Mike Drop

Mike Drop Podcast

The Mike Drop podcast is hosted by former Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland. It is a not so politically correct discussion of wide ranging topics that span from government, politics and war to health and fitness, from guns and survival skills to food and nutrition with music, BBQ and a touch of everything else in between. This is THE platform that is completely raw, totally unfiltered and in your face, while still intellectually sound with good intuitive dialogue between A-holes that know what they’re talking about.

Episode 63: Kevin Owens - Irish Born, American Made
From being an Irish special forces soldier conducting operations at the height of the British/IRA conflicts to fighting for America as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan- Kevin Owens has Over 30 years of experience fighting for the country he lives in at the highest level possible. Absolutely riveting insight and interview sitting down with him discussing his Irish childhood and vast combat experiences as an adult. Sponsored by @jockofuel, @originusa, and @resiliencecbd ---------- Table of Time...

Episode 62: Angel Cortes - Gang Signs & Ranger Tabs
I talk a lot about maximizing opportunity as I believe there is no shortage of it in this country. This episode is a prime example of it. I sat down with Angel Cortes - former L.A. gang banger turned Army Ranger, and now studying to be a registered dietician to help the type of communities from which he came from. Lots of great insight into immigration policy as well as rising up in the face of abject poverty and adversity. Sponsored by @jockofuel, @originusa, and @resiliencecbd ---------- Table of Time...

Episode 62: Angel Cortes - Gang Signs & Ranger Tabs
I talk a lot about maximizing opportunity as I believe there is no shortage of it in this country. This episode is a prime example of it. I sat down with Angel Cortes - former L.A. gang banger turned Army Ranger, and now studying to be a registered dietician to help the type of communities from which he came from. Lots of great insight into immigration policy as well as rising up in the face of abject poverty and adversity. Sponsored by @jockofuel, @originusa, and @resiliencecbd ---------- Table of Time...


Episode 61: Matt Hanson - Running with Ironman
The Ironman race... 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. A ridiculous feat of preparation, endurance, and mental toughness. To not only finish, but to be a 3 time North American champion and shatter numerous course records around the world is on a different level. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Hanson who accomplished just that, and asked him all about what that’s like at that magnitude. I was always a big fan of triathlons growing up, and this episode I had a lot of questions and des...

Episode 61: Matt Hanson - Running with Ironman
The Ironman race... 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. A ridiculous feat of preparation, endurance, and mental toughness. To not only finish, but to be a 3 time North American champion and shatter numerous course records around the world is on a different level. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Hanson who accomplished just that, and asked him all about what that’s like at that magnitude. I was always a big fan of triathlons growing up, and this episode I had a lot of questions and des...

Episode 60: Yousef Badou - Identifying the Threat with Emergence Disrupt
Born in Kuwait and baring witness to the gulf war Iraqi invasion of his home country, Yousef Badou grew up around the kind of violence that made him want to combat it as he got older. After serving several combat tours as a U.S. Marine, he took part in a special project to train and teach other war fighters to be able to assess and predict violence through body language and context. I had the pleasure of sitting down him to discuss all things related, and of course tie in the parallels of dogs. Sponsored ...


Episode 59: Nick Irving & Remi Adeleke - Police, Protests, and George Floyd
The last few weeks have been some trying times in our nation, to say the least. I wanted to bring two former guests on with as relevant of a perspective as I could think of to both shed some light from their perspective as well as give mine, while having a healthy and necessary discussion. This episode I had the honor of having former SEAL Remi Adeleke and former Army Ranger Nick Irving discuss all things race-related for our country. I hope that those who listen, do so you understand and not respond or con...

Episode 58: Will Chesney - Navy Seal Dog Handler & Author of 'No Ordinary Dog'
The most famous mission in modern history, a bad ass K9 that accompanied the SEAL team that conducted it, and the operator/handler that took K9 Cairo on that mission. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the latest Mike Drop episode. I had the honor of sitting down with @willcheeese, author of @noordinarydogbook, to talk about all things Operation Neptune Spear to take down the worlds most wanted man - Osama Bin Laden. Sponsored by @jockofuel and @originusa. ---------- Table of Timestamps: Breaking the Ice &...

Episode 57: Akshay Nanavati - USMC Veteran and Author of 'Fearvana'
What do you get when take a former U.S. Marine from India, who post service gets enlightened and on the level with the Dalai Lama ? You get a super interesting cat named Akshay Nanavati (@fearvana). Incredibly fascinating sit down with the author of the book Fearvana, and we talk about life in many different spectrums. Sponsored by @jockofuel and @originlabs. ---------- Table of Timestamps: Breaking the Ice & The Dalai Lama - 1:33 Seven Days in the Dark - 3:45 Pride & The Adventure - 14:19 How...


Episode 56: Jeff Morris - Former Army Officer and Author of 'Legion Rising'
Hearing about men being led into battle and ultimately being lost is something that is never easy to listen to, but is necessary to digest as a nation keeping the promise to never forget about its soldiers that pay the ultimate sacrifice. I sat down with Jeff Morris, author of “Legion Rising” about his role as an Army captain in charge of numerous men lost at the height of the Iraq war. Many tough memories recounted on this one, memories we all need to be aware of. Sponsored by @jockofuel and @originlab...

Episode 55: Nick Bare - Former Army Officer & Founder of Bare Performance Nutrition
Being a veteran entrepreneur myself, I find it extremely beneficial and therapeutic to sit down with fellow veteran entrepreneurs. In this episode I sit down with Nick Bare (@nickbarefitness) former Army officer, founder and CEO of Bare Performance Nutrition to discuss both his story and go over some great lessons learned on starting a business from scratch while on active duty. Sponsored by @jockofuel, @originlabs, and @bubsnaturals. ---------- Table of Timestamps: Small Talk & Ice Baths - 0:25 ...

Episode 55: Nick Bare - Former Army Officer & Founder of Bare Performance Nutrition
Being a veteran entrepreneur myself, I find it extremely beneficial and therapeutic to sit down with fellow veteran entrepreneurs. In this episode I sit down with Nick Bare (@nickbarefitness) former Army officer, founder and CEO of Bare Performance Nutrition to discuss both his story and go over some great lessons learned on starting a business from scratch while on active duty. Sponsored by @jockofuel, @originlabs, and @bubsnaturals. ---------- Table of Timestamps: Small Talk & Ice Baths - 0:25 ...


