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A rotating cast of hosts covers topics of importance to the Total Army community including Soldiers, military families and Army supporters. Keep it locked here for all Army Matters. Brought to you by AUSA, the U.S. Army’s professional association - voice for the Army and support for the Soldiers.

Episode Date
Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare
21:45

What issues face humanitarian efforts in future warfare? U.S. Army strategist LTC Jim Cahill joins us today to discuss how humanitarian and military efforts interact and what we need to know to understand the big picture. His recommendations for ways that the defense community should consider their relationship with the organizations that provide humanitarian aid were recently published as an AUSA Landpower Essay.

  • Guest: LTC Jim Cahill, U.S. Army strategist and Ph.D. candidate, George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Guest Host: Ellen Toner, Editorial Manager, AUSA’s Education and Programs Directorate

 

Resources:

Humanitarian Assistance and Future War (AUSA Landpower Essay 20-3, March 2020)

By LTC Jim Cahill, U.S. Army

Web: https://www.ausa.org/publications/humanitarian-assistance-and-future-war

 

AUSA Education & Programs Directorate

Web: https://www.ausa.org/education

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Nov 23, 2020
Special Edition: Enlisted Talent Management
35:46

The U.S. Army is taking a 21st century approach to enlisted talent management. Today’s guests from the Army’s Talent Management Task Force describe how the new system maximizes the potential of everyone in the force, not just the top 5%. They discuss the near-term First Sergeant Talent Alignment Assessment, differences between Officer and NCO assessments, the importance of blind panels and anonymized data and more.

 

  • Guests:
    • Major Jed Hudson, Enlisted Talent Management Initiative Lead
    • Sergeant Major Robert Haynie, Enlisted Talent Management Initiative Leads
  • Host:
    • Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

 

U.S. Army Talent Management

Web: https://talent.army.mil/

Facebook/Twitter: @USArmy

LinkedIn: @US Army

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Nov 18, 2020
Family Voices: Military Spouse Employment w/ Rosemary Williams
27:00

How does military spouse unemployment become a problem for military readiness? Rosemary Williams, specialist executive, at Deloitte Consulting LLP’S Government & Public Services, joins us today as we discuss the nexus between military spouse employment and military readiness. Learn about the obtainable solutions the Department of Defense and local labor markets can implement to increase military spouse employment opportunities and keep the military strong.

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

  • Guest:
    • Rosemary Williams, Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government & Public Services
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Resources:

 

Deloitte

Web: https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/industries/government-public-services.html

Twitter: @Deloitte

Facebook: @DeloitteUS

LinkedIn: @Deloitte

 

Military Spouse Unemployment Report:

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/public-sector/military-spouse-unemployment.html                                                                                                                

 

Military Spouse Employment Partnership:

https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/

 

MySECO Website:

https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/

Nov 16, 2020
Army Real Talk: Cyber and the Maryland Army National Guard
25:03

How are Guardsmen fulfilling mission requirements for cyber operations? COL Henry of the Maryland Army National Guard joins us today to speak about her experience as a Commander with Task Force 291 and the 110th Information Operations Battalion. She touches on how the National Guard interacts with the Regular Army and also how her civilian job with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory supports her Army work.

 

  • Guest:
    • COL Kristine Henry, Commander, Task Force 291, Maryland Army National Guard
  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA Army Fellow

 

Resources:

 

Maryland National GuardWeb: https://military.maryland.gov/Facebook: @MDGuardTwitter: @MDNG

 

Army National GuardWeb: https://www.nationalguard.com/Facebook/Twitter: @NationalGuard

 

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryWeb: https://www.jhuapl.edu/Facebook/Twitter: @JHUAPL

Nov 09, 2020
Soldier Today: NCO Strategy Update
31:11

What is the Army’s NCO Strategy, why was it developed and how will it look in action? Today we welcome the Command Sergeant Major for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), to give us his take. CSM Daniel Hendrex addresses what the end state looks like for being a fit, well-trained and disciplined NCO, and discusses how the pandemic has affected training.

  • Guest: Command Sergeant Major Daniel T. Hendrex, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Web: https://www.tradoc.army.mil/

Facebook: @USArmyTRADOC

Twitter: @TRADOC

LinkedIn: @US Army TRADOC

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (INCOPD)

Web: About INCOPD

 

United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

Web: About USASMA

 

NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Web: https://www.ncoworldwide.army.mil/

Facebook: @NCOLCoE

Twitter: @NCOL_CoE

LinkedIn: @The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Nov 02, 2020
Thought Leaders: Adaptation Under Fire
24:36

Militaries anticipate what future wars will be like, but always get it wrong to some degree. Adaptability is the answer, according to LTG(R) David Barno and Dr. Nora Bensahel, authors of Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime.

They join us today to discuss what adaptability is and how it can be applied within our military to close the gap between what was planned for and what needs to be done. This is more important than ever since the challenges of the 21st century include increasing strategic uncertainty, operating in new domains like space and cyber, and constant technological change.

  • Guests: Authors of Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime
    • LTG (Retired) David Barno, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
    • Dr. Nora Bensahel, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 

Resources:

 

Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime by LTG (R) David Barno and Dr. Nora BensahelWeb: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/adaptation-under-fire-9780190672058Facebook: @OUPAcademicTwitter: @DWBarno78 @NoraBensahel @OUPAcademic

 

Philip Merrill Center for Strategic StudiesJohn Hopkins School for Advanced International StudiesWeb: https://www.merrillcenter.sais-jhu.edu/Facebook: @SAISStrategicStudiesTwitter: @SAISstrat

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Oct 26, 2020
Special Edition: Military Family Voting
15:54

Many military families are sometimes a bit confused about voting. With the 2020 election less than two weeks away, some might think it is too late to vote, or perhaps that their vote won’t matter. Sarah Streyder, Director of the Secure Families Initiative, joins us today to reinforce why it’s important to vote as a family member and provides steps to ensure your vote counts.

  • Guest:
    • Sarah Streyder, Director, Secure Families Initiative
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Resources:

Secure Families InitiativeWeb: https://securefamiliesinitiative.org/Facebook: @SecureFamiliesTwitter: @Secure_Families

Foreign Policy for AmericaWeb: https://www.fp4america.org/Facebook/Twitter: @FP4America

Federal Voting Assistance ProgramFor Service members, their families and overseas citizensWeb: https://www.fvap.gov/Web: Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

HomeFront RisingWeb: https://www.homefrontrising.org/

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Oct 21, 2020
Family Voices: Optimizing the Health of the Army Family
30:09

Families are not an afterthought, but are key to the overall health and success of the Total Army. Experts from the Army Public Health Center join us today to discuss the findings of their soon-to-be-released report: “The Health of the Army Family: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What’s Next.” The data supports what our Army Families already know from lived experience, and offers concrete recommendations for all touchpoints in the military family lifecycle. The report supports overall readiness since Soldiers with happy, supported families are more likely to be retained.

  • Guests:
    • Laura Mitvalsky, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness at U.S. Army Public Health Center
    • Dr. Matthew Beymer, Principal Epidemiologist at U.S. Army Public Health Center, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA
    • Emily Warren, Program Evaluation Consultant - U.S. Army Public Health Center/ORISE Fellow at Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 (Installations)
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Resources:

 

Army Public Health CenterWeb: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/Web: Health of the Army FamilyFacebook: @ArmyPublicHealthTwitter: @USAPHC

 

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 (Installations), U.S. ArmyWeb: https://dcsg9.army.mil/Facebook: @soldierandfamilyreadinessTwitter: @dcs_g9

 

Army Community Resource GuidesWeb: https://crg.amedd.army.mil/

 

Army Community Services – a suite of family support servicesArmy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)Web: https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/personal-assistanceFacebook/Twitter: @FamilyMWR

 

Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies (JAMRS)U.S. Department of DefenseWeb: https://jamrs.defense.gov/Facebook/Twitter: @DeptofDefense

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Oct 19, 2020
Army Real Talk: AUSA Now Annual Meeting & Expo - Opens Tomorrow! (13-16 October 2020)
11:58

AUSA Now is happening this week! It is our Annual Meeting and Exposition featuring the U.S. Army, but we have taken it virtual for the first time in 2020. LTG(R) Patricia McQuistion, AUSA’s VP for Membership & Meetings, joins us today to discuss the decision to go virtual and to provide a sneak peek at what is in store. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

From 13-16 October, attendees will enter our virtual convention center to network, attend forums focused on the most current U.S. Army issues, and hear from top DoD and Army senior leaders from all major commands. There is something for all Army supporters, including all components, civilians and families.

Register for AUSA Now: https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/

  • Guest:
    • LTG Patricia E. McQuistion, USA Ret., AUSA’s Vice President of Membership & Meetings
  • Host:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs

 

Resources:

AUSA Now Annual Meeting & Exposition13-16 October 2020Web: https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/

Association of the United States ArmyWeb: https://www.ausa.org/Facebook: @AUSA.orgTwitter: @AUSAorgLinkedIn: @Association of the United States Army

Oct 12, 2020
Special Edition: U.S. Army Cyber Command Updates with LTG Fogarty
28:44

How is the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) meeting the demands of the information age? A lot has happened in the 10 years since ARCYBER was formed. LTG Stephen Fogarty, ARCYBER’s Commanding General joins us today to describe their new facility at Fort Gordon, approach to talent management, harnessing the Army’s Total Force, information convergence and more.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Lieutenant General Stephen G. Fogarty, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command
  • Host: General (Retired) Carter F. Ham, AUSA’s President & CEO

Resources:

U.S. Army Cyber CommandWeb: https://www.arcyber.army.mil/Twitter: @arcyberLinkedIn: @U.S. Army Cyber Command

Cyber Defense Review (27 July 2020): Enabling the Army in an Era of Information Warfare

 

Oct 07, 2020
Soldier Today: Strategic Education and Training of our Enlisted Force
39:05

Professional development of the Army’s enlisted force is a top priority, and our guest today, CSM (Ret.) John D. Sparks, has been influential in the advancement of their training and education. He has spent a lifetime serving our country as both a Soldier and as a Department of the Army Civilian in roles that support Soldier education. Today he tells us about his background, including his part in creating the Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (INCOPD) and achieving accreditation for the United States Sergeant Majors Academy. Currently, CSM (Ret.) Sparks serves as Principal Advisor on Strategic Education for the Sergeant Major of the Army.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Command Sergeant Major (Retired) John D. Sparks, Principal Advisor on Strategic Education for the Sergeant Major of the Army
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (INCOPD)Web: About INCOPD

United States Army Sergeants Major AcademyWeb: About USASMA

NCO Leadership Center of ExcellenceWeb: https://www.ncoworldwide.army.mil/Facebook: @NCOLCoETwitter: @NCOL_CoELinkedIn: @The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Sergeant Major of the ArmyWeb: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/Twitter: @16thSMA

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Oct 05, 2020
Thought Leaders: Urban Operations Part 2
39:17

Urban warfare continued. Joining us today are experts in subterranean operations and urban operations, and of recent U.S. and Israeli urban combat experience. They focus on specific tactical challenges and best practices in urban operations.

