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Many military families are sometimes a bit confused about voting. With the 2020 election less than two weeks away, some might think it is too late to vote, or perhaps that their vote won’t matter. Sarah Streyder, Director of the Secure Families Initiative, joins us today to reinforce why it’s important to vote as a family member and provides steps …
 
Families are not an afterthought, but are key to the overall health and success of the Total Army. Experts from the Army Public Health Center join us today to discuss the findings of their soon-to-be-released report: “The Health of the Army Family: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What’s Next.” The data supports what our Army Families already know …
 
AUSA Now is happening this week! It is our Annual Meeting and Exposition featuring the U.S. Army, but we have taken it virtual for the first time in 2020. LTG(R) Patricia McQuistion, AUSA’s VP for Membership & Meetings, joins us today to discuss the decision to go virtual and to provide a sneak peek at what is in store. It’s an experience you won’t…
 
How is the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) meeting the demands of the information age? A lot has happened in the 10 years since ARCYBER was formed. LTG Stephen Fogarty, ARCYBER’s Commanding General joins us today to describe their new facility at Fort Gordon, approach to talent management, harnessing the Army’s Total Force, information convergenc…
 
Professional development of the Army’s enlisted force is a top priority, and our guest today, CSM (Ret.) John D. Sparks, has been influential in the advancement of their training and education. He has spent a lifetime serving our country as both a Soldier and as a Department of the Army Civilian in roles that support Soldier education. Today he tel…
 
Urban warfare continued. Joining us today are experts in subterranean operations and urban operations, and of recent U.S. and Israeli urban combat experience. They focus on specific tactical challenges and best practices in urban operations. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org. Guests: MAJ(R) John W. Spencer,…
 
Urban warfare. What should the U.S. Army prepare for? Today we welcome thought leaders on urban operations from the DoD and Army to discuss the strategic importance of urban environments and how the U.S. Army trains, organizes and equips the force for this complex operating environment. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at pod…
 
How will COVID-19 impact the Military Health System (MHS) during and after the pandemic? LTG Ron Place and CSM Michael Gragg of the Defense Health Agency join us today to discuss MHS reform initiatives, progress on vaccine research and how enlisted staff are supporting. They provide insight into how NCOs enable readiness at the Military Treatment F…
 
What resources are available to Veterans? Today, our guest, Margarita Devlin, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits at the VBA, joins us to discuss the GI Bill, VA home loans, and transition programs like Solid Start and Veterans Readiness & Employment (VR&E). She also gives an update on how the VA is handling benefits payments and Veteran …
 
Change is afoot for Army Civilian Career Programs. Civilians make up close to 70% of the U.S. Army’s workforce, and these new developments are aimed at improving civilian talent management. Find out the scope and background of what is in store directly from our guest, Barbara Guy, Director of the Career Management Policy Office, DASA-CP, ASA (M&RA)…
 
Meet the new senior enlisted leader at U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). CSM John Foley joins us today to discuss his 31+ year career with the Army, including what inspired him to enlist. He also provides an update about the recent Army National Hiring Days, the first virtual hiring campaign by the Army, and a look ahead to Fiscal Year 2021 Ar…
 
Taking care of our people is important during difficult times. Building cohesive teams and tackling suicide within the Army are some of the ways to do that. Today’s discussion with the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff, GEN Martin, and top NCO, SMA Grinston, covers how initiatives like “This is My Squad” (TIMS) and “A Life Worth Living” work together to h…
 
How did Ike approach challenging decisions to give America peace in Europe and prosperity at home? Author and one of Ike’s four grandchildren, Susan Eisenhower, describes how he strategically led the nation through a transformational time by focusing on fact-based decision-making, envisioning the whole, including causes and consequences, and holdin…
 
Army engineers are fighting Covid-19 with virtual reality to design and build Alternative Care Facilities and using supercomputers to model predictions of viral spread. Three experts spearheading this vital work from the U.S. Army Engineers Research and Development Center (ERDC), Dr. David Pittman, Dr. Todd Bridges, and Mike Channell, join us today…
 
Curious about the Army Finance Strategy for 2026 (AFS26)? Two top officials from the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller), Mr. Jonathan Moak and LTG Thomas Horlander, join us to describe how the AFS26 supports the Total Army. Find out how the 5 Pillars for Acceleration, core to the AFS26 framework, supp…
 
How does wearing blue support our Army? Gold Star spouse, Lisa Hallett, started running as a coping mechanism after her husband John was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Other surviving spouses joined her, wearing their fallen service members’ blue PT shirts during their first runs. The support system they built evolved into Wear Blue: Run to Remembe…
 
Immunizations are key to staying healthy during this unprecedented time, but there are a lot of questions about them. Does my child need immunizations even if school is virtual this Fall? Is it safe to take my child to the doctor during the pandemic? If I social distance and wear a mask, do I still need to get the flu vaccine? Two experts from the …
 
