132 | Leave No Man Left Behind with Dr. Tony Brooks
Episode 13220th September 2021 • The Military Veteran Dad Podcast • Ben Killoy
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Leave No Man Left Behind is a way of life in the Military, but we often don't hear the stories of those actions to rescue people behind enemy lines.  

Dr. Tony Brooks talks about the story to search for Marcus Luttrell who was featured in the Mark Walberg movie Lone Survivor in Afghanistan. 

We quickly dive into being a dad and how a lot like getting a satellite map before starting a mission the terrain is always different and has unforeseen challenges. And how this is so relatable to fatherhood and how the terrain of being a dad is different for everyone and always unpredictable.  

After enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2003 at the age of 21, Dr. Tony Brooks attended and graduated from Infantry and Airborne school followed by the four-week Ranger Indoctrination program, officially checking in to the 2nd Ranger Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington  `, in September 2004. He deployed to eastern Afghanistan in April 2005, based at Bagram Airfield. His first mission was Operation Red Wings II. Tony subsequently deployed to the Ramadi region of Iraq in 2006-07.

He is now owner/operator of chiropractic clinics in Washington and Texas. He was featured on a Discovery Science channel episode of Black Files: Declassified and a Smithsonian Air and Space article as a subject matter expert on Operation Red Wings and is also featured in the Backbone docuseries.

Tony and his wife Heidi have two children and are currently on their way to Montgomery, TX.

Book: Leave No Man Behind

Topics Covered:

  • Mounting a rescue mission in war
  • Jumping into the unknown of fatherhood
  • Having good mentors
  • Learning to tell our own story
  • Survivors guilt and learning to ask for help
  • Kids and Nutrition 
  • Learning to surrender to being Dad

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