Episode 97 – New England 69th Irregulars

Episode 97 – New England 69th Irregulars

Episode 97 – Scott Libby – Founder of the New England 69th Irregulars’ Outdoor Adventure Group

Scott talking for the podcast

Scott Libby is a Navy Veteran from New Hampshire. I started talking with Scott about a year ago. He likes being outdoors and it was clear that he loves New Hampshire. We kept trying to meet up, but it never worked out until now. Now I was going to get to meet the founder of the Irregulars. Or, the New England 69th Irregulars’ Outdoor Adventure Group.

I had the opportunity to talk with him at White Lakes State Park in Tamworth, NH. It was a sunny day so I thought I would double down and ride my motorcycle up to meet him. It was a beautiful ride. I pulled into the campground, found his spot and said hello.

Scott looked liked something out of a LL Bean or EMS Catalog. The classic tour guide, outfitter, and expedition expert. His setup at the campsite was top notch.

We sat at the picnic table and started talking. Scott has this cool idea. There are many Veterans and Military people who are alone or want to socialize with other military types. Scott created this Outdoor Adventure Group to give Vets some experiences that would make for great memories. Memories that last longer than time at a bar.

Scott told me about riding ATVs. I had seen pictures of this thing below. I am calling it the Warthog. This thing is the ultimate off road SUV.

The point is there are all kinds of things that Scott is planning for us. If you are in the military or a veteran there will be something outside for someone looking for adventure if you are a member of this group. Check out the link below and join the group for a different kind of experience.

I this the Warthog. Scott’s side by side is bad to the max.

 


New England 69th Irregulars Facebook Group Site

 


 

Episode 96 – Heath Phillips – 49x

Episode 96 – Heath Phillips – 49x

Episode 96 – Heath Phillips – 49x

I had another podcast lined up for this week. However, I saw this story on the Washington Post website (He went AWOL after being sexually assaulted….) and felt this was more important in an age of #metoo and increased awareness around sexual assault. I decided to talk about Heath and his story and what I felt was a failure of leadership.

In 1988 Heath was 17 years old and serving on the USS Butte. It was on this ship that he started being sexually assaulted by 6 other male crew members. After filing a complaint 49 days in a row, Heath went AWOL. I couldn’t believe it either, he filed a complaint 49 straight times and nothing was done. Upon review of his case, he received a Other than Honorable Discharge, and was kicked out of the Navy.

Heath faced challenges from PTSD as a result of what happened to him, go into alcoholism and kept fighting to clear his name. Three times the Navy review board looked at his plea to upgrade his discharge to honorable, and three times he was denied.

30 years later, after the fourth time presenting his case to the Navy review board, Heath got the news last week that his discharge was upgraded to Honorable.

I still can’t get over how this happened. I don’t understand what the mind set was of the Captain of the USS Butte and other Petty Officers that allowed this to happen and did nothing to defend this Sailor. They aren’t fit to wear the uniform, much less call themselves Naval Officers.

Heath does talks across military installations advocating for those who have been a victim of sexual harassment and assault in the military. I am glad he kept fighting and did not give up or go into the abyss. There are some links below about Heath’s story and the Military’s SAPR Office.


LINKS

 


Heath’s Story


Episode 95 – Jim Tough

Episode 95 – Jim Tough

Episode 95 – Jim Tough

Tough. All kinds of things come to mind when people hear that word. Built tough, mentally tough, physically tough are all phrases that make a person listen. This episode is about Jim Tough. In every way, Jim embodies toughness, and why I created Oscar Mike Radio.

I started getting interested in talking with Jim when I came across videos of this guy wearing an Army baseball cap doing pushups. He wasn’t just doing pushups for fun. He would start with this message of hope and empowerment for those who are/were, “Staring into the Abyss”. I never served in combat but there have been times when I could relate to that phrase.

I couldn’t look away from my screen. Here was a guy who didn’t have a fancy camera or microphone just talking with us, with all of us about finding hope in the darkness then doing 22 pushups to raise awareness. I believe that it is people like Jim Tough, who use something as common as a pushup, that can be a source of comfort for those fighting the darkness.

Jim and I talked and as I recorded, I allowed myself to not think of him as a guest on the show, but as a NCO who was taking time to give me some advice. He didn’t sugarcoat things or shift blame for situations in life. He kept making me feel that if  I didn’t give up and kept moving everything would be alright.

