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On a regular basis Warrior Podcast Episode 16: Retired Common Clay Hutmacher


Males’s Journal’s On a regular basis Warrior With Mike Sarraille is a brand new podcast that conjures up people to reside extra fulfilling lives by having conversations with disrupters and excessive performers in all walks of life. In our sixteenth episode, we spoke to retired Common Clay Hutmacher. He spent his profession as a United States Military Officer and retired in 2018 after serving over 40 years. As an Military Particular Operations Aviator, he commanded throughout three excursions with the a hundred and sixtieth Particular Operations Aviation Regiment.

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Mike Sarraille
Welcome to the Males’s Journal On a regular basis Warrior podcast. I’m your host, Mike Sarraille. I’m joined by a person I extremely respect. Excited for this one. I might contemplate him a mentor…retired Main Common Clay. Hutmacher. 40? 41? What number of years

Clay Hutmacher
Shy of 41 years. A couple of month shy.

Mike Sarraille
You couldn’t get to 41. Simply lack of dedication.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah, precisely. I used to be a quitter.

Mike Sarraille
So 40 years of navy service. He’s at present the president and CEO of the Particular Operations Warrior Basis, for which I’m an envoy. And I’ll inform you what I, I like this basis. We’ll positively get into that in the direction of the top, however we’re dwelling in a loopy world proper now.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah, actually, as loopy as I’ve seen it throughout my time, and I assumed I noticed loopy, however loopy’s taken on a brand new definition today,

Mike Sarraille
You already know, you gotta marvel the World Battle II vets throughout Vietnam most likely thought the nation was up in flames. It ebbs and flows very like the economic system; there’s ups, there’s downs, however do you assume folks lose perspective on this nation of how good we now have it?

Clay Hutmacher
Sure, I do. Frankly. I believe that, you recognize, for lots of people they’ve recognized nothing else. So you recognize, it at one degree whereas what’s occurring in Ukraine is a tragedy. Yeah. However seeing the atrocities and seeing what occurs out on the earth, I believe at some degree is a, is an efficient reminder for folks of how good we do have it and the way we, you recognize, these of us that served you. And I, we perceive what, you recognize, what the world is like past extra, perhaps than most common residents that reside in their very own little bubble right here. However I believe seeing what, what may occur and is in, is occurring out on the earth at this time is an efficient reminder that we have to be grateful for and dedicated to defending what we now have on this nation.

Mike Sarraille
Yeah. Perspective is a strong software. And, and I’m grateful to, for, for deploying so many occasions internationally and, and seeing how different folks reside. Um, so you will have an incredible story. And, uh, I, yeah, I don’t wanna say the phrases you, you didn’t come from a lot, however I imply, at 15 you had been in a foster house. Yep. In Washington, um, clarify to me a bit about how, you recognize, the way you ended up in that, that, that foster house at 15. After which I, I do know you finally made the best way into the Marine Corps. You enlisted and, and I’m certain that was impactful in your life, however take, take me again to Washington in these teen years.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. My mom and father divorced early on in my life, I used to be, I’m the youngest of 5 and method youthful. I’m like seven years youthful than my brother, the following one up within the chain there. They usually divorced and my mom went abroad. She was a author lived in South Africa. And, you recognize, I used to be because of, you recognize, results of the divorce and, you recognize, I simply was a poorly behaved youth, I might say. And so I bounced round after which ended up dwelling in a foster house. And the household that took me in who I’m nonetheless involved with to today. Um, uh, husband was a Charlie Williams, he’s since handed, however he was a Marine in Korea. And he talked to me, he’s telling me tales in regards to the Marine Corps, you recognize, um, and I didn’t know what I actually wanted apart from I wanted anyone to place me on the straighten arrow. And I wanted to leap within the deep finish of the pool. And the Marines appeared like a sensible choice. They usually positively put me on a straight slender. They didn’t disappoint from the time I received on these yellow footprints. Once I received off the bus, I assumed I made a horrible mistake.

Mike Sarraille
<snort> I, you recognize I don’t assume anybody on day one thinks they made an awesome alternative. Okay. I imply, you may’t, you don’t know what you’re entering into, however the energy of Marine recruiting. Sure. I imply, I joined as a result of I met a pressure recon recon Marine. That man impressed me a lot at, I whopping 135 kilos, how a lot or a lot I weighed at, at 19. I’m like, I need to be that dude. Yep. However so, you recognize, fascinating. You mentioned, Hey, you recognize, an unruly child, that’s precisely how my dad and mom would’ve described me. Mm-hmm <affirmative> um, I did discover a frequent thread, amongst a few of the highest performers within the navy is that they had been unruly. They simply didn’t know find out how to focus. They didn’t know find out how to commit, however when you made that, that change and, and, and also you mentored them. Yeah. AKA, or, you recognize, bootcamp. Yeah. they, it it’s such as you unleashed a, a beast. They knew find out how to take that, that power and simply focus it on a mission till it was achieved.

Clay Hutmacher
Oh, completely. Yeah. I believe, you recognize, while you’re issues may have positively went a unique method for me, you recognize, there have been a number of forks within the street the place both via a great resolution on my half, or simply via destiny, I ended up on the appropriate path. However later in life, the issues that challenged me earlier in my youth truly grew to become an asset to me later in life, you recognize, pushed, centered, um, a little bit of a threat taker.

Mike Sarraille
You, you don’t say yeah,

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. Just a bit <snort> yeah.

Mike Sarraille
For, for what you finally did. Yeah. The, uh, threat is, uh, and I do know you guys are good at mitigating threat, however threat was nonetheless,

Clay Hutmacher
However it’s inherent,

Mike Sarraille
It’s inherent and every thing we do.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah, completely.

Mike Sarraille
So, and what’d you do within the Marine Corps?

Clay Hutmacher
So within the Marine Corps, uh, I went in on not fairly an open contract. I can’t bear in mind what it was, however I ended up as, uh, an am tracker, an 1833 amphibious assault automobile crewman. And I did that for, you recognize, I went to campus June 1st. Then I went to Okinawa camp Schwab. Yeah. Then I reenlisted and went to Marine barracks, uh, wooden be Allen Washington, which has since closed. After which they, I received picked up for military flight faculty at that time. I, you recognize, I went again, received my highschool diploma, began going to varsity at evening and the military mentioned, Hey, we’ll choose you up for flight faculty. I’ve my acceptance letter. And the Marine Corps despatched me again to Okinawa. So I needed to defer a yr till I got here again from Okinawa. After which I went proper to flight faculty.

Mike Sarraille
Was, was that as a, was {that a} warrant officer program or was that

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah, warrant officer. So I began flight faculty in 84, graduated in June of 85 as a warrant officer, one grade, one junior warrant officer, and went at 100 first flying Blackhawks, uh, for a medevac firm.

Mike Sarraille
What rank did you obtain within the, within the Marines?

Clay Hutmacher
Within the Marines? I used to be on the E six checklist. So I used to be no kidding. Yeah. I used to be, you recognize, within the Marines, they centrally choose E six S within the military. They don’t begin that until E seven, however within the, uh, Marines, they do E six. So I used to be on the checklist. Uh, however I hadn’t pinned on, by the point I went to the military. So I went throughout as an E 5, a Sergeant buck,

Mike Sarraille
Sergeant, Hey, one, one of many biggest ranks. I I’m wildly happy with that rank. Completely. Yeah. Had been my favourite say Sergeant of Marines? Yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
Common RYS requested me what my favourite rank was and that’s what I mentioned. The Sergeant,

Mike Sarraille
I used to be not on the, uh, within the zone for E six. They had been blissful to, to, to, to lease me out to the, uh, the seals. Um, did, did, did the Marine Corps lay the inspiration? Trigger I at all times speak, after I speak to corporations, I’m like, Hey, you recognize, they at all times wanna hear in regards to the seals. Particular operations is attractive. I get it. However I begin by speaking in regards to the Marine Corps and the way they laid the inspiration. Trigger I’ll provide you with my instance of purpose. I form of reinforce it’s I graduated highschool with a 2.9 mm-hmm <affirmative>, uh, it wasn’t from the shortage of aptitude. Completely. If, if it didn’t need to do with events, women and enjoyable, I simply didn’t care. Uh, however then, you recognize, the Marine Corps despatched me again to highschool on one thing known as the me program. And

Clay Hutmacher
I graduated, I bear in mind

Mike Sarraille
Three, it was like a 3.65. I guarantee you I didn’t get smarter, uh, throughout my time extra focus.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. Yeah. It’s all about effort. Proper. And focus.

Mike Sarraille
What, what, what made the cuz I do know what made me made the shift from the Marines to, to SOCOM, however what, what made you make the shift from the, the Marines to the military?

