of Ryan's New Book, 'Lions of Marjah', on Amazon - ibit.ly/AYKJ_ Subscribe to Ryan's Podcast, 'Choices Not Chances' - https://choicesnotchancespodcast.com Support Ryan Rogers - Website: https://choicesnotchancespodcast.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqcmxKqaR4dIFFpaJxhtrQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChoicesNotChances ---------- Sponsors: ZBiotics Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 January 2024

Ret. CIA Security Officer Ryan Fugit Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 170

After 7 years of flying as an Apache Helicopter Pilot for the Army, Ryan Fugit knew it was time to settle down. So naturally, he moved back to the States, settled in with his family, and immediately joined the CIA as a Collection Management Officer. But working at The Agency isn't all office work - Ryan spent time in Europe and North Africa, rubbing elbows with some of the most unique individuals in spy craft. He even took his kids on a couple of operations, though they'd never know it at the time. And after all that, he took up securities work at huge Fortune 500 companies, tracking down some of the most illicit material on the internet and serving justice to the most offending trolls on the internet. Now, he hosts Combat Story, a podcast dedicated to sharing stories from veterans just like our very own Mike Ritland, but that's far from the only detail worth sharing. How did Ryan's time at the CIA change with the constant influx of new tech, like facial recognition? Why are the world's most popular search engines seemingly so biased, and is there anything we can do about it? And when it really comes down to it, just how awful can people be to each other from behind the illusory safety of a keyboard? ---------- Subscribe to Combat Story (Podcast) on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1HfaevfdgCfgc5Zjpcq99a?si=827659e3ddc04619 Support Ryan Fugit - Website: https://www.combatstory.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/combatstory YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCyApoJr-mNmdMNwdk22xEQ ---------- Sponsors: Contingency Medical Don't Wait! Go to https://www.contingencymedical.com/mikedrop now and enter promo code MIKEDROP for $20 off any pack! That's $20 off ANY pack at https://www.contingencymedical.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP! ---------- ZBiotics Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 January 2024

Army Apache Helicopter Pilot Ryan Fugit Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 169

Ryan Fugit is pretty good at seeing the bigger picture. Nowadays, he's a podcast host - hosting 'Combat Stories,' a weekly interview series dedicated to sharing war stories from some truly incredible veteran warriors - but before podcasting, he was a veteran himself, having served over seven years as an Army AH-64 Apache Helicopter pilot in Afghanistan in the post-9/11 era. After that, he spent eight years at the CIA (or 'The Agency', as it's known internally), supporting warfighters indirectly from a different kind of foxhole. When it comes to providing additional support, whether it's in the air above a battlefield or inside the very technology that keeps us safe, it's safe to say that Ryan knows just how valuable those moment-to-moment decisions can be. The smallest move, the slightest tilt, and suddenly, everything could come tumbling down. After all - whoever said piloting a helicopter was easy? ---------- Subscribe to Combat Story (Podcast) on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1HfaevfdgCfgc5Zjpcq99a?si=827659e3ddc04619 Support Ryan Fugit - Website: https://www.combatstory.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/combatstory YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCyApoJr-mNmdMNwdk22xEQ ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 20% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 January 2024

Top Gun Fighter Pilot Instructor Jack Stewart Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 166

Wait a minute, TOPGUN only trains students to become instructors? Turns out, there's quite a few details the Tom Cruise movies missed when it comes to the most elite flying academy in the world - but when it comes to real world dogfighting, it's not all about academics. It's truly a mental game, where you mean to outwit the opposite pilot before they can get the jump on you. Just take it from Jack Stewart - after he passed through TOPGUN he too became an instructor, before pivoting into commercial aviation. In Part Two of his discussion with Mike, Jack digs into Hollywood myths, real-world dangers, and whether or not there we really are alone in the universe. And what pilot hasn't seen a few UFO's in their day? ---------- Get Your Copy of Jack's Book, 'Unknown Rider' on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/t33vbtyy Support Jack Stewart - Website: https://jackstewartbooks.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackstewartbooks X: https://twitter.com/JackStewartBook ---------- Sponsors: ZBiotics This holiday season, give your friends and family a gift they will actually want and use with ZBiotics. Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 December 2023

Dog Training Q&A with Navy SEAL Teamdog Founder Mike Ritland | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 167

