Special guest on the Escalation 1985 Podcast - Col. John Antal

Update: The podcast is now live, and its one of our best so far!

We are very happy to announce a very special guest to our podcast. Col John Antal will join us, and answer all kinds of questions about serving in the Fulda Gap in the cold war, how it was commanding a tank regiment, how things would have unfolded if the Soviet Union did invade Western Europe, and about his 15+ years of experience in the game industry.

Antal in 1977, when he was a Ranger.

Antal in 1977, when he was a Ranger.

Patreons have the exclusive opportunity to ask Col. John Antal questions that we will ask him in the Escalation 1985 Podcast. If we get more questions we can fit in one episode, we will pick the most interesting ones, and later we might be able to do another podcast with John.

John is the author of 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. He serves on the US Army Science Board as an advisor to the Secretary of the Army. He is a co-founder of How2LeadUS, an immersive, interactive, and memorable leadership learning company.

John’s military experience spans 30 years in the US Army as an Armour and Cavalry officer. He is an Airborne Ranger, earned the Expert Infantryman Badge, and is a distinguished graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

John Antal, graduating from West Point 1977

John Antal, graduating from West Point 1977

He has commanded combat units from platoon through regiment. He has extensive experience in the Republic of Korea, served multiple tours on the DMZ, commanded the 2d Battalion, 72d Armour “Dragon Force” for two years in Korea, and has written extensively about combat operations in restricted terrain.

John with the M3 Grease Gun

John with the M3 Grease Gun


He served in the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commanded the 16th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox, KY; and served as the G3, Operations Officer, for the III Armoured Corps, Fort Hood, TX.

After retiring from the US Army in 2003, he was hired by Microsoft Games Studio to help develop an interactive entertainment company in Texas. He then became the Executive Director for Gearbox, Software with studios in Texas and Canada.

He led teams to develop multiple AAA+ video games and is an innovator in the interactive gaming industry.

John speaks across the Nation about leadership and raises the leadership awareness of individual, teams, and companies. He was awarded the US Congressional Veterans Award in 2017.