10 episodes

Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss leadership and current issues. Hear from special operations personnel like Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, Army Rangers, Marine Raiders, Air Force Special Operators, pilots, medics, communicators, and more! Join our hosts, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Leader Greg Smith and Green Beret Sgt. Major Matt Parrish, as they speak with special operations guests, past and present, about their experiences.

SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. The Special Operations Command Enterprise consists of special operations personnel and enablers from across all of the military services and this podcast is a rare opportunity to hear their stories directly from those that lived them!

USSOCOM comprises some of the best leaders in the world and SOFcast highlights and connects these leaders’ stories and lessons learned to our worldwide audience. SOFcast gives the Special Operations community a place to share authentic stories and adventures to make us better, safer, and more effective. Sharing our unique perspectives and experiences creates a distinct opportunity to shape current and future SOF through conversations. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.

BONUS EPISODES - every few episodes our hosts will welcome a guest for a special “Shots from the Field” episode. These episodes feature real questions from SOF members about real issues within our force. Our panelists have 15 minutes per topic to give real in-depth answers that go beyond the Command talking points. These episodes are filled with back-and-forth debate and argument from the “devil’s advocate” side in order to get to the heart of some really controversial and relevant current issues. If you have a topic you’d like to hear discussed, please leave a comment!

This is the official special operations podcast. These are our stories. New episodes released every two weeks.

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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast

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    • Government
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss leadership and current issues. Hear from special operations personnel like Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, Army Rangers, Marine Raiders, Air Force Special Operators, pilots, medics, communicators, and more! Join our hosts, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Leader Greg Smith and Green Beret Sgt. Major Matt Parrish, as they speak with special operations guests, past and present, about their experiences.

SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. The Special Operations Command Enterprise consists of special operations personnel and enablers from across all of the military services and this podcast is a rare opportunity to hear their stories directly from those that lived them!

USSOCOM comprises some of the best leaders in the world and SOFcast highlights and connects these leaders’ stories and lessons learned to our worldwide audience. SOFcast gives the Special Operations community a place to share authentic stories and adventures to make us better, safer, and more effective. Sharing our unique perspectives and experiences creates a distinct opportunity to shape current and future SOF through conversations. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.

BONUS EPISODES - every few episodes our hosts will welcome a guest for a special “Shots from the Field” episode. These episodes feature real questions from SOF members about real issues within our force. Our panelists have 15 minutes per topic to give real in-depth answers that go beyond the Command talking points. These episodes are filled with back-and-forth debate and argument from the “devil’s advocate” side in order to get to the heart of some really controversial and relevant current issues. If you have a topic you’d like to hear discussed, please leave a comment!

This is the official special operations podcast. These are our stories. New episodes released every two weeks.

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SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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#specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast

    10 - CSM (Ret) Rick Lamb - Green Beret and Ranger legend

    10 - CSM (Ret) Rick Lamb - Green Beret and Ranger legend

    Do tactical actions have strategic implications? Indeed, they do. Join SOF legend Rick Lamb talking about his experiences preparing for the Iranian hostage rescue mission, participation in the firefight in the Korean demilitarized zone, the Panamanian invasion, being wounded in Somalia during the Blackhawk down rescue and finally being a warrior diplomat in Haiti. The former Army Command Sergeant Major also opens up about how multiple deployments affected his personal life.

    The former Ranger and Green Beret is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, USSOCOM’s Commando Hall of Honor and the 2015 Bull Simons recipient for lifetime achievements in special operations. We know you’ll enjoy hearing his historical perspectives on the special operations community and as he delivers his “Soldiers Promise.”

    • 2 hr 1 min
    09 - MGySgt Jay Root - Marine Raider and Joint Leader

    09 - MGySgt Jay Root - Marine Raider and Joint Leader

    Do we do enough to understand differing perspectives? Join Master Gunnery Sgt. Jay Root, a former Force Recon Marine who helped stand up Marine Forces Special Operations Command, explore leadership topics and competing perspectives. The MARSOC plank holder discusses the challenges navigating friction points, the importance of interoperability with International Special Operations Forces, and the battlefield injuries leading to his Purple Heart. We know you’ll enjoy hearing from one of the establishing members of MARSOC.

    • 51 min
    08 - Shots from the Field with Col Allison Black - pioneering Air Force Special Operations aviator

    08 - Shots from the Field with Col Allison Black - pioneering Air Force Special Operations aviator

    Air Force Colonel Allison Black, a pioneering aviator in Air Force Special Operations, is this episode’s guest. The former enlisted survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist became an officer and AC-130H navigator. She discusses what it is like being a leader in special operations today, how a “mission-first” philosophy is the foundation of her career, and what brought her into military service.

