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Sep 9, 2023

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๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Today's Combat Story: Unveiling the Truth Behind Pat Tillman's Tragic End in Afghanistan

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ In this episode, we delve deep into the life and tragic end of Pat Tillman, the former NFL star turned Army Ranger, through the meticulous research and firsthand accounts of Pete Blaber, a former Delta Force Commander with extensive experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond.

๐Ÿ” Why Pete Blaber?

Pete served twice in the same Ranger Battalion as Pat Tillman, giving him unparalleled insights into the people, locations, and responsibilities involved in the battlefield. 

๐Ÿ“– The Quest for Truth

Mary Tillman, Pat's mother, sought Pete's help to uncover the truth about her son's death. Despite multiple military investigations, the true story remained elusive until Pete's involvement. 

๐Ÿ“˜ Common Sense Leadership Matters

Pete documents his findings and the toxic leadership climate in his book, "Common Sense Leadership Matters: Toxic Leadership Destroys, A Case Study." This book offers new perspectives on Pat Tillman's leadership, the state of special operations in 2004, and the daily life of a Ranger in combat. 

#CommonSenseLeadership #CommonSenseSuperpower #LeadershipTransformation #UnleashYourPotential #leadershipawareness #LanguageOfCommonSense

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Find Pete Blaber Online:
- Common Sense Leadership Matters: Toxic Leadership Destroys, A Case Study 

- Follow along with the battlefield description at:
The Common Sense Way: A New Way to Think About Leading and Organizing

- The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
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Show Notes:
00:00 - Intro 
00:44 - Guest Introduction (Peter Blaber)
02:51 - Interview begins
03:35 - Peter's background
08:55 - Being an Author and case studies
20:52 - Hello Fresh Ad
22:18 - 3rd book synopsis
29:48 - Patrick Tillman's mother Mary
36:42 - Command structure leading to firefight 
41:18 - Toxic Management
45:17 -  Structure of the Rangers and terrain of the Spera District
54:23 - Command at Selarino
01:02:16 - Battle readiness in Afghanistan
01:10:41 - Oversought preventitive measures
01:24:00 - The mission and the firefight 
01:44:00 - Writing the firefight
01:46:50 - The firefight
02:03:04 - Kevin Tillman
02:09:54 - Patrick Tillman
02:29:57 - Mission Debreif
02:38:12 - Relationships after book publishing
02:41:48 - Toxic climates
002:45:56 - Closing thoughts
02:46:43 -  Listener comments and shout outs

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