Retired Gen. Dempsey, SMA Featured in May Podcasts

Retired Gen. Dempsey, SMA Featured in May Podcasts

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcast episodes in May, including a special edition featuring retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, a former Joint Chiefs chairman and Army chief of staff.

First up is an episode featuring Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, who will discuss the impact of COVID-19-related travel restrictions on soldiers and the Army’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus, including testing, masks and social distancing measures.

The episode, part of AUSA’s “Army Matters” series, is available May 4.

On May 11, the podcast will feature an interview with Chief Warrant Officer 5 Yolondria Dixon-Carter, who was recently selected to be the senior warrant officer adviser to the Army chief of staff. She is the third warrant officer to serve in the position, which was created in 2014.

The May 13 episode of the podcast is the special edition featuring Dempsey. In a conversation with retired Gen. Carter Ham, AUSA’s president and CEO, Dempsey will discuss his new book, No Time for Spectators: The Lessons that Mattered Most from West Point to the West Wing.

The book “takes readers behind the closed doors of the Situation Room, onto the battlefields of Iraq, and to the East German border at the height of the Cold War,” according to a description of the May 12 publication. For more information on the book, click here.

Next up is an interview with Maria McConville, spouse of Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. In the episode, available May 18, she will discuss how Army families are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, including separations, child care needs, permanent change-of-station moves, employment and military children’s mental health.

On May 25, the podcast will feature a discussion on a new AUSA paper that argues field artillery battalions should be controlled by a division artillery headquarters, or DIVARTY, rather than by brigade combat teams.

Guests include retired Gen. James Thurman, former commander of U.S. Forces Korea, and retired Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, former deputy commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command and an AUSA senior fellow. Also participating are the paper’s authors, retired Lt. Gen. David Halverson and retired Col. David Johnson.

The paper, “Massed Fires, Not Organic Formations: The Case for Returning Field Artillery Battalions to the DIVARTY,” is available here.

Full details on the podcasts are available at