AUSA Releases 4 New Podcasts in March

AUSA Releases 4 New Podcasts in March

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing four new podcast episodes in March, including an update from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is the podcast featuring Grinston, who has been the Army’s senior enlisted leader since August 2019.

During the podcast, available March 7, Grinston will discuss the new objectives recently laid out by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth. The objectives, outlined in a memo to the force, include building positive command climates, reducing harmful behaviors and adapting the way the Army recruits and retains talent. 

Next up, on March 14, is a podcast on demonstrating resilience before leading a platoon. It will feature 1st Lt. Maggie Gleason of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

On March 21, a new podcast will feature Maria McConville, spouse of Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, and Alexandra Grinston, spouse of the sergeant major of the Army, who will talk to military spouses about finding happiness and connection through music.

They include Heidi Ackerman and Deidra Stubbs, who belong to the American Military Spouse Choir, and Victoria McAdoo, a songwriter participant with Operation Song, a nonprofit dedicated to helping service members, veterans and their families tell their stories.

McAdoo also is a former AUSA staff member.

Finally, on March 28, the podcast will feature Betsy Rohaly Smoot, author of Parker Hitt: The Father of American Military Cryptology.

Just before World War I, Hitt, then a captain, wrote The Manual for the Solution of Military Ciphers, according to a tribute on the National Security Agency/Central Security Service website. Published in 1916, it was the first work of its kind in the U.S. in 100 years, and it laid the foundation of the nation’s cryptologic achievements during the 20th century, according to the website.

Hitt would go on to gain “a well-deserved reputation as one of the Army’s most talented codebreakers,” and he served as a senior signal officer during World War I, the website says.

Full details on the podcasts are available at Listeners also can subscribe to “Army Matters” for updates.