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How One Army Spouse Built a Life of Selfless Service

How One Army Spouse Built a Life of Selfless Service

August 29, 2022

Whether it’s during a snowstorm, pouring rain or a heat wave, a devoted group of volunteers show up for every single Army funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, there to represent the Chief of Staff and the entire Army family. Cindy Risch, the current Senior Spouse of the U.S. Army JAG Corps, is one of those ladies and speaks to host Holly Dailey about how powerful her experience as an Arlington Lady has been, the highs and lows of being a military spouse and how some people just really love their cookies.

  • Guest: Cindy Risch, Senior Spouse of the U.S. Army JAG Corps

  • Host: Holly Dailey

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Can China’s Invasion of Taiwan be Prevented?

Can China’s Invasion of Taiwan be Prevented?

August 22, 2022

Most people believe it’s not a question of if China will invade Taiwan, but “when”. So can this be prevented? Host Joe Craig sits down with Elbridge Colby to discuss his 2021 book The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, as well as how a possible war might play out, how the Chinese forces could be neutralized before that happens, and what allies could surprisingly play the biggest roles.

 

 

·       Guest: Elbridge Colby, author of Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

 

·       Host: Joe Craig 

  

Resources: 

 

Yale University Press: 

Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

 

 

Credits

 

Opening Dramatization:

 

Narrator: Carrie Varouhakis

Script: Anthony Del Col

Sound Design: Andy Bosnak

 

Book:

Colby, Elbridge A. Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2022.

 

 

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How Ukraine Can Not Only Survive but Win

How Ukraine Can Not Only Survive but Win

August 15, 2022

There have been countless analyses of the Ukrainian-Russian War since it began earlier this year. The most effective of these have been from experts who have witnessed the conflict firsthand.  Colonel (Ret.) Dan Roper speaks with Dr. Jack Watling, Senior Research Fellow for Land Warfare at the Royal United Services Institute about what he’s observed from the battlefields of Ukraine, explains the four stages of the war thus far, and describes how Ukraine could not only survive but defeat the Russians.

 

 

·         Guest: Dr. Jack Watling, Senior Research Fellow, Land Warfare – Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

 

·         Host: COL (Ret.) Dan Roper 

 

  

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The Beginning – and End – of the War in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of One Family

The Beginning – and End – of the War in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of One Family

August 8, 2022

In October 2001, then-Captain Jim Wanovich parachuted into Afghanistan to begin the American invasion of the country. Twenty years later, in August 2021 Jim’s son, First Lieutenant Andrew Wanovich deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of the country. Host Colonel (Ret.) Scott Halstead sits down with the Wanovich family – Jim, his wife Kim and Andrew – to discuss what these operations were like, how Kim felt watching both her husband and son go into these dangerous missions, and the best place to learn how to drive stick shift.

  • Guests:

    • COL (Ret.) Jim Wanovich
    • Kim Wanovich
    • 1LT Andrew Wanovich
  • Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead

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How to Catch the Biggest Fish – and Reel in the Business

How to Catch the Biggest Fish – and Reel in the Business

August 1, 2022

Sergeant Major (Ret) Burnie Haney got hooked on fishing as a young boy when he caught a five-pound largemouth bass and his father carried it around the campfire like a trophy. After a thirty-eight-year Army career Haney decided to turn his passion into a full-time business, starting New York Fishing Adventures. Host Sergeant Major of the Army (Ret) Dan Dailey sits down by Lake Ontario with Haney to talk to him about his Army career, how to get help with startups from local groups and – yes – get some fishing tips. 