Developing Soldiers as athletes is a top priority. MG(R) Malcolm Frost, former Commanding General, Center for Initial Military Training, TRADOC, joins us today to discuss Army recruiting and training. He explains the background behind the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) in the broader context of the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) program, an…
 
What are the DoD’s top priorities in security cooperation and assistance? LTG Charles Hooper, retiring this July from 40 years of service, tells us how the security assistance environment has changed over the past few years, how it fits into the larger U.S. defense strategy, and how the U.S. can effectively compete with China in this area. He also …
 
Today’s discussion with SMA Grinston covers a broad range of topics that are on the minds of our Soldiers, our leaders and our listeners. These topics include: The loss of Army SPC Vanessa Guillen, racial inclusion and diversity in the Army, the impact of “This is My Squad,” an update on COVID-19 protection measures, and the new Army Combat Fitness…
 
How will the new U.S. Space Force (USSF) affect the Army? COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies, interviews LTG(Ret) Richard P. Formica about how the Defense Department should determine which space capabilities should be transferred to the USSF and which space-related capabilities should be retained by their respective se…
 
Everyone’s working hard to get medical measures out there to defeat COVID. What is the Army doing, and how can families stay physically and mentally healthy while we wait for a solution? COL Deydre S. Teyhen, DPT, PhD, OCS, Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), joins us today for an update on the Army’s vaccine effort, emphasiz…
 
Honoring those who served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, a new memorial in Washington, D.C., is planned for 2021. Authorized by Congress for construction, the memorial will create a meaningful and deeply moving experience for visitors as it educates them about the historical significance and accomplishments of Desert Storm/Desert Shi…
 
Americans have elevated the discussion on race following the killing of Mr. George Floyd, and that includes the U.S. Army. Further discussions and the aftermath have revealed that there are still racial injustices seen in the workplace, organizations, as well as within the military. Thereby, AUSA along with the U.S. Army are having needed, yet unco…
 
CASAs are the connective fiber between the American people and Secretary of the Army. They are also Great Americans. Ken Wong, CASA for Pennsylvania-East, was born and raised in Philadelphia, and joins us today to describe why he became a CASA, and how he liaises with local community leaders to share the Army story. Civilian Aides to the Secretary …
 
Today we honor all the extraordinary women who have served in the U.S. Military. Due to COVID-19, AUSA had to cancel its Women’s History Month program back in March, so we are hosting this Special Edition podcast to highlight the voices of women who have served. Joining us today are two remarkable women who chose Army careers, CW5(R) Phyllis Wilson…
 
The goal is to bring in 10,000 new Soldiers. CSM Tabitha Gavia, the senior enlisted leader at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), shares with us about the upcoming Army National Hiring Days, June 30 – July 2. This is an Army-wide virtual campaign showcasing the U.S. Army’s 150 full-time and part-time career options, training, benefits and ed…
 
How did field artillery lead to victory in Operation Desert Storm? Author COL (Retired) L. Scott Lingamfelter, former executive officer of the 1st Infantry Division Artillery, discusses his new book with us today. He describes how his fellow field artillerymen, known as “redlegs,” decimated enemy defenses and paved the way for the ground assault th…
 
Recently married into the military or have a son or daughter serving? AUSA’s new publication, Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions of the U.S. Army: A Primer for Family Members was created with you in mind! Join author, Ginger Perkins, for a discussion of what drives her passion for military customs. Available June 15 in AUSA’s online book shop, thi…
 
The Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN) chips away at barriers to legal careers for military spouses. Karen E. Scanlan, Immediate Past President, MSJDN, describes how the organization came into existence as part of her efforts while job seeking as an attorney and military spouse. MSJDN supports military spouses in the legal profession by advocatin…
 
What are the keys to keeping America’s Armed Forces moving forward? GEN(R) Carter Ham, AUSA’s President and CEO, interviews Gen. John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the DoD’s COVID-19 response efforts and how the military’s top leaders are modernizing, adapting and preparing the force for multidomain operations. The Vice C…
 
Developing NCOs as leaders is at the heart of the newly accredited U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), and its first class graduated June 2019. The academy falls under the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, and the Commandant, CSM Jimmy Sellers, joins us today to tell us how the USASMA began conferring the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership a…
 
Bring back the DivArty. COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies, interviews maneuver and fires senior leaders regarding the need for the Army to return control of divisional field artillery battalions to division artillery (DivArty), rather than brigade combat team (BCT), headquarters. They describe how modularity, the forc…
 
There’s no one correct way to be an Army Spouse. Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness, interviews Mrs. Maria McConville, spouse of the Chief of Staff of the Army James C. McConville. They discuss how Army families are coping with COVID-19, touching on pain points such as separations, child care, PCS moves, employment, and military chil…
 