Why's my dog so aggressive? How can I start to train them more effectively? And what's the secret to getting any dog to truly obey your commands? There may be a million ways to skin a cat, but dog training doesn't have to be that complicated. Just ask Mike Ritland. When he's not hosting his podcast, he's hard at work over at Teamdog, training elite protection dogs and providing nutrition, supplies, and insight solutions for dog owners everywhere. That's why he's sitting down for a special end-of-the-year Q&A episode of Mike Drop - to answer some of your most asked questions about man's best friend. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 02:53 - Is My Dog Afraid of Men? 08:52 - My Dog Loves People but Hates Other Dogs! 15:30 - How Long Does it Take to Train a Dog? 17:30 - Is Mouthing as Bad as the Experts Say? 19:28 - When Should I Start Using a Training Collar? 25:49 - Does Mike Ritland like Cats? 30:26 - Animal Canine Chiropractors? 32:16 - Aggression versus Reactivity 34:09 - Canine Puzzles for Brain Activity 37:08 - Classical vs Operant Conditioning 42:54 - How to Housetrain a Dog 46:26 - Canine Healing & Injury Care 48:42 - When's The Best Time to Socialize My Dog? 50:25 - My Dog Bites People - Now What? 55:51 - My Dog's Only Aggressive to Certain Random People? 59:12 - Barking All Night 01:03:35 - PETA and Canine Assisted Living 01:07:10 - My Dog is Scared of Other Dogs 01:08:28 - My Dog Eats Grass - What Should He Eat Instead? 01:09:48 - Signs of a Fearful & Anxious Dog 01:11:45 - Training Owners for Teamdog Protection Dogs 01:13:13 - Noise & New People Anxiety 01:15:16 - My Dog Acts Tough - Now What? 01:18:40 - Designer Breeds & Canine Marketing 01:20:55 - Help! My Dog's a Beta! 01:21:56 - Training on Bitework 01:26:12 - DNA and Canine Ancestry 01:27:17 - Family Mixes 01:27:58 - Working Dogs & Aging 01:29:54 - High Prey Drives 01:31:15 - End of Life Training 01:34:15 - Breeding for Herding 01:34:57 - High-Drive Canines around Kids 01:37:24 - Dog Allergies & Gut Health 01:39:37 - Teamdog.pet ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet ---------- Sponsors: BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off! ---------- Jase Medical Go to https://www.jasemedical.com and enter code DROP at checkout for a discount on your order. That’s promo code DROP at J-A-S-E Medical.com. ---------- Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 20% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 December 2023

Top Gun Fighter Pilot Instructor Jack Stewart Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 166

Jack Stewart always wanted to fly. Following in his pilot father's footsteps, he pursued a career in aviation at the U.S. Naval Academy before serving 23 years as a fighter pilot, flying combat missions from three different aircraft carriers and deploying to Afghanistan as a member of an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party. He's also a graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN, both for it's esteemed reputation of bringing up the finest dogfighters in the country, as well as the film series starring Tom Cruise, of course. When you tell people you graduated from TOPGUN, it doesn't take long for the conversation to wander from real-life situations to whimsical Hollywood schlock, because c'mon - who doesn't want to know more about TOPGUN? Is the real program anything like what's in the movies? What kind of flight risks are people not aware of, and how does new technology help make dogfighting safer in modern warfare? And most importantly - did Jack ever buzz the tower, or is that just Hollywood bunk? ---------- Get Your Copy of Jack's Book, 'Unknown Rider' on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/t33vbtyy Support Jack Stewart - Website: https://jackstewartbooks.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackstewartbooks X: https://twitter.com/JackStewartBook ---------- Sponsors: Contingency Medical Don't Wait! Go to https://www.contingencymedical.com/mikedrop now and enter promo code MIKEDROP for $20 off any pack! That's $20 off ANY pack at https://www.contingencymedical.com/mikedrop with promo code MIKEDROP! ---------- ZBiotics This holiday season, give your friends and family a gift they will actually want and use with ZBiotics. Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- WileyX Whether it is the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, shooting, working around the house, or putting in an honest day’s work on the job, Wiley X has you covered. Protect what matters… Stock up this Holiday season at https://www.wileyx.com ---------- Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP and use promo code MIKEDROP at checkout! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 December 2023

French Foreign Legion Navy SEAL Taylor Cavanaugh | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 165

The French Foreign Legion - a unique corps of the French Army that, unlike nearly any other army in the world, allows foregin nationals to enlist at will. It's a diverse fighting force, deploying all over the world into any conditions necessary. They're also the home of Taylor Cavanaugh, a former U.S. Navy Vet that enlisted just a few years ago. But Taylor's not just any veteran - he's a former U.S. Navy SEAL from SEAL Team Seven. Safe to say there's a lot of questions to ask here - why's Taylor living in France? What made him leave the United States to fight for another country? And how exactly did he come to join - and then ultimately depart from - the Tip of the Spear? One thing's for sure - when Taylor's at the wheel, it's gonna be a wild ride. ---------- Support Taylor Cavanaugh - Website: https://www.taylorcavanaugh.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tcavofficial YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@tcavofficial ---------- Sponsors: American Financing American Financing’s salary-based mortgage consultants will help you consolidate uour debt into one payment. Make the call today. Call American Financing at 866-890-9313 or visit https://www.americanfinancing.net. ---------- ZBiotics This holiday season, give your friends and family a gift they will actually want and use with ZBiotics. Go to zbiotics.com/MIKEDROP to get 15% off your first order when you use MIKEDROP at checkout. ZBiotics is backed with 100% money back guarantee so if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked. Remember to head to https://www.zbiotics.com/mikedrop and use the code MIKEDROP at checkout for 15% off. Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode and our good times. ---------- WileyX Whether it is the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, shooting, working around the house, or putting in an honest day’s work on the job, Wiley X has you covered. Protect what matters… Stock up this Holiday season at https://www.wileyx.com ---------- Manscaped Get 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at https://www.manscaped.com. That’s 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at https://www.manscaped.com. I can promise you’ve never seen a ball trimmer look like a spaceship. Get yours today from our folks at MANSCAPED™. ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 December 2023

Knife-Forging SEAL Nomad Shane Hiatt Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 164

