Purpose. Direction. Motivation. Insights from the Middle.

Joe Santee

Purpose - Direction - Motivation. Three words that shape leadership and how leaders influence others to align for a common goal. Enjoy these conversations with current and former U.S. Army Warrant Officers exploring their personal journeys, leadership styles, current events, and the future. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed during this show are those of the host and the guest(s) and were created in their personal capacity. They do not necessarily represent an endorsement by or reflect any official view or policy of the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of Homeland Security or them. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this Podcast may be made without the prior written permission of the host. The Host expressly disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or other damages arising out of any individual's use of, reference to, reliance on, or inability to use, this podcast or the information presented in this podcast. read less

Episode 7 - Mike Durant
Oct 24 2022
Episode 7 - Mike Durant
Talked in June with Alabama Senate candidate Mike Durant about his experience on the campaign trail, his success as an entrepreneur and author.Michael J. Durant, CW4 (Retired), USA born July 23, 1961 in Berlin, NH. He entered the United States Army in August 1979. Following training at the Defense Language Institute, he was assigned to the 470th Military Intelligence Group, Fort Clayton, Panama as a Spanish voice intercept operator. He was accepted and attended the Warrant Officer Basic Course followed by Primary Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon appointment to WO1 in November 1983, he completed the UH60 Blackhawk Qualification Course and was assigned to the 377th Medical Evacuation Company, Seoul Korea. His next assignment was with the 101st Aviation Bn, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he performed duties as an instructor pilot. Michael joined the 160th Special Operations Group on August 1, 1988. Assigned to D company, he performed duties as Flight Lead and Standardization Instructor Pilot. He participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause (Panama invasion December 1989), Desert Storm (Liberation of Kuwait in January-March 1991) and Restore Hope (Somalia in August-October 1993). On October 3, 1993, while piloting an MH60 Blackhawk in Mogadishu, Somalia, he was shot down and held captive by hostile forces. He was released eleven days later.He is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Solutions, Incorporated; an engineering and services company based in Huntsville, Alabama. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics (95) and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation (97) degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.He is a master aviator, qualified in the UH-1 Huey, MH-6 Loach, and MH-60A, L, and K models of the Blackhawk. He has a total of 3,700 flight hours with over 1,400 under Night Vision Goggles. A 2008 Army Aviation Association of America Hall of Fame Inductee and the National Veteran-Owned Business Association 2013 Vetrepreneur of the year, his military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards. He is the author of the NY Times Best Seller In the Company of Heroes and the The Night Stalkers. He and his wife Lisa have six children, four boys and two girls ranging in age from fourteen to thirty. Pinnacle’s awards and achievements include: WBCNA 2010 Start-Up of the Year, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce 2011 Small Business Award Finalist and 2012 Best Place to Work Winner, MT2’s Top Simulation and Training Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), 2012/13 Alabama DAV Small Business of the Year, 2012 Inc. 500 (#6 for Government Services), 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies.In twelve years Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup in 2008 to over 510 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in fourteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.Books we discussed:Breach of Trust by Tom A. Coburn MD, John Hart - Audiobook - Audible.comIn the Company of Heroes by Michael Durant, StSupport the show
Episode 6 - Derrick Edwards
Jul 4 2022
Episode 6 - Derrick Edwards
Derrick Edwards is a DoD Chief Technologist for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) USPublic Sector. Mr. Edwards serves as a technical expert and provides guidance anddirection to all customers across the Department of Defense. In his previous role atHPE, he focused on edge compute solutions across the Public Sector.Mr. Edwards joined HPE in Dec, 2019. Prior to joining HPE, he served as a TechnicalDirector and Program Manager at General Dynamics Information Technology, primarilyfocused on leading personnel and delivering technology to Army and Defenseprograms around the world.Prior to his service at GDIT, Mr. Edwards was the Army Chief Technology Officer,responsible for being the primary interface to IT and cybersecurity industry partnersand identifying key technologies for future utilization to improve the Army enterprise.Currently, the Army utilizes four capabilities that were developed from keytechnologies that he identified. Mr. Edwards was a career active duty Army officer withover 25 years of unique military experience of 360-degree leadership and applying thelatest technology solutions for Federal decision makers to access the right informationat the point of need.Mr. Edwards attended Grantham University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science inMultidisciplinary Studies, and then an MBA while serving on active duty in the Army.He has also received graduate certificates in data science and cybersecurity. Mr. Edwards currently resides with his wife Pamela in Tampa, FL and they have two adultchildren.Websites of interest:220527_SignificantCyberIncidents.pdf (csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com)Support the show
Episode 5 - Stacy Sheard
Jun 20 2022
Episode 5 - Stacy Sheard
