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The Indigenous Approach
30 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
MACV-SOG: A Conversation with John Stryker Meyer (Part II)
In the second episode of this two-part series, Maj. Dan Lessard continues a conversation with MACV-SOG veteran John Stryker Meyer, AKA "Tilt", to talk about his experiences as a Green Beret within SOG in Vietnam.For more information on the Studies and Observations Group and Meyer's experiences in Vietnam, check out his 2003 memoir titled "Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam"
43 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
MACV-SOG: A Conversation with John Stryker Meyer (Part I)
*The original audio file uploaded had an issue that has now been corrected. Sorry for the inconvenience.*In this two-part series, Maj. Dan Lessard sits down with MACV-SOG veteran John Stryker Meyer, AKA "Tilt", for a conversation on his experiences as a Green Beret within SOG in Vietnam.For more information on the Studies and Observations Group and Meyer's experiences in Vietnam, check out his 2003 memoir titled "Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam"
20 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Candid Conversations: Part II
In Part 2 of this two-part series, Master Sgt. Chris Copper returns with Maj. Larry Royer, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) behavioral health officer; Master Sgt. John, Team Sergeant from 19th SFG(A); and Georgia Harrison, United States Army Special Operations Command HPW Suicide Prevention Coordinator to have a candid conversation on issues that are affecting the force today.
47 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Candid Conversations: Part I
In Part 1 of this two-part series, Master Sgt. Chris Copper returns with Maj. Larry Royer, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) behavioral health officer; Master Sgt. John, Team Sergeant from 19th SFG(A); and Georgia Harrison, United States Army Special Operations Command HPW Suicide Prevention Coordinator to have a candid conversation on issues that are affecting the force today.
53 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
1st SFC (A)'s Language, Regional Expertise & Culture Program
In today's episode, we bring on the LREC program managers and a current Special Forces officer to discuss the command's language and culture program.Francis "Rusty" Restituyo is a retired Green Beret and is the LREC Director.Jorge Sanchez is a retired Green Beret and runs the Advanced Language Training portion of the LREC.Scott McDonough is the program manager for Yorktown Systems Group, the company that manages the contractor and database portion of the LREC.Ian Edgerly is a former PSYOP officer and is the program lead for the Regional Expertise and Culture part of the LREC.MAJ Tim Ball is a current Special Forces officer and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He wrote an article in War on the Rocks in May of this year about our language program, available here:https://warontherocks.com/2021/05/talking-the-talk-language-capabilities-for-u-s-army-special-forces/
60 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
The Masks We Wear
The Army Special Operations Forces community has a lot on our minds after shouldering the burden of 20 years of war. The hardships, trials, struggles we face, have faced, and will continue to face affect us in one way or another. Master Sgt. Chris Copper, the 1st Special Forces Command Human Performance and Wellness NCO, joins Master Sgt. Josh Thompson, former U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Sgt., to discuss the different masks we wear and how that can affect someone’s life. Master Sgt. Chris Copper is the 1st SFC(A) HPW NCOIC and works to ensure that the Soldiers across the organization have the resources available for physical, mental and spiritual health. Master Sgt. Josh Thompson, at the time of this recording, was the SWCS HHC 1st Sgt. After assuming responsibility, he wrote the paper “The Masks We Wear” and identified what made him want to seek help and the importance of sharing his story. Josh’s Articlehttps://havokjournal.com/culture/mental-health-wellness/the-masks-we-wear-an-sf-soldier-speaks-out/https://usasoc.hpw.agilesof.com/index.html – USASOC Human Performance and Wellness website.https://suicidepreventionlife.org – Call, (800) 273-8255 to receive immediate assistance.https://veteranscrisisline.net – Call, (800) 273-8255, press 1.http://giveanhour.org- non-attributable website to speak to a real person that can listen and provide assistance.https://www.militaryonesource.mil/confidential-help – website that can provide confidential help. Call, 800- 342-9647.
