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MACV-SOG General Information
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.It was so secret that its existence was denied by the U.S. government. The group reported directly to the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, and much of its history and exploits were concealed for years from the general public by a veil of secrecy and confidentiality.

Henry L. (Dick) Thompson, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of High Performing Dick Thompson PictureSystems, Inc., and theauthor of The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions – And What to Do About It. Dr.Thompson’s 21-year military service resulted in first-hand experience in decision making under extreme stress.

He is an Army combat veteran, Special Forces Operator, Black Ops leader, MACV-SOG 1-0 (team leader), Airborne Ranger, Ironman competitor, Speaker, Author, Psychologist and Life-Time Mensa member.

JOCKO Podcasts

These are three podcasts I did with former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink (Parts 1-3) of what life was like as a secret warrior running Black Ops with MACV-SOG in Southeast Asia during 1968-69. It is a war story of some of the real events as they happened to me. Don't let the length of the podcasts shown deter you. They go fast.

The video version of the podcasts is on YouTube. I think it is better because you can see the interaction and especially the facial expressions. This is not for the faint of heart.

Jocko Podcast 204: Don't Signup for SOG (video version) click here.

Jocko Podcast 205: Dead Man Walking (video version) click here.

Jocko Podcast 206: The Stress Effect (video version) click here.

Audio only.

Jocko Podcast 204: Don't Sign Up for SOG click here.

Jocko Podcast 205: Dead Man Walking click here.

Jocko Podcast 206: The Stress Effect click here.

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Global Recon (John Hendrix) Podcast

IGRECON # 144 click here.

Two tier 1 special operators, one old school (Dick Thompson, SOG) and one new school (Ron Mahrs, SEAL Team 6), talking about how they fought their Special Operations wars. I don’t know of another podcast that has a SOG and a SEAL Team 6 leader talking about these subjects. I really enjoyed it. Ron is a true American hero.


SOG Webinars

These two webinars present SOG missions led by Dick Thompson and include some actual photographs from the missions and a lesson’s learned section for each mission. The second webinar (SOG #2) also includes a guest, SOG 1-0, John Stryker Meyer.

SOG # 1 click here.

 SOG # 2 click here.


Coffee or Die Magazine (Black Rifle Coffee Company) – good coffee and great video clips. This is a short article they published about me. Click here.

Oconee Enterprise Magazine, Summer Issue 2020. I live in this county. This is a short article they did on me. Click here.



Memorial Day Speech, Oconee County Georgia, 2020

Introduction of Thompson by General Gentry click here.

Speech by LTC (Ret.) Dick Thompson, Ph.D. click here.

Ironman Minute

Leading with Iron


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