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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

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    • 4.5 • 38 Ratings

Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

    Jacob Sotak, SOFREP Editor in Chief

    Jacob Sotak, SOFREP Editor in Chief

    Jacob is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in the early 2000's as part of a Civil Affairs team. After his service, which included a stint at the Presidio of Monterey Defense Language Institute where he studied Arabic, Jacob relocated to New York City. In New York he worked for the New York Times and several other companies before joining forces with SOFREP as Editor in Chief.
    In this sit down with Jacob, we hear some stories from OEF and how he came to lead the team at SOFREP. Moreover, we get a glimpse at where SOFREP is headed and how the publication will refresh itself in the new year.
    Be sure to tune in as we put Jacob on the hot seat!
    Editor's Note: This episode was recorded the morning of January 6th. 
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    • 52 min
    Editor's Round Table Featuring Steve Balestrieri, Sean Spoonts and Jacob Sotak

    Editor's Round Table Featuring Steve Balestrieri, Sean Spoonts and Jacob Sotak

    This week on SOFREP Radio we decided to shake things up a bit. While we had a standard-issue podcast lined up for you, we thought we would take a moment to discuss the events that unfolded in Washington D.C. on January 6th — and the aftermath — in a segment we're calling Editor's Round Table.
    SOFREP contributor Sean Spoonts, Senior Editor Steve Balestrieri and Editor in Chief Jacob Sotak dive into the protest-turned-insurrection and try to answer some of the questions banging around the internal channels at SOFREP. What actually happened?Is what we witnessed sedition, or the impassioned outcry of American patriots? Who is responsible for the actions of the mob that entered the Capitol building? And what does this moment mean for our national security? 
    Like so many Americans who are struggling to wrap their heads around the events that unfolded, our editorial team has more questions than answers. But, despite our differences in opinion, we believe the only way to approach clarity is through discussion and the sharing of differing perspectives.
    We hope this first foray into the Editor's Round Table helps start a conversation among our listeners and, if we're lucky, sheds a little light on what we believe hangs in the balance.
    And, in the name of discussion, we extend to you an invitation: Send us your thoughts at sofrep.official@protonmail.com. What did we miss? What do you think about the events of January 6th?
    Editor's Note: This conversation was recorded on January 7th. At the time of recording, President Trump had not released his video statement acknowledging the event and committing to a peaceful transfer of power on January 20th.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Delta Force CSM Tom Satterly (Retired) and Jen Satterly

    Delta Force CSM Tom Satterly (Retired) and Jen Satterly

    We are honored to host Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Tom Satterly and his wife Jen in this very special episode of SOFREP Radio, and the first of the new year.
    Tom served in the United States Army for twenty five years. Not long after joining the Army in 1986, he passed the Special Forces Q Course and became a Green Beret. By 1991, Tom had moved to Delta Force where he served for the next 20 years deploying on countless missions across the globe.
    Most notably, Tom served in Somalia and fought in the Battle of Mogadishu — the longest sustained firefight in military history since the Vietnam War — which was depicted in the oscar-winning 2001 film Black Hawk Down.
    But for all Satterly's combat missions, his struggle with depression, pain and PTSD was the battle that nearly broke him. It was Jen who spotted something wrong and saved Tom from a suicide attempt. Tom's battle with PTSD took on a new light, and together, Tom and Jen started the All Secure Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to support struggling servicemembers and families and equip them with the tools and skills to emerge from their individual battles stronger and more resilient.
    In this episode, Tom and Jen discuss his deployments, his struggle with PTSD and their ongoing mission to end veteran suicide.
    This episode is not only the story of the Satterlys, but also a reminder to the families and friends of servicemembers and veterans; our fighting men and women need our support and resources like the All Secure Foundation — among many others — are out there to help, as Tom and Jen so poignantly remind us.
    We at SOFREP hope this episode encourages you to reach out to veteran or servicemember in your life and remind them they are not alone.
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    • 58 min
    Joe Kent, Special Forces Veteran and Gold Star Husband

    Joe Kent, Special Forces Veteran and Gold Star Husband

    It's Christmas Day and we are honored and humbled to bring you an exclusive interview with veteran Joe Kent. Kent is a former Army Ranger who went on to join Special Forces Fifth Group where he logged eleven combat tours in Iraq and elsewhere. Kent rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer before leaving the SOF community.
    In addition to his decades of service in U.S. Army Special Operations, Kent is also a Gold Star husband. His wife, Shannon Kent, was a U.S. Navy intelligence operative who was killed while serving in Syria in 2019.
    In this very special episode of SOFREP Radio, we talk with Kent about his service in Iraq and Yemen, hear his thoughts on the missteps the U.S. has taken in the wars in the Middle East, and share in remembering the heroic service of his wife.
    Here is a recent video about Kent's experience and his stance on the 'Endless Wars.'
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfCHddpPEyU
    We're honored to have Joe Kent on this special Christmas episode; his story and his service is emblematic of the kind of selfless service carried out by so many in our armed forces and Special Operations units.
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    • 55 min
    Bing West, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Author 'The Last Platoon'

