U.S. Army Veteran and Founder of Combat Flags, Dan Berei, gets deep with active duty service members and veterans to understand what brought them to serve in the United States military. The Combat Flags Podcast moves beyond war stories to chronicle and understand why some choose to serve when most others don’t. With veterans, we take the discussion a step further to uncover the good, the bad and the ugly about the transition from the military back to the civilian sector.
015: Brian Andrews
In this episode I talk with Brian Andrews, Navy veteran and best-selling author. We talk about Brian's decision to join the military by way of ROTC, how he became a submariner with almost no engineering experience, and what his transition to civilian life looked like.
Brian has had an unusual life post-service, becoming a best-selling author of military thriller books. Taking a key lesson from his time in the military, Brian teamed up with fellow writer Jeff Wilson to develop a series of books that are absolutely captivating.
Brian teases their upcoming book - Sons of Valor - that officially launches on June 8. If you're a fan of Vince Flynn (the Mitch Rapp series) or Jack Carr (the James Reece series), you need to add this new series from Brian and Jeff to your summer reading list.
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014: Bryce Mahoney
Meet Bryce Mahoney - U.S. Army Ranger Veteran, dad, husband, veteran advocate and avid outdoorsman. Bryce grew up in Virginia Beach where he surfed, camped and hung out with friends. Fast forward to an unplanned pregnancy at age 19, Bryce had a life choice to make. Enter the United States Army.
Bryce’s early days in the Army came pre-9/11, but that day came quickly. After graduating RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Process) on Sept. 1, and moving to his squad on Sept. 4, he had just 7 days in a peacetime Army.
A few deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan later as a Ranger, Bryce had yet another unexpected shift in life trajectory when he was transferred out of Ranger Regiment and into a regular Army battalion.
You can find Bryce on Instagram at @mahoneymoproblems
013: Travis Lankford
In this episode of the Combat Flags Podcast I talk with Travis Lankford, a 12-year veteran of the North Carolina Army National Guard. Travis shares his unexpected story of military service - spurred on by his Green Beret brother - as well as lifelong lessons learned during two deployments. Today, Travis is father, a husband and an entrepreneur. After returning from a deployment in September 2020, he found new purpose and a new desire to live life on his own terms while giving back to nonprofits committed to creating outdoor programs and adventures for veterans.
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012: Christof Ambrosch
In this episode I talk with Christof Ambrosch, a veteran of the United States Army. Christof grew up in Pennsylvania where he developed an early love of music. Enter 9/11 and a then 15-year-old Christof had a glimpse of what his future would hold.
From lifelong lessons taught by his parents, to lessons learned on a deployment to Afghanistan, Christof doesn’t hold back.
Most importantly, Christof shares the trials and tribulations from his journey back from deployment and out of the military.
011: Dr. Mike Simpson
For fans of the History Channel, you may know Mike Simpson from "Hunting Hitler." What the show didn't cover is Mike's extensive background that began as an Army Ranger and later progressed to the Green Berets and to medical school.
Mike shares his journey from his upbringing in California through current day with more than 30 years of military experience under his belt spanning the lauded Army Rangers and Green Berets. Mike's career didn't end with the Green Berets - he went on to become and Emergency Medical Doctor and serving the Army as a doctor at Ft. Hood and with JSOC.
Mike also talks to his experience retiring from the military and shares actionable insights he learned and how he adapted to civilian life.
You can find Mike here:
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010: Chris Cruise
In this episode I talk with Chris Cruise - dad, husband, former corporate stooge and current entrepreneur behind Cruise Custom Flags.
From humble beginnings as the youngest of 5 children, through airborne school, the 82nd Airborne Division and an early deployment to Iraq, Chris shares his journey through the military and his path to founding a successful company based in giving back and sharing a bit of Kentucky with the American people.
You can find Chris and Cruise Customs Flags:
Real people talking real life!
This show brings the military life to us civilians in a way we can relate too. Keep up the awesome work you do Dan.
Great podcast for Vets!