100 episodes

AUSA’s Army Matters podcast amplifies the voices of the Total Army – one story at a time.

Join hosts LTG (Ret.) Les Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey every other Wednesday as they interview the modern chroniclers of the Army experience to discuss inspiring leadership stories, current issues faced by Soldiers and our military families’ journeys.

AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast Assn. of the United States Army

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    • 4.6 • 61 Ratings

AUSA’s Army Matters podcast amplifies the voices of the Total Army – one story at a time.

Join hosts LTG (Ret.) Les Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey every other Wednesday as they interview the modern chroniclers of the Army experience to discuss inspiring leadership stories, current issues faced by Soldiers and our military families’ journeys.

    From West Point to Stanford to Miss USA

    From West Point to Stanford to Miss USA

    2LT Alma Cooper will be representing Michigan at the Miss USA Pageant this August, but she’s definitely NOT your traditional contestant. A 2023 graduate of West Point, she is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar currently completing a graduate degree in data-science at Stanford University, focusing on body mass index research that could aid the Army’s recruiting efforts. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with Lt. Cooper to discuss her experience and inspirations at West Point, why she believes obesity is a major cause for concern in the world, and they listen as she pulls back the curtain on Miss USA and pageants today.

    • 34 min
    How Lieutenant Dan Continues to Help the Army

    How Lieutenant Dan Continues to Help the Army

    Thirty years ago, audiences around the world were introduced to Forrest Gump and his Army commander, Lieutenant Dan Taylor. For Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan, it was not only a major moment in his acting career but also in his relationship with the Army and the military. Since then, he’s raised millions of dollars for veterans, met with Wounded Warriors worldwide and played over 500 concerts for the military. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with Gary to discuss the legacy of Forrest Gump, what he’s gotten from his time with the troops, and how music has helped him deal with the recent passing of his son, Mac.
    Guest:
    Gary Sinise, American Actor, Gary Sinise Foundation Founder, and 2017 AUSA George Marshall Medal Recipient
     
    Has a member of the Army positively changed your life? Now is your chance to thank them publicly with a shoutout via our Hooah Hotline and have it possibly appear on an upcoming episode of AUSA’s Army Matters podcast!
     
    AUSA’s Army Matters podcast can also be heard on Wreaths Across America Radio on Monday at 8 pm Eastern  You can find Wreaths Across America Radio on the iHeart Radio app, the Audacy app, and the TuneIn app. Search the word Wreath. 
     
    Donate: If you are interested in supporting AUSA’s educational programs, such as this podcast, please visit www.ausa.org/donate.
    Feedback: How are we doing? Email us at podcast@ausa.org.
    Disclaimer:AUSA’s Army Matters podcast primary purpose is to entertain. The podcast does not constitute advice or services. While guests are invited to listen, listeners please note that you are not being provided professional advice from the podcast or the guests. The views and opinions of our guests do not necessarily reflect the views of AUSA.

    • 35 min
    Leave No Soldier Behind: Part II

    Leave No Soldier Behind: Part II

    It’s a simple yet powerful creed: “Leave no Soldier behind.” At the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), every single employee takes this to heart and spends their days trying to find and identify the remains of American Soldiers who have been lost overseas. In this emotional second episode of a two-part series on the DPAA, we speak to researchers Dr. Veronica Keyes and Dr. Dawn Berry to learn what they do to discover these remains and how it’s affected their own lives. And we end with a special moment as we hear from a family member who was finally able to have their lost one returned home.
    Guests:
    Dr. Dawn A. Berry, Chief of Research, Korea, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Indo-Pacific Directorate, Research Division
     
    Dr. Veronica A. Keyes, RPA, D-ABFA, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory
     
    Music Credits:
    “Home at Last”, “The Faded Uniform - guitar and strings” and “The Faded Uniform - guitars only;” Written and performed by Ray Emil Kapaun.
     
    Has a member of the Army positively changed your life? Now is your chance to thank them publicly with a shoutout via our Hooah Hotline and have it possibly appear on an upcoming episode of AUSA’s Army Matters podcast!
     
    AUSA’s Army Matters podcast can also be heard on Wreaths Across America Radio on Monday at 8 pm Eastern  You can find Wreaths Across America Radio on the iHeart Radio app, the Audacy app, and the TuneIn app. Search the word Wreath. 
     