    Black, alongside USSOCOM Command Senior Enlisted Leader Greg Smith and Green Beret Matt Parrish, take “shots from the field” about standards, diversity and inclusion, roles of the senior enlisted leaders, the importance of being apolitical, and whether the word “elite” is an appropriate way to describe Special Operations Forces. We know you’ll enjoy hearing their philosophies on these issues facing SOF.

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    SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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    #specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast

    • 1 hr 30 min
    07 - CMSgt (Ret) Will Markham - Air Force Combat Controller

    07 - CMSgt (Ret) Will Markham - Air Force Combat Controller

    Do you remember where you were and what you were doing in the weeks following 9/11?  In October of 2001, Will Markham, one of the first Americans deployed into combat for the Global War on Terrorism, touched down in Afghanistan attached to a small Special Forces team. Listen to his first-hand account of how a joint team of adaptive special operators battled the Taliban.  

    CMSgt (Ret) Will Markham served an incredible career as an Air Force Combat Controller and Senior Enlisted Leader, but he also continues to serve the community post-retirement.  He discusses what brought him to military service, then to special operations, and what motivates him to continue to serve others daily.  We know you’ll enjoy hearing his lessons learned, leadership ethos, and thoughts on mentorship and growth throughout this episode.



    Thanks for listening and please like, subscribe, and review! Let us know in the comments who you’d like to hear from in future episodes!

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    SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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    #specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast

    • 1 hr 18 min
    06 - DB - Naval Flight Officer

    06 - DB - Naval Flight Officer

    Special Operations Forces Truth #5: Most special operations require non-SOF support
    How does a female Naval flight officer describe her time working with Naval Special Warfare units?

    “I felt like as soon as I went into Naval Special Warfare ‘Do you perform? Do you put in the effort? Do you care?’ and if you have the tenacity and grit to make it happen people will respect that and so I knew I had to earn my place... The door might be closed for certain things, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t open it.”

    Our guest shares her experiences with NSW as special operations forces enabler and how the SOF community encompasses the support personnel that are behind the scenes.
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    SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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    #specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast

    • 1 hr 6 min
    05 - Maj Frank Anello - Marine Forces Special Operations Raider

    05 - Maj Frank Anello - Marine Forces Special Operations Raider

    Would you give up a day of skydiving to be a guest on our podcast? Major Frank Anello, Marine Forces Special Operations Raider did just that for this episode.

    “I was 100% sure either the bad guys were going to come back up the mountain and we were going to have a bad firefight or we were going to die of exposure. I was very sure we were in a bad place.” Challenges aren’t just downrange. They can be with a leader you don't agree with or dealing with mental health issues.

    Hear how these special operators dealt with the mountain top battles and the battles that are on the inside.
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    SOFcast is the U.S. Special Operations Command official podcast where we harness the power of storytelling to connect you directly to thought-provoking and unique perspectives from our force. Listen to members of America's elite special operations forces gather to discuss current issues. We believe that leadership is critically important at all levels, throughout every element of SOF and that leadership can be honed through hearing and understanding the trials and triumphs of others.
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    #specialoperations #specialforces #military #sof #army #navy #marines #airforce #navyseal #sealteam #frogman #greenberet #ranger #marsoc #operator #tactical #theonlyeasydaywasyesterday #podcast

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

lukeboy853 ,

Enriching Content

Having worked with and around the SOF community for 10 years I’m constantly looking for ways to learn and stay connected to the community. I just listened to my first SOFCast with Frank Anello as the guest and it was fantastic! The level of transparency, humility and real conversation was excellent. The 80:00 flew by. Have subscribed and will listen often going forward.

JThorne86 ,

SOFC4ISR

I have worked for the USSOCOM RIS Program for over 14 years and have helped to support, alongside my team, the SOFC4ISR Tactical community with great pride and this podcast is such a great opportunity for myself and my team to understand the Enterprise community, hear stories of those battalions / units / SOF groups that we have supported for years. The utmost respect to you and the tactical community.

seminole_wind_24 ,

Great Conversations

Being a Soldier that has only supported the SOF community a couple times throughout my 20 years, this podcast provides great insight to pieces of the puzzle that conventional Army SELs are missing in today’s OE. Definitely would recommend this Podcast to all of the SELs that I work with at the strategic level.

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