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Real combat stories from the military's elite.

This podcast highlights the courageous, outrageous, crazy, and surreal experiences veterans recall from their toughest days in the foxhole, cockpit, and front lines. We interview JTACs, Special Operators (Delta), Special Forces, Jet Pilots, Combat Aviators, Infrantrymen, Marines, and vets from over 50 years of combat experience.

Interviews touch on the toughest missions these vets faced, how they handled them, their first combat experiences, how they found their way to the military, and how they managed after leaving the combat behind.

Combat Story Ryan Fugit

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Real combat stories from the military's elite.

This podcast highlights the courageous, outrageous, crazy, and surreal experiences veterans recall from their toughest days in the foxhole, cockpit, and front lines. We interview JTACs, Special Operators (Delta), Special Forces, Jet Pilots, Combat Aviators, Infrantrymen, Marines, and vets from over 50 years of combat experience.

Interviews touch on the toughest missions these vets faced, how they handled them, their first combat experiences, how they found their way to the military, and how they managed after leaving the combat behind.

    Marine Special Operator | Battle of Fallujah | MARSOC | Financial Podcaster | Christian Holloway | Combat Story Ep. 86

    Marine Special Operator | Battle of Fallujah | MARSOC | Financial Podcaster | Christian Holloway | Combat Story Ep. 86

    Today we hear a Combat Story from a long-time Combat Story listener Christian Holloway, a former Marine who was part of the initial invasion into Iraq, fought in both Fallujah I and II, and was one of the first Marines in what we now know as Marine Special Operations Command or MARSOC.

    [Support us on Patreon and get exclusive content and insights at www.patreon.com/combatstory]

    Christian was just 18 years old when he crossed the line of departure into Iraq for the initial invasion alongside M1A1 tanks in his Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV).

    He was then clearing buildings on foot in Fallujah alongside his Marine brothers, was among the first to see the effects of IEDs and what later became a very common and lethal enemy TTP, and was then in the elite special operations community training foreign militaries as a force multiplier.

    Since leaving the military, Christian continued to train service members in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) as a contractor and now hosts a financial information program on YouTube.

    This is a great Combat Story that follows the path from the tactical perspective of the Marine infantryman to the strategic MARSOC operator and I hope you enjoy his humble insights as much as I did.

    Find Christian Online:
    -YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs1jwxG_W_NAVVX8KlZ-Mig
    -Instagram @chris.holloway_fi https://www.instagram.com/chris.holloway_fi/

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    - Ryan’s Linktree https://linktr.ee/combatstory
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    - Send us messages at https://m.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Email ryan@combatstory.com
    - Learn more about Ryan www.combatstory.com/aboutus
    - Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

    Show Notes:
    0:00 - Intro
    0:44 - Guest Introduction (Christian Holloway)
    1:59 - Interview begins
    2:40 - Growing up in Texas
    7:31 - Why Marine Corps and recruitment story
    10:44 - Training and preparing for deployment only 4 months after after boot camp and school of infantry
    17:13 - Preparing for first deployment invading Iraq at only 18 years old
    20:48 - MOPP levels and the nuclear, biological and chemical threat
    24:53 - Combat Story - Engaged by an artillery unit and the invasion of Iraq
    33:10 - Combat Story - An armor to armor engagement
    55:27 - Combat Story - 48 hour engagement
    1:18:01 - almost dying in Baghdad
    from celebratory fire
    1:21:03 -Fallujah 1 fighting the insurgency and the first in incorporation of IED tactics
    1:35:52 - Combat Story - a very persistent engagement
    1:56:24 - Joining what would later be known as MARSOC and the intense training course
    2:24:42 - Transition to contractor
    2:27:42 - Refelctions on being in combat at 18 years old
    2:30:45 - Personal Finance YouTube channel
    2:37:19 - What did you carry into combat?
    2:39:08 - Would you do it again?
    2:40:21 - Listener comments and shout outs

    • 2 hrs 42 min
    SEAL Team 3 & DEVGRU Intel Officer | Silicon Valley | Kristen Murdock | Combat Story (Ep 85)

    SEAL Team 3 & DEVGRU Intel Officer | Silicon Valley | Kristen Murdock | Combat Story (Ep 85)

    Today we hear the Combat Story of Kristen Murdock, who spent 13 years in the Navy as a Naval Intelligence Officer from an Aviation Squadron off a carrier to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU).