Mike Ritland and Shane Hiatt have been friends for a long time. Which is a surprisingly rare thing in the veteran community - the odds that two SEAL Team guys would run into each other again and again aren't quite as high as you might think. But Shane's a nomad - a wandering traveler, that's been living out of his truck with just his dog and the natural beauty of the American countryside for over 15 years. Fortunately, he's not just panning for change out there on the open road - Shane owns and operates SH9, an elite knife company that ships American-made products all over the world. So now that he's drifted into town again, Mike's gotta know - what's a former Navy SEAL looking for out there on the highway? ---------- Support Shane Hiatt - Get One of Shane's Knives At: https://www.sh9.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@SH-sl5qm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sh9outdoorshop ---------- Sponsors: Beam Take advantage of Beam's biggest sale of the year and get up to 50% off for a limited time when you go to https://www.shopbeam.com/MIKEDROP - discount applied at checkout, no code necessary! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 November 2023

Knife-Forging SEAL Nomad Shane Hiatt Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 163

It takes all sorts to make the world, but only a select few are chosen to lead. Just ask Shane Hiatt - he's a former Point Man for SEAL Team 3, where he met and served together with our very own Mike Ritland. Since then they've been good friends for over 25 years, with Shane swinging by to visit whenever he's in town. He's a modern nomad, living out of his truck for over 15 years (a self-described 'van-lifer' before it was cool) and he owns SH9, an elite knife company that ships products all over the world. He's even been on the podcast before, way back on Episode 50 with Clint Emerson. Since then, Shane's been traveling, crafting knives and spinning yarns all over the country. But there's a lot more to his past that wasn't revealed last time he was on Mike Drop - that's why he's sitting down with Mike again to share a collective look back at where they've come from early in their careers, and the men they'd eventually grow to become. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 03:53 - This Is All A Huge Mistake 10:46 - I Live In My Truck 16:07 - Growing Up in the Rio Grande Valley 21:22 - Problems with Grandpa-Dad 34:52 - DON'T Become a Navy SEAL 43:44 - BUD/S and Two Deployments 54:57 - Testing Mettle on the Somalia Coast 01:02:15 - A Navy SEAL in College 01:11:42 - Now I Owed the Navy Three Years 01:17:23 - How Shane Hiatt Met Mike Ritland 01:29:00 - A Bad Hat in Fort Chaffee ---------- Support Shane Hiatt - Get One of Shane's Knives At: https://www.sh9.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@SH-sl5qm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sh9outdoorshop ---------- Sponsors: American Financing American Financing’s salary-based mortgage consultants will help you consolidate uour debt into one payment. Make the call today. Call American Financing at 866-890-9313 or visit https://www.americanfinancing.net. ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off! ---------- Jase Medical Go to https://www.jasemedical.com and enter code DROP at checkout for a discount on your order. That’s promo code DROP at J-A-S-E Medical.com. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 November 2023

Navy SEAL Immigrant Drago Dzieran Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 162

Retired Navy SEAL Drago Dzieran has a complicated past. Before serving twenty years at the Tip of the Spear, he was a political prisoner in his home country of Poland after they assumed Communist rule. After immigrating to America, he became a citizen, joined the military, and not long after started serving with Jocko Willink over at SEAL Team 2, before eventually transitioning to SEAL Team 4. He's operated all over the world, stopped a lot of bad guys, and even archived his travels in his memoir 'The Pledge to America: One Man's Journey from Political Prisoner to U.S. Navy SEAL'. What makes a man move away from his home to fight for another? What was Jocko like on SEAL Team 2? And what does the future have in store for Drago Dzieran? Let's find out. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:36 - Life was Totally Different Now 06:46 - A Newly-Released Political Prisoner 14:25 - An Emergency U.S. Visa 19:35 - Working-Class American Compassion 33:42 - Joining the Military 38:05 - A Brief Explanation of Skydiving (& American Women) 43:01 - I Joined the Navy, Having Never Seen the Ocean 50:47 - Joining SEAL Team 2 01:01:21 - Meet Jocko Willink 01:14:23 - Working Out on 9/11 01:28:08 - Deployed to Iraq 01:38:23 - SEAL Team 4's Craziest Raid 01:46:05 - Teams in Fallujah 01:56:05 - Dating Advice from SEAL Team 4 02:08:23 - The Pledge to America & The Navy Seals Fund 02:13:54 - Censorship and ConnectZing ---------- Support Drago Dzieran - Book - The Pledge to America: https://www.amazon.com/Pledge-America-Journey-Political-Prisoner/dp/1637583710 Website: https://dragodzieran.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dragodzieran ---------- Sponsors: Manscaped Get 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at https://www.manscaped.com. That’s 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at https://www.manscaped.com. I can promise you’ve never seen a ball trimmer look like a spaceship. Get yours today from our folks at MANSCAPED™. ---------- Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 20% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 November 2023

Navy SEAL Immigrant Drago Dzieran Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 161

