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Patriot to the Core is a project where I interview patriots who serve not only our country but also their fellow man. This provides an opportunity to learn about everyday Americans who go above and beyond to protect us all and to help others. Many of my guests are military but not all.



We talk fighting terrorism, self protection, exercise, mental toughness, charity, parenting and occasionally pop culture and politics. Although we rarely talk deep politics, opinions are shared. I think all interviews are uplifting and positive.



Please follow and subscribe so we can have many seasons to come. Send suggestions and questions to me at thad@patriottothecore.com. Hope you enjoy!

Patriot to the Core Thad Forester

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Patriot to the Core is a project where I interview patriots who serve not only our country but also their fellow man. This provides an opportunity to learn about everyday Americans who go above and beyond to protect us all and to help others. Many of my guests are military but not all.



We talk fighting terrorism, self protection, exercise, mental toughness, charity, parenting and occasionally pop culture and politics. Although we rarely talk deep politics, opinions are shared. I think all interviews are uplifting and positive.



Please follow and subscribe so we can have many seasons to come. Send suggestions and questions to me at thad@patriottothecore.com. Hope you enjoy!

    Ep 077 | My Interview on “The Game” | Throwback from 2012

    Ep 077 | My Interview on “The Game” | Throwback from 2012

    Throwback to my interview with Mick Gillispie and Ryan Fowler on “The Game” radio show in February 2012.







    Mick has been a big supporter of The Mark Forester Foundation since its inception. And in this interview we cover many topics surrounding Mark’s education, time in military, final battle, The American Fallen Soldiers Project, fundraisers and Mark’s foundation.







    As you’ll hear in my intro, I’m having a difficult time interviewing lately, but have people with compelling stories lined up. It’s all a matter of time, and right now, our family is having to constantly “recalibrate”.







    Here are links to what we discussed today:







    Bama Gone but Not Forgotten – Thomas “Jake” Jaichner







    An American Hero Comes Home – Major Troy Gilbert







    The American Fallen Soldiers Project – Univ of Alabama







    Lifetime’s “Coming Home”







    Tennessee Smokies Honor Mark







    JAG 28 Memorial Birthday Walk







    Follow Mick at:







    Bama Insider







    Cubs TV











    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 24 min
    Ep 076 – Special: Brig. Gen. Gwyn Armfield | Behind the scenes of our Next-of-Kin notifications

    Ep 076 – Special: Brig. Gen. Gwyn Armfield | Behind the scenes of our Next-of-Kin notifications

    Sept 29, 2020 is the 10th anniversary of Mark Forester’s death in Afghanistan. The picture in this post is Mark’s body being taken from the C-17 at Dover AFB for the Dignified Transfer.







    My guest is General Robert Armfield who was Mark’s group commander in 2010. Armfield was also at Dover when Mark’s body arrived, he visited our home to provide additional details of his death, and was in the background helping lead the notification activities.







    We discuss how they arranged simultaneously notifying our family, how they watched Mom and Dad’s home until Dad got home from work. Why they called the sheriff before they delivered the news and how they prepare to bring this news that rocks someone’s world instantly. He also shares the purpose of that last big mission Mark and his team were on. It was great to have this experienced, American warfighter on the show and we appreciate him reflecting on Mark’s death from Gwyn’s unique perspective.











    “I cannot think of another Air Force general who has more combat time than Brig. Gen. Armfield,” said retired Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, former commander of Air Force Special Operations Command and officiant of Armfield’s retirement ceremony.



















    Learn more about Brig. Gen. Armfield here







    Mentioned in this show:







    HBO original movie: Taking Chance







    *PTC is on Patreon.  If you like what you’re hearing please check out how you can help the cause so I can provide quality content and keep on keeping on!







    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 53 min
    Ep 075 – Dan Skidmore | Former CCT, GORUCK Dir. of Training

    Ep 075 – Dan Skidmore | Former CCT, GORUCK Dir. of Training

    Dan Skidmore spent nine years as an Air Force combat controller. As a member of this elite group, he deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other locations across the globe.







    He is a member of Force Blue , which unites the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine conservation for the betterment of both.







    Dan is also the Director of Training for GORUCK – a gear, apparel, footwear, and events company that I’m a big fan of.







    In this episode we cover three main topics: CCT, GORUCK and one of his businesses, Ruck Wrap, which promotes recovery and injury prevention by compression and teaches how to “maintain your machine.”







    At the end, I got his opinion on professional athletes kneeling for the National Anthem.







    I hope you enjoy this hard-charging, health and fitness advocate that I enjoy following on Instagram.







    Follow Dan on Facebook below:







    https://www.facebook.com/daniel.skidmore.5







    *PTC is on Patreon.  If you like what you’re hearing please check out how you can help the cause so I can provide quality content and keep on keeping on!







