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Welcome to The Scuttlebutt, a weekly pre-recorded program presented by The Veterans Breakfast Club. “Scuttlebutt” is a military term (specifically Navy) for talk or gossip around the watercooler below decks. And this is what our program is all about: we have informed conversations about the military experience, past and present. We want to bridge the divide between those who serve and those who don’t. We look at headlines, we tackle important topics, and we ask questions. Join us on this journey of spreading the Scuttlebutt!

The Scuttlebutt: Understanding Military Culture Veterans Breakfast Club

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Welcome to The Scuttlebutt, a weekly pre-recorded program presented by The Veterans Breakfast Club. “Scuttlebutt” is a military term (specifically Navy) for talk or gossip around the watercooler below decks. And this is what our program is all about: we have informed conversations about the military experience, past and present. We want to bridge the divide between those who serve and those who don’t. We look at headlines, we tackle important topics, and we ask questions. Join us on this journey of spreading the Scuttlebutt!

    Veteran and Social Anthropologist - Charles Warner III

    Veteran and Social Anthropologist - Charles Warner III

    Charles Warner is a veteran and social anthropologist studying at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
    His research interests primarily revolve around war veterans (a.k.a. the emerging field of “Veterans Studies”), strategic peacebuilding, and post-conflict dialogue/resolution in Southeast Europe. Within this research, he incorporates or centers visual art and poetry/prose-poetry/narrative nonfiction to express ethnographic engagements, research insights, temporality and polyvocal (re)presentation. His PhD project, tentatively titled "The Veterans Eclectic: Engaging voices of past war & visions of future peace in Former Yugoslavia," is guided by two research questions:
    1) Do former combatants embrace the identity of "veteran," maintain veteran-oriented organizations, and connect internationally after the battlefields have gone silent? If yes, how?
    2) How might mapping and understanding cross-border veteran relationships influence current or new approaches to peace and stability between former battlefield foes?
    In pursuit of these questions, Charlie conducted two+ years of relational ethnographic fieldwork and participant observation alongside war veterans in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Kosovo. This fieldwork has generated new insights into veteran culture and relations, their social visibility (or lack thereof), transnational relations, performative materiality, and veteran considerations of the future. Speaking more broadly, this research seeks to strengthen collaborations between social anthropology and the political sciences while contributing to Veterans Studies (thus challenging North Atlantic-centric narratives and hegemony within an emerging field) and informing new paradigms of peacebuilding in former Yugoslavia and beyond.
    The research shared by Charlie Warner with the Scuttlebutt podcast is supported by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the University of Leuven, Belgium.
    The Veterans Eclectic - https://theveteranseclectic.wordpress.com/
    Ku Leuven - https://soc.kuleuven.be/anthropology/staff/00122596
     
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    To find out more information about the Veterans Breakfast Club and view our upcoming schedule of online and in-person events, visit our website at: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    US Armed Forces Chess Championship

    US Armed Forces Chess Championship

    This week on The Scuttlebutt we talk with the Chair of the Military Chess Committee and Navy veteran, Rob Getty about the upcoming 65th Annual US Armed Forces Chess Championship.
    Rob talks about his service, how chess launched his military career, beginner tips, and lessons learned.
    https://www.facebook.com/usafochess/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces_Chess_Championship
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    UPMC for Life: http://upmchealthplan.com/medicare
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    To find out more information about the Veterans Breakfast Club and view our upcoming schedule of online and in-person events, visit our website at: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    What Happened to Japanese Americans During WWII

    What Happened to Japanese Americans During WWII

    Dr. Mitchell T. Maki is the President and CEO of the Go For Broke National Education Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy and lessons of the Nisei (a person born in the US whose parents were immigrants from Japan) World War II veterans. The mission of GO FOR BROKE is to educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.
    Dr. Maki is also the lead author of the award-winning book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, a detailed case study of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. Nearly fifty years after being incarcerated by their own government, Japanese American concentration camp survivors succeeded in obtaining redress for the personal humiliation, family dislocation, and economic ruin caused by their ordeal. An inspiring story of wrongs made right as well as a practical guide to getting legislation through Congress, Achieving the Impossible Dream documents the redress movement from its earliest roots during World War II, the formal introduction of the idea in the 1970s, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, the judicial battles during the 1980s, and the lobbying of the legislative and executive branches in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, the book received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award which is given to books addressing bigotry and human rights in North America.
    Dr. Maki has held the positions of acting Provost and Vice president of Academic Affairs, Vice Provost of Student Academic Success, dean of the Colleges of Professional Studies and Health and Human Services (CSUDH), acting dean of the College of Health and Human Services at CSU Los Angeles and assistant professor in the Department of Social Welfare at UCLA. As acting Provost, Dr. Maki provided academic and strategic leadership for CSUDH's five academic colleges which served over fifteen thousand students.
    Go For Broke - https://goforbroke.org/
    Achieving the Impossible Dream - https://bit.ly/3H36KIm
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    o find out more information about the Veterans Breakfast Club and view our upcoming schedule of online and in-person events, visit our website at: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    History and Stories of the Challenge Coin