Drago Dzieran was born in Poland while under Communist rule. After spending time in a Communist prison (also known as a Gulag) as a political prisoner for his activism against against censorship, he immigrated to the United States in 1984, becoming a full U.S. Citizen in 1991. That same year he joined the Navy, where he'd go on to be assigned to SEAL Team 2, SEAL Team 4, and Naval Special Warfare as a BUD/S Instructor. He's been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, The Navy Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal, among others. Since then, Drago's helped to found The Navy SEALs Fund, freedom-of-speech platform ConnectZing, and written a book about his experiences called 'The Pledge To America: One Man's Journey from Political Prisoner to U.S. Navy SEAL'. His story serves as a reminder that America's a country of builders - people who can come together, from far and wide, and build a life for themselves and their family with a little bit of hard work and some good old-fashioned elbow grease. But how did he escape a Communist Gulag? What led him to enlist to fight on behalf of another country? And how the hell did Drago get to be so damn tough? Let's meet the man. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 03:31 - Missing Poland 09:31 - Concerning Communism 14:35 - Born into Socialism 23:23 - Poor in Poland 41:03 - Polish Education, Socialist Values 52:51 - Sports for the State 59:08 - Warsaw with Dad 01:08:08 - Learning to Box 01:18:15 - Dad Wanted to Believe 01:23:19 - Running the Bubble-Gum Scam 01:28:25 - Socialized Medicine, State-Run Media 01:42:14 - Firearms, Martial Law, & Military Regime 01:53:54 - A Three-Year Prison Sentence ---------- Support Drago Dzieran - Book - The Pledge to America: https://www.amazon.com/Pledge-America-Journey-Political-Prisoner/dp/1637583710 Website: https://dragodzieran.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dragodzieran ---------- Sponsors: BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- MUD/WTR Visit https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and get up to 20% off on participating products! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 November 2023

Ranger BORSTAR Actor Vince 'Rocco' Vargas Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 160

Nobody understands the border crisis quite like Vince 'Rocco' Vargas. Though most know him now as the actor behind Gilly Lopez on FX's 'Mayans M.C.', Vince is also a retired specialized law enforcement BORSTAR agent, where he operated for years on both sides of the border. He's also a veteran, having been deployed as an Army Ranger, and the author of 'Borderline: Defending the Homefront', where he shares more stories from his work in law enforcement. Having traveled the country and witnessed the problem firsthand, it's safe to say that Vince has got more than a few hot takes on how to tackle the avalanche of issues that make up the border crisis. But one thing's for sure - Vince has seen the danger, and now he has something to tell us. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:16 - Going to the Border 08:47 - Drill Sergeant Selection 16:58 - You're a BORSTAR Agent Now 25:37 - The Mission That Pushed Me Out 31:08 - Sons of Anarchy & Mayans M.C. 46:27 - Authoring Borderline - Defending the Home Front 53:08 - The Great Immigration Debate 01:24:50 - Light the Fuse Retreat & The Vinny Roc Podcast ---------- Support Vince Rocco Vargas - Book: Borderline: Defending the Homefront Book - https://www.theborderlinebook.com Light The Fuse Mental Health & Wellness - https://ltfmentorship.com The Vinny Roc Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-vinnyroc-podcast/id1284060556 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/VincentRoccoVargas275 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vincent.rocco.vargas ---------- Sponsors: Black Buffalo Go to https://www.blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 15% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off! ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 October 2023

Ranger BORSTAR Actor Vince 'Rocco' Vargas Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 159

'Going Hollywood'. It's a phrase that's all too familiar to Vince 'Rocco' Vargas - a veteran turned actor, Vinny's appeared in FX's Mayans M.C. along with a handful of features that have had a surprisingly large impact online. He's also a former Army Ranger, prison guard, drill sergeant, and BORSTAR agent, and nowadays he's an author, podcast host, father, and husband. From afar, it might seem like Vince has had an easy go of things, but that's far from the truth. Struggles in schooling and a fiery need to paddle his own canoe led to military service, but what followed is a whole other ball of wax. Here's Rocco's side of the story. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 02:20 - Playing Gilly in Mayans M.C. 09:08 - The Threat of AI 16:11 - Gang Wars 20:49 - Going Into the Rangers 28:17 - Losing Faith in Iraq 35:26 - A Dangerous Daylight Op 44:37 - Losing Friends 52:56 - Stories from Prison 01:06:04- Reforming the Prison System 01:14:39 - Going to the Border ---------- Support Vince Rocco Vargas - Book: Borderline: Defending the Homefront Book - https://www.theborderlinebook.com Light The Fuse Mental Health & Wellness - https://ltfmentorship.com The Vinny Roc Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-vinnyroc-podcast/id1284060556 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/VincentRoccoVargas275 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vincent.rocco.vargas ---------- Sponsors: MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to get your free frother and samples and support the show! ---------- American Hartford Gold Visit https://www.americanhartfordgold.com or call 855-967-1413, that’s 855-967-1413, or text “DROP” to 6-5-5-3-2. ---------- Fabric Join the thousands of parents who trust Fabric to protect their family. Apply today in just minutes at https://www.meetfabric.com/mikedrop. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 October 2023

Retired CIA Operative Instructor Jason Hanson | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 158

Jason Hanson knows how to keep a secret. It's part of his job, actually - he's a former officer of the CIA, or 'The Agency' as insiders call it - along with an instructor in escape and evasion via his his tactical spy school, a frequent media guest on television programs around the world, and even a New York Times bestselling author with his book 'Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life.' And with a resumé ranging from surveillance to Shark Tank, safe to say Jason's got more than a few good stories worth sharing from the world of intelligence espionage. So how does somebody become a CIA Operative? What kind of work was Jason doing when he worked at the Agency? And just what exactly is the CIA up to nowadays, in a digital world that's constantly connected? Let's meet Jason. ---------- Support Jason Hanson - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@JasonHansonSpyBriefing LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-r-hanson-5a1760a5/ Spy + Survival Briefing: https://www.spybriefing.com Enroll in Jason's Tactical Spy Course: https://www.tacticalspyschool.com Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 October 2023

Recon Marine Fox Special Forces Host Rudy Reyes Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 157

