AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
Twenty Four Hours’ Notice to Deploy to Afghanistan

Twenty Four Hours’ Notice to Deploy to Afghanistan

December 5, 2022

Lt. Colonel Jacob Helgestad was fast asleep in Kuwait when someone knocked at his door in mid-August, 2021. “Hey, Sir, we gotta go to Afghanistan.” Within 24 hours Helgestad’s 625 troops were landing at Hamid Karzai International Airport and in the thick of a mass evacuation. Host Colonel (Ret.) Scott Halstead speaks with Helgestad about how he had his team prepared for that very moment, the role the unit played in evacuating 124,000 people, and how science fiction military novels are a great escape (and also a tutorial).

Note: At the time, Lt. Col. Helgestad was Battalion Commander for the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, but has since changed roles.

Guest: LTC Jacob Helgestad, Executive Officer, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard

Host: COL (Ret.) Scott Halstead

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Growing the Grains of Success

Growing the Grains of Success

November 21, 2022

After a painful medical diagnosis, Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Ret.) Chad Butters and his wife Jodi decided to change their lives, leading them to pursue their passion about the outdoors, faming and starting a distillery. Host SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sits down with Chad at Eight Oaks Distillery, drinks in hand, to talk about Chad’s Army career, some sound advice for entrepreneurs and (most importantly?) what spirits he recommends.

  • Guest: CW5 (Ret.) Chad Butters, Founder and CEO, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery
  • Host: SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey

Resources: 

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery
https://eightoaksdistillery.com/ 

 

Moral Courage and the Fight

Moral Courage and the Fight

November 7, 2022

What makes a battlefield hero? Is it upbringing, training, and being placed in a specific situation? Or a combination thereof? Host Joe Craig sits down with Dr. Raymond James Raymond, author of the book Elite Souls: Portraits of Valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, to discuss five heroes he profiled. Learn how their moral courage led them each to saving the lives of many, how these officers’ upbringings and West Point experiences influenced them, and how Dr. Raymond’s cousin’s exploits in World War II inspired him from a very young age.

Three Million Stories of Heroism and Bravery

Three Million Stories of Heroism and Bravery

October 24, 2022

For almost two centuries, women were not allowed to join the U.S. Military – yet millions served. Now with almost 20% of the military being female, the Military Women’s Memorial is celebrating the three million women who have served the Nation in both peace and war -- since before the founding of the Republic.  Host COL (Ret.) Dan Roper sits down with CW5 (Ret.) Phyllis Wilson, the Memorial’s President, to share their stories of bravery, how the Memorial is celebrating its 25th anniversary… and what types of (crumbled) cookies taste the best in a combat zone. 

 

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  • Guest: CW5 (Ret) Phyllis Wilson, President, Military Women’s Memorial

 

  • Host: COL (Ret) Dan Roper 

 

Audio Clip Credits:

 

Military Women's Memorial 25th Anniversary Program. YouTube, 2022. https://youtu.be/nBLpWsNa2K0.

 

US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. 2019. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9129/.

 

 
The Importance of Getting Back Up Again… and Again… and Again

The Importance of Getting Back Up Again… and Again… and Again

October 10, 2022

Throughout Master Sergeant (Ret.) Cedric King’s Army career he always faced challenges head on. His biggest obstacle, however, took place in 2012 when he was
injured by an IED device and lost his legs. But rather than feeling sorry for himself, he accepted it and is now a triathlete, author and motivational speaker. Host
Colonel (Ret.) Scott Halstead talks to Cedric about the superheroes that inspired him at Fort Bragg, how hard it is to learn to walk again, and how a trip to a mini-mall
changed his life.

 

Guest: MSG Cedric King, United States Army Retired

Host:  COL Scott Halstead, United States Army Retired

 

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Celebrating Our Army at AUSA’s 2022 Annual Meeting

Celebrating Our Army at AUSA’s 2022 Annual Meeting

October 3, 2022

In celebration of NCOs and Soldiers at AUSA’s 2022 Annual Meeting, 10-12 October in Washington, DC, SMA Michael Grinston swung by AUSA’s headquarters to talk about the exciting events: the Army Ten-Miler is in person; the new award for Best Squad will be presented; and the next Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army will be revealed. In addition, SMA Grinston provided a preview of his upcoming initiatives for his final year as Sergeant Major of the Army. The initiatives include reducing harmful behaviors throughout the force, modernizing recruitment, telling stories that remind us why we’re proud of our Army and more. Be sure to join us for his Initiatives Briefing in October!

