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This is the Fear and Courage Podcast. I’m Michael Gasser and this is where I interview military veterans, law enforcement officers, and first responders about their careers in service. These careers are intense and many aspects aren’t common knowledge or aren’t often discussed in detail. We tell stories with intensity, dramatic personal impact, high physical and emotional stress, and families lives changed both positively and negatively as a result of a career in service.

This is the Fear and Courage Podcast. I’m Michael Gasser and this is where I interview military veterans, law enforcement officers, and first responders about their careers in service. These careers are intense and many aspects aren’t common knowledge or aren’t often discussed in detail. We tell stories with intensity, dramatic personal impact, high physical and emotional stress, and families lives changed both positively and negatively as a result of a career in service.
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This is the Fear and Courage Podcast. I’m Michael Gasser and this is where I interview military veterans, law enforcement officers, and first responders about their careers in service. These careers are intense and many aspects aren’t common knowledge or aren’t often discussed in detail. We tell stories with intensity, dramatic personal impact, high physical and emotional stress, and families lives changed both positively and negatively as a result of a career in service.

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Episodes

#16 - COL (ret) John Spiszer - US Army Infantry Officer with 30 years of service (and my first Brigade Commader) - Part 2

5/30/2018
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COL (ret) John Spiszer is the Chief of Staff for US Army Japan at Camp Zama, Japan. COL Spiszer retired in 2014 with 30 years of service to the United States Army. Spiszer is a 1984 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point completing numerous military training and education courses during his service including the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, the School of Advanced Military Studies (known as SAMS), the Naval War College, and the Joint Combined...

Duration:01:26:11

#15 - COL (ret) John Spiszer - US Army Infantry Officer with 30 years of service (and my first Brigade Commander)

5/15/2018
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COL (ret) John Spiszer is the Chief of Staff for US Army Japan at Camp Zama, Japan. COL Spiszer retired in 2014 with 30 years of service to the United States Army. Spiszer is a 1984 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point completing numerous military training and education courses during his service including the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, the School of Advanced Military Studies (known as SAMS), the Naval War College, and the Joint Combined...

Duration:01:15:30

#14 - CPT Bobbie Ragsdale - US Army Armor Officer and Harvard Kennedy School Graduate

5/8/2018
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Captain Bobbie Ragsdale is an armor officer in the US Army and served in the 10th Mountain Division, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq as a Scout Platoon Leader. At the deployment’s completion in 2009, he returned to Ft. Polk where he served as a Troop Executive Officer and Assistant Operations Officer before deploying again to Wardak, Afghanistan in 2010. While in Afghanistan, he served simultaneously as TF Slugger’s Information Operations Officer, Civil-Military Operations Officer, and lead...

Duration:01:10:12

#13 - CPT Bobbie Ragsdale - US Army Armor Officer and Harvard Kennedy School Graduate

5/3/2018
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Captain Bobbie Ragsdale is an armor officer in the US Army and served in the 10th Mountain Division, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq as a Scout Platoon Leader. At the deployment’s completion in 2009, he returned to Ft. Polk where he served as a Troop Executive Officer and Assistant Operations Officer before deploying again to Wardak, Afghanistan in 2010. While in Afghanistan, he served simultaneously as TF Slugger’s Information Operations Officer, Civil-Military Operations Officer, and lead...

Duration:01:42:32

#12 - 1LT Colin Daniels - Army Field Artillery Officer just back from Afghanistan - Part 2

4/17/2018
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This episode is the second half of my talk with Colin Daniels. If you missed the first half, check out episode 11 where we talked about his experience as a Cadet at The Citadel, Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course, and the start of Ranger School.

Duration:01:15:35

#11 - 1LT Colin Daniels - Army Field Artillery Officer just back from Afghanistan

4/10/2018
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1LT Colin Daniels graduated from The Citadel in 2015 and received a commission in the Field Artillery branch. He completed the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sill, OK with a follow-on assignment as a Company Fire Support Officer in 1s

Duration:01:16:54

#10 - Benjamin Bunn - Special Forces Sergeant to Airborne Infantry Officer - Part 2

4/3/2018
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Benjamin Bunn served as a US Army Special Forces Noncommissioned Officer and then, following his commission as an Airborne Infantry Officer. Ben served in a variety of Special Operations and conventional leadership roles on multiple tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, Ben founded Cigar City Crossfit, a successful gym he currently runs in Tampa, FL.

Duration:00:49:14

#9 - Benjamin Bunn - Special Forces Sergeant to Airborne Infantry Officer

3/27/2018
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Benjamin Bunn served as a US Army Special Forces Noncommissioned Officer and then, following his commission as an Airborne Infantry Officer. Ben served in a variety of Special Operations and conventional leadership roles on multiple tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, Ben founded Cigar City Crossfit, a successful gym he currently runs in Tampa, FL.

Duration:00:40:46

#8 - Tim Crockett - Special Boat Service Veteran Planning to Row Across the Atlantic Ocean

3/13/2018
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Tim Crockett is a veteran of the British Royal Marines and Special Boat Service with service in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, and various other international assignments. He then worked as a security consultant for various clients including Turner Broadcasting, Al Jazeera America, VICE, and CNN International. He was instrumental CNN’s acquisition of a VHS tape library that showed Al Qaeda’s chemical gas experiments, terrorist training tactics, and previously unseen images of Bin Laden and...

Duration:02:25:14

#7 - Sam Deen - Army Veteran and US Congressional Candidate

3/2/2018
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Sam Deen is a former Army Captain and 2006 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He served as a rifle and then scout platoon leader in 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division on their deployment to the Pech and Korengal River Valleys in 2008 and 2009. He owns and runs Crossfit Van Zandt and Crossfit Van Zandt South, as well as Van Zandt Coffee Co and his real estate investment company GP Delta, in Canton Texas. Sam is a candidate for United States Congress in the 5th district of TX.

Duration:01:47:35

#6 - Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Howell - Part 2

2/27/2018
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LTC Jimmy Howell is a US Army Infantry Officer. He served as a platoon leader and company commander in various light infantry units as well as the 75th Ranger Regiment with 8 deployments spanning over a decade to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Duration:01:46:08

#5 - Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Howell - Part 1

2/20/2018
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LTC Jimmy Howell is a US Army Infantry Officer. He served as a platoon leader and company commander in various light infantry units as well as the 75th Ranger Regiment with multiple deployments spanning over a decade to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Duration:01:05:45

#4 - Sam and Ann Matta - US Army Critical Care Nurses

2/13/2018
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Sam and Ann Matta both served as US Army Captains and Critical Care Nurses. They deployed together to Iraq for 15 months and currently work as a flight nurse and critical care nurse practitioner respectively.

Duration:01:23:53

#3 - Major General (Retired) David Burford

2/6/2018
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Major General David Burford is a retired US Army Special Forces National Guard Officer who has also worked for Southern Company for 40 years and has been with Southern Nuclear since 2005.

Duration:01:25:27

#2 - John Flinn - Marine and Paramedic

1/30/2018
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John Flinn is a Paramedic in Greenville, SC. He served 4 years as a Marine from 1996 to 2000.

Duration:01:09:21

#1 - Major William Denn and Major Patrick O'Donnell

1/23/2018
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William Denn is a US Army Military Intelligence Major currently serving as a Planner on the division staff of the 82nd Airborne Division. Patrick O'Donnell is a US Army Acquisitions Corps Major and is currently serving as an Experimental Rotary Wing Test

Duration:01:25:23

Episode 1 Promo

1/19/2018
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Duration:00:01:39