The official podcast of the Washington National Guard.
Raven Conversations: Episode 70 Enhanced 911 System
Joe Siemandel, the State Public Affairs Officer, and Karina Shagren, the Military Department's Communications Director, sit down and chat with Adam Wasserman, the manager for the state's Enhanced 911 system. He talks about the history of the E-911 system, how it works and what the future holds with the new Text-To-911 features that are becoming more popular across the country.
Raven Conversations: Episode 69 Aaron McCarthy's Story and His Battle With Suicide
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and on this episode we talk to Jennika Cardenas. Jennika is the R3SP Coordinator for the state and she brought with her a long-time member of the Washington National Guard, Aaron McCarthy. Aaron opens up to us and shares his heart wrenching story and his battles with TBI and PTSD.
24/7 Veteran and Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
or Text 838255
Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647
Family Program Hotline at the JSS (Building 3) 1-800-364-7492
Jennika Cardenas, R3SP Coordinator: 253-318-9827
All American Heroes Foundation: www.aahfdn.com
Raven Conversations: Episode 68 Pride in Service
Today's episode is a special one. It's Pride Month and we invited a few members of the LGBTQ community to come in and talk about their experiences serving openly in the military and the Washington National Guard. We talked with Chief Warrant Officer 4 Valerie Mariano, 1st Lt. Johanna Lockhart, Capt. Callie Kiaunis and Travis Linares-Hengen, who works in the Emergency Management Division. Travis's story is particularly compelling as he was discharged under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy - a policy that has since been rescinded and now allows LGBTQ service members to serve without repercussions.
This is probably the most open, honest and candid discussion that we've ever had on this podcast. I hope the stories and experiences you will hear in this episode with help enlighten you to the hardships that these service members endured during their careers and still continue to go through. There is much work still to be done.
Some of the language you will hear can be offensive to some listeners.
Raven Conversations: Episode 67 Wildfire Season Prep
It's is now June and we are marching right into fire season. That fun time of year where we all come together to fight a common enemy. Department of Natural Resources are reporting more than 400 fires this calendar year already. Those can range from small backyard fires that get a little bit out of control to larger fires that require a crew of firefighters to extinguish. So the dry, hot conditions are ripe for another more active than usual fire season.
I talked with Angie Lane from DNR and Sgt. 1st Class Stefhan Larkin with the Guard. We chatted about some of the conditions that make for an active fire season, what it takes to be Red Card certified and a couple funny stories from the front lines of the wildfires.
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Raven Conversations: Episode 66 WYA Mentors
In this episode I sat down with Jeff Hehe and Dakota Ross. Dakota was a student at the Washington Youth Academy and Jeff was his mentor. We talked about the mentor/mentee relationship, how Jeff was instrumental in Dakota's education and how one can volunteer as a mentor.
If you would like to get more information on how to apply to be a mentor at the academy, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raven Conversations: Episode 65 Mental Health Awareness
The month of May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of people are diagnosed and live with some sort of mental illness, ranging from stress and anxiety to ADD or OCD. Many of our Guard service members are tasked to serve in extremely stressful situation and that can take a toll on our mental health. Luckily we have a whole slew of professional life counselors at your service to help you get the assistance you need.
In this episode, I sat down with Jennika Cardenas from the Joint Services Support, Lanny Harris, a life counselor, Monique Jordan, a Military and Family Life Counselor, and Major Nichole Mogharreban, a Behavioral Health Officer for the State Surgeon.
If you find this conversation helpful and you would like to reach out to any of our panel members, please find their contact information below:
Maj. Nichole Mogharreban | 253-512-8632 | email@example.com
Lanny Harris | o: 253-512-7980 c: 253-273-1769 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique Jordan | email@example.com
Jennika Cardenas | firstname.lastname@example.org | o: 253-512-1357 c: 253-318-9827
Informative and Entertaining
This is an excellent way to stay in touch with the organization. Raven Conversations always brings engaging content.
Another way to showcase the elitists in the Guard, whose horns have already been tooted. Start focusing on the enlisted.
Interesting and informative talk !
Inspiring and relevant story and example for all! Thanks for your service CMSGT Almond!