My name is Dustin Kelly, but everybody calls me DJ. I am former Army, serving as both a Forward Observer and a Military Police Officer. I have spent the last 15 years as a Police Officer and Detective in a large metropolitan Police Department. Throughout my career I have learned two things. 1. Everybody has a story to tell, and 2. The Best Stories Are True. This is the DTD Podcast.
Episode 125: Geoff Dardia “Green Beret/Task Force Dagger”
This week in the studio a Master Sergeant in the US Army who started his career in the Navy as a Parachute Rigger with dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL, but that goal was cut short by a mysterious illness. In his twenties when he was supposed to be living his best life, his body was breaking down at an exponential rate that was unexplained by medical science, which was the cause of him giving up (at least temporarily) his childhood dream of being a commando, when he left the Navy abruptly. Fast forward to a 4 year chase to restart the dream of serving his country, many rejections , and a email that was given to him out of spite , this guest resumed the goal of being a special operator. Now over 20 years, 7 deployments, and having served as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant my guest has become one of the most experienced veteran advocates, educator, and Green Beret that is still serving his country. He is a Human Performance and Wellness Senior Leader, the Founder of the META transition program, and the Founding director of the SOF Health Initiatives Program. Please welcome a guest that has been in the works for a long time Geoffrey Dardia.
Episode 124: Ryan Rogers “Lions of Marjah”
This week in the studio a US Marine that gave 11 years of his life to the Corps. During his years of service he served on 5 deployments with 1 trip to Iraq and 1 trip to Afghanistan. Although he has been an Infantryman, All Marine Boxer, and Combat Instructor at the School of Infantry, during this conversation tonight we are going to focus on his time as a Squad Leader in the Battle of Marjah, the injuries both physical and psychological that he received, and what it takes to dedicate your life to veterans and transitioning troops to make sure that they land on both feet upright upon their entry back into civilian life, where far to often we hear that these Marines and soldiers lose focus, passion, and a mission to live their life by. My guest this week will tell you how after reading Marcus Lutrell’s book he turned his daily notes into this fantastic 1st hand account of his time with the Lions of Marjah both good and bad. It is my pleasure to introduce former United States Marine and host of the Choices not Chances Podcast…Ryan Rogers.
Episode 123: Codename Johnny Walker/Jason Tuschen
This week in the studio 2 men who couldn’t come from more different worlds. The first, born in Mosul, Iraq, someone who watched his country be torn apart from the inside out. He is not only a veteran of the Iraqi Army but also the only interpreter to ever receive the Navy Seal Trident. His quick thinking, his ability to read a room and the intentions of the people in it, and his willingness to push himself further and faster than any other contracted worker made him a huge asset to the US soldiers and Special Operators that he worked with. This man not only risked everything to make the country of Iraq a better place for future generations, but now a citizen of the United States, is training future warfighters in cultural affairs in order to make them a more rounded warrior. The second, a retired Command Master Chief Navy SEAL who comes from a punk rock background and who in his 27 years of service was assigned to SEAL Teams 1,3, 7, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Naval Special Warfare Command, and Naval Special Warfare Group One. This guest has numerous deployments all over the globe in support of US operations to include the Middle East where he met tonight’s other guest while working in Baghdad as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to an 80 man Task Force. This guest was instrumental in the efforts to get not only his friend and teammate, but also his entire family to the United States, where they could finally live the life that they had always dreamed of living. This story could not have more action, plot twists, and cast of characters if it was a best selling thriller novel. It is my pleasure to introduce Codename Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen……
Episode 122: Scott Huesing “U.S.M.C./Echo In Ramadi”
This week in the studio a retired United States Marine Corps Major with 24 yeas of service, with time as both an enlisted man and an officer. During that time he was deployed 10 times to over 60 countries. He has been to Afghanistan, The Horn of Africa, and Iraq, where he was responsible for planning and conducting hundreds of combat missions that destroyed insurgent strongholds wherever they may have popped up. During his time of service he learned numerous lessons about leadership,humility, and being there to provide comfort when someone is in need. He has written a best selling book about his time leading the men of 2 nd Battalion 4th Marines who endured some of the most intense fighting in the second battle of Ramadi. In retirement he gives his time to veteran causes working with Save the Brave with the mission to stay proactive to the needs of the veterans that they serve. He is the co host and producer of the Break it Down Show Podcast and he is here tonight to talk about Combat, Fatigue, Family, Post Traumatic Stress and taking care of the person to the left and right of you. I am proud to introduce Scott Huesing….
Episode 121: Tim Fedrick “Navy SEAL/Warriors and Whiskey”
This week in the studio a guest with 31 years of service to this country in the United States Navy. His certifications include but are not limited to Surface Warfare Specialist, Search and Rescue Swimmer, Submarine Dolphins, Special Boat Teams, and is A Navy SEAL that has assignments with Seal Teams 3,1,Naval Special Warfare Group, and Special Operations Command. He has combat deployments to Baghdad, Fallujah, Rhamadi, Haditha, Al Asad, and Columbia. My guest since retiring has worked with the Honor Foundation, and the Warriors and Whiskey Club, an organization that partners with various veteran charities and veteran owned businesses that are dedicated to improve our veteran community. After all those years of service we are going to hear the true story of what a career like that does to you mentally and physically. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Tim Fedrick.
Episode 120: Mark Zinno “(Col.) U.S. Army/Hazard Ground Podcast”
This week in the studio a man who while attending college initially joined ROTC in order to help pay for his college. After graduating from college he was commissioned as a 2nd LT in the United States Army and was assigned to Ft. Hood. My guest left active duty after a few years but decided to continue to serve his country in the National Guard where he still serves today as the Commander of the Land Dominance Center at Ft. Stewart, GA. My guest was involved in two combat deployments to Baghdad where among his other awards he received two Bronze Stars. The interesting thing about this weeks is that he has made the transition from Military to Civilian Life 3 times throughout his career and this has given him some insight to be able to help Veterans through an organization called Merging Vets and Players who help men and women through mentoring and coaching to the highest levels of performance. My guest is also the host of the Hazard Ground podcast which spotlights veterans stories for the public to see and hear, but he also a full time sports broadcaster out of Atlanta, GA where he now resides. It is my pleasure to introduce Mark Zinno.
Really enjoy the podcast, keep em coming!
Love the show and guests!!!
Apparently the best stories are true…
With thought provoking questions and a great conversational style, DJ gets these guys to open up and discuss in ways they haven’t before, shedding a visceral light on their truth.
Plus, he sounds like the kind of guy who you’d want to have a beer with. 🍻