AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
Thought Leaders: Headhunter

Thought Leaders: Headhunter

December 28, 2020

Headhunter is a story of the War on Terror from the perspective of the U.S. Army’s first airborne reconnaissance squadron. Author Peter Svoboda joins us today to discuss how the 400 paratroopers of the 5-73 CAV, a new unit in the 82nd Airborne Division, were hand-selected by the Army. They pursued various terrorist factions including Al Qaeda, and were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for launching the Turki Bowl campaign from November 2006 to January 2007 against insurgent groups in Diyala Province, Iraq. Based on dozens of interviews conducted by the author, the narrative describes the danger of combat, the loss of comrades and the struggles of returning from a deployment. The voice of the families left behind are also included, describing the challenges they faced, including the ultimate challenge--grappling with the death of a loved one. 

  • Guest: Peter Svoboda, author of Headhunter: 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 Resources:

Headhunter: 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley
by Peter C. Svoboda
Web: https://www.casematepublishers.com/headhunter.html
Facebook/Twitter: @CasematePub

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Family Voices: Embracing the Spirit of Volunteerism w/ AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year

Family Voices: Embracing the Spirit of Volunteerism w/ AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year

December 21, 2020

Learn how military families are embracing the spirit of volunteerism from AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year – The Raines Family. Mrs. Brittany Raines, joins us today as she shares how her entire family has embraced the spirit of giving, being selected as AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year, and ways to give back. Learn about how military families have contributed to over 1 million acts of kindness through devoting their efforts to Giving Tuesday Military. Mrs. Raines reminds us to hunt the good and embrace everything that is in front of us.

  • Guest:
    • Mrs. Brittany Raines, Recipient of AUSA’s 2020 Volunteer Family of the Year
  • Host:
    •  Thea Green, AUSA’s Program Manager of Family Readiness

 

Resources:

 

Giving Tuesday

Web: https://www.givingtuesdaymilitary.com/

 

Operation Home Front

Web: https://operationhomefront.org/

 

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Army Real Talk: Hello Hosts from the Past w/ LTC Irby & MAJ Cooper

Army Real Talk: Hello Hosts from the Past w/ LTC Irby & MAJ Cooper

December 14, 2020

Catch up with former Army Real Talk co-hosts as we discuss the Army training budget and Talent Management Task Force assessment programs. LTC Eugene Irby and MAJ Bradley Cooper, join us today as they provide insight on their new responsibilities and reflect on their favorite episodes. LTC Irby shares how he is assisting with the management of the Army’s enterprise training budget of 30 billion dollars to ensure efficient training for our soldiers and the success of the Total Army. MAJ Cooper provides an update on the Army Talent Management Task Force implementation of the updated assignment process and evaluation programs for officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. Together they share about the Battalion Commander Assessment Program and how this effort supports the Army’s number one priority, People.

  • Guests:
    • LTC Eugene Irby, Budget Officer,G-3/5/7, U.S. Army
    • MAJ Bradley Cooper, Army Talent Management Task Force, U.S. Army
  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA's U.S. Army Fellow

 

Resources:

Army Talent Management
https://talent.army.mil/ 

 

AUSA Writing Program
https://www.ausa.org/ausa-writing-program

 

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Soldier Today: Meet AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow

Soldier Today: Meet AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow

December 7, 2020

Meet AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow: LTC Brittany (Woods) Lloyd. The military police officer will talk about why she joined the Army, her assignments and experiences as a woman in the Army, and the Army Fellows Program. 

  • Guest: LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA’s U.S. Army Fellow
  • Host: CSM (Ret) Troy Welch, AUSA’s Director 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:

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

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Special Edition: Team Ignite - Bringing Together Futures Expertise in Different Domains

Special Edition: Team Ignite - Bringing Together Futures Expertise in Different Domains

November 30, 2020

Team Ignite is creatively linking science and concepts to change the Army’s approach to modernization.  Dr. Jean Vettel and COL Stephanie Ahern of Army Futures Command describe how Team Ignite is “cultivating a culture of connection” between soldiers, scientists, and other technology experts to modernize the force.  Using 2035 as a focal point, Team Ignite is integrating expertise from technical, conceptual, threat and operational domains to imagine “what could be” and catalyzing action to develop the future Army.