    [Check out our Patreon page for more images of Kristen and for an upcoming Q&A with Ryan]

    Kristen spent most of her military time deployed around the world and focused primarily on intelligence in the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa, including deployments at the strategic level with joint staffs to the tactical with SEAL Team 3 and DEVGRU.

    After her time in service, Kristen transitioned thanks to a phenomenal program designed for Special Operations service members and support staff called The Honor Foundation which helped her find her next career in Silicon Valley working in the Trust and Safety space at Facebook and, most recently, Twitch, as a senior leader.

    Kristen narrowly avoided be kicked out of the Naval Academy and had her dreams of flying shattered at the last moment but ended up hustling to find a more rewarding path in Intel that serves as a great lessons for those still rising through the ranks and I hope you enjoy her insights into the shadowy world of intel at a Tier 1 unit as much as I did.

    Find Kristen online:
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristenmichele/
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-murdock/
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristenmurdock

    Find Ryan Online:
    - Ryan’s Linktree https://linktr.ee/combatstory
    - Merch https://www.bonfire.com/store/combatstory/
    - Instagram @combatstory https://www.instagram.com/combatstory
    - Facebook @combatstoryofficial https://fb.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Send us messages at https://m.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Email ryan@combatstory.com
    - Learn more about Ryan www.combatstory.com/aboutus
    - Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

    Show Notes

    0:00 - Intro
    00:41 - Guest introduction for Kristen Murdock
    6:05 - Reality check from an active duty father and aviator at Dover Air Force Base
    12:17 - Avoiding the use of Intel “Jedi mind tricks” on regular people
    12:38 - What is the “2” in military language (S2, N2, J2, G2, etc)
    15:54 - Going to the US Naval Academy and almost not making it
    25:00 - Losing your ‘dream’ career and finding your true path
    30:27 - Unfortunate advice from another officer to a woman in service
    32:27 - Arriving to your first assignment as the intel officer on a carrier
    42:22 - Running intel at SEAL Team 3
    45:02 - Strategic work as an intel officer and preparing “The Book”
    49:47 - Doing time with DIA to get broader intel experience
    53:48 - Detailed to a Special Forces Team (ODA) and then sent to support ISAF (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgRf_vdx0lg the International Security Assistance Force)
    55:19 - Supporting General Stanley A. McChrystal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA0yXWAAais) and General Michael Flynn while meeting tribal leaders like Karzai
    1:03:01 - Learning of the deaths of Brendan Looney and Travis Manion (a...

    • 1 hr 36 min
    CIA Legendary Ops Officer | Fighting Terrorists | Senior CIA Officer | Author of Black Ops | Enrique ‘Ric’ Prado | Combat Story Ep. 84

    CIA Legendary Ops Officer | Fighting Terrorists | Senior CIA Officer | Author of Black Ops | Enrique ‘Ric’ Prado | Combat Story Ep. 84

    Today we have a phenomenal Combat Story with our first dedicated insight from a legendary CIA Case Officer, Paramilitary Operations Officer, and Senior Leader Enrique ‘Ric’ Prado, who fought terrorists from the jungles of Central America with the storied Special Activities Division to eventally overseeing all Agency operations at the helm of the counterterrorism center.

    [Support us on Patreon and get exclusive content and insights at www.patreon.com/combatstory, including additional photos of Ric and a story of the hardest training course he ever went through]

    Before joining the Agency, Ric successfully completed the famed Pararescue or PJ pipeline but did not, despite multiple volunteer attempts, have the opportunity to fight in Vietnam. Instead, Ric would see plenty of operations and battles but with the CIA, where he was operating as a solo Paramilitary Ops Officers or PMOO in the Nicaraguan jungles in his first tour.

