Special Operations Veterans Kyle Lamb and John Lovell talk military leadership

Special Operations Veterans Kyle Lamb and John Lovell talk military leadership

It was an absolute blast hanging out with Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics this past week. For those of you who do not already know the name… shame on you!

But seriously, this is a guy with a lot to offer young warriors. Allow me to quickly introduce him:

Sergeant Major (r) Kyle Lamb spent 21 years in the military, 19 of which was in Special Operations and over 15 years of that in the military’s elite Delta Force. Early in his career, Kyle was fighting in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia – the 1993 fight which would inspire the book and movie Black Hawk Down.

Picture from the movie Black Hawk Down

Kyle would go on to do more cool-guy action stuff in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to be sure, a bunch of others less-than-desirable locations around the globe. Today he is one of the most respected tactical trainers and industry leaders and the owner of Viking Tactics (VTAC).

ENOUGH bio stuff, that took way too long. I need to pick less awesome people so I’m not obligated to write such long bios, but honestly, what did I write above that could have been left out?

Now, on to our week of fun.

Kyle invited me up to do some joint video stuff for marketing his company Viking Tactics and some of his training materials. This involved talking tactics, running and gunning on the range, training philosophy, fighter mindset, and much more.

Perhaps my favorite memory from the week was from our time in the shoothouse at the Royal Range in Nashville, TN. Kyle and I were brainstorming camera angles and talking points and I was distracted by all the fresh, uncleared rooms around us. Finally, I spoke up and said “Kyle, we need to just clear this mother.”

He smiled, we grabbed rifles, stacked on the first door, and went to work.

I also had the chance to interview him about leadership (check out the video below for the full interview with a funny-ish spoof in the beginning) and talk through his book Leadership in the Shadows.

My next favorite part of the week was not from all the shooting on the range we did or any cool-guy stuff as you might expect, rather it was just hanging out at his house and chatting for hours about history, philosophy, business, family, and more.

We spent long hours talking about people we both knew from our times in the military, people we respected throughout history, and drinking WAY too much Black Rifle coffee (if you can do such a thing).

Kyle and I also talked in a video about veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We walked through some misconceptions and some thoughts we shared on real recovery for some of these struggling heroes.

Kyle also introduced me to a different kind of veteran’s assistance organization called Warrior’s Heart and gave his support for the organization and it’s founder and friend Tom Spooner.

It was cool to see Kyle as a true Warrior Poet. He is a lover of learning, of family, of God, and of country. Though his accomplishments are larger than life, he is refreshingly down-to-earth.

If you ever have the chance to train with or to meet Kyle Lamb, don’t miss out.

 

4 Comments
  1. Sam 4 months ago

    Kyle is a helluva War Fighter, and an average Bear hunter.

  2. Mike "Q" 4 weeks ago

    Awesome vid! Love the percentage of jocularity injected into a sincere subject not discussed enough. Just ordered SGM’s book and would love to meet and train with you John.

  3. Gary 3 weeks ago

    Hi Kyle, just read your article in the September 2017 issue of Guns and Ammo. While the article was informative I must respectfully disagree about the Glock brand. I served in the “sand” from the early 90’s to early 2000’s. Served 20 years and retired. Was “issued” the Baretta 9mm, it didn’t take long for us to realize the shortcomings of the pistol in that environment. We got with the boss and eventually were issued Glocks. The difference was evident immediately. While your article talks of sore fingers at the “range” from too many rounds, we put thousands of rounds “down range” in the desert with minimal malfunctions. I understand you must cater to a larger crowd. Just like AR15 ‘s are a dime a dozen these days, how many would you take into the field? New innovations are not necessarily better, take the suppressed Maxim 9 in the same issue, great innovatioln but would not even consider counting on it when the SHTF. I will stick with my Glock, it will fire when I need it to. And the 1911 crowd you mention in the article, how many producers were there when the Glock came out, and how many now? A dime a dozen…….have a nice day brother.

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      John 3 weeks ago

      Gary, thanks for the comment. You landed on John Lovell’s website, not Kyle Lambs. The good news is, I’m with you about Glocks and I had a discussion with Kyle on this. I enjoyed putting around 700 uninterrupted rounds through my Block today. Love it.

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