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Recruit Graduation Podcast

Podcast Introduction w/CEO Andrew

Meet Andrew, host of the Recruit Graduation Podcast and USMC Veteran. Andrew finds the intersection between inspiration and fun. His high-energy guests bring both informative and engaging content specifically tailored to the military community. 

Andrew lives in Washington DC, Capital Hill region.

Episode 1 – A Navy Veteran staying Engaged.

Duane Stanley, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1970 under the Navy’s delayed enlistment program. He attended Navy boot camp at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois in January 1971. 


Episode 2 – Meet Alabama Navy Mom, Maureen.

Well, the best part of life being in Alabama is the Southern hospitality and you know we love our southern food!!! Only to name a few favorites – Fried Chicken,  BBQ, Banana Pudding, Fried green tomatoes, boiled peanuts, fried catfish, pecan pie, grits, and goodness so much more!!! Of course, we wash it all down with a tall glass of sweet tea!!!! 


Episode 3 – Laughter Yoga with Coach Sanne

Everyone wants health and happiness in their lives. But instead, they are getting stressed out, depressed, getting less sleep, more negative thoughts and feeling isolated. Does this sound like you? Are you someone who wants to move on and bring more laughter and joy into your life? You are in the right place. Laughter Yoga is the answer.

Learn more about laughter yoga and how you can incorporate the practice into your daily life.


Episode 5 – Six Military Spouses

Meet six amazing women and their inspiring story of resilience. Before their husbands left for boot camp, they were strangers. Now, they laugh and cry together, building a lifelong bond. I was beyond honored to hear their stories of raw emotions and gut determination to overcome adversity.

Please meet Amanda, Anna, Hannah, Danielle, and Robyn.


Episode 7: A Community Supporting Military Recruits

Mike Schultz, former Mayer of Boerne, TX, made a difference in the lives of Air Force boot camp recruits by inviting them to Thanksgiving day lunch. Mike and his wife provided a home-away-from-home for these young men and women through hugs, listening to their stories, and yes, letting them use their cell phones to call home. Mike Schultz has spent most of his professional career in the financial services industry.


Episode 8 – Pivoting Young Lives

Technical Sergeant Joshua Humble is assigned as an Officer Accessions Recruiter in Raleigh, NC. His current objective is to manage the recruiting and processing of highly qualified men and women to sustain the combat capability of the United States Air Force. He joined the Air Force in 2005 as an Air Transportation and Logistics specialist and has completed 4 overseas tours to Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and Qatar.


Episode 9 – Private to Colonel, a Marine’s Story

Retired Colonel Andrew R. Milburn started as a Private in the USMC, reaching the rank of Colonel while serving his country domestically and globally. His recent book, When the Tempest Gathers: From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War documents his combat experiences of the first Marine to command a special operations task force recounted against a backdrop of his journey from raw Second Lieutenant to seasoned Colonel and Task Force Commander; from leading Marines through the streets of Mogadishu, Baghdad, Fallujah, and Mosul to directing multi-national special operations forces in a dauntingly complex fight against a formidable foe.

Order his book on Amazon or find him on:

Episode 10 – Empowering young Women in the Military

Susannah founded two nonpartisan organizations, Running Start and the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), that raise the political voice of young women in America. Susannah has also trained women to run in Algeria, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, the Maldives, Russia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. She holds a BA, English, Davidson College

JD, University of Virginia. Susannah has worked in all parts of politics — as a lobbyist, on the Hill, and even in the White House!

Episode 12 – A Sailor’s Story of Service by Chelsea Mandello, US Navy Veteran

An episode that captures the essence of a Sailor’s story of service. Chelsea Mandello was the guest speaker for the April 17th, 2020 Recruit Graduation Celebration. Her story began while serving aboard her seventh ship during an 11-month deployment to the Fifth Fleet area-of-operations. She is the CEO and founder of Troopster.org.

Troopster was founded, Thanksgiving Day in 2015, by U.S. Navy Petty Officer Chelsea Mandello while she was still serving active-duty as a Navy Photojournalist. The site was created to give friends and family of deployed service members a way to easily send their soldiers care packages, without facing any of the trouble of shopping or packing themselves.

Recruit Graduation is giving all families 10% off their first care package order.