    Early in his career Ric first came into contact with and was then mentored by some of the Agency’s giants like Cofer Black, Duey Clarridge, Bill Buckley, William Casey, and more. As you’ll see during this interview, these are all names I know and revere so I was star struck hearing Ric’s stories about these giants and just spending time with Ric, who many of these heavyweights consider one of the best CIA operators of his time.

    On 9/11, Ric was the Chief of Operations (or C/OPS as the role is know inside the building) of the counterterrorism center, responsible for all counterterrorism operations for the whole CIA.
    After leaving the service, Ric founded a successful company where he continued to take the fight to the enemy and recently wrote a great book that gives a true behind the scenes look at the wide ranging, unpredictable and often dangerous life of a CIA operations officer.

    This is one of my favorite interviews to date and I hope you enjoy this peek behind the curtain of the premier covert intelligence organization from one of its legends as much as I did.

    Find Ric Online:
    - Ric’s website https://ricprado.com/
    - Black Ops Book https://static.macmillan.com/static/smp/black-ops/
    - Ric on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/enrique-ric-prado-052a11186/

    Find Ryan Online:
    - Ryan’s Linktree https://linktr.ee/combatstory
    - Merch https://www.bonfire.com/store/combatstory/
    - Instagram @combatstory https://www.instagram.com/combatstory
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    - Email ryan@combatstory.com
    - Learn more about Ryan www.combatstory.com/aboutus
    - Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

    Show Notes:
    0:00 - Intro
    0:47 - Guest Introduction (Ric Prado)
    2:41 - Interview begins
    3:42 - Growing up in Cuba during the revolution in the 1950s and coming to America without his parents
    11:46 - Gratitude as an American and choosing life of service
    14:54 - The Pararescue Pipeline and becoming a PJ
    20:49 - Joining Ground Branch/Special Activities Division in the CIA and role as a Paramilitary Officer
    25:11 - The type of work he was doing...

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Becoming a Navy SEAL Not Knowing how to Swim | Terminal List | Actor | Author | Remi Adeleke | Combat Story Ep. 83

    Becoming a Navy SEAL Not Knowing how to Swim | Terminal List | Actor | Author | Remi Adeleke | Combat Story Ep. 83

    Today’s Combat Story is one of perseverance and hustle on another level. We hear from Remi Adeleke who deployed multiple times as a Navy SEAL, but only after overcoming a truly difficult childhood of being stripped of his family’s wealth in Nigeria to hustling on the streets of the Bronx to make ends meet.

    Remi would be one of those rare people who wanted to become a SEAL even though he couldn’t swim, just to give you an idea of his attitude and beliefs.

    [Support us on Patreon and get exclusive content and insights at www.patreon.com/combatstory]

    After leaving the service, Remi has done it all. He was contacted by Hollywood and has either acted in or advised on multiple blockbuster movies and shows like Transformers, SEAL Team, and most recently the Terminal List with Chris Pratt.
    He’s also a best selling author with a fantastic book “Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds,” a clothing line called Kojo and more.

    This is a true Combat Story of not just overcoming the odds down range, but overcoming every obstacle life in the inner city can throw at you.

    Find Remi Online:
    - Instagram @remiadeleke
    - Twitter @remiadeleke
    - Kojo Wear Clothing Line
    - Book Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds
    - Muskegon Maritime Academy https://muskegonmaritimeacademy.org/

    Find Ryan Online:
    - Ryan’s Linktree https://linktr.ee/combatstory
    - Merch https://www.bonfire.com/store/combatstory/
    - Instagram @combatstory https://www.instagram.com/combatstory
    - Facebook @combatstoryofficial https://fb.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Send us messages at https://m.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Email ryan@combatstory.com
    - Learn more about Ryan www.combatstory.com/aboutus
    - Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle



    Show Notes:
    0:00 - Intro
    0:27 - Guest Introduction (Remi Adeleke)
    2:00 - Interview begins
    4:26 - About his family’s tribe from Nigeria and what it means to him today
    7:12 - Growing up in Nigeria
    13:16 - Formative years spent hustling in the Bronx
    24:24 - Why the military?
    27:58 - Being in NYC on 9/11
    30:56 - An influential recruitment officer and getting his record cleared
    34:43 - Becoming a SEAL without knowing how to swim
    39:01 - First deployment experience
    43:10 - Combat Story - First time outside the wire as a Humvee gunner
    45:30 - Being an African American in the SEAL teams and how being black helped down range
    50:25 - How his time in the Bronx gave him skills in the military
    52:17 - Direct action ops and running sources
    57:56 - Combat Story - a quick snatch and grab operation that turned into 14 hours with an intense foot chase
    1:08:22 - The decision to get out
    1:11:55 - Getting the call to work on Transformers without a formal audition and how he got into acting and consulting
    1:21:50 - Starting the Muskegon Maritime Academy, a military themed charter school
    1:26:59 - What did you carry into combat?
    1:27:32 - Would you do it again?
    1:27:50 - What do you think your old man would be saying now?
    1:28:31 - Listener comments and shout outs

    This...

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Creation of JSOC and 1st Ranger BN | Vietnam Veteran | Pablo Escobar Hunter | Keith Nightingale | Combat Story Ep. 82

    Creation of JSOC and 1st Ranger BN | Vietnam Veteran | Pablo Escobar Hunter | Keith Nightingale | Combat Story Ep. 82

    Today we have a special Combat Story that takes us from commanding in bloody fighting in Vietnam to some of the seminal moments in our military’s Special Operations history, all courtesy of retired colonel Keith Nightingale.

    Keith served two tours in Vietnam, one as an adviser to the Vietnamese where he learned jungle warfare from one of the most interesting and lethal characters in country, followed by taking command of an infantry company in the 101st that had just been wiped out, literally, hours earlier.

    Keith was a founding member of the 1st Ranger Battalion when it was created by Gen Creighton Abrams in 1974-later commanding both that battalion and the Ranger brigade. He then gives us a fly on the wall perspective of the Desert One catastrophe and the subsequent birth and creation of what we know today as JSOC, to include why we have DIA, 160th, Delta and more.

    We even touch on Keith’s time as the DoD lead tracking down none other than the Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar.

    Keith has gone on to write three books, “Just Another Day in Vietnam”, “Phoenix Rising: From the Ashes of Desert One to the Rebirth of U.S. Special Operations,” and “A Soldier Looks Back: Memories and Reflections of a Combat Veteran, from Normandy to Afghanistan.”

    This was a memorable Combat Story that gives us a look inside some of the most significant moments that created the modern US military we all know and love today.

    Find Keith Onine:
    -Facebook Col Keith Nightingale https://www.facebook.com/ColKeithNightingale
    -Keith’s books https://www.amazon.com/Keith-Nightingale/e/B016H5SV66%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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    Find Ryan Online:
    - Ryan’s Linktree https://linktr.ee/combatstory
    - Merch https://www.bonfire.com/store/combatstory/
    - Instagram @combatstory https://www.instagram.com/combatstory
    - Facebook @combatstoryofficial https://fb.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Send us messages at https://m.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Email ryan@combatstory.com
    - Learn more about Ryan www.combatstory.com/aboutus
    - Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

    0:00 - Intro
    0:45 - Guest Introduction (Keith Nightingale)
    2:17 - Interview begins
    2:40 - What he did in the army
    3:24 - how the military was “in his DNA” and being the first officer in the family that served as a career
    7:30 - Getting orders to go to Vietnam and the most influential person in helping become a battlefield leader
    18:10 - Combat Story #1 - first contact in Vietnam
    24:59 - A “karmic” approach to combat learned in Vietnam
    26:57 - Combat Story #2 - a long night in Vietnam
    36:03 - Going back to Vietnam with Delta company
    43:14 - An intense training in leadership
    46:27 - Combat Story #3 - First time in the field with Delta and his leadership strategy for low morale
    56:43 - The founding of JSOC and 1st Ranger Battalion
    1:05:43 - Combat Story #4 - Operation Eagle Claw
    1:32:57 - Tracking down Pablo Escobar
    1:40:42 - What did you carry into combat?
    1:41:54 - Would you do it again?
    1:42:53 - Listener comments and shout outs

