HeroFront is a veteran owned podcast. We listen to inspiring stories from some of the greatest "heroes" around the world to include leaders in business, inspiring authors, innovative entrepreneurs, and motivational speakers. They all share stories of resilience and hope to inspire those struggling with their mental health. Some of these heroes you have never heard of until now.
Sit back, relax, and let's listen to a LEGEND build their legacy.
Don MacPherson - Modern Leadership For A Rapidly Changing World
"I am passionate about creating positive employee experiences, teaching leaders to be more effective, and helping people reach their full performance potential, both at and outside of work. It's impossible for a person to be their best self if they are disengaged at work. That's why it's so important to create workplaces that are concerned about the well-being of their people. When employees are highly engaged, they live happier, fuller, healthier lives, their organizations flourish, and our society benefits as well."
0:00 - Get to know Don
7:50 - How to rapidly build teams
13:24 - Flexibility; freedom
13:35 - What I like about it is risk. Creating something from nothing.
18:55 - First question for entrepreneurs - How confident are you in YOU?
19:12 - Second question - How much money do you really need?
19:53 - Third question - Can you sell?
21:20 - "I Surrounded myself with people who had an elevated mindset."
31:05 - Learned how to be a leader by interacting with young people.
32:14 - Staying relevant.
33:42 - Leaders moral obligation is to prepare people for change.
34:35 - Constantly being reinvented and learning.
37:25 - What the future looks like for humanity.
42:50 - Brother Ali
47:30 - Lessons learned from mentoring juveniles in prison.
53:05 - The happiness formula
1:01:25 - Why I love Don so much
CMSgt Court Sartain: The Pursuit of Purpose - There Are No Do-Overs…But There Are Second Chances
Chief Master Sergeant Courtenay "Court" M. Sartain is the Senior Enlisted Leader for the 668th Alteration Installation Squadron, Lackland AFB, TX. As Superintendent he is responsible for leading and mentoring 187 military, civilian communication and civil engineering engineers and technicians, supply technicians, and contractors across preventive maintenance and corrective actions, repair and minor construction of infrastructure in support of Department of Defense, Air Force, and other government intelligence agencies.
Chief Master Sergeant Sartain grew up in San Antonio, TX and entered the Air Force in February 1997. After completion of Basic Military Training, he attended technical training at Lackland AFB, TX where he graduated as a Supply Management Apprentice. Chief Sartain then separated from the Air Force after his initial contract and transferred to the Inactive Reserves. After 11 months separation, Sergeant Sartain returned to active duty where he cross-trained and attended technical training at Sheppard AFB, TX as an Electrical Systems Apprentice. During his career he has served at the tactical and operational level of support in various positions including: Logistics, Civil Engineering, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance support, and Joint Engineer Staff. He has deployed numerous times in support of Operation JOINT FORGE, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, AFGANISTAN CONSOLIDASTION III/TRANSITION I, and FREEDOM SENTINEL/ INHERENT RESOLVE
Chief Master Sergeant Sartain is married to Senior Master Sergeant (First Sergeant) MelissaSartain and has two children, Jose Jr. and Alexis.
On this day we honor the memory of Steven DeLuzio w/Surviving Son: Scott DeLuzio
Scott DeLuzio is the author of SURVIVING SON: An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother. He owns an e-commerce software development business and is an Army veteran, having served six years with the Army National Guard, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott’s brother, Steven, was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Unfortunately, Steven was killed in action on August 22, 2010. After returning home, Scott struggled with PTSD and the loss of his only sibling. Scott started Drive On Podcast to connect with current and prior service members. He interviews veterans and civilians to discuss personal triumphs, life experiences, resources, and emotional hardships to give hope and strength to the military community. Scott lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife, Vicki DeLuzio, and their three children.
Surviving Son is a compelling true story that provides the reader with an insight into the life of a combat infantryman who fought in Afghanistan at the same time as his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action just miles away. Scott takes the reader on a journey through his upper-middle-class childhood to his call to service after 9/11. With college degrees and a bright future ahead of them, they left the safety of suburban life to fight on the front lines in Afghanistan. When Scott was asked why he would do this, he responded, “Why not me?”
