170 episodes

The Jedburgh Podcast empowers leaders to achieve success on their journey to transform themselves and their organizations. Creator, Host and Special Forces Green Beret Fran Racioppi interviews the world’s most prominent visionaries, drivers of change, and those dedicated to winning.

Each episode is an in-depth discussion with trailblazers who’ve earned success through a dedication to talent development, preparation, introspection, and the drive to get things done. Our conversation will empower listeners to define success and operate at an elite level, regardless of the task at hand. 

In May 1943 the Allied Forces determined a new type of leader was required to win World War II. Operation Jedburgh parachuted three-man teams deep behind enemy lines to win no matter the challenge. Jedburghs lived by the mantra “how you prepare today, determines success tomorrow.”  Today's leaders are no different.

Fran speaks with leaders in business, athletics, academics, and public service about their personal leadership stories of success, failure, and the road to continuous improvement. Our discussions focus on the character traits of elite performance used by Special Operations Forces to recruit, assess, select and retain elite performers. Through this lens, we show listeners that success in any field must be earned every day.

We strive for each listener to take valuable lessons learned and concrete action steps to improve themselves, their teams, and their organizations. Although developed and used by US Special Operations Forces, these characteristics are inherently applicable to building resilient and successful organizations in any sector or industry, as well as in the betterment of our personal and professional lives. 

The Nine Characteristics of Elite Performance:
-Drive: Growth mindset, be better than yesterday, continuous self-improvement
-Resiliency: Perseverance in the face of challenges
-Adaptability: Adjust one’s behavior to the situation
-Humility: Recognize that you do not have all the answers; a willing learner maintains accurate self-awareness
-Integrity: Understand what is legal and correct and align actions and words to both
-Effective Intelligence: apply one’s experience and knowledge to the situation
-Team Ability: Prioritize organizational needs ahead of oneself, work as a cohesive unit
-Curiosity: Exploring the unknown, questioning the status quo in pursuit of better
-Emotional Strength: Emotional control in stressful situations brings calm to chaos

Fran Racioppi is the Founder & CEO of FRsix where he leads operations in critical infrastructure projects. He served 13 years in the US Army Special Forces as a Green Beret. Fran is passionate about building the world's best leaders and the impact our special operators have in service and beyond. He holds a BA from Boston University in Broadcast Journalism and an MBA from NYU Stern, as well as the security industry's highest accreditation as a Certified Protection Professional.

The Jedburgh Podcast is an Official Program of The Green Beret Foundation. The Green Beret Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to supporting America's U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and their families. They provide emergency, immediate, and ongoing support to Special Forces Soldiers and their families. The foundation is committed to growing and sustaining the needs of the Special Forces regiment for decades to come. Since its inception, the foundation has invested over $15 million in support of the Special Forces community, providing aid to more than 13,000 families with 87% of every dollar going directly into their programs and services.

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The Jedburgh Podcast empowers leaders to achieve success on their journey to transform themselves and their organizations. Creator, Host and Special Forces Green Beret Fran Racioppi interviews the world’s most prominent visionaries, drivers of change, and those dedicated to winning.

Each episode is an in-depth discussion with trailblazers who’ve earned success through a dedication to talent development, preparation, introspection, and the drive to get things done. Our conversation will empower listeners to define success and operate at an elite level, regardless of the task at hand. 

In May 1943 the Allied Forces determined a new type of leader was required to win World War II. Operation Jedburgh parachuted three-man teams deep behind enemy lines to win no matter the challenge. Jedburghs lived by the mantra “how you prepare today, determines success tomorrow.”  Today's leaders are no different.

Fran speaks with leaders in business, athletics, academics, and public service about their personal leadership stories of success, failure, and the road to continuous improvement. Our discussions focus on the character traits of elite performance used by Special Operations Forces to recruit, assess, select and retain elite performers. Through this lens, we show listeners that success in any field must be earned every day.

We strive for each listener to take valuable lessons learned and concrete action steps to improve themselves, their teams, and their organizations. Although developed and used by US Special Operations Forces, these characteristics are inherently applicable to building resilient and successful organizations in any sector or industry, as well as in the betterment of our personal and professional lives. 

