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The funeral of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Black in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. Black was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg, North Carolina when he died from wounds sustained during enemy contact in the country of Niger in West Africa, Oct. 4, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)

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Beards Explain the World: “What are we doing in Niger?”

By Phil Briggs

Both guests have  glorious beards – but behind the chin curtain lies a wealth of knowledge.  Reporter Matt Saintsing studied in Kenya. Eric Dehm served in Afghanistan. Together they school our host, Phil Briggs, on geography and global affairs. If you’ve ever questioned why US Special Forces are in Africa, listen to these beardazzled broadcasters break it down. You will learn more from Matt’s experience inside Africa, than anything you hear on the daily news.

About [guests]:

Matt Saintsing; Beard Color: Brown with a tinge of the Ginge. US Army Veteran, 101st Airborne Div. ’03-‘09  Studied abroad at Malindi, Kenya and University of Oxford.  Earned MA in Political Science, Ohio University & BA in Government & World Affairs, University of Tampa.

Eric Dehm; Beard Color: Blonde with a touch of Gray.  US Navy Veteran, ‘98-’11, OEF ’10-’11.  Former Editor/Producer 1010 WINS, New York City.  Graduate of Hofstra University, Degree in Broadcasting & European Studies.


Covered in this episode:

  • Pronounced Knee-Jair
  • A deeper look at Train Advise & Assist
  • Matt’s experience inside Africa
  • Open up a franchise; AQIM, AQAP, AQIS …etc
  • Why their recruiting works
  • The US Army’s John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School
  • Afghanistan in not in the Middle East



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