The Protectors

The Protectors

The Protectors brings true-life stories from Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders; our Nation’s “Protectors” AND those that support them. Protectors are those that run toward danger, the ones that put their lives on the line to keep us safe; here and abroad. Listen in as they tell their stories; from their beginnings to their inspirations. The Protectors podcast is hosted by Dr. Jason Piccolo. Jason is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (U.S. Army Infantry Captain) with service as an enlisted member in the 1990’s. Jason served over 20 years in federal law enforcement. Jason is an active volunteer with veteran hiring and mentorship organizations.... Show More

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March 8, 2021 28 min

Jason Kasper stopped by The Protectors.  Jason transitioned from the Enlisted 75th to West Point to becoming a Green Beret Officer.  Jason is now a world-class author and most of all, a dad. 

About Jason: Jason Kasper enlisted in the US Army in June 2001. His first assignment was as a Ranger private, where he conducted operations in Afghanistan and Iraq before attending West Point. Jason then served as an Airborne Infantry and Speci...

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Tim Cruickshank from BONEFROG CELLARS & BONEFROG COFFEE stopped by The Protectors to talk about transitioning from the Navy SEALS to opening up two businesses to a ton of other topics. BONEFROG was created to honor and remember the fallen, while shining a light on those that served and still serve our Nation here and abroad.  

Tim is a former Navy SEAL and has transitioned into the world of Wine & Coffee!  While the episode ...

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Don Bentley stopped by The Protectors to talk about his new book OUTSIDE MAN.  Don is at the top of his game with this generation of authors in the thriller genre from Jack Carr to Andrews & Wilson.  Don is setting his own path with a different type of protagonist; one that can use HUMINT collection like a scalpel and use the tools of the combatant trade when needed, equally lethal in both spectrums.  

About Don: Don Bentley spe...

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M.C stopped by the Protectors to talk about his book MYSTERIES OF HADITHA, his firsthand experience with burn pits and toxic exposure in Iraq, making tough decisions, and a ton of other topics.  

M.C. Armstrong is the author of The Mysteries of Haditha, recently published by Potomac Books. Armstrong embedded with JSOF in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He published extensively on the Iraq war through The Winchester Star. He is the winner o...

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You've read his Skillset Magazine articles and now you can hear him on The Protectors.  B.C. Sanders is a gang/homicide detective on the East Coast.  He has years on the job working from the street to gangs to homicide.  He is a subject matter expert on gangs and you can tell.  B.C. is not only a LEO Protector but was also a SGT in the 101st Airborne.  Based on B.C.'s current duties, his identity will not be revealed.

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Sean stopped by The Protectors to talk about his book RISING ABOVE, his time in SF, as an LEO, building a network, and,  of course, we delve into 80's movies.  

About Sean: Sean was raised in Phelan, California. After going through some hard endeavors as just a child, Sean decided to leave home and start a new life away from the childhood trauma and away from everything that weighed him down. Sean joined the military at the age ...

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Pour Me Another: A Candid Discussion About Alcohol with Phil & Kate. 

Phil, American Yogi, and Dr. Kate Pate stopped by the show for a very candid discussion on alcohol.  We discuss our own battles, going cold-turkey, how much is too much, moderation, methods to curb drinking, stigma, and a ton of other topics about drinking.  This was a very personal episode for me, and I thank Phil & Kate for listening.  

We’re all not the ...

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Mark Greaney stopped by The Protectors to talk about the new book in the Gray Man Series, Relentless.  We talk the intensive research process,  the Gray Man Series becoming a movie with Ryan Gosling & Chris Evans, lessons learned, and a ton of other topics.  

ABOUT: #1 NYT bestselling author Mark Greaney’s debut international thriller, THE GRAY MAN, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and a highly sought-after...

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The Veteran Non-Profit space can seem like a unbearable maze to navigate….i.e where do you go for support?  For you? For your family? What events are local?  Enter Military Families Program, a clearinghouse for, at the time of this writing, 5150 available resources for veterans, spouses, and children.   They are more than a clearinghouse.  They team up and make a difference, recently with a major morale boost to the deployed Guard,...

