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.


Robert Patton Founder of Sheath Underwear

021 Robert Patton Founder of Sheath Underwear

021 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Robert Paton to today’s podcast.  Robert started his career in corporate jobs while he went to college earning his Associates degree.  In 2005 he felt like he was at a crossroad in his life due to the economy and the state of the Nation fighting a war in Iraq so he…

Duane France Founder of Colorado Veterans Health and Wellness Agency

020 Duane France Founder of Colorado Veterans Health and Wellness Agency

020 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Duane France to today’s podcast.  Duane is currently serving as the Director of Veteran Services at The Family Care Center, a private mental health counseling agency specializing in the unique needs of military service members, veterans, and their families. He is also the Executive Director of the Colorado Veterans Health and…

Kelly Crigger Founder of Gray Beard Publishing

019 Kelly Crigger Founder of Gray Beard Publishing

019 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Kelly Crigger to today’s podcast.  He is a retired Army Officer, entrepreneur, and author with over 200 articles and 8 books to his credit. Dark World, a collaboration with The Travel Channel’s Zak Bagans, reached the NY Times Bestseller list in 2011. His first novel was released in November 2016. He…

Michael Barbera Founder of Barbera Solutions

018 Michael Barbera Founder of Barbera Solutions

018 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Michael Barbera to today’s podcast.  He is a Fortune 50 consumer psychologist and strategy consultant, angel investor and award-winning business strategist. He is a business psychologist who is involved in both practical and academic endeavors. His areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, and marketing…

Chris Davidson Entrepreneur

017 Christopher Davidson Entrepreneur in Transition

017 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Christopher Davidson to today’s podcast.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993.  His initial training was in aviation ordnance which put him on a path to support various high level units such as the famous Thunderbolts which led to various deployments in both Boznia-Herzegovina and in the Persian Gulf. His…

Tim Lawson Founder of Lawson Entertainment

016 Timothy Lawson Founder of Lawson Entertainment

016 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Timothy Lawson to today’s podcast.  Timothy has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016. His scope includes blog writing, video production, and launching VA’s first ever podcast<>. Before joining VA, he was best known for podcasts such as 1, 2, Many: Veteran Suicide, Fuel For Warriors,…

William Tate Founder of Money Landscape

015 William Tate Founder of Money Landscape

015 – Dwayne Paro welcomes William Tate to today’s podcast.  William H. Tate has recently joined the new BLAZnTECH leadership team as their innovative CFO. He has extensive experience in working with both small startup company teams as well as employment with several leading Wall Street financial services firms. He has enjoyed a wide-ranging background is…

Tom Morkes Founder of Insurgent Publishing

014 Tom Morkes Founder of Insurgent Publishing

014 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Tom Morkes to today’s podcast.  Tom Morkes is a West Point grad, Iraq War veteran, and the founder and CEO of Insurgent Publishing, a creative advisory and consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs grow their businesses through strategic, large-scale book and digital product launches. Tom’s clients and projects have…

John Preston Pacific Records Recording Artist

013 John Preston Pacific Recording Artist

013 – Dwayne Paro welcomes John Preston to today’s podcast.  John is currently a Pacific Records recording artist and full time firefighter. As well, John is a former Marine Corps field wireman, running over a 100 combat missions while in theatre, 2000 to 2004 achieving the rank of Sergeant in his 4 years of service.  John…

Carl Churchill Founder of Alpha Coffee

012 Carl Churchill Founder of Alpha Coffee

012 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Carl Churchill to today’s podcast.  Carl Churchill, a combat veteran with 21 years of service as both an enlisted soldier and officer, and his wife Lori Churchill, a military spouse and coffee lover founded Alpha Coffee.  The company started out as Lock-n-Load Java, selling exclusively over the web.  In 2016 the…

Corey Christman Founder of Vetho

011 Corey Christman Founder of Vethos, LLC

011 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Corey Christman to today’s podcast.  Mr Corey M. Christman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Vethos, LLC – a Human Capital Leadership and executive strategy firm. He’s served in executive level capacities for 15+ years and led teams comprised of three members to over 500 in size.  He’s the recipient…

Joe Crane Founder of Veteran on the Move

010 Joe Crane Founder of Veteran on the Move

010 – Dwayne Paro welcomes Joe Crane to today’s podcast.  Joe Crane retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 after 24 years of service.  He was an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter pilot and completed two combat flying tours in Iraq.  Joe is now an airline pilot and host of the Veteran On the Move podcast,…


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