The Panjwai Podcast

The Panjwai Podcast is an interview-based podcast series documenting the experiences of combat veterans in the Panjwai District of Kandahar, Afghanistan. The series seeks to explore a human, emotional, and accurate retelling of veterans’ experiences. Guests range from enlisted privates, to senior leaders, helicopter pilots, special operators, support personnel, engineers, EOD, medics and other forces that supported or witnessed combat in the Panjwai District. Military history buffs will relish in the detailed descriptions of terrain and the history of the area, and fans of Serial and other documentary style podcasts will appreciate the attention to detail and highlighting of the human aspect of warfare on young soldiers.

The Panjwai Podcast is the story of the grunts fight in a true Infantry battlefield. Season 2 Starts June 7th, 2021 with a detailed look at the Panjwai Massacre, committed by SSG Robert Bales on March 11, 2012 from his outpost VSP Belambai in Panjwai, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Episodes available weekly.

Episode 7 - Juan Rambo

February 4th, 2021

We sit down with the combat killer himself, Miguel Perez aka “Juan Rambo.” Miguel was a young high school kid from Compton, California when he joined the Army. Months later he deployed to Afghanistan where he earned his moniker of Juan Rambo due to his tendency to go cyclic on the SAW in firefights. Needless to say he was efficient at suppressing the enemy. 

Miguel was shot through the arm later in the deployment. We talk about that day, how the actions of people half a world away can have a direct effect on someone else's life, and about the firefight that played out over the course of that day. It was a classic Panjwai firefight and one that helped to shift us into the “third phase” of our tactical mindset on that 2012 deployment.


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