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Vic Avila stopped by The Protectors to talk about the current state of the border crisis.  We also talk about the ambush by the Zeta Cartel and what happened next.  This is an absolute must watch/listen interview.  Vic’s book, AGENT UNDER FIRE, is available now!  

About: Victor Avila is a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the U.S. ...

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Glenn & I are back today with the Hot Wash. Heating up your brains as the Arctic cold bears down across the country, we chatters about G.O.A.T.s, the best BBQ, our responsibility to care, staying in your wheelhouse and more! Always a damn good time serving up authentic thoughts and keeping inside the boundaries of personal responsibility and self awareness.



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Marcus joined The Protectors to talk about training, being a Protector in today’s age, and a really unique book he is part of. 100 DEADLY SKILLS COMBAT EDITION +

Created by a retired Navy SEAL, this illustrated combat manual presents one hundred skills harvested from the world of special operations, outlaw bikers, lifelong martial artists, and professional fighters. Drawing on the unique skill sets of a carefully selected cadre ...

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Michael Broderick joined the show to discuss his short-film, FATHERS & SONS.  Michael is a USMC veteran and established actor with numerous roles from Justified to NCIS to True Detective.  Michael is a true-veteran advocate, always helping the community.  

From Jack Carr. ““Fathers and Sons – A Terminal List Story” it is a moving portrayal of two friends and teammates bonding over sacrifice, lost time, and whispers of redemption...

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Darren McBurnett “McB” joined the show to talk about his new book UNCOMMON GRIT, best sci-fi movies, importance of a kick a** soundtrack, SEALs, and a ton of other great topics.  Looking forward to our next show where we chat HEAVY METAL (google it if you are under 40).  

ABOUT from Darren’s site: On the heels of a 24-year career as a Navy SEAL, McB has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups...

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My good friend Jeff Wilson (Co-Author of the Tier One Series) and his daughter Emma stopped by to discuss their faith-based sitcom.  We touch on the importance of belief, shooting a family sitcom, and a ton of other topics.  FAITH IN REEL LIFE can be found on three60tv.  

About FAITH IN REEL LIFE: Christian sitcom about Faith and her family. Watch as she tackles the everyday challenges of life as a middle schooler and chasing her dr...

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Kevin Owens of Fieldcraft Survival joined The Protectors this past week.  We talked about the new meaning of “protector”, the importance of navigation in our new world, transition, and a ton of other great topics.  Really enjoyed this interview/discussion.  

About Kevin: Kevin Owens grew up in Ireland where he served in the Tier One Counter-Terrorist Force. After immigrating to the United States, he served 24-years in the United Sta...

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Glenn Banton stopped by the show this week to catch up.  Glenn opened up about his personal life and suffering loss.  We also touch on some current topics from Gamestop/Robin Hood App, COVID impacting nonprofits, the problem with instant gratification, Al Gore creating the internet, video games & mental health, and what matters most at the end of your life.  

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E. Matthew ‘Whiz’ Buckley joined The Protectors to talk about his career as a world-class fighter pilot including as a TOPGUN adversary, discussing mission planning and the importance of after-action hot washes, marketable skills coming from the military world, losing everything and rebuilding, talking hedge funds, investing, and tons of other topics.  

ABOUT: E. Matthew 'Whiz' Buckley is a decorated retired Navy fighter pil...

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Beau Wise and Tom Sileo joined The Protectors to talk about their book THREE WISE MEN.  We go into the background of the Wise brothers’ service, teaming up to write their story, and much more.  Beau and Tom also talk a bit about reaching out to the SOF community to gather information for the book.  

ABOUT THREE WISE MEN: From Beau Wise and Tom Sileo comes Three Wise Men, an incredible memoir of family, service and sacrifice by a Mar...

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Bobby Bushcraft joined The Protectors to talk about transition from the military and PD; planning ahead.  Bobby then talks about his journey into knife making, photography, and getting involved into shooting sports.  Bobby also documented a new “john Wick” inspired gun store called The Vault at Pistol Parlour in Mesa, AZ (I need to go!) where “everyone is John Wick”.  We talk about our mutual admiration of customs knives and how to...

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