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Army Real Talk: Project Inclusion

Army Real Talk: Project Inclusion

June 14, 2021

Today marks the U.S. Army's 246th birthday! LTG Gary Brito, DCS G-1 and Mr. Anselm Beach joins us to highlight how far our Army has come and its commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive force. Listen as they discuss the Army's work to build a culture of trust and inclusion. Learn about the progress the Army has made through efforts such as Project Inclusion, the People First Task Force, and Your Voice Matters listening tour. To learn more about Army G-1 and their efforts follow them at the social media platforms listed below. 

 

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  • Guests: 

    • LTG Gary Brito, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1
    • Mr. Anslem Beach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army – Equity Inclusion Agency

 

  • Hosts: 

    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs 
    • LTG (R) Patricia McQuistion, AUSA Senior Fellow

    

Resources: 

Army G-1

Web: http://www.army.mil/G-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HQDAMRAG1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MRA_G1_PAO

Soldier Today: Texas National Guard – Texans Serving Texans

Soldier Today: Texas National Guard – Texans Serving Texans

June 7, 2021

The Texas National Guard is made up of community members – Texans serving Texans. SMA(R) Dailey interviews CSM Jason D. Featherston, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Texas Army National Guard. They discuss the makeup of the Texas National Guard and how its civilian soldiers respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more—all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.

  • Guest: CSM Jason D. Featherston, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Texas Army National Guard
  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

Resources:

Texas Military Department
Web: https://tmd.texas.gov/

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

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Special Edition: Korea Defense Veterans Association – Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance

Special Edition: Korea Defense Veterans Association – Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance

May 31, 2021

This Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives, including the 36,574 U.S. Soldiers who died in the Korean War.  COL(R) Steve Lee of Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA) joins AUSA’s CSM(R) Troy Welch to highlight KDVA’s role as a connector and convener for anyone who wants to support the Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. Alliance, one of the United States’ closest allies in that region of the world.

 

With the motto “Together for the ROK-U.S. Alliance,” KDVA is the only professional organization whose sole purpose is to enhance, support, and advocate for the ROK-U.S. Alliance and our Veterans. 1.8 Million U.S. troops fought in the Korean War and 3.3 Million have served in Korea since the 1953 signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Membership with KDVA is free and includes professional networking, mentoring, volunteering, and researching opportunities.

 

  • Guest: COL (Ret) Steve Lee, Senior Vice President of Operations, Korea Defense Veterans Association

 

  • Host: CSM (Ret) Troy Welch, AUSA’s Director for NCO and Soldier Programs and Board Member, Korea Defense Veterans Association

 

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.

 

Resources:

 

Korea Defense Veterans Associations
Web: https://kdva.vet/

 

Korea-US Alliance Foundation
Web: http://kusaf.org/

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial – Wall of Remembrance
Web: https://koreanwarvetsmemorial.org/wall-of-remembrance/

 

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

 

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Thought Leaders: Eagle Down

Thought Leaders: Eagle Down

May 24, 2021

For years, the war in Afghanistan has been fought almost exclusively by US Special Forces. Author Jessica Donati joins AUSA’s Joe Craig to discuss her book, Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War, which delves into the lives of the Green Berets and other operators on the frontlines against the Taliban and the Islamic State group. Donati covers foreign affairs and national security for The Wall Street Journal in Washington. She joined WSJ as the bureau chief in Afghanistan, and previously worked for Reuters in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She was part of the team that reported on the war in Libya, working on a series chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2012.

 

  • Guest: Jessica Donati, National Security Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, and Author of Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War

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

 

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.

 

Resources:

PublicAffairs:
Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War

 

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Special Edition: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Special Edition: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

May 19, 2021

LTG Scott Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S.  Army Chief of Engineers joins us to educate our listeners on how far reaching the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) support and expertise spans across the world. Learn about their various missions, cutting-edge projects from the engineers and research mission area, and how the Corps will continue to provide engineering support for emergency operations – COVID-19 pandemic and natural disaster response efforts. For more information on US Army Corps of Engineers check out the resource section below.

 

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  • Guest: LTG Scott A. Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S.  Army Chief of Engineers

 

  • Hosts: 

        Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Education & Programs Director

        LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA’s Army Fellow

  

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.  

  

Resources: 

US Army Corps of Engineers

Web: http://www.usace.army.mil/

 

Social Media Handles:

FB: @USACEHQ

Twitter: @USACEHQ

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/us-army-corps-of-engineers/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CORPSCONNECTION

Family Voices: Volunteers & Military Spouse Appreciation

Family Voices: Volunteers & Military Spouse Appreciation

May 17, 2021

 A simple thank you goes a long way. Today, the spouses of two Army senior leaders, Maria McConville and Alexandra Grinston, join Holly Dailey, AUSA’s new Director of Family Readiness, to show gratitude to our military families for their volunteerism and contributions. Additionally, two Army subject matter experts share tips on how to include volunteer experience on your resume, and how to track your volunteer hours in the new, improved Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) at www.armyfamilywebportal.com.  