Guest: SMA Michael A. Grinston, Sergeant Major of the Army

Host: SMA (R) Dan Dailey

Resources:

AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition
https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/2022/index.cfm

 

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

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What I Saw, I Became

What I Saw, I Became

September 26, 2022

When Frank Dolberry was a teenager thinking of joining the Army, an acquaintance dismissed the notion, thinking it was an unrealistic dream for someone like him.  Major Frank Dolberry sits down with host Colonel (Ret.) Dan Roper to discuss how this motivated him to succeed, other inspirations he found along the way including the tremendous legacy of service in his family, and how he thinks the Army could improve its recruiting outcomes. 

 

  • Guest:  MAJ Frank Dolberry, AUSA Army Fellow

  

  • Host: COL (Ret) Dan Roper

 

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Gratitude: Why Is It So Important?

Gratitude: Why Is It So Important?

September 19, 2022

When people are at their lowest point, sometimes something as simple as a note or small gift can make a world of difference. Major General (Ret.) James Johnson, the head of Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends gift packages to service members overseas, speaks with host Holly Dailey and co-host Maria McConville about the power of gratitude. And then social scientist Dr. Alaina Hansom joins to discuss research that proves the benefits of showing gratitude.

 

(In the spirit of this show… THANK YOU for listening to this episode!)

 

  

  • Hosts:
      • Holly Dailey, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness
      • Maria McConville, Spouse of the Chief of Staff of the Army

 

  • Guests: 
      • MG (Ret.) James Johnson, President and CEO, Operation Gratitude
      • Alaina Hansom, PhD, Social Fitness Scientist, (HFJ) Human Performance Resources by CHAMP (HPRC), Uniformed Services University

 

Opening Credits:

 

Narrators: Kevin Irwin, Carrie Varouhakis, LaSherryn Duncan

Script: Anthony Del Col

Sound Design: Andy Bosnak

 

Resources:

 

Operation Gratitude
Website: https://www.operationgratitude.com/

 

Human Performance Resources by CHAMP (HPRC)

Website: https://www.hprc-online.org/

 

Human Performance Resources by CHAMP (HPRC) – #GotMySix Campaign

Website: https://www.hprc-online.org/total-force-fitness/gotmysix

 

“One of the hardest days of my life”: A Military Intelligence Officer Shares her Leadership Journey

“One of the hardest days of my life”: A Military Intelligence Officer Shares her Leadership Journey

September 12, 2022

Military intelligence leaders generally work behind the scenes and are trained to shun the spotlight, but they play vital leadership roles in every single part of the Army. Major General Michelle Schmidt talks with host Colonel (Ret.) Scott Halstead about her 30-year career, including being at the Pentagon on 9/11 to saying goodbye to friends in the final days of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan in 2021, and whether the book Fast After 50 should be considered fictional…  

  • Guest: MG Michelle A. Schmidt, Director, Force Development, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army

  • Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead

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Where Does Sixty Percent of the World’s Population Reside, And Why Is it So Important?

Where Does Sixty Percent of the World’s Population Reside, And Why Is it So Important?

September 5, 2022

When military people hear about the U.S. Army Pacific area, they think about the ocean and the inevitable Navy presence there. But the region contains sixty percent of the world’s population and land patrol is the key to the region’s stability. Host Sergeant Major of the Army (retired) Dan Dailey sits down with General Charles Flynn, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Pacific, to talk about the region’s importance, training opportunities there for young officers, and some of the leaders that have inspired him over the years. 

  • Guest: GEN Charles Flynn, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific
  • Host: SMA(R) Dan Dailey

Resources:

U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC)
Web: https://www.army.mil/usarpac

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

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