“I LIVED A FULL LIFE BECAUSE OF HIM”: A MEMORIAL DAY MOMENT
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
3d ago
A teaser for our two-part series on the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency coming out in June ..read more
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How the Army Corps is Leading Baltimore’s Bridge Clean-up Effort
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
1w ago
On March 26th, a cargo ship slammed into and destroyed Baltimore’s Key Bridge, killing six people, and creating unimaginable chaos. One of the key responders to this event has been the Army Corps of Engineers, led by COL Estee Pinchasin; it has devoted all waking hours to clear the federal waters and to aid in the recovery and investigation process. In today’s episode, hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with COL Pinchasin to discuss what she and her team have focused on in the recovery efforts, her first thoughts when the accident happened, and a touching story ..read more
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Army, Hip Hop and Entrepreneurship
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
3w ago
In 2020, Army Special Forces veteran and entrepreneur Ruben Ayala realized that a lot of top military-themed retail brands had become politically polarizing. So, he—along with three fellow vets—decided to create Triple Nikel Clothing, a military and hip-hop-inspired line that embraces community and diversity. Four years later, the company is thriving. Ruben joins hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey to discuss how his mother was his original entrepreneurial inspiration, how the all-black WWII Airborne 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion became the company’s shining light ..read more
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The Importance of the Bataan Death March
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
1M ago
As a child, MG (Ret.) Antonio Taguba knew his father had been involved in the Bataan Death March – but it wasn’t until the older man’s dying days that General Taguba learned the full extent of it. That conversation inspired him to play a leading role in shining a spotlight on this dark moment of WWII, eventually leading to veterans of the battle and Death March receiving the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with General Taguba to discuss his own Army origin story, the historical events of April 1942, and why he still trav ..read more
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Gowns
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
1M ago
In 2015, five Army spouses at Fort Bliss decided to organize a dress swap that would provide women with gowns they could wear to functions that were often cost prohibitive, like military balls. That swap turned into a huge event, and now the organization, Operation Deploy Your Dress, has a home in thirteen Army bases in the United States and Germany and has “deployed” over 25,000 dresses, saving people over $2M in costs. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with ODYD’s CEO and co-founder, Yvonne Coombes, to discuss the organization, how it helps to brings Army fa ..read more
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Winning A War Against Bipolar Disorder - One General's Story
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
2M ago
MG (Ret.) Gregg Martin had a distinguished career, serving in various deployments and eventually heading the National Defense University. But, over the course of that career, he slowly started to develop manic tendencies, which became more and more pronounced, eventually leading to his forced resignation, staying at a VA psychiatric ward, and receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with MG (Ret.) Martin to discuss his book Bipolar General: My Forever War Against Mental Illness, the highs and lows of his career (and ill ..read more
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From Army Brat to SMA
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
2M ago
After a career undertaking secretive operations in the Special Forces, in August of 2023, SMA Michael Weimer was sworn into his new position and took his turn in the spotlight as Sergeant Major of the Army. What, in the first six months of his term, has been his most difficult assignment? Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with SMA Weimer to discuss his childhood as an Army brat, talk through some of his leadership theories, and learn how Genghis Khan influenced one of his favorite training exercises.   Guest: SMA Michael Weimer, Sergeant Major of the Army ..read more
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Is There an Army Doctor in the House?
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
3M ago
LTG Telita Crosland decided at the age of five she was going to be a doctor, and her later studies at West Point became her first official step into the field. Her thirty-year Army career has involved a great number of highlights and appointments, and she now heads the Defense Health Agency (DHA), overseeing the healthcare for almost 10 million citizens in and out of the military outside. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with LTG Crosland to discuss how DHA takes a leadership role in healthcare in the country, to share stories of mentorship… and to review a m ..read more
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What Do Batman and Ruben Rivers Have in Common?
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
3M ago
Comic book writer Chuck Dixon has produced more issues of comic books than any other living author today, most notably telling the stories of superheroes Batman, Robin, The Punisher and John Rambo. But his work on AUSA’s Medal of Honor comic series has allowed him to bring actual historical heroes to life to incredible effect. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with Dixon to discuss the upcoming comic Medal of Honor: Ruben Rivers, the story of the WWII hero featured, how a comic book is actually created, and to agree that a visit from the taxman can be the best ..read more
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The Man Who Died Six Times—and Then Became a Superbowl Champion
AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
by Assn. of the United States Army
4M ago
COL (Ret.) Greg Gadson originally attended West Point to play football, but quickly realized he wanted to be a Soldier for Life, and he was commissioned upon his graduation in 1989. His 25-year military career saw him serve in every major conflict of the past few decades, bringing him to many places, including Kuwait, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Iraq. In May 2007, he faced his biggest challenge when he barely survived an IED attack and lost both of his legs; after that severe injury, he undertook a painful recovery that allowed him to continue to serve and  ..read more
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