The Nine Characteristics of Elite Performance:
-Drive: Growth mindset, be better than yesterday, continuous self-improvement
-Resiliency: Perseverance in the face of challenges
-Adaptability: Adjust one’s behavior to the situation
-Humility: Recognize that you do not have all the answers; a willing learner maintains accurate self-awareness
-Integrity: Understand what is legal and correct and align actions and words to both
-Effective Intelligence: apply one’s experience and knowledge to the situation
-Team Ability: Prioritize organizational needs ahead of oneself, work as a cohesive unit
-Curiosity: Exploring the unknown, questioning the status quo in pursuit of better
-Emotional Strength: Emotional control in stressful situations brings calm to chaos

Fran Racioppi is the Founder & CEO of FRsix where he leads operations in critical infrastructure projects. He served 13 years in the US Army Special Forces as a Green Beret. Fran is passionate about building the world's best leaders and the impact our special operators have in service and beyond. He holds a BA from Boston University in Broadcast Journalism and an MBA from NYU Stern, as well as the security industry's highest accreditation as a Certified Protection Professional.

The Jedburgh Podcast is an Official Program of The Green Beret Foundation. The Green Beret Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to supporting America's U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and their families. They provide emergency, immediate, and ongoing support to Special Forces Soldiers and their families. The foundation is committed to growing and sustaining the needs of the Special Forces regiment for decades to come. Since its inception, the foundation has invested over $15 million in support of the Special Forces community, providing aid to more than 13,000 families with 87% of every dollar going directly into their programs and services.

Join our Jedburgh Team to reach your dreams!

    #139: SWCS 2030 – Special Warfare Training For The Peer-To-Peer Fight – BG Will Beaurpere & CSM Lee Strong

    #139: SWCS 2030 – Special Warfare Training For The Peer-To-Peer Fight – BG Will Beaurpere & CSM Lee Strong

    One hundred men will test today. But only three win the Green Beret. Developing America’s Green Berets takes a vision for the future, knowledge of the past, and an understanding of the present. 

    The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School is the home of both training Green Berets and developing the policy and doctrine our Special Forces operate by. To share the mission of SWCS, Fran Racioppi sat down with Commanding General Brigadier General Will Beaurpere and Command Sergeant Major Lee Strong from the JFK Special Warfare Museum at Fort Liberty, NC. 

    BG Beaurpere and CSM Strong explained how SWCS 2030 will develop a more prepared Special Forces Regiment through the establishment of three Branch Schools for Green Berets, Civil Affairs and Psyops, each under their own O-6 level command. 
    They also break down irregular warfare, why it’s important, and how it’s complemented by psychological operations; another school being developed through SWCS 2030. 

    Finally they talk recruiting as the GWOT generation of soldiers is retiring and SOF was directed to cut personnel, while enforcing the standard, continuously improving professionalism, and integrating technology and automation into the force.  

    Take a listen, watch, or read our conversation about the past, present and future of SWCS. Then head over to our YouTube channel to watch BG Beaurpere and CSM Strong share the importance of the Jedburghs in the Jedburgh Media Channel’s first documentary, Unknown Heroes, Behind Enemy Lines at D-Day, the story of Operation Jedburgh.   

    The Jedburgh Podcast and the Jedburgh Media Channel are an official program of The Green Beret Foundation. Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. 

    Highlights:
    0:00 Welcome to the Special Warfare Museum 2:27 The SWCS mission8:42 SWCS 203012:03 Commandants, Irregular Warfare & the Psywar School22:00 SOF’s role in Strategic Disruption30:33 How do you maintain the Special Forces Standard?36:08 Integrating technology but building leaders first49:08 The 3 Keys to Daily Success
    Quotes: 

    “We watch the battlefield of the modern era and we draw that into our doctrine.” (5:02)“The cadre is where you really achieve mastery.” (8:04)“Psychological Warfare is something we’ve conducted for the preponderance of our history as a military.” 17:01“That’s what SOF does…conduct operations and activities forward, before conflict.” (20:06)“The one place we will not assume risk, and cannot assume is risk, is in the production of world class special forces, civil affairs and psyops soldiers.” (28:37)“What is the one or two percent we can do to improve to ultimately make this better, myself better, the team better.” (34:45)“You're only as hard as your last hard thing.” (53:04)
    Special thanks to Roxanne Merritt and the JFK Special Warfare Museum for graciously hosting this series.

