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Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.

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Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.

    #131 Sabrina Smeaton

    #131 Sabrina Smeaton

    Alex Lloyd interviews Afghanistan veteran Sabrina Smeaton.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Sabrina Smeaton is a veteran of the Australian Army. She served in the artillery corps, working as a Weapon Locating Radar operator and a Scan Eagle UAV operator. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Sabrina spoke to Alex Lloyd about her passion for military service, why she joined, her experiences in artillery and in Afghanistan, her transition coming home and life after service.

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #110 Carly Box
    Panel - Veteran Suicide

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    • 53 min
    #130 Trent Burnard

    #130 Trent Burnard

    Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews army veteran Trent Burnard.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Colonel Trent Burnard has worn an army uniform for 32 years. He went from soldier to officer, deployed to Rwanda and East Timor, and worked in Intelligence. Today he focuses on teaching leadership and resilience as a co-founder of Hindsight Leadership. 

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #33 Tracy Smart
    #66 James O'Hanlon
    #80 Robyn White
    #124 Mick Burgess

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    • 42 min
    #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol III

    #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol III

    Alex Lloyd interviews former special forces combat doctor Dan Pronk about his new memoir, THE COMBAT DOCTOR.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Dr Dan Pronk is a former special forces combat doctor. He deployed 4 times to Afghanistan and went on over 100 combat missions. In his 7th appearance on the show, Dan spoke to Alex Lloyd about his new book, his life story, called THE COMBAT DOCTOR. The book is out now in print, audiobook and ebook, and Alex is Dan's publisher at Pan Macmillan. 

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol I
    #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol II
    #36 Mark Donaldson VC
    Voodoo Medics with Mark Donaldson VC, Dr Dan Pronk and Kristin Shorten
    Lessons of a Combat Doctor with Dr Dan Pronk
    #51 Mark Noble
    #107 Brett Wood
    SAS Resilience with Dr Dan Pronk, Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis

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    • 51 min
    Panel - Veteran Suicide

    Panel - Veteran Suicide

    Alex Lloyd hosts a panel on the veteran suicide crisis, with Wes ‘H’ Hennessey and Renee Wilson.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. On 11 August 2022, the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was submitted to the Governor-General, and then to Parliament. While this podcast sees itself as a veterans storytelling platform first and foremost, topics as exceptional as this are an ongoing part of the stories of veterans and families around the country. As a nation, we’ve lost more veterans to suicide than we did to combat in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This Royal Commission was something tirelessly campaigned for by veterans and families, so this interim report is an important measure of whether it’s achieving what so many wanted it to.

    To discuss the interim report, host Alex Lloyd welcomed back two previous guests. Wes ‘H’ Hennessey is veteran of the 2nd Commando Regiment, a deeply experienced and well-decorated soldier after many combat deployments to Afghanistan. Renee Wilson is the CEO of Australian War Widows NSW, an ambassador for the Commando Welfare Trust, and is a staunch advocate for veterans and their families. She is also the wife of veteran Gary Wilson, who was significantly injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

    You can listen to this episode in your usual podcast app, or watch our Zoom recording on YouTube. 

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    Panel - Returning Home
    Panel - The Vietnam War
    Panel - Life After Service
    #54 'H' Vol I-III (Season 3)
    Panel - Australian Infantry Against the Odds
    Panel - Modern Veterans
    #54 'H' Vol IV-V (Season 4)
    The Partners - Renee Wilson
    Christmas on the Line Vol III
    #107 Brett Wood
    Life After Service: Gary & Renee Wilson
    Christmas on the Line Vol IV

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Fall of Kabul with Glenn Kolomeitz

    The Fall of Kabul with Glenn Kolomeitz

    Angus Hordern speaks with veteran Glenn Kolomeitz about the fall of Kabul in 2021. 

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Glenn Kolomeitz is a veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Army. Among other roles, he’s been an MP and deployed to Afghanistan as a Legal Officer, working to enable Special Forces on their missions. He was originally interviewed by Angus Hordern in Season 2 of the podcast, in #22 Glenn Kolomeitz. This year, Glenn came back on the show to speak with Angus about the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, one year on, and the work Glenn continues to do in the veterans community.

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #22 Glenn Kolomeitz
    Panel - Returning Home
    Christmas on the Line
    #44 Mick Bainbridge
    Life After Service: Glenn Kolomeitz

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    • 24 min
    #129 Paul Gebran

    #129 Paul Gebran

    Alex Lloyd interviews Middle East, South Sudan and Cambodia veteran of the RAAF, Paul Gebran.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Paul Gebran is a veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force. He joined on April 24th 1990 and medically discharged on April 25th 2017. Paul spoke to Alex Lloyd about his deployments to Cambodia, South Sudan and the Middle East, and the volunteer work he does today with Northern Queensland Legacy.

    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

     

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

HistoryDude1492 ,

Delightful & Engaging!

This history podcast features wonderful discussions with veterans about their stories. I learn something new after every episode and the host is passionate and knowledgeable. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to this amazing podcast!

WI Appraiser ,

Fascinating History Podcast!

This podcast presents the stories of Australian’s veterans in an engaging and passionate way. I learn something new after every episode, and I HIGHLY recommend this podcast!

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