Episode 54: Mike Day - Former Navy SEAL and Author of Perfectly Wounded
There are times when I have the opportunity to sit down with some extraordinary men and am routinely humbled by their stories. This was absolutely one of those times. Mike Day is a retired Navy SEAL who was shot 27 times on one mission, and managed to kill the 4 insurgents who shot him, then walked himself to the medical helicopter. This is one of the most remarkable stories I've been honored to be told first hand, and one that I know you guys will appreciate. ---------- Table of Timestamps: Breaking the...

Episode 53: Ephraim Mattos - Former Navy SEAL and Author of City of Death
I've had the pleasure of speaking to quite a few fellow combat vets about their experiences in the Middle East. Even with that, I wasn't prepared for hearing Ephraim's account of the battle for taking back Mosul from ISIS after U.S. Forces pulled back. Author of "City of Death" and founder of Stronghold Rescue and Relief, Ephraim Mattos shares his detailed account of a truly remarkable battle in one of the oldest cities on Earth. Visit Stronghold Rescue and Relief at www.strongholdrescue.org @strong...

Episode 52: Eddie Gallagher - Retired Navy SEAL
Arguably the most polarizing story in the history of the SEAL Teams, the war crimes accusations surrounding Eddie Gallagher have made it a tumultuous story for our entire nation. The president intervened when pre-trial confinement protocol wasn’t being followed, the media has portrayed a narrative and perspective, now it’s time to hear Eddie’s side of the story. I sat down with Eddie face to face, and wanted to get all of the questions I think most of us have answered. Irrespective of what side of the fen...


Episode 51: Mike Glover - The Fieldcraft Survival Expert
The inspiration that comes from speaking with real life heroes is impossible to quantify. I continue to be humbled by the caliber of individuals that are willing to share their story with me. In sitting down with former green beret/unit member and owner of Fieldcraft Survival, Mike Glover, I continue to be amazed. After 20 years of service to this country in the highest of capacities, we talk about his experience as tomb guard, green beret, and Tier 1 operator. More importantly, we talk about how those expe...

Episode 50: Clint Emerson and Shane Hiatt
This episode is especially meaningful for me. Two of my closest friends, (Clint Emerson and Shane Hiatt) that I’ve been to war with,  and all three of us close with Glen Doherty.  We talk about our time together with Glen in platoons at SEAL team 3, Iraq, and transitioning out into entrepreneurism afterward. Never a dull moment with these two bad asses.   Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa @bubsnaturals...

Episode 49: Rachel Scheer - Modeling, Nutrition, and Functional Medicine
With all the conflicting information out there about health and nutrition, I feel obligated to bring different folks on regularly to discuss the ins and outs of all things food. In this episode I sit down with nutritionist and fitness model Rachel Scheer, and she drops some serious knowledge. Grab your notebooks on this one! Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa...


Episode 48: Nikki Selby - Airborne Angel
A strong, powerful and independent woman who perseveres through whatever stands in her way... is a perfect description for my guest on this episode. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lt. Commander Nikki Selby, a combat veteran flight nurse with an absolutely incredible story she was kind enough to share with us. Prepare to be inspired folks- this one is fantastic. Sponsored by @originlabs @originlabsusa...

Episode 47: Jason and Iris Gardner - Back to the Basics
Our way of life that has become routine and ordinary is one of the biggest contributors to our societal degradation. The only way to fix this issue is for each of us to act, and that starts with setting the example. In this episode I sat down with Jason and Iris Gardner, and they exemplify such an example. Very raw emotion from both about life experiences, the horrors of combat, sexual assault, and the positives we can all draw and learn from with those experiences. Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa...

Episode 46: Sam Bonilla - Law and Order, Chicago
There's no job more polarizing and controversial right now than being a police officer. There have been a number of stories in the past few years that have fanned the flames of controversy as it relates to how officers use their authority. It's a constant tough job where split second decisions that have life long impacts occur constantly. This episode I sit down with Sam Bonilla, a captain with a Chicago suburb police department, attorney and USMC vet right in the thick of where our mainstream media highlig...


Episode 45: Nick Koumalatsos - Excommunicated Warrior
The rivalry between Marine Raiders (MARSOC) and the SEAL teams is fierce and constant. I'm often asked about the difference between the two, and what they are like. In this episode I sit down with Nick Koumalatsos to talk about them, Force Recon, and all things leatherneck. More importantly, we dive into his book "Excommunicated Warrior" to discuss the path and struggle that exists for veterans as they find their way back into the civilian world upon exiting from the service. Great info and insight about st...

Episode 44: Eric Maddox - Finding Saddam
Ladies and gentleman... we got em. Those words forever etched in our minds from the day that Saddam Hussein was finally captured after months of raids and tireless searching. I sat down with the man responsible for breaking the source that led to that capture. Saddams right hand man finally gave him up after Eric interrogated him, and account of the amazing journey of the operators that ultimately nabbed him is gripping to say the least. Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa...

Episode 43: Thomas Pecora - Counter-Terrorism
Have you ever wondered what the inner workings of the CIA's real life Jack Bauer  style CTC command is really like? In this episode we find out all things related to it, as well as the CIA's overseas security details at every level. I sat down with Thomas Pecora and discussed his new book "Guardian" and got a ton of insight into the dark world of anti terrorism that most people only watch movies about. I was on the edge of my seat to say the least!! Sponsored by @originlabs & @originusa...


Episode 42: Matt Pittman - Meat Church
You guys asked for it, and I'm delivering it. Matt Pittman of Meat Church baptizing the Mike Drop podcast with all kinds of crazy BBQ knowledge. We talk all things meat, delving into all the intricacies of the most primal cooking method out there. No shortage of info to get you up to speed to throw down in your backyard in this one. Sponsored by @originlabs & @originusa...

