0:00 Acting and Family

9:20 Childhood influence and Military Service

18:38 Racism and refusing to be anything but an American

25:54 Role Models and black culture

42:00 Korea and General David E. Grange as an influence on his life

52:20 Tom Greer, Ranger Hall of Fame- Dalton Fury

59:30 What is most important in life?

68:27 Recruiting at Paterson New Jersey (Lean on Me movie)

75:00 Influencing gang-bangers

76:40 Final words from Max.

I speak to my friend Max Mullen. What a life! Master Sergeant (MSG, Ret) Howard H. “Max” Mullen, Jr.

Master Sergeant (Ret) Howard “Max” Mullen Jr is a 2013 Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee, The Order of Saint Maurice (Primicerius) inductee, Distinguished Member of the Ranger training brigade 2013 Inductee, 2014 inductee into the International Close Combat Instructors Association, 2019 Patriot’s Day Hall of Fame, The 2019 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and a 2009 United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) MG Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award Recipient.

MSG Mullen served in the 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 2nd Battalion (Ranger) 75th Infantry, 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 75th Ranger Regimental Headquarters.  On October 25, 1983, MSG Mullen conducted a 500ft Combat Parachute Assault on to the Island of Grenada “Operation Urgent Fury” with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion Ranger 75th Infantry. While conducting Combat Operations on the island of Grenada he participated in the combat air assault rescue of over 200 American medical students from the Grand Anse Medical campus, and participated in the Combat Air Assault raid into the Calivigny military barracks complex. He served as a Senior Ranger Instructor, Head Rifle Bayonet Instructor, and Head Combative Instructor with the Ranger Department, 3rd Ranger Company “Morgan Team” City Week Phase, and was a part of the reorganization of the Ranger Department that took place on 1 November 1987, when the Ranger Department reorganized into the Ranger Training Brigade (RTB).MSG Mullen served with Charlie Company, 4th Ranger Training Battalion. He was recognized as a three-time Ranger Instructor of the cycle and a 4X (four-time) Commanders Blue Chip Award recipient while serving as a Ranger Instructor. In 1987, MSG Mullen was instrumental in the co-authoring of the US Army Combative Manual FM 3-25.150. He has conducted over 200 hand-to-hand combative demonstrations for visiting foreign dignitaries, diplomats, High Schools, and Ranger student. He also tested and evaluated the Army M-9 for knife fighting for the United States Army. Max served with the 3rd Battalion187th Infantry (AASLT) “Rakkasan”,101st Airborne Division “Air Assault” and the and 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry Battalion “The Rock”, 101st Airborne Division “Air Assault”, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

MSG Mullen was assigned to 2nd IN DIV, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, CSC, 2nd Battalion 72nd Armor as a 4.2in Mortar Squad Leader, FDC Section Chief, and Sniper Section Sergeant. During this assignment, MSG Mullen was a two-time 2nd/72nd Armor “Crusaders” Battalion NCO of the Month; 2X (two-time) 2nd Infantry Division 1st Brigade (Iron Bridge) (BDE) NCO of the Month; 2X (two-time) 2nd Infantry Division NCO of the Month; 2X (two-time), 2nd Infantry Division NCO of the 4th Quarter; 2nd Infantry Division, Indian Head Olympics Tae Kwon Do Champion; and 2X (two-time) 2nd Infantry Division Tae Kwon Do Smoker Champion. MSG Mullen completed the 2nd IN Division Sniper course hosted by 1stSpecial Forces Detachment Korea, (SF MTT), after which he was responsible for standing up the 2nd/72nd Armor BN Sniper section. His Sniper section was attached to 1/17th IN “Buffalo” (Mech) at Guard Post Collier and Guard Post Ouellette Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) DMZ Police, where his two three-man sniper teams conducted combat patrols and monitored and reported North Korean activities within the DMZ buffer zone. MSG Mullen and his sniper section were awarded the coveted Imjin Scout Badge for their service on the DMZ.

MSG (ret). Mullen has also traveled overseas entertaining our United States Armed Forces and Coalition soldiers, at Mans Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, and Forward Operating Bases (FOB’s) in Afghanistan, as a part of the Armed Forces Entertainment Extreme Courage Series Ranger Tour, produced by American 300 Warrior


By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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