The Military Wire with Mike Schindler
Shaping Your Future After Transition - Interview with GEN. Wesley Clark

Shaping Your Future After Transition - Interview with GEN. Wesley Clark

October 3, 2018

If you are transitioning, this interview is a must with General Wesley Clark. **please note, due to the General's location, there are some breaks/deadspots in the interview.

The secret to success. Overcoming challenges and adversity. Global warming. And now, a new film that will challenge what we do and why we do it. It’s not every day one gets to interview one of America’s most accomplished soldiers and leaders and gain insight on why he does what he does and how others can follow in his footsteps.

General Wesley K. Clark was always drawn to the military for an unknown reason. It could have had something to do with his father’s service in the Navy that influenced his decision to serve. Regardless, the young Wesley Clark went on to become a West Point valedictorian, a Rhodes Scholar, the Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, an author, co-chair of Growth Energy and now a subject matter expert in how we use and leverage energy resources in Jeff Bridges’ Award-Winning Documentary ‘Living in the Future’s Past.’

This podcast unpacks what makes General Wesley Clark stay one of America's Greatest Assets and how you can follow in his footsteps. 

Life After the Sniper Scope - interview with Rod Rodriguez GWOT Memorial Foundation

Life After the Sniper Scope - interview with Rod Rodriguez GWOT Memorial Foundation

October 1, 2018

Viewing life through a sniper's scope was a daily practice for Special Forces, Green Beret Rod Rodriguez. Getting blown up was just a part of life. And when it came time to transition - not by choice - but through a med board, suddenly his daily practice was truly foreign - and more traumatic than his military experience. 

When life changes unexpectedly, how will you respond? 

In this episode, President and Chief Executive Officer at Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation Rod Rodriguez chronicles his military experience, how his wife's transition was polar opposite of his, and his journey to becoming one of America's Greatest Assets after his military experience.

Rod will tell you that he is just a normal kid from New Mexico. And this normal kid from New Mexico, after serving our country with honors, is on a new mission to bring tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in America's longest conflict. 

The Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation, the congressionally-designated non-profit foundation is tasked with organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..  

Former President George W. Bush was named as its honorary chairman.

What you'll learn from this podcast is that success takes work. And Rod's humble approach to achieving success is one that many can duplicate. Rod chose to give back as his next mission and purpose. 

What will be your next mission and purpose after military service?

"Continuing my service to others first through established leadership in the military and civilian communities through teamwork as well as collaboration." - Michael "Rod" Rodriguez 

 

When Death Hits You in the Face - An Operator’s Journey to a new Mission and Purpose

When Death Hits You in the Face - An Operator’s Journey to a new Mission and Purpose

September 29, 2018

Our circumstances can sometimes be overwhelming. When Andrew lost his wife, he had a choice to make. What will you do when death hits you in the face?

Andrew E. Coussens spent nearly eight years deployed as a contractor for a classified US government program that is still active in numerous areas of the world in support of the War on Terror.

He spent three years simultaneously training partner nations in counter-terrorism tactics for the US State Department’s Global Anti-Terrorism Assistance program.

Since leaving these programs, Mr. Coussens has been employed as a consultant for The Activity Group, a company that provides field-trauma solutions for the US military (AFRICOM), Federal law enforcement agencies, SWAT/Emergency teams, and tactical medical programs worldwide.

His first novel is sure to be a best seller. A Failed State is an international war on terror novel that is fast-paced, and very real.

Damien Collins, who struggles with severe anxiety, a troubled marriage, and a custody dispute over his five-year-old daughter, is a member of this elite intelligence-gathering team trying to stop the spread of ISIS and its emergence in the hotbed of Afghanistan. Damien’s team has confidants within ISIS-Khorasan that could turn the tide of the struggle. While Damien’s team rushes to solidify their victories, he has to juggle his own chaos at home.

Check out A Failed State

How A Plane Crash and the USO Changed CDR Don Leingang’s Life / World’s Busiest USO

How A Plane Crash and the USO Changed CDR Don Leingang’s Life / World’s Busiest USO

September 26, 2018

Your transition doesn't have to be difficult. This live, in-person interview with retired CDR Don Leingang, now Executive Director of the world's busiest USO, describes how his plane crash was his first introduction to the USO...and how the USO can support your transition. 

Check out the USO PNW: https://northwest.uso.org/sea-tac 

Finding Mission and Purpose - Bronze Star Purple Heart recipient & Best Selling Author Sean Parnell

Finding Mission and Purpose - Bronze Star Purple Heart recipient & Best Selling Author Sean Parnell

September 17, 2018

"...85 percent casualty rate. Lucky to make it back…"

Mike Schindler, host of The Military Wire, interviews one of America's most elite combat Veterans Sean Parnell, former Commander of a 40 Man Elite infantry platoon called The Outlaws, which became one of the most feared American units in the Afghanistan war.

We cover his best selling book, Outlaw Platoon, his latest book Man of War, how he found a new mission and purpose after service and what those who want to support those who have served can do to help. 

There's even a bit of advice for those who are transitioning on how YOU CAN FIND MISSION AND PURPOSE. 

To read more about this great book, visit: Veterans News Report / Sean Parnell 

To purchase Sean's book, visit: Parnell's Man of War