79 episodes

Welcome to the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast, a look inside America’s most prestigious military unit. With a new episode every Tuesday, host Joe Buccino explores the past, the present, and the future of the 18th Airborne, with each episode fully explaining one complicated subject.

Through discussions with some of the most prominent American and British historians, veterans, and currently-serving Soldiers from the Corps, Joe examines the full spectrum of life and service in the 18th Airborne.

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Welcome to the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast, a look inside America’s most prestigious military unit. With a new episode every Tuesday, host Joe Buccino explores the past, the present, and the future of the 18th Airborne, with each episode fully explaining one complicated subject.

Through discussions with some of the most prominent American and British historians, veterans, and currently-serving Soldiers from the Corps, Joe examines the full spectrum of life and service in the 18th Airborne.

    Episode 79: Listener Mail

    Episode 79: Listener Mail

    In episode 79 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast, the podcast staff goes through 10 months of emails from listeners. It's listener mail: we answer your questions about the show! 


    Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the US military.


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    • 20 min
    Episode 78: Talk To Your EO Rep!

    Episode 78: Talk To Your EO Rep!

    Today on the podcast: an Equal Opportunity Representative. This one is an interesting, thoughtful guy who has insight into how the program is changing and how leaders and Soldier can leverage their EO rep.


    After a long, successful career as an airborne infantryman, Sergeant Major Rob Frame recently took a job as an Equal Opportunity Officer. He likes it!


    Rob joins host Joe Buccino to talk about the EO program, about how the Army has changed over the last two decades, and how Army leaders must continue to evolve with American society.


    Rob has much to say about Army culture, leadership, and the NCO corps. This episode is worth a listen for anyone serving today.


    Remember to subscribe to the podcast and to leave a 5-star rating and a review on Apple Podcasts as that helps others find the show.

    • 40 min
    Episode 77: Communicating with Gen Z (Featuring Jonathan Haidt)

    Episode 77: Communicating with Gen Z (Featuring Jonathan Haidt)

    Gen Z has changed Army communication.


    As far back as the formation of the first companies of American rifleman in 1775, effective communication has served as a critical component of Army leadership. Conveying orders, describing purpose and meaning, disseminating intent: all these are crucial to leading troops in war and peacetime.


    Right now, Army leaders – and the Army more broadly – seek to convey meaning and insight, to describe legacy and implant culture to a group of Soldiers and future Soldiers raised on a vastly more complicated information environment. Today’s Soldier comes into the Army accustomed to absorbing a near-constant stream of information, stimulation, and feedback. It’s not all useful, but it is perpetual. The Army is adapting to Gen Z; broadly defined as Americans born between 1997 and 2012; the first American generation to grow up with a smartphone.


    Jonathan Haidt, one of America’s most prominent social psychologists, makes a fortune (and quite a bit of fame) studying and describing the way in which Gen Zers receive and present information. You probably know Jonathan as the co-author, along with Greg Lukianoff, of the monster 2018 bestseller “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” (a book that contributed to the aforementioned fortune). He teaches ethical leadership at New York University and uses research on moral psychology to help people understand each other. His life’s work is in helping American social institutions work better.


    Jonathan joins host Joe Buccino to talk about how the Army should think about communicating in this non-stop information environment. As you’d imagine, this discussion is right in his wheelhouse.


    Jonathan’s an interesting guy and he has some surprising takes here on the Army, on leadership, on COVID confusion and misinformation, and on understanding and promoting culture. His is a critical voice on these subjects and this is an episode worth every Army leader’s time.


    Joe is also joined by two friends, both Army Soldiers, one before the Jonathan Haidt discussion and one after. The pre-Haidt Soldier is perhaps the country’s biggest Jonathan Haidt fan; he turned Joe on to the “Coddling of the American Mind.” The post-Haidt Soldier – NOT a Gen Zer – offers a view that contrasts with that of the great psychologist. So, a lot going on in this podcast episode. It’s worth 50 minutes of your time.


    The 18th Airborne Corps podcast is the official podcast of the US military. We record on Fort Bragg, North Carolina and release a new episode every Tuesday.


    Please subscribe to the 18th Airborne Corps podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify. Please also leave a five-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts, as this helps others find the show.

    • 48 min
    Episode 76: The Battle of Mogadishu, Part Two of Two

    Episode 76: The Battle of Mogadishu, Part Two of Two

    Episode 76 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast is the second of two parts on the Battle of


    Mogadishu. Normally we release new episodes every Tuesday, however, we’re releasing


    these two on Sunday, October 3rd and Monday, October 4th - timed for the 28th


    anniversary of the battle (October 3rd and 4th, 1993).


     


    In this episode, we speak with John Collett, one of Rangers who fast roped into the Mogadishu arms market. John, then an Army Specialist, was an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon gunner. During the fighting he was wounded twice.


     


    John was among 18 veterans of the battle awarded a Silver Star in a special ceremony on Fort Benning just a few days ago on Friday, October 1st of this year. John initially received a Bronze Star Medal with a “V” for Valor for his performance in the fight. The award was upgraded earlier this year.

    In this episode John tells the full story, the real story of Black Hawk Down. He describes the fear, the anger, the adrenaline, the fighting, the camaraderie – all of it. He also talks about the subsequent post-traumatic stress and the emotional toll of the brutal combat.


     


    This is a story that every American should hear. It’s a story that should remembered.


