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GRP 85-A Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman through combat| Traumatic Brain Injury


GRP 85-A Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman through combat| Traumatic Brain Injury

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GRP 85- On for this week's podcast is retired Navy Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC), and the host of "The Dangerzone" podcast Dan Brown. SARC's are highly trained Special Operations Medical personnel who deploy mainly with the Force Reconnaissance companies and the Marine Raiders. There have been instances where SARC's have deployed with Naval Special Warfare Teams and Army Special Operations Teams. SARC's are trained as amphibious special operations personnel going through various schooling alongside Recon Marines to include: Army Basic Airborne School, Marine Combatant Diver school, Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman Course, and the Special Operations Combat Medicine Course.


Dan continued on to complete the second half of the Special Operations Medical Course that typically only the Green Beret Medics complete. SEALs and SARC's will also complete the full course to become Independent Duty Corpsman, but only the senior Corpsman go through the rest of the course. We talked about Dan running Village Stability Operations (VSO) in Afghanistan during his deployment with the Raider Battalion, and how that type of mission is incredibly complex as it requires the war fighter to play the role of a diplomat and warrior. Dan was wounded during an attack in Afghanistan resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We discussed TBI in some detail which is a topic I plan to cover extensively in future episodes. 




11:00-SARC Pipeline


13:30-Special Operations Combat Medicine Course


16:28-SARC employment


17:34-Force Recon Battalion, Marine Raider Battalion


19:16-Independent Duty Corpsman


21:14-Prolonged Field Care


26:49-The positive effects of 15 years of war for trauma medicine in the United States


39:03-Village Stability Operations (VSO)


58:13-Running operations in Afghanistan, wounded in Afghanistan, Traumatic Brain Injury.




Dan Brown:

The Dangerzone Podcast on Sound Cloud, ITunes, and YouTube.

Instagram: DanielTheBarbarian


Global Recon:


IgRecon – Instagram

BlackOpsMatter- Instagram

Mission_Critical – Instagram

IgRecon- Twitter




Chantel Taylor:

Instagram: Mission_Critical

Facebook: Battleworn



GRP 61-Matthew McClintock, Special Forces Medics, Transitional Process


GRP 61-Matthew McClintock, Special Forces Medics, Transitional Process

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GRP 61- The one-year anniversary of the passing of Staff Sergeant Matthew McClintock. Matthew was an Army Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. With news of his passing circulating through the United States, the online military community really came together to contribute what they could to support his wife and young son. I remember feeling proud to see how Americans rallied around a gold star family.


Co-hosting for this week's episode is Tim Kolczak, the creator of the Veterans Project. Our special guest for this episode is one of Matthew's Special Forces teammates a retired Special Forces Medic named Chris. Chris talked about some of his experiences with Matthew as they had gone through the Special Forces selection course together, and eventually ended up on the same team deploying into a war zone together. Chris took out the time out of his busy schedule to record with us while he's in Afghanistan working as a contractor. We also talked a lot about Trauma medicine, bleeding control, and how the lessons learned from 16 years of hard war on the medical side are now being applied back here in the States raising the level of knowledge to new heights. We also touched on the veteran transitional process and what veterans can do to be successful as a civilian. Below is an excerpt.


John: Can you share a story of when you treated a casualty overseas?


Chris: This happened within the first week that I'd set up a VSO (Village Stability Operations) site in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. I was still setting up my clinic, and it as told we had a patient at our gate.  They told me he'd been shot in the foot. The guy comes in, and he'd been hit by an RPG. He had shrapnel sticking out of his skull. He had through and through gunshot wounds to both thighs. He had a partial evisceration of his stomach, so his intestines were sticking out. All of these obscure medical techniques that they teach you in the 18 Delta course (Special Forces Medical course) I got to experience on my very first week deployed. We got em out of there completely bundled up. The helo was there in 45 minutes he survived, and he was back with his unit when we left country 9 months later. I wasn't prepared, but the training I'd done over the past two years took over at that point.




Social Media: SpecialForcesMedics


Tim Kolczak:

Social Media: The Veterans Project


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GRP 55-SAS Major DR. Dan Pronk, TacMed Australia, RIP Scott Cooper Dayton

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GRP 55-SAS Major DR. Dan Pronk, TacMed Australia, RIP Scott Cooper Dayton

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GRP 55-First and foremost I want to send my condolences to the family of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42. Dayton is the first American service member to die to fight the Islamic State in Syria was a decorated and highly experienced Navy explosive ordnance disposal specialist.