Clay Hutmacher
I believe it was, you recognize, a mix of issues. A part of it was maturing to the purpose the place, you recognize, I wanted to give up screwing round right here and begin making one thing in my life. The clock was ticking and you recognize, I wanted to have some targets after which this chance got here up. Uh, one other man had utilized on Woodby, one other Marine, and he had a brochure that confirmed a Cobra helicopter, hovering over the timber with the MIS arising. And I simply do not forget that fateful second. I mentioned, Hey, what’s that? I used to be truly a bouncer in a, uh, the Marine Corps enlisted membership. We had our personal membership there at Marine barracks, the globe and anchor membership. And, um, he instructed me about it. So I began wanting into it, began the method, took a very long time, however I went all the way down to Fort Lewis and received my flight physicals, took the flight aptitude check, which was most likely a 4 hour drive, you recognize, backwards and forwards. And I, you recognize, understanding I wanted to do to aspire for extra was important element. However then this chance got here up and it put me on a totally totally different trajectory than I might’ve ever anticipated moments earlier than I noticed that brochure.

Mike Sarraille
What I imply, was it the fascination of the, the plane and flying since you hadn’t flown previous to this? What, what, what was it that similar to grabbed you?

Clay Hutmacher
You already know, that’s a great query. Uh, I might say what grabbed me at first was that superior wanting Cobra, hovering over the timber. And I used to be like, I need to do this. That appears actually cool. Um, after which I found, you recognize, as soon as I began that I actually loved flying. I, you recognize, I preferred it. And, um, and in order that put me on the trail and it was humorous as a result of I received to flight faculty and I, my preliminary orders out of flight faculty had been to Germany, to a spot known as swish corridor. It was an assault firm over there, you recognize, black Hawks. However I had heard about this secret unit, uh, at Fort Campbell, um, Kentucky. And there was one other man in my class who was going to Fort Campbell and he didn’t need to go to Fort Campbell and I didn’t essentially need to go to Fort Campbell both, however I needed to be the place that unit was cuz professional you recognize, geography issues. Proper? Yeah. Sure. So I swapped with that man and I went to Fort Campbell and instantly put in my utility to go to the one sixtieth that received laughed out of the constructing, you recognize, like, yeah. Don’t even speak to us, you recognize, until you get

Mike Sarraille
Lot extra, you’ll be yeah. To inexperienced Gill

Clay Hutmacher
Going again

Mike Sarraille
So effectively, additionally they wanna see that tenacity.

Clay Hutmacher
They do. Yeah. Yeah. Effectively, I received chosen for, so I, you recognize, what I didn’t notice is a warrant officer, trigger I didn’t perceive, proper. A warrant officer, as you recognize, now in your life may be very technically centered. The military warrant, officer pilot keep within the cockpit, basically their complete profession. They might do some administrative jobs, uh, however usually they fly. Um, however they don’t actually get the chance to command with very, you recognize, there’s some exceptions to that, however they’re comparatively uncommon. Um, and after I grew to become a warrant whereas I like flying and um, was very centered on it, I additionally realized that, Hey, I’m not gonna be a commander. I’m simply, it’s simply not gonna be within the playing cards as a warrant. And I used to be approaching that important 10 yr level the place I needed to both be, if I used to be gonna turn out to be a commissioned officer, I needed to do it again then.

Clay Hutmacher
The rule was you had to have the ability to serve 10 years of fee timed by 20 years to have the ability to retire as a mm-hmm <affirmative> fee man. So I utilized OCS and graduated officer Canada faculty, Fort Benning with 9 years, 10 months and two weeks. And I had utilized to the one sixtieth and I used to be every week out for commencement. And I known as him, mentioned, Hey, I did fairly effectively. You already know, I used to be on the high of my class. Would you guys give me a glance? They usually did. I used to be on my method to the 82nd, uh, to fly for the 82nd airborne division. They usually gave me a shot and I made it and stayed there all the best way. It stayed in particular ops all the best way until I used to be a Lieutenant Colonel on oh 5.

Mike Sarraille
That, that’s, uh, that’s wonderful. Let me ask you, this was the cuz you recognize, we, we regularly discuss management and tradition and I do know that’s a PA these are, these are two passions of, of yours. Um, what was the tradition shift like in, and that is coming from one main Marine seal. I like the military. I like the military. I’ve, I’ve received nothing with nice issues, however what was that tradition shift like between the Marine Corps and the military?

Clay Hutmacher
Um, it was very totally different. Um, you recognize, I, my private opinion is I believe the true power of the Marine Corps is their NCO core. I believe they’ve received a really, very sturdy NCO core. Um, and I benefited from that being part of that, uh, core throughout the core, I assume. Um, I’d say the self-discipline is way, it’s a bit, it’s a lot stricter within the Marine Corps than it’s within the military. There’s additionally a totally totally different tradition within the, within the Marine Corps. You don’t say I’m a primary division Marine or a second division Marine or a 3rd division Marine, proper. That are three main divisions. And I do know there’s a reserve fourth division there, however you don’t establish your self in that method. You’re a Marine interval within the military. You’re, you align extra with a group or with a division, you recognize, you’re within the 82nd, you’re with 100 first or first Cal or no matter.

Clay Hutmacher
Um, it’s extra division centric. The opposite massive distinction I seen is the Marine Corps does a significantly better job in my private opinion of educating their historical past. You’re not gonna discover a Marine that doesn’t know that 10, November 17, 75 ton Tavern in Philadelphia. Sure. Pennsylvania, captain Samuel, Nicholas first commandant of the Marine Corps. I imply, I bear in mind in bootcamp, they drilled historical past. So you actually received a way that you just had been persevering with on that, that line of historical past, you recognize, for the Marine Corps, the military, for my part, may do a significantly better job of educating historical past cuz the Military’s received an awesome historical past, they’ve achieved nice issues they usually’re,

Mike Sarraille
It’s the us military. Yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. And I imply, you recognize, however they don’t give attention to it just like the Marine Corps does. And I, and I believe that their very own detriment, once more, that is my opinion, however I, you recognize, if anyone, uh, or, you recognize, if I had been ever, if I’d ever been chief of employees of the military, I might’ve put a push on historical past cuz you will have a way. I believe it builds a way of belonging, a way of serving one thing larger than self. Hey look, there’s lots of people that went earlier than you that did nice issues. Right here’s your time to do one thing nice and have that obligation to proceed that prime commonplace.

Mike Sarraille
However what had been the belongings you robotically had been like, oh, I like this a part of the tradition throughout the military of

Clay Hutmacher
Contemporary throughout the military. Um, the military was the military. I believe they’re one in all their massive strengths is coaching. Mm-hmm <affirmative>, they’re very centered on coaching and, they usually’ll, you recognize, they’ll ship you to varsities. I imply, you recognize, the Marine Corps, they, you recognize, they, no finances run out. Each penny. I’ll inform you a comic story. Once I received to the hundred first, I used to be a medivac pilot. Proper. And I needed to go to this course down in, uh, San Antonio, uh, at Fort Sam Houston, a medical evacuation course for pilots. And you recognize, they gave me my TDY orders to go down there they usually had a rental automotive on there, a rental automotive authorization. And uh, I used to be like a rental automotive. Is that authorized? Can we now have a rental automotive? I imply, I actually, it was a reputable query. I used to be like, Marine Corps would by no means provide you with a rental automotive ever. That’s not allowed. You already know, so generally I believe the Marine Corps may be penny clever and pound silly that method. Yeah.

Mike Sarraille
Sure.

Clay Hutmacher
Um, once more, all that is my very own opinion and I’m certain everyone’s received totally different ones, however the military, I believe invests extra in coaching like that.

Mike Sarraille
Effectively, the, the military and I didn’t know this till just a few years in the past offers extra scholarships than some other group, uh, within the us. And I, I believe that that factors to it, however to, to reiterate your level, I’m not, you recognize, denigrating the Marine Corps right here is, you recognize, what, what compelled me to, to make that shift was I, I used to be, I used to be a recom price mm-hmm <affirmative> and we get across the seals within the, uh, within the inexperienced Beres they usually’re carrying round M 4 S with, with suppressors and I’ve received the M 16 a two. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I’m like this simply, and I’m a sniper and I’m like, this simply doesn’t make sense. And there was, I, I, you recognize, we, weren’t a part of SOCOMM after I, I, I did this change now they’ve, and I’m so excited for that, that they received the, uh, the Raiders, the, the MARSOC and people guys are superior, however on the time it simply, the struggle had simply kicked off. And it made sense to make that leap to SOCOM cuz as per the, you recognize, uh, AQ X award, you recognize, SOCOM had the lead within the struggle and in the event that they had been gonna beat the entrance

Mike Sarraille
And I don’t care what unit it was with, it simply was the, the best from the, you recognize, Marine courts within the Navy. I might, you recognize, if they are saying to military and also you gotta put on a pink Tutu to get to the entrance, I, I might’ve worn a pink Tutu. Yep. Uh, with, uh, with bells on. So the, uh,

Clay Hutmacher
I might’ve preferred to have seen the entire thing.

