327 – Joe Hernandez – Nothing is Louder than Silence

327 – Joe Hernandez – Nothing is Louder than Silence

I got connected to Joe Hernandez through Spencer Emch. Spencer talked with me about how they met in Romania as American expats. Spencer made the introduction, and we started talking.

Joe grew up on the south side of Chicago. He wrote a book, “Nothing is Louder than Silence”.  He told me it would help me understand him and where he is at in life. As I read his story, it became clear that this would be a different kind of conversation. There was no gloss, or paint used to describe his life. Joe gives you the ugly side of humanity in himself and others while showing you how he got to where he is now.

The Army marked a time for Joe when someone cared enough to square him away. One person taking the time to lead him on the right path has allowed Joe to impact many lives. Even though he is in Romania, Joe works to be a force for change wherever he is. Joe credits People’s Gas (https://www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/) in Chicago for providing training and a job opportunity when he got out of the Army that helped him immensely.

Living in Romania, Joe got connected to Spencer and they formed a friendship as Americans and Veterans. Joe is living life on his terms and is working on

You can get “Nothing is Louder than Silence” on Amazon in paperback and Ebook format (https://a.co/d/g4fGBix).

Thank you for talking with me Joe, I am looking forward to coming to Romania!



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326 – Chris Schafer – Tactical 16 Publishing

326 – Chris Schafer – Tactical 16 Publishing

As I was talking with Spencer Emch for number 325, I became interested in Tactical 16 Publishing which published, “Time of Flight”. I reached out to Chris Schafer, who is the CEO of Tactical 16 Publishing and we started talking. I liked how the power of writing helped Chris through his journey after transitioning out of the military.

Chris Schafer spent over 25 years in the Army and saw a lot during his service that he worked to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Writing proved to be an effective way to heal from trauma, and Chris wants to share that with other Veterans.

It is an understatement to say there is a lot of work in getting a story written. Chris uses his experiences as a writer and leader to bring Veterans’ stories to life in a way that keeps the Veteran’s voice intact throughout the process. There are many stories and each one is a legacy of the service that Veterans rendered to their country.

Go to https://tactical16.com/ to learn more and get started on your writing journey. Thank you Chris for talking with me and giving me guidance.

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325 – Spencer Emch – Time of Flight

325 – Spencer Emch – Time of Flight

I opened the cover to “Time of Flight” and began to read with great interest. I like helicopters and Spencer Emch’s experience of being in the U.S. Army as an Apache pilot captivated me.

Spencer’s story isn’t a traditional military book sense in many respects. After reading it through the second time, I liked that Spencer took a different approach to tell his story about the relationship with his fellow pilots and the AH-64 Apache.

I feel at its core, “Time of Flight” is about relationships. There is no “Army of One’. We don’t fight alone, and it is those relationships soldiers have with each other that make for mission accomplishment. When Spencer transitions out of the military, making new relationships in a new place helped him immensely.

Take your time when reading, “Time of Flight”, it is more than just a story about flying a helicopter.

Go to Tactical 16 Publishing and order Time of Flight! (https://shop.aer.io/Tactical_16/p/Time_of_Flight_A_Gun_Pilots_Story/9781943226689-8314).

 Also, check out Spencer on the Author Page (https://tactical16.com/spencer-emch-author/)! Thank you, Spencer, for talking with me it would be cool to jam sometime!



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324 – 2022 Year End Close Out

324 – 2022 Year End Close Out

I know it is a holiday week but didn’t want to pause. 2022 has been a challenging but good year. I am excited as 2022 comes to a close because 2023 means more improvement and more ways to connect people with the amazing things Veterans and our military are doing.
A big thank you to my sponsors and supporters, Joyce Asack of Asack Real Estate, and Army National Guard Veteran Mark Holmes of Reaper’s Detailing and Power washing. Your mentorship has helped me grow in so many ways.


My Veteran Owned Business supporters serve a unique role for Oscar Mike Radio. They have supported fundraisers and their support means people can see the amazing things Veterans do!


Finally, I must give a big shout to Keith Hayes of Sinista1 Productions. We have known each other for almost seven years, and we still have the fire to improve our craft. What you have done for OMR can’t be duplicated and I can’t wait to see where we are in seven years!
Thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their day to listen, watch, share and chime on the live chats. You all make this work, and I am nothing without your continued engagement and support. The mission is in flight for 2023!



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323 – Tom Kilgannon – Freedom Alliance

323 – Tom Kilgannon – Freedom Alliance

Tom Kilgannon was on Oscar Mike Radio for Number 273 (https://oscarmikeradio.com/273-thomas-kilgannon-freedom-alliance/) almost a year ago. He came back to update me on programs, services, and scholarships for children of deceased Veterans. As you will hear, a lot can happen in a year, and it is an exciting time at Freedom Alliance.

Freedom Alliance has partnered with War Heroes on Water to provide deep-sea fishing experience for Combat Veterans and is looking at more ways to expand on the relationships that have been developed. Relationships are the foundation for successful advocacy, and Freedom Alliance has a long history of success.

Thank you, Tim, for talking with me and for Freedom Alliance’s continued service to our nation’s heroes. You can go to https://freedomalliance.org/ to learn more and support the work Freedom Alliance is doing.



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