The Blue Grit Podcast features conversations with current and former military leaders, mental health experts, elite athletes, veterans and other individuals who have overcome significant adversity. Each podcast will highlight tactics, techniques and procedures guests used to overcome profound challenges and how those TTPs may be employed to help current Airmen deal with their struggles. As a corollary, podcast will increase awareness of psychological health and assist in de-stigmatizing mental illness, normalize Airmen's own struggles and internalize the message of hope and recovery.
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 39 MSgt Maria Seyborne
We all have our stories. Some are more unfathomable than others. MSgt Maria Seyborne shares her story of overcoming a harrowing hostage situation, PTSD, and why mental health advocacy has become her life mission.
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 38 CMSgt Lisa Arnold
Episode 38 is an interview with CMSgt Lisa Arnold, who is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles California. We talk about Chief Arnold’s toughest moments, sexual harassment, surviving deep desperation, rekindling friendships, facing glass ceiling, being a good human and an optimist, her grit, her biggest fears, the importance of sleep, and much more.
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 37 Lt Col (Ret.) Dr. Alan Ogle
The topic of this podcast is a form of resilience: heroism. Christopher McDougall, the author of Natural Born Heroes, describes heroism as a skill that can be practiced, rather than a virtue or personality trait. My guest is Dr. Alan Ogle, an operational Air Force psychologist and firefighter who, among many accomplishments during his military career, developed an alcohol prevention program that became the model for use across Air Force and DoD. He also implemented the 360 multi-dimensional assessment for Military Training Instructors in BMT. In this episode, we discuss heroes and heroism in the military, courage in every day life, compassion as the driving force behind heroism, embedded mental health teams, and applying 360 multidimensional assessments when selecting those to positions of power, including political leaders.
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 36 Pam Collins and Deidra Saina
Blue Grit Podcast episode 36 is a special edition. For the first time, it features two guests on the same show. And for the first time, the topic of discussion is domestic violence. My two guests are Pam Collins -- who is the Clinical Director of Air Force Family Advocacy Program -- and Deidra Saina who oversees and directs Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy services at the Air Force bases around the world. We discuss elements of Family Advocacy in the Air Force, the nature of domestic violence, power and control cycle, types of abuse, clients rights for self-determination, risk factors for potential victims, resources available to victims, and treatments available to perpetrators.
Photo Credit to Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank [downloaded 18 Oct 2020 from https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1935152/illustrative-face-domestic-violence-third-place]
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 35 SMSgt Jamie L. Britt
Episode 35 is an interview with SMSgt Jamie L. Britt, the First Sergeant, 61st Air Base Group (ABG), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.
SMSgt Britt and I met for this recording of the Blue Grit Podcast episode just 2 months after his father committed suicide. In this interview, SMSgt Britt talks about coping with suicide of his father, while helping airmen and commanders in the midst of COVID-19. We discuss what he had to let go in order to become the best version of himself. He is honest and humble. He is not ashamed to look in the mirror and give a name to the reflection he sees. Despite chaotic childhood, battles with alcoholism, and an almost failed marriage — through struggles, deliberate work, and thoughtful choices — he transforms as a better leader, husband, father, and wingman.
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 34 Col (Ret.) Richard Tatem
Blue Grit Podcast Episode 34 Col (Ret.) Richard Tatem by Anya Fedotova
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I started this podcast thinking it was going to be a half-hearted attempt by the USAF to use unrealistic scenarios and cheesy dialogue in an effort to prove they care about mental health and the individual. I have been captivated, however, by the stories and testimonies of real people going through real life experiences and struggles. The determination and resiliency of the show’s guests and the skillful direction from the host, Maj Fedotova makes this a very compelling podcast. Well done!
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What an amazing way to communicate with the public bringing light to so many varied topics. Episode 18 was the most riveting and chilling episode to date!..she brings you right in the room with her..
sending chills down your spine and ends with a call for action plea. WE NEED this outlet...keep up the marvelous work!!!