From Service To The Air Waves


Season 1 (Episodes 1 to 45) - Our Nations Combat Vetrepreneur’s talk about how they transformed their combat experience into a groundbreaking entrepreneurial success and courageous champions of veterans who started businesses for the purpose of supporting veterans.  We discuss their experience in relation to what I have defined as their VisualReality; their personal vision of building a successful business leveraging their experience to bring their core strengths into the entrepreneurial realm.  

Season 2 - The show will embarking on a slightly different path in 2018.  I will be interviewing those that have stories of empowerment.  These will include how they have been empowered to achieve success or overcome obstacles/limitations in their lives or how they have empowered others to achieve great success in their lives.  Please check back for more details on when our first episodes will release in 2018.

Welcome to the Charlie Mike Podcast

Hi listeners I’m Dwayne, a Vetrepreneur with a large passion for empowering the veteran community and partnering with veterans to live inspiring and fulfilling lives.  Over the past 25 years I have served in the military, climbed to an executive position and branched out as an entrepreneur. 

I originally created the Charlie Mike podcast to help showcase the amazing success achieved by various Combat Vetrepreneurs.  Combat Veterans bring a vast amount of experience to the entrepreneur realm that cannot be replicated in any other way.  In Season 1 the Combat Vetrepreneurs will walk you thru their amazing experience and give you some great advice on how to become just as successful as they have.  In Season 2 we will be embarking on stories of empowerment.

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This show is published weekly on Monday mornings.  Just in time for the start of the week and for most of your commutes back to work.  This will provide you an inspirational boost to your morning, work week and potentially that push to break out of the dreaded routine.

If you are looking to break out of that commute and 9 to 5 job, this is the show for you to gain insight on how to use the amazing experiences you have gained over the years through your military service.  Our loyal listeners are called CO’s because they are taking charge of their futures and building a strategic business that fulfills them and creates opportunity for growth.  Become part of the CO Nation and let’s grow together in a partnership of success.


Jordon Kestner Founder of Stealth Performance Communication

033 Jordon Kestner Founder of Stealth Performance Communications – Courageous Champion of Veterans

033 Dwayne Paro welcomes Jordon Kestner to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series.  Jordon is a 26 year old Entrepreneur on a mission to change the world. Started pursuit as a combat medic for the US ARMY(Time unfortunately cut short). This lead to a tough transition from being homeless to getting a…

Dan Alarik Founder of Grunt Style

032 Daniel Alarik Founder of Grunt Style

032 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Daniel Alarik to today’s podcast. Daniel was born in California moved to the Chicago area when he was a child. He joined the United States Army right after high school. Daniel met his wife and got married in 2008. Daniel and Elizabeth had their wonderful son, Ethan, a year later. Daniel transferred…

Andrew Marr Founder of Warrior Angels Foundation

031 Andrew Marr Founder of Warrior Angels Foundation

031 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Andrew Marr to today’s podcast. Andrew is a Special Forces Green Beret, Co-Founder and CEO of Warrior Angels Foundation, is on the leadership team of Warrior Soul, and Co-Host’s the Warrior Soul Podcast with Chris Albert. Andrew is married to Becky, the love of his life, and together they have five children.…

Carter Davis Founder of Lift for the 22

030 Carter Davis Founder of Lift for the 22

030 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Carter Davis to today’s podcast. Carter is the founder of Lift For The 22 and was a US Navy Corpsman from 2007-2013. He was medically retired and found that using the gym is a great transitional tool for veterans when getting out of the service. Lift For The 22 partners with gyms…

Michael J. Penney Founder of Cigars and Seastories

029 Michael J. Penney Founder of Cigars and Seastories

029 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Michael J. Penney to today’s podcast. In 2015 Michael co-founded Cigars and Sea Stories, a podcast devoted to sharing stories with veterans who are adding value to the world. March of 2016 he presented at TEDx Raleigh, “What’s Your IED: How to Add Value to During Life’s Explosive Situations” – in an…

Blayne Smith Founder of Team RWB

028 Blayne Smith Founder of Team Red White and Blue

028 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Blayne Smith to today’s podcast. Blayne is the Executive Director of Team Red, White, and Blue.  As Team RWB’s first employee, he has played a key role the development, growth, and operation of what has become America’s fastest growing Veteran-serving nonprofit organization.  With chapters in over 200 cities, Team RWB now serves…

Rick Yost Founder of Veterans List

027 Rick Yost Founder of Veterans List

027 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Rick Yost to today’s podcast.  He is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of VeteransList.US, a service disabled veteran owned small business that provides the most comprehensive Veteran Owned business directory available.  They help Veteran Owned Businesses be found.  A service disabled veteran himself, Rick brings his military experience as an…

Jeremy Paris Founder of Veteran Resource Podcast

026 Jeremy Paris Founder of Veterans Resource Podcast – Courageous Champion of Veterans

026 Dwayne Paro welcomes Jeremy Paris to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series.  He was born in Buffalo, NY and joined the US Army immediately after graduating from high school.  After ten years as a Personnel Administration Sergeant he left the military to become a government contractor performing computer support to…

Jim Raschella Founder of Off Duty Blue

025 Jim Raschella Founder of Off Duty Blue

025 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Jim Raschella to today’s podcast.  Jim is a Marine Corps veteran from Syracuse, New York.  Jim was a born entrepreneur. From selling tickets to his backyard carnival as a child, to dreaming up multi-million dollar companies—Jim’s ambitions have always been as limitless as his creativity. After graduating high school in 2004,…

Courtney Wilson Founder of Drop Zone for Veterans

024 Courtney Wilson Founder of Drop Zone for Veterans

024  – Dwayne Paro welcomes Courtney Wilson to today’s podcast.  Courtney is a former Army Engineer Captain, combat veteran and Bronze Star Medal recipient.  She has been profiled in the New York Times and interviewed by CNN and NPR for her experience in Afghanistan, as well as named a ‘Military Entrepreneur Making a Difference’.  A Creative…

Ken Robbins Founder of Millie

023 Ken Robbins Founder of Millie

023 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Ken Robbins to today’s podcast.  He is the Co-Founder and CEO of MILLIE. He is a former Army officer with twenty years of experience serving in tactical, operational and strategic level assignments. While in the Army, he deployed to numerous theaters, including service in Iraq in 2008-2009.  His final assignments included…

Brandon Buttrey Founder of Counter Strike Coffee

022 Brandon Buttrey Founder of Counter Strike Coffee

022 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Brandon Buttrey to today’s podcast.  Brandon is a 10 year Combat Veteran from Houston, Texas and is now producing a brand new line of outstanding coffee that reflects some of the experiences individuals have while serving this great country of ours. Veterans, active duty military, L.E.O.’s, Public Safety and Military supporters…


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