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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

    John David Mann, Writer and Co-author of "Steel Fear"

    John David Mann, Writer and Co-author of "Steel Fear"

    On this week's podcast episode SOFREP Managing Editor Sean Spoonts sits down and talks with best-selling writer and Steel Fear co-author John David Mann.
    John Mann is a very prolific writer having penned 28 books on business and leadership. He is also a close collaborator of SOFREP founder Brandon Webb. Starting in 2012 with Red Circle, John and Brandon have worked together on six books.
    John talks about their latest book, Steel Fear. The book was inspired by a series of molestation incidents, which took place on board the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, during the early days of female sailors being allowed to serve on board U.S. Navy ships. The serial molester was never caught. This gave the idea to Brandon of creating a book about a serial killer on board an aircraft carrier.
    To accurately represent and convey the image and feel of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the average reader, John, with the help of Sean, had to extensively research aircraft carriers for a number of years. And thanks to Sean's help he also got to visit the USS Lincoln where he received a great welcome.
    Further, John talks about the creative challenge of giving enough information to the reader while not giving away too much. Fans of mysteries and thrillers will know that this is a difficult balance to strike.
    Join us for another entertaining episode of SOFREP Radio as we delve into the backstage of a military thriller's creation.
    If you are interested you can purchase Steel Fear here.
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    • 40 min
    Ramon Castro Continues His Fight

    Ramon Castro Continues His Fight

    On this week's episode, SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri catches up with Marine Corps veteran and founder of American Veterans Homefront Initiative Ramon Castro in his journey along the southern U.S. border.
    Ramon is walking the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to raise attention to the very important issue of foreign-born American military veterans being deported after their service comes to an end.
    Many of these veterans suffer from PTSD or combat-related injuries. Nevertheless, they have no access to Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare services. As a result, their suffering intensifies.
    American Veterans Homefront Initiative calculates that thousands of foreign-born veterans have been deported since 1996 when legislation changed. The issue hasn't been addressed by any of the administrations since.
    As Ramon specifies, this isn't a political issue but an American one.
    By some estimates, the number of green card holders in the U.S. military could be as high as 90,000-100,000. These men and women face the prospect of deportation after their green card expires.
    President Biden has said that the issue is a priority for him. His administration has issued a statement saying that they will look into the problem, yet, so far, nothing has happened and the deportations continue.
    You can find more about the cause and ways to contribute by visiting American Veterans Homefront Initiative's website at https://www.americanveteranshomefrontinitiative.com/. SOFREP will continue to be in touch with Ramon as he brings awareness to this very important issue.
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    • 31 min
    Mindy Kotler Smith, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society

    Mindy Kotler Smith, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society

    On this week's special podcast SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with Mindy Kotler Smith of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society.
    Steve and Mindy talk about the Prisoner of War (POW) experience and the ordeals POWs underwent in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
    Perhaps the most well-known is the Bataan Death March. The Death March has gone down infamously in history for the cruelty of the Japanese captors and the resilience of the American and Filipino captives. Nevertheless, there were many other lesser-known similar events such as Corregidor and Palawan Massacre.
    As Mindy Kotler Smith says, death marches and cruelty by the Japanese in the Pacific were systemic, and contrary to later Japanese claims, they were not isolated incidents. 
    The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society was founded in 1946 by Sam Moody.
    Moody was a POW who had survived the Bataan Death March and then had to endure slave labor in mainland Japan. Moody understood that the only ones who could really connect to other POWs were POWs themselves as they had undergone the same hardships.
     
    Tune in to a somber and revelatory SOFREP episode.
      
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    • 56 min
    Ramon Castro, President of American Veterans Homefront Initiative