Episode 41: Jaeson Jones - Cartels, Drugs, and Walls
The tumultuous situation at the border is more complicated than we hear about in the media. We only hear what they want us to, and it’s not even close to what really goes on. In this episode I sit down with Jaeson Jones, former higher up at the Texas department of public safety, where he ran counter terrorism/narcotic operations as well as the renowned Texas rangers. We get into all things border security, drug legalization, and how to combat the constant pressure coming up towards us. There’s a lot of dice...

040 John Nores
There are many dark elements of our society that we rarely get to see light being shone upon. Some that of most people knew were taking place, they would be up in arms and legitimately take action. This episode was one of those beaming lights illuminating a nasty scourge taking place. This episode o sit down with Lt. John Nores of the California dept. of fish and wildlife highlighting the dangerous and amazing work he and his teammates have done combatting the environmentally devastating marijuana grow site...


040 John Nores
There are many dark elements of our society that we rarely get to see light being shone upon. I sit down with Lt. John Nores of the California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife highlighting the dangerous work he & his teammates have done combatting the environmentally devastating marijuana grow sites in CA. Lots of riveting operational stories in this one. https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-War-Operations-Reclaiming-Wildlands/ Sponsored by @originlabs & @originusa...

039 Dakota Meyer
There are times in life when you are faced with impossible decisions. Impossible decisions that no matter what you pick, the outcome is of the gravest of consequences, and people die. This episode I had the honor of hearing first hand that experience from the one and only Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor recipient and world class patriot. The depth of this interview can not be overstated, one that every American should listen to. @dakotameyer0317 Sponsored by Origin Labs & Origin USA...

039 Dakota Meyer
There are times in life when you are faced with impossible decisions. Impossible decisions that no matter what you pick, the outcome is of the gravest of consequences, and people die. This episode I had the honor of hearing first hand that experience from the one and only Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor recipient and world class patriot. The depth of this interview can not be overstated, one that every American should listen to. @dakotameyer0317 Sponsored by Origin Labs & Origin USA...


038 Tony Blauer
How prepared are you in terms being attacked in a real work setting? Violence is part of human nature, and there are examples all day everyday of people who are woefully underprepared for it. There’s also a lot of science behind both the nature of violent attacks as well as a humans natural response to it. This episode I sit down with the legend, Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems. Tony is the real deal and after 40 years studying violence, mindset, resiliency and more his program is much deeper than a ...

038 Tony Blauer
How prepared are you in terms being attacked in a real work setting? Violence is part of human nature, & there are examples all day everyday of people who are woefully underprepared for it. I sit down with the legend, Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems. Tony is the real deal and after 40 years studying violence, mindset, resiliency & more his program is much deeper than a how to punch or choke someone out, there are so many good real world lessons in this one!...

037 Taylor Canfield
The SEAL teams are filled with ultra competitive over achievers, men who set their minds to accomplish a goal and don’t stop until they are either successful or dead. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to sit down one of those men in this episode. Former combat veteran SEAL, SEAL K9 handler and now NASCAR professional race car driver Taylor Canfield joins me and tells his gripping story of overcoming challenges and ultimately kicking life where it deserves. No shortage of inspiration on this one! @Taylor1...


037 Taylor Canfield
The SEAL teams are filled with ultra competitive over achievers, men who set their minds to accomplish a goal & don’t stop until they are either successful or dead. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to sit down one of those men in this episode. Former combat veteran SEAL, SEAL K9 handler & now NASCAR race car driver Taylor Canfield joins me and tells his gripping story of overcoming challenges and ultimately kicking life where it deserves. No shortage of inspiration on this one! @Taylor1canfield...

036 Emily Joy Hills
It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly unique and inspiring my guests are. To say I’m fortunate being able to meet and sit down with such powerful individuals is a gross understatement. This episode I sit down with Emily aka gunbunny actual and talk about her gripping story of turmoil and perseverance through some tumultuous events growing up and into adulthood. From childhood trauma to becoming an Army Apache helicopter pilot, there is no shortage of motivation to succeed in this one. Sit down, buckle ...

036 Emily Joy Hills
It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly unique & inspiring my guests are. This episode I sit down with Emily aka gunbunny actual & talk about her gripping story of turmoil & perseverance through some tumultuous events growing up & into adulthood. From childhood trauma to becoming an Army Apache helicopter pilot, there is no shortage of motivation to succeed in this one. Sit down, buckle up & hold on for a wild ride, enjoy! @gunbunnyactual...


035 Nick “The Reaper” Irving
You guys asked for it, and you got it. Circling back with the reaper, aka Nick Irving. After such positive feedback after our first episode with him, we sit down again and go even deeper into some of the social policies we talked about the first time, what he’s been up to since that episode as well as his new book and what’s coming down the pipeline. Another great chat you won’t want to miss. Purchase his new book Reaper: Threat Zero https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Threat-Zero-Sniper-Novel/dp/125012736X/ref=...

035 Nick “The Reaper” Irving
You guys asked for it, & you got it. Circling back with the reaper, aka Nick Irving. After such positive feedback after our first episode with him, we sit down again & go deeper into some of the social policies we talked about the first time, what he’s been up to since that episode as well as his new book & what’s coming down the pipeline. Reaper: Threat Zero https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Threat-Zero-Sniper-Novel/dp/125012736X/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=Reaper%3A+Threat+Zero&qid=1560143063&s=gateway&sr...

034 Hamody Jasim
There are times in our lives when we feel defeated, at our lowest, and like we can’t win. Most often here in this country, the “problems” that we complain about are very trivial. I talk a lot about perspective on my shows and how we should all use it to gain insight on the issues we face. This episode I sit down with Hamody Jasim aka the Terrorist Whisperer and talk about his time growing up in Iraq during Saddams reign, the overthrowing of it, and post regime. To say that perspective was gained during this...


034 Hamody Jasim
There are times in our lives when we feel defeated, at our lowest, and like we can’t win. Most often here in this country, the “problems” that we complain about are very trivial. I talk a lot about perspective on my shows and how we should all use it to gain insight on the issues we face. I sit down with Hamody Jasim & talk about his time growing up in Iraq during Saddam's reign & post regime. A remarkable & moving episode.  @the_terrorist_whisperer The Terrorist Whisperer https://amzn.to/2IjvI7M...

