36 episodes

The Panjwai Podcast is an interview-based podcast series documenting the experiences of combat veterans in the Panjwai District of Kandahar, Afghanistan. The series seeks to explore a human, emotional, and accurate retelling of veterans' experiences. Guests range from enlisted privates, to senior leaders, helicopter pilots, special operators, support personnel, engineers, EOD, medics and other forces that supported or witnessed combat in the Panjwai District. Military history buffs will relish in the detailed descriptions of terrain and the history of the area, and fans of Serial and other documentary style podcasts will appreciate the attention to detail and highlighting of the human aspect of warfare on young soldiers.

The Panjwai Podcast is the story of the grunts fight in a true Infantry battlefield. Season 2 Starts June 7th, 2021 with a detailed look at the Panjwai Massacre, committed by SSG Robert Bales on March 11, 2012 from his outpost VSP Belambai in Panjwai, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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    • 5.0 • 69 Ratings

The Panjwai Podcast is an interview-based podcast series documenting the experiences of combat veterans in the Panjwai District of Kandahar, Afghanistan. The series seeks to explore a human, emotional, and accurate retelling of veterans' experiences. Guests range from enlisted privates, to senior leaders, helicopter pilots, special operators, support personnel, engineers, EOD, medics and other forces that supported or witnessed combat in the Panjwai District. Military history buffs will relish in the detailed descriptions of terrain and the history of the area, and fans of Serial and other documentary style podcasts will appreciate the attention to detail and highlighting of the human aspect of warfare on young soldiers.

The Panjwai Podcast is the story of the grunts fight in a true Infantry battlefield. Season 2 Starts June 7th, 2021 with a detailed look at the Panjwai Massacre, committed by SSG Robert Bales on March 11, 2012 from his outpost VSP Belambai in Panjwai, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Episodes available weekly.

    Episode 35 - A Voice From Afghanistan

    Episode 35 - A Voice From Afghanistan

    This is the final episode of Season 2 of The Panjwai Podcast, and we wanted to do something a little unique and more impactful than some sort of close out.


     


    This week we are featuring the voice of an Interpreter, in the final days of the US Evacuation, after multiple failed attempts to get through and be evacuated. Despite having a visa, he never made it out on those planes and remains left behind in Afghanistan.


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    The views expressed by the guests and hosts of this podcast do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or United States Government.


     


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    For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai


     


    You can donate and support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $3.00 a month. visit www.patreon.com/thepanjwaipodcast to learn more.


     


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    Episode 34 - Death From Above

    Episode 34 - Death From Above

    This week on the podcast we are joined by CW3(R) Keith Knicely. Keith is a former Infantryman turned Apache pilot, just like Curtis, except Keith did his transition much earlier. After the invasion of Iraq and a time as a Drill Sergeant Keith made the transition to the Apache in time to fly overhead in Kandahar in 2012. Part of Task Force 2-6, Keith flew over Panjwai, Zharey, and Kandahar as a whole. Keith talks about his time in Kandahar, his time flying with the OH-58D Kiowa community, and the impact that deployment had on him as an Attack Pilot. Keith would later go on to become an instructor pilot at Flight School in Fort Rucker, and guess who was in his very first class? That's right. Your 2nd favorite co-host - Curtis Grace.


     


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    The views expressed by the guests and hosts of this podcast do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or United States Government.


     


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    For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai


     


    You can donate and support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $3.00 a month. visit www.patreon.com/thepanjwaipodcast to learn more.


     


    Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast


    Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 


     


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    Episode 33 - Medusa

    Episode 33 - Medusa

    This week on The Panjwai Podcast we are privileged to speak with @OpMedusa himself, Russ Knight. Russ was a LAV driver in 2006 at the tip of the spear in Operation Medusa, part of a column of LAV’s directly assaulting “The White Schoolhouse” or OBJ Rugby. Russ talks about Operation Medusa, the rest of his 2006 deployment and the differences between 2006 and 2010, when he returned to COP Sperwan Ghar.


     


    Check out Russ’s Page: @OpMedusa on Instagram


    And visit www.shopopmedusa.com for Panjwai themed march and chance to win a sweet Variant One Archangel knife. 


     


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    The views expressed by the guests and hosts of this podcast do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or United States Government.


     


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    Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/thepanjwaipodcast


     


    For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai


     


    You can donate and support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $3.00 a month. visit www.patreon.com/thepanjwaipodcast to learn more.


     


    Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast


    Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 


     


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    Episode 32 - Rendering AId

    Episode 32 - Rendering AId

    This week on The Panjwai Podcast we are privileged to have Thomas Underhill join us. Tom was a Combat Medic assigned to 1-5 Infantry out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and served in Dand District and Panjwai from April 2011 to March 2012. In Panjwai, Tom served at COP Sperwan Ghar where he and his platoon owned the western side of the AO and soon found that the realities of combat in Dand were not the same as the realities of combat in the Horn of Panjwai. Tom does a great job of highlighting those realities and offering some insight from his time as a Combat Medic and as a teammate to his brothers in arms, as well as a breathtaking account of the mass casualty event that sticks with him to this day.


    https://buff.ly/3hkfOg5 - The Military Times account of the effort to save Lieutenant Vogt


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    Episode 31 - Man‘s Best Friend

    Episode 31 - Man‘s Best Friend

    This week on the podcast we are proud to bring in TSGT(R) Leonard Anderson of the United States Air Force. Anderson served as a Military Working Dog Handler on multiple deployments to Afghanistan, most recently in 2012 where he served in Panjwai out of FOB Masum Ghar. Leonard talks about his journey to becoming a MWD Handler, his experiences as one, and the day he was struck by a massive IED patrolling outside COP Sperwan Ghar. You will not want to miss this story of perserverance, recovery and the love between a man and his best friend.


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    The views expressed by the guests and hosts of this podcast do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or United States Government.


     


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    Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/thepanjwaipodcast


     


    For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai


     


    You can donate and support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $3.00 a month. visit www.patreon.com/thepanjwaipodcast to learn more.


     


    Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast


    Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 


     


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    Episode 30 - The Mechanic

    Episode 30 - The Mechanic

    This week we talk to a unique guest, SFC Jon Orebaugh. Jon is and was a wheeled vehicle mechanic, and served with B Company 1-64 Armor at COP Sperwan Ghar in 2012. Jon talks to us about his previous deployment to Iraq, how it differed from his experiences at Sperwan Ghar, and the ludicrous events he endured while at Sperwan Ghar in 2012. Jon talks about his team, its' missions, and about his battle with mental health in the aftermath.


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    The views expressed by the guests and hosts of this podcast do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or United States Government.


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    Also Available on:


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    Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/thepanjwaipodcast


     


    For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai


     


    You can donate and support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $3.00 a month. visit www.patreon.com/thepanjwaipodcast to learn more. Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast


     


    Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 


     


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

who cares about politics ,

Unbelievable

Every episode gets better and better.

Thanks for looking at this from various perspectives.

realassdude ,

Love this pod

Keep it up guy’s love the show!

jimmyp2014 ,

Amazing series

Curtis and Luke do an outstanding job at taking the listener through their year in Panjwai and helping them to understand just what it was like being in Afghanistan and the toll it takes on our military personnel. Anyone with an interest in understanding what happened in Afghanistan needs to add this podcast to their list of materials.

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