Oscar Mike Radio

Oscar Mike Radio

Hosted by Marine Veteran Travis Partington, Oscar Mike Radio is a show about real-life stories of active-duty military and Veterans. For more than six years, the show has been raising awareness about the people and programs that support the military and Veterans. Co-Produced by Keith Hayes of Sinista1 Productions. Sponsored by Joyce Asack of Asack Real Estate, and Mark Holmes of Reapers Detailing and Powerwashing. Supported by Caisson Shaving Company, BlackCat Designs, and Savage American Woodwork A Whoobazoo.com Client


June 6, 2024 34 mins
As we come up to number 400, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jersey Joe, a US Air Force veteran and advocate with Patriots Helping Our Veterans. You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere else podcasts are hosted. Our discussion started with Joe recounting his military service, which included critical ground support roles in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Transitioning to c...
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This week I talked with Jeremiah Williams, a dedicated Army National Guard veteran and representative of Warriors First Incorporated. You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere else podcasts are hosted.

Jeremiah’s military aspirations were ignited at Liberty University, under the mentorship of a command Sergeant Major, leading him to join the National Guard. However, his journey was not without its hur...

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Scotti Fraser, recording artist, and proud Marine Corps Veteran came on to talk with me about his military service and music. Growing up under the sunny skies of California, Scotti shared how his journey took a significant turn when he joined the Marines, and how music became his saving grace.

With a deep passion for live gigs and crafting songs, Scotti opened up about the deep emotional connection he has with his music. It's n...

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I recently had the pleasure of hosting my 396th show with Brian McCarver, an Army veteran and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his assistant, Morgan Emery. Brian shared insights into his military service, his transition into the wealth management industry, and his ongoing commitment to veteran advocacy.

Brian’s military journey began in the early '90s at West Point, where he developed key lead...

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Growing up in Effingham, Illinois, Austin's small-town values deeply influenced his life decisions, leading him to serve in the Air Force. The camaraderie and American pride nurtured in his community resonate through his music and service. It's a story of genuine love for our nation.

In an emotionally charged conversation, Austin talked openly about his parents' musical legacy and how his mother's battle with cancer...

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At just 6 or 7 years old, Brandon was already strumming tunes inspired by legends like Elvis. It's fascinating how the chords we hear in our youth can echo into our life's work.

Brandon Hart shared how crafting lyrics and melodies is his favorite part of being a musician. He finds joy in touching souls with his sound. It's a beautiful reminder of how art can connect with our innermost beliefs.

Motorcycles and music mi...

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Ever experienced peace through the thrill of motorcycle riding? I recently discussed this on Oscar Mike Radio with Brett Stralo, a professional motocross racer and former AH-64 Apache helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army. Brett shared how motocross offers him tranquility and focus, serving as a form of therapy, especially after his military service. The intensity of racing, surprisingly, brings about a therapeutic calm.


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Stephanie Dasher, a Navy veteran involved with the Warrior Surf Foundation shared a different kind of Veteran transition story. Stephanie’s story highlights the remarkable transition from the demanding world of military life to the therapeutic embrace of the ocean waves.

Stephanie entered the Navy straight out of high school, aiming to become a pilot. Instead, she found herself in the challenging realm of nuclear power on aircraft ...

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April 25, 2024 40 mins

This week, I spoke with Dr. Pamela Arnell, whose leadership with the 22 Zero is significantly advancing post-traumatic stress disorder recovery.

22 Zero has earned my respect for its commitment to healing those who have served our country. Dr. Arnell, although not from a military background, has become a pivotal figure in this mission due to her extensive counseling experience and genuine compassion.

During our conversation, Dr. Ar...

