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Do you enjoy learning about military history? How about listening to stories of individuals who’ve experienced war and conflict? Have you ever wondered how to research a family member’s military service? How do individuals and organizations capture, preserve, and make military history available to the general public? All of these topics and more are explored in the Camp Iron Mountain Podcast! Join our community that looks to inspire people to conduct research, collect stories for posterity, and share the military history of veterans, civilians, and military units to honor their memory and service.

Camp Iron Mountain Gabriel Suarez

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Do you enjoy learning about military history? How about listening to stories of individuals who’ve experienced war and conflict? Have you ever wondered how to research a family member’s military service? How do individuals and organizations capture, preserve, and make military history available to the general public? All of these topics and more are explored in the Camp Iron Mountain Podcast! Join our community that looks to inspire people to conduct research, collect stories for posterity, and share the military history of veterans, civilians, and military units to honor their memory and service.

    014 | The Significance of November 11th

    014 | The Significance of November 11th

    What You’ll Get From Today’s Show
    On November 11th, 1918 the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front with the signing of a cessation of hostilities by the belligerents fighting in World War I. The significance of that event started a worldwide adoption of the day for remembrance and celebration that continues today over 100 years later.  
     
    Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode
    The British Imperial War Museum. https://www.iwm.org.uk/  
     
    The Canadian War Museum. https://www.warmuseum.ca/ 
     
    Arlington National Cemetery. https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Tomb-of-the-Unknown-Soldier 
     
    A short history of the poem In Flanders Fields. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/military-history/history-heritage/remembrance-ceremony/4.html 
     
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    • 8 min
    013 | Marine Corps Combat Engineer | John Bruzza

    013 | Marine Corps Combat Engineer | John Bruzza

    Guest - John Bruzza
    John Bruzza is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, John was selected for service as a combat engineer following completion of the Marine Corps Officer Basic School. Over his career he served in a variety of leadership positions and locations both on active duty and as a reserve officer before retiring in 2017 as a Major. In his post-military life John lives in Arizona where he works in the solar energy industry.  
    Instagram: @31_maxx_31
     
    What You’ll Get From Today’s Show
    John discusses his experience attending the U.S. Naval Academy and how it led him to become a Marine Corps officer. 
     
    A discussion on each of John’s assignments throughout his career from lieutenant to major, including deployments to the Middle East.
     
    John shares with us those people, with whom he served, having lasting influences on his life and career.  
     
    We get John’s thoughts on Marine Corps stereotypes and discuss the, then upcoming, Major League Baseball playoffs. *Disclaimer: This episode was recorded weeks before the Major League Baseball playoffs. Our predictions were totally wrong.
     
    Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode
    United States Naval Academy. https://www.usna.edu/homepage.php 
     
    U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Iraq, 2003-2006 (Kenneth Estes). An initial historical look at the first three years in Iraq published by the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division in 2009. You can download a free copy here on the Federation of American Scientist website. https://irp.fas.org/doddir/usmc/iraq03-06.pdf 
     
    Marine for Life Transition Services. https://usmc-mccs.org/services/career/marine-for-life-network/ 
     
    If You Want to Support The Podcast
    You can help others find the podcast by leaving a positive review on whatever podcast player you’re listening to it on.
    Please share a link to the podcast with a friend or family member who you think would enjoy listening to it.  https://www.campironmountain.com. 

    • 38 min
    012 | From Friends to Brothers: Operation Urgent Fury

    012 | From Friends to Brothers: Operation Urgent Fury

    Part two of our interview with the three friends who joined the Army together out of high school. This episode focuses on their experiences participating in the invasion of Grenada as members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon (LRRP). 
     
