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193: Jim Rashella, Marine Veteran, Co-Founder of Off Duty Blue

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories Mike is sitting down with Jim Rashella, Marine veteran and co-founder of “Off Duty Blue”. Jim Raschella is a Marine Corps veteran from Syracuse, New York.  He was born to be an entrepreneur, from selling tickets to his backyard carnival as a child, to dreaming up multi-million dollar companies?Jim’s ambitions have always been as limitless as his creativity. After graduating high school in 2004, Jim joined the Marine Corps Reserve where he… Read More »

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192: Urban Patrolling

Urban patrolling is the topic on this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories. Urban patrolling, not ALL MOUT or CQB? more like dealing with dense a population of humans that do not have a proper toilet or waste facility. Bennett’s urban patrolling experience is spread across a couple of continents. Every 3rd world nation has that vibrant pungent twang to the polluted air that hangs in all the grime covered crevices.  Mike served in the cesspool that was Ramadi, Iraq…. Read More »

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191: Dan Eric, Marine Veteran, Founder of Veteran Radio Syndicate

Dan Eric, Marine veteran and founder of Veteran Radio Syndicate joins Mike and Bennett for some smokin’ & jokin’ on this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories. Dan is a native of New York City. He grew up surviving in an urban environment. With an itch for action, Dan joined the Corps.  The guy is super humble and it comes out in the conversation. He’s a warrior and that spirit shines through in his work at Veteran Radio Syndicate. After… Read More »

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190: Guardian Angel, Overwatch

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories Mike and Bennett are sharing lessons learned while playing the part of guardian angel. The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ is exactly that. It’s a made up notion that a single warrior can take on a vast enemy force and appear from the dust unscathed. Battles are fought by teams. Everybody is watching their sector and, in turn, everybody has one another’s back when a fight breaks out. In that moment anyone… Read More »

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189: Isolation, A Blessing And A Curse

Isolation, a blessing and a curse. Mike and Bennett are discussing the benefits and detriment to closing out the world and isolating yourself on this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories. There are times in life where you may feel the urge to purposefully separate yourself from the outside world. This ‘cocooning’ can be a very positive thing, given the circumstances. Ensconcing yourself to conduct work, to regenerate, to grow as an individual. These are typically healthy behaviors. Other times,… Read More »

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188: Motor pool, And The Story Of The Missing Hand

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Mike and Bennett are talking about the good times at the motor pool. Bennett tells us about almost rolling a vehicle off a cliff. The hair raising account of a man left stranded by his whole team. …it’s hilarious. Mike recounts what it was like busting tires and replacing blown up pieces of armor while serving in Ramadi with 3/7 weapons company. On one such occasion, Mike and another Marine at the… Read More »

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