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With the new defense budget out, new QDR out, the withdraw of maneuver forces from Afghanistan, rising interest in INDO-PAC operations, and a resurgent Russia: after over a decade of COIN and land wars in Southwest and Central Asia - what is the status of the United States Marine Corps?
Materially, intellectually, and culturally - is the USMC set up to move best towards the expected challenges and missions?
Our guest for the full hour will be Dakota L. Wood, Lt Col, USMC (Ret.), Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at The Heritage Foundation.
Following retirement, Mr. Wood served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
Most recently, Mr. Wood served as the Strategist for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Special Operations Command.
Mr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy; a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College.
This show is dedicated to: Marine Cpl Jacob C Leicht killed May 27, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
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Defending the Republic with Annie "The Radio Chick", Kel Fritzi and Dan Butcher is an ongoing discussion of recent events.
Special Guest: Manny Vega, USMC Retired, Former Infantry Scout at Marines, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Manny made the news when he refused to take down the American and USMC flags from his home and faced eviction. He also was at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC helping to tear down the barricades the Obama Administration erected, blaming sequestration. In counter protest to the Pro-Palestinian Rally outside the White House, he faced down physical assault upon his person while showing brave support for Israel. He has been a rock of support for Jill Tahmooressi, whose son remained jailed in a Mexico prison, while the Obama Administration twiddles their thumbs. https://www.facebook.com/manuel.e.vega
Supporters of the Tahmooressi family have created an official fundraising site to collect donations to offset the cost of his legal defense. To donate, visit AndrewFreedomFund.com. Contributions and letters can also be mailed to: Andrew Tahmooressi Liberty Fund, 5722 S. Flamingo Road #114, Cooper City FL 33330-3206M
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20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Blessed is the man that finds wisdom because length of days is in her right hand and riches and honor in her left hand.
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3 ... His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We're looking forward to some big laughs with Former U.S. Marine, Police Officer and Firefighter turned National Headlining Comedian, Travis Howze protected America's citizens for over 14 years, and now he's making fun of them! Whether dodging bullets, chasing bad guys or running into burning buildings he is always Funny Under Fire!
Having appeared on NBC's Night Shift with Kevin Ferguson, Travis has also been Voted, Stand Up Comedy's Mouth of the South and Charleston, South Carolinas Funniest Person. He has also been referred to as The Military and Emergency Services Voice of Comedy.
In addition to making fun of the general public he includes his own humility from being a Ludicrous Police Officer, being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military, Family, Married Life and more. In Travis's mind, his days of protecting are neither over, leaving no one safe nor anything off limits! His motto is simple "If you are able to laugh at someone else's pain and misfortunes, then you had better be able to laugh at your own!" Connect with Travis on Facebook or website.
Next we're bringing a guest caller to play "Name that Travis" on the show, followed by a game to see if Jackie and Kristine can guess the incorrect acronym.
We've taken a small break and are so happy to be back with all of you! We've got a great show for you today:
1. Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home with Marshele Carter Waddel. She delves into her personal life dealing her husband's PTSD and TBI at home. Marshele is married to a retired Navy Seal and the book delves into their marriage and how their children were affected. She goes onto interview 25 other families affected with post traumatic stress and more. The book is co-authored by Vietnam Veteran and Marine, Dr. Kelly Orr.
The resource Marshele mentions for anonymous counseling is Hope for the Heart online communities.
Click to win one of three books at USMC Life.
2. We're interviewing military children because April is the month of the military child! Join us as we ask questions to some of our favorite kids and adults, ages 4 to 16.
We're talking with Judy Davis from The Direction Diva to discuss stress relief, empowerment and personal growth in our military world. Judy is a motivational speaker, author and blogger who specializes in advocating for and supporting the military community. One of her philosophies is focusing on "one moment at a time" to empower others with coping strategies to help ease the challenges in our lifestyle. Connect with her blog for T.I.P.s (tools, information and perspective) that will help you make the most of your life.
We're sorry to report that we will be giving up Semper Fiesty Radio for the mostpart. It's a lot of work booking guests and getting the show on the air; Kristine is uber busy with USMC Life and Jackie will be moving to Korea this summer, so we are calling it a day with the show. However, we may occasionally do a show in the future, but nothing on a regular basis. Thank you for supporting our radio show and podcast; we've loved every minute of it.
A special time and format this week with two different topics and guests.
Moving for just this week to a 6:30pm Eastern start time, our guest for the first 30-minutes will be Lieutenant Ben Kohlmann, USN – Founder of Disruptive Thinkers, F/A-18 pilot, member of the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell, and Co-Founder Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. He will be on to give us an overview of DEF2014 that ends this weekend.
For the following hour our, guest will be Major Carl "Skin" Forsling, USMC. He will be on to discuss some of the broader issues he raises in his article earlier this month, Unpacking The Veteran Entitlement Spectrum, and perhaps some more as well.