Retired Recon Marine Rudy Reyes has got quite the resumé. He's a wildly popular Call of Duty character, he played himself on HBO's Generation Kill, he hosts Special Forces: The World's Toughest Test on FOX - and that's just the popular stuff. He even founded a veteran nonprofit, Force Blue, that's dedicated to changing the world through ocean conservation, all while helping veterans along the way. Some might say Rudy's 'gone Hollywood', but pushing celebrities to their limits every week on national television isn't exactly a soft gig. Fact is, Rudy's still doing the same thing he's always done - kicking ass, taking names, and having a great time doing it. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:20 - Navigating the State Department 11:25 - Close Calls in Africa 18:04- Cringe Contracting 32:03 - Special Forces Showbusiness 47:42 - Saving Our Oceans with Force Blue 01:03:31 - I Just Want a Tombstone ---------- Support Rudy Reyes - Website: https://rudyreyes.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realrudyreyes Force Blue Veteran Nonprofit: https://forceblueteam.org Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 October 2023

Recon Marine Fox Special Forces Host Rudy Reyes Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 156

Call of Duty. Generation Kill. Special Forces: The World's Toughest Test. For Rudy Reyes, it's all in a days work, but Hollywood's far from his only priority. It's change that matters most to Rudy - you can see it at Force Blue, his veteran nonprofit dedicated to ocean conservation, and in Special Forces on Fox, where he teaches stars to test their limits every week. How does a recon marine go on to host one of the most daring shows on television? How does he end up playing himself on the breakout HBO series like Generation Kill? And through it all, how does Rudy Reyes manage to stay so positive? ---------- Support Rudy Reyes - Website: https://rudyreyes.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realrudyreyes Force Blue Veteran Nonprofit: https://forceblueteam.org ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 October 2023

Navy SEAL Crossfit King Dave Castro | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 155

Every year, CrossFit's toughest athletes enroll to compete in The CrossFit Games, a three-week global competition designed to find the Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth. It's a grueling endeavor, filled with agonizing events and creative challenges that are guaranteed to weed out the weak and crown the victors in glory. Just take it from Dave Castro - he's a retired Navy SEAL that's been organizing the games since 2007, way back on his parents ranch in Aromas, California. Since those early days he's been hired, fired, re-hired, and through it all, has somehow managed to grow the games from a simple weekend workout to a globally-broadcasted event. How did he do it? What's CrossFit's role in all of it? And is a retired Navy SEAL the sole reason the Games are so brutally challenging? Let's meet Dave. ---------- Support Dave Castro - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedavecastro YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@davecastro6289 Support The Crossfit Games - Website: https://games.crossfit.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRs1pHnES3QDdh43xbjOmzw Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 September 2023

Functional Medicine Nutritionist Rachel Scheer | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 153

Chronic pain. Adrenal Fatigue. Veteran Care. When it comes to meeting the needs of the average American, western medicine has a lot to answer for. Doctors today are quick to prescribe an all-in-one solution, but does that really help? Rachel Scheer doesn't always think so. She's the Founder and CEO of Rachel Scheer Nutrition, host of the Scheer Madness podcast, and actually a returning guest on Mike Drop, from all the way back on Episode 49. So what's she been up to since she's been away? Are the Hollywood's new fad diets and latest fitness techniques actually working? And just what exactly is Rachel Scheer doing to help the average joe run faster, feel better, and live longer? ---------- Support Rachel Scheer - Podcast - Scheer Madness with Rachel Scheer: https://rachelscheer.com/scheer-madness Website: https://rachelscheer.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelscheer Linktree: https://linktr.ee/rachelscheer ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 September 2023

Functional Medicine Nutritionist Rachel Scheer | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 154

Chronic pain. Adrenal Fatigue. Veteran Care. When it comes to meeting the needs of the average American, western medicine has a lot to answer for. Doctors today are quick to prescribe an all-in-one solution, but does that really help? Rachel Scheer doesn't always think so. She's the Founder and CEO of Rachel Scheer Nutrition, host of the Scheer Madness podcast, and actually a returning guest on Mike Drop, from all the way back on Episode 49. So what's she been up to since she's been away? Are the Hollywood's new fad diets and latest fitness techniques actually working? And just what exactly is Rachel Scheer doing to help the average joe run faster, feel better, and live longer? ---------- Support Rachel Scheer - Podcast - Scheer Madness with Rachel Scheer: https://rachelscheer.com/scheer-madness Website: https://rachelscheer.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelscheer Linktree: https://linktr.ee/rachelscheer ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 September 2023

Black Hawk Down Delta Force Operator Tom Satterly | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 153