On with me for this podcast is Australian SAS Major Dr. Dan Pronk. Dan did multiple deployments and was the regimental medical officer for both 2 commandos and SASR (Special Air Service Regiment). Dr. Dan completed his medical schooling on an Army scholarship and served the majority of his military career with Special Operations Units, including four tours of Afghanistan and over 100 combat missions. Dr. Dan was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service for his conduct in action on his second tour of Afghanistan. We discuss bleeding control, how to treat internal bleeding, and prolonged field care. Major Pronk is the Medical Director for Tac Med Australia which provides training for civilians, military, and police tactical units in Australia. Below is an excerpt from the podcast:


John: One good thing to come out of this Global War on Terror is the advancement of medical treatment.  There are various methods and procedures that have been effective at saving lives on the battlefield. One thing you said that interested me was a way to slow down internal bleeding. Can we talk about that a little bit?


SAS Major DR. Pronk: Medical literature goes back and forth on how useful this drug is. The name of the drug is Tranexamic acid or referred to as TXA. It's not a new drug, but its only in the last decade or so that people have been looking at it in a new light. The biggest cause of preventable death on the battlefield was people bleeding out so hence the use of arterial tourniquets.  The Soldiers might have stepped on an IED and got horrendous bilateral lower leg amputations if you can put a tourniquet high above that wound and cut off the blood flow to that leg you can prevent him from bleeding out.


If it's a little bit higher maybe in the groin or the armpit, it's what we call junctional bleeds. It's too high on a limb to a tourniquet. So that's where your quick clot and hemostatic dressing come in. You can cram that into the wounds and the chemicals in those dressings can speed up the clotting process and stem the bleeding.  Once you get bleeds inside the body, the chest, the abdomen, the pelvis areas where you can drop a huge amount of blood but can't get a tourniquet or quick clot on is difficult to control. The key there is to get that person to a surgical facility quickly.


TXA or Tranexamic Acid the concept of it is when your body starts bleeding chemicals in your body will identify it and try to stop that bleeding. It's an evolutionary process that stops us from bleeding out. As soon as your body starts forming clot chemicals will break down the clots. TXA inhibits the system that breaks down clots. TXA stops the system of breaking down the clot.



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GRP 21-North American Rescue, DJ Struntz, Ramadi, Zulu Foxtrot


GRP 21-North American Rescue, DJ Struntz, Ramadi, Zulu Foxtrot

GRP 21-On this episode two interviews were conducted. The first is with DJ Struntz who is the Minister of Propaganda for North American Rescue. NAR is a premiere provider in pre hospital, point of wounded medical care. NAR has assembled a seasoned staff of former Special Operations medics, experienced Law Enforcement/SWAT/EMS healthcare providers. The CAT Tourniquet (Combat Application Tourniquet) is the official tourniquet of the US Army, and has contributed to the decrease in deaths on the battlefield for the modern day war fighter.


The second interview was conducted with G from Zero Foxtrot. G is a Marine combat veteran with deployments to Fallujah, and Ramadi during the Iraq war. He has popular social media profiles which post interesting content highlighting warfighters from wars past, and we discuss some things that are popular misconceptions amongst people with limited knowledge on modern warfare, and the history of warfare as well.  Any questions send an email to


North American Rescue’s website:

North American Rescue’s Facebook: North American Rescue

North American Rescue’s Instagram: North American Rescue

DJ Struntz Instagram: DjStruntzPhoto


Zero Foxtrot’s Website:

Zero Foxtrot’s Facebook: Zero Foxtrot

Zero Foxtrot’s Instagram: ZuluFucks





Mike Glover’s Website:

Mike Glover’s Facebook: FieldCraftLLC

Mike Glover’s Instagram Accounts: SofSurvivor , FieldCraftSurvival

Mike Glover’s Twitter: IgSofSurvivor


John Hendricks website:

John Hendricks Facebook: FB Recon

John Hendricks Instagram Accounts: IgRecon, GlobalRecon_INC

John Hendricks Twitter: IgRecon


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