 

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

  • Guests:  
    • MAJ(R) John W. Spencer, Chair of Urban Warfare Studies, Co-Director, Urban Warfare Project, & Host, Urban Warfare Project podcast, Modern War Institute at West Point
    • Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak, Assistant Professor, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya and Senior Researcher and Head of the International Law Desk, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) 
    • Dr. Jeremiah Rozman, National Security Analyst, Association of the United States Army and Israel Defense Forces veteran

 

  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

 

Modern War Institute

Web: https://mwi.usma.edu/

Facebook: @ModernWarInstitute

Twitter: @WarInstitute

LinkedIn: @Modern War Institute at West Point

Podcast: Urban Warfare Project

 

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Web: https://www.idc.ac.il/en/schools/government

Facebook: @IDC.Herzliya

Twitter: @Idc

LinkedIn: @IDC Herzliya

 

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) 

Web: https://www.ict.org.il/Home

Facbook: @ICT.org.il

Twitter: @ICT_org

LinkedIn: @International Institute for Counter Terrorism

Oct 01, 2020
Thought Leaders: Urban Operations Part 1
32:23

Urban warfare. What should the U.S. Army prepare for? Today we welcome thought leaders on urban operations from the DoD and Army to discuss the strategic importance of urban environments and how the U.S. Army trains, organizes and equips the force for this complex operating environment.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guests:  
    • MAJ(R) John W. Spencer, Chair of Urban Warfare Studies, Co-Director, Urban Warfare Project, & Host, Urban Warfare Project podcast, Modern War Institute at West Point
    • Dr. Russell W. Glenn, Director, Plans and Policy, G-2, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
    • COL(R) Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr., Senior Advisor, DoD National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), co-founder and Director, National Center for Urban Operations, & Senior Mentor, Army Dense Urban Studies Strategic Broadening Seminar 
  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

 

Modern War InstituteWeb: https://mwi.usma.edu/Facebook: @ModernWarInstituteTwitter: @WarInstituteLinkedIn: @Modern War Institute at West PointPodcast: Urban Warfare Project

 

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)Web: https://www.tradoc.army.mil/Facebook: @USArmyTRADOCTwitter: @TRADOCLinkedIn: @US Army TRADOC

 

National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)Web: https://www.nsin.us/Facebook: @NSINusTwitter: @NSIN_usLinkedIn: @NSIN – National Security Innovation Network

 

National Center for Urban OperationsWeb: https://ncuo.net/LinkedIn: @National Center for Urban Operations

Sep 28, 2020
Family Voices: Military Health System Status Update w/ LTG Place & CSM Gragg
41:11

How will COVID-19 impact the Military Health System (MHS) during and after the pandemic? LTG Ron Place and CSM Michael Gragg of the Defense Health Agency join us today to discuss MHS reform initiatives, progress on vaccine research and how enlisted staff are supporting. They provide insight into how NCOs enable readiness at the Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), standardization of Exceptional Family Member healthcare across military services, and TRICARE updates including enrollment requirements for TRICARE Select.

  • Guests:
    • LTG Ronald J. Place, Director, Defense Health Agency
    • CSM Michael L. Gragg, Senior Enlisted Leader, Defense Health Agency
  • Co-Hosts:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness
    • Mark Haaland, AUSA’s Director of Government Affairs

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources:

LTG Place was featured on a previous Army Matters episode:

The Military Health System and the Defense Health AgencyWeb: https://www.health.mil/About-MHS/OASDHA/Defense-Health-AgencyTwitter: @militaryhealth @DoD_DHA @TRICAREFacebook @militaryhealth @DefenseHealthAgency @TRICAREInstagram: @militaryhealth

Nurse Advice Line – 24/7 health care support for TRICARE beneficiariesWeb: https://www.mhsnurseadviceline.com/home

Sep 21, 2020
Special Edition: Veterans Benefits Administration Update - GI Bill, Transition Programs, Home Loans & More
28:59

What resources are available to Veterans? Today, our guest, Margarita Devlin, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits at the VBA, joins us to discuss the GI Bill, VA home loans, and transition programs like Solid Start and Veterans Readiness & Employment (VR&E). She also gives an update on how the VA is handling benefits payments and Veteran engagement during the pandemic.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org

  • Guest: Margarita Devlin, MA, CRC, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • Co-Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • 1SG (Ret) Stephen Canonico, AUSA's Assistant Director of Retired Soldiers, Veterans, and Army Civilian Affairs 

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

 

Resources:

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)Web: https://www.benefits.va.gov/YouTube: Veterans Benefits AdministrationFacebook: @VeteransBenefitsTwitter: @VAVetBenefitsVeterans Benefits Administration Call Center Number: 1(800) 827-1000Education Benefits Number: 1(888)GIBILL-1Regional Loan Center Number: 1(877)827-3702

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)Web: https://www.va.gov/Facebook: @VeteransAffairsTwitter: @DeptVetAffairs

Sep 16, 2020
Army Real Talk: Army Civilian Career Program Management Changes & Black Jack Brigade Farewell Remarks
18:12

Change is afoot for Army Civilian Career Programs. Civilians make up close to 70% of the U.S. Army’s workforce, and these new developments are aimed at improving civilian talent management. Find out the scope and background of what is in store directly from our guest, Barbara Guy, Director of the Career Management Policy Office, DASA-CP, ASA (M&RA).

Plus, CPT William Ibrahim of the Black Jack Brigade shares some farewell remarks as the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, transitions back home. Army Real Talk has been following their deployment to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR), since Sept 2019. Previous episode links are included below.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guests:
    • Barbara C. Guy, Director, Career Management Policy Office, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA(M&RA)), Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civilian Personnel (DASA-CP)
    • CPT William Ibrahim, S9, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army (Black Jack Brigade)
  • Co-Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • 1SG (Ret) Stephen Canonico, AUSA's Assistant Director of Retired Soldiers, Veterans, and Army Civilian Affairs 

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA(M&RA))Web: https://www.army.mil/asamraFacebook: @HQDAMRAG1Twitter: @MRA_G1_PAO

Black Jack BrigadeFacebook: @black.jack.brigade.1cdTwitter: @1stCav2bct The Black Jack Brigade was featured on previous Army Real Talk episodes:

 

Sep 14, 2020
Special Edition: Meet the New Senior Enlisted Leader at U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
25:23

Meet the new senior enlisted leader at U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). CSM John Foley joins us today to discuss his 31+ year career with the Army, including what inspired him to enlist. He also provides an update about the recent Army National Hiring Days, the first virtual hiring campaign by the Army, and a look ahead to Fiscal Year 2021 Army Recruiting.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Command Sergeant Major John W. Foley, Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

Resources:

Army Matters Podcast (24 June 2020): Special Edition: Army National Hiring Days (June 30 – July 2) with CSM Tabitha Gavia, U.S. Army Recruiting CommandU.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)Web: https://recruiting.army.mil/Facebook/Twitter: @USARECAUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Sep 09, 2020
Soldier Today: GEN Martin & SMA Grinston on Suicide, Cohesive Teams and This is My Squad (TIMS)
31:27

Taking care of our people is important during difficult times. Building cohesive teams and tackling suicide within the Army are some of the ways to do that. Today’s discussion with the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff, GEN Martin, and top NCO, SMA Grinston, covers how initiatives like “This is My Squad” (TIMS) and “A Life Worth Living” work together to help leaders at every level address tough issues and build strong teams.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guests:
    • General Joseph M. Martin, 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
    • Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston, 16th Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA)
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

Vice Chief of Staff of the ArmyWeb: https://www.army.mil/leaders/vcsa/Facebook: @VCSA.USArmyTwitter: @VCSA37

Sergeant Major of the ArmyWeb: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/bio/Twitter: @16thSMA

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Sep 07, 2020
Special Edition: How Ike Led
19:27

How did Ike approach challenging decisions to give America peace in Europe and prosperity at home? Author and one of Ike’s four grandchildren, Susan Eisenhower, describes how he strategically led the nation through a transformational time by focusing on fact-based decision-making, envisioning the whole, including causes and consequences, and  holding himself accountable. Pursuing the “Middle Way,” Ike led through pivotal events like D-Day, Little Rock, the Korean War, Cold War crises, Red Scare, and the Missile Gap controversies.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Susan Eisenhower, Author, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

Resources:

How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest DecisionsWeb: https://susaneisenhower.com/Twitter: @eisenhowergroup

Aug 31, 2020
Thought Leaders: Battling Covid-19: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center
23:43

Army engineers are fighting Covid-19 with virtual reality to design and build Alternative Care Facilities and using supercomputers to model predictions of viral spread. Three experts spearheading this vital work from the U.S. Army Engineers Research and Development Center (ERDC), Dr. David Pittman, Dr. Todd Bridges, and Mike Channell, join us today to describe their efforts to defeat the coronavirus and to share insights they have gained for moving forward.

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

  • Guests:  
    • Dr. David W. Pittman, Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) & Director of R&D and Chief Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 
    • Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
    • Mr. Mike Channell, Chief of the Installation Support Division, ERDC Installation Operations Command 

 

  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

 

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)Web: https://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/Facebook/Twitter: @ArmyERDCLinkedIn: @U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)Web: https://www.usace.army.mil/ Facebook/Twitter: @USACEHQLinkedIn: @US Army Corps of Engineers

 

Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD HPCMP)Web: https://www.hpc.mil/

Aug 24, 2020
Special Edition: Army Finance Strategy 2026 (AFS26)
33:07

Curious about the Army Finance Strategy for 2026 (AFS26)? Two top officials from the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller), Mr. Jonathan Moak and LTG Thomas Horlander, join us to describe how the AFS26 supports the Total Army. Find out how the 5 Pillars for Acceleration, core to the AFS26 framework, support the Army’s overall People First strategy. The pillars are: Develop the Workforce, Assign and Align Culture, Build the Bench, Inspire Innovation, and Enhance Communication.