Mike Sarraille
Yeah. Factor being

Clay Hutmacher
Ship photos, if

Mike Sarraille
That ever truly happen being very, uh, very, uh, fictitious there. Uh, so the TF one 60 F one, I imply, you recognize, I discuss these guys as in the event that they they’re, they’re on a pedestal. I, you recognize, I, I, I, I serve my nation. I did what I, I did my half. Uh, I really feel like I did little or no in comparison with a number of guys, however simply working with the TF one 60 on the evening stockers within the historical past of that unit. Um, inform the listeners a bit about that. Cuz I imply, in the course of the, the worldwide Ontario, I believe we at all times heard that you just guys had the best operational tempo. Oh, by

Clay Hutmacher
Far. Yeah, completely. I imply, and that a part of that’s only a indisputable fact that it’s aviation. Proper. It’s so costly. You’ll by no means have sufficient. Um,

Mike Sarraille
And there’s, there’s so few of you as effectively,

Clay Hutmacher
Proper? Yeah. And so, you recognize, we don’t, you may’t get straight assigned as an aviator into the one sixtieth, proper. It’s important to apply, get chosen, undergo choice after which the coaching pipeline, uh, to make the reduce. And then you definitely’re on a, you recognize, it’s a two yr after that, you recognize, it’s an extended journey to turn out to be a totally mission, certified aviator after which finally just a few of ’em make flight depart. So it’s a really lengthy course of. The, and you recognize, the factor I realized early on in my tenure within the one sixtieth was they’re 100% buyer centered. In reality that I’ll always remember this captain. Um, I used to be a second Lieutenant working round they usually mentioned, Hey, primary precedence for us is our buyer. And we don’t care if that’s a Navy seal, a inexperienced beret, a military ranger, one in all our labeled particular mission items.

Clay Hutmacher
We don’t care. They’re all, they’re all important to us and that’s why we exist. And I do know that, you recognize, Marine Corps aviation is, is, may be very centered on supporting their, you recognize, the Marine air wings supporting their divisions and their Marines on the bottom. However the military is 100% centered on that. I imply, if you happen to simply take a look at the best way they’re organized, you recognize, in a, the, the biggest tactical formation of aviation within the military is a aviation brigade, which is subordinate to a military maneuver division mm-hmm <affirmative>. And the one sixtieth takes that to the following degree. I used to inform whether or not it was seals or, uh, clean operators or Rangers or inexperienced Berets or Raiders or no matter. I mentioned, if we put you in, we’re coming to get you out. I imply, we’re by no means gonna depart you ever. And also you take a look at Somalia.

Clay Hutmacher
I imply, guys touchdown on the street, you recognize, Carl Meyer, an expensive buddy of mine, you recognize, two wounded operators in the course of the road, they land in one of many piles, you recognize, land in an intersection in a bit chook. One of many guys runs out Keith Jones drags two of them into the again of the plane taking pictures his pistol killing enemy. You already know, he, his slide was to the rear on his M on his M 9. Yeah. When he, you recognize, picked every man up and that was simply indicative. Um, I wasn’t in Somalia correct, I ended up choosing Mike Durant up when he was on his method again. However I’ve typically instructed those that my proudest day of being an evening stalker was after I understood how they carried out that day. These, those who had been there. I imply, we by no means let the bottom pressure down

Mike Sarraille
And, and I’ve seen this in motion. And I imply, we put you guys in some powerful conditions. I imply the bottom and the enemy dictated these conditions. Uh, however, uh, you’re not joking. You guys would at all times get us out. I imply, the truth that you guys, and I believe it speaks to love the empathy that you just guys have, cuz, and I’ve heard you discuss this earlier than. I imply a great majority or, or a great portion of the, the 1 68 pilots had been prior seals,

Clay Hutmacher
Particular operators, seals, inexperienced Beres Rangers, a number of Rangers. Um, some Raiders we now have Marines from aviators from, you recognize, swap over cuz we had an trade program. We at all times had a Marine flying a six S I believe they nonetheless do. And a number of other of these, you recognize, ended up leaving the Marine Corps and coming again within the military as warrant officers and flying for that very same firm. Se after I was there, there have been at the least three of ’em after I was there.

Mike Sarraille
And that’s not unusual for, for the Marines that serve at, on the, uh, the labeled, uh, particular mission items make that finally make that leap cuz they’re like, yeah,

Clay Hutmacher
Why not? I imply, you bought the sources. Yeah. You bought the main target, the entire tradition, every thing. Yeah.

Mike Sarraille
So, you recognize, and I, I do know you you’ve, you’ve talked about Somali and the black Hawk down, uh, state of affairs. Uh, I believe most individuals, uh, acknowledged that, that story you had, I imply, these had been most of your guys you had been in on the unit and then you definitely went on a, uh,

Clay Hutmacher
Alternate tour

Mike Sarraille
Alternate tour with the air pressure,

Clay Hutmacher
Proper? Yeah. I used to be flying with the air pressure on the time. Um, cliff Walcot who was killed Donovan, Briley, um, you recognize, Ray, Frank, um, invoice Cleveland Foy fields. Um, I served with all these guys. My center son, um, is Mitchell Walcot hock mm-hmm <affirmative> and cliff was in tremendous six. One was killed. I sure, Guild. I, uh, promoted his, I went to his son, uh Robert’s commencement from Norwich. He graduated with honors was a military aviator flew Blackhawk. I promoted him to captain. Yeah. He since left the service, I’ve stayed in contact together with his widow. Chris who’s now fortunately remarried and dwelling, I believe North Dakota on a horse ranch, he loves horses. So it was completely a and we had been in Panama collectively throughout simply trigger we’d been in desert storm collectively. I flew off Cliff’s wing. Mike Durant was a part of all that mm-hmm <affirmative> so yeah, we had been, it was positively a brotherhood and I used to be very, um, I had went on, you recognize, my time was up, I used to be a platoon chief for a very long time, however then I used to be flying with the air pressure.

Clay Hutmacher
And the humorous factor was I used to be at Fort Bragg with the air pressure squadron, the fifty fifth that I used to be flying with. And we had been doing a little rehearsals for Haiti cuz you bear in mind Haiti was occurring when all that occurred. I do. And uh, and also you is aware of Ross had form of seized management. Effectively, I bumped into cliff Walcot Donovan, Briley, Mike de Durant, uh, a number of others, buddies of mine from Michael tune that had been at brag on the identical time. They usually had been heading to Mogadishu. They’d simply achieved a bunch of, uh, workups and had been flying out that week. In reality, we ran throughout at one another on one of many ranges out at, uh, Fort Bragg.

Mike Sarraille
Uh, you, I noticed just lately that in, in, you recognize, the military has a great monitor document of going again in. I don’t wanna say correcting historical past, however recognizing those that that ought to have been acknowledged, they simply, they simply awarded like one thing like a, a, a, one thing like 20 silver stars and yeah, a bunch distinguished service

Clay Hutmacher
Crosses rated a bunch of awards. There was just a few, one sixtieth that received their awards upgraded, I believe primarily crew chiefs mm-hmm <affirmative> um, however the remainder, uh, some distinguished service crosses, which, you recognize, within the Navy facet is, will include the Navy cross, uh, invoice Bedford, former SOCOM. Superior dude. SENTCOM yeah. Superior man instructions our main nice man. He received his upgraded to a distinguished service cross

Mike Sarraille
That, effectively, Hey, over 20 years late, but it surely

Clay Hutmacher
Acquired achieved. Scotty Miller’s award received upgraded. That’s nice. And I had lunch with him just a few weeks in the past.

Mike Sarraille
Uh, basic Scott Miller, Scott Miller, I imply for the listeners and uh, I’ve by no means had the pleasure of assembly him, however uh, you recognize, I’ve, I’ve, I’ve met lots of people who I examine who I’ve simply, I, I maintain in excessive regards and, and they’re me. So it’s like mentorship via readership. Sure. You already know, regardless that I don’t meet ’em a bit, folks converse volumes of Scott Miller. It’s,

Clay Hutmacher
He’s an distinctive chief. I used to be with him on 9 11 with a man it’s possible you’ll know, Homer close to move was with me.

Mike Sarraille
No kidding in that. I imply, it speaks to a few of the, the, the best leaders I met within the navy. All I got here outta the military. I imply, you’re speaking in regards to the McChrystal’s of the world. In fact, the Al McRaven, um, basic Miller, uh, basic Thomas.

Clay Hutmacher
Yep. Common Tony Thomas basic. John Kim. I imply, I’ve a number of respect. I imply, my two, the, most likely the highest that I actually, I actually loved working for Admiral McCraven and, and SRIs sta McChrystal spoke at our, um, foundations, uh, gala, uh, week earlier than final, um, simply large mentors to me later in life basic Thomas, I used to be his J three at SOCOM, and now he’s the chairman of the particular ops warrior basis. So I’m nonetheless reporting to him and, uh, uh, however they, they actually made me a greater particular person. I imply, I’m lucky and really grateful for

Mike Sarraille
Having iron sharp iron. Um, I I’m, I’m pissed. I missed the gala. I made it out for the ambassador’s evening. You probably did, you probably did. And I felt like, you recognize, once we arrived, I introduced my spouse. I, I assumed there was gonna be different folks. I, I say at my degree. And it was admir McCraven on the whole, Thomas and also you, and I’m like, oh, I’m like, I’m within the, I’m within the incorrect room. However, uh, and you recognize, I had the pleasure of assembly Sean Corrigan, nice man. Oh dude, unbelievable man. How tall is

Clay Hutmacher
He? Uh, not

Mike Sarraille
Tall. No, not tall. We, we,

Clay Hutmacher
I don’t understand how tall is, however he’s not tall,

Mike Sarraille
However you

Clay Hutmacher
Know, however he runs 10 Ok a day, twice a day, every single day nonetheless,

Mike Sarraille
Hey dude, I’m respectful to everybody and sort there’s, there’s no purpose to not know. And I do know you’re too, however, um, this can be a cautionary story of deal with everybody with respect. Cuz as Sean began to speak, I’d recognized who Sean Corrigan was in his story. And I don’t need, I don’t, you recognize, I don’t need to, to, to provide his story, however I believe the vast majority of the evening, my spouse and I simply sat there cuz I stored. And what about this? And what about this? He was telling the tales and

Clay Hutmacher
Served the yr in Yemen and son. I imply, he’s been all around the world. I’ve recognized him for, we had been, we served collectively as captains and majors again in uh, 96, 97. And we’ve been buddies ever since

Mike Sarraille
Effectively, however once we left as a result of my spouse, it’s all, it’s all Spanish to her. Yeah. Yeah. She, she, we married after the navy, however I, I seemed her and I’m like, you had been simply within the room with a few of the most like simply prolific leaders in the course of the international run terror. And, and I’m like that Sean Man, I’m like, you don’t have any clue. Like don’t take his kindness for weak point. He like simply badass.

