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The Spear is a podcast from the Modern War Institute at West Point. It aims to explore the combat experience, with each episode featuring a guest who tells a detailed and personal story, describing the events and exploring topics like decision-making under stress and what it feels like to be in combat.
 
Rayza (Canuck), Teresa (Canuck) and Robbie (Aussie) are the Austranadian Synth Alliance. DISCLAIMER: We are in no way claiming to own any of the songs or profit off of them. We are fans and enthusiasts that want to help promote this music and get it to a wider listening audience. You can thank us later :) Cover Artwork: "Highway" by AxiomDesign [http://axiomdesign.deviantart.com/art/Highway-568748872]
 
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We’re covering the first 17 minutes of Hulk Hogan’s classic film (or pilot or first two episodes of a television show) – Thunder in Paradise. We’ve got boats. We’ve got rice. We’ve got Cold War propaganda. We’ve got digital watches. We’ve got secret handshakes. We’ve got stunts. To put it plainly, we’ve got all the makings of the what would go down…
 
This episode features a story from Maj. Joe Ritter, an MQ-9 pilot—the first remotely piloted aircraft story featured on The Spear. The MQ-9 has a wide range of the capabilities—from providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to conducting battle damage assessments to helping a ground element direct their fires to striking enemy target…
 
Our introduction episode to Thunder in Paradise, the pilot movie that would launch Hulk Hogan’s classic television series. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://doc…
 
In 2010, Maj. Tyson Walsh was a platoon leader on his first deployment. Just ten days after arriving in Afghanistan, the platoon suffered its first casualties when an IED—an improvised explosive device—killed one soldier and wounded another. Eight days later, the battalion chaplain visited the platoon's combat outpost to perform a prayer service fo…
 
It’s out annual Halloween Spooktacular™. You’re in for some bone-chilling scares as we answer a listener question, recommend some rival podcasts, figure out on-air when this episode is supposed to be released, and discuss what we’ll cover next. So boys and ghouls™, enter if you dare!!! Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/…
 
In August 2007, a US Army Special Forces team came under fire while passing through a valley in Afghanistan. The call for support went to a nearby base, where an AC-130H Spectre gunship crew was standing by. The crew quickly launched, and shortly later, the aircraft was overhead. This is the type of job the AC-130H was designed for. In the hours th…
 
Our coverage of the 1990 Danny Glover classic Predator 2. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TVswqyZHn-FOOmDAKNFp9dr6sTw4rcrb4Igc…
 
Just six weeks out of flight school, Jordan Terry was in Afghanistan. On one of his first days flying, he took off on a flight that was supposed to be straightforward—he and three other pilots left their base in two OH-58D Kiowa helicopters, intending to help get him oriented to the rugged, mountainous area the unit was responsible for. On their wa…
 
Our coverage of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 classic, “The Running Man.” Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TVswqyZHn-FOOmDAKNFp9…
 
A special presentation of The Fantasy Smith Fantasy Football Hour. This year we play host to you, the audience with a brand-new damn segment – Fantasy Bartender! We take drink orders in the form of listener fantasy football questions and we serve up those drinks in the form of fantasy football advice to get you ready for your 2020 National Football…
 
We conclude our coverage of “Return to Mayberry,” the 1986 Andy Griffith Show reunion movie. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1T…
 
Part 1 of our coverage of “Return to Mayberry,” the 1986 Andy Griffith Show reunion movie. And if we still have the will to live, in the next episode, we’ll finish up our coverage with part 2. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.c…
 
In 2007, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment deployed to the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Over their months in a combat zone, they would see some of the most intense fighting of the long war. Chosen Company's commander and first sergeant from that deployment, along with one of the company's platoon sergeants, join for…
 
Friends, our time with Mr. Nanny has come to an end. Those Mason kids, Alex and Kate, they’ve been brought back from the brink. But what about Alex Mason Sr., you might be asking? Well, folks, two things I’ll say about Alex Mason Sr. One, the man got the scare of his life. Folks, what this man went through was nothing short of an ordeal. Purely and…
 