  • Guests:
    • Mr. Jonathan D. Moak, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) 
    • LTG Thomas A. Horlander, Comptroller and Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) 
  • Host: Mr. Mark Haaland, AUSA’s Director of Government Affairs

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources:

Army Financial Management & ComptrollerWeb: https://www.asafm.army.mil/Twitter: @asafmcLinkedIn: @ASA (FM&C)

Aug 19, 2020
Family Voices: Wear Blue: Run to Remember
29:38

How does wearing blue support our Army? Gold Star spouse, Lisa Hallett, started running as a coping mechanism after her husband John was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Other surviving spouses joined her, wearing their fallen service members’ blue PT shirts during their first runs. The support system they built evolved into Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. They run as a living tribute to the fallen, the fighting and the families of the U.S. military. Lisa and her colleague Dave Leach, join us today to discuss the background of the organization, their pivot to virtual races during the pandemic, and how supporters from both military and civilian communities can get involved. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Guests:

  • Lisa Hallett, President & Co-Founder, Wear Blue: Run to Remember
  • Dave Leach, Chief Operations Officer / Director For the Fighting Race, Wear Blue: Run to Remember

 

Host:

  • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

 

Resources:

 

Wear Blue: Run to Remember

 

Army Ten-Miler

Aug 17, 2020
Special Edition: DHA Experts on Immunizations & Pandemic
24:01

Immunizations are key to staying healthy during this unprecedented time, but there are a lot of questions about them. Does my child need immunizations even if school is virtual this Fall? Is it safe to take my child to the doctor during the pandemic? If I social distance and wear a mask, do I still need to get the flu vaccine? Two experts from the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Immunization Healthcare Division, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Ruth Brenner and Ann Morse, MSN, join us today to guide us through common queries, provide immunization resources and describe how the DHA is supporting Operation Warp Speed to provide a coronavirus vaccine to 300M individuals by January 2021. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guests:
    • Lt. Col. (Dr.) Ruth Brenner, USAF, Deputy Chief, Defense Health Agency, Immunization Healthcare Division
    • Ann M Morse MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Immunization Healthcare Division, North-Atlantic Regional Vaccine Safety Hub, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
  • Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.Resources:

DHA Immunization Healthcare DivisionWorldwide Support Center Line: +1-877-438-8222; Option 1. Licensed providers on call 24/7.Email: dodvaccines@mail.milWeb: https://www.health.mil/vaccinesPaper (PDF): Recommendations for Mass Immunization Events During Pandemic ConditionsFacebook: @DHAImmunizationHealthcareTwitter: @dha_ihb

CDC Vaccines & ImmunizationsWeb: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

Military Health SystemWeb: https://www.health.mil/Facebook/Twitter: @militaryhealth

Defense Health AgencyWeb: https://www.health.mil/About-MHS/OASDHA/Defense-Health-AgencyFacebook: @DefenseHealthAgencyTwitter: @DoD_DHALinkedIn: @Defense Health Agency

Aug 12, 2020
Army Real Talk: Army Recruiting and Training with MG(R) Malcolm Frost
32:24

Developing Soldiers as athletes is a top priority. MG(R) Malcolm Frost, former Commanding General, Center for Initial Military Training, TRADOC, joins us today to discuss Army recruiting and training. He explains the background behind the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) in the broader context of the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) program, and its five pillars: physical fitness, physical readiness, mental readiness, spiritual readiness and performance, nutrition and sleep hygiene. The new ACFT tests 11 components that are good predictors of what Soldiers will need to do to prepare for the rigors of the job. It is geared towards changing the culture of fitness within the Army and at increasing physical readiness, when lack of fitness, health and muscular-skeletal injuries were leading to higher undeployable rates. MG Frost discusses the drawbacks to the old Physical Training (PT) approach, and emphasizes that the ACFT is the first big change we are seeing within the Army as part of the H2F program. He suggests that recruiting Soldiers who are also athletes, or developing athletes, will be an elevated priority moving forward. Army hopefuls might worry about the impact COVID-19 could have on recruitment, but MG Frost reminds us that the ACFT can be trained for at home, without special equipment. Additionally, recruiters have shifted to more online hiring sessions due to the pandemic, so potential recruits can meet them in a virtual environment. In a COVID world, we expect to see continued online interaction and continued H2F rollouts supporting our Soldier Athletes.

Additionally, we welcome our new co-host, LTC Brittany Woods, AUSA’s new U.S. Army Fellow, to her first podcast with us. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: MG(R) Malcolm Frost, former Commanding General, Center for Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  • Co-Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Woods, AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

 

Resources:

Center for Initial Military TrainingWeb: https://usacimt.tradoc.army.mil/ACFT Guidance: https://usacimt.tradoc.army.mil/ACFTGuidance.htmlFacebook: @USArmyIMT

 

Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)Web: https://www.army.mil/acft/

 

Mission ReadinessCouncil for a Strong AmericaWeb: https://www.strongnation.org/missionreadinessFacebook: @missionreadinessTwitter: @mission_ready

Aug 10, 2020
Special Edition: DoD Security Cooperation Efforts with LTG Charles Hooper
37:54

What are the DoD’s top priorities in security cooperation and assistance? LTG Charles Hooper, retiring this July from 40 years of service, tells us how the security assistance environment has changed over the past few years, how it fits into the larger U.S. defense strategy, and how the U.S. can effectively compete with China in this area. He also reflects on his time serving at the U.S. Africa Command, and later leading the Office of Defense Cooperation in Egypt before eventually becoming the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
  • Host: General (Retired) Carter F. Ham, AUSA’s President & CEO

Resources:

Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Web: https://www.dsca.mil/

LinkedIn: @Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Aug 03, 2020
Special Edition: SMA Grinston on Loss of SPC Guillen, Race and Diversity, This is My Squad, COVID-19 & ACFT2 Rollout
27:31

Today’s discussion with SMA Grinston covers a broad range of topics that are on the minds of our Soldiers, our leaders and our listeners.  These topics include: The loss of Army SPC Vanessa Guillen, racial inclusion and diversity in the Army, the impact of “This is My Squad,” an update on COVID-19 protection measures, and the new Army Combat Fitness Test 2 rollout. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston, 16th Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA)
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

Sergeant Major of the Army

Web: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/bio/

Twitter: @16thSMA

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Jul 29, 2020
Thought Leaders: The Army and the U.S. Space Force
27:45

How will the new U.S. Space Force (USSF) affect the Army? COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies, interviews LTG(Ret) Richard P. Formica about how the Defense Department should determine which space capabilities should be transferred to the USSF and which space-related capabilities should be retained by their respective service.  LTG Formica calls for a disciplined and thorough process and proposes three principles to guide the way forward to the mutual benefit of all services and combatant commands.

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest:  LTG(Ret) Formica, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, CALIBRE Systems
  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

Resources:

 

AUSA Spotlight: The U.S. Army and the U.S. Space Force

 

United States Space Force (USSF)

Web: https://www.spaceforce.mil/

Facebook: @USSpaceForceDoD

Twitter: @SpaceForceDoD

Jul 27, 2020
Family Voices: COVID-19 Update for Military Families - Vaccines, Safety, Treatment & More
28:00

Everyone’s working hard to get medical measures out there to defeat COVID. What is the Army doing, and how can families stay physically and mentally healthy while we wait for a solution? COL Deydre S. Teyhen, DPT, PhD, OCS, Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), joins us today for an update on the Army’s vaccine effort, emphasizing safety throughout the development process. She describes how academia, industry and government have all come together to fight COVID-19, and how we will defeat it together as a team and as a community. Since mind and body are so intertwined, COL Teyhen also provides tips for relieving COVID-related stress arising from things like social isolation, too much family togetherness, and dealing with our emotions. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org

  • Guest: Colonel Deydre S. Teyhen, Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

Resources:

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)Website: https://www.wrair.army.mil/Facebook: @WRAIROfficialTwitter: @WRAIR

U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (MRDC)Website: https://mrdc.amedd.army.mil/Facebook/Twitter: @USAMRDC

Jul 20, 2020
Army Real Talk: National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial
14:26

Honoring those who served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, a new memorial in Washington, D.C., is planned for 2021. Authorized by Congress for construction, the memorial will create a meaningful and deeply moving experience for visitors as it educates them about the historical significance and accomplishments of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Despite its swift and successful completion, the war took the lives of many service people, and this new space, located downtown on the corner of 23rd and Constitution Avenue, will commemorate them.

Two DS/DS veterans join us today to share their enthusiasm about how the new memorial will honor our troops and connect with the American public. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Cee Freeman, Vice President and Deputy Associate Director of Planning & Design Team, National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial Association 
  • Co-Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • CW3 (Retired) Steve Collins, Branch Chief, Materiel Fielding & Training, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) 

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

National Desert Storm and Desert Shield MemorialWebsite: http://www.ndswm.org/Facebook: @NationalDesertStormWarMemorialTwitter: @DesertStormMeml

Jul 13, 2020
Special Edition: A Conversation on Race and the Army, Podcast Edition
31:42

Americans have elevated the discussion on race following the killing of Mr. George Floyd, and that includes the U.S. Army. Further discussions and the aftermath have revealed that there are still racial injustices seen in the workplace, organizations, as well as within the military. Thereby, AUSA along with the U.S. Army are having needed, yet uncomfortable, conversations in order to gain a better understanding and allow for voices to be heard. We hope that we can learn and grow from one another.

In this special edition episode, a group of former soldiers join us to discuss their experiences with race in the Army, and also touch on how the Department of Defense and the Army are already responding to diversity and racial concerns. This program follows two AUSA webinar events featuring current and retired Army leaders discussing the same topic. Links are included below.

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guests:
    • LTC Frank Turner, USA Retired 
    • LTC Ivery Taylor, USA Retired 
    • MAJ Taunya Ford, USA Retired 
    • 1SG Darrian Gailes, USA Retired 
  •  Host: Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Related AUSA Webinars on YouTube:

Jul 08, 2020
Soldier Today: What CASAs do for Our Army
18:21

CASAs are the connective fiber between the American people and Secretary of the Army. They are also Great Americans. Ken Wong, CASA for Pennsylvania-East, was born and raised in Philadelphia, and joins us today to describe why he became a CASA, and how he liaises with local community leaders to share the Army story.

Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASAs) are business and community leaders appointed by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country. They assist with recruiting, connect with local National Guard and Army Reserve units, serve as a voice for Soldiers and Army Families, and speak at community events about the Army’s message. There are over 100 CASAs throughout the U.S. and its territories, and they all have agreed to serve without salary, wages or related benefits, and are afforded a 3-star protocol status. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Note: This episode was recorded 26 May 2020.