Clay Hutmacher
I’m lucky to have the chance to proceed serving with him could possibly be happier. I,

Mike Sarraille
I believe that speaks volumes to, and I need to ask one query, uh, about Somalia. However uh, earlier than we do this, like Hollywood paints, navy leaders in a sure they’ve gotta promote films. Yeah. Yeah. However as soon as folks get to fulfill guys like Sean and also you they’re like, oh my God, these guys are probably the most empathetic type, respectful, direct leaders you’ll ever meet. Like these, these, I credit score my time within the navy for making me the person. I’m in addition to my dad and mom get right here. However

Clay Hutmacher
100%,

Mike Sarraille
Uh, you recognize, it, they actually, as soon as you actually meet a navy chief of, of, of, of your, uh, you recognize, your degree and your, your material and what you’ve achieved, it, it redefines what folks take into consideration the, uh, the navy. And, and generally we have to promote that that extra.

Clay Hutmacher
Effectively, it actually constructed, it actually made me into a greater particular person. I don’t assume I’d be sitting throughout virtually optimistic. We wouldn’t be having this dialog if I hadn’t served and grown as an individual via my service.

Mike Sarraille
So earlier than we take the Midroll, uh, break, I, I, I do need to ask about Somalia since you had left the unit, proper. They deploy and that goes down and also you lose a number of buddies and I’ve seen this. And the explanation I ask is it, it virtually hits the fellows who weren’t there tougher as a result of they, they, they really feel like I ought to have been there. And I, my reply is like, effectively, dude, if you happen to had been there, you will have perished as effectively. What, what had been the sentiments you had while you, I imply, they broke the information to you that this occurred. I imply, one, you didn’t know names on the time?

Clay Hutmacher
In all probability. No. I, I had been out truly in Yuma on the Marine Corps fighter weapons, faculty, WT, I weapons and ways, uh, and teacher course on the market. And I noticed that there was an enormous occasion in Somalia, however I, I wasn’t gonna name the unit. I wasn’t gonna be that man. Yeah, yeah. Proper. You already know, there, you recognize, they’re busy caring for households. They’ve a bunch of casualties. They don’t want a rubber Necker like me in there attempting to, however Mike Duran’s spouse known as me Sunday morning, October 4th. And he or she mentioned, Mike’s lacking. Trigger there was a brief time frame, perhaps six hours or so the place everyone was gone for Mike’s crash web site at tremendous six, 4. And I assumed he was lifeless. I imply, I actually did. And uh, I simply thought, you recognize what, um, I’m gonna go up and make it possible for I’m there for his household totally once more.

Clay Hutmacher
I had, I assumed for certain he was gone. I, I known as my squadrant commander, my air pressure squadrant commander and mentioned, Hey, that is what occurred. I’d prefer to take some depart and go up and, and, uh, and be together with his household. And I additionally known as the regimental commander. Then Colonel Doug brown, who ended up being the SOCOM commander remains to be an awesome mentor of mine. And I mentioned, is it okay? I imply, Lori has requested me, Mike’s spouse has requested me to come back up. Is it okay if I come up? And he mentioned, completely. And, uh, so

Mike Sarraille
Completely thanks.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. Yeah. And yeah. And so I stayed there at his home and after I, you recognize, for the entire time, however after I landed up in Nashville nonetheless didn’t know something. And I received up there, rented a automotive, drove up there, be mindful, I’m a captain. So this can be a enormous expenditure for me, you recognize, like shopping for a airplane ticket on the final minute and a rental automotive, I used to be like, oh, I gonna eat macaroni and cheese for a month for this. You already know? And, uh, that’s after I realized he was nonetheless alive. The video got here out with him, together with his, you recognize, leaning up in opposition to that wall together with his damaged again. After which it grew to become a, only a, a unique factor. All of the others wives that, you recognize, I had served with their husbands that had been nonetheless over there. Sure. Had been with me, you recognize, they had been with, uh, Lori Durant and, you recognize, it was a really fascinating expertise dealing. I didn’t cope with the press. I didn’t need something to cope with them. You already know, my, to me, the mission was getting Mike house, not, you recognize, doing interviews or no matter, however they’re a pressure to be reckoned with that’s for certain. Oh, I imply, they had been

Mike Sarraille
And true the unsung heroes within the navy, as I say, oh,

Clay Hutmacher
The, yeah, they, it was so, you recognize, I used to be, I regretful that I wasn’t there. Yeah. I imply, I’m regretful each time I miss an op you recognize? Yeah. I imply, everyone is, however cuz that’s why we’re in it, you recognize, we’re in it to win it, you recognize? However, however I used to be additionally, like I had mentioned earlier, very proud. I imply, after I, particularly when it, I began getting extra particulars about what number of missions and what number of, you recognize, 18 hours and the cockpit flying, you recognize, guys getting their airplanes shot to items, touchdown them with the touchdown gear splayed out, beneath him, hopping within the spare and going proper again into the struggle. I imply, simply, simply what you’ll anticipate from

Mike Sarraille
Of an, of an American Spiderman. Yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
That’s proper.

Mike Sarraille
What, what, what do you say to Lori when she calls? Trigger you recognize, she’s calling for reassurance. Oh yeah. And, however in, behind your thoughts, you’re like, oh he’s, he’s most likely gone.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. I did. All I mentioned to her was, Hey, let me verify with my boss and I’ll be up there. She mentioned, that may be nice. And,

Mike Sarraille
However you, you, you didn’t feed her a false line. Like, Hey, it’s gonna be okay.

Clay Hutmacher
You simply, no, I did. I imply, I don’t assume I did, you recognize, that was a very long time in the past. Um, however no, I simply felt like, I assume what ran via my thoughts is I do know that if that is ha if I, if the state of affairs was reversed, Mike, would’ve achieved that for me. Yeah. And we’re extraordinarily shut buddies when we now have been he’s on the board of the particular ed warrior basis. Oh sure. And he’s working for us Senate in Alabama proper now, however he’s, and he’s achieved very effectively together with his life. Um, however I, you recognize, to me, that’s a part of this group, proper. Is we’re at all times there for one another. And I really feel that very same dedication, you recognize, I imply, clearly I’m very tightly related to the one sixtieth, but additionally to folks, you recognize, that I’ve served with within the, within the seal group and the SF group and the Rangers, there’s a younger ranger that we had been on an op uh, June eleventh, 2003 known as operation reindeer, Sergeant Matt waters, we hit a terrorist camp. I imply, this was just like the sort of sub goals had been manufactured from there’s 100 dangerous guys in there. They had been all on the brink of exit on sewer suicide.

Mike Sarraille
Some folks name these nightmares simply by the best way.

Clay Hutmacher
That’s true. However you recognize, to us, this was like, I’m wait my complete life for this gig. You already know, anyway, he took an RPG under the knee. Um, we met AVAC him out. I’ve at all times stayed in contact with him. He’s a police officer on a, uh, for a college. Now he went, he was a Tacoma police officer, uh, proper after that, he was a second, second vary of battalion man out of Fort rose. Sure. 2 72 75. And uh, you recognize, I imply I’m fully dedicated to him and at all times have been and we keep in contact and we, each time we’re, you recognize, we, our paths cross, you recognize, yearly or so. And, and he is aware of that I’m at all times there if he wants something. And that to me is a part of that brotherhood,

Mike Sarraille
The selfless valor we received to look at on a nightly foundation that was in awe of, of the fellows we served with earlier than, earlier than we go to Thero break, we, we at all times ask two laborious questions. One, what’s the, uh, the most important remorse you’ve had in your profession so far or life?