     


    On this dark anniversary, we should also remember all 19 American Soldiers killed in that battle. Here are their names:


     


     


     


    Delta Force Operators


     


    Master Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon

    Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart

    Staff Sergeant Daniel Darrell Busch

    Sergeant First Class Earl Robert Fillmore, Junior

    Master Sergeant Timothy Lynn Martin

    Sergeant First Class Matthew Loren Rierson


     


     


     


    3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment


     


    Corporal James “Jamie” E. Smith

    Specialist James M. Cavaco

    Sergeant James Casey Joyce

    Corporal Richard “Alphabet” Kowalewski, Senior

    Sergeant Dominick Pilla

    Sergeant Lorenzo M. Ruiz


     


    Pilots and Crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiments


     


    Staff Sergeant William “Wild Bill” David Cleveland, Senior

    Staff Sergeant Thomas “Tommie” J. Field

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Raymond “Ironman” Alex Frank

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Clifton “Elvis” P. Wolcott

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Donovan “Bull” Lee Briley


     


    10th Mountain Division Soldiers


    Sergeant Cornell Lemont Houston, Senior

    Private First Class Henry Martin, Jr.


     


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    • 59 min
    Episode 75: The Battle of Mogadishu, Part One of Two

    Episode 75: The Battle of Mogadishu, Part One of Two

     


     


    On October 3rd 1993, Task Force Ranger set out on a snatch-and-grab mission to arrest two warlords in Mogadishu, Somalia during Operation Gothic Serpent, the American military attempt to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid during the Somali Civil War.


     


    The daytime mission was to take no more than 90 minutes. Rangers would helicopter in and surround the building on all sides while a ground convoy would wait to carry out the prisoners. Little to no fighting was expected.


     


    What followed was 17 hours of fighting, the most violent combat action American Soldiers had seen since Vietnam. 19 American Soldiers were killed, one, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Durant, was captured.


     


    38 years ago, the Battle of Mogadishu shocked the consciousness of the American public. It was, initially, a story of military failure, a spectacular debacle, an international embarrassment.


     


    In the years since, largely due to Mark Bowden’s 1999 book “Black Hawk Down” and the 2001 Ridley Scott-produced film adaptation of the same name, the story has become one of valor and courage. The book and film give voice to the roughly 160 men who fought in Mogadishu, to the Rangers, Delta operators, and 10th Mountain Division Soldiers cut-off and surrounded, to those who exposed themselves to grave risk trying to rescue downed American blackhawk crews.


     


    This episode, episode 75 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast, is part one of two on the Battle of Mogadishu. We’ve timed these two episodes, 75 and 76, for release on the 38th anniversary of the battle. This a story worth hearing today; it holds great meaning for Army leaders and national security officials.


     


    In this first part, we speak with John Carroll, a historian at Texas A&M University who studies the American response to the Somali Civil War and the role of the Battle of Mogadishu on President Clinton’s subsequent foreign policy decision-making. John provides context around the battle, describing what happened and why and how the country responded. We also speak with Matt Eversmann, a retired Army First Sergeant who is immortalized not only in the Mark Bowden book but who is the main character in the film, played by Josh Hartnett.


     


    The 18th Airborne Corps podcast is the official podcast of the US military. We traditionally release new episodes every Tuesday. For episodes 75 and 76 we’re releasing on Sunday and Monday in concert with the 38th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu.


     


    Please subscribe to the 18th Airborne Corps podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify. Please also leave a five-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts, as this helps others find the show.


     


    The 18th Airborne Corps podcast focuses on history, current events, and leadership and is recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    • 51 min
    Episode 74: Anne McClain - Astronaut, Soldier, Inspiration

    Episode 74: Anne McClain - Astronaut, Soldier, Inspiration

    Anne McClain is many things: a NASA astronaut, a global icon, an inspiration to many, a pro rugby player. She's also an active duty Army Soldier.


     


    Anne joins host Joe Buccino for episode 74 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast. She tells her story and describes her journey from Spokane, Washington to West Point to the Army and to outer space. The life of an astronaut is, as you'd imagine, incredibly rewarding but it's not easy as life. Anne describes her training, her studies, and her close-knit team.


     


    Anne also describes the responsibility she feels to all the women and girls who look up to her and see her as a role model.


     


    This is a truly enlightening, inspirational episode, one with value for leaders, teachers, and parents all across our Nation.


     


    Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 18th Airborne Corps podcast is the official podcast of the United States military. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify so you won't miss an episode.


     


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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

SeanTyler2019 ,

For Leaders

Joe delivers deep and passionate analysis of many subjects centered on leadership. Candid interviews with a wide variety of perspectives and expertises keep the lineup of episodes engaging. My favorite episode is 39.

DedicatedAmerican ,

holds my interest

I first listened during Afghanistan withdrawal. I keep listening because I learn so much about the military and history! The host breaks down large topics into easy-to-understand segments. Great!

J Hankes ,

Top 5 Podcast for me! Thanks for creating it!

Thank you so much to the producers of this podcast! Every week, y’all add to my day and my character. I share this podcast with folks weekly. I have learned so much about leadership, service, our history as a nation as well as current day mechanics and human stories of this part of our country’s daily operations. I’m often humbled and grateful at the end of each episode. Huge thank you to Joe and the other hosts and producers who make this exceptional listening. (I don’t know how y’all are making at least two of these a week!) I will keep listening and sharing. Thank you for the passionate and rigorous excavation of truth, service, and growth in this very complex world that we are lucky enough to steward. Deep respect and gratitude for this contribution. I am better for it and suspect many others are as well. And deepest gratitude to all of you in uniform who show up to serve this nation’s highest ideals as we strive to make it even better each day.

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