  • Guest: Ken Wong, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Pennsylvania-East and President, CIG Asia Ltd.
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Program

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

Resources:

Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the ArmyWeb: https://casa.army.mil/

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Jul 06, 2020
Special Edition: Herstory, Women Contributing to the Army and Beyond
34:03

Today we honor all the extraordinary women who have served in the U.S. Military. Due to COVID-19, AUSA had to cancel its Women’s History Month program back in March, so we are hosting this Special Edition podcast to highlight the voices of women who have served. Joining us today are two remarkable women who chose Army careers, CW5(R) Phyllis Wilson, President of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, and CSM(R) Donna Brock, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Community Coach for Together With Veterans, and Treasurer for the Army Womens Foundation. They describe what motivated them to join the Army, their accomplishments and challenges, mentorship, and how their military experience has affected their life today. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  •  Guests:
    • Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired) Phyllis Wilson, President, Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial Foundation
    • Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Donna Brock, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Community Coach for Together With Veterans, and Treasurer for the Army Womens Foundation
  • Host: Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial FoundationWeb: https://www.womensmemorial.org/Facebook: @MilitaryWomensMemorialTwitter: @wimsatweets

Army Womens FoundationWeb: https://www.awfdn.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Army-Womens-Foundation-98678409553/Twitter: @usawf

Together With Veterans: Rural Veterans Suicide Prevention ProgramWeb: https://togetherwithveterans.org/Twitter: @TogetherWVets

Jun 29, 2020
Special Edition: Army National Hiring Days (June 30 – July 2) with CSM Tabitha Gavia, U.S. Army Recruiting Command
22:44

The goal is to bring in 10,000 new Soldiers. CSM Tabitha Gavia, the senior enlisted leader at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), shares with us about the upcoming Army National Hiring Days, June 30 – July 2. This is an Army-wide virtual campaign showcasing the U.S. Army’s 150 full-time and part-time career options, training, benefits and education to inspire individuals to consider military service. USAREC’s mission is to recruit America's best and brightest volunteers that are able to deploy, fight, and win. The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is responsible for manning both the Active Army and the U.S. Army Reserve, ensuring security and readiness for our Nation. Recruiting operations are conducted throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and at U.S. facilities in Germany and Asia. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Army National Hiring Days, June 30 – July 2, 2020: www.goarmy.com/hiringdays

Community Partner Outreach Program: https://armystrong.goarmy.com/a/cp.html

  • Guest: Command Sergeant Major Tabitha A. Gavia, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

Army National Hiring Days, June 30 – July 2, 2020: www.goarmy.com/hiringdays

Community Partner Outreach Program: https://armystrong.goarmy.com/a/cp.html

U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)Web: https://recruiting.army.mil/Twitter/Facebook: @USARECLinkedIn: @USAREC-HQ

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Jun 24, 2020
Thought Leaders: Desert Redleg
22:33

How did field artillery lead to victory in Operation Desert Storm? Author COL (Retired) L. Scott Lingamfelter, former executive officer of the 1st Infantry Division Artillery, discusses his new book with us today. He describes how his fellow field artillerymen, known as “redlegs,” decimated enemy defenses and paved the way for the ground assault that defeated Iraqi forces in the First Gulf War. Lingamfelter gives us a boots-on-the-ground perspective on the largest US artillery bombardment since World War II. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: COL(R) L. Scott Lingamfelter, Author, Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 Resources:

Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War by L. Scott LingamfelterWeb: https://www.kentuckypress.com/9780813179209/desert-redleg/Facebook/Twitter: @kentuckypress

Jun 22, 2020
Family Voices: Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions of the U.S. Army with Mrs. Ginger Perkins
18:48

Recently married into the military or have a son or daughter serving? AUSA’s new publication, Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions of the U.S. Army: A Primer for Family Members was created with you in mind! Join author, Ginger Perkins, for a discussion of what drives her passion for military customs. Available June 15 in AUSA’s online book shop, this is a comprehensive reference book aimed at bringing spouses, parents, siblings, extended family members and friends closer to the bigger Army family by explaining their soldier’s world. Perkins, an Army spouse for 38 years, and her husband, retired GEN David Perkins, are now Army parents. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Ginger Perkins, Author, Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions of the United States Army: A Primer for Family Members

Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

Resources:

Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions of the United States Army: A Primer for Family MembersAvailable 15 June 2020AUSA Shop: https://shop.ausa.org/collections/books

Jun 15, 2020
Army Real Talk: Military Spouse J.D. Network
15:49

The Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN) chips away at barriers to legal careers for military spouses. Karen E. Scanlan, Immediate Past President, MSJDN, describes how the organization came into existence as part of her efforts while job seeking as an attorney and military spouse. MSJDN supports military spouses in the legal profession by advocating for licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys; educating the public about the challenges faced by career-minded military spouses and their families; encouraging the hiring of military spouses; and providing a network connecting military spouse attorneys with each other and their supporters. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Karen E. Scanlan, Immediate Past President, Military Spouse J.D. Network
  • Co-hosts: Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs, and Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

Military Spouse J.D. Network Web: https://www.msjdn.org/LinkedIn: @Military Spouse JD NetworkFacebook: @militaryspousejdnetworkTwitter: @milspousejdInstagram: @msjdn

Jun 08, 2020
Special Edition: Multi-Domain Operations + DoD COVID-19 Task Force Update with General Hyten
28:52

What are the keys to keeping America’s Armed Forces moving forward? GEN(R) Carter Ham, AUSA’s President and CEO, interviews Gen. John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the DoD’s COVID-19 response efforts and how the military’s top leaders are modernizing, adapting and preparing the force for multidomain operations. The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation's second-highest-ranking military officer, responsible for overseeing joint military requirements, representing the military in National Security Council deputies meetings, and performing other duties as directed by the chairman. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: General John E. Hyten, United States Air Force, 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

Host: General Carter F. Ham, United States Army, Retired, President & Chief Executive Officer, Association of the United States Army

 

Resources:

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffWeb: https://www.defense.gov/our-story/meet-the-team/vice-chairman-of-the-joint-chiefs-of-staffFacebook/Twitter: @DeptofDefense

Jun 03, 2020
Soldier Today: U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
20:49

Developing NCOs as leaders is at the heart of the newly accredited U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), and its first class graduated June 2019. The academy falls under the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, and the Commandant, CSM Jimmy Sellers, joins us today to tell us how the USASMA began conferring the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Command Sergeant Major Jimmy Sellers, Commandant, The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

The NCO Leadership Center of ExcellenceWeb: https://www.ncolcoe.army.mil/Facebook: @NCOLCoETwitter: @NCOL_CoELinkedIn: @ncol-coe

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Jun 01, 2020
Thought Leaders: Massed Fires, Not Organic Formations – The Case for Returning Field Artillery Battalions to the DivArty
31:27

Bring back the DivArty. COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies, interviews maneuver and fires senior leaders regarding the need for the Army to return control of divisional field artillery battalions to division artillery (DivArty), rather than brigade combat team (BCT), headquarters. They describe how modularity, the force structure change making FA battalions organic to BCTs beginning in 2003, while well-suited for counterinsurgency campaigns, resulted in fire support inadequate for large-scale combat operations against peer competitors.  With the increasing need to converge fires and effects across multiple domains, the centralized control of fires that a DivArty headquarters can provide is essential to the joint force massing effects on an expanding and lethal battlefield.  While counterintuitive to some, they make a compelling case that fire support to BCTs will be significantly enhanced by this initiative. 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guests:

  • GEN (Ret) James Thurman, former Commander, United Nations Command R.O.K., U.S. Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK)
  • LTG (Ret) Sean MacFarland, former Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  • LTG (Ret) David Halverson, former Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM)
  • COL (Ret) Dr. David Johnson, Principal Researcher, RAND Corporation

Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

Resources:

AUSA Spotlight: Massed Fires, Not Organic Formations: The Case for Returning Field Artillery Battalions to the DivArty 

Dr. David Johnson, RAND Corporation Web: https://www.rand.org/about/people/j/johnson_david_e.html Twitter: @DaveJohnsonDC

May 25, 2020
Family Voices: Army Families & COVID-19 with Mrs. Maria McConville
29:31

There’s no one correct way to be an Army Spouse. Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness, interviews Mrs. Maria McConville, spouse of the Chief of Staff of the Army James C. McConville. They discuss how Army families are coping with COVID-19, touching on pain points such as separations, child care, PCS moves, employment, and military children’s mental health. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Maria McConville, spouse of Chief of Staff of the Army James C. McConville

Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

Resources:

Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) Web: https://www.army.mil/leaders/csa/Facebook: @USArmyChiefofStaffTwitter: @ArmyChiefStaff

Tutor.com - Free for MilitaryWeb: https://military.tutor.com/home

Military OneSourceWeb: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

National GeographicWeb: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/

May 18, 2020
Special Edition: No Time for Spectators with GEN(R) Martin Dempsey
29:13

Build stronger relationships based on mutual leader-follower expectations. Today, GEN(R) Carter Ham, AUSA’s President & CEO, interviews GEN(R) Martin Dempsey about his new book No Time for Spectators, released 12 May 2020, which delves into leader-follower dynamics. In addition to thoughts on leadership in the time of COVID-19 uncertainty, the two discuss important lessons including: disagreement does not equal disloyalty, the value of followers who exhibit responsible rebelliousness, and embracing moments of surprising clarity. GEN(R) Dempsey is a bestselling author and speaker, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and one of TIME's 100 Most Influential Leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: General (Retired) Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Author, No Time for Spectators

Host: General (Retired) Carter F. Ham, President & Chief Executive Officer, Association of the United States Army

Resources:

No Time for Spectators by GEN (R) Martin DempseyWeb: https://www.generaldempsey.com/Twitter: @Martin_DempseyLinkedIn: @Martin E. Dempsey

May 13, 2020
Army Real Talk: Meet the New Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the CSA
25:05

Sugar and spice. That’s CW5 Yolondria Dixon-Carter’s leadership style. In this special episode of Army Real Talk, guest host CW4 (Retired) Jack Du Teil, executive director of the United States Army Warrant Officers Association, shines a light on the combat leadership and technical experience supporting CW5 Dixon-Carter’s recent selection as the senior warrant officer advisor to the chief of staff of the Army (SWOA-CSA). She is the first woman to hold the position. In this role, CW5 Dixon-Carter will chair the Army Warrant Officer Council, advise the Army Chief of Staff James McConville, and continue in her duties as his assistant executive officer. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: CW5 Yolondria S. Dixon-Carter, Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army (SWOA-CSA) & Assistant Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Army
  • Guest Host: CW4 (Retired) Jack Du Teil, Executive Director, United States Army Warrant Officers Association & President, The Military Coalition

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) Web: https://www.army.mil/leaders/csa/Facebook: @USArmyChiefofStaff @SWOA2CSATwitter: @ArmyChiefStaff @SWOA2CSA

United States Army Warrant Officers AssociationWeb: https://usawoa.org/Facebook @USAWOA Twitter: @usawoa_social 

The Military CoalitionWeb: http://www.themilitarycoalition.org/

May 11, 2020
Soldier Today: Stop Movement Order with SMA Grinston
22:36

Some Soldiers are in limbo due to the Stop Movement Order related to COVID-19. SMA Grinston, the Army’s top non-commissioned officer (NCO), describes the situation. He also focuses on the Army’s PREVENT/DETECT/TREAT response to the virus, touching on testing, masks, social distancing and stay at home orders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston, 16th Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA)

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

Sergeant Major of the ArmyWeb: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/bio/Twitter: @16thSMA

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

May 04, 2020
Special Edition: U.S. Forces Korea & COVID-19
29:44

How has COVID-19 affected the overseas force in Korea? Command Sergeant Majors from the Eighth Army and U.S. Forces Korea discuss their new normal in the wake of the coronavirus with SMA(R) Dan Dailey. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Note: Recorded 14 April 2020.

