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Welcome to The Indigenous Approach, a podcast where we examine the role of the Nation's Premier Partnership Force across the competition continuum - from cooperation to conflict, and everything in between.

The Indigenous Approach 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)

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Welcome to The Indigenous Approach, a podcast where we examine the role of the Nation's Premier Partnership Force across the competition continuum - from cooperation to conflict, and everything in between.

    Candid Conversations: Part I

    Candid Conversations: Part I

    In Part 1 of this two-part series, Master Sgt. Chris Copper returns with  Maj.  Larry Royer, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) behavioral health officer; Master Sgt. John, Team Sergeant from 19th SFG(A); and Georgia Harrison, United States Army Special Operations Command HPW Suicide Prevention Coordinator to have a candid conversation on issues that are affecting the force today. 

    • 46 min
    1st SFC (A)'s Language, Regional Expertise & Culture Program

    1st SFC (A)'s Language, Regional Expertise & Culture Program

    In today's episode, we bring on the LREC program managers and a current Special Forces officer to discuss the command's language and culture program.

    Francis "Rusty" Restituyo is a retired Green Beret and is the LREC Director.

    Jorge Sanchez is a retired Green Beret and runs the Advanced Language Training portion of the LREC.

    Scott McDonough is the program manager for Yorktown Systems Group, the company that manages the contractor and database portion of the LREC.

    Ian Edgerly is a former PSYOP officer and is the program lead for the Regional Expertise and Culture part of the LREC.

    MAJ Tim Ball is a current Special Forces officer and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He wrote an article in War on the Rocks in May of this year about our language program, available here:

    https://warontherocks.com/2021/05/talking-the-talk-language-capabilities-for-u-s-army-special-forces/

    • 52 min
    The Masks We Wear

    The Masks We Wear

    The Army Special Operations Forces community has a lot on our minds after shouldering the burden of 20 years of war.  The hardships, trials, struggles we face, have faced, and will continue to face affect us in one way or another.  Master Sgt. Chris Copper, the 1st Special Forces Command Human Performance and Wellness NCO, joins Master Sgt. Josh Thompson, former U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Sgt., to discuss the different masks we wear and how that can affect someone’s life.
     
    Master Sgt. Chris Copper is the 1st SFC(A) HPW NCOIC and works to ensure that the Soldiers across the organization have the resources available for physical, mental and spiritual health.
     
    Master Sgt. Josh Thompson, at the time of this recording, was the SWCS HHC 1st Sgt.  After assuming responsibility, he wrote the paper “The Masks We Wear” and identified what made him want to seek help and the importance of sharing his story.
     
    Josh’s Article
    https://havokjournal.com/culture/mental-health-wellness/the-masks-we-wear-an-sf-soldier-speaks-out/
    https://usasoc.hpw.agilesof.com/index.html – USASOC Human Performance and Wellness website.
    https://suicidepreventionlife.org – Call, (800) 273-8255 to receive immediate assistance.
    https://veteranscrisisline.net – Call, (800) 273-8255, press 1.
    http://giveanhour.org- non-attributable website to speak to a real person that can listen and provide assistance.
    https://www.militaryonesource.mil/confidential-help – website that can provide confidential help. Call, 800- 342-9647.

    • 59 min
    Concept of Resistance: Part 2 - Resistance in the Indo-Pacific

    Concept of Resistance: Part 2 - Resistance in the Indo-Pacific

    In Part 2 of our series on Resistance, we examine what Resistance looks like in the INDOPACOM AoR with the past, present and future commanders of our forward-stationed battalion in the region.

    Guests for this episode:
    Lt. Col. Erik Davis is the current commander of 1st Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan.

    Lt. Col. Ron Garberson works in the Operations Directorate at Special Operations Command - Pacific (SOCPAC) and is the next commander of 1st Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan.

    Col. (Ret) Dave Maxwell is a senior fellow at Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and was commander of 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group from 2000 to 2002. He's instructed at the National War College and Georgetown University. With over 20 years of service in the Indo-Pacific, he's an expert on the subjects of SOF and resistance.

    *To join the conversation, navigate to the 1SFC CAG page on the SIPR portal, where you will find a button for the CDR's Blog*

    Links for this topic:
     
    Gene Sharp’s “From Dictatorship to Democracy”
    https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/resource/from-dictatorship-to-democracy-a-conceptual-framework-for-liberation/


    Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Project:
    https://www.soc.mil/ARIS/ARIS.html

    Resistance Operating Concept (ROC):
    https://jsou.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=54216464

    • 46 min
    Concept of Resistance: Part 1 - Resistance in Europe

    Concept of Resistance: Part 1 - Resistance in Europe

    The concept of resistance is foundational to Army Special Operations Forces, as our mission is generally to partner with forces to either support or defeat resistance movements. In this two-part series, we pair experts on resistance with our forward-stationed battalion commanders in Germany and Japan to discuss what resistance is and how it’s applied in today’s operational environment. 

    *To join the conversation, navigate to the 1SFC CAG page on the SIPR portal, where you will find a button for the CDR's Blog*

    Links:

    Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Project: 
    https://www.soc.mil/ARIS/ARIS.html

    Resistance Operating Concept (ROC):
    https://jsou.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=54216464

    Lt. Col. Mike Penn is a Special Forces officer and commander of 1st Bn. 10th Special Forces Group in Stuttgart, Germany. He’s been in the Army for almost 25 years and has spent the majority of that time in Special Operations units.
     Mr. Paul Tompkins is currently the Sensitive Activities Division Chief at the US Army Special Operations Command. A retired CW4 with 28 years of service, Mr. Tompkins joined the Special Forces regiment in 1980 and spent time planning resistance operations against the Soviet Union during his time with 10 Special Forces Group in the ‘80s. 
     Dr. Otto Fiala, also currently working at USASOC, is a retired Army Colonel and was the lead author of the Resistance Operating Concept while at Special Operations Command Europe.
     LtCol. Randy Martin has spent most of his career within the US Air Force Special Operations Command and is a subject matter expert on Resistance at SOCEUR. 
     Master Sgt. Frank Miller is a colleague of Mr. Tompkins and Dr. Fiala at USASOC. He’s served 15 years as a Green Beret, including several years with 1st Bn 10th Group in Germany, and is a Silver Star recipient from combat actions in Afghanistan in 2010.  

    • 54 min
    528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade - A one-of-a-kind unit supporting SOF globally

    528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade - A one-of-a-kind unit supporting SOF globally

    In this episode, Maj. Dan Lessard sits down with the command team and battalion commanders of the 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade to discuss what makes their brigade so unique.


    Col. Mike Summers is the commander of the 528th.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Dejarius Jones is the command sergeant major.

    Lt. Col. Al Davis is the commander of the 528th STBn (has since changed command).

    Lt. Col. Brian Wong is the commander of the 112th Signal Bn.

    Lt. Col. Sapriya Childs is the commander of the 389th MI Bn.

    For additional history about the 528th , check out the ARSOF History page, here: https://arsof-history.org/branch_support.html

    • 49 min

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