Build stronger relationships based on mutual leader-follower expectations. Today, GEN(R) Carter Ham, AUSA’s President & CEO, interviews GEN(R) Martin Dempsey about his new book No Time for Spectators, released 12 May 2020, which delves into leader-follower dynamics. In addition to thoughts on leadership in the time of COVID-19 uncertainty, the two …
 
Sugar and spice. That’s CW5 Yolondria Dixon-Carter’s leadership style. In this special episode of Army Real Talk, guest host CW4 (Retired) Jack Du Teil, executive director of the United States Army Warrant Officers Association, shines a light on the combat leadership and technical experience supporting CW5 Dixon-Carter’s recent selection as the sen…
 
Some Soldiers are in limbo due to the Stop Movement Order related to COVID-19. SMA Grinston, the Army’s top non-commissioned officer (NCO), describes the situation. He also focuses on the Army’s PREVENT/DETECT/TREAT response to the virus, touching on testing, masks, social distancing and stay at home orders. Recommendations for future topics are we…
 
How has COVID-19 affected the overseas force in Korea? Command Sergeant Majors from the Eighth Army and U.S. Forces Korea discuss their new normal in the wake of the coronavirus with SMA(R) Dan Dailey. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org. Note: Recorded 14 April 2020. Guests: Command Sergeant Major Jason Schm…
 
How did Blackhorse troopers overcome the Vietnamese enemy, jungle terrain and weather from 1966 to 1972. Donald Snedeker, a second-generation Blackhorse trooper, joins us to discuss how the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment proved the value of armored forces against an insurgency as they faced the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army for more than five …
 
What is the COVID-19 impact on the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)? With regular “battle assemblies” temporarily suspended, Soldiers can still be paid for command approved and verified time spent on readiness, physical fitness and online training. CSM Ted Copeland of the Army Reserve discusses this, financial relief, career progression and more with SMA(R…
 
Military Spouses build community wherever they go, and Yvonne Coombs embodies this as the 2020 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year. She joins us today to describe the critical role her military family took in 2019 as they supported her family through life-threatening medical diagnoses combined with her husband’s accelerated deployment. Y…
 
How has the Army National Guard (ARNG) mobilized during the COVID-19 emergency? ARNG is assisting state and local agencies in a time of national emergency, adjusting pre-deployment training for its global force, and balancing readiness with responding to the community. They are also focused on keeping ARNG careers on track. CSM John Sampa of the Ar…
 
Spirit of America is a non-profit working with U.S. troops and diplomats to identify and fill local needs around the world, when and where needed. Their all-veteran team operates in over 70 countries to “build local leaders’ trust, make a child happy, a village secure, or a region stable to bring our troops closer to peace and home.” We cap off thi…
 
What’s the latest with rollouts for Army Greens (AGSU), a new PCS app, and Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)? SGM Edward Bell of the G-4 discusses these and more with SMA(R) Dan Dailey. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org. Note: This episode was recorded prior to the COVID escalation, and some of the initiative…
 
How is COVID-19 affecting Soldiers? SMA Grinston, the Army’s top non-commissioned officer (NCO), describes how the Army’s Medical Research Labs are working on a vaccine, the courageous work of Army medical providers, and efforts to balance killing the virus with maintaining readiness and protecting the force. SMA Grinston covers PCS (Permanent Chan…
 
What is the Army doing about COVID-19? Newly sworn-in Under Secretary of the Army James E. McPherson joins General Carter Ham of AUSA to discuss the Army’s response to the coronavirus. They also cover the Secretary’s thoughts on recruiting, budget and taking care of Army families. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@a…
 
Will changes at Arlington National Cemetery affect your family? Senior leadership updates us on changes in eligibility requirements, how they took veteran feedback into account, and what burial options are available nation-wide at our National Military Cemeteries. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org. Note: Si…
 
An 82-day slugfest in Okinawa marked the final major battle in World War II. Joseph Wheelan joins us to discuss the tragic human cost of the fight, which ultimately persuaded US leaders to use the atomic bomb rather than invade the Japanese mainland. Wheelan is the author of nine previous books, including the highly acclaimed Terrible Swift Sword a…
 
Military Spouses give up careers, move a lot and more. What helps them develop resilience in the face of these challenges? Today, we hear from Evie King, an Army spouse and advocate for the health and wellness of military spouses. Her organization, InDependent, hosts a virtual annual Wellness Summit, offers an online community for military spouses,…
 
Our Community Salutes celebrates high school enlistees and their commitment to military service. Dr. Ken Hartman describes how his non-profit helps communities recognize, honor and support high school seniors who plan to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services after graduation. In other community news, the Military Basketball Association (MBA) announces …
 
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