Guests:

  • Command Sergeant Major Jason Schmidt, Command Sergeant Major, Eighth Army, United States Army
  • Command Sergeant Major Walter Tagalicud, Command Sergeant Major, United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

United States Forces KoreaWeb: https://www.usfk.mil/ Facebook: @myusfk Twitter: @usforceskorea

Eighth ArmyWeb: https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/site/Facebook: @Eighth.Army.KoreaTwitter: @EighthArmyKorea

Apr 29, 2020
Thought Leaders: The Blackhorse in Vietnam
18:41

How did Blackhorse troopers overcome the Vietnamese enemy, jungle terrain and weather from 1966 to 1972. Donald Snedeker, a second-generation Blackhorse trooper, joins us to discuss how the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment proved the value of armored forces against an insurgency as they faced the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army for more than five years. Snedeker served as the speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Admiral William Crowe and General Colin Powell) from 1989 to 1990, and currently serves as the historian for the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Upcoming Event: (Tentative) 22 July Lemnitzer Lecture – Blackhorse in Vietnam w/ Donald Snedeker

Guest: Donald Snedeker, Author, The Blackhorse in Vietnam: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966-1972 

Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 

Resources:

The Blackhorse in Vietnam: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966-1972 by Donald SnedekerWeb: https://www.casematepublishers.com/the-blackhorse-in-vietnam.htmlFacebook/Twitter: @casematepub

Apr 27, 2020
Special Edition: Army Reserve & COVID-19 - Battle Assemblies, Financial Relief and More
20:15

What is the COVID-19 impact on the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)? With regular “battle assemblies” temporarily suspended, Soldiers can still be paid for command approved and verified time spent on readiness, physical fitness and online training. CSM Ted Copeland of the Army Reserve discusses this, financial relief, career progression and more with SMA(R) Dan Dailey. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Command Sergeant Major Ted L. Copeland, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

U.S. Army ReserveWeb: https://www.usar.army.mil/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @USArmyReserve 

Army Emergency ReliefWeb: https://www.aerhq.orgTwitter/Facebook: @aerhq20 January Army Matters episode: Army Emergency Relief

Apr 22, 2020
Family Voices: AFI Army Spouse of the Year
17:53

Military Spouses build community wherever they go, and Yvonne Coombs embodies this as the 2020 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year. She joins us today to describe the critical role her military family took in 2019 as they supported her family through life-threatening medical diagnoses combined with her husband’s accelerated deployment. Yvonne also tells us about co-founding Operation Deploy Your Dress, a non-profit organization that helps military families develop relationships, and have fun, by making formal events affordable. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Yvonne Coombs, 2020 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year and co-founder, Operation Deploy Your Dress

Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

Resources:

Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY)Web: https://msoy.afi.org/Facebook: @militaryspouseoftheyearTwitter: @MilSpoOfTheyear

Operation Deploy Your DressWeb: https://operationdeployyourdress.org/Facebook: @operationdeployyourdressTwitter: @ODYD2017

Apr 20, 2020
Special Edition: Army National Guard’s COVID-19 Response
32:07

How has the Army National Guard (ARNG) mobilized during the COVID-19 emergency? ARNG is assisting state and local agencies in a time of national emergency, adjusting pre-deployment training for its global force, and balancing readiness with responding to the community. They are also focused on keeping ARNG careers on track. 

CSM John Sampa of the Army National Guard discusses these and more with SMA(R) Dan Dailey. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Command Sergeant Major John F. Sampa, Command Sergeant Major, Army National Guard

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

Army National GuardWeb: https://www.nationalguard.com/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @nationalguard

Apr 15, 2020
Army Real Talk: Spirit of America & Black Jack Brigade COVID Update
22:35

Spirit of America is a non-profit working with U.S. troops and diplomats to identify and fill local needs around the world, when and where needed. Their all-veteran team operates in over 70 countries to “build local leaders’ trust, make a child happy, a village secure, or a region stable to bring our troops closer to peace and home.” We cap off this episode with an update from AUSA’s adopted deployed unit, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, also known as the Black Jack Brigade, on their current deployment to Europe and their COVID-19 response plan.

The Black Jack Brigade was featured on our 9 September 2019 episode. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

  • Guest: Jim Hake, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Spirit of America
  • Co-hosts: Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs, and LTC Eugene Irby, AUSA’s Army Fellow

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

Spirit of America Web: https://spiritofamerica.org/Facebook/Twitter: @spiritamerica 

Black Jack BrigadeFacebook @black.jack.brigade.1cd Twitter: @1stCav2bct 

The Black Jack Brigade was featured on Army Real Talk episode 9 September 2019: Life of a Deploying Unit: Adoption of the Black Jack Brigade

Apr 13, 2020
Special Edition: G-4 Soldier Updates on AGSU, PCS app, ACFT & More
33:09

What’s the latest with rollouts for Army Greens (AGSU), a new PCS app, and Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)? SGM Edward Bell of the G-4 discusses these and more with SMA(R) Dan Dailey. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Note: This episode was recorded prior to the COVID escalation, and some of the initiatives discussed might shift to the right on the implementation timeline given priority requirements for the COVID response.

Guest: Sergeant Major Edward A. Bell, Sergeant Major, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:U.S. Army G-4  | LogisticsWeb: https://www.army.mil/g-4Facebook: @armylogistics

Apr 08, 2020
Soldier Today: SMA Grinston on Soldiers & Coronavirus
23:22

How is COVID-19 affecting Soldiers? SMA Grinston, the Army’s top non-commissioned officer (NCO), describes how the Army’s Medical Research Labs are working on a vaccine, the courageous work of Army medical providers, and efforts to balance killing the virus with maintaining readiness and protecting the force. SMA Grinston covers PCS (Permanent Change of Station) changes, including interrupted moves and financial hardship related to COVID-19, and reminds everyone to stay fit and healthy at home. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Notes:1) ALARACT (All Army Action): Click here to view the 3/30 ALARACT message regarding COVID-19 hardships2) 20 January Army Matters episode: Army Emergency Relief

Guest: Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston, 16th Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA)

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

Resources:

Army Emergency ReliefWeb: https://www.aerhq.orgTwitter/Facebook: @aerhq20 January Army Matters episode: Army Emergency Relief

Sergeant Major of the ArmyWeb: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/bio/Twitter: @16thSMA

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Apr 06, 2020
Special Edition: Under Secretary McPherson on COVID-19, Recruiting, Budget & Army Families
23:05

What is the Army doing about COVID-19? Newly sworn-in Under Secretary of the Army James E. McPherson joins General Carter Ham of AUSA to discuss the Army’s response to the coronavirus. They also cover the Secretary’s thoughts on recruiting, budget and taking care of Army families. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Note: This interview was recorded Monday, 30 March 2020.

Guest: The Honorable James E. McPherson, Under Secretary of the Army

Host: General (Retired) Carter F. Ham, AUSA’s President & CEO

 

Resources:Under Secretary of the ArmyWeb: https://www.army.mil/leaders/usa/Facebook/Twitter: @UnderSecArmy

Apr 01, 2020
Special Edition: Arlington National Cemetery Eligibility Changes
27:31

Will changes at Arlington National Cemetery affect your family? Senior leadership updates us on changes in eligibility requirements, how they took veteran feedback into account, and what burial options are available nation-wide at our National Military Cemeteries. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Note: Since the recording of this episode, the Arlington National Cemetery has expanded to 639 acres. Additionally, please visit their website (https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/) for COVID-19 information affecting funerals and visitors.

Guests:

  • Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director, Office of Army Cemeteries
  • Ms. Renea Yates, Deputy Superintendent for Interment Services, Arlington National Cemetery
  • Sergeant Major Juan Abreu, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Army National Military Cemeteries

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

Resources:

Arlington National CemeteryWeb: https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Facebook/Twitter: @ArlingtonNatl

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier ProgramsWeb: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiersTwitter: @15thSMA

Mar 30, 2020
Thought Leaders: Bloody Okinawa
19:33

An 82-day slugfest in Okinawa marked the final major battle in World War II. Joseph Wheelan joins us to discuss the tragic human cost of the fight, which ultimately persuaded US leaders to use the atomic bomb rather than invade the Japanese mainland. Wheelan is the author of nine previous books, including the highly acclaimed Terrible Swift Sword and Midnight in the Pacific. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Joseph Wheelan, Author, Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II

Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 

Resources:

Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II by Joseph Wheelan

Web: https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/joseph-wheelan/bloody-okinawa/9780306903212/

Facebook/Twitter: @HachetteUS

Mar 23, 2020
Family Voices: Military Spouse Health and Wellness
26:43

Military Spouses give up careers, move a lot and more. What helps them develop resilience in the face of these challenges? Today, we hear from Evie King, an Army spouse and advocate for the health and wellness of military spouses. Her organization, InDependent, hosts a virtual annual Wellness Summit, offers an online community for military spouses, and addresses important health topics like alcohol consumption. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Evie King, Executive Director, InDependent

Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

Resources:

InDependent

Web: https://in-dependent.org/

Wellness Summit: https://in-dependent.org/wellness-summit

Facebook: @independentorg1

Mar 16, 2020
Army Real Talk: Our Community Salutes & Military Basketball Association Update
14:54

Our Community Salutes celebrates high school enlistees and their commitment to military service. Dr. Ken Hartman describes how his non-profit helps communities recognize, honor and support high school seniors who plan to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services after graduation. In other community news, the Military Basketball Association (MBA) announces their 3-day Finals tournament will be held 8-10 May at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The MBA was featured on our 9 December 2019 podcast episode. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Guest: Dr. Ken Hartman, Founder and President, Our Community Salutes

Co-hosts: Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs, and LTC Eugene Irby, AUSA’s Army Fellow

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation.

Resources:

Our Community Salutes

Web: https://www.ourcommunitysalutes.org/

Facebook: @OurCommunitySalutes

Twitter: @drkenhartman  #OurCommunitySalutes

 

Military Basketball Association (MBA)

Web: https://www.facebook.com/militarybasketballassociation

Facebook: @militarybasketballassociation

The MBA was featured on Army Real Talk episode 9 December 2019: Empowerment – Outlets for Coping with TBI, PTSD, Injuries, etc.

Mar 09, 2020
Special Edition: Military Health System Changes & Coronavirus Update
35:04

How might changes to the Military Health System affect you and your family? How can we be smart, not fearful, about the coronavirus? LTG Ronald Place, the DoD’s senior military medical leader, updates us on maintaining access to high quality care while transitioning retirees and family members to the TRICARE network, and also provides an update on keeping the force healthy as the coronavirus comes to the United States. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Guest: LTG Ronald J. Place, Director, Defense Health Agency

 

Co-Hosts: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness & Mark Haaland, AUSA’s Director of Government Affairs

 

Resources:

The Military Health System and the Defense Health Agency

Web: https://www.health.mil/About-MHS/OASDHA/Defense-Health-Agency

Twitter: @militaryhealth @DoD_DHA @TRICARE

Facebook @militaryhealth @DefenseHealthAgency @TRICARE

Instagram: @militaryhealth

 

Nurse Advice Line – 24/7 health care support for TRICARE beneficiaries

https://www.mhsnurseadviceline.com/home

Mar 04, 2020
Soldier Today: What's in the Future for Futures Command?
16:44

Why do we need Army Futures Command (AFC)? CSM Michael Crosby, the top non-commissioned officer (NCO) at AFC, describes it as the bellybutton of the Army acquisition process with a special emphasis on Soldier Centered Design.