As a senior non-commissioned officer of Delta Force, the most elite and secretive special operations unit in the U.S. military, Command Sergeant Major Tom Satterly fought some of this country's most fearsome enemies. Over the course of twenty years and thousands of missions, he's fought desperately for his life, rescued hostages, killed and captured terrorist leaders, and seen his friends maimed and killed around him. Since then, Tom's found an incredible partner in Jen Satterly, started a nonprofit at The All Secure Foundation, and even kicked off a podcast of his own talking to other amazing veterans about their stories beyond the battlefield, All Secure with Tom & Jen. What keeps this warrior going? Let's hear it from the man himself. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 02:28 - Arsenal of Hope by Jen Satterly 08:26 - John Cougar Freedom 13:18 - Army Man 19:30 - By The Seat of my Pants 30:06 - DELTA Selection 53:23 - Surviving Somalia - Black Hawk Down 01:16:21- On a Plane for 9/11 01:25:44- Taking C Squadron to Iraq 01:32:16- NAVY Rivalries 01:36:47 - Halloween in Ramadi 01:46:50 - Truth and Regrets 01:51:21 - Dogs in Israel 01:55:17 - Decision to Leave 02:07:02 - Bagging Saddam Hussein 02:12:43 - Deck of Cards Targets 02:22:08 - Looking for Work 02:28:07 - Founding a Nonprofit - The All Secure Foundation 02:33:06 - Therapy, Behavioral Remedies, & DMT 02:44:54 - Opening Up ---------- Support the All Secure Foundation - Website: https://www.allsecurefoundation.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllSecureFoundation Linktree: https://linktr.ee/allsecure Support Tom & Jen Satterly - Website: https://www.tomsatterly.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomsatterly Podcast - All Secure with Tom & Jen: https://allsecure.buzzsprout.com ---------- Sponsors: Masterworks Just go to https://www.masterworks.art/mikedrop to skip the waitlist Again that’s https://www.masterworks.art/mikedrop “Net Returns” refers to the annualized internal rate of return net of all fees and costs, calculated from the offering closing date to the sale date. IRR may not be indicative of Masterworks paintings not yet sold and past performance is not indicative of future results. See important Reg A disclosures: Masterworks.com/cd ---------- 4Patriots Just go to https://www.4patriots.com and use code MikeDrop to get 10% off your first purchase of 4Patriots Survival Food. That’s https://www.4patriots.com, use code MikeDrop. ---------- Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 15% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 10 September 2023

MARSOC Raider Government Hacker Michael Bloch | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 152

MARSOC. Intelligence Hacking. Dagger Ops. For Staff Sergeant Michael Bloch, doing rad stuff is all in a days work. And after 12 years of service to our country as a Marine Corps. Raider, Bloch's been busy - he's served as a combat instructor, deployed as a contractor, and even founded his own company, EBS Defense Consulting, along with Project Vetworx, a veteran nonprofit. It's a lot for any one person to handle, much less a vet suffering post-traumatic stress. Fortunately, the V.A. has options for treatment like Nuvigil, a medication that's reported to promote wakefulness. But like any medication, too much of a good thing can quickly turn out bad. Just take it from Michael. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 09:29 - The Quintessential American Dream 20:44 - Kuwait to Babylon 29:42 - 63 Engagements a Month 36:15 - The No-Commms Christmas Eve Miracle 47:00 - The Last Day Patrol 01:00:31 - Six Months Home, Six Months Back 01:06:19 - Combat Instructing at Quantico 01:13:10 - MARSOC Selection 01:19:21 - A Raider in Senegal 01:29:57 - Defining the Dagger Op 01:37:32 - Family Matters 01:46:52 - Contracted Deployments 01:54:30 - Hacking and Cyber Warfare 02:05:25 - The COVID Mindset 02:16:45 - Starting EBS Defense Consulting 02:22:12 - On Nuvigil 02:43:12 - Bracing for Fallout 02:57:07 - Going to Trial ---------- Donate for Michael & The Bloch Family: https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-of-us-marine-raider-ssg-michael-bloch Support the Bloch Family via UAP: https://www.uap.org Support Michael Bloch - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike__joe__ EBS Defense Consulting: https://ebsllc.co Project Vetwerx: https://www.projectvetwerx.org LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/mikebloch ---------- Sponsors: BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 3 September 2023

Army Ranger K9 Police Officer Jon Lindsey Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 151

After only 18 months at Savannah PD, Officer Jon Lindsey made the jump to SWAT - partly due to his Army experiencing serving on The 75th Ranger Regiment, but mostly due to his outstanding work ethic and a natural knack for the job. Paired with K-9 Jas, the two got into their own fair share of scrapes and close calls, but nothing too serious. That is, until a race to a scene went all too wrong in July of 2021. Fortunately, when it comes to working dogs, Mike knows a thing or two about loss. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:13 - Savannah Police Academy 22:48 - Triage and Footchases 37:18 - Combatives Training 45:25 - SWAT Stories 55:39 - Crazy Calls, Shocking Situations 01:00:22 - Losing Jas 01:16:01 - Bolt Bites 01:28:37 - What's Next? ---------- Support Jon Lindsey - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/j_chris_l19 Support the Georgia Police K9 Foundation: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/georgiapolicek9foundation ---------- Sponsors: BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to https://www.bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 27 August 2023

Army Ranger K9 Police Officer Jon Lindsey Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 150

Officer Jon Lindsey is what you'd call a 'dog guy'. He's also a husband, a father, and a veteran - he served as a Multi-Purpose Canine Handler while a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment. After the Army, he took up at the Savannah Police Academy in Georgia, where he trained police K9 prospects, until he officially joined the department in 2019. Since then, it's been a wild ride serving the good people of Savannah, but it hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows. Let's meet the man. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 02:44 - Vacation 08:43 - Fireworks over Disneyland 13:55 - R.A.S.P. - Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 23:40 - Expectation VS Reality 34:39 - Ranger School 49:32 - A PFC with a Ranger Tab 59:46 - Live Contact in Bagram 01:13:24 - Home for the Week 01:16:34 - K9 Oriented 01:23:32 - A Dog named Witty ---------- Support Jon Lindsey - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/j_chris_l19 Support the Georgia Police K9 Foundation: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/georgiapolicek9foundation ---------- Sponsors: Black Buffalo Go to blackbuffalo.com/discount/MIKEDROP and use promo code Mike Drop at checkout for 15% off your first order! Black Buffalo products are intended for adults aged 21 and older who are consumers of nicotine or tobacco. ---------- MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off ---------- BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 20 August 2023