I got way more out of this podcast than Jim could ever know. You can find Jim on Facebook – Jim Tough on Facebook. He does pushups 5 days a week! In the last your he has done or 8300 pushups!!!!

While that is a great accomplishment, I want everyone to take the time to listen to his daily message. I have been following them for a while now, and it has become part of my daily routine.

A big shout out to Jim’s wife and children who were great during the recording. Jim says that his wife is a source of strength for him and he loves being a dad.  I can’t wait to have you back on brother.


Episode 94 – Jody Part 4 – Leo

Episode 94 – Jody Part 4 – Leo

This is a true story about how low a wife and Jody can go. However, the real story that is still unfolding is about baby Leo. Leo is the result of a wife’s hookup with a Jody.  In this case, the now ex – wife went to a new level of dirt bag low.

Marina Garcia was married to Steven Garcia. He is a Sgt in the Army doing military police work. While deployed to Seoul, Korea he found out he was going to be a father.

Marina delivered the baby in January 2018. She told him that his daughter died during childbirth. 10,000 miles away from home, Steven was devastated…… But, it was all a lie.

Marina was pregnant, Marina had a baby…, but it was a baby boy, not a girl. Also, it was not Steven’s child. As of this podcast and the Washington Post article, Marina could not or would not identify the father. The mother of this child tried to forge documents that would transfer this baby to a couple from Texas. During a routine traffic stop, the police started asking questions and realized something was wrong.

The investigation revealed that Marina was living with an Army Specialist while her husband was deployed overseas. Also, once Steven was made aware of the situation, a paternity test revealed that he was NOT the father.

The only silver lining is that Leo, who is in foster care, may have someone to fight for him. Steven Garcia is filing paperwork to adopt Leo. Steven was adopted and feels that he can give Leo a life he would not have in foster care. My personal feelings aside, I have nothing but respect for Sgt Garcia. My message to him would be that I support his choice and that he is a true hero. Thank you

As for Marina, I believe her fate is still being decided in the court system. It would be my desire to see an example made of her for doing this to a baby and her husband. Jody is real folks, and how messed up is it that this Army Specialist was living with another man’s wife while she was pregnant and married. This guy is a true blue falcon. I don’t think this could be made up…..

Washington Post Article by Kyle Swenson


Jody and Jodie Podcast Links

I will add the episode links so you can get caught up. This is a year long series, so buckle up

Links to Jody/Jodie Past Podcasts

  1. Episode 81 – Jody Part 1
  2. Episode 85 – Jodie Part 2
  3. Episode 89 – Jody Part 3

Brawl for it All 6 – Team Darrah

Really happy to support #teamdarrah in Brawl for it all 6 in Warwick Rhode Island on July 13th.

 

 

 


 

Episode 93 – #impactfulathleteinteraction

Episode 93 – #impactfulathleteinteraction

Episode 93 – #impactfulathleteinteraction

with Tim Montjoy of Operation Teammate

University Georgia Bulldogs have been great supporters of Operation Teammate

Impactful Athlete Interaction. It is a mouthful that doesn’t really roll off the tongue. However, talking with Tim Montjoy for the third time, I get the sense that this phrase is not supposed to glide into thin air. There are all kinds of good things happening when athletes interact with children of military servicemembers. These children, who are separated from Mom or Dad for an extended period of time, see what hard work and dedication can pay off for their future.

I met Tim about two years ago and I swear he hasn’t stopped moving. Tim seems to running on full afterburner all the time as he is constantly talking with people about Operation Teammate, the children he serves, and what is next. He hasn’t slowed down from his time in the Air Force.

What is next is building on the mission focus for Operation Teammate. Instead of having a photo op for kids with the athletes, Tim wants to make sure that Operation Teammate adds value as a lifelong journey. These events are opportunities for children and athletes to learn from each other. The children see what striving for excellence can do for their future. Impactful means the athletes have the experience of learning about the sacrifices military servicemembers and their families endure. These athletes are also using this time to impart life lessons for the children. Thus we have the term #impactfulathleteinteraction. You will be seeing this phrase more and more in the future as Operation Teammate grows and expands their mission outreach. Thanks to everyone who supports Operation Teammate. As a LSU fan, I have to say #godawgs!

 


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