    History and Stories of the Challenge Coin

    Have you ever received a challenge coin and thought about its history? Who started this tradition? What is the etiquette of keeping them on hand? How are they made? Who designs them?  
    The Scuttlebutt attempts to answer these questions and more with Vietnam Navy Veteran Donn Nemchick and longtime VBC member Henry Schoepke. We dive into the history and hear stories of the challenge coins Henry and Donn have received over the years.
    Henry also dives into his vast collection of signatures and stories he’s received from WWII veterans.
    Henry’s letter in VBC Magazine - https://bit.ly/421Tw8v
     
    Henry’s appearance on 15WMTV - https://bit.ly/48WZKbS
     
    Challenge Coins Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin
     
    44-year veteran creates challenge coins to honor military members - https://youtu.be/Na2-PPT5xXI?si=R0VKPUAtUWGuaqr_
     
    Thrift Store Finds Military Challenge Coins Large Lot Any Good Ones? - https://youtu.be/N-5mKIkZNms?si=-cmxEew4UvS2HNF5
     
    How to Practice Military Challenge Coin Etiquette - https://youtu.be/zc6_9TqmOfA?si=Hgx2JUEdcXzGZZRY
     
    Order your own Challenge Coin from a Veteran-owned Business - Www.medalsofamerica.com
     
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    Thank you to our sponsor: Tobacco Free Adagio Health: https://tobaccofree.adagiohealth.org/
     
     
    To find out more information about the Veterans Breakfast Club and view our upcoming schedule of online and in-person events, visit our website at: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
     
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    • 44 min
    Veteran Al Smith talks about the Military & Veterans group Braver Angels

    Veteran Al Smith talks about the Military & Veterans group Braver Angels

    Al Smith was an Infantry Platoon Officer during the Vietnam War. He believes that his military service taught him how to work well with people from all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, or political beliefs.  
     
    Today, he is a member of the Military & Veterans Group within the organization Braver Angels. The MV Group's mission is to bring together veterans whose military service has instilled them with the importance of unity, teamwork, and a country-first mentality in order to promote working together.
    Braver Angels believes that the military’s core values of service-before-self, behavior of acceptance of others, and teamwork can help our nation reduce effective polarization. They are leading the nation’s largest cross-partisan, volunteer-led movement to bridge the political divide. Through community gatherings, real debates, and grassroots leaders working together, they’re offering America what it needs to overcome the bitterness of our partisan divide.
    Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans and Braver Angels believes we are a nation bound not by race or religion, but by the shared values of freedom, liberty, and equality. When Reds, Blues and Others work together, the entire country benefits. Their movement is the guiding force that's helping Americans work together again.
    To get involved visit their website at www.BraverAngels.org.
    Braver Angels: https://braverangels.org/
     
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    To find out more information about the Veterans Breakfast Club and view our upcoming schedule of online and in-person events, visit our website at: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
     
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    • 58 min
    Navy SEAL Veteran Rick Kaiser Talks Frogman Stories and the Navy SEAL Museum

    Navy SEAL Veteran Rick Kaiser Talks Frogman Stories and the Navy SEAL Museum

    Joining me on The Scuttlebutt this week to kick off our ninth season is Navy SEAL Veteran Rick Kaiser.
     
    Born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Rick Kaiser joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He attended Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training Class 109 in Coronado, CA. Rick was assigned to SEAL Team TWO in Little Creek, VA in 1980. He served at SEAL Team TWO from 1980 until 1985, specializing in winter warfare, combat diving, and sniping until he was selected for duty at SEAL Team SIX in 1985.
     
    In 1993, Rick received the Silver Star Medal for Valor during the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down). He served at ST-6 from 1985 through October of 2012. During his time at ST-6, Rick acted as sniper, explosives expert, lead training Chief, sniper team leader, and Deputy Operations Officer.
     
    Rick continues to serve his country and fellow SEALs by helping to educate others about this unique special operations force and further the Frogman heritage as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.
     
    Rick talks about his service, what challenged him in BUD/S, the leaders he looked up to, the missions he was assigned, and when the history of the SEALs started to mean something to him. Hint: It’s not when you think!
     
    For more information about Rick’s book FROGMAN STORIES and to check on the goings-on at the Navy SEAL Museum check out the links below. 
     
    Frogman Stories: https://www.amazon.com/Frogman-Stories-Leadership-Lessons-Teams/dp/1636243517
     
    Navy SEAL Museum: https://www.navysealmuseum.org/
     
    Support this podcast:
     
    Thank you to our sponsor: Tobacco Free Adagio Health: https://tobaccofree.adagiohealth.org/
     
     
    To find out more information about the Veterans Breakfast Club and view our upcoming schedule of online and in-person events, visit our website at: http://www.veteransbreakfastclub.org/
     
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    • 58 min

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