Combat Story (Ep. 80): Green Beret | Sergeant Major | Australian SASR Exchange | Talent War Group | Josh Johnson


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Today we hear the Combat Story of a long-time Green Beret, combat veteran, and retired Sergeant Major Josh Johnson.
Josh spent multiple years downrange in Iraq and Afghanistan, many with 1st Special Forces Group, in combat where he led from the front but also spent years teaching other Green Berets and partner forces.
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Josh was selected as an Exchange Officer to the Australian Special Air Services Regiment where he trained and fought alongside our very close Australian brethren. In his last two years of service, Josh focused specifically on leadership development and training.
Since leaving the service, Josh has continued training and developing leaders, this time with Mike Sarraille’s Talent War Group where Josh is a Partner and Senior VP of Leadership Development.
I hope you enjoy this interesting and wide-ranging Combat Story as much as I did.
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Show Notes:
0:00 - Intro
0:41 - Guest Introduction (Josh Johnson)
1:36 - Interview begins
3:29 - His time fighting alongside the Aussies
8:11 - Growing up in small town in Utah and having a dad in military
18:41 - How he found himself on the SF track after National Guard and being an MP
30:24 - Funny story about robbing a Bosnian bathroom
32:32 - Selection experience in 1999 and where he was when 9/11 happened
34:56 - Combat Story #1 - Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines and his first time getting shot at
46:33 - Combat Story #2 -A multi-hour gun fight and getting hit with RPGs in Afghanistan
58:34 - Combat Story #3 - Stories of men getting shot next to him
1:09:35 - Experience as an ODA working with ranger battalion
1:19:18 - Transition to Talent War Group
1:25:42 - Benefits of vets in corporate America and unique challenges they face
1:31:24 - What did you carry into combat?
1:35:20 - Would you do it again?
1:39:20 - Listener comments and shout outs
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- Green Berets Overcoming obstacles
- Special Operations
- Special Operations combat
- Exchange programs with the Australian SASR and UK SAS
- Multi-hour gun fights
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