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GRP 76-Who Dares Wins: The Story of SAS Assaulter Jason Falla


GRP 76-Who Dares Wins: The Story of SAS Assaulter Jason Falla

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GRP 76-We have a special guest on for this week's podcast. Former Australian SAS trooper Jason Falla who is also the owner of a tactical training company called "Redback One" came on to talk about his journey in the Australian Special Forces world. He spent the first 6 years of his career with the 1st Commando Regiment before then going to SAS selection and finishing out the remaining 6 years of his military service as an SAS an assault team member and patrol medic of a water operations troop in 1 Squadron, 1st SAS Regiment. Jason shared a deployment story with us, and we discussed his post-military career where he worked as an instructor for what was at the time known as Blackwater. He now runs a successful tactical training company which employs former Tier 1 special ops guys working in several facets. We also covered some Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) as both Chantelle and Jason were Combat Medics respectively. Below is an excerpt from the podcast:


Jason Falla: The Australian Special Operations Task Group rolled out after 9/11 into Afghanistan. We were primarily tasked with reconnaissance and surveillance. We had a large area of responsibility.  We had an incident where one of our vehicles struck an anti-tank mine. Our patrol commander was in a bad way. It turned into a situation of being in a minefield. SGT Andy Russell lost a lot of blood. We called a MEDEVAC with American PJ's jumping in. Unfortunately, Andy died on the way to the hospital. We re-postured and made sure we dished back what we got there.


Our next major operation over there was during Operation Anaconda we were the SAS patrol up there. We got a call that a U.S. helo had been shot down. A special operations component was in a break contact situation. We had to re position ourselves and get eyes on the crash site and provided situational awareness, and interdiction of enemy forces. It was a long arduous march in full kit up to an OP. We had an American Combat Controller attached to us. He started bringing in aircraft. We had B-52's coming in fast air, we were calling in predators hot with AC-130's going Winchester. We asked for a Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) and an American voice came back " Well, I’m following a trail of cold dead bodies"



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GRP 67-Green Beret Medics| TBI| Hand To Hand Death Match| RIP Mike Lamb

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GRP 67-Green Beret Medics| TBI| Hand To Hand Death Match| RIP Mike Lamb

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GRP 67-Back on the podcast for this week's episode is Michael Rodriguez a former Army Green Beret Medic (18 Delta). He sits on President George W. Bush's Military Service Initiative Advisory Council which engages in a wide range of activities that support veterans. Last but not least he's the Chief Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation. On with us is a friend of Mikes a former 18 Delta Mark Belden. Mark has an interesting story with a background in mixed martial arts. We talk TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), Mike share's a story of when he treated an infant over in Afghanistan, and Mark shares a story of a time when he got into a hand to hand combat situation with a high-value target in Iraq.


My good friend Chantel Taylor served in combat with junior combat medic named Mike Lamb in the British Army. Chantel was the senior medic on that kinetic rotation into Southern Afghanistan. Mike went on to get attached to British Special Forces and served as a Medic with the SAS. He recently lost his battle with cancer at the age of 32. Below is a link to the Gofundme campaign used to raise money for his young family. I encourage anyone who can to contribute to help out this warrior's wife and child during these difficult times.


 Below is an excerpt from the show:


John: Mark can you share a deployment story with the audience?


Mark Belden: This isn't something I'm proud of, but it happened.  We were on a mission in Iraq. We knew this guy was a bad cat killed a lot of coalition, and American forces. We got the lead on him. We caught him sleeping on the roof. He was like 300 plus pounds. Heavyweight lifter. We double cuffed him with flex cuffs. The interrogator called me in to stay with him for a second. The interpreter was standing in the back. He was about 2 feet from me. Stone cold look in his eyes. He said something to the terp. He said you might as well kill me now because I'm not going to talk. I said ok whatever man, I’m just here to hang out with you. He took a huge breath and snapped both of his flex cuff's. He charged at me. I think it was a left hook that immediately caught him. He lifted me up. A 45 second battle ensued. One of the guys came into the room and pulled em out. The guy ended up dying. I was later investigated for it. I was in a top shape. A one-minute fight for my life put a lot of things into perspective.


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Active Shooter Responses, Increased Medical Training, Crisis Application Group


Active Shooter Responses, Increased Medical Training, Crisis Application Group


GRP 33-On this episode we have Jay Paisley back on the show. Jay served for 20 years in the US Army with 15 of those years in Special Forces. He was an 18 Delta Special Forces Medic with the 5th Special Forces Group, and went on to serve as a medic in a Special Missions Unit. We discuss the responses to mass shootings on the first responders side of the house.


In some detail that most people aren’t discussing, and bring to light some ideas that are certainly worth exploring as a nation when it comes to trauma medicine. Wouldn’t it make sense for High Schools to teach students over the course of 4 years how to deal with basic trauma using tourniquets, and other devices? Below is an excerpt from our conversation:



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GRP 33- Jay Paisley from Crisis Application Group is back on the show. Jay spent 15 years in Special Operations units as a medic. Listen in as we discuss responses to mass shootings, and methods to train the population in basic trauma medicine.

John Hendricks: There’s a lot of debate about nationalizing the medical training for EMT’s and first responders. I’m not sure exactly what people are saying about it, but I know there’s a pushback against that. I know you specifically don’t agree with it. Can you explain why?

Jay Paisley: In a nut shell unless you want your emergency services ran like the post office then we probably need to avoid that. The bottom line is every municipality has got its different rules for budgeting, who’s in charge of what. There’s different geographical responses, and population responses. It’s impractical to think we’re going to capture with a single unifying medical protocol nation wide. If the federal government wants to get involved, and facilitate this dialogue there’s a few things they can do.

One is on the financial side. A lot of these municipalities are cash strapped and don’t have the ability to fund these programs. There is a virtual army of veterans who are more then qualified to run these TCCC, TECC programs on the civilian side for the municipalities. Secondly I think public education can take on a couple new forms. One I think everybody is starting to realize the value of learning how to put on a tourniquet.

I think that’s generally well received within the civilian community. Again if the federal government wants to get involved my challenge would be to access the public school system. There’s no reason why 20 hours freshmen year, 10 hours sophomore, 10 hours junior, then cap it off with 20 hours for senior year this broken down over the course of a high school career. We couldn’t educate a national audience over the course of a generation or two. #GlobalReconPodcast #CAGMain #CrisisApplicationGroup #TCCC #Education #Medics #SOF

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