Cleared Hot Podcast: Bernardo shares his story as a veteran of the IDF.
Author: Kelly Forshaw
IMPORTANT: This podcast was recorded October 15th therefore there have been changes in some of the developments since then.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of training with him at Tactical Fitness Austin, let us introduce you to our Director of Operations, Bernardo, a distinguished veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Bernardo was asked to be a guest on extremely popular Cleared Hot Podcast.
A Life Transformed: Richard’s Story
Bernardo shares the spotlight in this podcast episode, recorded for Cleared Hot and hosted by Andy Stumpf, with Richard, another distinguished IDF veteran. Richard’s journey is a testament to the profound impact of their service. Richard’s story began when he encountered antisemitism during his time at Portland State University. In response to this adversity, he embarked on a journey that led him to Israel, even though he initially knew fewer than six words in Hebrew. Richard’s relentless determination saw him progress from the infantry to the reconnaissance brigade, where he took on the crucial role of safeguarding the nation’s borders.
Bernardo’s Tapestry of Service
Bernardo, our very own Director of Operations, has an impressive 16 years in operational roles within the IDF. Bernardo’s service covers a wide spectrum, including Counter Terrorism, Special Operations, and Dignitary Protection. Beyond his military duties, Bernardo actively contributes to nurturing the next generation of leaders through his nonprofit organization, Team of Warriors. His commitment to mentorship and his extensive experience in various operational capacities make him an invaluable asset to the defense of Israel.
What truly sets Richard and Bernardo apart is their dedication to causes that extend beyond the battlefield. Both have actively engaged in educational dialogues and nonprofit endeavors back in the United States. Their experiences and insights illuminate the essence of national service and the vital need for a sovereign nation to possess the capability for self-defense.
As the podcast conversation delves into the current strife in the Middle East, Richard and Bernardo provide firsthand experiences and in-depth analysis that shed light on the complex dynamics at play. Their narratives offer not only a glimpse into the rigorous life of an IDF soldier but also candid reflections on the broader geopolitical environment. This nuanced understanding of the ongoing conflict is invaluable, coming from individuals who have lived through its manifold dimensions.
Bernardo at Tactical Fitness Austin
Today, Bernardo’s journey continues as he brings his wealth of experience and commitment to Tactical Fitness Austin, serving as our Director of Operations. His leadership, dedication, and unique insights gleaned from his years in the IDF make him a valuable asset to our team and our mission to empower individuals through fitness, self-defense, and preparedness.
In sharing Bernardo’s story, we hope to inspire our readers not only to appreciate the sacrifices and dedication of IDF veterans but also to gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted challenges faced by the nation of Israel. His journey from the U.S. to the frontlines of the Middle East serves as a reminder of the unyielding commitment required to protect and defend one’s homeland, whether in the line of duty or in the pursuit of empowering others through fitness and readiness.