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Combat Story

Dec 23, 2020

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Jack Murphy is an Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant in 5th Special Forces Group, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Since leaving the military, he’s broken stories on defense and special operations topics around the world as an investigative journalist, co-founded the website SOFREP, wrote four military fiction novels (Deckard Novels) and a memoir (Murphy's Law), and now writes for Connecting Vets and hosts the podcast The Team House. 

He nearly died in uniform, has been smuggled across international borders, was detained by a foreign intelligence service, met Bashar al-Asad in Syria, and more. 

Here's where you can find him:

Facebook - JackMurphyAuthor
Twitter - @JackMurphyRGR
Instagram - jackmcmurph

Show Notes

00:00 Intro
7:47 - Patriot Games movie propaganda!
20:26 - Army Sniper School - Ghillie suits, stalking, rifle, patience, but not like Vietnam stories.
22:30 - 1st Combat in Afghanistan - Landed in Bagram AFB 2004, then moved to Khowst. As a sniper, used the SR-25.
24:24 - Direct Action Sniper in a Ranger Batt.
26:53 - 1st time outside the wire. HVT op with C Co, 3/75.
30:58- 1st Combat Trigger Pull
39:48 - Close-in Firefight.
45:30 - I Don’t Have Anything to Prove
58:53 - Ops from a Little Bird (MH-6).
1:02:25- Ranger vs. SF Mentality
1:12:46 - SF Combat Ops - Mechanical vs Explosive breaching.
1:16:40 - Transition to Journalism
1:19:19 - Smuggled into Syria
1:23:12 - “Does any of it matter?”
1:30:17 - Would You Do It Again?
1:33:09 - The Team House Podcast. Books, Show, Articles.