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    #138: Un-mythed! No Loyalty Between Veterans - Alpha Elite Performance Founder Travis Wilson (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    #138: Un-mythed! No Loyalty Between Veterans - Alpha Elite Performance Founder Travis Wilson (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    Social Media doesn’t tell the real story. It might look like we’re crushing it online, but the reality is that it’s held together by toothpicks and dental floss. For the final episode of the 2023 Army Navy Game Tailgate Series, Fran Racioppi welcomed back Travis Wilson; fellow Green Beret, entrepreneur, and Green Beret Foundation’s Director of Mission & Program Delivery. 

    Travis and Fran debunk the myth behind Green Beret to Green Beret support; and why supporting each other’s businesses, families and initiatives is an important part of post-military success. As Green Berets we would have given our lives for the guy next to us; but when we get out, we forget that our brothers need the same level of support in the next chapter. 

    In a Jedburgh Podcast first, Travis flips the script and asks Fran how he’s doing. Plus they catch up on the newest products from Alpha Elite Performance and how the AEP Outdoors is taking Veterans fishing in Mexico and heli-hunting across the world.

    Veterans know better than anyone the challenges other Veterans face in service and beyond; yet they’re often the last to volunteer support physically or financially to Veteran Service Organizations. We need Veterans to match civilian levels of support. 

    Take a listen, watch, or read our conversation. Then grab a pre-workout, some GBNT Sleep and Rally and Recover. 

    The Jedburgh Podcast and the Jedburgh Media Channel are an official program of The Green Beret Foundation. Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. 


    Highlights:
    0:00 Welcome to the Army Navy Game Tailgate4:47 The most support comes from those who didn’t serve7:24 Green Berets need to support other Green Berets10:46 Extreme outdoors with AEP Outdoors11:50 Alpha Elite Performance drops Rally & Recovery13:45 Army by 715:18 How’s Fran doing?

    Quotes: 

    “Our biggest support has come from people who didn’t serve.” (5:52) “The true impact for guys like you and I is it creates an environment for us to get together.” (6:37) “It’s very healing to get back together with other Green Berets and their families.” (7:47)“These guys are hurting and struggling because they’re not getting the support of the brotherhood.” (9:50) “The only person that ever failed is the one that quit. So don’t quit.” (17:29) “I don’t look at anything and say I can’t do it. I look at everything and I say how do I make it happen.” (17:53) 

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    #137: Screwdrivers Can't Change Tires - Home Base CEO BG(R) Jack Hammond (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    #137: Screwdrivers Can't Change Tires - Home Base CEO BG(R) Jack Hammond (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    America’s military must return our service members back to society ready to lead. Special operators are given the best tools in the military to do their jobs. They’re also completely immersed into the special forces lifestyle with almost no distractions. Yet when they leave service, they’re often left to themselves to find the right tools and to figure out what training they need to be successful in the next chapter. 

    Two of America’s most important organizations have partnered to bring our Veterans the best tools and training all wrapped up into an immersive, life changing program. 

    For the third episode of our 2023 Army Navy Game tailgate series Fran Racioppi sat down with retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, CEO of Home Base. Home Base is founded and supported by the Boston Red Sox and Mass General Hospital; a formidable team dedicated to winning and solving the most complex challenges in medicine and athletic performance.

    Home Base provides leading edge clinical care to the medical challenges faced by our veterans; including the effects of prolonged blast exposure, mental trauma, diabetes and even cancer. Veterans train directly with the best medical and athletic performance professionals in the industry with one goal in mind; return our military personnel back to society ready to perform at the highest level and continue to lead others. 

    Take a listen, watch or read our conversation…and whether you’re from Beantown or not, this is a Red Sox game you want to be a part of. 


    The Jedburgh Podcast and the Jedburgh Media Channel are an official program of The Green Beret Foundation. Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. 


    Highlights:
    0:00 Welcome to the Army Navy Game Tailgate3:50 Home Base is built by the Boston Red Sox & Mass General7:06 Two months of therapy in two weeks11:18 How Home Base is treating Operator Syndrome16:38 How to support Home Base17:50 Proven results of the program

    Quotes: 
    “When you look at the opportunity with those two powerhouse organizations and what the potential is to actually bend the curve and make a difference; they had me at hello.” (5:30) “We have access to the best clinical resources in the world. Bar none.” (6:12) “We created this 14-day intensive clinical program…that compresses two years of therapy into two weeks.” (8:55)“We’re gonna be able to figure out what are the downstream chronic illnesses associated with concussive injury.” (13:49) “If you don’t have the tools to do a job, it’s like a monkey trying to change a tire with a screwdriver.” (19:50)