Air Force PJ Jason Sweet - Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 149

Jason Sweet's darkest days seem to be behind him now, but last we heard he still had a ways to go. In his most dangerous engagement yet, Jason digs into Mission #0427 Alpha and his closest call in pararescue before stumbling into playing Division 1 Football at the University of Arizona (yes, really) and getting his start in training the next generation with SOCOM Athlete, an elite training group for aspiring SEALS and BUD/S participants. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:09 - Mission #0427 Alpha 16:17 - Establishing Contact 32:16- And I'm Free Falling 42:41 - Coming Home was Weird, Man 50:17 - Chasing the Football 58:39 - Playing Div 1 at University of Arizona 01:07:53 - A Blown-Out ACL 01:17:08 - The Science of Sport 01:24:11 - SOCOM Athlete 01:31:06 - Hell Day 01:36:56 - Is PJ Training Harder than BUD/S? ---------- Support Jason Sweet - SOCOM Athlete: https://www.socomathlete.com/ SEND ME Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0fQDggSL1oCS22ZLa0mo9e Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doctorsweet51/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SOCOMAthlete LinkedIn: https://tinyurl.com/5n6n5ebj ---------- Sponsors: Masterworks Just go to https://www.masterworks.art/mikedrop to skip the waitlist Again that’s https://www.masterworks.art/mikedrop “Net Returns” refers to the annualized internal rate of return net of all fees and costs, calculated from the offering closing date to the sale date. IRR may not be indicative of Masterworks paintings not yet sold and past performance is not indicative of future results. See important Reg A disclosures: Masterworks.com/cd ---------- BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- Manscaped Get 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at manscaped.com. That’s 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at manscaped.com. Trim your chesticles with the besticles. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 13 August 2023

Air Force PJ Jason Sweet - Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 148

Jason Sweet isn't like other PJ's. As a members of Air Force Special Warfare, Pararescue Specialists (PJ's) are directly responsible for the rescue and medical treatment of downed military personnel all over the world. And saving lives is only a part of his service record - Jason also spent a spell in Afghanistan, roomed with his own father while he was at boot camp, and even played on special teams for University of Arizona Football. Nowadays he's running an elite Special Operations training program called SOCOM Athlete, merging his knowledgebase with other professionals from different arms of the military to train America's next generation of warriors. But to hear where he came from, you might be surprised to see how far he's come. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 02:26 - I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist 09:39 - Waking Up at 3:45am 17:12 - A Small Town in the Desert 23:04 - You Have What's Called 'Deadarm' 36:05- Training for Parajumping 51:33 - SEALS vs PJ's 01:07:58 - HALO School, EMT Certified 01:12:56 - Surprise, Dad's My Roommate 01:20:27 - Aghanistan to Pakistan 01:35:36 - High Ops - The Casualty Evacuation Platform 01:39:09 - Mission #0427 - Alpha ---------- Support Jason Sweet - SOCOM Athlete: https://www.socomathlete.com/ SEND ME Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0fQDggSL1oCS22ZLa0mo9e Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doctorsweet51/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SOCOMAthlete LinkedIn: https://tinyurl.com/5n6n5ebj ---------- Sponsors: MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mike to support the show and use code MIKEMUD for 15% off! ---------- BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 6 August 2023

Navy SEAL Filmmaker Remi Adeleke | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 147

Remi Adeleke has a lot on his plate. Between writing, directing, acting, producing, and even authoring his new book 'Chameleon: A Black Box Thriller', it's safe to say he's busier than ever, and that's in an industry that's not always easy to work in - film and television. He's also been on the show before - avid listeners might remember his appearance back on Episode 32 to talk about his military career as a SEAL, or when he came back again in Episode 59 to catch up and talk current events. So for his third appearance on Mike Drop - a first for any returning guest of the show - what exactly does he have to talk about? Let's get Hollywood. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 11:00 - Hollywood Surprises 14:46 - Big Budget Pictures 21:00 - Moviemaking 101 25:43 - A Self-Taught Writer 30:36 - AI and the Writer's Strike 46:10 - Writer, Actor, Producer, Director 57:52 - Bankable Names 01:03:07 - What Makes A Good Story? 01:17:00 - Targeted Content 01:23:33 - Organ Harvesting 01:34:19 - Blood Trafficking 01:42:30 - Safer Screenwriting 01:50:51 - Transformed the Film 01:58:21 - Chameleon: A Black Box Thriller ---------- Support Remi Adeleke - Get Your Copy of 'Chameleon: A Black Box Thriller': https://tr.ee/tdXwjGb0_c Linktree: https://linktr.ee/remiadeleke Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remiadeleke Remi's Previous Mike Drop Episode (#32): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIh1PYD7xOI Remi's Previous Mike Drop Episode (#59): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VUgoAvFcIo ---------- Sponsors: 1st Phorm https://www.1stphorm.com/mikedrop | Free shipping on all orders over $75 when you use the link! ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 30 July 2023

BORTAC Spec Ops Marine Erin 'Jammer' Switzer - Part Two | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 146