Clay Hutmacher
I, you recognize, it’s, it’s a destructive and a optimistic. Yeah. The largest remorse is that I wasn’t extra concerned in my son’s lives. Proper. I imply, 9, you recognize, my youngest was born, um, August twenty first, 2001, September eleventh. I used to be over in Budapest on an train. Um, and naturally that modified every thing. You already know, I might discovered myself in Afghanistan a pair months after that after which in Iraq and, and that simply stored up. And so I used to be absent lucky for me. I imply, I married a, uh, former air pressure officer that I met after I was flying down in Herbert then, however she, you recognize, she was, she raised our children and she or he did an awesome job, however I wasn’t there for her. I wasn’t there for our children. The truth that they’re all profitable and that we now have an awesome marriage, I is, is because of my spouse, not because of me. I used to be fully centered on being in a struggle. And, um, so I do have regrets for that, however I might additionally say that if I hadn’t achieved that, if I had, if I had bailed, I might have regrets over that too. So that’s my largest remorse that I want I might’ve had extra of an affect on my youngsters’ life. Rising up

Mike Sarraille
The navy in the course of the T suffered such a excessive operational tempo. You already know, I don’t wanna say particularly particular operations. I simply, you recognize, I didn’t deal with that. Effectively, I led to, in divorce, which is, you recognize, I contemplate one of many largest failures of my life, you recognize, nobody needs to say they received divorced. Uh, and, and I wasn’t there. I imply, I missed my daughter’s start. Yeah. And I deployed one month after my son was born.

Clay Hutmacher
Similar

Mike Sarraille
Right here. Yeah. It simply identical right here. I, I there’s, there’s, there’s a, I don’t wanna say guilt. Perhaps it’s guilt, however that’s yeah. I nonetheless nonetheless wrestle with that one. What’s the toughest resolution you’ve needed to make in your life. It’s a stuper.

Clay Hutmacher
It’s. Um, so the center is, and it received’t appear laborious to anyone else. And it’s, you recognize, I, I don’t know, um, if it rises to the extent of what you’re in search of, however I had been into one sixtieth for a very long time. Then I went down, flew with the air pressure and I had a possibility to check out for a particular mission unit. And I got here beneath a fairly important quantity and I received an approval from my chain of command to, to check out for it. However then the chain of command swapped out within the interim and the brand new within the new boss was not massive on me doing that. And he needed me to come back again to the one sixtieth, however I’d made a dedication. I’d been coaching mm-hmm <affirmative> for it, you recognize? And, uh, and principally it was put out to me, you higher achieve success, cuz if you happen to’re not, you’re by no means coming again. And, uh, and I used to be a captain. I imply, I used to be a no one. And, um, however I used to be like, Hey, I made a dedication. I’m doing it. Come hell or excessive water. And that was a tough one. Trigger I knew this was both this ain’t catch and launch. I imply, I, in it to win it for certain.

Mike Sarraille
You gotta ask if that was that, that, that assertion from him was vital.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. I, you recognize, I imply, we’re, we’re buddies and we actually received previous that and I don’t know what, you recognize, Manning challenges he had and it was actually a backhand praise. Proper. He needed me again within the, within the regiment and uh, I most likely didn’t respect that on the time, but it surely was actually a kind of. And there was a number of mentors telling me I used to be making an enormous mistake, however to me there, you recognize, I knew that was gonna be a troublesome path. It was, you recognize, it was laborious to get in, you make it via the choice course of and that’s precisely why I needed to do

Mike Sarraille
It. It’s wonderful how they applaud you now. Like, oh, you made all, all the appropriate calls even ahead to facilities.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. I imply, folks, you recognize, hindsight’s 20, 20, I assume.

Mike Sarraille
Effectively, we’re gonna take a fast break and we can be proper again and we’re again, uh, with main basic clay scorching. So for the final half of this, uh, this podcast, you recognize, I positively wanna discuss management and, and as we discuss it for the listeners, Hey, every thing we’re speaking about applies to you individually to the way you run your corporations, your households, no matter career you do, you do. However, um, you recognize, we, we, within the break, we’re speaking about, uh, one in all my former members man named Chris Fussel, who was a protege of basic Stanley McChrystal.

Clay Hutmacher
Yep. Nonetheless works with him to today.

Mike Sarraille
Yeah. He’s the, the, the president. Yeah. Um, in, in an electronic mail after I left his, his command, uh, he wrote, uh, Mike, I want you to understand that management is such a imprecise artwork and requires fixed reassessment. And he went on to say that, Hey, don’t assume you ever have it discovered environments variables change, simply preserve evolving. And in the course of the break, you mentioned, Hey, it modifications with each, you recognize, scale as you step up management place, um, throughout the spectrum of billets, you held from Sergeant all the best way to measure, measure basic. What was the most important management challenges or probably the most troublesome place you assume you held? Or is it, is it simply perhaps even evaluating them is, isn’t the, the appropriate factor?

Clay Hutmacher
Effectively, I might say that each degree of management that I had, um, important challenges some later in life after I was in additional senior management positions had extra influence on, you recognize, larger variety of folks. You already know, I had a, a fairly important problem I needed to cope with is a, uh, first battalion commander of 1 sixtieth first, the one sixtieth commander that includes some lack of self-discipline mm-hmm, <affirmative> on the components of some leaders, which I used to be fairly draconian on, uh, some plane harm and lack of self-discipline on upkeep procedures and issues like that.

Mike Sarraille
So that you truly talked about that, cuz we, we had been on the Jedberg podcast, principally. There was some holes on the underside of the plane, however in what yr is that this?

Clay Hutmacher
This was in 2006,

Mike Sarraille
The fellows are at all times over, the fellows have been deploying, deploy and deploying.

Clay Hutmacher
And that was, that was a part of the, I imply that in my thoughts that was a contributing issue to this failure. You already know, you’re in fight a number of the, I received’t say the foundations don’t apply, however you’re extra centered on fight you’re, you recognize, and I believe, um, some issues get, you recognize, subordinated to getting a mission achieved, which is, you recognize, within the macro degree’s most likely proper, however there’s a destructive a part of that and what it ha I had simply taken over first battalion. So this will need to have been in June of 2006 and we had flown an plane all the way down to one in all our sister battalions for what we name a part inspection, a, a serious overhaul of the plane. And the battalion commander down there known as me and mentioned, Hey, we’re doing, they do an inspection on the plane earlier than they inducted into this overhaul program they usually name it a pre-phase inspection they usually crawl throughout it cuz they wanna be sure that they know every thing that’s incorrect with it to allow them to repair it.

Clay Hutmacher
So when it comes out, the opposite finish, it’s, it’s, you recognize, totally mission succesful. And he mentioned, our guys we’re wanting beneath the plane, theres like massive holes within the backside of it, which is unprecedented. I imply, you recognize, and so I, you recognize, I used to be stunned by that and professionally embarrassed by that. And I despatched an officer over to do what we name an off-the-cuff commanders inquiry and to have a look at, okay, do we now have a systemic drawback? Or was this only a, you recognize, a, a one off, you recognize, an over a single failure or one thing. And it got here again that, Hey, they’re not doing the fundamentals. They’re not doing the block and tackling, they usually’re not, pre-flight appropriately, they’re not doing their day by day, um, upkeep checks appropriately. And to me, you recognize, I’ve come to imagine this through the years that an accident isn’t a single occasion, an accident is a sequence of occasions, proper.

Clay Hutmacher
And you recognize, this and this, I noticed these as two important hyperlinks in that chain. I’ve received self-discipline failure on the a part of leaders and on, on the, on the troops doing the precise upkeep. And so I, each, I requested my boss, um, the regimental commander, if I may have jurisdiction over this, so I may one, I may deal with it at my degree two, that if I wanted to fireplace somebody, that I had his authority to fireplace, whoever I wanted to fireplace. And he gave me each of these very graciously and it actually outlined my command tour. So this firm was, I don’t know, 150 folks or so, and O and each chief that was straight accountable from the corporate commander to the oper, not the operations officer, however this, the teacher pilots, you recognize, on the warrant officer facet, the platoon leaders on the fee facet, the platoon sergeants on the NCO facet, I known as ’em all in and gave ’em all a letter reprimand, each single one in all ’em.

Mike Sarraille
And, and what number of, what number of days are you into your, your command while you do that?

Clay Hutmacher
I began it perhaps every week and a half into command. If that, I imply, it was straight away.

Mike Sarraille
So inside every week and a half, you’re, you’re issuing letters of reprimand to all of your folks, appropriate? The, this important

Clay Hutmacher
Leaders, six firm, I had six corporations, however this firm and, and I known as them in, I learn ’em the letter. And I mentioned, this can be a failure and also you’re accountable. And, uh, if you happen to don’t wanna work in right here anymore, let me know if you happen to’re not gonna conform to the usual and also you’re not gonna uphold the usual. I don’t need you right here. And I gave him the chance and finally a few the MCOs ended up getting reassigned, however not instantly. And on the time, I imply, that was a fairly draconian transfer. And it despatched shockwaves via the remainder of the formation. You already know, I imply, Hucker, ain’t enjoying. And I mentioned, Hey, we’re all about self-discipline right here. We’re all about doing the appropriate factor when nobody’s wanting and upholding the requirements. Like, you recognize, folks used to provide me a tough time. They are saying, why are you so centered on haircuts?