033 Mike Sauers & Samantha Bonilla
What do you think of when you hear the term “power couple”? Think no longer, in this episode I sit down with former SEAL and Forged clothing co-founder Mike Sauers and his beautiful former marine turned model/private investigator/veteran and first responder advocate Samantha Bonilla. There’s no shortage of back and forth between the adventurous duo in this comedic episode of both of their life stories.  @forgedmike @samantha_r_bonilla...

033 Mike Sauers & Samantha Bonilla
What do you think of when you hear the term “power couple”? Think no longer, in this episode I sit down with former SEAL and Forged clothing co-founder Mike Sauers and his beautiful former marine turned model/private investigator/veteran and first responder advocate Samantha Bonilla. There’s no shortage of back and forth between the adventurous duo in this comedic episode of both of their life stories.  @forgedmike @samantha_r_bonilla...


032 Remi Adeleke
Where does your perspective come from? Is it influenced by real life experiences from having been immersed in other cultures or is it sheltered by affluent America? This episode gives a nod to the former as I sit down with an incredible man born in Nigeria, who’s also a former Navy SEAL, Man of God, actor, writer and all around amazing human being. Remi Adeleke shares with us his real life coming to America story in this incredible episode of inspiring perseverance.  @remiadeleke  Pick up his book Transform...

032 Remi Adeleke
Where does your perspective come from? Is it influenced by real life experiences from having been immersed in other cultures or is it sheltered by affluent America? This episode gives a nod to the former as I sit down with an incredible man born in Nigeria, who’s also a former Navy SEAL, Man of God, actor and all around amazing human being. Remi Adeleke shares with us his real life coming to America story in this incredible episode of inspiring perseverance. Pick up his book https://amzn.to/2GY5MPj...

031 Chris Osman Part II
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be locked up abroad? Well, wait no longer, in this episode I sit back down with former Navy SEAL, Chris Osman, after recently being arrested and jailed in Haiti. You may have seen the headlines and stories about what he and others were doing out there. We talk about what happened from beginning to end, and all the crazy antics that came along with it. You won’t want to miss this one, truly an eye opener for even the most seasoned world traveler. @_chris_osman_...


031 Chris Osman Part II
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be locked up abroad? Well, wait no longer, in this episode I sit back down with former Navy SEAL, Chris Osman, after recently being arrested & jailed in Haiti. You may have seen the headlines & stories about what he and others were doing out there. We talk about what happened from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss this one, truly an eye opener for even the most seasoned world traveler. @_chris_osman_designs...

031 Chris Osman Part I
If a former Marine turned SEAL started his own tactical gear company at the turn of the century before all the big name companies do, what do you suppose would come of that? A self made entrepreneur with a ton of lessons learned the hard way so you don’t have to. In this episode I sit down with Chris Osman who graduated BUD/s class 215 with me of RUGHED (formerly Chris Osman Designs) and we talk about his military time, combat and transitioning into a multi-million dollar business owner. As always we learn ...

031 Chris Osman Part I
If a former Marine turned SEAL started his own tactical gear company at the turn of the century before all the big name companies do, what do you suppose would come of that? A self made entrepreneur with a ton of lessons learned the hard way so you don’t have to. In this episode I sit down with Chris Osman who graduated BUD/s class 215 with me, we talk about his military time, combat & transitioning into a multi-million dollar business owner. @_chris_osman_designs...


030 Shawn Ryan
Former Navy SEAL CIA security contractor Trained Keanu Reeves for John Wick to be even more of a bad ass Reminds you of Dirty Harry 2.0 with his Sahara Desert bone dry sarcasm This episode I sit down with Shawn Ryan of Vigilance Elite to discuss all things bad ass. No feelings spared here (are you surprised at this point?) and lots of good info and stories shared in true Mike Drop fashion.  Vigilanceelite.com instagram.com/shawnryan762...

030 Shawn Ryan
Former Navy SEAL CIA security contractor Trained Keanu Reeves for John Wick to be even more of a bad ass Reminds you of Dirty Harry 2.0 with his Sahara Desert bone dry sarcasm This episode I sit down with Shawn Ryan of Vigilance Elite to discuss all things bad ass. No feelings spared here (are you surprised at this point?) and lots of good info and stories shared in true Mike Drop fashion.  Vigilanceelite.com instagram.com/shawnryan762...

029 Dr. Gabrielle Lyon
What do years of figure and fitness competitions followed by becoming a doctor of health and nutrition give you? Grab your notebooks and pay attention, this episode I sit down with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon and talk about all things nutrition and fitness. A ton of great useable and pertinent info on this one that I’m still learning from.   @drgabriellelyon...


029 Dr. Gabrielle Lyon
What do years of figure and fitness competitions followed by becoming a doctor of health and nutrition give you? Grab your notebooks and pay attention, this episode I sit down with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon and talk about all things nutrition and fitness. A ton of great useable and pertinent info on this one that I’m still learning from. @drgabriellelyon...

028 Collin Joseph
From pipeline welder to successful online fitness coach, entrepreneur and body builder, this episode I sit down with Canadian Collin Mayne to talk about his inspirational journey to get to where he is today. A number of great lessons learned on this one for starting your own brand/business, as well as some motivation for getting after it in the gym. @collinJoseph_fit...

028 Collin Joseph
From pipeline welder to successful online fitness coach, entrepreneur and body builder, this episode I sit down with Canadian Collin Mayne to talk about his inspirational journey to get to where he is today. A number of great lessons learned on this one for starting your own brand/business, as well as some motivation for getting after it in the gym. @collinJoseph_fit...


027 JP Dinnell
When teachers of leadership and excellence share their motivation and lessons learned, it’s imperative that they have the real world examples of walking that walk to back it up. The guest of this episode couldn’t be a better example of overcoming odds and setting the example for all of us to live by. I sat down with former SEAL and Echelon Front instructor JP Dinnell where he gives us the riveting example of what determination and never settling while striving for greatness looks like.  https://instagram.c...

