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Combat Story

Jan 22, 2022

Today we hear the Combat Story of Sean “Buck” Rogers, a former Green Beret who served multiple deployments with various units, including 10th Special Forces Group, after escaping an incredibly difficult and harsh childhood.   
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Buck transitioned to 19th Special Forces Group and eventually joined the law enforcement ranks, including time with SWAT.  
Since leaving the military and law enforcement, Sean has written a best selling book titled ‘Rising Above: A Green Beret's Story of Childhood Trauma and Ultimate Healing’, became an ultramarathoner, founded the FNG Academy, and now produces content and leads a community trying to help other aspiring special operations candidates succeed in selection and the Special Forces and Special Operations worlds.   
Buck is working on getting his second book published and has several interesting irons in the fire that we touch on in this episode.   
I hope you enjoy this real and raw Combat Story with someone who’s overcome so much and maintains an overwhelmingly positive attitude as much as I did.  
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Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle

Show Notes

0:00 - Intro
0:56 - Guest introduction (Sean Buck Rogers)
1:56 - Interview begins
2:11 - Origin of his call sign, “Buck”
11:30 - Sean’s traumatic and impactful childhood
27:59 - The events that lead to him signing up and his unconventional path to Special Forces Selection
41:39 - First time in Afghanistan at base but not yet in gunfight
46:36 - First time outside the wire and a glimpse of how Green Berets operate
52:43 - Combat Story #1 – Example of challenges Green Berets face working with commandos
1:03:35 - Combat Story #2 – High-pressure negotiation in the field with the Afghan commandos
1:07:13 - Combat Story #3 - Feeling like he’s being watched and narrowly missing an IED
1:11:09 - Combat Story #4 – The high speed action he signed up for
1:16:38 - The origin and mission of FNG podcast and YouTube channel
1:24:43 - Process for making an FNG video and Sean’s favorite videos
1:31:35 - Writing the book “Rising Above” and what his new book will be about
1:37:09 - Mentors and father figures
1:40:00 - What did you carry into combat?
1:42:17 - Would you do it all again?
1:43:31 - Listener comments and shout outs