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Success is a Choice

Oct 1, 2020

Captain Andy "Grand" Mariner is the Deputy Commander of the historic Carrier Air Wing 11. Previously, he was the Commanding Officer at  TOPGUN. The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program is the preeminent training school for naval aviators.

Click here for Captain Mariner's complete bio.

In today’s episode, we discuss:
  • Leadership principles
  • Mentality of fighter pilots
  • A day in the life of a TOPGUN student and instructor
  • What the movie (Top Gun) got right or wrong
  • ... and so much more!!!


Resources, Books, and Links 


Air Wing 11 Website:

Navy Website:

The Fighter Pilot Podcast w/guest Andy "Grand" Mariner, TOPGUN Commanding Officer:


Army Navy Game Website:

History of TOPGUN:

Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .

Top Gun in Action

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Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”


Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.