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Life of an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) with CMSgt (Ret) Chad McCoy

Today, we bring you a special feature that offers a rare peek into the high-stakes world of an Air Force Pararescueman, an extraordinary war hero named CMSgt(Ret) Chad McCoy. With an impressive 17 combat deployments under his belt, Chad's journey is nothing short of remarkable.


In this episode, Chad recounts some of his most challenging missions, including treating a Somali Pirate with a hand injury during the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, and providing medical care for both American and partnered forces. His experiences underscore the crucial role of technology in military operations and the importance of contingency planning for medical supplies.



One of the episode's highlights is Chad's recounting of his journey into the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. His tales of high-risk missions and the ethical challenges he faced shed light on the rigors of being an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ).


Chad also speaks candidly about his transition to civilian life after his military service. His journey took an entrepreneurial turn when he co-founded Firestorm Labs, highlighting his innovative spirit and resilience. Chad’s story provides invaluable insights into the importance of finding a new purpose after life-changing experiences and the transformative role of innovation and entrepreneurship in his journey.



Through the lens of Chad's experiences, the episode paints a vivid picture of the realities of combat, the importance of resilience and the profound sense of purpose that drives individuals in high-risk professions. It also highlights the pivotal role of medical personnel in combat scenarios, the ethical considerations they grapple with, and the constant push for innovation to improve their effectiveness.


The insights shared by Chad McCoy in this episode go beyond just his personal experiences. They provide a valuable glimpse into the realities of war, the heroics of those serving on the front lines, and the transition to civilian life. It’s a testament to the resilience, purpose, and dedication of our military heroes.


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