Clay Hutmacher
I mentioned, I don’t give a rattling about hair. Okay. I don’t care if you happen to Pierce your tongue, Frank, frankly, I don’t care. I’m not gonna do it, however I don’t care. I care about requirements. If the usual is that you’ve got a haircut, that’s the usual. If the usual is tomorrow, you may develop beard, Pierce shares, do no matter. That’s nice with me. I don’t care, however we’re, we’re a requirements based mostly group. And that was what offended me about our failure upkeep, cuz not solely are you placing the lives of your fellow troopers in that firm in danger, however we’re placing all the purchasers that we assist in danger. We’re flying proper on the sting each evening. We don’t have to be taking pictures ourselves within the foot by not doing

Mike Sarraille
Self-inflicted wounds.

Clay Hutmacher
Right. We’re not doing our established upkeep procedures to maintain this plane protected and airworthy. And you recognize, I didn’t wanna do this on the time. And I, you recognize, I at all times assume I used to be, you recognize, disenchanted that I needed to begin my command tour that method on the time. However now after I look within the rear view mirror, it was the most effective factor that might have occurred.

Mike Sarraille
I, I, I’ve received so many questions off this cuz I imply, what had been the outcomes if you happen to didn’t do it, potential outcomes

Clay Hutmacher
Of may have been an air on the catastrophic facet of that. I imply there’s a number of potential outcomes, however we may have misplaced an plane full of individuals and killed a bunch of individuals, an extortion one seven like occasion. Yeah. Sure. Um, um, we may have, you recognize, in any lesser diploma of that, um, however you recognize, it, it set the tone for my command tour that, uh, the emphasis that I, I imply, it was tangible proof of the place I stood on requirements and I believe it, you recognize, I used to be frightened coming into command of, of persistent fatigue. We’ve been in a struggle for a very long time. The one sixtieth had misplaced lots of people and I used to be afraid that we had been gonna begin having a rash accidents from persistent fatigue. And this ended up actually being, I believe the, the, this level the place I used to be in a position to refocus the staff, you recognize that, Hey, we, we’re not gonna tolerate a scarcity of self-discipline.

Clay Hutmacher
I imply, I’ll, this isn’t a job for all times. You gotta earn the appropriate to be right here each single day. Acquired it. Everybody imagine that if that, if you happen to don’t need to be right here, Hey, there’s the military wants good sticks. You guys received a number of good expertise. You’ll be the, you’ll be the highest canine. And also you’ll be the ACE of the bottom in your subsequent unit. However you ain’t doing it right here. In case you can’t do the appropriate factor and do the little issues proper. And uphold the requirements that, that has made this regiment. Nice. Then I don’t need you right here. How,

Mike Sarraille
How lengthy did you dwell in that call? I do know it wasn’t lengthy, however I imply, did you, did you say, Hey, I have to go house and take into consideration this.

Clay Hutmacher
No, I’d say I, I did shut my door in my workplace and put my, um, ft up on my nonetheless new desk with my little cardboard field and my love me stuff sitting within the nook and thought of it for a pair hours. I, I known as in some people that I trusted within the unit to get their opinion. I’m a form of an inclusive resolution maker like that. Sure. After which I walked down the corridor to my boss and closed the door with him and mentioned, Hey, that is what occurred. That is what I needed. That is how I’d prefer to deal with it. And albeit, I didn’t totally respect him giving me the jurisdiction over that. Delegating that to me was not frequent. And I’m V I’m, he’s nonetheless a really shut buddy of mine and I’m very appreciative that he gave me that chance as a result of I needed to be the, I needed to be the lead chess plate on that. I needed to be the man whose face was on that self-discipline. I didn’t need it to be the regimental commander. I needed it to be me. It was my formation.

Mike Sarraille
Yeah. Yeah. You needed to personal it precisely. In, in entrance of, particularly in entrance of your, your youngest.

Clay Hutmacher
Proper. I owned it. Yeah. And I’ve achieved that, you recognize, I’m an enormous believer and settle for them duty in your actions. I imply, I’ve had, when I’ve to, you recognize, I’d have some form of, um, violation of the uniform code of navy justice. I’d name the soldier in and I’d say, okay, right here’s the deal. You bought a lawyer you’ve been afforded an opportunity to speak to a lawyer. Proper? Yep. Okay. I’m not, I’m not telling you what to say. What I’m gonna inform you is that this, if you happen to, in truth did this and you’re accountable, issues will go higher for you. In case you settle for duty in your motion, you recognize, uh, not saying you’re getting a move, you’re nonetheless accountable, however take it from me. In case you settle for duty and also you step up, issues can be higher for you. Yeah. Than if you happen to do the outdated, he, you recognize, he did it, she did it and keep away from duty, however you do what you assume is correct. After which I’d dismiss him after which we’d begin the official proceedings.

Mike Sarraille
There, there looks as if a complete lack of cred. I’m sorry of accountability in, in at this time’s day and age. Yeah. I’m, I’m not attempting to web page you one course, however they’re amongst our nationwide leaders who we anticipate to set the instance. There’s, there’s, there’s not a lot accountability.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. I, you recognize, I at all times can. I at all times hesitate to critique others cuz I don’t have all the knowledge a number of time. There’s a number of nuances mm-hmm <affirmative> or info current. However my, my private ethos is settle for him duty, you recognize? Um, I imagine that’s important and while you do one thing incorrect, you personal it. And you recognize, I, I believe, you recognize, and I’ve needed to do it the place, I imply, I, I had some crew members by chance shoot a, uh, an Afghan sheep heard exterior of gebad and I imply, we had been culpable and I known as my boss and I mentioned, Hey, I personal this. I imply, I used to be sitting at Fort Campbell and it occurred, I wasn’t in gebad however nonetheless it’s my formation. Commander’s accountable for every thing your unit does or fails to do. And you recognize, you recognize, the ironic factor is after I see a frontrunner that wraps himself at, in glory on a regular basis, generally it’s friends expense and I name it the overuse of the vertical pronoun. I that’s a crimson flag to me, you recognize, I did this and I did that, you recognize, in my thoughts if we’re profitable as a corporation, it’s they? Yeah. You at all times push the credit score all the way down to your subordinates. In case your unit fails, then it’s, I it’s me. And I inform guys, I say

Mike Sarraille
It’s a burden of management.

Clay Hutmacher
Completely. However right here’s the factor as a commander of a corporation, whether or not that’s a platoon or a platoon Sergeant or no matter, you robotically get credit score after they do effectively. Sure, robotically. Sure. And, and you recognize, and while you, while you begin attempting to take all of the credit score for it and you utilize that, that, you recognize, that vertical pronoun, I, I, I, me, me, me, all it does is detract from that. You’re actually defeating what you’re, I assume you’re attempting to perform, which is to propel your self to the following degree or get some form of recognition, however all you do actually is stifle that

Mike Sarraille
Folks see it.

Clay Hutmacher
I do it. I imply, I that’s a crimson flag for me.

Mike Sarraille
We, we even had leaders that used their identify in third particular person. <snort> yeah. Normally. So that call early on into your command order, I do know I typically discuss, you recognize, there’s two forms of choices, the appropriate choices and what, and the most effective resolution and finest is normally to, to achieve recognition. You will need to have been wildly unpopular for just a few weeks. Did, uh, are there grumblings cuz the boys will speak. Yeah. Uh, did anybody come again to you and say, Hey sir, I wanna thanks for truly holding us accountable on that one. You’re proper.

Clay Hutmacher
A lot later. In reality, one of many officers that I gave a letter of reprimand to is the present regimental commander of the one sixtieth. Yeah. Yeah.

Mike Sarraille
Yep. That’s

Clay Hutmacher
Superior. He was one of many officers and he was crest fallen. Um, and you recognize, the probabilities are, it could not have been his platoon. He could have been doing every thing proper. Mm-hmm <affirmative> however in his explicit part, I can’t bear in mind ex I’m certain he was most likely a platoon chief then platoon leaders or oh, threes, captains. However you recognize, I did get suggestions later. Such as you ch you took, took us off that trajectory of failure and put us again. I, I don’t know. I imply, actually finally I issued the marching orders. Uh, you recognize, you may, I, I instructed every one in all ’em. I mentioned, you generally is a zealot or a martyr. Yeah. I can accommodate both choice. I favor you’re a zealot, however if you happen to wanna be a martyr, I’m your man. Yeah.

Mike Sarraille
<snort> effectively, you recognize, it’s so totally different. Uh, you recognize, persons are so good about accountability with youngsters. They’re, you see your child do one thing incorrect. I imagine, you recognize, the best type of compassion is accountability. Yep. Yeah. And also you need them to turn out to be good, excellent, uh, you recognize, people that contribute to society. So that you maintain them accountable. It’s the one method they, uh, they be taught. However man, that will need to have been a tough, tough resolution

Clay Hutmacher
Early on. It was not the best way I had supposed on begin my command tour.