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  • Guests:  

    • COL Stephanie Ahern, Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC)
    • Dr. Jean Vettel, Chief Scientist, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)
  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

AFC Futures and Concepts Center
Web: https://fcc.army.mil/
Facebook/Twitter: @AdaptingTheArmy

Army Futures Command
Web: https://www.army.mil/futures
Facebook/Twitter: @ArmyFutures
LinkedIn: @Army Futures Command

Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare

Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare

November 23, 2020

What issues face humanitarian efforts in future warfare? U.S. Army strategist LTC Jim Cahill joins us today to discuss how humanitarian and military efforts interact and what we need to know to understand the big picture. His recommendations for ways that the defense community should consider their relationship with the organizations that provide humanitarian aid were recently published as an AUSA Landpower Essay.

  • Guest: LTC Jim Cahill, U.S. Army strategist and Ph.D. candidate, George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Guest Host: Ellen Toner, Editorial Manager, AUSA’s Education and Programs Directorate

 

Resources:

Humanitarian Assistance and Future War (AUSA Landpower Essay 20-3, March 2020)

By LTC Jim Cahill, U.S. Army

Web: https://www.ausa.org/publications/humanitarian-assistance-and-future-war

 

AUSA Education & Programs Directorate

Web: https://www.ausa.org/education

 

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Special Edition: Enlisted Talent Management

Special Edition: Enlisted Talent Management

November 18, 2020

The U.S. Army is taking a 21st century approach to enlisted talent management. Today’s guests from the Army’s Talent Management Task Force describe how the new system maximizes the potential of everyone in the force, not just the top 5%. They discuss the near-term First Sergeant Talent Alignment Assessment, differences between Officer and NCO assessments, the importance of blind panels and anonymized data and more.

 

  • Guests:
    • Major Jed Hudson, Enlisted Talent Management Initiative Lead
    • Sergeant Major Robert Haynie, Enlisted Talent Management Initiative Leads
  • 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 Talent Management

Web: https://talent.army.mil/

Facebook/Twitter: @USArmy

LinkedIn: @US Army

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

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Family Voices: Military Spouse Employment w/ Rosemary Williams

Family Voices: Military Spouse Employment w/ Rosemary Williams

November 16, 2020

How does military spouse unemployment become a problem for military readiness? Rosemary Williams, specialist executive, at Deloitte Consulting LLP’S Government & Public Services, joins us today as we discuss the nexus between military spouse employment and military readiness. Learn about the obtainable solutions the Department of Defense and local labor markets can implement to increase military spouse employment opportunities and keep the military strong.

 

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  • Guest:
    • Rosemary Williams, Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government & Public Services
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness


Resources:

 

Deloitte

Web: https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/industries/government-public-services.html

Twitter: @Deloitte

Facebook: @DeloitteUS

LinkedIn: @Deloitte

 

Military Spouse Unemployment Report:

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/public-sector/military-spouse-unemployment.html                                                                                                                

 

Military Spouse Employment Partnership:

https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/

 

MySECO Website:

https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/

Army Real Talk: Cyber and the Maryland Army National Guard

Army Real Talk: Cyber and the Maryland Army National Guard

November 9, 2020

How are Guardsmen fulfilling mission requirements for cyber operations? COL Henry of the Maryland Army National Guard joins us today to speak about her experience as a Commander with Task Force 291 and the 110th Information Operations Battalion. She touches on how the National Guard interacts with the Regular Army and also how her civilian job with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory supports her Army work.

 

  • Guest:

    • COL Kristine Henry, Commander, Task Force 291, Maryland Army National Guard

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

 

Resources:

 

Maryland National Guard
Web: https://military.maryland.gov/
Facebook: @MDGuard
Twitter: @MDNG

 

Army National Guard
Web: https://www.nationalguard.com/
Facebook/Twitter: @NationalGuard

 

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Web: https://www.jhuapl.edu/
Facebook/Twitter: @JHUAPL

Soldier Today: NCO Strategy Update

Soldier Today: NCO Strategy Update

November 2, 2020

What is the Army’s NCO Strategy, why was it developed and how will it look in action? Today we welcome the Command Sergeant Major for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), to give us his take. CSM Daniel Hendrex addresses what the end state looks like for being a fit, well-trained and disciplined NCO, and discusses how the pandemic has affected training.

  • Guest: Command Sergeant Major Daniel T. Hendrex, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine 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:

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

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

Facebook: @USArmyTRADOC

Twitter: @TRADOC

LinkedIn: @US Army TRADOC

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (INCOPD)

Web: About INCOPD

 

United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

Web: About USASMA

 

NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

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

Facebook: @NCOLCoE

Twitter: @NCOL_CoE

LinkedIn: @The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

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