027 JP Dinnell
When teachers of leadership & excellence share their motivation & lessons learned, it’s imperative that they have the real world examples of walking that walk to back it up. The guest of this episode couldn’t be a better example of overcoming odds and setting the example for all of us to live by. I sat down with former SEAL & Echelon Front instructor JP Dinnell where he gives us the riveting example of what determination and never settling while striving for greatness looks like. instagram.com/jpdinne...

026 Dr. Jason Piccolo
With all of the current political infighting about border security, the wall, and human trafficking - this episode is a timely and important one. I sat down with Dr. Jason Piccolo, long time border patrol and federal agent to discuss his book “Unwavering” and talk about all things border operations and politics. There were many details and specifics that I learned in this one, and it gives great insight into both the day to day issues facing our border agents as well as the macro big picture on the politica...


026 Dr. Jason Piccolo
With all of the current political infighting about border security, the wall, and human trafficking - this episode is a timely & important one. I sat down with Dr. Jason Piccolo, long time border patrol & federal agent to discuss his book “Unwavering." There were many details I learned in this one, & it gives great insight into issues facing our border agents as well as the macro big picture on the political scale. Unwavering: A Border Agent's Journey From Hunter to Hunted https://amzn.to/2O7Kalr...

025 Benito Olson
Combing special operations and working k9’s is the marrying of two things I’m most passionate about. In this episode I sit down with Benito Olsen, former K9 handler attached to SEAL team 6 for numerous combat deployments and remarkably harrowing stories of missions he’s conducted with dogs overseas. These stories are gripping, raw, and incredible. The emotions brought during this episode managed to overcome us both and I’m very honored to bring this showcasing of how important the dogs are to our special op...

025 Benito Olson
Combing special operations and working K9’s is the marrying of two things I’m most passionate about. In this episode I sit down with Benito Olsen, former K9 handler attached to SEAL team 6 for numerous combat deployments & remarkably harrowing stories of missions he’s conducted with dogs overseas. The emotions brought during this episode managed to overcome us both and I’m very honored to bring this showcasing of how important & dogs are to our special operations troops....


024 Lara Logan
To say this episode was humbling is a gross understatement. 6 years ago, Lara Logan interviewed me in my living room for a 60 minutes piece. In a twist of amazing fate, and almost 6 years to the day, I had the incredible opportunity to interview her in her living room in similar fashion. Like you’ve never heard or seen her before, she shares her amazing journey and career as a world renowned journalist for some of the biggest news agencies in the world, in some of the most dangerous places on earth. The bra...

024 Lara Logan
6 years ago, Lara Logan interviewed me for a 60 minutes piece. I had the opportunity to interview her in similar fashion. Like you’ve never heard or seen her before, her amazing journey & career as a world renowned journalist, in some of the most dangerous places on earth. The bravery & courage she shows in this interview sharing details of being in war zones as well as being sexually assaulted in Egypt is impossible to overstate. Enter the world of one of the most badass women to ever grace the news worl...

023 Eddie Penney
The parallels of character that exists in a SEAL team 6 operator and devoted father who suddenly found himself taking care of several children by himself immediately returning from combat is both incredibly inspiring and uncanny. This episode I sit down with Eddie Penney, CEO of Contingent group and former SEAL team 6 operator. He gives us amazing insight into the incredibly competent and world famous unit that has been responsible for numerous high level operations since the war on terror began. Sit back a...


023 Eddie Penney
The parallels of character that exists in a SEAL team 6 operator & devoted father who suddenly found himself taking care of several children by himself immediately returning from combat is incredibly inspiring. I sit down with Eddie Penney, CEO of Contingent group & former SEAL team 6 operator. He gives us amazing insight into the incredibly competent and world famous unit that has been responsible for numerous high level operations. Instagram.com/eddie.penney www.contingentgroup.com...

Team Dog 004
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Team Dog 004
In this Team Dog Podcast episode I talk about my training philosophies and I take a Q&A from the audience. If you own a dog, come JOIN the Trikos Team Dog Community TODAY at www.teamdog.pet for training lessons, a dog den resource site for everything dog (poisonous foods, first aid, equipment, health checks, and more), forums with an active dog community, and Live Video Chats with me to answer any and all questions. Use promo code BETTERDOG for an instant 25% off the yearly membership!...


022 Erika Jayne
What does a former Navy SEAL and a real housewife of Beverly Hills have in common? More than you would think... this episode I sit down with my good friend and protection dog client, the one and only “the pretty mess” aka Erika Jayne. In true Mike Drop fashion no punches are pulled and I ask her what I want to and how I want to ask her about her life and how it is to be the star of a hit TV reality show.  Never a dull moment in this one! www.Erikajayne.com  Instagram.com/@theprettymess...

022 Erika Jayne
What does a former Navy SEAL and a real housewife of Beverly Hills have in common? More than you would think... this episode I sit down with my good friend and protection dog client, the one and only “the pretty mess” aka Erika Jayne. In true Mike Drop fashion no punches are pulled and I ask her what I want to and how I want to ask her about her life and how it is to be the star of a hit TV reality show.  Never a dull moment in this one! www.Erikajayne.com  Instagram.com/@theprettymess...

021 Jeff Nichols
Have you ever wondered how our nations most elite counter terrorism strength and conditioning coaches get those pipe hitters in world class shape? Imagine one who also spent years as a tier one operator himself, then became that same units lead mofo to condition those guys. Good news- you don’t have to imagine. This episode I sit down with former Navy SEAL and CSCS Jeff Nichols @jeffcscs to talk about both his time in the teams as well as becoming the lead human performance coach in the community. A ton of ...


021 Jeff Nichols
Have you ever wondered how our nations most elite counter terrorism strength and conditioning coaches get those pipe hitters in world class shape? Imagine one who also spent years as a tier one operator himself, then became that same units lead mofo to condition those guys. Good news- you don’t have to imagine. This episode I sit down with former Navy SEAL and CSCS Jeff Nichols @jeffcscs to talk about both his time in the teams as well as becoming the lead human performance coach in the community....

