AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
Leading Great Teams: Senior NCOs Build and Lead Impactful Teams (Airborne & Ranger Training Brigade)

Leading Great Teams: Senior NCOs Build and Lead Impactful Teams (Airborne & Ranger Training Brigade)

February 14, 2022

Senior Non-commissioned officers build and lead disciplined, lethal, cohesive, and honorable teams. COL (Ret) Scott Halstead, Director of AUSA’s Center of Leadership, speaks with CSM Eric Buonopane of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade about what has shaped him professionally and his philosophy on leader development. The Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade conducts transformational training to develop and deliver competent and capable Rangers, Parachutists, Jumpmasters, and Reconnaissance Leaders to enable the U.S. Army and the Joint Force to prevail in combat.

  • Guest: CSM Eric Buonopane, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade

  • Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead, Director of AUSA’s Center for Leadership

  

Resources:

Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade (ARTB)
U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence
Web: https://www.benning.army.mil/Infantry/ARTB/

 

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Soldier Today: Brain Health with BrainSpan’s Dr. Johnston

Soldier Today: Brain Health with BrainSpan’s Dr. Johnston

February 7, 2022

Why don’t we focus more on keeping our brains healthy? A lot of research has gone into answering that question. Today, SMA(R) Dailey interviews LTC (Ret) Dr. Daniel T. Johnston about the journey of becoming a doctor, understanding the brain, and mental fitness. Dr. Johnston is a leader in preventative healthcare, brain performance, and human resilience. He also co-founded BrainSpan. BrianSpan provides healthcare providers with a scientifically validated, objective brain wellness assessment that can help improve your brain’s function today as well as keep your brain sharp as you age.

 

  • Guest: LTC (Ret) Dr. Daniel T. Johnston, Co-Founder, BrainSpan

 

  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

Resources:

 

BrainSpan

Web: https://www.brainspan.com/

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

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

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

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Leading Great Teams: Practicing Mission Command (173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy)

Leading Great Teams: Practicing Mission Command (173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy)

January 31, 2022

What does it take to develop trust with Company-level Commanders and First Sergeants?  COL (Ret) Scott Halstead, Director of AUSA’s Center of Leadership, speaks with COL Michael Kloepper and CSM Christopher Clapin of the 173rd Airborne Brigade about what and who have shaped them as leaders. The command team then describes why their leader development program focuses on company-level Commanders and First Sergeants.  Ultimately, the 173rd Airborne Brigade leader development initiatives are designed to empower Squad Leaders, the drivers of unit culture and readiness.  The 173rd Airborne Brigade (Sky Soldiers) is the U.S. Army's Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapid forces to the United States European, Africa and Central Commands areas of responsibilities. Forward based in Italy and Germany, the Brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build interoperability and strengthen the Alliance. 

  • Guests:

    • COL Michael F. Kloepper, Commander, 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army
    • CSM Christopher D. Clapin, Sergeant Major, 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army
  • Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead, Director of AUSA’s Center of Leadership

 

Resources:

173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army
Web: https://www.skysoldiers.army.mil/

 

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Thought Leaders: Nazis on the Potomac

Thought Leaders: Nazis on the Potomac

January 24, 2022

Fort Hunt, now an open space between the Pentagon and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, was the site of secret operations during World War II. Robert K. Sutton, author of Nazis on the Potomac, joins AUSA’s Joe Craig to discuss the military intelligence programs at the site.  The American soldiers at Fort Hunt, many who were Jews that had escaped Nazi Germany as children, interrogated high-level German prisoners and analyzed captured documents to gather crucial information for commanders to win the war.  

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  • Guest:  Robert K. Sutton, author of Nazis on the Potomac: The Top-Secret Intelligence Operation that Helped Win World War II

 

  • Host: Joe Craig, AUSA Book Program Director

 

Resources:

 

Case Mate Publishers: Nazis on the Potomac

Web: https://www.casematepublishers.com/nazis-on-the-potomac.html#.YersEP7MJnI

 

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Family Voices: Preparedness – Army Spouse Resource Toolbox

Family Voices: Preparedness – Army Spouse Resource Toolbox

January 17, 2022

Are you prepared? Join us to learn how to prepare your Army spouse Resource Toolbox for the unexpected curveballs life throws. Krista Simpson Anderson, has been a military spouse for 13 years and she shares the importance of being equipped and empowered as a military spouse. Listen as she shares the resources in her toolbox and what you should have in yours. To prepare your Resource Toolbox check out the resources section below. 