Stacy is a former warrant officer and graduate of the warrant officer flight training program, flying both the UH-1 and UH-60 helicopters.She was a Russian linguist before becoming a warrant officer.She is currently a Corporate Helicopter Captain for Executive Jet Management flying the Agusta-Westland-139She holds several corporate board positions.Chair of the Vertical IFR Committee for the Eastern Region Helicopter Council for Vertical Aircraft Low-Level Routing Infrastructure, she sits as ROTOR Magazine’s Board Director starting in 2016 and as Chairman of the Board between 2020-2021. She was the immediate past Board Chair of HAI – representing through Covid.She volunteers as the coordinator and presenter for Helicopter Association International’s Military to Civilian Transition workshops as well as the panel chair for the Pilot Mentoring panel.She holds both Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with her Master’s accompanied by a specialization in Aviation Education TechnologyShe was a Sikorsky S-76 and S-92 production test pilot, She is a certified flight instructor and Instrument flight instructor, and Airline Transport Pilot. She is rated in numerous aircraft types and models. Has flown Charter, Tours, News, Air Ambulance, Corporate Aviation, and for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) as a movie pilot.She is a prolific public speaker and published author. Having been published in several professional aviation magazines. http://imdb.com/name/nm2456604/Transitioning ResourcesHAI Mil2Civ link: https://rotor.org/military-to-civilian/Articles of Mil2Civ Transition Interest --Aviation Resumes: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hey-military-helicopter-pilots-heres-truth-pilot-resumes-sheard/Logging Flight Time: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/logging-flight-time-military-vs-civilian-stacy-sheard/Support the show
Episode 4 - Andy Miller
Jun 13 2022
Episode 4 - Andy Miller
Andy Miller was born and raised in South Carolina. After graduating from Lander University in 1991, he began helicopter lessons in the private sector prior to joining the Army. He applied for and was selected to the Warrant Officer Flight Training program. Basic Training was completed at Fort Jackson in 1995, and he then went on to Warrant Officer Candidate School and Army flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Andy was trained as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilot. He later became an instructor pilot in the Kiowa Warrior.Andy deployed with his air cavalry squadron to Iraq for a 12-month combat operations tour in 2008, and in 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as part of an advisor and training team to train the Afghan Air Force.His military awards and decorations include the Army Combat Action Badge, Army Master Aviator Wings, the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Medal.Pamir62 | Heroes are Forever(20+) Pamir 62: Heroes are Forever | Facebooklinkedin.com/in/andy-miller-pilothttps://twitter.com/Pamir_62/If you or someone you know needs help, call the Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255The veterans crisis hotline is a tool for both current and former military members who need immediate mental health help. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the veterans crisis hotline at 800-273-8255, option 1.  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/military-crisis-lineCall the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or TTY: 1-800-799-4889. This hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Your call is free and confidential. Mental health help is also available by text message at 838255. All suicide prevention help is available 24/7.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Episode 3 - Mark Meyer
May 30 2022
Episode 3 - Mark Meyer
Chief Warrant Officer-5 (retired) Mark MeyerFormer US Army Special Operations Command, Command Chief Warrant Officer;One of my first IP’s out of flight schoolHelicopter and fixed wing and hot air balloon pilot, pilot in command and instructor pilot, instrument flight examiner, standardization instructor pilot, having amassed over 7,000 hours, with over 2,500 combat hours. A fellow Paratrooper – over 20 years earning the Master Army Parachutist with over 100 static-line jumps and Military Freefall parachutist with over 500 freefall jumpsHolds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Professional Aeronautics with a double minor in Business and Safety Graduated Magna Cum Laude (1999)Previous senior positions–  Chief of Warrant Officer recruiting for the U.S. Army Recruiting CommandCommander – HHT U.S. Army Operational Support ElementTroop Executive Officer, U.S. Army Operational Support ElementVarious CCWO positions U.S. Army Operational Support Element4th U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command2nd U.S. Army Special Operations CommandOwner/ operator of Balloons over America – hot air balloon toursballoonsoveramerica.com or .org or .netInterested in becoming a Warrant Officer? U.S. Army Warrant Officer RecruitingBooks Mark is reading/ recommending:Younger Next Year - Turn back your biological clock - Chris Crowley Olivia's Hope-Kevin N. KarellaAmazon - Olivia's Hope: Alive: Yet Suspended in Time (Lincoln James Legacy): Karella, Kevin: 9781640853706: BooksIf you or someone you know needs help, call the Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255The veterans crisis hotline is a tool for both current and former military members who need immediate mental health help. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the veterans crisis hotline at 800-273-8255, option 1.  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/military-crisis-lineCall the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or TTY: 1-800-799-4889. This hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Your call is free and confidential. Mental health help is also available by text message at 838255. All suicide prevention help is available 24/7.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show