020 Mario Romero
What would have happened if Neil deGrasse Tyson went into special operations? Well, you’d get what we have on this episode where I sit down with Mario Romero- former Navy SEAL turned Columbia grad and now NASA employee. We talk about his career in the teams and what the transition to math geek/pathway to becoming an astronaut looks like....

020 Mario Romero
What would have happened if Neil deGrasse Tyson went into special operations? Well, you’d get what we have on this episode where I sit down with Mario Romero- former Navy SEAL turned Columbia grad and now NASA employee. We talk about his career in the teams and what the transition to math geek/pathway to becoming an astronaut looks like....


019 Jack Carr
What do you get when you take a SEAL from enlisted to officer, leading men on the battlefield fighting the war on terror to a first time thrilling fiction author with a story based on his knowledge of the government and special operations? Jack Carr is what, ladies and gentleman. Had a blast sitting down with him and catching up after 20 years on this episode talking about how his time fighting overseas shaped and influenced his brilliant writing career off the battlefield. instagram.com/jackcarrusa twitter...

019 Jack Carr
What do you get when you take a SEAL from enlisted to officer, leading men on the battlefield fighting the war on terror to a first time thrilling fiction author with a story based on his knowledge of the government & special operations? Jack Carr is what, ladies & gentleman. Had a blast sitting down with him & catching up after 20 years talking about how his time fighting overseas influenced his brilliant writing career off the battlefield. instagram.com/jackcarrusa twitter.com/jackcarrusa...

018 Johnny Walker
15 years ago, if I had been face to face with this man, there’s a high probability we would have been trying to kill each other. The fact that we are sitting here now the way we are as brothers truly highlights how amazing this nation really is. This episode I sit down with Iraqi interpreter to U.S. Special Operations forces “Johnny Walker”.  We talk about his story growing up In Iraq and how he became so heavily involved helping SEALs and other SOF units until ultimately coming here and becoming a U.S. cit...


018 Johnny Walker
15 years ago, if I had been face to face with this man, there’s a high probability we would have been trying to kill each other. The fact that we are sitting here now the way we are as brothers truly highlights how amazing this nation really is. This episode I sit down with Iraqi interpreter to U.S. Special Operations forces “Johnny Walker”. We talk about his story growing up In Iraq and how he became so heavily involved helping SEALs & ultimately coming here and becoming a U.S. citizen....

017 Dr. James Mitchell
Have you ever wondered what the inside scoop is on waterboarding and breaking the worlds most dangerous terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Well, you’re in luck. This episode I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. James Mitchell, the man and patriot behind the interrogation of Al Qaeda leadership in shadowy CIA black sites, as well as the implementation of the enhanced interrogation techniques immediately after 9/11 to thwart future attacks. This one is real eye opener and in classic Mike Drop fa...

017 Dr. James Mitchell
Have you ever wondered what the inside scoop is on waterboarding and breaking the worlds most dangerous terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Well, you’re in luck. This episode I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. James Mitchell, the man and patriot behind the interrogation of Al Qaeda leadership in shadowy CIA black sites, as well as the implementation of the enhanced interrogation techniques immediately after 9/11 to thwart future attacks. This one is real eye opener!...


016 David Rutherford
It’s Mr. positivity on this episode folks, Dave Rutherford joins me to talk about all things motivation and a lot of good life lessons. There’s no shortage of meaningful and deep conversation in this one, and journey that Dave has undertaken is truly inspiring. Settle in and enjoy, this one showcases many good rules to live by!...

016 David Rutherford
It’s Mr. positivity on this episode folks, Dave Rutherford joins me to talk about all things motivation and a lot of good life lessons. There’s no shortage of meaningful and deep conversation in this one, and journey that Dave has undertaken is truly inspiring. Settle in and enjoy, this one showcases many good rules to live by!...

015 Mike Ritland Q & A Part II
A two part Question and Answer with yours truly. I tried to answer all your questions. This is not a dog specific podcast. However, one common question I received was how to deal with dog loss which I felt would be appropriate to answer on this one.  Almost everything I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way. I hope answering these things for you, will help you out. From leadership, entrepreneurship, hazing, life in the SEAL teams, political topics and much more this two part Q&A is jam packed....


015 Mike Ritland Q & A Part II
A two part Question and Answer with yours truly. I tried to answer all your questions. This is not a dog specific podcast. However, one common question I received was how to deal with dog loss which I felt would be appropriate to answer on this one. Almost everything I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way. I hope answering these things for you, will help you out. From leadership, entrepreneurship, hazing, life in the SEAL teams, political topics and much more this two part Q&A is jam packed....

015 Mike Ritland Q & A Part I
A two part Question and Answer with yours truly. I tried to answer all your questions. This is not a dog specific podcast. However, one common question I received was how to deal with dog loss which I felt would be appropriate to answer on this one.  Almost everything I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way. I hope answering these things for you, will help you out. From leadership, entrepreneurship, hazing, life in the SEAL teams, political topics and much more this two part Q&A is jam packed....

015 Mike Ritland Q & A Part I
A two part Question and Answer with yours truly. I tried to answer all your questions. This is not a dog specific podcast. However, one common question I received was how to deal with dog loss which I felt would be appropriate to answer on this one. Almost everything I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way. I hope answering these things for you, will help you out. From leadership, entrepreneurship, hazing, life in the SEAL teams, political topics and much more this two part Q&A is jam packed....


014 Debbie Lee
This episode is especially meaningful for me. 11 September is a hard day for our country, but is compounded by the loss of Glen and Ty at Benghazi on the same date as well as Jason Freiwald on the 12th in ‘08. I wanted to bring our first Gold star parent and female guest to help rationalize loss on this painful anniversary. Debbie Lee, the mother of Marc Lee who was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Iraq joins me in a very touching and emotional tribute to her sons sacrifice and what it means to this ...

014 Debbie Lee
Our first Gold Star parent and female guest, Debbie Lee, the mother of Marc Lee who was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Iraq joins me in a very touching and emotional tribute to her sons sacrifice and what it means to this nation. We discuss her and her sons childhood, the nature of the mission that took her sons life, and how she has ultimately turned her grief into helping scores of veterans and their families with her amazing charity “America’s Mighty Warriors”...

