The Military Officers Association of America's Never Stop Serving Podcast, hosted by retired Army Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn tackles issues important to servicemembers, veterans and their families.
Col. Nicole Malachowski: When Illness Cuts Your Career Short
As we conclude our third season of the Never Stop Serving Podcast, host Olivia Nunn speaks with MOAA member Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret). Our season has largely focused on war stories, but in this episode we learn of a dynamic career cut short by a surprising illness. After several deployments flying the F-15E Striker Eagle, Malachowski became the first female pilot in the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's demonstration team. Following several assignments, including command of the 333rd Fighter Squadron, she was named a White House Fellow and Executive Director of the Joining Forces Initiative to support military families. In 2017, Malachowski was forced to medically retire due to the debilitating effects of a tick-borne illness. She has since become an advocate for wounded warriors and patients suffering the effects of tick-borne diseases.
Maj. Josh Glover: Helo Crash Sends Marines into Fallujah Firefight
In this episode of the Never Stop Serving Podcast, host Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn, USA (Ret), speaks with Silver Star recipient Maj. Josh Glover, USMC (Ret). During his second deployment to Iraq, Glover, then a first lieutenant, was serving as a Quick Reaction Force platoon commander when they were sent out to secure a downed CH-53 helicopter. During the mission, the QRF platoon was ambushed but able to fight through and return back to friendly lines, inflicting numerous enemy casualties on the way. Later that same day, they were called out to rescue a rifle platoon fighting behind enemy lines. Lt. Glover and his platoon engaged and defeated a company-sized enemy element to reach the besieged Marines.
Maj. Brian Cillessen: "We fought hard on this day."
In this episode of the Never Stop Serving podcast, host Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn, USA (Ret), speaks with Maj. Brian Cillessen, USMC (Ret). In January 2005 then-Capt. Cillessen was attached to a Special Forces ODA as an embedded trainer and Marine adviser for Afghan National Army commandos. While returning from a mission, his convoy was ambushed. Cillessen, now a television producer and host on The Sportsman Channel, details the actions in this battle that earned him the Silver Star.
Oil Terminal Attack: Coast Guardsman Earns Valor During the Iraq War
In April 2004, Joe Ruggiero was a petty officer serving with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment aboard the Navy’s USS Firebolt in the Persian Gulf. Ruggiero and a team of Coast Guardsmen and sailors were conducting a boarding operation near an oil terminal when the boat they were intercepting detonated in an apparent suicide bombing, killing two sailors and one Coast Guardsman. For his actions that day, Ruggiero, now a Chief Warrant Officer 2, became the first Coast Guardsman since the Vietnam War to earn a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with V.
Marine and Author Elliot Ackerman: On America's End in Afghanistan
As Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in 2021, Elliot Ackerman, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and MARSOC team leader, found himself in the middle of an unofficial evacuation effort to help Afghan allies escape the country. Ackerman, a Silver Star recipient and author, wrote about the effort and his experiences in Afghanistan in his latest book, "The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan."
Lt. Col. Melissa May: Combat Pilot by Day, Diaper Duty By Night
Melissa May didn’t grow up with fighter pilot dreams but the self-described "tree hugger and snowboarder" was recruited to swim at the the Air Force Academy. In due time May found herself flying combat missions over Libya by day and changing diapers by night.
Now a retired lieutenant colonel, May talks about these adventures, the mission over Baghdad that earned her a Distinguished Flying Cross and her transition to a commercial pilot for United.
I’ve already referred several peers to this podcast. Excellent content that’s relevant to every Solider. I’m looking forward to additional episodes!
Outstanding Start to the Podcast
I am very pleased with the first two episodes for the podcast. LTC Nunn is a great host and the content is spot on, helpful, and relevant both in substance and tying in the services and advocacy MOAA offers pertaining to the issue at hand.
I am a member of nearly all the large veteran organizations. I am thankful for the various efforts of each of them. The difference with MOAA is the national leadership is readily accessible to the ground level membership, younger and newer members can participate on day one in national level efforts with senior leaders, and senior leaders listen.
In short, the roll out of this podcast along with a number of other great products in recent months has made the decision to upgrade my premium membership to a life membership a very easy one. This is an organization I am happy to continue to contribute to and receive so much more through great efforts like this podcast. Please keep up the great work on this!