Eagle Nation Podcast

Eagle Nation Podcast

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Welcome to the Eagle Nation Podcast! We’re excited to bring you a weekly dose of Eagle Fire through compelling discussions with inspiring guests, on topics that you care about. We’ll explore veterans, community, nonprofits, fitness, and leadership. Please be sure to subscribe to podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts. We’d also love you to be a part of the show. Please send any ideas, comments, or questions to podcast@TeamRWB.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EaglePodcast.


EP030 - What We've Learned So Far  

The first six months of the Eagle Nation Podcast have flown by.  We are 30 episodes into this journey and it has been a blast so far.  We have had some amazing guests and have covered a lot of really interesting topics.  This week, we thought it would be cool to pause and take a look back at what we've learned so far.

In this episode, JJ and I talk about:

The best advice we've been given on the podcast Questions we wish we'd asked How we've grown through this process Not letting perfect be the enemy of good The vision for Team RWB's future

A bunch of listeners have asked us for a consolidated list of some of our favorite books and podcasts that we've mentioned on the show.  Here to go!

Our favorite podcasts:

TED Radio Hour Freakonomics Radio Tim Ferriss Show Barbell Business

Our favorite books:

Contagious Tribe Zero to One Start With Why Daring Greatly Fooled by Randomness Originals Good to Great
EP029 - Doug McCormick on running your family like a business and economic empowerment for Veterans and military families  

Doug McCormick is a lot of things - an Army Veteran (Infantry), a small business owner, a skilled investment banker, a Veteran advocate, and financial author, just to name a few.  In this podcast, we talk about economic empowerment for the military community, and why the traditional model of investing and asset allocation is imperfect.

We cover a ton of great content, including:

His book, Family, Inc. Economic empowerment for Veterans and Military Spouses The striking lack of financial literacy in America, and why it's a problem
EP028 - Bill Hecht - COO of the Westfield Corporation,  on Building Community, Hiring Veterans and Giving Back.  

In this podcast, we talk to the COO of one of the world’s premier shopping center companies, the Westfield Corporation - Bill Hecht.  We discuss what it takes to bring the community together in a physical space, being part of rebuilding their World Trade Center location after 9/11, why supporting veterans is important to Westfield (and him personally), and the Old Glory Relay.   

We cover a ton of content in this podcast, to include:

Westfield’s support of The Old Glory Relay Being part of rebuilding at the World Trade Center post 9/11 The importance of community in America
EP027 - Secretary of  Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald  

The Eagle Nation Podcast is the official podcast of Team Red, White, and Blue and this week, we have a very special guest.  Host, Blayne Smith, is joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald…or as he prefers, Bob.

Bob was nice enough to invite us into his office during a recent trip to D.C., and we had a great conversation.  During this episode, we address a number of topics that are on the front of Veterans’ minds.  Of course, we touch on leadership.  Bob tells us how he has managed to recruit some amazing people into VA and how building a values-based culture is the only way to ensure excellent service.

We also talk about the role of Veteran in managing his/her transition from military life and the need for Veterans to assume a mantle of leadership in our communities and country.

Finally, we dive into healthcare.  Bob provides his thoughts on recent calls for privatization of the VA and discusses the importance of having a healthcare system that addresses the whole person and focuses on preventative care.

Team RWB and VA have a strong and growing relationship in our collective effort to serve Veterans and build strong communities.  You won’t want to miss this episode!

EP026 - Best Selling Author Jonah Berger on creating contagious content, invisible influence and how to get people involved  

In this podcast, we talk to best selling author and professor at the Wharton School, Dr. Jonah Berger.  He’s a thought leader on the academic side of what causes certain content to go viral, how influence plays a part in all of our lives, and we discuss how this relates to life and Team RWB.   

We cover a ton of content in this podcast, to include:

How his book, Contagious, has influenced Team RWB How to get people involved The Invisible Influence that shapes all our lives
EP025 - Eric Garcia on beating addiction and the power of serving others  

Eric Garcia has been lost.  After an impressive military career that included assignments with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), his life took a turn for the worst.  In 2010, Eric found himself homeless, addicted, and on the way to rehab.  Just 7 months later, he started a small nonprofit to support Veterans through fitness and fellowship.  He soon found Team RWB and in the time since has been one of our very best volunteer leaders.

Today, Eric serves other Veterans as a case manager at the Salvation Army in Tampa, Florida.  He is working on a Mission Continues fellowship and will complete his degree in psychology next spring.  Eric spends his time in trenches, meeting Veterans where they are at, everyday.  His perspective is absolutely priceless.