 

Guest: Command Sergeant Major Michael A. Crosby, Command Sergeant Major, Army Futures Command

 

Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

Army Futures Command

Web: https://www.army.mil/futures  

Facebook/Twitter: @ArmyFutures

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs website: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Mar 02, 2020
Thought Leaders: Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for the U.S. Army
34:17

Equipping Soldiers with AI doesn’t mean computers are in charge. BG Matt Easley, Director of the U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force, explains the military implications of AI and how the Army is organized to leverage the opportunities that it presents. He explains AI’s integral role supporting the Army’s top priorities including Modernization, Multi-Domain Operations, and Talent Management. He also addresses the tight linkage between the Army’s AI Strategy and the Army’s Data and Cloud Migration Strategies as well as the ethical implications of integrating AI into modern warfare. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Guest: BG Matt Easley, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Army Futures Command

 

Host: COL(R) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

Army Futures Command

Web: https://www.army.mil/futures

Facebook/Twitter: @ArmyFutures

 

U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force

Web: https://armyfuturescommand.com/aitf/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-army-artificial-intelligence-task-force/

Twitter: @army_aitf

Feb 24, 2020
Special Edition: FY2021 Budget Request with LTG Horlander
24:55

The threat environment is more complex than ever. Find out how the Army’s fiscal year 2021 budget request addresses this new atmosphere directly from LTG Thomas Horlander, the Army’s senior financial management officer. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Guest: LTG Thomas A. Horlander, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller)

 

Host: Mark Haaland, AUSA’s Director of Government Affairs

 

Resources:

Army Financial Management and Comptroller

Web: https://www.asafm.army.mil/

Twitter: @asafmc

Feb 19, 2020
Family Voices: The Journey to a PhD: One Military Spouse’s Experience
24:47

Military spouses learn quickly that the road to professional credentials and employment is never a straight line. Today we speak to Dr. Belinda Hernandez and learn about the many sacrifices made on her journey towards her PhD. In addition, Dr. Hernandez shares insights from preliminary findings on a study she is conducting for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation which examines the impact on children that live in a home where a caregiver parent cares for a wounded, ill, or injured servicemember. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Guest: Dr. Belinda Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

 

Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.

 

Resources:

 

Dr. Belinda Hernandez, UTHealth

Email: UTMCHS@uth.tmc.edu

Twitter: @DrBelHernandez

 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @UTexasSPH

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/ut-school-of-public-health

Web: https://sph.uth.edu/

 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Facebook/Instagram: @MyUTHealth

Twitter: @UTHealth

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/uthouston/

Web: https://www.uth.edu/

Feb 17, 2020
Army Real Talk: Total Army
31:01

Co-hosts Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs, and LTC Eugene Irby, AUSA’s Army Fellow, interview individuals representing the Total Army to highlight the array of different positions and people that make up our Total Force. This includes representatives from the Active and Reserve Components, National Guard, Department of the Army (DA) Civilians and Family Members.

 

  • Active Component: LTC Eugene Irby, U.S. Army Fellow, Association of the United States Army
  • DA Civilian/National Guard: Ms. Erin Thede, CSA Senior Fellow, Institute for Defense Analyses; served in a civilian capacity with the Army National Guard (former U.S. Marine)
  • Reserve Component: CSM Robert “Todd” Priest, (former U.S. Marine) later enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Family Member: Mrs. Josie Beets, Army spouse & lawyer

 

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

U.S. Army Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Call: 1-83-DEPLOY-ME (1-833-375-6963)

 

CSM Robert Priest

Facebook: @CSMPriest @108thTrainingCommand @95thTrainingDivision @98thTrainingDivision @104thDivision @108thDSRecruiting

Instagram: @108_tc @98th_Training_Division

 

Mrs. Josie Beets

Website: missionlicense.com

Twitter: @JosieBeets @MissionLicense

Facebook: @missionlicense

Feb 10, 2020
Soldier Today: What’s New with the SMA?
26:05

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston discusses hot topics with host Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs. They cover the “This is My Squad” initiative, quality of life in the barracks, encouraging Soldiers to take the ACFT and the rollout of the new Army Greens uniform.

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

Sergeant Major of the Army: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/

Twitter (Grinston): @16thSMA

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs website: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

Feb 03, 2020
Thought Leaders – Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc
22:36

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with authors James McLeroy and Gregory Sanders about their book Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc. The authors combine their experience as Vietnam veterans with their work as military historians to provide a personal perspective to one of the least known and most misunderstood battles of the Vietnam conflict. As part of the Mini-Tet of May 1968, two regiments of the North Vietnamese Army attacked the US Army Special Forces camp at Kham Duc near the Laos border. The NVA were looking for a major propaganda coup on the eve of the Paris peace talks, but instead they suffered massive casualties.

 

Web: https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/Military-Review/MR-Book-Reviews/July-2019/Book-Review-004/

 

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Jan 27, 2020
Family Voices: Army Emergency Relief
26:39

Lieutenant General (Retired) Raymond V. Mason, Director of Army Emergency Relief (AER) joins AUSA hosts Patty Barron, Director, Family Readiness, and Nzinga Curry, Director, Education & Programs, to discuss AER programs. Since 1942, AER has distributed $2 billion to nearly three million Soldiers and their families. The organization is helping improve readiness within the Army by making sure Soldiers' families are taken care of financially, and today LTG(R) Mason announces a new category of assistance which will help active duty soldiers, retired soldiers, and spouses with child care costs. In 2017, LTG(R) Mason became the ninth director at AER, following a 35-year career in the United States Army and a subsequent position as the Chief Operating Officer of VT Systems in Alexandria, VA.

 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

Army Emergency Relief: https://www.aerhq.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aerhq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AERHQ/

@AERHQ

Jan 20, 2020
Army Real Talk: Collab with Soldier For Life
22:17

LTC Robin Johnson from Soldier for Life teams up with Nzinga A. Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs, and 1SG (Retired) Steve Canonico, AUSA’s Assistant Director for Retired Soldiers, Veterans and DA Civilians Affairs, to discuss how both organizations support our Soldiers. Robin is also a host of The U.S. Army Soldier For Life Podcast which shares information about education, employment and health & wellness resources available to Soldiers, Veterans, and their families. Subscribe to their podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and find their other content using the links in the show notes below.

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources:

Soldier For Life on the web: https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Soldier/

Soldier For Life Podcast: http://usarmysoldierforlife.libsyn.com/

Facebook: @csasoldierforlife

Twitter/Instagram: @csasoldier4life

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-army-soldier-for-life/

Jan 13, 2020
Soldier Today: Changing of the Guard
39:03

There are changes ahead for AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs as we welcome incoming Vice President, 15th Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, to the helm. He interviews outgoing Vice President, 13th Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Kenneth O. Preston, in this episode reflecting on his accomplishments with the Army and AUSA, thoughts on leadership, and future plans. SMA(R) Preston will continue to serve as an AUSA Senior Fellow.

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs website: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter: @15thSMA @SMAPrestonAUSA

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Jan 06, 2020
Special Edition: Year in Review & 2020 Preview
17:44

AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast has had a great first year! Hosts from our four segments, Soldier Today, Army Real Talk, Family Voices and Thought Leaders, get together to talk about 2019 highlights and what to expect in 2020. We will keep bringing you relevant discussions to help you know more about your Army. This episode features Troy Welch, Director of NCO & Soldier Programs, Nzinga Curry, Director of Education & Programs, Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness, and Joe Craig, Director of the Book Program.

 

Recommendations for future special editions of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Dec 30, 2019
Thought Leaders – George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
21:34

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with author David L. Roll about his new book George Marshall: Defender of the Republic. The biography fully explores George Catlett Marshall’s career to restore his legacy as “America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman since George Washington.”

 

David L. Roll is the author of The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler (Oxford) and the coauthor of Louis Johnson and the Arming of America (Indiana University Press), a biography of Harry Truman’s defense secretary. He is Senior Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington DC-based international law firm, Nonresident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world.

 

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Web: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/533722/george-marshall-by-david-l-roll/

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Dec 23, 2019
Family Voices: Grow With Google
14:01

Host Patty Barron, Director for AUSA’s Family Readiness, interviews 1LT Michael St. Germain, Marketing Manager, Grow with Google – Veterans, and Platoon Leader and Pilot, UH-60A/L, in the U. S. Army Reserve. Grow With Google provides free training, tools and resources to help individuals grow their skills, career or business, and Michael works specifically with Veterans and Military Families making the transition to civilian life. Grow With Google offers military-specific services including the ability to match a military occupation code to similar civilian jobs, search work from home job opportunities, and receive assistance with resume updates. They have also partnered with organizations that can provide capital and mentorship to help the Veteran community succeed in startups.

 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Grow With Google-Veterans and Military Families: https://grow.google/programs/veterans-commitment

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Dec 16, 2019
Army Real Talk: Empowerment-Outlets for Coping with TBI, PTSD, Injuries, etc.
34:00

Co-hosts Nzinga A. Curry, Director of AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, and LTC Eugene Irby, AUSA's U.S. Army Fellow, interview guests from the Military Basketball Association (MBA) and Operation Song – two nonprofit organizations helping Veterans build resilience. From MBA, we are joined by MAJ Michael R. Meyers II, MBA Commissioner and Rear Detachment Commander, 4th Security Forces Assistance Brigade at Fort Carson, and COL Doug Harris, USA Ret., AUSA Pikes Peak Chapter President. The MBA provides volunteer basketball coaches and players and seeks to promote the military athlete with top teams from across the nation competing in an annual tournament held in April. From Operation Song, Bob Regan, Founder and Executive Director, describes how music allows Veterans and active duty military to share their stories through songwriting, helping them process seemingly random and chaotic events and emotions.

 

Resources mentioned:

 

MBA: https://www.facebook.com/militarybasketballassociation

Facebook: @militarybasketballassociation

 

Operation Song: http://www.operationsong.org/

Twitter: @operationsong

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Dec 09, 2019
Soldier Today: Expert Soldier Badge
21:53

The 16th Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Michael A. Grinston joins host SMA (Retired) Ken Preston, VP, NCO & Soldier Programs, AUSA, to discuss the new Expert Soldier Badge which came about as part of TRADOC’s NCO 2020 strategy. Developed to measure expertise in warrior tasks and drills, the badge defines Soldier proficiency in a quantifiable way and builds pride in the profession. The first badges were awarded to 11 Soldiers during AUSA’s 2019 Annual Meeting this October in Washington, D.C. They excelled in 30 warrior tasks including land navigation, a twelve-mile foot march and the Army Combat Fitness Test.

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

16th SMA Web: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/

Twitter: @16thSMA

Instagram: @16th_sma

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Dec 02, 2019
Thought Leaders: Hunting the Caliphate
34:07

Colonel Daniel Roper, U.S. Army retired, host of Thought Leaders, interviews Major General Dana J.H. Pittard, U.S. Army retired, and Master Sergeant Wes J. Bryant, U.S. Air Force retired, authors of Hunting the Caliphate: America’s War on ISIS and the Dawn of the Strike Cell. Called the definitive book on the war against ISIS, this is a vivid, first-person account from two vastly differing but converging perspectives. Pittard, who retired from the Army in 2015 after 34 years of service, served multiple combat tours in Iraq and the Middle East, and in 2014 led the initial U.S. response to stop the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq. Bryant retired from the Air Force in 2018 as a master sergeant. In 2014, he was the tactical lead for a contingent of special operations Joint Terminal Attack Controllers to first set foot in Iraq to stop ISIS.

