62 episodes

The Half Percent Podcast is a show that delves into the lives of the men and women who choose a career in the armed forces. Each show is an interview with a member of the military, whether active duty, reserve or veteran. We dig into the background, motivation, personality, and job (and some crazy stories along the way) of an individual who has chosen to serve in one of the branches of the armed forces.

The Half Percent Podcast Nick Plosser

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

The Half Percent Podcast is a show that delves into the lives of the men and women who choose a career in the armed forces. Each show is an interview with a member of the military, whether active duty, reserve or veteran. We dig into the background, motivation, personality, and job (and some crazy stories along the way) of an individual who has chosen to serve in one of the branches of the armed forces.

    A Green Beret on Leadership, Life Lessons, America's Role in the World and Choices Faced in Combat

    A Green Beret on Leadership, Life Lessons, America's Role in the World and Choices Faced in Combat

    Fran Racioppi spent 13 years in the US Army, much of that time in Special Operations as a Green Beret. Fran's Army career saw him deploy 3 times to Iraq as well as to multiple countries throughout Africa. His service there included coordinating Special Operations response to Al-Shabab throughout East Africa. In 2014, he planned and coordinated the Special Forces response to Boko Haram in West Africa, as well as oversaw the operations of Special Forces teams countering the Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa and ISIS in North Africa. In 2014, Fran was selected to serve as the advisor and aide to the Commander of Special Operations Command Africa. Fran has maintained a dizzying pace in civilian life, earning an MBA from New York University, Director of Global Security for Snapchat, founding his own company-FRsix and is the host of The Jedburgh Podcast. Fran also serves as the performance development coach for Boston University Men’s Rowing and volunteers with Sailahead, a veterans service organization.
    Listen and subscribe to the Jedburgh Podcast:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jedburgh-podcast/id1558608802

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Beaches of Hawaii to the Mountains of Afghanistan-A Marine Reflects on His Career and the Search for Balance.

    The Beaches of Hawaii to the Mountains of Afghanistan-A Marine Reflects on His Career and the Search for Balance.

    Kyle Cassel spent 4 years in the US Marine Corps and another 3 years as a private contractor assigned to the US Army. In that capacity, Kyle was deployed to multiple forward operating bases (FOBs) in southern and eastern Afghanistan, where he spent his days in small workshops and even smaller living quarters. In this wide ranging conversation, Kyle talks about learning cricket from soldiers of the Afghan National Army, the sensations of being under a rocket attack for the first time and how that experience became almost routine shortly after. We also discuss Kyle's Marine Corps career and things he would've done differently and how he is striving to regain his purpose and find balance in civilian life. To that end, Kyle started his own podcast, 15 Minutes Prior, where he interviews fellow vets about their experiences.
    You can find 15 Minutes Prior here https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1617189602
    and on all major podcast directories and platforms. 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Watching the Berlin Wall Crumble to the Heroism of the 2nd Battle of Fallujah-A Marine Reflects on His Career

    Watching the Berlin Wall Crumble to the Heroism of the 2nd Battle of Fallujah-A Marine Reflects on His Career

    Joe Winslow served in the US Marine Corps for 21 years. Enlisting in the late 1980s, Joe's career took him to Germany as the Berlin Wall fell, to reserve status and then back to active duty and Officer Candidate School through multiple deployments, to the last years where he was Combat Historian in Iraq for the Corps as they battled al Qaeda and other Iraqi insurgents in the Battles of Fallujah. Joe was given carte blanche access to all levels of the fighting and time and again witnessed his fellow Marines give the last full measure, bringing terrible and overwhelming force to bear on the enemy under extreme duress and conditions. Joe is a true historian and in our conversation, he eloquently brings to life the incredible acts he witnessed and the bravery and deadly effectiveness of his fellow Marines. The heroism Joe witnessed from his fellow Marines inspired him to find a way in civilian life to honor all those who serve. That inspiration, combined with a passion for arts and crafts, led Joe to found the Tripoli Gift Company, which works with military, law enforcement, first responders and civically minded organizations of all kinds to build and maintain comprehensive award programs for their employees and supporters. 

    To learn more about Joe, his team and the Tripoli Gift Company, please visit:
    https://tripoli-gift-co.myshopify.com

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Illegitimate Sun-21 Years in the US Navy-Cyberwarfare and Guarding America's Secrets.

    Illegitimate Sun-21 Years in the US Navy-Cyberwarfare and Guarding America's Secrets.

