AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in April

AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in April

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcast episodes in April on topics ranging from owning your own business to Sesame Street to World War II heroes.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is an interview with retired Command Sgts. Maj. Thomas Capel and Marissa Capel. The Capels will talk about their journey to becoming business owners after retiring from the Army. They will share how they transitioned into civilian life, owned rental properties and then traded in being landlords to run a successful Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery franchise in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Thomas Capel is an AUSA senior fellow who retired from the Army in 2014. He served many assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, including as its senior enlisted leader, and was the command sergeant major for U.S. Army Europe and later for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Marissa Capel retired from the Army in 2008 and served, among other assignments, in the XVIII Airborne Corps.

The episode is available April 4.

Next up is a special edition featuring Lt. Gen. Jason Evans, deputy Army chief of staff for installations, who will discuss quality-of-life initiatives; morale, welfare and recreation programs; Child, Youth and School Services; and the new Enterprise Exceptional Family Member Program, which automates the historic EFMP system for families.

The podcast is available April 6.

On April 11, the podcast will feature Maj. Gen. Diana Holland, commanding general of the Mississippi Valley Division of the Army Corps of Engineers, who will discuss trust and lifelong learning as essential components of leadership. 

Holland previously commanded the Corps of Engineers’ South Atlantic Division and served as commandant of cadets at West Point and as deputy commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division, among other assignments.

The next podcast highlights Sesame Street’s support for military families and celebrates April as the Month of the Military Child. During the episode, available April 18, Sabrina Huda, project director of Sesame Workshop, will talk about Sesame Street’s initiatives for military families.

Finally, on April 25, the podcast features author Alex Kershaw, who will discuss his new book, Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II.

In Against All Odds, Kershaw, a journalist and a New York Times bestselling author of books on World War II, tells the stories of four of the war’s most decorated soldiers, according to a description of the book.

They include Maurice “Footsie” Britt, a former professional football player who was the first American to receive every award for valor in a single war; Michael Daly, a West Point dropout who risked his life over and over to keep his men alive; Keith Ware, the first and only draftee in history to attain the rank of general before serving in Vietnam; and Audie Murphy, America’s most decorated veteran from the war.

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