FIREWORKS & THE GUNNER’S MOM’S COOK (HIS SISTER JOINS US TOO!!!): Mike & Mike

The Gunner
Afghanistan
2011
Mac
USS Rangers CV-61
XO, Marine Detachment
1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys discuss fireworks and the Gunner’s Mom’s Cooking… and HIS SISTER… Kris… joins the program… which turns into an incredible amount of fun.

“WE HIRE VETERANS” — “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” and THE NEXT PROJECT FOR THE RODGERS: Ken Rodgers

Then and Now…

Ken Rodgers, former Marine and Khe Sanh veteran joins us to talk about the battle as well as his ongoing film efforts.

We also discuss things people say to veterans — “We Hire Veterans” and “Thank you for your service” — Ken isn’t a fan.

Ken also updates us on his next project, a documentary about the wives of combat veterans.

 

THE NEWS & PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS BRUTAL: Mike McNamara

Mac in Afghanistan

(1) THE NEWS:  No Budget passed… sequestration… no compromises in sight… no healthcare bill anytime soon… what has to occur in order to change how our uncivil government operates? When I say “change,” I mean putting the interests of the American people before all other things.  What set of circumstances needs to occur for that to happen?

(2)  OBAMA’S PERFORMANCE:  Former President Barak Obama’s performance as the Chief Executive was defined by Executive Orders, a healthcare plan that is crumbling under it’s own weight and failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran… China expanding territorially into the South China Sea and North Korea on the verge of obtaining a nuclear tipped ICBM.  Incredible.

WHAT SAVES THE DEMOCRACY FORM ITSELF? Mike & Mike and Will Constantini

USS Rangers CV-61
XO, Marine Detachment
Michael Musselman
CWO5, USMC (ret)
aka… The Gunner
Will Costantini
Col USMC (ret)

The Boys are reinforced by Will Costantini, Col USMC (ret) as they discuss being on General Mattis’s bad side and then… What saves the democracy from more sequestration and more disfunction?

BOB NILSSON: Asia, Leadership and Careers at Turner Constructions

Bob Nilsson
Capt USMC
Founder, 100 Entrepreneurs Project

The Founder of the 100 Entrepreneurs Project joins us to talk about his experiences in Asia, his opinion about what passes as “leadership” in the Nation’s Capital and careers at Turner Construction.

Bob Nilsson has been giving back to Marines and veterans since he got out of the Marine Corps in the late 60’s.  His career in construction has afforded him a way to influence hiring and promote entrepreneurship which he has done in an incredible way at both Walter Reed and Bethesda.

ALWAYS worth a listen

UNPLUGGED (KINDA) — GENERAL JOE DUNFORD’S Q & A WITH THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.

The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success.  What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.

Well done by the National Press Club!

TBS CLASS 6/67 SUFFERED 50% CASUALTIES IN VIETNAM — THEY GOT TOGETHER RECENTLY: Richard Sisk

Richard Sisk
Lt USMC
Vietnam

Richard Sisk was Commissioned a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps in 1967. He graduated from The Basic School (TBS) with 498 other lieutenants in the Fall of 1967.  Of his TBS class approximately 50% would become casualties — “forty-three were killed in Vietnam. One was killed in Lebanon. Another six died in training accidents. More than 200 were wounded.”  No other TBS class has ever suffered casualties like 6/67 did.  Richard talks about looking back at their time in Vietnam during the height of the fighting of that War and what that view looks like after 50 years.

His article about his Basic School class and their 50th reunion is here published on militarycom.  The article itself is certainly worth a read,  as is the link provided within the article that details the death of 2ndLt Terry Graves who was posthumously award the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions while serving as a platoon commander with 3d Force Reconnaissance Company (click here).  Graves Hall at TBS is named in his honor.

— Richard Sisk was a member of TBS 6/67. He served with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, in Vietnam where he was wounded twice. He has spent a career in journalism with the New York Daily News and now with Military.com .  He can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.

US F18 VS A RUSSIAN SU-22 (SYRIAN PILOT) — WE’LL EXPLAIN IT: Joey Porrazzo

Joey Porrazzo
Major USMC (ret)
F18 Pilot

Joey Porrazzo, Maj USMC (ret), a former FA-18C/D pilot will join us to talk air to air combat over the weekend and how it happens.

Joey talks mission planning for the specific situation over Syria, in the midst escalating tensions in the area.  He then walks us through the air-to-air engagement between the F/A-18E and the SU-22 that resulted in the downing of the Syrian SU-22.

We also discuss the Russian Defence ministry’s statement describing “American planes flying west of Euphrates will be treated as targets and that it has suspended safety agreement with US.”