    Kenneth Earl is a retired Navy Master Chief Cryptologist who spent 21 years in the Navy. Deploying around the globe multiple times throughout his career, Earl dealt with America's most sensitive secrets and classified information, helping to keep America's warfighters at the cutting edge of the battle space. After retiring from the Navy, Earl went on to work for multiple government agencies, combatting cyber crime of all kinds, intelligence operations, trafficking and all manner of threats to America's interests. Earl is the author of Illegitimate Sun-How a Navy Cryptologist Cracked the Code of Life Lessons, in which he tells the story of growing up in poverty in South Carolina, to making his way to a successful Naval career and then to the highest reaches of the intelligence world. Earl writes most movingly of his mother, who raised 4 children alone and instilled toughness, resilience and character which prepared him to excel in life against long odds. Earl's is a quintessential American story and an inspiring example of overcoming humble beginnings and creating a successful life through service, hard work, backbone and strong character.

    Learn more about Kenneth Earl and order a copy of his book:
    https://illegitimate-sun.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    A Legacy in the Marine Corps, Kilo Company and the Battle of Marjah and Choices Not Chances

    A Legacy in the Marine Corps, Kilo Company and the Battle of Marjah and Choices Not Chances

    Matthew Charette spent 5 years in the US Marine Corps. From a family of Marines and military service stretching back generations, Matthew knew early on he was going into the military, taking the ASVAB in 9th grade! Initially assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism/Security Forces, Matthew deployed to multiple locations in Europe. Later assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines-Kilo Company, Matthew was deployed to Helmand, Afghanistan and was part of the initial assault of Operation Moshtarak, also known as the Battle of Marjah. Matthew takes us through his 8-month Afghanistan deployment in Marjah, part of a province bordering Pakistan thick with Taliban and al Qaeda. From the initial assault and daily gunfights to the more mundane aspects of establishing bases and patrolling, Matthew speaks movingly of his fellow Marines and their professionalism and dedication to duty, often under extreme conditions. Since leaving the Marine Corps, Matthew has linked up with fellow Marine and former guest Ryan Rogers (Episode #56), to create the Choices Not Chances podcast, giving a voice to former Marines, warfighters and people from all walks of life. 

    Listen, follow and subscribe to Choices Not Chances here:
    https://anchor.fm/choicesnotchancespodcast/episodes/Choices-Not-Chances-Episode-2-e15ckcf

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Brooklyn to Baghdad-A Marine's Journey-20 Years in the NYPD, 9/11 and Interrogating Terrorists in Iraq

    Brooklyn to Baghdad-A Marine's Journey-20 Years in the NYPD, 9/11 and Interrogating Terrorists in Iraq

    Christopher Strom spent four years in the US Marine Corps, twenty years as a police officer in the NYPD, retiring a sergeant with the NYPD Intelligence Division. In October 2007, Chris was recruited by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), a government agency that devised top-secret strategies for combating IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the lead tactical debriefing officer, he participated in over 110 combat missions and 91 captures of high-value targets (HVTs) in southern Iraq and performed more than 200 battlefield interrogations. Chris details his career and unique experiences in the book, Brooklyn to Baghdad-An NYPD Intelligence Cop Fights Terror in Iraq.
    Chris's book is a fascinating account of the gritty details of terrorist interrogation, infighting and politics within Big Army and moving accounts of bravery of the men and women he served with both in law enforcement and the military.
    Chris appears regularly as a guest and law enforcement expert on Newsmax TV and you can follow Chris on Twitter: @BklyntoBaghdad
    Instagram: @brooklyntobaghdad
    Order your copy of Brooklyn to Baghdad here:
    https://www.amazon.com/Brooklyn-Baghdad-Intelligence-Fights-Terror-ebook/dp/B07QLG15TB

    • 2 hr

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Georgia Boy US sailorman ,

The half percent podcast. Battle for Wanat.

Thank you for bringing us these historically significant actions of American Military Warriors. Great job. Keep it up.

regle6 ,

Needed

I listen to a lot of podcasts. Following and unfollowing as my taste changes. I found this podcast because someone I am familiar with went on it. I have it a listen. As a veteran myself, it was great to listen. No spin or agenda. Just veterans telling their stories. You can tell Mr. Plosser has a deep respect for the military and his guests. The stories are unfiltered and true. Such a great place for vets to tell there story. Thank you for doing this podcast.

Rog in PA ,

Amazing stuff

Listening to some of these heroes restores your faith in this country. If these are the folks who will lead the future we will be ok.

Nick was kind enough to include me on this podcast though I don’t come close to belonging in the same conversation with many he has interviewed.

Retired from active duty a really long time ago but Nick’s easy interview style helped me remember so much. Loved sharing my story but more importantly love hearing from some true warriors and patriots.

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