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Soldier Today: U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)

Soldier Today: U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)

June 1, 2020

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 Excellence
Web: https://www.ncolcoe.army.mil/
Facebook: @NCOLCoE
Twitter: @NCOL_CoE
LinkedIn: @ncol-coe

 

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

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

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

May 25, 2020

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

Family Voices: Army Families & COVID-19 with Mrs. Maria McConville

Family Voices: Army Families & COVID-19 with Mrs. Maria McConville

May 18, 2020

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: @USArmyChiefofStaff
Twitter: @ArmyChiefStaff

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

Military OneSource
Web: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

National Geographic
Web: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Special Edition: No Time for Spectators with GEN(R) Martin Dempsey

Special Edition: No Time for Spectators with GEN(R) Martin Dempsey

May 13, 2020

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 Dempsey
Web: https://www.generaldempsey.com/
Twitter: @Martin_Dempsey
LinkedIn: @Martin E. Dempsey

Army Real Talk: Meet the New Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the CSA

Army Real Talk: Meet the New Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the CSA

May 11, 2020

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 @SWOA2CSA
Twitter: @ArmyChiefStaff @SWOA2CSA

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

The Military Coalition
Web: http://www.themilitarycoalition.org/

Soldier Today: Stop Movement Order with SMA Grinston

Soldier Today: Stop Movement Order with SMA Grinston

May 4, 2020

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 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

Special Edition: U.S. Forces Korea & COVID-19

Special Edition: U.S. Forces Korea & COVID-19

April 29, 2020

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 Korea
Web: https://www.usfk.mil/
Facebook: @myusfk
Twitter: @usforceskorea

Eighth Army
Web: https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/site/
Facebook: @Eighth.Army.Korea
Twitter: @EighthArmyKorea

Thought Leaders: The Blackhorse in Vietnam

Thought Leaders: The Blackhorse in Vietnam

April 27, 2020

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 Snedeker
Web: https://www.casematepublishers.com/the-blackhorse-in-vietnam.html
Facebook/Twitter: @casematepub

Special Edition: Army Reserve & COVID-19 - Battle Assemblies, Financial Relief and More

Special Edition: Army Reserve & COVID-19 - Battle Assemblies, Financial Relief and More

April 22, 2020

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 Reserve
Web: https://www.usar.army.mil/
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @USArmyReserve 

Army Emergency Relief
Web: https://www.aerhq.org
Twitter/Facebook: @aerhq
20 January Army Matters episode: Army Emergency Relief

Family Voices: AFI Army Spouse of the Year

Family Voices: AFI Army Spouse of the Year

April 20, 2020

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: @militaryspouseoftheyear
Twitter: @MilSpoOfTheyear

Operation Deploy Your Dress
Web: https://operationdeployyourdress.org/
Facebook: @operationdeployyourdress
Twitter: @ODYD2017

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