013 Jeff Gonzales
What’s not intense about U.S. special operations battling it out with cartels? From executing counter narc tactics in central and South America, fighting in Panama and then turning it into one of the most successful shooting, consulting and training schools - this episode we sit down with former Navy SEAL and Trident concepts owner Jeff Gonzales to talk about all that and some serious fitness training as well. Packed episode as always and in true Mike Drop fashion....


013 Jeff Gonzales
What’s not intense about U.S. special operations battling it out with cartels? From executing counter narc tactics in central and South America, fighting in Panama and then turning it into one of the most successful shooting, consulting and training schools - this episode we sit down with former Navy SEAL and Trident concepts owner Jeff Gonzales to talk about all that and some serious fitness training as well. Packed episode as always and in true Mike Drop fashion....

Team Dog 003
In this Team Dog episode of Mike Drop, I sit down with Eric and Ted from Working Dog Radio to discuss experiences in K9 training and deployment in law enforcement as well as some risqué undercover sting stories from Eric that you won’t want to miss!!...

Team Dog 003
In this Team Dog episode of Mike Drop, I sit down with Eric and Ted from Working Dog Radio to discuss experiences in K9 training and deployment in law enforcement as well as some risqué undercover sting stories from Eric that you won’t want to miss!!...


012 Health & Fitness
Morning routine. I ask each Mike Drop guest what their morning routine is, and it’s spawned many listeners asking about mine. I’ve tried just about everything I’ve come across over the years with diets and exercise plans, many of which have been a bit off the wall or relatively extreme. In this episode I talk about not only my full morning routine, but the rest of the day during normal work days in terms of nutrition, exercise, sleep and recovery....

012 Health & Fitness
Morning routine. I ask each Mike Drop guest what their morning routine is, and it’s spawned many listeners asking about mine. I’ve tried just about everything I’ve come across over the years with diets and exercise plans, many of which have been a bit off the wall or relatively extreme. In this episode I talk about not only my full morning routine, but the rest of the day during normal work days in terms of nutrition, exercise, sleep and recovery....

011 Jeremy Mahugh
This episode is a powerful one that will surely hit home. I sit down with Jeremy Mahugh, fellow SEAL and co-founder of Deliver Fund, an anti human trafficking organization. Deliver Fund is a non-profit that utilizes special operations members’ specific skill sets and operational experience to help support law enforcement in combating the human trafficking trade here in the U.S. In true Mike Drop fashion we go deep into the underbelly of how and why this problem exists and how we can all join the fight to he...


011 Jeremy Mahugh
This episode is a powerful one that will surely hit home. I sit down with Jeremy Mahugh, fellow SEAL and co-founder of Deliver Fund, an anti human trafficking organization. Deliver Fund is a non-profit that utilizes special operations members’ specific skill sets and operational experience to help support law enforcement in combating the human trafficking trade here in the U.S....

010 Andy Stumpf
Post Independence Day Patriot rant...this episodes guest has pushed the boundaries of human performance in wingsuit flying and smashed world records in doing so, is a decorated combat veteran Navy SEAL and all around Patriot. Andy Stumpf and I talk about his experiences that have gotten him to where he is today, and also answer a lot of your questions regarding hot bed political and societal issues relevant in our country today. There’s no shortage of perspective and solutions in this episode. https://www.a...

010 Andy Stumpf
This guest has pushed the boundaries of human performance in wingsuit flying and smashed world records in doing so, is a decorated combat veteran Navy SEAL and all around Patriot. Andy Stumpf and I talk about his experiences that have gotten him to where he is today, and also answer a lot of your questions regarding hot bed political and societal issues relevant in our country today. There’s no shortage of perspective and solutions in this episode. AndyStumpf.com...


009 Bryan Black
This episode I sit down with Bryan Black @Bryanpblack owner and founder of ITS tactical (Imminent Threat Solutions. We cover a veritable smorgasbord of info in relation to home and personal security, fieldcraft and survival gear, and overall how to make yourself better prepared for a host of predicaments. Lots of good how-to and useful tips in this episode coupled with a number of gear reviews of different products out there.  https://www.itstactical.com...

009 Bryan Black
This episode I sit down with Bryan Black @bryanpblack owner and founder of ITS tactical (Imminent Threat Solutions. We cover a veritable smorgasbord of info in relation to home and personal security, fieldcraft and survival gear, and overall how to make yourself better prepared for a host of predicaments. Lots of good how-to and useful tips in this episode coupled with a number of gear reviews of different products out there. https://www.itstactical.com...

Team Dog 002
In this Team Dog Podcast episode I talk about my training philosophies and I take a Q & A from the audience. If you would like a better relationship with your dog, are having any training issues, join the Team Dog Training Community and train your dog from the comfort of your home with me! www.TeamDog.Pet...


Team Dog 002
In this Team Dog Podcast episode I talk about my training philosophies and I take a Q & A from the audience. If you would like a better relationship with your dog, are having any training issues, join the Team Dog Training Community and train your dog from the comfort of your home with me! www.TeamDog.Pet...

008 Mitch and Kyle
Double dose of inspiration - in this episode I talk with Mitch Aguiar and Kyle Maynard together. I talk with Mitch about his childhood influences and what brought him into the SEAL teams, the mindset motivation he possesses and what drives his inner savage as well as his transition from professional warfighter to professional MMA fighter. Kyle gave me incredible insight about what growing up struggling with the physical challenges he faced taught him, how big of a role his family played in shaping who he is...

008 Mitch and Kyle
Double dose of inspiration: in this episode I talk with Mitch Aguiar and Kyle Maynard together. I talk with Mitch about his childhood influences and what brought him into the SEAL teams, the mindset motivation he possesses and what drives his inner savage as well as his transition from professional warfighter to professional MMA fighter. Kyle gave me incredible insight about what growing up struggling with the physical challenges he faced taught him and the role his family played in shaping who he is today....


007 Memorial Day
I’m releasing a special Memorial Day Mike Drop episode. This episode means quite a lot to me for a number of reasons. I ask that everyone take a moment to listen, share with a friend and also with your children. I talk about my service, growing up in the SEAL teams, the importance of the next generation being able to carry on the true meaning of Memorial Day, and I also talk about something in this podcast that I have never publicly talked about before. Only a handful of friends know this, but I felt it was...

