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Episode 451 S15-49

Current Events and Your Community


Special Guest:

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Butch Erikstine

Butch Eskine from Hope for Survival joins the show to discuss current events and community responses.

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Vigis Ch 49

Butch Erikstine

Butch Erskine is a decorated U.S. Air Force Veteran of 20 years and public speaker on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery and author. With over 38 years of experience in all facets of global security, vulnerability assessments and emergency planning, Butch continues his efforts to focus on the spiritual and psychological foundation of the family and individual preparedness.

Butch is a native West Virginian and has resided in Huntsville, AL since 2007. A 1979 graduate of Greenbrier East High School, he entered the United States Air Force in 1983. Butch completed an Associates Degree in Industrial Security from the Community College of the Air Force in 1990, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Park University in 2003, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management with honors from American Military University in 2012.  Butch is a Defense Contractor working in Emergency Management developing emergency plans, processes, and procedures. Throughout life he has promoted Christian values and Constitutional freedoms.

The last eight years of his military career were spent serving special duty as a Security Advisor to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSSOC), U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) and U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific (USSOCPAC).  Traveling over 300 days per year, Butch developed security and anti-terrorism plans in over 50 countries and supported the U.S. Counterterrorism Program to the United States State Department of Defense by conducting Risk Analysis and Vulnerability Assessments for numerous U.S. Embassy’s in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.

Over the past years Butch has made it his mission to reach out to citizens to help them develop their preparedness and spiritual foundation. He believes the decline of morals, personal freedoms, as well as the increasing attacks on Christians and citizens with conservative values, along with the national debt should alert every family to immediately develop emergency plans. Butch has completed numerous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Courses.  He graduated from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) FEMA Course to obtain a national certification and is a graduate of Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, a FEMA/ATF In-Resident Course and FBI Active Shooter Course.

Butch has taught numerous preparedness classes for different groups. He was an instructor at Heritage Life Skills 2018, 2019 and 2021 in Waynesville, NC offering numerous classes on preparedness and self-reliance. He has taught numerous classes from NC, KY, TN, VA, SC and Alabama, including The Madison Institute, radio talk show guest discussing Preparedness, and as guest speaker on America’s Critical Infrastructure for the INFRAGUARD (FBI) Organization.

Butch is the author of two books; Hope for Survival – How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life, and, Hope for Survival – The Mindset.

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