    Donate: If you are interested in supporting AUSA’s educational programs, such as this podcast, please visit www.ausa.org/donate.
    Feedback: How are we doing? Email us at podcast@ausa.org.
    Disclaimer:AUSA’s Army Matters podcast primary purpose is to entertain. The podcast does not constitute advice or services. While guests are invited to listen, listeners please note that you are not being provided professional advice from the podcast or the guests. The views and opinions of our guests do not necessarily reflect the views of AUSA.

    • 33 min
    Leave No Soldier Behind: Part I

    Leave No Soldier Behind: Part I

    In September 2021, Medal of Honor recipient Father Emil Kapaun was finally buried near his Kansas home, seventy years after his death in a North Korean POW camp. It took years of research and work to discover and identify his remains, and it was the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) that made it all possible. This group of researchers and academics have devoted their lives to the creed of “Leave no Soldier behind,” and in this first episode of a special two-part series on the DPAA, our hosts speak with Father Emil’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, as well as DPAA researcher Josh Frank to discuss the process and power of what they do.
     
    Guests:
    Ray Emil Kapaun, Father Emil Kapaun’s nephewJosh Frank, Research Analyst, Europe-Mediterranean Operations, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
     
    Music Credits:
    “Home at Last”, “The Faded Uniform - guitar and strings” and “The Faded Uniform - guitars only;” Written and performed by Ray Emil Kapaun.
     
    Has a member of the Army positively changed your life? Now is your chance to thank them publicly with a shoutout via our Hooah Hotline and have it possibly appear on an upcoming episode of AUSA’s Army Matters podcast!
     
    AUSA’s Army Matters podcast can also be heard on Wreaths Across America Radio on Monday at 8 pm Eastern  You can find Wreaths Across America Radio on the iHeart Radio app, the Audacy app, and the TuneIn app. Search the word Wreath. 
     
    Donate: If you are interested in supporting AUSA’s educational programs, such as this podcast, please visit www.ausa.org/donate.
    Feedback: How are we doing? Email us at podcast@ausa.org.
    Disclaimer:AUSA’s Army Matters podcast primary purpose is to entertain. The podcast does not constitute advice or services. While guests are invited to listen, listeners please note that you are not being provided professional advice from the podcast or the guests. The views and opinions of our guests do not necessarily reflect the views of AUSA.

    • 33 min
    “I Lived A Full Life Because of Him”: A Memorial Day Moment

    “I Lived A Full Life Because of Him”: A Memorial Day Moment

    A teaser for our two-part series on the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency coming out in June.

    • 4 min
    How the Army Corps is Leading Baltimore’s Bridge Clean-up Effort

    How the Army Corps is Leading Baltimore’s Bridge Clean-up Effort

    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 behind a photo taken of her when she was promoted to Colonel.
     
    Guest:  COL Estee Pinchasin, District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Baltimore District
     
    Has a member of the Army changed your life? Now is your chance to thank them publicly with a shoutout via our Hooah Hotline and have it possibly appear on an upcoming episode of AUSA’s Army Matters podcast!
     
    AUSA’s Army Matters podcast can also be heard on Wreaths Across America Radio on Monday at 8 pm Eastern  You can find Wreaths Across America Radio on the iHeart Radio app, the Audacy app, and the TuneIn app. Search the word Wreath. 
     
    Donate: If you are interested in supporting AUSA’s educational programs, such as this podcast, please visit www.ausa.org/donate.
    Feedback: How are we doing? Email us at podcast@ausa.org.
    Disclaimer:AUSA’s Army Matters podcast primary purpose is to entertain. The podcast does not constitute advice or services. While guests are invited to listen, listeners please note that you are not being provided professional advice from the podcast or the guests. The views and opinions of our guests do not necessarily reflect the views of AUSA.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

RhondaLeeinAlabama ,

Gary Sinise Podcast

What a fantastic podcast with a great American!! Gary continues to give back and I truly
Enjoyed hearing all about his son Mac. Thank you to the team at AUSA for hosting this educational event!!! HOOAH!

Proud SGM ,

This is Our Army

Really enjoy getting to hear the stories of Soldiers or family members of how they became associated with the Army, what they’re doing, and how the experience has impacted their lives or how their service impacted the lives of others. Really gets to the grassroots of our Army stories and how we’re making a difference with our Army today and for the future.

v17780 ,

Awesome!

Interesting and engaging topics discussed with amazing people :)

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