In this episode of The Spear, MWI's John Amble is joined by Maj. Jacob Absalon. He shares a story from his first deployment, as a lieutenant and platoon leader in eastern Afghanistan. Toward the end of a five-day operation, after meeting with a local key leader, the platoon and a partnered Afghan National Army force came under fire from two enemy p…
 
We wrap up our coverage of Hulk Hogan’s 1993 classic, Suburban Commando. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TVswqyZHn-FOOmDAKNFp9…
 
Our conversation with stand-up comedian Hogan Allcorn. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TVswqyZHn-FOOmDAKNFp9dr6sTw4rcrb4Igcs1h…
 
In this episode of The Spear, retired Marine officer David Berke joins to share a story from 2006, when he was a forward air controller attached to an Army unit in Ramadi, Iraq. During a movement-to-contact patrol, they began to take fire, and his job became especially important. He declared the TIC—troops in contact—and two Marine Corps F/A-18D Ho…
 
Part 5 of our coverage of Hulk Hogan’s 1993 classic, Mr. Nanny. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TVswqyZHn-FOOmDAKNFp9dr6sTw4rc…
 
In 2009, Sgt. 1st Class Sean Ambriz was on his first deployment in Afghanistan. When a platoon became pinned down by enemy fire, he was among the soldiers sent to help. The highest ranking soldier on site asked for volunteers to work their way up the mountainside to treat and evacutate the platoon's casualties. It turned into an hours-long fight to…
 
Our conversation with comedian Daryl Felsberg. Go to DarylFelsberg.com to find Daryl’s live dates, merchandise, etc. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.goog…
 
This episode of The Spear features a conversation with Josh Webster. A US Army officer, he previously served as a US Air Force pararescueman—a member of an elite part of the Air Force whose mission includes rescuing and providing medical treatment to wounded military personnel. He shares a story from 2010, when his team was called on to evacuate ca…
 
Part 4 of our coverage of Hulk Hogan’s 1993 classic, Mr. Nanny. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@gmail.com Check out our draft drawing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-nYmghcYQ Check out our recommendations list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TVswqyZHn-FOOmDAKNFp9dr6sTw4rc…
 
Just a quick, loose episode as we get ready to jump back into our Mr. Nanny coverage. Why, it’s just two ol’ amigos a-chewin’ the fat, catchin’ up on just about all the gossip around town. Why, it’s two compadres a-shootin’ the bull, catchin’ up on just about all the lastest gossip around that proverbial water cooler. Why, it’s two bosom buddies a-…
 
In 2010 Kevin Mott's unit arrived in Afghanistan's Kunar province for a deployment that would see months of hard fighting. At one point, he was even wounded so badly—shot in the head, four fractured vertebrae, a broken leg, a torn labrum—that he was sent back to the United States for medical care. After he returned, the battalion conducted a missio…
 
Our conversation with Tony Thaxton, host of the podcast “Bizarre Albums.” We discuss the 1995 album “Hulk Rules” from Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band. Check out Tony’s podcast “Bizarre Albums” Check out Tony’s band: Motion City Soundtrack. Check out another of Tony’s bands: Don’t Stop or We’ll Die. Tony is the on air producer for the podcast…
 
In this episode of The Spear, US Air Force Col. Kim Campbell joins to share a story from 2003. A career A-10 pilot, during one mission in the opening weeks of the war in Iraq she felt and heard an explosion. She knew immediately that she had been hit. Listen as she explains what happened that day and how she responded when she suddenly found hersel…
 
Our conversation with Eliot Hochberg from the Never Not Funny podcast. Buy Eliot’s game “Ilios: The Battle for Troy” on Playford Games. Follow @3WordTrivia on Twitter Follow Eliot on Twitch at SimpleKnight1 Subscribe to “Jimmy’s Records and Tapes” on YouTube. Follow us on Twitter @WGDPod Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WGDPod Email us at WGDPod@g…
 
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