December Podcasts Highlight Expert Soldier Badge, Resilience

December Podcasts Highlight Expert Soldier Badge, Resilience

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcast episodes in December, including a discussion about the Army’s new Expert Soldier Badge and interviews with two nonprofit organizations focused on helping veterans build resilience.

The first December podcast in the “Army Matters” series features Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston talking about the Expert Soldier Badge, which was developed to measure soldiers’ expertise in warrior tasks and drills. The first badges were awarded to 11 soldiers during AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in October. The episode will be available Dec. 2.

On Dec. 9, the podcast will highlight ways veterans can cope with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges. The episode will feature guests from the nonprofit groups Military Basketball Association and Operation Song, which are dedicated to supporting veterans.

Next up is an episode on how soldiers and family members can grow their skills, career or business. The episode, available Dec. 16, will feature an interview with 1st Lt. Michael St. Germain, an Army Reserve platoon leader and UH-60 Black Hawk pilot who is also the marketing manager for Grow with Google-Veterans.

Grow with Google provides free training, tools and resources to help individuals grow their skills, career or business, and St. Germain works directly with veterans and military families making the transition to civilian life.

The next podcast, available Dec. 23, features an interview with David Roll, author of George Marshall: Defender of the Republic. The book details the career of Marshall, “America’s most distinguished soldier-statesman since George Washington—whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century,” according to a description of the book.

Finally, on Dec. 30, AUSA will release a special edition of the podcast where hosts from all four segments of “Army Matters” will come together to discuss the past year and what’s to come in 2020.

Full details on the podcasts are available at