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Combat Story (Ep. 81): The Real 13 Hours in Benghazi | Ranger | CIA GRS | Author | Entrepreneur | Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto

    Combat Story (Ep. 81): The Real 13 Hours in Benghazi | Ranger | CIA GRS | Author | Entrepreneur | Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto

    Today’s Combat Story is near and dear to my heart for reasons I can’t share because they’re classified. We hear the firsthand account from one of the men involved in the brutal 13 hours of fighting in Benghazi in 2012, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, who would later co-author the book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi” and advise Director Michael Bay and the cast who created the movie of the same name.

    This is one of my favorite episodes. Time flew by as we touched on so many topics from the learnings Kris shared in two other books (The Patriot's Creed: Inspiration and Advice for Living a Heroic Life and The Ranger Way: Living the Code On and Off the Battlefield) to insight into what it meant to be a part of the CIA’s GRS or Global Response Staff (read this CIA Career page to hear how interesting this job is and trust me when I say these guys were great: https://www.cia.gov/careers/jobs/protective-agent/) to how it felt the moment he and a handful of selfless other men decided to defy direct orders from above and risk their lives for other Americans in Libya.

    There’s ZERO politics in this episode. If you’re looking for that, you won’t find it here. This is all about what happened to the people on the ground at the time, which made me appreciate Kris and his perspective even more.

    Since leaving the military and Agency, Kris has become a serial entrepreneur with a clothing line, vodka brand, podcast, shooting and medical training courses, and is now making his tactical programs more of an experience with E3 Firearms which goes beyond just hitting the range and is something that I think many of our listeners will want to be a part of.

    I hope you appreciate this wide ranging, hilarious, and selfless Combat Story as much as I did.

    Find Kris Online:
    - Instagram @real_kris_tanto_paronto https://www.instagram.com/real_kris_tanto_paronto/
    - LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristantoparonto/
    - E3 Firearms https://pages2.e3firearmsassociation.com/fol-page1638816034383
    - Kris’s website https://kristantoparonto.com/

    Find Ryan Online:
    - Ryan’s Linktree https://linktr.ee/combatstory
    - Merch https://www.bonfire.com/store/combatstory/
    - Instagram @combatstory https://www.instagram.com/combatstory
    - Facebook @combatstoryofficial https://fb.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Send us messages at https://m.me/combatstoryofficial
    - Email ryan@combatstory.com
    - Learn more about Ryan www.combatstory.com/aboutus
    - Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

    Show Notes:
    0:00 - Intro
    0:45 - Guest Introduction (Kris Paronto)
    2:25 - Interview begins
    2:47 - How he got his call sign “Tanto”
    6:30 - Background info on CIA GRS
    11:43 - The GRS driving training course
    13:20 - The detailed prep work involved in going into country somewhere as GRS
    21:15 - Childhood, sports, and adrenaline rushes
    26:33 - Why did you choose the military path?
    30:10 - Time with the Rangers
    36:58 - Getting kicked out of the Army
    48:15 - Motivation for...

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

utv1595 ,

Great Show !!

Great show without the adverts and hard sell .. Great show

ReallySoddingPeedOff ,

Cracking Listen

As someone who went to JLRA in 1985 then onto the RA based in the U.K. I didn’t know of the troops or batteries existence till after I left and this pod gives a cracking insight into a role I would of liked to do, after Kings Troop which again I never got a chance to do, keep up the good work guys.

FatBastardUK ,

Incredible listening!

As a civilian I don’t have a clue what it’s like to be in combat and can’t begin to imagine the feelings and emotions you guys go through to protect us civvys!

I love listening to this podcast, I have listened to about 30 in the last 2 weeks! I love hearing the combat stories and tales from everybody you interview, please keep up the great work!

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