This episode is a very raw and honest conversation that speaks to all of us.  Please take it to heart and share with your friends.

EP024 - Patricia Walsh on real vs. perceived disabilities and triathlon  

In this episode, we talk to one of the best paratriathletes in world, Patricia Walsh. She is currently representing the USA at the Paralympics in Rio, and is an all-around amazing person.

We talk about a lot of great stuff including:

Para-triathlon Her TED Talk Getting a STEM degree as a blind person Her competitive fire and how it drives her accomplish whatever she sets her mind to
EP023 - Benjamin Bunn on transition, entrepreneurship, and making peace with a life of violence  

To say that Ben Bunn is interesting would be a massive understatement.  The guy is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, has served as a Green Beret and Infantry officer, and has a tattoo of Chuck Norris on his left arm.  More importantly, Ben is a smart and thoughtful guy that is in a middle of making what I'm sure will be an excellent transition from active duty.  He and his partner own Cigar City CrossFit in Tampa and are building a really strong community.

In this episode, we dive into some deep stuff, including:

Taking a proactive approach to transition Why starting a business is scary and thrilling Quiet moments and why they are so hard Reconciling a violent past Committing to a life helping others

This is a really honest conversation and we hope that you'll take a lot from it.  

EP022 - Tommy Caldwell on rock climbing, adventure parenting, and assessing risk  

In this episode,we talk with one of the greatest rock climbers to ever live, Tommy Caldwell. We talk about his long-time involvement in Team RWB, rock climbing as a post counter-culture sport, and how being a family man has changed his outlook on life.

We cover a ton a really exciting topics including:

The Epic Rope Swing He and Alex Honold completing The Fitz Traverse His ground breaking free climb or the Dawn Wall Tommy's biggest fear
EP021 - Brian Stann on attitude, fighting, and how to get up off the mat  

Brian Stann is the CEO of Hire Heroes USA, an organization that has helped thousands of Veterans find high-quality careers. He is also one of the toughest and most accomplished people you'll ever meet. Brian played football at the US Naval Academy before being commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, where he would earn the Silver Star during one of his tours in Iraq. Never one to slow down, Brian became a professional fighter, eventually becoming the heavy-middleweight champion of the World Extreme Cage Fighting Championship and a top middleweight contender in the Ultimate Fighter Championship. In addition to all of this, he holds down one of the world's hardest jobs as the father of three young daughters.

We cover a lot of ground in this podcast, including:

Finding a passion outside of work How to promote your abilities without being arrogant The importance of a great attitude Who he'd like to fight again And so much more!

Brian is an incredibly inspiring guy and we guarantee that this episode will leave you ready to run through a brick wall.

EP020 - Simon Sinek on Leading in a Virtual Space and Owning Your "Why"  

In this episode, we talk with best-selling author and leadership expert, Simon Sinek.  We have a great conversation about ideas like: applying the "Circle of Safety" in the virtual world, why digital relationships will never replace actual relationships, and how 3/4 of an answer is better than an answer and a half.

Simon was a pleasure to talk with and he's been a long-time supporter of Team RWB.

We cover a ton of content in this podcast, including:

Leading in a virtual/distributed environment The "Circle of Safety" How knowing your personal "why" is critical to effective leadership Why in-person meetings are vital, and often overlooked
EP019 - Theresa Larson on being a woman in uniform, overcoming perfectionism, and the importance of owning your story  

Theresa Larson is a woman with many titles and one inspiring story.  She's played college and professional softball, served as a US Marine, and is now a doctor of physical therapy in San Diego.  In her recent memoir, Warrior, Theresa bravely shares her story of being platoon commander in Iraq and battling some inner demons.

We have a very raw and honest conversation about:

The issues that come with being a perfectionist The challenges of being a female Marine officer How movement and exercise helps us overcome trauma The importance of owning and sharing our stories
EP018 - Nate Boyer on Lifelong Learning and Football  

In this episode, we talk with Nate Boyer - relief worker, Green Beret, Texas Longhorn football player, and all-around great guy.  He is a pleasure to talk to and we are thrilled to have him as both a long-time member of Team RWB and a guest on the show!

We cover a ton of ground of this one, including:

Lifelong learning and having a growth mindset Texas Longhorn football Breaking the 10,000 hour rule Bringing Veterans to Hollywood
EP017 - Maj. Gen. (Ret) Chris Cortez from Microsoft on Veteran employment and Old Glory Relay  

Major General (Retired) Chris Cortez served in the United States Marine Corps for 33 years. As an Infantry officer, he led Marines at every level, from platoon to division. After leaving the military, Chris took on a new mission at Microsoft and has committed himself to supporting Veterans that are interesting in moving into the tech industry. Through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, Veterans are getting incredible training and certifications that put them on the path to jobs, not only at Microsoft, but with companies across the tech sector.