    Guests - Kenneth Williams, Joe Paez, and Dale Comstock
    Kenneth Williams served 24 years in the U.S. Army.  First, as an infantryman for a little over four years with the 82nd Airborne division before changing over to the Air Defense Artillery career branch.  Before retiring as a senior instructor for the Air Defense Center (Patriot) Missile and Master Gunner Course, Kenneth served as First Sergeant for Echo Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery in Ansbach, Germany.  In addition to his deployment to Operation Urgent Fury, Kenneth deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia five times, and also supported the invasion of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Post Army retirement, Kenneth became a licensed Realtor in California and currently holds state licenses for running Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, Adult Residential Facilities, and Group Homes for children.  He’s the co-owner of New Vision Services Incorporated, a business that provides care for seniors, disabled adults, and children across 15 facilities in the state of California.
    Joe Paez served in the U.S. Army for 4 years as an infantryman. His active duty military career ended due to an almost fatal parachute jump accident suffered while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. After his recovery and discharge, Joe returned to California and served five years in the California National Guard. He earned his Bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento and eventually got hired as a civil servant with the State of California, serving for 30 years in the Information Technology sector before retiring in 2020. Post retirement, Joe keeps busy by volunteering with his local VFW Post, where he’s currently the Post Commander,  running his own art studio business, Romero Design Studios, and is a Job Developer for the Volunteers of America non-profit organization, where he works with previously homeless veterans to help them find jobs.    
    Dale Comstock is a legendary special operations soldier and warrior. He’s given over 37 years of service to the United States, combating U.S. enemies abroad as a U.S. Army paratrooper, Green Beret, Delta Force Operator, OGA Paramilitary Operative, and as a Mercenary. During his military career, Dale was a renowned weapons expert and fighting instructor.  He was also decorated twice for valor in combat. Since 2001, Dale has been a successful businessman, starting and operating three security companies, selling two of ‘em. He continues to operate the third company, Strategic Outcomes Asia, out of Bali, Indonesia where he resides for half the year. You can read more about his life and combat experiences on his website, DaleComstock.com, and in his autobiographical book, American Badass: The True Story of a Modern Day Spartan.
     
    Instagram: 
    Joe Paez - @JoePaez 
    Dale Comstock - @OfficialAmericanBadass
     
    Website:
    Dale Comstock - www.DaleComstock.com and www.Tier1PerformanceCoaching.com 
     
    What You’ll Get From Today’s Show
    You’ll hear about our guests' stories of... 
    -Going through the alert process at Fort Bragg prior to deploying to Grenada.
    -The various missions each of them went on during the combat operations and post-combat periods.
    -Reflections on their participation in Urgent Fury and their friendship. 
     
    Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode
    American Badass: The True Story of a Modern Day Spartan. Dale Comstock’s autobiography that tells of his “journey from boyhood to manhood into a world of extreme violence where he learns the values of hard work, sacrifice, and love of family.” Dale explored his successes and failures as a Delta Force Operator, G

    • 46 min
    011 | From Friends to Brothers: Service with the 82nd Airborne Division

    011 | From Friends to Brothers: Service with the 82nd Airborne Division

    Guests - Kenneth Williams, Joe Paez, and Dale Comstock
    Kenneth Williams served 24 years in the U.S. Army.  First, as an infantryman for a little over four years with the 82nd Airborne division before changing over to the Air Defense Artillery career branch.  Before retiring as a senior instructor for the Air Defense Center (Patriot) Missile and Master Gunner Course, Kenneth served as First Sergeant for Echo Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery in Ansbach, Germany.  In addition to his deployment to Operation Urgent Fury, Kenneth deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia five times, and also supported the invasion of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Post Army retirement, Kenneth became a licensed Realtor in California and currently holds state licenses for running Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, Adult Residential Facilities, and Group Homes for children.  He’s the co-owner of New Vision Services Incorporated, a business that provides care for seniors, disabled adults, and children across 15 facilities in the state of California.
     
    Joe Paez served in the U.S. Army for 4 years as an infantryman. His active duty military career ended due to an almost fatal parachute jump accident suffered while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. After his recovery and discharge, Joe returned to California and served five years in the California National Guard. He earned his Bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento and eventually got hired as a civil servant with the State of California, serving for 30 years in the Information Technology sector before retiring in 2020. Post retirement, Joe keeps busy by volunteering with his local VFW Post, where he’s currently the Post Commander,  running his own art studio business, Romero Design Studios, and is a Job Developer for the Volunteers of America non-profit organization, where he works with previously homeless veterans to help them find jobs.    
     
    Dale Comstock is a legendary special operations soldier and warrior. He’s given over 37 years of service to the United States, combating U.S. enemies abroad as a U.S. Army paratrooper, Green Beret, Delta Force Operator, OGA Paramilitary Operative, and as a Mercenary. During his military career, Dale was a renowned weapons expert and fighting instructor.  He was also decorated twice for valor in combat. Since 2001, Dale has been a successful businessman, starting and operating three security companies, selling two of ‘em. He continues to operate the third company, Strategic Outcomes Asia, out of Bali, Indonesia where he resides for half the year. You can read more about his life and combat experiences on his website, DaleComstock.com, and in his autobiographical book, American Badass: The True Story of a Modern Day Spartan. 
     
    Instagram: 
    Joe Paez - @JoePaez 
    Dale Comstock - @OfficialAmericanBadass
     
    Website:
    Dale Comstock - www.DaleComstock.com and www.Tier1PerformanceCoaching.com 
     
    What You’ll Get From Today’s Show
    You’ll hear about our guests' stories of... 
    -How they met and became friends as kids in Sacramento, California.
    -How they joined the Army together out of high school in the early 1980s and went through basic training, airborne school, and eventually in the same unit at the 82nd Airborne Division.
    -They talk about their experiences in the early 1980s Army.
    -How they became a part of the then newly established 82nd Airborne Division Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon.  
    -They talk about particular leaders that stood out to them their first few years in the 82nd Airborne Division.
    -The guys talk about their participation in the Gallant Eagle 82’ exercise at the National Training Center. 
     
    Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode
    American Badass: The True Story of a Modern Day Spartan. Dale Comstock’s autobiography that tells of his “journey from boyhood to manhood into a world of extreme violence wh

    • 53 min
    010 | U.S. Army Special Observer Group (WWII) | Rick Anderson, PhD

    010 | U.S. Army Special Observer Group (WWII) | Rick Anderson, PhD

    Guest - LTC Rick Anderson
    Lieutenant Colonel Rick Anderson is an active duty Army officer who currently serves as a History Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves before earning an officer’s commission from the University of Iowa Army ROTC program in 2002. After entering the Active Duty force as an Aviation Officer, Rick’s held leadership positions in various aviation units stateside and while deployed to combat operations overseas. Following completion of graduate school in 2012 he taught history at West Point. While at West Point, Rick transitioned career fields and became a Functional Area 59 Army Strategic Plans and Policy Officer. In this role he served in Korea and most recently in the Future Operations Branch at U.S. Army South. LTC Anderson holds a PhD in History from the University of Kansas.
    Disclaimer: The views expressed by LTC Anderson on this podcast are from his own research as an academic and do not represent the views of the United States Military Academy, nor do they represent the views of the Department of Defense.
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-anderson-1494a5193/ 
     
    What You’ll Get From Today’s Show
    You’ll learn about the mission, accomplishments, and legacy of the United States Army Special Observer Group from World War II including…
    What was the U.S. Army Special Observer Group.
    What major planning initiatives activities they were involved in.
    How they laid the foundation for the creation of the European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army (ETOUSA) and the Allied invasion of Europe.
     
    Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode
    Special Observers: A History of SPOBS and USAFBI, 1941-1942. Rick Anderson’s PhD dissertation gives an in-depth narrative and analysis of the Army Special Observer Group mission from their creation in 1941 until the establishment of the ETOUSA headquarters. You can download a copy of this work for free on the University of Kansas KU ScholarWorks website.     
     
    The Origins of the Grand Alliance: Anglo-American Military Collaboration from the Panay Incident to Pearl Harbor (William T. Johnsen). This book, published in 2016 by the University of Kentucky Press, provides the first comprehensive analysis of military collaboration between the United States and Great Britain before the Second World War, which includes discussion of the SPOBS mission. 
     
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    You can help others find the podcast by leaving a positive review on whatever podcast player you’re listening to it on. Please share a link to the podcast with a friend or family member who you think would enjoy listening to it.  https://www.campironmountain.com.  

    • 49 min
    009 | Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    009 | Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    What You’ll Get From Today’s Show
    You’ll hear the story of the challenges and triumphs in building the most visited monument in Washington D.C.
     
    Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. They run an incredible website that serves as a launching pad for their various education initiatives.
     
    The Wall USA. The 4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association started a website that provides a number of detailed facts and statistics about the names that are found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This site is no longer updated but the association says they will keep the website live. 
     
    National Park Service - Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Visitors can find the information on the memorial if you look to visit it in person, including a database of all of the names currently included on the wall.
     
    Offerings at the Wall: Artifacts from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection (Thomas B. Allen). This book, published in 1995, is a powerful book, primarily told through photographs, showcasing a small number of the over 400,000 items left at the Vietnam War Memorial. When available, the author shares pieces of the stories behind the artifacts and how they relate to those killed on the wall. 

    If You Want to Support The Podcast
    You can help others find the podcast by leaving a positive review on whatever podcast player you’re listening to it on. Please share a link to the podcast with a friend or family member who you think would enjoy listening to it. https://www.campironmountain.com. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

Mustangsrus ,

Preserving Memories!

It is important to to preserve and capture stories of current and past generations. Thank You Gabriel for your passion and time to share the stories and the history of our Military!!

ParadisePecan ,

A Must Listen for Military Families 🇺🇸🇺🇸

Gabriel ! This podcast is a gem for military families, especially when your loved ones are active duty overseas ensuring peace and stability on the mainland. THANK YOU for your service and memorializing the contributions of our servicemembers.
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From A Military Spouse, Sister, and Supporter

GrannyAR ,

Great Military History Stories!

This show has a good variety of topics and interviews that’s been a joy to listen to. As the daughter of a WWII navy veteran, it’s nice to hear stories about the era and war my dad served in.

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