    Ramon Castro, President of American Veterans Homefront Initiative

    On this week's special podcast SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with Marine Corps veteran and founder of American Veterans Homefront Initiative Ramon Castro.
    Ramon is walking the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to raise attention to the very important issue of foreign-born American military veterans being deported after their service comes to an end.
    American Veterans Homefront Initiative calculates that thousands of foreign-born veterans have been deported since 1996 when legislation changed. The issue hasn't been addressed by any of the administrations since.
    Ramon Castro also discusses his motivation for tackling this problem, which, for too long, has not received the attention it should have. Fortunately, Ramon's walk has drawn the attention of politicians at the local level.
    President Biden has said that the issue is a priority for him. His administration has issued a statement saying that they will look into the problem, yet, so far, nothing has happened.
    Join us for another episode of SOFREP Radio and help bring to light an issue that casts shame on America. The veterans who have served the United States should be naturalized and not brushed under the carpet.
    You can find more about the cause and ways to contribute by visiting American Veterans Homefront Initiative's website at https://www.americanveteranshomefrontinitiative.com/.
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    • 18 min
    A Double Dose of SOFREP, July 4, Prizes and More Prizes, and Free Fox Nation!

    A Double Dose of SOFREP, July 4, Prizes and More Prizes, and Free Fox Nation!

    On this week's special podcast SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri is joined by SOFREP Managing Editor Sean Spoonts and they bring you a plethora of goodies.
    July 4 is upon us. Steve and Sean recount memorable July 4 celebrations they've had around the world and how their British friends treat the day. 
    But we want to make this July 4 especially memorable for our veteran and active-duty friends. So, in celebration of July 4, SOFREP has partnered with Fox Nation bringing you one year of Fox Nation for free! 
    Fox Nation has a very strong patriotic programming that will appeal to anyone from the history buff to the wilderness enthusiast. Scroll to the end to find more information and sign up.
    But there is more. 
    Join SOFREP between July 1 and September 30 and get the chance to win fantastic prizes including an iPhone 12 Pro, a Galaxy S21 Ultra, and two must-have everyday carry items, the Emerson Commander knife, and Surefire's E2D Defender Ultra flashlight. You can find more information here and here. 
    Tune in to a celebratory episode of SOFREP Radio.
     
    This July 4, SOFREP has partnered with Fox Nation. From July 1 to July 4, if you are a veteran or on active duty, you can get an entire year of Fox Nation for free! Yes, you heard that right. One year. For free.
    Just click on the link below to sign up.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Spencer Coursen, Author of "Safety Trap" and Professional Security Expert

    Spencer Coursen, Author of "Safety Trap" and Professional Security Expert

    On this week's podcast SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with Spencer Coursen author of the Safety Trap and professional security expert.
    The two discuss personal security and safety and how we can achieve them in our everyday lives. After all, an informed society is a safe society.
    Spencer highlights the important difference between safety and security and how a wrong perception of the former may lead to a compromise of the latter. He points out that probably the most dangerous time during a security event is not at its beginning but at its end. This is because as an event unfolds the window of opportunity to escape gets smaller while the confidence of the attacker increases.
    Further, Spencer explains how regardless of circumstances, the number-one factor of target selection by a perpetrator is the likelihood of success. Perpetrators will go after the weakest. Therefore, the more you're promoting your protective posture the least likely you'll be made a target.
    The pair talks about the five Ds of home security: Deter, Detect, Deny, Delay, Defend
    Importantly, Spencer explains why "sheltering in place" and "run-hide-fight" approaches in many cases don't make sense.
    Nevertheless, his message isn't that we should live in constant fear, but that we should be vigilant and aware.
    SOFREP recently reviewed The Safety Trap and highly recommends it to our audience. You can purchase the book here or at your favorite bookstore.
    Tune in to a very informative and eye-opening episode of SOFREP Radio.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

donniebaker420 ,

Good podcast

I really enjoy the guests you have but it always sounds like they’re on the phone and not in person. Just seems like it would be better and better sound quality if they did it in person. Also you guys kind of discuss irrelevant topics for what seems to be an absurdly long time so I have to skip forward until I hear the guests voice then rewind to find the beginning of their interview. Chose to listen to an episode because I admire the guest and wanted to hear it and the episode was only a hour long but you guys talked about your personal lives and other topics for 31 minutes, not here to hear about your take on girls being able to join the Boy Scouts for a half hour. Other than poor audio quality and the pre guest discussions, it’s a decent podcast.

BertMack ,

Dumpster Fire

This place has become a dumpster fire supporting the lefts agenda to bring communism into our country. I’m done.

who cares about politics ,

What!!!

Worst commercial timing ever. Widow ralking about losing her husband and you have a commercial talking about shaving your nuts

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