AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
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

 

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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 

  

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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 

  

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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

 

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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

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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

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Special Edition: Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)

Special Edition: Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)

April 28, 2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and AUSA has hosted several events to educate our listeners. We continue the conversation today with Ms. Jill Londagin, Army SHARP Director. She shares how The Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program (SHARP) allocate personnel throughout Army units to empower commanders to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault incidents. Ms. Londagin highlights resources available to soldiers and family members to provide support to victims and the programs to emphasize prevention. For more information on the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Program check out the website in the resource section below.

 

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  • Guest: Jill Longadin, Director, Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention Program, U.S. Army

 

  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA Army Fellow

 

Resources:

Website: www.armyresilience.army.mil/sharp

DoD Safe Helpline Phone Number: 1 (877)995-5247

DoD Safe Helpline Website: www.safehelpline.org

Facebook: @ArmyResilience

Twitter: @ArmyResilience

LinkedIn: @ArmyResilience

 

Thought Leaders: Watchman at the Gates

Thought Leaders: Watchman at the Gates

April 26, 2021

General George Joulwan saw the Berlin Wall go up as a West Point lieutenant and was serving as the commander of U.S. Army V Corps when it came down. Today, he joins AUSA’s Joe Craig to discuss his new book: Watchman at the Gates: A Soldier’s Journey from Berlin to Bosnia. GEN Joulwan served 36 years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe (SACEUR) during the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian peacekeeping missions of the 1990s.

  • Guest: GEN (Ret) George Joulwan, author of Watchman at the Gates: A Soldier’s Journey from Berlin to Bosnia
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 

Resources:

University Press of Kentucky:
Watchman at the Gates: A Soldier’s Journey from Berlin to Bosnia

 

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Special Edition: Ready & Resilient (R2)

Special Edition: Ready & Resilient (R2)

April 21, 2021

How does the Ready & Resilient (R2) campaign increase readiness, foster culture of trust, and team cohesion? SGM Sharita Onugha, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Resilience Directorate, joins us today to share how the R2 campaign offers programs and training approaches, grounded in Army values, to increase readiness and resilience.  

 

SGM Onugha highlights some the most requested programs such as Five Dimensions of Personal Readiness, Master Resilience Training, and Resilience in Focus that have been impactful in enhancing resilience Army-wide. Hear how Soldiers, Families, and DA civilians can access one of the 32 performance centers that customize performance training to sustain personal readiness and unit cohesion. You will learn that when these educational tools are applied, they will resonate with our Soldiers and Families fostering a culture of trust that will last a lifetime. For more information on the Readiness & Resilience campaign check out the website in the resource section below. 

 

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  • Guest:  SGM Sharita Onugha, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Resilience Directorate

 

  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA Army Fellow

 

Resources:

Website: www.ArmyResilience.army.mil

Facebook: @ArmyResilience

Twitter: @ArmyResilience

LinkedIn: @ArmyResilience

 

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