    • 22 min
    #136: The Mission, the Men, Me - Life After the Green Beret - Cold Zero Spirits Founder Casey Maxted & Secret Service Agent Bill "Hawk" Albracht (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    #136: The Mission, the Men, Me - Life After the Green Beret - Cold Zero Spirits Founder Casey Maxted & Secret Service Agent Bill "Hawk" Albracht (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    “The mission. The men. Me.” The “3 M’s” of leadership taught to officers in Vietnam and still applicable to building great leaders in any industry. As leaders we put people first, but sometimes the mission must happen regardless of the people.

    For the second episode of our 2023 Army Navy Game tailgate party, we warmed up with a little Cold Zero Whiskey and a conversation with two former Green Berets of very different generations who left service for federal law enforcement. 

    Casey Maxted and Bill “Hawk” Albracht joined Fran Racioppi to share why grit and teamwork were critical to their careers in Special Forces, in the FBI and Secret Service, and now as they build a spirits company. 

    Grab a glass of Cold Zero then take a listen, watch or read our conversation as Casey breaks down the opportunities and challenges that come with starting a spirits brand, and Bill shares what it was like to go back to Vietnam and walk the battlefield he once fought on. 

    The Jedburgh Podcast and the Jedburgh Media Channel are an official program of The Green Beret Foundation. Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. 

    Highlights:
    0:00 Welcome to the Army Navy tailgate3:48 Hawk volunteers for Vietnam4:32 Casey volunteers after 9/115:27 Hawk protected four Presidents in the Secret Service7:56 Casey joins the FBI8:48 The character traits needed to build elite teams after Special Forces12:21 Founding Cold Zero14:09 Biggest challenge of starting a spirits company16:27 How Warrior Rising is supporting Veteran entrepreneurs17:46 The Greatest Generations Foundation takes Veterans back to their battlefields
    Quotes: 
    “I want to join the Army. I want to be a paratrooper. I want to go Infantry. And I want to go to Vietnam.” (4:09)“Air Force One flew right over me and I don’t know what happened, but that moment is when I was like ‘I’m gonna serve’.” (5:04) “The protection of Jimmy Carter, or Ronald Reagan, or George Bush, it never varied…time seems to by quicker when you’re with somebody that you admire.” (7:40)“You look for grit in almost everything that you do. People that are gonna stick with it when the cards are stacked against you.” (9:06) “There’s the three M’s of leadership: the mission, the men and me.” (10:18) “If we truly understand our mission….in those moments when we’re under pressure, when there’s chaos, when there’s confusion, we can come back to that guiding fabric.” (11:40) “It’s not about the individual. It is about the team. The team going forward. The team accomplishing the mission.” (12:15)

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    #135: A Green Beret's Hardest Mission - Green Beret Foundation CEO Charlie Iacono & Green Beret Nick Lavery (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    #135: A Green Beret's Hardest Mission - Green Beret Foundation CEO Charlie Iacono & Green Beret Nick Lavery (2023 Army Navy Game Series)

    There’s a dangerous difference between a Quiet Professional and Silent Professional. We’re conditioned as Green Berets to put the mission first and get the job done. That’s why Army Special Forces are the tip of the spear in both wartime and peace. 

    For our first tailgate interview, and to kick off The Jedburgh Podcast’s new home as an official program of the Green Beret Foundation, Fran Racioppi sat down with CEO Charlie Iacono and America’s largest Green Beret Nick Lavery. 

    Charlie shares his vision to enhance educational opportunities, make benefits the easiest part of transition and how he’s preparing the organization for America’s next battlefield. Nick explains how he’s committed to keeping Green Berets first in the fight and why telling our stories is critical to both retention and recruiting the next generation. 

    Americans in combat may be out of the spotlight, but Green Berets continue their mission in every corner of the world and supporting them and their families will always be the core mission of the Green Beret Foundation. 
    You decide if we’re in a 1939 moment and never forget… the Boston Tea Party was an Army operation…

    Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. 


