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.
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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S2E10 Lt. Col. Onnie Retkofsky - Resilience through spirit!
Resilience isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution. It’s different for everyone and figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Air Force Special Operations Command Division Chief for the integration of Air Force resiliency programs and Special Operations Command’s Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program’s, Lt. Col. Onnie Retkofsky talks with SOFcast about tapping into her own spiritual drive that helped her accomplish becoming a 5x Ironman All World Athlete and 12x Ironman finisher. Lt. Col. Retkofsky also shares some ways to help you find your own focus for resilience.
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S2E9 SOF Caucus - A bipartisan look at SOF
SOFcast goes to Washington! Hosts CCM Greg Smith and SGM Parrish sat down with representatives from both sides of the aisle during last year's SOF Caucus to discuss their support for SOF operations, family, and what they’re doing for SOF’s readiness.
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)
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S2E8 Brad Thomas - Rocker, Ranger, and SMU Commando
Brad Thomas is one of those people you can’t put into a box. He’s an Army Ranger who fought in Gothic Serpent (aka Black Hawk Down), became an SMU Commando, and now makes music alongside other SOF veterans in the band Silence and Light. SOFcast hosts CCM Greg Smith and SGM Matt Parrish talked with Brad about his experience in SOF, finding his tribe, and how music connects him to fellow veterans.
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S2E7 Dr. David Kilcullen - Counterterrorism and Strategic Competition
The last 20 years of GWOT and counter-insurgency has dramatically shaped today’s force. Dr. David Kilcullen has been at the forefront of those shaping policies and strategies. Dr. Kilcullen joins the hosts of SOFcast to discuss how the lessons learned from GWOT (the good and the bad) will be applied to the future of SOF and where those lessons fit in Strategic Competition.
Dr. David Kilcullen is the former senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Patreus and former Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department. He’s also the author of The Accidental Guerrilla, Counterinsurgency, Out of the Mountains, Blood Year, and The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West
S2E6 Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) Ramón Colón-López
The Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, SEAC Ramón Colón-López, joins SOFcast to talk about the role of SOF in Great Power Competition, getting the record straight on diversity in the ranks, and what he’s doing to preserve the mission of special operations at the highest levels of decision-making.
SEAC Ramón Colón-López is the 4th Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman and a USAF Pararescueman.
S2E5 Maj Carly Costello and CPT Julia Pleasants - Women in SOF
Women have long had a place in Special Operations, but recent changes in policies has broadened the opportunities for women to serve in SOF positions previously offered only to men. These opportunities have come with it’s share of criticism regarding culture, standards, and equality.
Maj Carly Costello and CPT Julia Pleasants join the hosts of SOFcast to discuss the role of Women in SOF; how these new roles are critical to the future of SOCOM and how do we ensure these trailblazers get a fair shot at doing their job without being hindered by a spotlight.
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International SOF perspective from NSHQ
Great conversations like how it is tied to the team room.
My idea for new content:
I would like to hear a conversation with our NSHQ SELs perspective. I think this is important as we shift away from AFG a NATO mission and we move towards GPC. We will again be Combined with NATO SOF. How do we leverage the lessons learned of why NSHQ was created to the next ridge line. We must do it with NATO so hearing there perspective now will shape tomorrow.
Worth the listen. Every episode.
As a civilian treating retired Green Berets and dear friends with active duty members of 10th group this podcast has been an invaluable resource. More than anything it got me through the recent deployment of my best friend. Beyond the insight into their world, I have been honored to listen to stories, discover leadership and life lessons in every episode. This podcast has given me a home and a safe place. It is a testament to the character of the SOF community and the culture of family, team, and service we can all learn from. I could go on but the point is listen. Worth it.
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