Sunday, October 28, 2018

Doggone Tired 10 Mile Trail Run 10.27.18

Been a long time since I blogged about a trail race but yesterday I finished my first race of any significant distance in about 2 years. This was a very small race held to benefit the hungry. I ran the 10 mile version which was one loop but there was also a 50K option. There were only 7 of us running the 10 mile so I declare myself Age Group Winner!!! Here are some pictures of the beautiful day.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


 Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL who commanded Task Unit Bruiser during some of the hardest fighting of the Iraq War. Currently he has a podcast, a leadership consulting company and several New York Times best selling books on leadership. Jocko is captivating, intimidating and intense.

I want to dismiss him on principle as just another self promoting Navy SEAL but I cannot. I wonder why? I also wonder why so many people from all walks of life call his message life changing. Two of my friends who have no military experience what so ever are huge fans.

So why Jocko? He is a Navy SEAL but I have met and worked with alot of SEALS and they aren't anything special in the Special Operations Community. Good ones and bad ones like any unit. Jocko is a good one.

Jocko is captivating, intimidating and intense. So what.. I know alot of people who embody the same qualities. However Jocko can communicate his message outside the insular community of special operations very effectively.

Ultimately I think he has become this phenomenon because the general public is starving for discipline. Jocko is all about discipline. Self discipline, unit discipline, business discipline. In a country where only .0045% of the public serve in the military and 85% of those folks aren't combat troops the disconnect is huge. This is the same reason that people flock to GORUCK events that are patterned loosely after Special Forces Selection. People pay money, or buy books or listen to podcasts to be physically, morally or intellectually tested in a way that does not happen in normal society.

100 years ago if you were lazy and didn't get your crops in on time you stood a real chance of starving to death. That's not a  concern anymore. As we become more reliant on technology the message of self reliance gets lost. Jocko is broadcasting that message loud and clear. His message is not unique but it somewhat rare outside military/public safety circles.

When I was in Northern Iraq our Task Force Commander, a Colonel who later became a General, stood on the hood of a Humvee and gave one of the most inspirational and Pattonesque speeches I have ever heard. Its content is lost to the fog of war as it was totally impromptu however what it wasn't was abnormal.

The military has many great leaders and honest to goodness heros. I think those that are not familiar or have no experience with this are unaware this is the truth. Once they are made aware they just want know more. This is what Jocko does, he spreads the message.

Get Some!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Happy Birthday Sparrow!!!

Hey Sparrow its your Birthday!! Its also our actual anniversary not just the one we celebrate. Happy 32 years!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow..RIP Sir

Holocaust survivor, Special Forces Icon. I don't admire many officers but he was one. RIP sir DOL

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


17 years ago I was a Senior Non Commisioned Officer in the US Army Special Forces. I was in a isolation facility doing mission planning when word of  what has come to be known as the 9/11 attacks happened.

Today as I write this I am a Paramedic sitting at an ambulance station waiting for some tones to drop.

Lots of things have changed since 2001, more things will change as life goes on. The victims of 9/11 will experience no change because their opportunity for change was taken from them.

Never forget the attack on our country and honor their sacrifice by living a life worth living.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Mandalay Bay FEMA After Action Report

FEMA released its report on the Mass Shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on 1 Oct 2017.

Some interesting highlights that bolster positions I have promoted for some time in regards to civilian preparedness and medical response.

"Good Samaritan stories of civilians—as well as many off-duty first responders and military—aiding, protecting, and providing care to the wounded were a major success observed in this response. These efforts were essential to saving many lives before emergency medical crews were able to access the site. A medical director for emergency preparedness at a trauma center that received patients from the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 explained, “Time is the most critical factor…People would talk about the golden hour. Really, what we’re talking about is the golden minutes.”3 Transportation and basic first-aid “Stop the Bleed” care provided by local citizens and other concertgoers enabled many wounded to later access the life-saving care they needed "

From the report:
Recommendations: Fire Department and Law Enforcement

 Ensure that response agencies have mechanisms in place to coordinate with civilian volunteers and organize donations, efficiently incorporating these resources into operations.
Support community “Stop the Bleed” first-aid training and education programs. "

Monday, August 20, 2018

IBJJF Chicago Summer Open 8.11 and 12 2018

So as some of you know I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for self defense purposes about 2 years ago. BJJ has become a very important part of my life. Its a great stress reliever,workout and I have met some awesome people. Although not my primary concern over the last few years the thought of competition crossed my mind. Eventually I felt it was necessary to give it a shot. I set my sights on the IBJJF Summer Open in Chicago. A  good number of fellow Academy members would be going. My problem was I am still considered a novice as BJJ takes years if not decades to master and I started later in life than the average student. So decisions needed to be made. If I was to compete at my skill level I would need to compete against guys half my age. To compete in my age division I would have to register at a higher level of skill. After talking with our head instructor I followed his advice and went up a skill level to grapple with those close to my age. 

I won't go into the match details but suffice to say I was nervous until I got on the mat. I hadn't competed in a grappling event in 36 years. It turned out to be a very positive experience. I took second in my weight/age group as well as second in the open division in my age group. Both of my losses came to the number one ranked competitor in the world. Even in losing I felt I was competitive and found things to work on going forward. The other competitors were gracious and friendly, and my teammates were supportive and encouraging. All and all it was a great experience and I will be competing again in the future.