Mike Sarraille
Let me, let me ask you this. Um, I’m at all times fascinated. Uh, who’s the one soldier both previous, current, or past, past that means not with us that while you consider ’em you simply consider the prototypical soldier chief, um, that you just had been simply at all times an admiration of. And, and after I say that everyone knows, no, one’s good. All of us have our yeah, yeah,

Speaker 3:
Yeah, yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
Um,

Clay Hutmacher
I actually, uh, I had a number of time for cliff Walcot. He was our flight lead. I, I flew his wing. We fielded the DAP, you recognize, the direct motion penetrator of the arm, 60, which there’s 15 of them within the military. All of them reside within the one 60 that I occurred to be the primary platoon chief mm-hmm <affirmative> of that group once we stood up and cliff was the lead man on that. He was in our R and D part after which moved again over into the platoon. And, uh, I imply, I assumed the world of the man and, uh, I assumed he was skilled. He was a warrior and it crushed me when he was killed in Somalia. And that’s why my center son is Mitchell Walcot hub employee. Proper. So, you recognize, after I take a look at an expert soldier, an aviator, a selfless servant, you recognize, who was, and he’s the man that taught me about that buyer focus, an enormous a part of it was cliff. Walcot like, Hey, if that is what the shopper wants is, what we’re gonna do

Mike Sarraille
Was was he a loud man? Was he, I

Clay Hutmacher
Imply, no, no. I imply, I’d say he was, I don’t know. He’s effectively, he wasn’t an exceptionally loud man. Uh, he had, he had an identical background to me. He was an enlisted navy policeman. So was his spouse, Chris that’s after they met, he flew cobras in, uh, in an assault battalion after which swapped over and was flying sixties. Um, after which ended up within the DAP. Yeah. Later. Um, he was, I believe he was, I wouldn’t simply name him the epitome of the quiet skilled, however he was, I imply, Tony Thomas would say the best pilot he ever flew with was cliff Walcot no kidding. Yeah. When he was, uh, you recognize, a troop commander, uh, again within the day and he was an, you recognize, an distinctive flight lead, he, he was all enterprise and he was fully centered on the mission.

Mike Sarraille
What, and, you recognize, we mentioned it, after I requested you that query, all of us have weaknesses. And, and you recognize, the, I believe the best type of self-reflection is the power to say, Hey, I’m not good at this. Or I nonetheless have to work at this 40 plus years of service, main basic, most of that in particular operations, even to today, what’s the factor, one factor that you just wrestle with personally,

Clay Hutmacher
Endurance, endurance, completely plagues me. I pray about it each morning and he’s but to reply my prayers. Uh, I imply, I believe I’m marginally higher, however I wrestle with endurance, you recognize, I, and I’ll provide you with an instance. So if I used to be gonna suggest some form of change or new path or one thing or reorganization or no matter, I’ll undergo earlier than. I imply, earlier than I throw that on the desk in entrance of my employees and my subordinate commanders or my bosses or no matter it’s, I imply, it’s like a Rubik’s dice, proper. I flip all of it alternative ways and take a look at it from totally different angles and, you recognize, play the satan’s advocate. And earlier than I am going ahead, I’ve to be, you recognize, earlier than I’ve actually articulated or offered, uh, as a, as an choice going ahead or, or a directive I’ve form of thought via this, I don’t, you recognize, make this, I don’t

Mike Sarraille
Do it. No baked concepts. Yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
So I simply bear in mind sitting in these conferences and other people would, you recognize, they might, I, I at all times inspired very candid suggestions, proper. As a result of, you recognize, and, and even when it meant that it was a nasty thought and there’s been event the place one thing that I assumed was good, anyone introduced up a, some consideration that I hadn’t considered. And I’m like, you recognize what, you’re proper. We don’t want to try this due to this or no matter. But when anyone introduced up, effectively, what about this? And it was one thing I already considered. I’d be like, no, I already considered that. Let’s go subsequent. You already know, like, that is, that is good. You already know, what I failed to understand on the time is you allow them to, you must allow them to work via that. You could allow them to take a look at it. Such as you checked out it and be affected person as a result of then they’ve buy-in they usually really feel like what they’re saying has worth after I’m simply dismissive of it.

Clay Hutmacher
And I’m not dismissive of the person I’m dismissive, cuz I’ve already thought via it. And I don’t assume this can be a drawback, but it surely’s vital that they arrive to that very same level with out me simply reducing ’em off. Um, and I, you recognize, I struggled with that and admittedly, it’s laborious to get candid suggestions from subordinates. You already know, they’re not, there’s only a few bosses that need to hear that they’re jacked up and you recognize, and it was later in life after I actually seemed again on my command excursions and what I ought to have achieved and will have achieved. And it was like, you recognize what? That is, that was most likely the most important takeaway is I wanted to simply let the method work, let folks struggle sport it and argue and simply, simply step again and let that course of cuz it, finally you’re gonna have extra buy-in cuz folks will salute you to your, to your face and say sure sir. Sure, sir. Yep. Biggest thought ever. And then you definitely stroll outta the room and say, you recognize that dude’s an ass hat. I imply he fully doesn’t get it. Um, they’re by no means gonna inform you that to your face. Proper. Um,

Clay Hutmacher
So endurance is what I wrestle with.

Mike Sarraille
Uh, I’d say lots of people, effectively, excessive performers throughout the board, wrestle with that. I imply, and that’s, it’s each a, uh, a power and uh, it’s and a weak point.

Clay Hutmacher
It’s biggest. Power carries over to be your biggest weak point. Oh yeah.

Mike Sarraille
As a result of vulnerability, uh, earlier than we finish this, I wanna speak a bit about theSpecial Operations Warrior Basis. Uh, once more, thanks. The way in which folks ask me, what’s it? I mentioned, it’s the group that funds the training of the youngsters, of our fallen particular operations warriors. And it does greater than

Clay Hutmacher
That, however yeah, it does. And it’s, and, and the youngsters of our center of honor recipient as effectively. Yeah. Dwelling in deceased and never simply delicate. Um, yeah. So that you just, you recognize, you captured the mission. We even have two missions. We offer rapid monetary assist to severely wounded ailing or injured specialised personnel severely means they’re in a hospital principally. Um, and we ship them a verify. We ship them an iPad to allow them to, particularly throughout COVID to allow them to talk with their family members. However our, our main effort, our major effort in navy phrases is the training of the youngsters who’re fallen and our particular on, or our medal of honor recipients. Folks assume that’s a, uh, a school scholarship and that’s an enormous half, however not practically all, you recognize, relying on the age of the child and the typical age of our kids that come into our program is round seven, however we pay preschool. We fund preschool as much as eight Ok per yr per youngster. We offer limitless tutoring from Ok via 12 or Ok via actually school commencement, limitless tutoring, S a T prep, a C T prep, language, math, studying science, you identify it. It doesn’t matter band. We received a, one in all our medal of honor recipient youngsters is enjoying the elbow in band and we’re tutoring, paying for tutoring. That’s for him. Yeah. Good for him. Um, we pay a personal faculty, tuition help for our children as much as 5k per yr, per youngster.

Clay Hutmacher
We pay for every thing in school. We pay for his or her school visits, their school utility charges, computer systems, printers, they get an entire packet and we fully fund their training. Um, and we don’t, you recognize, they don’t need to go to a 4 yr establishment. Most of them do about 80, 84, 80 5% do. But when they, we now have one younger woman, uh, Sarah Weiss, her dad was an air pressure, uh, particular ways man. She’s a firefighter in Pinehurst, North Carolina. And

Mike Sarraille
You’re kidding me. Uh, she contacted me after I was in, uh,

Clay Hutmacher
Actually

Mike Sarraille
In Mount Everest. I

Clay Hutmacher
Simply noticed her. Yeah, Sarah, she’s a, she’s a firefighter and she or he’s now a firefighter teacher. She tried nursing. It didn’t work out and that is what she needs to do. She’s enthusiastic about it. She spoke to a gaggle of oldsters. We had in pioneers, we pay for examine overseas. We actually encourage internships. And we fund internships, particularly in the event that they need to relocate for an internship. Now we have a program for kids with disabilities, which I’m extraordinarily happy with. And we’re dedicated to funding that, uh, on the identical degree as we do all of our different youngsters. And I contemplate I’ve expanded the definition of disabilities to youngsters which are having important behavioral or emotional points. Cuz you recognize, you may clearly tie that again to the lack of one in all their dad and mom. And you recognize, in the event that they go to Harvard, it’s coated. In the event that they go to a group school or commerce faculty it’s coated, we would like ’em to, and it’s a lifelong dedication for us.

Clay Hutmacher
And it’s, you recognize, I used to be interviewing some training counselors the opposite day, uh, which are coming, bringing ’em on. And one in all our counselors mentioned, when she was interview mentioned, this isn’t a job for us. This can be a calling. And uh, and you recognize, I checked out her we’re, you recognize, interviewing this particular person and I, you recognize, I thought of it. I mentioned, that’s precisely it. I imply, my, I, I’ve the publish 9 11 GI invoice. You’ve got the publish 9 11 GI invoice. Sure. I gave it to my, one in all my youngsters went to duke. So I, you recognize, he, he received it. Um,

Mike Sarraille
Good use, proper? Yeah. For an nonetheless not sufficient, however not so low cost training. Yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
However you recognize, the VA offers you a verify and you recognize, there was no, it was, that’s an entitlement, it’s a authorities entitlement that you just earn via your service. That is a lot greater than that. I imply, the connection that we now have with these youngsters, each child that will get a 3.5 G GPA each semester I write ’em a private notice and congratulate him or some other important achievement or a child that’s struggling. Our counselors are with their households via the entire journey. It truly is simply, it, it truly is a calling. Uh, and I’m glad to be a part of it an honor, to be a part of it

Mike Sarraille
When, when, after I was telling anyone in regards to the, the, the, the, uh, basis. Um, and, they usually weren’t attempting to be cute. Yeah. Uh, they mentioned, effectively, don’t these households get like a, an enormous verify when one in all their, uh, service members dying. I, I, I instructed the story of Kerry mills. Yeah. Yeah. She, she could have gotten a verify, however money or son was 18 months outdated. Proper. And that cash doesn’t make it to, to, to, to, to his school years most likely effectively in need of his highschool years.