In this conversation, we talk with MG (ret) Cortez about:

His transition from the military and how he found his new mission Why Veterans are great employees for the tech sector The power of Old Glory Relay and how it brings communities together How Veterans can get training that leads to high-paying job Why Microsoft is "all-in" on supporting Team RWB
EP016 - Kelly Starrett on Mobility Practice, Going Barefoot, and Earning Your Cookies  

Kelly Starrett is a doctor of physical therapy that has become the authority on human movement.  He's been closely involved with CrossFit since the early days.  His gym San Francisco CrossFit was one of the first 50 affiliates, and he was head judge at the first ever CrossFit Games.  Kelly's book, Becoming a Supple Leopard has helped thousands of people to perform basic maintenance on their bodies and unlock their physical potential.  In his new book, Deskbound he highlights the ways that we can counter a lifestyle that has us sitting far too much.  Along with his wife, Juliet, they have formed a amazing nonprofit organization called Standup Kids whose mission is combat sedentary lifestyle and obesity by providing standup desks to school children.

In this episode, we cover a lot of ground, including:

The challenges of being a parent in today's world How to recover a body that has been abused for years Why you should walk a mile barefoot How to add one cookie a day to your diet And much, much, more
EP015 - Tim Kennedy on personal responsibility and punching people in the face  

In this podcast we have a hugely interesting discussion with Tim Kennedy.  Tim is a true renaissance man - he's a world-class fighter in the UFC, and Army Green Beret, hosts a TV show on the History Channel, and much, much, more.  We cover a ton of content in this podcast, including:

The importance of personal accountability, especially for Veterans. What it is like to be a public figure while serving on active duty. His show on the History Channel - Hunting Hitler Range 15 - The movie that is taking the Veteran world by storm.
EP014 - Joe DeSena, Co-founder and CEO of Spartan Race  

Joe DeSena understands grit and hard work.  He's been hustling since he was a young boy growing up around organized crime in New York City.  Joe also understands the importance of a healthy, purpose-driven life.  In this wide ranging episode we cover:

The origins of Spartan Race Raising kids to value hard work The importance of camaraderie and community The value or shared hardship Why he moved his family to Singapore, and much, much more...

Team RWB is proud to work with Spartan Race and it has been amazing to see the two communities come together.  Please enjoy this very special episode with a guy that is changing the world for the better.  

EP013 - Undersecretary of the Army, The Honorable Patrick Murphy on training for life, Twitter, and priorities  

Patrick Murphy has accomplished a ton in the first 42 years of his life.  He was the captain of the hockey team in college, deployed to combat as an Army officer, taught law at West Point, was the first Iraq/Afghanistan veteran to be elected to Congress, became a partner at a law firm, hosted a TV show on MSNBC, and now serves as the Undersecretary of the Army.

In this episode, we cover a ton of material including:

Why functional fitness is a huge part of his life How his youth affects the way he leads the Army Using social media as a leadership tool The most important lesson that his father ever taught him
EP012 - Tim O'Donnell, America's top triathlete and Navy veteran  

Tim O'Donnell (TO as he's affectionately known) is currently America's top male long-course triathlete and has been a leader at Team RWB since our earliest days.  He has served on our advisory board and has coached at our triathlon camp since 2013.  Tim is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and is a six time champion of the Armed Forces Triathlon.  

We have a great conversation that includes:

What it feels like to be on the podium at IRONMAN world championships Why it is important to bet on yourself How he got involved in Team RWB The importance of learning and growing after disappointments

Tim has been such an amazing ambassador for Team RWB and for veterans in general.  We are incredibly proud to have him on our team and we are excited to bring you this awesome interview!



EP011 - Matt Griffin from Combat Flip Flops on how service can change your life  

Matthew "Griff" Griffin is a co-founder of Combat Flip Flops in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Combat Flip Flops is a service minded, dynamic company that creates cool stuff in dangerous places around the world - advancing their belief in "business, not bullets" to end global conflicts.  He served in the 75th Ranger Regiment with three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, and is now spending his time to make the world a better place - his company uses some of their profits to send Afghan girls to school, and to clear land mines.

In this episode, we cover a ton of important topics including:

How he crashed and burned post-military, and how he pulled out of it How giving to others can save your life How he and his partners started Combat Flip Flops His TED Talk on persistence, creativity, and respect Being a Veteran entrepreneur on Shark Tank (go to 33:25 on video)
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