The story provides many details that give the reader a clear picture of what it was like to fight for their country in a hostile war zone. Scott explains with raw emotion how he learned of his brother’s death, and minutes later, he was engaged in combat with the Taliban, the same group responsible for his brother’s death. He vividly reveals how he continued to struggle with PTSD from the stresses of combat, the loss of his only sibling, and the transition to civilian life. SGT Steven Joseph DeLuzio, 25, of South Glastonbury, CT, died in battle on Sunday August 22, 2010 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan while serving with the Vermont National Guard. Steven was born on February 25, 1985 in Hartford, CT. He was the beloved son of Mark C. and Diane (Lysik) DeLuzio of South Glastonbury where he lived most of his life. Steven graduated from Glastonbury High School in 2003 and was president of his freshman class. He attended Hofstra University in New York, Norwich University in Vermont and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Hartford in 2009 with a degree in accounting. Before his deployment to Afghanistan, he was employed as an accountant at the CPA firm JH Cohn in Glastonbury. Steven belonged to the Co. A-3/172 Infantry 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MTN) in Jericho, Vermont. This was Steven's second tour of duty as he was deployed in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 earning the Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy Unit Citation from that deployment. For his service in Afghanistan, Steven was also awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, NATO Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
CMSgt Ed Diaz - The Power of Perspective "Toxic Leadership or Toxic Experience?" LIVE! at AFSAPEDS 2022 - Ep 44
Chief Master Sergeant Heriberto Diaz is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, Third Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Third Air Force is U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Numbered Air Force for U.S. European Command as well as the U.S. Air Forces in Africa's Numbered Air Force for U.S. Africa Command, and is comprised of nine active-duty wings, ninety geographically separated units spanning 104 countries across Europe and Africa. As the Numbered Air Force’s Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Diaz advises the commander on issues affecting the readiness, organization, training, health, welfare, morale, development, and utilization of 30,000 Airmen.
Chief Diaz is from Playas, New Mexico and enlisted in the Air Force in 1995. He has served in various duties in Munitions Maintenance, Operations
Intelligence, Airman Development, and Senior Leadership positions. The Chief has a vast experience in the joint environment serving in combat with the US Army and Marine Corps, with a background in Security Cooperation. His broad range and depth of expertise includes weapons research and
development, 24hr indications and warning operations, targeting analysis, Threat to Air Operations analysis, Airborne Intelligence analysis onboard the
E-8C/JSTRS, Department of Defense airborne ISR operations management, and combat operations training in Latin America supporting
SOUTHCOM priorities. Furthermore, Chief Diaz served as Commandant for the Erwin Professional Military Education Center, and as Command Chief for Air Mobility forces in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Chief Diaz has deployed on multiple occasions in direct support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.
(This discussion is not endorsed by the USAF, it is a fun discussion between friends with the hope someone can gain positive insight)
Chad Hardesty - "Being ME got me HERE" Innovating + Risk Taking + Authenticity = Chad! Ep 42
Chad is the Commandant for the Edwards Airman Leadership School at Edwards AFB and gives us his top 5 lessons learned running the schoolhouse. He spent 14 years and 2 special duties in the security forces and enlisted professional military education communities. Currently, he develop's entry level supervisors through a five week leadership development course. Additionally, he's grown a passion for driving digital transformation through the education lenses while building an innovation eco-system across the Air Force within the educational community. He's managed many initiatives focused on human performance, talent management and emerging technologies with tech industry. Since 2016, he has worked with multiple universities and industry partners nationwide to address education challenges across the Air Force. His work with AFWERX has spurred multiple solutions that have scaled across the U.S Air Force and Army. Chad's efforts have also launched many products and prototypes focused on human capital and micro-transportation. Chad lives in Lancaster, California with his wife and soon to be first child on the way, and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports & Health Science.