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources mentioned:

 

Book Website: https://www.huntingthecaliphate.com/

Twitter: @DanaPittard @WesJBryant

Facebook: @HuntingtheCaliphateBook @danajhpittard915 @danapittard @wesjbryant

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Nov 25, 2019
Family Voices: Amy Bushatz - Military Reporter, Army Spouse & Caregiver
22:35

Host Patty Barron, Director for AUSA’s Family Readiness, interviews Amy Bushatz, Executive Editor, Military.com. Amy is an active-duty Army spouse turned Army National Guard spouse, a fitness junky and a longtime fan of AUSA. She shares how being an Army spouse and caregiver contributed to her career as a reporter covering the military community. Her husband’s dangerous deployment to southern Afghanistan, where he experienced multiple IEDs, close mortar strikes and brain injury, changed everything about her outlook on life and the world. Their story is captured as part of a new documentary, “Sky Blossom - Growing up a Caregiver” produced by Richard Lui of MSNBC in collaboration with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and others. It will be released in Spring 2020.

 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Military.com: https://www.military.com/

Twitter: @AmyBushatz @MilitaryDotCom @RichardLui @DoleFoundation

Facebook: @AmyDBushatz @Militarydotcom @rlui @HiddenHeroesEDF

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Nov 18, 2019
Army Real Talk: Financial Management
44:24

Co-hosts Nzinga A. Curry, Director of AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, and LTC Eugene Irby, AUSA's U.S. Army Fellow, discuss Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) options and establishing good financial management practices with guests COL(R) Steven Galing, Relationship Manager at AAFMAA Wealth Management & Trust (AWMT) and COL(R) Mark Troutman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Strategic Education International. Listen for ways to improve your financial well-being related to retirement, home ownership, emergency fund, college savings and more. Naturally AUSA is proud to celebrate Veterans Day, as we honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. So, a special thank you to COL(R) Galing and COL(R) Troutman for their Army service. Hooah!

 

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources Mentioned

Thrift Savings Plan: www.tsp.gov

Military Compensation: www.militarypay.defense.gov

AAFMAA: https://www.aafmaa.com/

Find a Certified Financial Planner (CFP): www.letsmakeaplan.org

West Financial Services: www.westfinancial.com

Financial Disclaimer:

  1. Any opinions shared by either Colonel Galing or Colonel Troutman are theirs, alone, and do not constitute the official position of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army or the Association of the U.S. Army.
  2. This podcast is not intended to serve as a basis for providing individual personal financial advice.  If you are seeking individual personal financial advice, please utilize the numerous military options such as, but not limited to, military one source, your local office of Army Community Services, and many Chaplain Offices provide financial management advice as well. Of course, another option is to seek out individual financial advice from a personal financial management expert.  

 Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Nov 11, 2019
Soldier Today: Meet Your New SMA
31:33

The 16th Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Michael A. Grinston joins host SMA (Retired) Ken Preston, VP, NCO & Soldier Programs, AUSA, giving us insight into his personality, leadership style and people-first goals for his time as the Army’s top NCO. They cover the Army Combat Fitness Test, building squad pride, measuring Soldier lethality, improving nutrition at DFAC and making sure Soldiers and their families have a great place to live. Plan for hands-on leadership; this family-man even ran the Army Ten-Miler with his wife this October.

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

16th SMA Web: https://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/

Army Combat Fitness Test: https://www.army.mil/acft/

Twitter: @16thSMA

Instagram: @16th_sma

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Nov 04, 2019
Thought Leaders: Four Hours of Fury
24:07

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with author James M. Fenelon about his book Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II’s Largest Airborne Invasion and the Final Push into Nazi Germany. It follows the 17th Airborne Division as they prepare for Operation Varsity, a campaign that would rival Normandy in scale and become one of the most successful and important of the war. It is a captivating, action-packed tale of heroism and triumph spotlighting one of World War II’s most under-chronicled and dangerous operations. Fenelon, a paratrooper-turned-historian, served in the military for over a decade, is a regular contributor to World War II magazine and has been published in Britain’s FlyPast magazine. His knowledge of military history also makes him a sought after technical advisor for video games, screenplays, and documentary creation.

 

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources:

Web: https://www.jamesfenelon.com/

Twitter: @jamesfenelon

Facebook: @jamesmfenelon

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Oct 28, 2019
Family Voices: Military Childrens Collaborative Group
11:47

Guest host Thea Green, Program Manager for AUSA’s Family Readiness, welcomes Debbie Nichols, Founder & CEO of the Military Childrens Collaborative Group (MCCG). Debbie shares how she became involved with the military children’s community via her own daughter’s deployment, and how she established MCCG as a support system for children impacted by deployment. One of MCCG’s recent projects is the launch of the MilTeenChat app, designed to help military teens gain coping skills, socially connect with other military teens, offer peer-to-peer support, and empower them with information they can share with those unfamiliar with a military lifestyle.

 

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources Mentioned for Military Childrens Collaborative Group:

Website: https://militarychildrenscollaborativegroup.org/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/military-childrens-collaborative-group/

Facebook: @MilitaryChildrensCollaborativeGroup

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Oct 21, 2019
Army Real Talk: Talent Management Part 2
21:52

Host Nzinga A. Curry, Director of the Institute of Land Warfare at AUSA, along with co-host LTC Eugene Irby, AUSA's U.S. Army Fellow, revisit the topic of Talent Management as a follow-up to Army Matters' 23 September interview with MG JP McGee on the topic. A group of Army Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF) experts, LTC Lucas Hightower, LTC Cayton Johnson, MAJ Greg Lockhart and MAJ Maria Hough, provide a deep dive into talent management initiatives, including assessments like the GRE, brevet and merit-based promotions, the Battalion Commanders Assessment Pilot (BCAP), and the new Army Talent Management Process (ATAP).

Talent Management Part 1 with MG JP McGee, Director, ATMTF: https://podcast.ausa.org/e/thought-leaders-talent-management-part-1/

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources MentionedArmy Talent Management: https://talent.army.mil/

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Oct 14, 2019
Soldier Today: Counseling and Mentoring
24:58

Co-hosts Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Ken Preston and Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Troy Welch, both of AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs, discuss how aspiring leaders can become effective mentors. They cover defining your mentorship style, sharing information and being open to learning from others who have the hands-on experience needed – no matter their age or rank. Practical advice on developing a mentor/mentee relationship, career planning, and work/home life balance round out the conversation.

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org

SMA(R) Preston Book Recommendation: Hero of Bataan: The Story of General Jonathan M. Wainright by Duane Schultz

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Oct 07, 2019
Special Edition: Multi-Domain Operations – Joint and Allied Integration
28:01

Colonel (Retired) Daniel Roper, host of this special edition of Army Matters, interviews LTG Eric Wesley, Deputy Commanding General, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), United States Army Futures Command (AFC). They discuss how the Army is undergoing its most fundamental change in 40 years in response to the re-emergence of long-term strategic competition with Russia and China. The Army’s December 2018 operations concept, “The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028,” describes how the U.S. Army, with its Joint and Allied partners, will compete with and if necessary fight and defeat its adversaries. LTG Wesley describes how the US military and its allies will overcome the problem of layered standoff and anti-access area denial (A2AD) capabilities by: competing below the threshold of armed conflict; penetrating and dis-integrating enemy stand-off; exploiting the resultant freedom of maneuver; and returning to competition on favorable terms.  He also discusses the U.S. Army’s expectations of its joint and allied partners with respect to MDO, particularly focusing on how to best leverage unique allied capabilities both in competition and conflict.  

 

Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources mentioned:

Army Futures and Concepts Center: https://futuresconcepts.army.mil/

Social Media:

@EricWesleyArmy

@AdaptingtheArmy

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Sep 30, 2019
Thought Leaders: Talent Management Part 1
27:09

Colonel (Retired) Daniel Roper, host of Thought Leaders, interviews MG JP McGee, Director of the Army Talent Management Task Force. Their discussion addresses the security environment characterized by the 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy and its implications for how the Army must manage its most important asset – its people. MG McGee describes the profound changes the Army is making to its industrial-age personnel system to best leverage the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and preferences of its officers and its noncommissioned officers. This initiative is foundational to the everything that the Army is doing in terms of modernization including Multi-Domain Operations, Army Futures Command, and Talent Management. Ultimately, Talent Management will give the U.S. Army a decisive advantage against near-peer adversaries by maximizing the potential of its people. 

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources mentioned:

Army Talent Management: https://talent.army.mil/

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Sep 23, 2019
Family Voices: Alcoholics Anonymous: A Military Journey to Sobriety
28:02

Host Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness at AUSA, speaks with George W., a retired U.S. Army officer and A.A. member. He serves on the Alcoholics Anonymous trustees' Committee for Cooperation with the Professional Community, where he works to carry the A.A. message to the armed forces and veterans communities. George shares his personal story, explains the steps to help a loved one dealing with alcohol addiction and specifically focuses on how service members can find help with A.A.

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

 

Resources mentioned:

Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/

Al-Anon – Support For Family and Friends

Web: https://al-anon.org/

Facebook: @AlAnonFamilyGroupsWSO

Twitter: @AlAnon_WSO

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/al-anon-wso/

 

Check out our other AUSA podcast, Membership Matters: http://memberpodcast.ausa.org/

Sep 16, 2019
Army Real Talk: Life of a Deploying Unit: Adoption of the Black Jack Brigade
18:55

Host Nzinga A. Curry, Director of the Institute of Land Warfare at AUSA, along with guest co-host Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness at AUSA, sat down at Fort Hood with a few members of the Black Jack Brigade to discuss their upcoming deployment to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR). Our guests were COL Jeremy Wilson, 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, CSM Kevin Schuller, 1st Battalion 5th Calvary Regiment Command Sergeant Major, and Mrs. Amie Yazzie, spouse of the Brigade Command Sergeant Major. They provided insight on the brigade’s #1 priority – Readiness – which includes four pillars: Personnel, Training, Sustainment and Soldiers & Family. AUSA’s visit to Fort Hood is the result of AUSA adopting the 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division with the goal of providing a supporting relationship before, during and after their deployment.

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Black Jack Brigade Social Media

Facebook @black.jack.brigade.1cdTwitter: @1stCav2bct 

Sep 09, 2019
Soldier Today: Standards and Discipline
23:56

Co-hosts Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Ken Preston and Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Troy Welch, both of AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs, tackle how standards inform discipline to make the U.S. Army the world’s premiere fighting force. To grow leaders in the Army, we first teach them with standards – what to think – and later introduce discipline – how to think. Commanders decide the standards, and NCOs enforce them, showing a commitment to policies and procedures that keeps Soldiers alive and mission-focused.