    Highlights:
    0:00 Tailgating from Gillette Stadium3:27 The Boston Tea Party was an Army operation; NOT Navy!5:37 Charlie’s vision as CEO of Green Beret Foundation9:25 Why demand for Green Beret support is greater now than during the War on Terror12:13 GBF advocates are in every active duty Special Forces Group17:45 The dangerous difference between Quiet Professional & Silent Professional27:17 Are we living in a 1939 moment?30:44 A cameo from US Army Special Operations Command Commanding General LTG Jonathan Braga

    Quotes: 
    “This is where it all started. A couple of guys in a bar with some ideas…and look where we are today.” (4:17) “We are one of the few organizations that service and support the Veteran community of the Regiment and also the active duty space.” (7:12) “It’s a commitment I made since day one. When that phone rings we’re gonna pick it up.” (8:55)“The Special Forces ODA has been the most requested SOF unit of action since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism.” (9:48) “Just because it’s not as obvious, do not mistake that for the need to no longer exist.” (11:20) “Why does it seem like the hardest mission a Green Beret has to deal with is when he gets out he’s trying to get his benefits.” (13:529) “My biggest challenge that I ever faced was not becoming a Green Beret…it was actually not being a Green Beret anymore.” (15:13) “There’s a massive difference between being a quiet professional and being a silent professional.” (18:45) 
    The Jedburgh Podcast and the Jedburgh Media Channel are an official program of The Green Beret Foundation.

    • 33 min
    #134: Yoga, NYC Body Shaming & Taking Your Own Leg – Combat Wounded Amputees Dan Nevins & Elana Duffy (2023 NYC Veterans Day Parade Series)

    #134: Yoga, NYC Body Shaming & Taking Your Own Leg – Combat Wounded Amputees Dan Nevins & Elana Duffy (2023 NYC Veterans Day Parade Series)

    Could you make the decision to remove your own leg. What if you’d already lost the other and taking the second meant starting over? For the final episode of the 2023 NYC Veterans Day Parade, Fran Racioppi and Psychotherapist Drew Newkirk were joined by Dan Nevins and Lana Duffy; two Army soldiers who were faced with one of life’s toughest decisions. 

    Dan nearly lost his life in an IED explosion in Iraq, now after losing his legs, he shares how Yoga and Wounded Warrior Project saved him from depression, substance abuse and suicide. Lana suffered for years with an undiagnosed brain injury that prevented her physical recovery; today she’s the parades honorary Grand Marshal explaining how to navigate NYC’s culture of beauty and perfection with a body that doesn’t look like everyone else. 

    Life is full of difficult decisions and most often the toughest decisions are thrust upon us. Are you ready to take action and do something when most are unwilling?   

    Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. 


    Highlights:
    0:00 Welcome to “Alive Day”6:53 Dan gets pinned in his vehicle after an IED explosion21:49 Battling depression, substance abuse and motivation28:15 How yoga without his legs saved Dan32:40 The effect of body shame and limiting disabilities after Lana’s IED blast42:26 Dating in NYC with one leg57:54 Dan and Lana tell their stories to help others 
    Quotes: 

    “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” (2:35) “When the explosion happened I could feel and hear the truck basically disintegrate around my body.” (12:48) “I knew I was going to die. I was making my peace with God. I was just giving up.” (15:19) “They met me with a backpack and a promise that whatever I needed, whatever my family needed, they’d be there.” (20:54) “I self-medicated with accomplishment, achievement, doing something.” (23:54) “Yoga teacher training was the best leadership school I’ve ever been to in my life.” (31:33) “I was doing limb salvage not just because I wanted to keep my leg, it was ‘I can’t be seen as weak.’” (34:32) “Keep doing good things because that’s how you’ll be remembered.” (53:43) 
    Brought to you in partnership with Just Ice Tea, Longtab Brewing & Talent War Group.

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Customer Reviews

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77 Ratings

CL Master ,

Amazing content from REAL leaders!

Love this podcast & the “whole-man” concept & the Jedburghs. Impactful. Thank you for sharing your real world experience & Fran, you’re journalistic tools are now unbelievably more valuable in your hands with a couple decades of experience & the relationships you have & bring to bear in this podcast. Amazing! Again, thank you for sharing & thank you for your service & sacrifice for our Country.

WarriorLeadership ,

The real deal!

I recently interviewed Fran on my podcast and I have to say he instantly put me at ease. He’s one of those guys you feel like you’ve known for years. I love his mission, and his style. Give him a listen!

Ragnar 1 ,

Great show!

Dean puts on such a great show with a wide variety of guests. No matter what your field or interest you can bet Fran has something for you. One of my absolute favorites!!

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