Conversation Talking Points:
0:00 - Intro
2:03 - Who would play you in a movie?
3:23 - What book should every Airman read?
6:05 - How did your mentor help you find your ‘why’?
7:18 - “Being ME got me HERE”
8:41 - Top 5 Lessons learned from Airman Leadership School
13:58 - Lesson 1: Talk less and listen more.Act on what Airmen tell you.
16:20 - Leveraging SMEs “I don’t want to help everybody, I want to give everybody the opportunity to help others”
18:07 - Lesson 2: Be authentic! Being authentic is more inspiring than the process.
21:25 - Were you ever uncomfortable being your authentic self?
23:06 - Why leadership takes courage.
24:13 - Lesson 3: I’m OK…You’re OK. Start from the position that everyone is doing the best they can. Learn to encourage and support, which is more rewarding than finding fault.
28:53 - Lesson 4: Being right isn’t enough. Make Airmen’s ideas a reality.
31:05 - Having a “good idea” is only half the battle - Getting it supported is the other half.
34:16 - Lesson 5: Everyone has a story - Find a way for Airmen to tell their story in a way they understand.
40:28 - Not sharing ideas and resources and how this mentality will put us behind.
41:36 - The advantage of risk taking.
47:18 - Why I love Chad so much and AF Quarantine University.
"We Both Had A Plan, We Both Failed" Picking up the Pieces and Navigating Our New Life - LIVE! At Black Rifle Coffee (Niceville)
Myself and Mike Rosa sit down at Black Rifle Coffee in Niceville Florida to catch up. We moved from Whiteman AFB, Missouri to Eglin Afb Florida back in the fall of 2021 - At that time we were on top of the world and killing it in our careers. Everything that could go right - did go right - the sky was the limit and we were thrilled for our futures. Unfortunately, we both hit a dead end in our own unique way and this closed the door on our "Plan A" We were now facing the reality that a "Plan B" had to exist - where do we go from here?
Talking Points - Time Stamps:
0:00 - intro
1:17 - Mike Rosa
2:54 - Clear path
3:03 - Believed I could
4:00 - Cross training
7:34 - Been top notch
8:31 - Six months in a eight month course
8:55 - Failed test three times - got separated from program
10:42 - Josh - the worst career experience
11:06 - Josh - all time low; questioning my self worth and purpose
11:40 - Josh - that plan not happening anymore
12:35 - Mike - first time majored failed
15:28 - Mike - not healthy basing self worth making it in EOD
16:27 - Josh - caught up in titles or accomplishments for validation
17:30 - Josh - one thing learned - all eggs in one basket - no plan B
18:00 - Josh - caring too much what people thought
19:56 - Josh - be confident even when attacked
20:10 - Josh - rooted & confident In yourself & abilities without appraisals of others
30:36 - Josh - had good ideas but officer in charge shot it down
32:30 - Mike - take my ideas; giving me creative room; the one in charge not in control of it takes a lot of self growth
34:20 - Mike - washed out - what next?
36:36 - Mike - self respect by doing my job the best of my ability
38:20 - Josh - retire at 20. It hit me when I applied for a special duty and did not get it
42:42 - Final Thoughts - don’t invest in degradable aspects in life
Top podcast for me
Been in for almost 4 years out of my 6 year contract and this is the podcast that convinced me to stay in. It gives junior enlisted the ability to see leadership as a human rather than a rank. Time to see it through to the end. So many good nuggets of information.
Exploring Unique Military Stories
Passionate stories of service members and tge lives tgey lead.
Conversations that Matter
Authenticity, Courage and Wit are what you will find when you listen to Josh. The service member/veteran experience is a paradox of belonging to one of the most amazing teams in the world while often feeling alone and isolated because of that service. Josh knows that in that service are a myriad of challenges, adventures and setbacks, and in each a range of emotions that are easier to process if we’re brave enough to talk through them. He’s not afraid of the hard, messy stuff -- providing a light and path to anyone who listens. Most of all he leaves the listener feeling like we’re all in this together, and together we’ll get through it.