226: Down Range Tobacco

Down Range Tobacco Life in the military can be extraordinarily stressful. For many, their only reprieve is nicotine. Getting it is the hard part. In hard to reach areas, troops are lucky to get any PX privileges at all. Mobile PXs are hauled around to distant outposts. The first stuff to go is always tobacco products. Cigarettes, dip, chewing tobacco and cigars are the most frequently used. The guys have plenty of sea stories about smoking and joking behind the… Read More »

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Kilroy was here

225: Kilroy Was Here, 5 Paragraph Business Plan Management Tool

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Mike and Bennett are talking “Kilroy was here” and 5 Paragraph as a business management tool. The guys are together at Bennett’s in Syracuse, NY. Mike is in the area visiting friends and colleagues to talk 5 Paragraph Business Plan. A lot of entrepreneurs and business leaders have been asking how to show their support to 5 Paragraph. Kilroy. just like the infamous Kilroy. G.I.s during WWII, Korea and Vietnam took the… Read More »

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224: Preventiative Maintenance

  Preventative maintenance is the topic of discussion on this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories. The guys are sharing stories about downed vehicles and what it really means to have a “deadlined vic”. The HMMWV was originally put into service by the Army (go figure) in 1981. Over the next 10 years 100,000 were in use worldwide. HMMWVs need to stay running on average 4-6 hours per day in combat conditions. They’re the main source of travel for the… Read More »

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223: Sandbags Love ’em Or Hate ’em

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Mike and Bennett are talking about sandbags. It depends on how you look at sandbags, whether you believe them to be a blessing or a curse. The sandbag itself is a rather simple object. A piece of burlap or plastic fiber with a stitch of twine to hold it together. The extra thread being used to tie and secure the opening, transforming it into a silicon brick to be used as a… Read More »

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Business Management

222: Business Management Skills of The Veteran

Business management is made easy with 5 Paragraph. On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Bennett and Mike are talking about the skills that separate your average veteran from the modern workforce. It’s simple really, in the military we have to manage more people, more equipment, and under more stress than the typical civilian would ever encounter. That’s every branch, MOS, and billet. Whether you were a cook in the Navy or motor-T in the Army, it doesn’t matter,… Read More »

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221: Karolyn Smith, Army Veteran, Author of “Sophia The Bionic Cat”

  Karolyn Smith, Army veteran and author of “Sophia The Bionic Cat” joins Mike for this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories. Karolyn is one crazy awesome chick. She went from being a professional athlete to enlisting in the Army at the age of 29. Her prior physical conditioning as a velodrome cyclist gave her an advantage in basic training and throughout her entry level training. She was selected for an advanced position in the military police working on the… Read More »

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