    Bing West, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Author 'The Last Platoon'

    This week on SOFREP Radio we were joined by Bing West, Marine Force Recon veteran, former Assistant Secretary of Defense to the Reagan administration and prolific author. In this episode, West walks us through his latest book, The Last Platoon, and talks about the Corps, the war in Afghanistan and much much more.
    Read our full review of West's latest book on SOFREP.
    About Bing West
    During the Vietnam War, he was a platoon leader in Force Recon leading over 100 combat patrols. When his tour (66-68) was completed, the Corps asked him to write a guide for Marines coming into the country. The guide was titled Small Unit Action in Vietnam and the military published over 100,000 copies of it.
    Bing West spent time in Afghanistan with Marines on the ground when he was 70 years old.
    Afterward, Bing served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan administration. His son, Owen West, was also a Marine officer in Force Recon. Owen later became the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict under General Jim Mattis with whom Bing has co-authored a book.
    Bing has authored 10 books centering on the Marine Corps. Many of them are about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where he made about 40 trips and spend time on the battlefields and with Marines in the field.
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    • 46 min
    Jeff Nyce, 30-Year SWAT Veteran and Author of 'Failure's Not an Option'

    Jeff Nyce, 30-Year SWAT Veteran and Author of 'Failure's Not an Option'

    This week on SOFREP Radio we welcome Jeff Nyce, an over 30-year veteran of SWAT — 1981 to 2014 — who held the roles of operator, team leader and commander. Nyce completed over 4500 raids barricades with Montgomery Country SWAT during his time in uniform.  
    Nyce participated in some of the most highly publicized events in law enforcement history, which generated national and even international attention, including the takedown of the DC snipers. He also involved in a hostage rescue incident by a lone-wolf domestic terrorist who the FBI determined was “the first suicide bomber with hostages in the United States” at the Discovery Headquarters Building in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the capture of a violent group of serial bank robbers featured on John Walsh’s America’s Most Wanted.
    At the height of his career as a SWAT commander, Nyce was struck down by two diseases that at the time were deemed terminal with no available cure: multiple myeloma cancer and cardiac amyloidosis. Doctors told him that he had less than two years to live—at best.
    Nyce prepared for what would be the greatest fight of his life. He overcame many obstacles, including “coding” in 2013 during a stem- cell transplant that required chest compressions and saline to bring him back to life and then a stroke precipitated in 2015 by the chemotherapy he was undergoing to forestall the myeloma and amyloidosis.
    To get through, Nyce applied lessons learned from his years in SWAT: “Never complain, never quit, and the mission comes first. Failure’s not an option as it relates to the mission.” Nyce's mission was simple: survive.
    Eight years have passed since his initial diagnosis, and Nyce is still alive and in remission. By all medical accounts, Nyce has defied the odds.
    Nyce's memoir, Failure is Not an Option consists of three elements: high-profile SWAT operations; his medical journey; and lessons on fitness, diet, and drug routines that have helped Nyce manage these medical obstacles and improve his quality of life.
    Don't miss this great episode of SOFREP Radio. 
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Mathsminds95 ,

Awesome, fun and outstanding podcast!

This podcast is absolute blast! Not only it covers topics that are not covered in the mainstream media but, the humor in the podcast is brilliant! I love the guests that comes onto the podcast!

Luxe Pearl ,

Keep Up The Great Work

Can't say enough good things about Sofrep Radio. Everyone is so well spoken but not limiting themselves to political correctness, the interviews are entertaining and informative and I appreciate that I can actually hear the stories we read and hear on the news from the people themselves (or those in the know). Fave episode was 12, with Rob, fellow countryman. So cool to hear an Aussie on the show!
Keep up the awesome work, glad I found this podcast!

94mim ,

Excellent podcast and topics

Overall this podcast is great. Great content and I do like the rotating hosts. Only thing that can be negative is Ian often times. I listen to quite a few podcasts and for someone professionally in the media, he is literally worst producer out of some podcasts I listen to that are literally in people's garages.
Otherwise podcast is awesome.

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