AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
Thought Leaders: Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Thought Leaders: Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

January 25, 2021

Challenging the myths and lies of the Confederate legacy, BG(R) Ty Seidule, author of Robert E. Lee and Me, joins us today to discuss his new book. Seidule is the Chamberlain Fellow at Hamilton College and is also a Fellow, International Security at New America. Additionally, he is Professor Emeritus of History at West Point where he taught for two decades. Seidule served in the U.S. Army for thirty-six years.

  • Guest: BG(R) Ty Seidule, author of Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

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Family Voices: Soldiers’ Angels

Family Voices: Soldiers’ Angels

January 18, 2021

"May no soldier go unloved, May no soldier walk alone, May no soldier be forgotten, Until they all come home." Amy Palmer, president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels, join us to discuss how this national non-profit organization is devoted to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s servicemembers, wounded troops, veterans, and their families. Palmer shares why she joined the organization and how the organization has pivoted to continue to support of all the branches of the services. The organization has provided care packages for deployed servicemembers, provided resources to veterans at the VA hospital, and providing adaptive technology for wounded troops. In spite of the pandemic, volunteers helped to adopt 1400 families through their Adopt A Family Program during the holiday season. Amy Palmer will share how Soldiers’ Angels plans to continue their efforts in 2021 and how others can join as a way of thanking our military and their families for their service.

 

  • Guest:
    • Amy Palmer, President and CEO, Soldiers’ Angels

 

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

Resources:

Soldiers’ Angels

Web: https://soldiersangels.org/

 

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Army Real Talk: Army Support to North Dakota COVID-19 Response

Army Real Talk: Army Support to North Dakota COVID-19 Response

January 11, 2021

Learn how Task Force 46 and the North Dakota National Guard are working together to support their largest and longest domestic response in the history of the North Dakota National Guard. Join the discussion as our guests highlight how their joint efforts have been integral in helping in the fight to beat COVID-19. COL Schauer, Director of Military Support of the North Dakota National Guard, shares the mission and the response planning in the enduring mission against the virus. 2LT Kathleen Alejandro, Registered Nurse, Task Force Center praises the local hospitals and officials on how their teamwork has helped to navigate the unique challenges of the pandemic. LTC Brian Martinus, Chaplain, Task Force Center emphasizes the importance placed on behavioral health and religious support in order to maintain the moral of the task force and the success of the mission.

  • Guests:

    • U.S. Army: LTC Brian Martinus, Chaplain, Task Force Center (46th Military Police Command), U.S. Army North
    • U.S. Air Force: COL Tad Schauer, Director of Military Support, North Dakota National Guard
    • U.S. Air Force: 2ND LT Kathleen Alejandro, Registered Nurse, Task Force Center (Sourced from U.S. Air Force’s 96th Medical Support Group)
  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA Army Fellow

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Soldier Today: Meet AMC’s New CSM Alberto Delgado

Soldier Today: Meet AMC’s New CSM Alberto Delgado

January 4, 2021

Meet the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC)’s NEW Command Sergeant Major. In this role, CSM Alberto Delgado serves as the Commanding General’s personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, primarily focused on the quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families across the command as well as the training of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps and Soldiers. He joins AUSA’s own CSM (Ret) Troy Welch, to discuss why he loves the Army, including his career, squad and some advice for junior leaders rising in the ranks.

 

  • Guest: CSM Alberto Delgado, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC)
  • Host: CSM (Ret) Troy Welch, AUSA’s Director 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 Materiel Command

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

Facebook: @ArmyMaterielCommand

Twitter: @ArmyMateriel

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

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

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

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Thought Leaders: Headhunter

Thought Leaders: Headhunter

December 28, 2020

Headhunter is a story of the War on Terror from the perspective of the U.S. Army’s first airborne reconnaissance squadron. Author Peter Svoboda joins us today to discuss how the 400 paratroopers of the 5-73 CAV, a new unit in the 82nd Airborne Division, were hand-selected by the Army. They pursued various terrorist factions including Al Qaeda, and were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for launching the Turki Bowl campaign from November 2006 to January 2007 against insurgent groups in Diyala Province, Iraq. Based on dozens of interviews conducted by the author, the narrative describes the danger of combat, the loss of comrades and the struggles of returning from a deployment. The voice of the families left behind are also included, describing the challenges they faced, including the ultimate challenge--grappling with the death of a loved one. 

