Grady Powell is one half of what the Discovery Channel has dubbed “The New Generation.” After getting rid of former “Dual Survival” co-hosts Joe Teti and Matt Graham, Powell was brought to the show to represent military survival techniques, which is what Teti used to do before he was reportedly fired.
Powell is a former U.S. Army Green Beret and became one of the youngest soldiers selected for the Special Forces Operators when he was 21 years old. He comes from a military background, with both his father and grandfather having served in the U.S. military. “Being in the military wasn’t something I wanted to do. It’s in my blood. It was something I had to do,” he said in the trailer for Season 7.
The veteran has done tours in Iraq and northern Africa and is an expert in survival, small arms and mobility, according to his bio on the “Dual Survival” website. His “no quit” attitude and training as a Green Beret will undoubtedly make him a strong partner of the show.
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“Part of being a Green Beret is going through sere school: survive, evade, resist and escape,” he says in the trailer. “The survival portion of that is learning how to live primitively, evading capture while living behind enemy lines and ultimately getting back home alive.”
This isn’t Powell’s first stint on reality television. He also appeared on NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes” and National Geographic’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska.”
The purpose of “Dual Survival” is to send two wilderness experts into a survival situation. Powell and his co-host, Bill McConnell, are given 72 hours to escape, since the first three days are the most important. “Grady and Bill will navigate unique survival situations — stepping into extreme scenarios with the bare minimum of resources that someone in that position may have — and live out the experience until they achieve the ultimate goal: making it out alive,” Discovery.com wrote in a Dec. 10 press release. “Each challenging journey is followed step-by-step, demonstrating that ordinary people can survive extraordinary circumstances.”
Don’t miss “Dual Survival” when it premiere on Discovery Channel Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST.
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