007 Memorial Day
Memorial Day episode. This episode means quite a lot to me for a number of reasons. I talk about my service, growing up in the SEAL teams, the importance of the next generation being able to carry on the true meaning of Memorial Day, and I also talk about something in this podcast that I have never publicly talked about before. Only a handful of friends know this. Until Valhalla gentlemen- Glen Doherty Ty Woods Jason Freiwald Dave Scott Tom Retzer Extortion 17...

006 David Andrews
This episode, I welcome Super Bowl LI champion, staunch advocate for the Warrior Dog Foundation and current starting center for the New England Patriots David Andrews. We talk about what it takes to make it in the NFL, his relationship with warrior dogs, overcoming loss and hardship, performance-enhancing drugs and of course the controversy behind the anthem kneeling. Great stories and insight into the most elite level of America’s most popular sport.    MikeRitland.com...


006 David Andrews
This episode, I welcome Super Bowl LI champion, staunch advocate for the Warrior Dog Foundation and current starting center for the New England Patriots David Andrews. We talk about what it takes to make it in the NFL, his relationship with warrior dogs, overcoming loss and hardship, performance-enhancing drugs and of course the controversy behind the anthem kneeling. Great stories and insight into the most elite level of America’s most popular sport....

005 Clark Impastato
This episode, I welcome a former SEAL training classmate who I’ve not seen in over a decade, Clark Impastato. He has run the full gambit of Navy SEAL, overseas security contractor, and undercover cop with Phoenix PD. We delve into the journey that many of us veterans face when getting out of the military and trying find our way with our unique set of skills. There’s no shortage of jokes and ridiculousness with us catching up after all this time.    You can follow Clark on Instagram - @frogman2155   MikeRitl...

005 Clark Impastato
This episode, I welcome a former SEAL training classmate who I’ve not seen in over a decade, Clark Impastato. He has run the full gambit of Navy SEAL, overseas security contractor, and undercover cop with Phoenix PD. We delve into the journey that many of us veterans face when getting out of the military and trying find our way with our unique set of skills. There’s no shortage of jokes and ridiculousness with us catching up after all this time.  You can follow Clark on Instagram - @frogman2155...


Team Dog 001
This is the kick off to my first Mike Drop Team Dog Podcast episode. In this episode I talk about philosophies behind my training and I take a Q & A from the audience. MikeRitland.com...

Team Dog 001
This is the kick off to my first Mike Drop Team Dog Podcast episode. In this episode I talk about philosophies behind my training and I take a Q & A from the audience. MikeRitland.com...

004 Chief Beck (Kristin Beck)
After a 20 year career in the SEAL teams conducting 13 deployments and spanning the globe, Chief Beck came out as the first openly transgender SEAL. We have an incredibly candid talk about the many political and societally-charged issues surrounding our nation in regards to this topic. In true Mike Drop fashion, I ask a number of tough questions that many in our society have and debate a wide swath of viewpoints that seem to divide many of our citizens. There are a number of perspectives that Chief Beck has...


004 Chief Beck (Kristin Beck)
After a 20 year career in the SEAL teams conducting 13 deployments and spanning the globe, Chief Beck came out as the first openly transgender SEAL. We have an incredibly candid talk about the many political and societally-charged issues surrounding our nation in regards to this topic. There are a number of perspectives that Chief Beck has that will surprise you — and rest assured you won’t hear a talk like this on mainstream media outlets....

003 Jay Dobyns
After being an All Pac-10 wide receiver and not making the cut at the NFL combine, Jay Dobyns was on a new mission. That mission was a dangerous one of busting criminals as an undercover agent with the ATF. With a lightning-fast learning curve of being shot on his first operation, he spent the next 20+ years infiltrating all manner of criminal enterprises — including the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club. In this episode I go deep into the psyche of what it takes to become one of the most highly-decora...

003 Jay Dobyns
After being an All Pac-10 wide receiver and not making the cut at the NFL combine, Jay Dobyns was on a new mission. That mission was a dangerous one of busting criminals as an undercover agent with the ATF. With a lightning-fast learning curve of being shot on his first operation, he spent the next 20+ years infiltrating all manner of criminal enterprises — including the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club....


002 Nick “The Reaper” Irving
Hear firsthand the gripping account of what it’s like to end 33 lives in 4 months with a sniper rifle in Afghanistan. Nick “The Reaper” Irving joins us to talk about his experiences as an Army Ranger sniper in the global war on terror. Being the first black sniper in 3rd Ranger battalion's history, we also delve into the tense race relations in this country and how our similar backgrounds can be a means to move forward working together as a nation. Check out Nick's books: The Reaper Way of the Reaper Reaper...

002 Nick “The Reaper” Irving
Hear firsthand the gripping account of what it’s like to end 33 lives in 4 months with a sniper rifle in Afghanistan. Nick “The Reaper” Irving joins us to talk about his experiences as an Army Ranger sniper in the global war on terror. Being the first black sniper in 3rd Ranger battalion's history, we also delve into the tense race relations in this country and how our similar backgrounds can be a means to move forward working together as a nation....

001 Clint Emerson
From being raised in Saudi Arabia to being hazed in the SEAL teams and ultimately becoming one of the most accomplished spies this country has ever had the pleasure of employing — we welcome New York Times bestselling author of 100 Deadly Skills, world-class secret squirrel and patriot Clint Emerson. In this podcast, we learn a number of useful, life-saving skills to deal with today’s real world threats and get to know what it’s like to be a real life Jason Bourne!   www.mikeritland.com...


001 Clint Emerson
From being raised in Saudi Arabia to being hazed in the SEAL teams and ultimately becoming one of the most accomplished spies this country has ever had the pleasure of employing — we welcome New York Times bestselling author of 100 Deadly Skills, world-class secret squirrel and patriot Clint Emerson. In this podcast, we learn a number of useful, life-saving skills to deal with today’s real world threats and get to know what it’s like to be a real life Jason Bourne! www.mikeritland.com...