100 episodes

A rotating cast of hosts covers topics of importance to the Total Army community including Soldiers, military families and Army supporters. Keep it locked here for all Army Matters. Brought to you by AUSA, the U.S. Army’s professional association - voice for the Army and support for the Soldiers.

Rotating each week, our hosts include:
• SMA(R) Dan Dailey focusing on subjects relevant to our Soldiers.
• COL (R) Scott Halstead sharing inspirational leadership stories.
• Holly Dailey offering insights on the ins and outs of our military families’ journeys.
• Joe Craig telling compelling stories of military history though conversations with contemporary authors.
• COL(R) Dan Roper examining key challenges facing the U.S. Army as it transforms to defeat present and future threats.

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

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    • 4.6 • 47 Ratings

A rotating cast of hosts covers topics of importance to the Total Army community including Soldiers, military families and Army supporters. Keep it locked here for all Army Matters. Brought to you by AUSA, the U.S. Army’s professional association - voice for the Army and support for the Soldiers.

Rotating each week, our hosts include:
• SMA(R) Dan Dailey focusing on subjects relevant to our Soldiers.
• COL (R) Scott Halstead sharing inspirational leadership stories.
• Holly Dailey offering insights on the ins and outs of our military families’ journeys.
• Joe Craig telling compelling stories of military history though conversations with contemporary authors.
• COL(R) Dan Roper examining key challenges facing the U.S. Army as it transforms to defeat present and future threats.

    The Beginning – and End – of the War in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of One Family

    The Beginning – and End – of the War in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of One Family

    In October 2001, then-Captain Jim Wanovich parachuted into Afghanistan to begin the American invasion of the country. Twenty years later, in August 2021 Jim’s son, First Lieutenant Andrew Wanovich deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of the country. Host Colonel (Ret.) Scott Halstead sits down with the Wanovich family – Jim, his wife Kim and Andrew – to discuss what these operations were like, how Kim felt watching both her husband and son go into these dangerous missions, and the best place to learn how to drive stick shift.

    Guests:
    COL (Ret.) Jim Wanovich
    Kim Wanovich
    1LT Andrew Wanovich




    Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead

    Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

    • 18 min
    How to Catch the Biggest Fish – and Reel in the Business

    How to Catch the Biggest Fish – and Reel in the Business

    Sergeant Major (Ret) Burnie Haney got hooked on fishing as a young boy when he caught a five-pound largemouth bass and his father carried it around the campfire like a trophy. After a thirty-eight-year Army career Haney decided to turn his passion into a full-time business, starting New York Fishing Adventures. Host Sergeant Major of the Army (Ret) Dan Dailey sits down by Lake Ontario with Haney to talk to him about his Army career, how to get help with startups from local groups and – yes – get some fishing tips. 

    Guest: SGM (Ret) Burnie Haney, Owner, New York Fishing Adventures


    Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey

     

    Resources:

    New York Fishing Adventures
    Web: https://burniehaney.com/

     

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

     

    Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

    • 18 min
    Rocket Launchers, Roadblocks and Other Tales of an Army Life

    Rocket Launchers, Roadblocks and Other Tales of an Army Life

    With over 30 years in uniform, Colonel (retired) R.D. Hooker Jr. served in various overseas postings (Grenada, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and more), taught at West Point, and served in the White House. Host Joe Craig sits down with Hooker, who just released his seventh book, The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War, to discuss his career, the times he refused orders, and how to make a great first impression - by burning down a watchtower…

    Guest: R.D. Hooker, Jr., author of Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of American at War
    Host: Joe Craig

    Resources: 

    Casemate Publishers:

    Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of American at War

     

    Credits

    Opening Dramatization:

    Narrator:  CSM(Ret.)Troy Welch

    Script: Anthony Del Col

    Sound Design: Andy Bosnak

     

    Book:

    Hooker, Richard D. The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War. Philadelphia, PA: Casemate Publishers, 2022.

     

    Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org. 

    • 19 min
    How United Through Reading Keeps Families Connected

    How United Through Reading Keeps Families Connected

    Reading as a family is proven to aid children in developing key language and literary skills. But what happens when a family member is away on leave for extended periods of time? Thirty-three years ago, a military spouse created United Through Reading to create a system that would help bring families together through books. Host Holly Dailey talks to United Through Reading’s Molly Haskin to talk about the program, how they have adapted to the latest phone technology, and whether it’s possible to develop mind powers like Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

     

     

    Guest: Molly Haskin, Director of Army, Air Force, and Space Force Programs for United Through Reading

     

    Host: Holly Dailey

     

      

      

    Resources: 

     

    Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) Library 

    Website: https://unitedthroughreading.org/read-beyond-the-beaten-path-this-summer/

     

    Reading App Challenge June 15 – August 31

    Website: https://unitedthroughreading.org/join-our-2022-summer-reading-app-challenge/

     

    Mobile Van and Joining Forces
    Website: https://unitedthroughreading.org/mobile-story-station-for-military-families-rolls-into-union-station/

     

    Audio Clip Credits:

    Reading for the Record with UTR - SMA Dan Dailey, US Army. YouTube. YouTube, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oebaBTMvL_Y.

    • 20 min
    What the Army Can Learn from Formula One

    What the Army Can Learn from Formula One

    When people think of Formula One racing, they imagine fast cars, exotic locales, and millions of fans. When former Acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley thinks of F1, he sees the future for the Army and other organizations. Host Colonel (retired) Dan Roper sits down with Whitley to talk about racecar driving, digital twins, and how someone who originally enrolled in agricultural studies worked his way towards overseeing a $700 billion military budget. 

     

    Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org. 

     

    Guest: John Whitley, former Acting Secretary of the Army; Researcher and Advisor, Institute for Defense Analyses

     

    Host: COL (Ret) Dan Roper

    • 18 min
    How Visits to his Grandfather’s Garden Inspired This General to Serve and Lead

    How Visits to his Grandfather’s Garden Inspired This General to Serve and Lead

    Cadet Command is perhaps the most important initiative of the U.S. Army, overseeing more than 30,000 ROTC cadets that could become the next generation of officers and this country’s leaders. Host Colonel (retired) Scott Halstead sits down with his old friend, Major General Johnny Davis, to find out more about the program and the General’s role in overseeing it. The two discuss the role of mentorship, what today’s cadets have on their minds and – perhaps most importantly – the right way to drink coffee.

     

    Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at podcast@ausa.org.

     

    Guest: MG Johnny K. Davis, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky

     

    Host: COL (Ret) Scott Halstead

     

    Resources:

     

    U.S. Army Cadet Command

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

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

k15_jku ,

Army Strong

Real.
Responsive.
Relevant.

Holly Weaver ,

Great podcast

So glad they started this podcast! Thank you

carryonandon ,

Great way to know about the Army

So glad you started this! Favorite so far is the one on George Washington. Also look forward to more for the younger generations. Keep it up.

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