BORTAC: Border Patrol Tactical Unit. An elite arm of the United States Border Patrol, BORTAC works in conjunction with other law enforcement departments to stop criminals, catch smugglers, and protect the U.S. from dangers at home and away. Just take it from Erin 'Jammer' Switzer - he's been a part of BORTAC as a K9 handler for years. And the border isn't the only place he's smashing heads - he's also appeared in Call of Duty and Amazon's 'The Terminal List' too. But what exactly does BORTAC do? How do they operate? And what are the boundaries of their jurisdiction, if they have any at all? Fortunately, Jammer's got the answers. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 01:42 - BORTAC Loadouts & Tactical Gear 09:46 - Outsmarting the Smugglers 14:30 - Responding to Uvalde 17:51 - BORSTAR: Border Patrol Search, Trauma, & Rescue 22:50 - Avenging Brian Terry 38:04 - Human Atrocities 41:17 - People Processing 46:56 - Politics in a Border Crisis 56:20 - Notable Encounters 01:01:45 - Recruiting At Any Age 01:07:48 - Going Hollywood 01:16:16 - What's Next? ---------- Support Erin Switzer - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jammer_actual ---------- Sponsors: MUD/WTR Go to https://www.mudwtr.com/mikedrop to support the show and use code MIKEDROP for 15% off! ---------- BioProtein Use code: mikedrop to save $30 on your first order at https://www.biorproteintech.com ---------- BUBS Naturals The BUBS namesake derives from Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty, who was heroically killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. In addition to remembering Glen for the patriot he is, the BUBS ethos centers around the passionate and adventure seeking life that Glen lived. BUBS Naturals products are rooted in sustainably sourced ingredients and controlled consistency to provide our customers with the highest quality Collagen Protein & MCT Oil Powder that help you feel amazing and live a fuller life. Our mission is simple. FEEL GREAT. DO GOOD. 10% always goes back to charity, helping military men and women transition back into civilian life. Go to bubsnaturals.com and use code MIKEDROP for 20% off your order. ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 23 July 2023

BORTAC Spec Ops Marine Erin 'Jammer' Switzer - Part One | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 145

Call of Duty. The Terminal List. In the entertainment world, Erin 'Jammer' Switzer is already a stud - and that's without mentioning his service record. Throughout his career, Erin spent 23 years in the special operations community after serving as a Reconnaissance Marine, where he worked alongside several K9 teams and developed a passion for working dogs. Eventually, he adopted Rex, who would eventually land roles Call of Duty, The Terminal List, and more, along with joining him in his work at BORTAC, one of the United States' elite Border Patrol special operations divisions. Safe to say, there's an awful lot to talk about when it comes to Erin Switzer. And that's not all - he brought Rex to the studio, too. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 04:48 - Call of Duty & The Terminal List 09:42 - Morning Routine 19:57 - College Ball 30:42 - Boot Camp to Okinawa 37:41 - Rolled Into Recon 46:12 - A Six-Month Extension 49:44 - Starting in Border Patrol 01:00:10 - Patrol Selection 01:12:16 - BORTAC: Border Patrol Tactical Unit ---------- Support Erin Switzer - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jammer_actual ---------- Sponsors: Manscaped Get 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at manscaped.com. That’s 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at manscaped.com. Trim your chesticles with the besticles. ---------- 1st Phorm https://www.1stphorm.com/mikedrop | Free shipping on all orders over $75 when you use the link! ---------- BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 16 July 2023

BORTAC Spec Ops Marine Erin 'Jammer' Switzer | Mike Ritland Podcast Episode 145

Call of Duty. The Terminal List. In the entertainment world, Erin 'Jammer' Switzer is already a stud - and that's without mentioning his service record. Throughout his career, Erin spent 23 years in the special operations community after serving as a Reconnaissance Marine, where he worked alongside several K9 teams and developed a passion for working dogs. Eventually, he adopted Rex, who would eventually land roles Call of Duty, The Terminal List, and more, along with joining him in his work at BORTAC, one of the United States' elite Border Patrol special operations divisions. Safe to say, there's an awful lot to talk about when it comes to Erin Switzer. And that's not all - he brought Rex to the studio, too. ---------- Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 04:48 - Call of Duty & The Terminal List 09:42 - Morning Routine 19:57 - College Ball 30:42 - Boot Camp to Okinawa 37:41 - Rolled Into Recon 46:12 - A Six-Month Extension 49:44 - Starting in Border Patrol 01:00:10 - Patrol Selection 01:12:16 - BORTAC: Border Patrol Tactical Unit ---------- Support Erin Switzer - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jammer_actual ---------- Sponsors: Manscaped Get 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at manscaped.com. That’s 20% off + free shipping with the code MikeDrop at manscaped.com. Trim your chesticles with the besticles. ---------- 1st Phorm https://www.1stphorm.com/mikedrop | Free shipping on all orders over $75 when you use the link! ---------- BioProtein Use code MIKEDROP to save $30 on your first order at https://www.bioproteintech.com ---------- Fueled by TeamDog | www.mikeritlandco.com | @Teamdog.pet ALL THINGS MIKE RITLAND: SHOP for Fueled By Team Dog Performance Dog Food, Treats, Apparel, Accessories, and Protection dogs - MikeRitlandCo.com - https://www.MikeRitlandCo.com Team Dog Online dog training - TeamDog.pet - https://www.TeamDog.pet This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5531509/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 16 July 2023

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