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GRP 125-There is a wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart:Dave Nielsen a Special Missions Sniper

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GRP 125-There is a wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart:Dave Nielsen a Special Missions Sniper

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Back on the podcast is Dave Nielsen. Dave served in Special Missions as a Breacher, Dog Handler, and sniper. His first experience in warwas in 1989during a combat jump into Panama as a young Ranger. Dave finished up his career over two decades later having deployed multiple times. We discussed in detail the operation which was covered in the HBO documentary “War Dog” where Dave’s K9 partner “Pepper” was killed in Iraq. 

 

We discussed Iraq, language training, Egypt and much more. Enjoy.

0:00- Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler tribute

 

2:10-Warrior Dogs

 

27:17-Subject matter experts

 

1:00:24-Language training in Egypt during the Arab Spring

 

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GRP 105-It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: The story of a Special operations SGM

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GRP 105-It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: The story of a Special operations SGM

 

 

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GRP 105- Very special guest on with me for this week’s podcast. Retired Special Operations Sergeant Major Chris Dutch Moyer came on. SGM Moyer served in the U.S. Army for 31 years. He first served as a Tanker, an Infantrymen, and an Army Ranger, before going deeper into the Joint Special Operations Command. We talked about the mindset required to remain at the top of your game for so long. We talked about coming back from injuries as he’s gotten badly injured while training for combat. 
    
The special operations forces are constantly training, deploying, and fighting. We talked about how the forces to some degree have burned out and how the military is getting better at mitigating the burnout. We talked about the “golden age of special operations” which refers to the last 16 plus years of war where the operators have lead the fight against America’s enemies. We discussed Africa, transnational terrorism, and the geopolitical threat posed by China. SGM Moyer shared some of the school’s and specialties he’s had while in such as being a dog handler. We were able to discuss some of the benefits of having dogs running with operators in combat. Lastly, we discussed his consulting company called DCM Consulting USA. They are working on getting
a website back up but for now, you can contact him via his Instagram page which is listed below. Enjoy. 


0:00-Intro

2:23-Introduction to Sergeant Major Moyer

9:53-The golden age of special operations

15:35-Transnational Terrorism. The burning out of special operations forces. 

31:09-The tip of the spear

53:42-Special Operations working dogs 

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GRP 98-Benito Olson:The Story of a Dog Handler Supporting SEAL Team Six in Combat

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GRP 98-Benito Olson:The Story of a Dog Handler Supporting SEAL Team Six in Combat

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GRP 98-On for this week's podcast is retired Master at Arm's Benito Olson. Benny began his career in the Navy working in Bahrain where he developed an interest in dog handling. He eventually became a dog handler and was stationed back in the states. Benny was then recruited as a dog handler into the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) to support the SEALs as their dog handler. We talked what it's like working with military dogs and then working with Special Operations dogs in the SEAL teams. 

Benny deployed 5 times with the Tier 1 SEALs. He was paired up with SEAL dog "Digo". He shared stories of his first deployment where they conducted direct action raids in Iraq. Two of the DEVGRU assaulters were killed on this rotation. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch. 

Benny shares the story of when he was severely wounded conducting a raid where they got into a brief gunfight killing two enemy fighters. Benny moved in with two assaulters to enter the building. Unbeknownst to them, it was rigged to explode. The blast seriously wounded Benny, Digo, and killed Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Luis A. Souffront. Benny's last trip was to Afghanistan during the Extortion 17 incident in which 30 Americans were killed when their helicopter was shot down. 17 were SEALs with 15 of them from DEVGRU. Many of them close friends. This was Benny's last trip before he was medically retired out of the Navy. He now runs a company called Patriot Dog Training.


0:00-Episode overview

3:50-Benito's Navy career, Master at Arms, Dog Handler

16:15-Benny's recruitment into the Naval Special Warfare's Development Group (DEVGRU) in a support role as a Dog Handler.  

30:14-SEAL dog "Digo" whom Benny became his handler upon his entry into the squadron. 

35:41: First combat deployment into Iraq conducting direct action missions. Two DEVGRU assaulters were killed on this rotation prior to Benny getting blown up. Rest in Peace Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch

1:02:25-The operation in which they assaulted a building that was rigged with explosives seriously wounding Benny, Digo, and killing Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Luis A. Souffront. Benny was told he wouldn't be able to deploy again. 9 months later he was back in Afghanistan and went on to complete 5 total trips. 

1:21:20-Digo passed away after retiring from the Navy and being adopted by a family. Benny's last deployment was to Afghanistan during the "Extortion 17" incident which the 31 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the, by then, decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001.
15 of the SEALs on board were from DEVGRU and many were close friends of Benito's. 

1:26:00- Patriot Dog Training. Benito's dog training company.

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GRP 12 Special Operations Working Dogs, Green Berets, Nutrition Tips

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GRP 12 Special Operations Working Dogs, Green Berets, Nutrition Tips

GRP 12-On this episode we have Travis Osborn back on to discuss Special Operations dogs. Travis was the Special Forces Medic who treated Marcus Luttrell the Navy SEAL from the Lone Survivor story during the rescue operation. Travis went on to become a dog handler in Special Forces. Him and Mike have been on several operations together where they hit target sets having Special Forces dogs along side of them.  RIP to all the military dogs who sacrificed themselves to protect their teammates.

 

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