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I was honored to speak with Yvette Benavidez Garcia, daughter of Medal of Honor recipient Roy Benavidez. Our conversation offered deep insights into the personal and heroic aspects of Roy’s life, profoundly captured in Yvette's book, "Tango Mike Mike," named after Roy’s military call sign. Growing up with a Medal of Honor Recipient for a father was a unique experience for Yvette. She described Roy as a strict yet affectionate pare...
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I would like to welcome returning guest Phil Cook to Oscar Mike Radio. I met Phil during an Irreverent Warrior’s hike in Nashville, TN.

Phil's unwavering dedication shines through in his efforts to honor fallen soldiers and veterans. Notably, he carried a flag bearing the names of 12 fallen soldiers from the 101st Second Brigade during the Baton Death March at White Sands Missile Range.

Beyond this, Phil crafts cedar challeng...

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Jeff Nelligan, a U.S. Army Reserve Veteran, applied military discipline principles to parenting, emphasizing punctuality, follow-through, and modesty in his children. He believes in preparing his sons for real-world challenges, encouraging them to complete tasks independently, like navigating public spaces and handling financial transactions. This approach aims to foster self-reliance and problem-solving skills, setting clear expec...

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March 28, 2024 71 mins

This week features John Michael Ferrari, an Army veteran turned celebrated musician. John's journey from a San Francisco youth to a national recording artist embodies resilience and passion. Starting with a right-handed guitar despite being left-handed, he mirrored Elvis's iconic posture, showcasing the adaptability that marked his life, including during his military service.

John was drafted into the Army unexpectedly...

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March 21, 2024 55 mins

This week features returning guest, Stephen Russell, creator of the "Tales of Nihilism" comic series. Stephen’s artistic path highlights the immense potential within our community. "Tales of Nihilism" has since amassed over 7,000 page reads, proving its appeal beyond conventional superhero tales.

Stephen's involvement in Plastic City Comic-Con was pivotal, turning his passion project into a serious business...

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Richard Kaufman's journey from being labeled as the "worst soldier" to achieving "Soldier of the Year" epitomizes resilience. His 23-year military tenure, marked by significant challenges, including a severe injury leading to an 80% vision loss, ended in 2012. Post-military life brought its struggles, notably a suicide attempt, but also a pivotal moment of self-discovery and a thirst for knowledge, influenced by figures like Robert...
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March 7, 2024 71 mins

This week’s show highlighted the legacy of Japanese American World War II service members through a conversation with Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, Executive Director of the Go For Broke National Education Center. This center, founded by veterans 35 years ago, aims to preserve the history and contributions of Japanese Americans, focusing on their extraordinary service during a period of severe discrimination following the Pearl Harbor atta...

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This episode features an interview with Cody Howell, a Navy veteran turned country music artist. Howell shared his riveting experiences as a mass communication specialist, from serving on an aircraft carrier to engaging in special operations. His transition to music was a testament to the healing power of creativity, and he gave us a glimpse into the soulful stories behind his songs.

“Any Way You Go” gets you thinking about choices...

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Joe Klaunberg’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. From his days as a Marine Corps chemical biological radiological nuclear defense specialist to his current endeavors in the acting industry, Joe exemplifies the versatility of military training. His skills in martial arts and critical thinking have found new expressions in film. His involvement with Veteran Powered Films and his creative response to the loss of a friend highlig...

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This week Jeffrey Meshel talks about profound insights from his book, “Trust Is a Double-Edged Sword: Trust Me”. Trust is the foundation of all our relationships, both personal and professional. Jeffrey eloquently discussed the impact of trust, the repercussions of its absence, and the need for informed decision-making.

Jeffrey and I talked about the building blocks of Trust: Integrity, Consistency, and Reliability. These form the ...

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February 8, 2024 57 mins

This show features Dr. Aaron Bryant, a multifaceted individual who has served in the U.S Army became a mental health professional, and author.

Growing up in Compton, California, Dr. Bryant's life took a significant turn when he joined the military and became a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger. His transition back to civilian life was fraught with challenges, but it was also a period of self-discovery and growth. He spoke candidly abou...

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