  • Guest: SGM (Ret) Burnie Haney, Owner, New York Fishing Adventures

  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey

 

Resources:

New York Fishing Adventures
Web: https://burniehaney.com/

 

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

 

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Rocket Launchers, Roadblocks and Other Tales of an Army Life

Rocket Launchers, Roadblocks and Other Tales of an Army Life

July 25, 2022

With over 30 years in uniform, Colonel (retired) R.D. Hooker Jr. served in various overseas postings (Grenada, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and more), taught at West Point, and served in the White House. Host Joe Craig sits down with Hooker, who just released his seventh book, The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War, to discuss his career, the times he refused orders, and how to make a great first impression - by burning down a watchtower…

  • Guest: R.D. Hooker, Jr., author of Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of American at War
  • Host: Joe Craig

Resources: 

Casemate Publishers:

Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of American at War

 

Credits

Opening Dramatization:

Narrator:  CSM(Ret.)Troy Welch

Script: Anthony Del Col

Sound Design: Andy Bosnak

 

Book:

Hooker, Richard D. The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War. Philadelphia, PA: Casemate Publishers, 2022.

 

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How United Through Reading Keeps Families Connected

How United Through Reading Keeps Families Connected

July 18, 2022

Reading as a family is proven to aid children in developing key language and literary skills. But what happens when a family member is away on leave for extended periods of time? Thirty-three years ago, a military spouse created United Through Reading to create a system that would help bring families together through books. Host Holly Dailey talks to United Through Reading’s Molly Haskin to talk about the program, how they have adapted to the latest phone technology, and whether it’s possible to develop mind powers like Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

 

 

  • Guest: Molly Haskin, Director of Army, Air Force, and Space Force Programs for United Through Reading

 

  • Host: Holly Dailey

 

  

  

Resources: 

 

Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) Library 

Website: https://unitedthroughreading.org/read-beyond-the-beaten-path-this-summer/

 

Reading App Challenge June 15 – August 31

Website: https://unitedthroughreading.org/join-our-2022-summer-reading-app-challenge/

 

Mobile Van and Joining Forces
Website: https://unitedthroughreading.org/mobile-story-station-for-military-families-rolls-into-union-station/

 

Audio Clip Credits:

Reading for the Record with UTR - SMA Dan Dailey, US Army. YouTube. YouTube, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oebaBTMvL_Y.

What the Army Can Learn from Formula One

What the Army Can Learn from Formula One

July 13, 2022

When people think of Formula One racing, they imagine fast cars, exotic locales, and millions of fans. When former Acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley thinks of F1, he sees the future for the Army and other organizations. Host Colonel (retired) Dan Roper sits down with Whitley to talk about racecar driving, digital twins, and how someone who originally enrolled in agricultural studies worked his way towards overseeing a $700 billion military budget. 

 

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  • Guest: John Whitley, former Acting Secretary of the Army; Researcher and Advisor, Institute for Defense Analyses

 

  • Host: COL (Ret) Dan Roper
How Visits to his Grandfather’s Garden Inspired This General to Serve and Lead

How Visits to his Grandfather’s Garden Inspired This General to Serve and Lead

July 11, 2022

Cadet Command is perhaps the most important initiative of the U.S. Army, overseeing more than 30,000 ROTC cadets that could become the next generation of officers and this country’s leaders. Host Colonel (retired) Scott Halstead sits down with his old friend, Major General Johnny Davis, to find out more about the program and the General’s role in overseeing it. The two discuss the role of mentorship, what today’s cadets have on their minds and – perhaps most importantly – the right way to drink coffee.

 

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  • Guest: MG Johnny K. Davis, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky

 

  • Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead

 

Resources:

 

U.S. Army Cadet Command

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

How is Aaron Hale Cooking without Looking?

How is Aaron Hale Cooking without Looking?

July 4, 2022

In December 2011, American E.O.D. tech Aaron Hale was immediately blinded by an explosion in Afghanistan. But rather than feel sorry for himself, he decided to make the rest of his life an adventure. Host Sergeant Major of the Army (retired) Dan Dailey sits down with Aaron as part of his series about entrepreneurship to talk about whitewater kayaking, how he overcome an even bigger disability, and how he re-discovered joy – and a successful business start-up – in making fudge with his wife Kayla.   

  • Guest: Aaron Hale, Co-Founder, E.O.D. Fudge and former Army Staff Sergeant
  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey

Resources: 

E.O.D. Fudge 
Web: https://eodfudge.com/  

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

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