    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 074 – Memorial Day Special: Bobby Bonello Escorting Mark’s Body to Dover – The Angel Flight

    Ep 074 – Memorial Day Special: Bobby Bonello Escorting Mark’s Body to Dover – The Angel Flight

    Today Mark’s friend and teammate tells us what it was like to get the news of Mark’s death, how he got a risky flight out of his FOB and met up with Mark so he could escort his buddy back to the states as part of the Angel Flight.







    This episode is solely about Bobby Bonello and Mark Forester.  Even though much of what is discussed is written in my book, I wanted to have an oral history and capture Bobby’s feelings and some details that were left out of the book.







    Seeing Bobby at Dover AFB for the Dignified Transfer was somewhat comforting.  He knew Mark and knew us.  Up until then, our notifications had been from those who knew Mark, but we didn’t really know.







    Bobby was visibly shaken and had a sort of blank look in his face when we first saw him.  Probably how we looked too.







    The picture above is Bobby at Mark’s casket/transfer case in a C-17 in Kandahar, just before leaving for Dover AFB.  Although barely being able to see Bobby’s face, he looks shaken, worn and upset.  I still can’t tell you who took these pictures, but they were a friend of a family friend who happened to be there.  Amazingly this person found out who it was and made the connection, got the pics to his friend, who then sent to me.  It was only a matter a days after this happened.







    And hope you enjoy clips of the song used.  Credit to Radney Foster, Angel Flight.







    **originally aired Sept. 29, 2017 as episode 038**







    *PTC is on Patreon.  If you like what you’re hearing please check out how you can help the cause so I can provide quality content and keep on keeping on!







    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 54 min
    Ep 073 – Linda Ambard | Courageously Alive

    Ep 073 – Linda Ambard | Courageously Alive

    It seemed Linda Ambard was the last person to find out about her husband, Maj. Philip Ambard’s death. The media knew, her co-workers knew and even some of her children found out via social media.







    Linda shares why her late husband immigrated to the United States, learned English, along with 7 other languages, and then chose to join the Air Force.







    Her notification and details of this death were far from effective, but we know who his killer was. It was an insider–someone he and his teammates trusted. Since, she’s been on a mission to help the Air Force know where to improve and to help military spouses understand how to avoid some of the challenges she faced in the days following his death.







    Linda still doesn’t have clear answers, but she’s forgiven Phil’s killer (who killed a total of 9 Americans that day) and has “hope” for the Afghan people.







    Since his death, she’s run 55 marathons (total of 200) on six continents. She’s been on the Antarctica Marathon waiting list and will accomplish that goal in 2021. She’s a champion of getting outside, running, and relying on your faith to get thru challenges. She’s a woman of action and change. It was great having her on Patriot to the Core!







    You can get her book here and learn more about her husband Maj. Phil Ambard: Courageously Alive







    Afghan Pilot wanted to kill Americans







    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.comRock Tune by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)







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    • 47 min
    Ep 072 – Mark Lauren | Bodyweight Master & Best-selling Fitness Author

    Ep 072 – Mark Lauren | Bodyweight Master & Best-selling Fitness Author

    I know I’m not the only one who is getting an increased amount of target marketing on alternatives to gyms. Our current situation that has caused gyms to close didn’t change my routine at all b/c I don’t rely on one. The reason; my exercise strategy changed when I began following Mark Lauren’s programs in January of 2018.







    His quote to me in this episode, which originally aired July 2018, has proven to be ahead of it’s time: “A critical and essential piece to long term fitness is being independent.” Here we discuss how to be independent of a gym membership, unnecessary equipment and much more.







    Back on the show is former Air Force combat controller (CCT) Mark Lauren.  In episode 40, we discussed his early life, time in military and how he implemented his workouts in the CCT pipeline.  Now, we’re talking a little more about how he observed that the fitness industry at large was backward, ineffective, and unsustainable in it’s approach.  So, he created fitness programming that improves performance outside of the gym.







    Lauren’s understanding of athletic fundamentals allows him to create exercise programs for all ability groups that improve performance and physical condition in record time, injury free, by mastering the fundamentals.







    Bodyweight training is Mark’s calling in life.  And I’m a big believer in his philosophy and movements.







    Today we talk about those programs and the success of his app at MarkLauren.com.







    Follow Mark on Instagram







    *Originally aired July 9, 2018*







    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com







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    • 54 min

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It is so refreshing to hear stories from genuine people that love and serve their country. Listening to these accounts is a powerful reminder of what principle and people our liberties and freedoms are built upon.

Thad is so genuine in his approach and the guests he brings introduces us to share incredible stories that need to be heard and contain lessons for us all.

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Thad, I love that you have a wide variety of guest with very interesting stories. You put a lot of research into your interviews. And I like that you actually let your guest do most of the talking.

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