  • Guest: Peter Svoboda, author of Headhunter: 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 Resources:

Headhunter: 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley
by Peter C. Svoboda
Web: https://www.casematepublishers.com/headhunter.html
Facebook/Twitter: @CasematePub

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Family Voices: Embracing the Spirit of Volunteerism w/ AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year

Family Voices: Embracing the Spirit of Volunteerism w/ AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year

December 21, 2020

Learn how military families are embracing the spirit of volunteerism from AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year – The Raines Family. Mrs. Brittany Raines, joins us today as she shares how her entire family has embraced the spirit of giving, being selected as AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year, and ways to give back. Learn about how military families have contributed to over 1 million acts of kindness through devoting their efforts to Giving Tuesday Military. Mrs. Raines reminds us to hunt the good and embrace everything that is in front of us.

  • Guest:
    • Mrs. Brittany Raines, Recipient of AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year
  • Host:
    •  Thea Green, AUSA’s Program Manager of Family Readiness

 

Resources:

 

Giving Tuesday

Web: https://www.givingtuesdaymilitary.com/

 

Operation Home Front

Web: https://operationhomefront.org/

 

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Army Real Talk: Hello Hosts from the Past w/ LTC Irby & MAJ Cooper

Army Real Talk: Hello Hosts from the Past w/ LTC Irby & MAJ Cooper

December 14, 2020

Catch up with former Army Real Talk co-hosts as we discuss the Army training budget and Talent Management Task Force assessment programs. LTC Eugene Irby and MAJ Bradley Cooper, join us today as they provide insight on their new responsibilities and reflect on their favorite episodes. LTC Irby shares how he is assisting with the management of the Army’s enterprise training budget of 30 billion dollars to ensure efficient training for our soldiers and the success of the Total Army. MAJ Cooper provides an update on the Army Talent Management Task Force implementation of the updated assignment process and evaluation programs for officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. Together they share about the Battalion Commander Assessment Program and how this effort supports the Army’s number one priority, People.

  • Guests:
    • LTC Eugene Irby, Budget Officer,G-3/5/7, U.S. Army
    • MAJ Bradley Cooper, Army Talent Management Task Force, U.S. Army
  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA's U.S. Army Fellow

 

Resources:

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

 

AUSA Writing Program
https://www.ausa.org/ausa-writing-program

 

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Soldier Today: Meet AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow

Soldier Today: Meet AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow

December 7, 2020

Meet AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow: LTC Brittany (Woods) Lloyd. The military police officer will talk about why she joined the Army, her assignments and experiences as a woman in the Army, and the Army Fellows Program. 

  • Guest: LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow
  • Host: CSM (Ret) Troy Welch, AUSA’s Director 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:

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs
Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers
Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

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Special Edition: Team Ignite - Bringing Together Futures Expertise in Different Domains

Special Edition: Team Ignite - Bringing Together Futures Expertise in Different Domains

November 30, 2020

Team Ignite is creatively linking science and concepts to change the Army’s approach to modernization.  Dr. Jean Vettel and COL Stephanie Ahern of Army Futures Command describe how Team Ignite is “cultivating a culture of connection” between soldiers, scientists, and other technology experts to modernize the force.  Using 2035 as a focal point, Team Ignite is integrating expertise from technical, conceptual, threat and operational domains to imagine “what could be” and catalyzing action to develop the future Army.

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  • Guests:  

    • COL Stephanie Ahern, Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC)
    • Dr. Jean Vettel, Chief Scientist, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)
  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

AFC Futures and Concepts Center
Web: https://fcc.army.mil/
Facebook/Twitter: @AdaptingTheArmy

Army Futures Command
Web: https://www.army.mil/futures
Facebook/Twitter: @ArmyFutures
LinkedIn: @Army Futures Command

Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare

Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare

November 23, 2020

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

 

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