September Podcasts Highlight Deployments, Talent Management

September Podcasts Highlight Deployments, Talent Management

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcast episodes in September, including a discussion about standards and discipline and an overview of the Army’s talent management efforts.

The first September podcast in the “Army Matters” series features a discussion with retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Welch about standards and discipline and how they keep soldiers alive and focused on the mission. Preston and Welch are both of AUSA’s NCO and Soldier Programs directorate. The podcast will be available Sept. 2.

The Sept. 9 podcast will feature soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The Fort Hood, Texas-based soldiers will discuss their upcoming deployment to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and AUSA’s partnership with the brigade with the goal of providing a supporting relationship before, during and after the deployment.

In the next episode, a retired Army officer shares his personal story of dealing with alcohol while in the military, including how to help a loved one dealing with addiction and how soldiers can find help through Alcoholics Anonymous. The episode will be available Sept. 16.

Next up is an episode, available Sept. 23, featuring Maj. Gen. J.P. McGee, director of the Army Talent Management Task Force. The discussion will focus on the changes the Army is making to its industrial-age personnel system to best leverage the knowledge, skills, behaviors and preferences of its officers and noncommissioned officers.

September also will include a special edition episode featuring Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, director of the Futures and Concepts Center and deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Futures Command. During the episode, Wesley describes how the Army is undergoing its most fundamental change in 40 years in response to the re-emergence of long-term strategic competition with Russia and China, and how the U.S. military and its allies will overcome the problem of layered standoff and anti-access area denial capabilities. The episode will be available Sept. 30.

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