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OCONUS: The Contractor's Life

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A no-axe to grind, no agenda look into the life of private security contractors working OCONUS. Listen as those who have been there talk about their real-life experiences in hostile, austere, and war-torn areas as a private security contractor. Listen as we discuss what we did, how we did it, where we did it, what we saw, heard, and smelled. Tune in as we discuss our experiences as private security contractors working OCONUS from the perspectives of private security contractors.

Location:

United States

Description:

A no-axe to grind, no agenda look into the life of private security contractors working OCONUS. Listen as those who have been there talk about their real-life experiences in hostile, austere, and war-torn areas as a private security contractor. Listen as we discuss what we did, how we did it, where we did it, what we saw, heard, and smelled. Tune in as we discuss our experiences as private security contractors working OCONUS from the perspectives of private security contractors.

Language:

English

Contact:

360-421-2101


Episodes
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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-13

5/23/2024
In this episode, I pick up where I left off in the previous episode, correcting a few imbalances, talking briefly about my new job and role, the promise to come, and the utter surprise from those remaining on the ground that I was back.

Duration:00:19:56

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-12

5/16/2024
In this episode, I pick up where I left off in the previous episode. I briefly recap my departure from Bagram Air Base for a rotation home, my return, and the continuation of unprofessional conduct until the arrival of our third site security manager.

Duration:00:25:28

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-11

5/9/2024
In this episode, I pick up where I left off in the previous episode as I continue my discussion with the three failed site security managers we had while on project for Blue Hackle in the Bagram area of Afghanistan.

Duration:00:25:39

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-10

5/2/2024
In this episode, I resume where I left off in the previous episode as I continue the discussion of my experiences with the company Blue Hackle in the country of Afghanistan and, to some extent, of the failures of leadership and the struggles and challenges, and the tempers that occur when you are operating in a hostile region.

Duration:00:23:31

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-9

4/18/2024
In this episode, I continue my discussion on the first of three security projects I was a part of with Blue Hackle in the Bagram and Kabul areas of operation. On the first project in Bagram, I pick up roughly week four. This is about the time when things started to show signs of cracks and break-downs, as well as the severe lack of leadership.

Duration:00:23:51

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-8

4/12/2024
In this episode, I continue my discussion on my experiences with the private security contracting company Blue Hackle while working, again, in Afghanistan. In this episode I pick eup where I left off in the previous episode, somewhere between week two and week four of the project. I also speak to some leadership aspects and the failings of and how they can affect the outcome of a project or a mission.

Duration:00:19:38

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-7

4/4/2024
In this episode, I continue my talk of my experiences as a PSC in Afghanistan while working in the Bagram area at the Bagram air base for the company Blue Hackle.

Duration:00:18:22

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-6

3/28/2024
In this episode of OCONUS: The Contractor's Life I talk with return guest Greg "Doc" Hesch, a veteran of the United States Air Force, a paramedic, private security contractor, and project consultant. Special Guest: Greg Hesch.

Duration:01:13:33

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-5

3/21/2024
In this episode, I talk with Damien Keenan, a veteran of the USMC and PSC. We had a great exchange on his experiences as a Marine, a cop, and as a contractor overseas -- along with the life lessons he's learned as a result. Special Guest: Damien Keenan.

Duration:00:50:53

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OTCL: Season-4_Episode-4

3/14/2024
In this episode of OCONUS: The Contractor's Life, I pick up where I left off in the previous episode, continuing my talk about my experiences as a PSC/PMC, back in Afghanistan working with Blue Hackle.

Duration:00:22:59

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OTCL: Season-4 Episode-3

3/7/2024
In this episode, I conclude my time with the WPS training regimen and transition into my next contract assignment in Afghanistan with the PSC company Blue Hackle. I spent nearly three years with Blue Hackle -- the same amount of time I spent my last years in Afghanistan. Which means that this will likely spill over into the next season. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:19:14

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OTCL: Season-4 Episode-2

2/29/2024
In this episode, I almost complete this diversion of my next assignments to Afghanistan by almost concluding the WPS training program in New Mexico that I attended.

Duration:00:23:58

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OTCL_Season-4_Episode-1

2/23/2024
In this episode of season-4 of OCONUS: The Contractor's Life, I pick up where I left off in season-3's final episode at approximately week-3 of the WPS instruction and training program for the State Department.

Duration:00:18:30

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-14

11/22/2023
Welcome everybody to the 14th episode in the 3rd season of OCONUS: The Contractor's Life. In this episode, I pick up where I left off in episode-13. This is the final episode for this season as OCONUS: The Contractor's Life will be taking its usual seasonal break for the remainder of this year, resuming sometime next year, on or about the month of February in 2024. That said, OCONUS: The Contractor's Life wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving, a very merry Christmas, and, hopefully, a very happy upcoming New Year. Remember, folks, it takes a team; the grass is not always greener on the other side; be careful what you wish for because you might just get it. Stay frosty. And, until next time, keep it real.

Duration:00:23:06

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-13

11/15/2023
In this episode, I pick up where I left off in the previous episode, continuing my experiences in the WPS program prior to heading back overseas.

Duration:00:22:01

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-12

11/9/2023
In this episode, I pick up where I left off in the previous episdode as I continue my adventure on the WPS training program with the company Aegis.

Duration:00:23:16

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-11

11/1/2023
In this episode, I skip going back to Iraq -- been there, done that. I will go back to Iraq, along with other areas, in a compilation series that will comprise all the topics and subjects that I either skipped, forgot to mention, or otherwise left out. For now, I'm back to Afghanistan, on another project for another company but only after taking a detour through the State of New Mexico for seven weeks of instruction and training in the run-up for the WPS program.

Duration:00:25:15

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-10

10/19/2023
In this episode, I finally get back to Iraq. I discuss, briefly, in this episode, my initial introduction to the new company, Torres, and its culture after having left the Jalalabad region of Afghanistan with the company EODT.

Duration:00:21:03

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-9

10/12/2023

Duration:00:21:13

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OTCL: Season-3 Episode-8

10/5/2023
In this episode, I put a wrap on my time in the Country of Afghanistan for now as I transition to my time, again, in the Country of Iraq. I conclude with some talks of what it takes to be a private security contractor OCONUS.

Duration:00:24:43