Clay Hutmacher
Proper. They usually, they usually do get a VA entitlement for a part of it. And we, we do use a bit little bit of that for our children to qualify for it.

Mike Sarraille
You assist them with that course of too. The, the,

Clay Hutmacher
Effectively that’s, yeah. That’s virtually all achieved by the navy after they, um, when that, when their loss of life happens that, you recognize, the casualty help officer takes care of that. Um, however the reality is, um, you recognize, there’s a lot greater than that. And our dedication is a permanent dedication. You already know, while you had been within the seal group, after I was within the one 60, we each misplaced folks. Proper. Yeah. And there’s an intense focus placed on these households while you lose ’em for certain. You already know, we do meals on wheels. The wives would get collectively they’d meals, carry ’em over there, care for the household. It’s an intense highlight on that household. However after that Memorial and that funeral, the items received a mission to do, you recognize, you’re again deploying. Yeah. That, that focus drops off the particular ops warrior basis. That’s just the start for us. And we’re with them each step of the best way mm-hmm <affirmative> and also you simply gotta, you recognize, you’ve received all these items, simply give it some thought, you misplaced your husband or your spouse. And we now have each. And unexpectedly there’s monetary impacts. There’s, you recognize, all these items, your complete life modifications and giving them that peace of thoughts that we’re gonna be there for them. They usually, they’ve a number of issues to fret about, however this isn’t one in all ’em.

Mike Sarraille
Let, let me ask you this. So basic 40 years, you might have began your individual consulting. Yeah. Agency, you, lots corporations would’ve made you provides to be on the board, however you selected this reveals this, I imply, was {that a} dialogue with a spouse? I imply, what, what was the ultimate resolution to, to, to proceed? I imply, you’re nonetheless serving, you took the uniform off, however you’re nonetheless

Clay Hutmacher
Serving. Yeah. Yeah, completely. Um, so yeah, clearly I talked to my spouse. I imply, I’m not an fool. I talked to my spouse about every thing.

Mike Sarraille
If, if you happen to’re listening, uh, it’s a two particular person resolution. Yeah. Yeah.

Clay Hutmacher
That’s self critiquing if I don’t. However, um, you recognize, I, after I retired, yeah, I used to be, you recognize, I assumed I’d be right here speaking to you about, you recognize, convincing you that expertise struggle group wants a helicopter or a airplane or one thing, um, for no matter firm that I used to be working for. However when this got here up and this chance offered itself, I imply, there was no hesitation. I imply, I’m like, wow, this are you kidding me. I’ve seen firsthand what this group does for our households in a method that the federal government won’t ever have the ability to do this. The unit, the navy won’t ever have the ability to do despite our greatest intentions. And I believe delicate does it. My, you recognize, and I I’m biased clearly does it higher than anyone else. I don’t care what service you’re in, however we’re there for them each step of the best way. And there’s no, we proactively attain out to ’em, you recognize, you don’t have to use in your scholarships. You’ve got already earned the worth of admission. You’re already authorized. You fill out a contact kind one time and that’s it.

Mike Sarraille
That’s, that’s that once more, definition of, uh, of service and making it simpler. Completely. For that. Effectively, clay, uh, we finish on on two questions and we’re gonna drop the hyperlinks to the particular function, Particular Operations Warrior Basis, the place they will discover you the place they will donate. And what I might ask for the listeners is, you recognize, it’s $5, $10, $25, no matter you may give it will a great trigger. I, I, I assist only a few foundations. This was the one, uh, that, that, you recognize, held onto my heartstrings. Cuz once more, I take a look at the Kerry mills of the world and all guys on extortion, 17,

Clay Hutmacher
Acquainted with extortion 17, for certain.

Mike Sarraille
So, uh, how will clay Hucker consider whether or not he’s lived a lifetime of objective and influence?

Clay Hutmacher
I might say that I’ve lived a lifetime of, however I’m gonna give some caveats. I’ve lived a lifetime of objective. I’m nonetheless dwelling a lifetime of individuals. I’m nonetheless serving a trigger larger than self, however I’m nonetheless imperfect. And I nonetheless wrestle with management every single day. I nonetheless, I fail routinely. I aspire to be higher. And uh, the wrestle continues. I’m dedicated to management. I like it. I’m enthusiastic about it. Um, I believe it’s not appreciated, particularly as a lot out within the company world as I believe it must be. And I imply, the proof to me is blatant, however we are able to’t quantify it. Proper. You don’t have a 4 yr diploma in management or a grasp’s in management. I believe they’re on the market, however actually, you recognize, that is an exp you recognize, a realized talent,

Mike Sarraille
Uh, personally, uh, I believe beginning in school is wasy lake. Oh yeah. Management curriculums in grammar faculty to show it then former navy leaders once more, who’re empathetic type respectful folks. That

Clay Hutmacher
One in all my favourite issues to do is sit round and have casual discussions about management and sharing the errors that I’ve made and you recognize, how I made ’em and the occasions that led as much as me, making them may be very satisfying for me, you recognize? And I imply, corporations ask me, would you do it? Yeah, I’ll be blissful to do it. You already know, cowl my journey. Yeah. Perhaps make a donation to the inspiration. You already know, to me, it’s, it’s a, you recognize, a labor of affection and one which I nonetheless am very enthusiastic about.

Mike Sarraille
We simply returned expertise or group had a management offsite amongst all our leaders, you recognize, 1 31 yr, uh, Sergeant main from the particular forces group Marine infantry, captain, myself, uh, you recognize, Carly who was within the air pressure. And it was simply two days of simply speaking management and our, our totally different philosophies and errors. Oh God.

Clay Hutmacher
Yeah. The dialog isn’t actually scripted. It goes the place it goes.

Mike Sarraille
I didn’t wanna depart. Yeah. These, these are the most effective retreats in, within the enterprise world. Doesn’t do this sufficient. I, I completely agree. I agree. Uh, what are these 1, 2, 3 keys to success? These, these tenets, these non-negotiables that you just imagine had have on most events led to your, your success.

Clay Hutmacher
Primary has gotta be integrity. I do know that’s a typical one, but when there, in case your subordinates, your superiors don’t belief you, um, you may’t go wherever from there. You’ve gotta have that belief and also you gotta earn it every single day and that’s a part of proudly owning it and all of that to humility. And I believe, you recognize, being humble, realizing that whereas you will have a big function, uh, in a corporation, it, it doesn’t imply you’re higher than anyone else. Um, in truth it could imply that extra is predicted of you. Um, and you’ve got extra expertise, however you’re not higher than anyone else. And the opposite one is, um, and could also be stunning to you. Slightly is consistency. You already know, I, I believe I’m not saying you prejudge, however you ought to be constant your Le your subordinates to form of know what they’re gonna get.

Clay Hutmacher
I’ve labored for leaders earlier than the place I am going in with a catastrophic factor and say, man, this simply occurred. They usually’re like, oh, it’s nice. Clay. We’ll work via this. After which I come via with some nitnoid mouse, turd he mouse heard they usually like lose their thoughts over it. And I’m like, I need the opposite man, can we get the opposite man in right here? Yeah. You already know? Yeah. Um, and I believe that places folks off and I believe you ought to be constant on the way you cope with folks. They usually, you recognize, it doesn’t imply that, that you just decrease the usual. Uh, however you recognize, they need to know what they’re gonna get. These could be my three.

Mike Sarraille
I, you recognize, I, I can’t recall the place I heard that, however anyone mentioned management is consistency. Completely. It’s consistency of what’s consistency.

Clay Hutmacher
That’s laborious to be constant. Proper. I don’t really feel like being a selfless chief all of the

Mike Sarraille
Time. Yeah. Effectively, clay, I, I can’t thanks sufficient for, uh, for coming. Um, I do know from the listeners, uh, each time I sit down with you, I be taught an entire lot. Uh, I do know we’ve received a dinner tonight. Sure, sir. Uh, in Austin to boost for the Particular Operations Warrior Basis, uh, Scott Howell, basic Howell

Clay Hutmacher
Is there

Mike Sarraille
Yeah. Is gonna be the keynote speaker

Clay Hutmacher
Commander,

Mike Sarraille
Uh, in addition to Admiral McCraven,

Clay Hutmacher
Admiral Craven can be there. Yep. Two, two nice buddies and mentors.

Mike Sarraille
Effectively, once more, thanks for becoming a member of us and for all these listening, thanks for becoming a member of the lads’s journal on a regular basis warrior podcast. We’ll see you once more.



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