 

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  • Guests: 
    Maria McConville, Spouse of the Chief of Staff of the Army
    Alexandra Grinston, Spouse of the Sergeant Major of the Army
    Teresa Briley, Director, Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel, U.S. Army
    Steve Yearwood, Program Analyst, Soldier and Family Readiness, ODCS G-9, U.S. Army

 

  • Host: 
    Holly Dailey, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness 

  

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.  

  

Resources: 

 

U.S. Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9, Installations 

Website: https://dcsg9.army.mil/  

 

U.S. Army, Office of the Army G-1, Personnel 

Website: https://www.army.mil/g-1  

 

Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) 

www.armyfamilywebportal.com  

 

Military OneSource 

Website: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/  

Special Edition: Army National Hiring Days

Special Edition: Army National Hiring Days

May 12, 2021

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) kicked off a large recruiting effort, Army National Hiring Days campaign taking place 10 May – 14 June 2021. GEN Paul Funk II, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command joins us to share the importance of this campaign and serving our nation. He also provides updates on how TRADOC is implementing the People First initiative across the enterprise through the new Army Fitness initiative, Leadership Professional Development programs, and the upcoming Cadet Summer Training for ROTC cadets. For more information on TRADOC initiatives please check the resource section below.  

 

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  • Guest: GEN Paul E. Funk II, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

 

 

  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

   

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.  

  

Resources: 

Army National Hiring Days

Web: www.GoArmy.com/hiringdays

Web: www.army.mil

 

Social Media Pages

Facebook & Twitter:

@GoArmy

@USArmyTRADOC

@ArmyROTC

@USAREC

@nationalguard

 

Instagram:

@goarmy

 

  

 

Army Real Talk: Adopt-A-Unit SFAB Series Pt. 2

Army Real Talk: Adopt-A-Unit SFAB Series Pt. 2

May 10, 2021

AUSA has adopted two Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB)— 3RD SFAB and 5TH SFAB. Our Adopt-A-Unit series continues with 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) sharing their mission and unique role after their recent return from Afghanistan. Joining us to provide insight as they prepare for their next mission is 3rd SFAB command team, COL Michael Trotter, and CSM James Light and 1st Battalion leadership team – LTC Brendan Gallagher, CSM Andrew Whittingham, and SGM Gilmer. They describe how their team supports CENTCOM and highlights the importance of interoperability to integrating and supporting ongoing operations. Learn about the creative ways they have maintained readiness and stayed connected with their families in a COVID environment. To learn more about the SFAB organization follow them at the social media platforms listed below. 

 

Host:  

o   LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow 

 

Guests: 

o   COL Michael Trotter, Commander, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade

o   CSM James Light, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade

o   LTC Brendan Gallagher, Commander, 1st Battalion, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade 

o   CSM Andrew Whittingham, 1st Battalion, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade

o   SGM Jacob Gilmer, Operations Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade 

  

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.

 

Resources: 

 

3rd SFAB Social Media Platforms:

 

FB:
facebook.com/3sfab

facebook.com/1st-BN-3rd-SFAB-139497760334159

facebook.com/ArmySFAC

facebook.com/SFABRecruiting

 

IG:

Instagram.com/3rdsfab

Instagram.com/ArmySFAC

Instagram.com/sfab_recruiting

 

Twitter:

Twitter.com/3rdSFAB

Twitter.com/armysfac

 

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Special Edition: What’s New with SMA Grinston

Special Edition: What’s New with SMA Grinston

May 5, 2021

What’s new with the SMA? The Army’s top NCO, SMA Michael Grinston, joins AUSA’s SMA (Ret) Dan Dailey to discuss sexual assault and harassment prevention, financial literacy in the Army, enlisted promotions, the Army Combat Fitness Test and the service’s COVID-19 response

  • Guest: SMA Michael Grinston, Sergeant Major of the Army

  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

This episode is brought to you by GEICO.

 

Resources:

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

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.

Soldier Today: Updates from the Pennsylvania National Guard with CSM Jon Worley

Soldier Today: Updates from the Pennsylvania National Guard with CSM Jon Worley

May 3, 2021

The Pennsylvania National Guard serves community, commonwealth and country in peacetime and during national emergencies. SMA(R) Dailey interviews CSM Jon B. Worley, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Pennsylvania National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. They discuss the history of the PA National Guard including its origins as the Pennsylvania militia 270 years ago, its current makeup, their response to anomalies like COVID, riots, domestic disturbance, and the assault on the capital, and what they do for the U.S. and Pennsylvania when not responding to emergencies.

  • Guest: CSM Jon B. Worley, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Pennsylvania National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel 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.

 

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Resources:

Pennsylvania National Guard
Web: https://www.pa.ng.mil/

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.

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