AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast

How an NCO From Idaho Became NATO’s Soldier of the Year

June 8, 2022

It’s a question every NCO asks themselves at some point: What can I actually do to make a difference? Sgt. 1st Class Aaron M. Welch, stationed in Valencia, Spain, answered that question and his subsequent efforts have led to him being named NATO’s Soldier of the Year. Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Troy Welch interviews Aaron about his work in helping to set up Spain’s first sniper school, sharing his experiences at conferences, and how Aaron’s view of NATO has changed during his time in Spain. (And yes, Aaron is Troy’s nephew, so expect many “proud uncle” moments.)

  • Guest: SFC Aaron M. Welch, 2021 NATO Force Structure Top Soldier of the Year
  • Host: CSM (Ret) Troy Welch

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