Skin is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot. He has deployed with and been an instructor in both platforms. He has also served as a military advisor to an Afghan Border Police battalion. He is currently Executive Officer at Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204, training Osprey pilots and aircrew for the Marine Corps and Air Force. He earned his batchelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his master's from Boston University. His writing has appeared in the Marine Corps Gazette, USNI Proceedings, Small Wars Journal, and Approach, among others (available at carlforsling.tumblr.com). Follow him on Twitter @carlforsling.
Guest Sean Guerrero, host Robert Jetter, Jr. and panelists Activist Cindy Todd, Founder of Overpasses for America James Neighbors, & Constitutional scholar Kelly Mordecai, with contributor Dan Gray former columnist of the Washington Times. Call in and you stay on the line. You too can Join our Round Table Discussion.
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Bards Logic welcome Sean Guerrero to discuss his music, his motivations, and his part in the Bring Back Our Marines campaign.
“Sean is one of the most gifted songwriters and creative musical artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with, His songs are relevant and his vocal style speaks to a broad audience.” ~ Grammy Nominated and Dove Award Winning Producer, Dave Moody
Award winning performer for best vocals, best music video to his song “Walls” and is making headway in markets all over the world with some of the largest names in the industry. Since his first single “Walls” and his latest “Waiting For You,” He has received major press and interviews in both Christian and Mainstream releases and major radio play! Sean’s new release to “Waiting for You” has made the Top 20 downloads and streams by Play MPE radio in both Christian and Mainstream! Sean has gained a large supporting fan base all over the world from having touched hearts and lives through his sound, style, songs, and craft in performance and encouraging words. His first single “Walls” has gained national publicity about warnings against suicide. the impact that the song “Walls” (about warnings against suicide) that has been made - has touched lives all over
It's 2013 and many states are passing marijuana laws that civilians and federal employees (military members) are asking about. In California, there's medical marijuana, but in Colorado and Washington, it's legal to buy, consume, and have marijuana on your person. Learn about how pot affects civilians working as federal contractors, spouses and dependents are affected living or working on base, and more.
Alia Reese, Marine wife and author of American Hero Books joins us to discuss her fantastic picture books, where she's taken the concept of using pictures of her Marine to connect with her kids. She also has military coins for older kids. Get 20% off with coupon code USMC Life. These are fantastic gifts and are made by utilizing spouse or veteran owned businesses.
Sexting. Have you tried it? Do you think you might want to? Have you mailed risque photos to your military member? Jackie and I dish this subject and how we've kept our marriages fresh through deployments and more.
*update* In the show, I said that Marines can't open their letters in boot camp, that is incorrect. They can't open their packages. Sorry for the confusion.
Consider this the first show of Semper Feisty 2.0. We're getting a little more crazy and playing a few games to keep your mind guessing!
Today's Topic: For the Love of School
Each week we'll be visiting a general topic and will be playing a game on behalf of someone. Today we are playing for a Marine who has EAS'd, Shawn Eckhart. If we win on Shawn's behalf, his face will be superimposed on someone else's body all in good fun, and featured on USMC Life's Facebook Page.
This week's feature guest is Craig Gilman from American Military University. We're going to be dishing:
If online school is right for you?
How to get money for school?
Choosing the right degree?
How to set yourself up for success.
We reference a few things on this week's shows, here are the links to the MyCAA program, scholarships, and MCM route map. Check out Craig's bio for more information about him: Craig is currently an online faculty member and military outreach coordinator with American Military University. He is a veteran who served for five years in the Marine Corps. He's taught as a public school teacher in Virginia, at Korea International School in Seoul, Korea, and English in the public middle school system in Tokyo, Japan.
A best of this weekend from last year when now Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work was between jobs.
When one hangs up the uniform after decades of service, but still wants to contribute to their nations national security needs, what paths can that take and what are the keys to success?
In a budgetary challenge not seen by the US military in two decades, what are the important "must haves" that need to be kept at full strength, and what "nice to haves" may have to be put in to the side?
What are the legacy ideas, concepts, and capabilities that the Navy and Marine Corps need to make sure they maintain mastery of, and what new things are either here or are soon on the way that we need to set conditions for success now?
Our guest for the full hour to discuss this and more will be Robert O. Work, Col. USMC (Ret), presently CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and former Undersecretary of the Navy from 2009-2013.
After 27-years of active duty service in the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), where he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs. He also contributed to Department of Defense studies on global basing and emerging military missions; and provided support for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
During this time, Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.
In late 2008, Work served on President Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois; and has Masters Degrees from the University of Southern California, the Naval Postgraduate School; and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
We’re interviewing Betty Turnbull, Author of “A Sergeant in the House” where she tells the story of Lenny who desperately wants a puppy. His father is in the military, the family must move frequently, and Lenny is still very young to care for an animal, so Lenny strikes a bargain: When his daddy becomes a sergeant, Lenny can have a puppy. When his father is deployed to war, Lenny learns what it means to be responsible, to care for his family, and to help around the house. A dreaded phone call brings the news that Lenny’s father has been injured and is being sent home. When Lenny’s father explains that this means he’ll never become a sergeant, Lenny realizes that what he truly wants is his daddy–puppy or no puppy. Enter to win a copy here!
Next we’re talking about the new Dress Blues for females and the cost of uniform research between the services.
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