 

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  • Guest: Krista Simpson Anderson, Unquiet Professional Co-Founder

 

  • Host: Holly Dailey, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

 

    

Resources: 

 

AUSA Family Readiness Resources

Website: www.ausa.org/military-families

 

Unquiet Professional

Website: www.theunquietprofessional.org/partners/

Army Real Talk: Celebrating 200 Episodes & BIG Future Plans

Army Real Talk: Celebrating 200 Episodes & BIG Future Plans

January 10, 2022

Never can say goodbye, instead we will say thank you! Join us as we celebrate our 200th episode and discuss what's new for the podcast in 2022. LTC Bradley Cooper, Army Real Talk’s original co-host, returns to close our final Army Real Talk segment with Nzinga Curry. Listen as they highlight some their favorite episodes and what you can expect in the new segment, Leading Great Teams.  

 

·       Guest: LTC Bradley Cooper, Army Talent Management Task Force, U.S. Army

 

·       Host: Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs 

  

 

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Soldier Today: Why be an AUSA Member?

Soldier Today: Why be an AUSA Member?

January 3, 2022

Welcome Back! What does that mean exactly? Soldier Today sits down with Christine Lathrop, AUSA’s Deputy Director of Membership to discuss how we support soldiers, civilians and the community. For instance, did you know AUSA has 122 chapters located worldwide made up entirely of volunteers who contribute over $250,000 to awards, scholarships and support of soldier and family programs annually? You could be part of this amazing effort by joining AUSA as a member.

  • Guest: Christine Lathrop, AUSA’s Deputy Director of Membership
  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

Resources:

AUSA Membership

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

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

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

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

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Thought Leaders: Pacific Fires – Long-range Strike and Air Defense in the Indo-Pacific

Thought Leaders: Pacific Fires – Long-range Strike and Air Defense in the Indo-Pacific

December 27, 2021

We are entering a new era of missile warfare. Today Dr. Tom Karako from CSIS joins AUSA’s Dan Roper to discuss the state of Long-range Strike and Air Defense in the Indo-Pacific, particularly the challenges and opportunities associated with the proliferation of multiple weapon systems capable of hypersonic speeds and maneuver.  They describe the importance of both air and missile defense and land-based long-range fires to the defense of Guam and to enable the power projection necessary to secure a Free and Open Indo-Pacific for the U.S. and its Allies and Partners.

  • Guest: Thomas Karako, PhD, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Host: COL (Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s National Security Studies Director

Resources:

CSIS: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Web: https://www.csis.org/

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Family Voices: AUSA’s 2021 Volunteer Family of the Year - Tawni Dixon

Family Voices: AUSA’s 2021 Volunteer Family of the Year - Tawni Dixon

December 20, 2021

Catch up with AUSA's 2021 Volunteer Family of the Year, Tawni Dixon, and learn about ways you can give back this holiday season. Learn about their inspiration for volunteering and how their foundation has inspired boaters to volunteer their time with veterans. Hear about the award they created to recognize the difference military children are making in their communities. Mrs. Dixon reminds us the importance of spreading kindness and uplifting the community. After all, a little kindness goes a long way!

 

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  • Guest: Tawni Dixon, AUSA’s 2021 Volunteer Family of the Year

 

  • Host: Thea Green, AUSA’s Deputy Director of Family Readiness

  

 

Special Edition: Leaving Afghanistan, Exclusive Interviews with the 82nd Airborne Division (Part 3)

Special Edition: Leaving Afghanistan, Exclusive Interviews with the 82nd Airborne Division (Part 3)

December 15, 2021

Leaving Afghanistan from the perspective of a Weapons Squad Leader and a Combat Medic. This is the third in a three-part series of exclusive interviews with members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division who describe for the first time what they saw, heard and felt as they completed the historic evacuation of more than 124,000 people from Afghanistan and closed out U.S. military operations after 20 years in country.

Paratroopers SSG Austin Buchanan and SGT Jacob Black join AUSA’s Gina Cavallaro and Scott Halstead at Fort Bragg to share their experiences in Part 3. Links to Parts 1 and 2 are included below.

  • Guests:
    • SSG Austin Buchanan, Weapons Squad Leader, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
    • SGT Jacob Black, Combat Medic, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
  • Hosts:
    • Gina Cavallaro, Senior Staff Writer, AUSA’s Army Magazine
    • COL (Ret) Scott Halstead, Director, AUSA’s Center of Leadership

 

Resources:

AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast - Special Edition: Leaving Afghanistan, Exclusive Interviews with the 82nd Airborne Division

82ndAirborne Division
United States Army
Web: https://www.army.mil/82ndairborne

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