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Sep 02, 2019
Thought Leaders: Blood, Guts, and Grease
27:49

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with author Jon Mikolashek about his new book Blood, Guts, and Grease: George S. Patton in World War I. This early-career biography illuminates how Patton organized and trained the US Army’s first tank brigade, then led it into battle in the Great War. It also shows how his early experiences as a tank commander laid the groundwork for the success of the entire US Army armored forces in World War II.

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

13 NOV 2019: ILW Lemnitzer Lecture & Book Signing with Jon Mikolashek

https://www.ausa.org/events/ilw-lemnitzer-lecture-mikolashek

Aug 26, 2019
Family Voices: UCLA’s FOCUS: Resilience Training for Military Families
18:39

Host Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness at AUSA, speaks with Kelly Skala, LPC, Model Supervisor from FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress). The FOCUS program provides resilience training designed to assist military families and couples with transitions by building upon their existing strengths to enhance the family unit as a whole. Free to all active duty, reserve and guard military families, this preventative service includes 6-8 sessions that are fun, interactive and personalized. Sessions can be held in person or using a hybrid option to overcome geographical hurdles.

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources mentioned:

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)

Social: @focusresiliencytraining

Email: telefocus@focusproject.org or info@focusproject.org

Web: https://www.focusproject.org/

FOCUS on the Go! (App): https://focusproject.org/mobile-app

FOCUS World (Online Game): https://focusproject.org/focus-world

Aug 19, 2019
Army Real Talk: The Other Side of the Army
46:06

Soldiers are always ready for battle, but their daily jobs are not always combat oriented. Co-hosts Nzinga Curry, Director, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, and MAJ Brad Cooper, Army Fellow, interview three Soldiers with out-of-the-box Army jobs. CPT Allison Brager serves as a neuroscientist researching sleep and is also a member of the elite Army Warrior Fitness Team. SGT Joseph Hampton dives as part of the Army’s select Dive Program which, among other missions, searches for Soldiers killed in action (KIA) or missing in action (MIA) from previous wars. SFC Christopher Jones recruits gamers to join the Army esports team, emphasizing that yes, Soldiers can stream internet in their barracks room. The common thread is their heart for selfless service combined with fulfilling careers.

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources mentioned:

Try out for Army esportsdiscord.gg/usarmyesports

Aug 12, 2019
Soldier Today: Your Questions Answered: NCO Evaluation System Part 2
17:08

During this highly anticipated follow-up episode, the Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Daniel A. Dailey answers listener questions about the new centralized NCO evaluation system as it moves from time-based to merit-based promotions, with host SMA (Retired) Ken Preston, Vice President, NCO & Soldier Programs, AUSA. Emphasizing respect and fairness built into the new system, the SMA responds to questions such as: Does advance training provide an advantage in the selection process? Can a Soldier be disadvantaged by being in a particular job already? What if raters show favoritism to their buddies?

Listen to Part 1 here: 6 May Soldier Today: New Centralized NCO Evaluation System

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Aug 05, 2019
Special Edition: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Education
23:19

To combat some of the “invisible wounds” of the current war, LTG Nadja West, 44th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General of Army Medical Command, joins podcast host Nzinga Curry, Director, Institute of Land Warfare, AUSA, to talk about Soldiers and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). LTG West brings along two esteemed subject matter experts from the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General: LTC Dennis Sarmiento, Director Behavioral Health, and Dr. Charles Hoge, Psychiatrist and Senior Scientist. Together, they define PTSD, describe the Army’s system of care, and share industry standards and empirical research the Army developed. The Army is committed to reducing the negative effects of PTSD by addressing mental health and working to help Soldiers seek, and receive, the care they need.

Recommendations for future special editions of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Twitter@ArmyMedicine @LTGWest @CSMMEDCOM @USArmy @USArmyReserve @NationalGuard @MilHealth

Facebook@OfficialArmyMedicine

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialArmyMedicine/

Jul 29, 2019
Thought Leaders: War Animals
27:31

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with author Robin Hutton about her new book War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II. She tells the inspiring true stories of the recipients of the PDSA Dicken Medal, the highest award an animal can receive for gallantry and bravery on the battlefield. It also includes stories of other military animals whose acts of heroism had been largely forgotten.

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources Mentioned:

War Animalshttps://waranimals.org/

Jul 22, 2019
Family Voices: Military Family Financial Readiness
26:04

Host Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness at AUSA, speaks with Angela Cabán, 2014 National Guard Spouse of the Year, Founder of Homefront United Network, and current Program Director for Military Saves, Consumer Federation of America. Angela shares her family’s personal story of bankruptcy and how they overcame their debt. She maps out the vital steps to seeking financial help, and emphasizes the importance of the military spouse support network in helping families reach their goals.

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources mentioned:

Military Saves, Consumer Federation of Americawww.militarysaves.orgFacebook & Twitter: @MilitarySaves

 

Homefront United NetworkFacebook: @HomefrontUnitedNetworkTwitter: @HomefrontUnited

 

USAA Educational Foundationhttps://usaaef.org/

 

FindLegalHelp.orghttps://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/flh-home/

Jul 15, 2019
Army Real Talk: Debunking “Barracks Lawyer” Myths
36:35

Today we debunk common legal myths with officers from the Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General. Co-hosts Nzinga Curry, Director, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, and MAJ Brad Cooper, Army Fellow, interview LTC Megan Wakefield, Chief, Strategic Communications Office, and LTC Adam Kazin, Criminal Law Division, about the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), military punishments, corrective training, different types of Army discharges, court martials, and more.

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Social Media Handle:@goarmyjag

Disclaimers:

  1. Any opinions shared by either LTC Wakefield or LTC Kazin are theirs, alone, and do not constitute the official position of the Department of Defense or the Army.
  2. This podcast is not intended to serve as legal advice.  If you are seeking legal advice as a member of the command, you should contact your local Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.  If you are in need of personal legal advice, you can contact your local Trial Defense Services office. 
Jul 08, 2019
Soldier Today: Summer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Moves
18:10

The Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Daniel A. Dailey discusses resources to assist with the summer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with host SMA (Retired) Ken Preston, VP, NCO & Soldier Programs, AUSA. Have you received your orders to move duty stations? Join the discussion on changing duty stations, learn about the initiatives the Army has taken to ease the summer surge, and ways to make the move for your family more efficient.

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Resources mentioned:Defense Personal Property System (DPS): www.move.mil Customer Service 24 Hour Hotline: 1 (833) MIL-MOVEInternational Auto Logistics: www.pcsmypov.com Phone number: 855-389-9499

Jul 01, 2019
Thought Leaders: The British Are Coming
23:55

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson about his new book The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. In this first volume of a new trilogy, Atkinson turns his attention from World War II to tell the story of the initial years of the American Revolution. After initial successes, the ragged Continental Army experiences a series of setbacks in the latter half of 1776. George Washington uses his political skills and force of will to supply his men and keep them in the field. With the new nation’s future in the balance, Washington seizes an opportunity and personally leads his troops to their first dramatic victories in the war for independence. Rick Atkinson is the author of several books, including the best-selling Liberation Trilogy, and worked as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post. Born in Munich, Germany, he is the son of a U.S. Army officer and grew up on military posts.

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Jun 24, 2019
Family Voices: MyArmyBenefits
18:28

Host Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness at AUSA, speaks with Chelsea Ortiz, Program Manager for MyArmyBenefits, the Army’s official benefits information website. They discuss transferring GI Bill benefits, the Yellow Ribbon Program, managing divorce and TRICARE, and much more.

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.MyArmyBenefits Links

Official Site: https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/

GI Bill: https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Benefit-Library/Federal-Benefits/Post-9/11-GI-Bill

Yellow Ribbon Program: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp

Divorce and TRICARE: https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/News/How-Does-Divorce-Affect-Your-TRICARE-Benefit

Follow MyArmyBenefits on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/myarmybenefits/

Jun 17, 2019
Army Real Talk: Telling our Soldiers’ Stories – National Museum of the U.S. Army (Opening in 2020)
25:29

To celebrate the Army’s 244th birthday this week, we learn about the NEW National Museum of the U.S. Army, targeted to open in 2020 at Ft. Belvoir, VA. Co-hosts Nzinga Curry, Director, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, and MAJ Brad Cooper, Army Fellow, interview special guests LTG Roger Schultz, USA-Ret., President, Army Historical Foundation and Ms. Tammy E. Call, Director, National Museum of the U.S. Army. The museum is an immersive experience that tells our Soldiers’ stories in all eras, through their own voices. With over 750,000 projected visitors, the museum will offer a touchpoint for young citizens considering Army careers and will generate excitement and inspiration for anyone seeking to serve in their communities. One featured area of the museum is the Experiential Learning Center and its G-STEM (Geography, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) exhibit, offering kids a chance to play in Fort Discover while other visitors learn Soldier skills from the simulators and games in the Training Center. Another highlight is the Army & Society exhibit, covering things we enjoy as citizens that started as Army requirements. Kiosks with Registries honoring Army Soldiers, civilians and animals will be spread throughout the museum. Be sure to add your stories to the Registries and then look them up when you visit.

Army Real Talk, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to help AUSA and the Army better connect with the younger generation. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Army Historical Foundation

https://armyhistory.org/

The U.S. Army Registries – Honoring Army Soldiers, Civilians and Animals

https://armyhistory.org/the-registries/

https://armyhistory.org/the-registries/

Jun 10, 2019
Soldier Today: Leading By Example
20:07

Co-hosts Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Ken Preston and Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Troy Welch, both of AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs, discuss what it means to lead by example for emerging leaders and young professionals. Operating within a band of excellence applies to all aspects of life, on- and off-duty, when setting an example for your Soldiers. The goal is to take that piece of the Army you’re responsible for and make it better than it was before you got there.

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

Jun 03, 2019
Thought Leaders: The Green Berets in the Land of a Million Elephants
20:04

Host Joe Craig, Director of AUSA’s Book Program, speaks with author Joseph Celeski about his new book The Green Berets in the Land of a Million Elephants: U.S. Army Special Warfare and the Secret War in Laos 1959-74. The Green Berets' service in Laos was the first strategic challenge since its formation in 1952, and proved one of the first major applications of special warfare doctrine. Clouded in secrecy until the 1990s, this story is comprehensively told for the first time using official archival documents and interviews with veterans. Joseph Celeski served for thirty years in the U.S. Army, twenty-three of them in Special Forces, and has published several works on special forces and counterinsurgency.

Thought Leaders, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, brings in-depth conversations with authors of military books and senior leaders. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

May 27, 2019
Family Voices: Rolling Along with the Army
14:29

In honor of Military Spouses, Family Voices host Patty Barron, interviews Angie Dickinson, the spouse of LTG James Dickinson, about a song she wrote, Rolling Along with the Army. The first line of the song provides an idea of what to expect: “Rolling along with the Army, we keep the flag unfurled, standing with Soldier for peace around the world.” This uplifting tribute honors military spouses around the world, raising their families and supporting their Soldiers as part of the Army community.

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

May 20, 2019