46 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Concept of Resistance: Part 2 - Resistance in the Indo-Pacific
In Part 2 of our series on Resistance, we examine what Resistance looks like in the INDOPACOM AoR with the past, present and future commanders of our forward-stationed battalion in the region.Guests for this episode:Lt. Col. Erik Davis is the current commander of 1st Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan.Lt. Col. Ron Garberson works in the Operations Directorate at Special Operations Command - Pacific (SOCPAC) and is the next commander of 1st Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan.Col. (Ret) Dave Maxwell is a senior fellow at Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and was commander of 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group from 2000 to 2002. He's instructed at the National War College and Georgetown University. With over 20 years of service in the Indo-Pacific, he's an expert on the subjects of SOF and resistance.*To join the conversation, navigate to the 1SFC CAG page on the SIPR portal, where you will find a button for the CDR's Blog*Links for this topic: Gene Sharp’s “From Dictatorship to Democracy”https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/resource/from-dictatorship-to-democracy-a-conceptual-framework-for-liberation/Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Project: https://www.soc.mil/ARIS/ARIS.htmlResistance Operating Concept (ROC):https://jsou.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=54216464
55 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Concept of Resistance: Part 1 - Resistance in Europe
The concept of resistance is foundational to Army Special Operations Forces, as our mission is generally to partner with forces to either support or defeat resistance movements. In this two-part series, we pair experts on resistance with our forward-stationed battalion commanders in Germany and Japan to discuss what resistance is and how it’s applied in today’s operational environment. *To join the conversation, navigate to the 1SFC CAG page on the SIPR portal, where you will find a button for the CDR's Blog*Links:Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Project: https://www.soc.mil/ARIS/ARIS.htmlResistance Operating Concept (ROC):https://jsou.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=54216464Lt. Col. Mike Penn is a Special Forces officer and commander of 1st Bn. 10th Special Forces Group in Stuttgart, Germany. He’s been in the Army for almost 25 years and has spent the majority of that time in Special Operations units. Mr. Paul Tompkins is currently the Sensitive Activities Division Chief at the US Army Special Operations Command. A retired CW4 with 28 years of service, Mr. Tompkins joined the Special Forces regiment in 1980 and spent time planning resistance operations against the Soviet Union during his time with 10 Special Forces Group in the ‘80s. Dr. Otto Fiala, also currently working at USASOC, is a retired Army Colonel and was the lead author of the Resistance Operating Concept while at Special Operations Command Europe. LtCol. Randy Martin has spent most of his career within the US Air Force Special Operations Command and is a subject matter expert on Resistance at SOCEUR. Master Sgt. Frank Miller is a colleague of Mr. Tompkins and Dr. Fiala at USASOC. He’s served 15 years as a Green Beret, including several years with 1st Bn 10th Group in Germany, and is a Silver Star recipient from combat actions in Afghanistan in 2010.
49 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade - A one-of-a-kind unit supporting SOF globally
In this episode, Maj. Dan Lessard sits down with the command team and battalion commanders of the 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade to discuss what makes their brigade so unique.Col. Mike Summers is the commander of the 528th.Command Sgt. Maj. Dejarius Jones is the command sergeant major.Lt. Col. Al Davis is the commander of the 528th STBn (has since changed command).Lt. Col. Brian Wong is the commander of the 112th Signal Bn.Lt. Col. Sapriya Childs is the commander of the 389th MI Bn.For additional history about the 528th , check out the ARSOF History page, here: https://arsof-history.org/branch_support.html
32 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Embracing Transition: A Command Team Conversation on Human Performance and Wellness
In this episode Col. Jamie Riesberg sits down with Maj. Gen. John Brennan, Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Munter, Col. Brian O'Leary and Lt. Col. Chris Ford to discuss how transitioning from COIN/CT to Great Power Competition affects the force, identifying mental health concerns, and the importance of seeking help.Maj. Gen. John Brennan is the commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Munter, Command Sergeant Major of 1st SFC (A)Col. Jamie Riesberg, 1st SFC (A) Command SurgeonCol. Brian O'Leary, 1st SFC (A) Command PsychologistLt. Col. Chris Ford, 1st SFC (A) Staff Judge Advocate
38 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Celebrating the Diversity We Have – A Conversation with Lt. Gen.(R) Nagata and Maj. Min
In this episode, Maj. Gen. Brennan sits down with Lt. Gen. (R) Michael Nagata and Maj. Ryan Min to talk their unique backgrounds and experiences as our command concludes our observance of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. Lt. Gen. Nagata retired in 2019 after serving more than 37 years in the Army. His time in Special Operations Forces includes service in 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Special Missions Units, and as commander of SOCCENT. He concluded his career as the Director of Strategy for the National Counterterrorism Center and now serves as a Strategic Advisor and Senior Vice President at CACI International. Maj. Ryan Min is a PSYOP officer with 16 years of service who is currently serving in 1st SFC(A)’s Commander’s Initiatives Group.
30 minutes | May 25, 2021
The Long Road From Mogadishu: Loss, Grief, and Healing Over Time
In this episode, Chaplain (COL) Chris Dickey talks with Jeff Struecker about dealing with loss and grief following the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. Their conversation is pointed and powerful, as Mr. Struecker describes his journey and what made other Rangers turn to him for guidance when the smoke cleared. For more information about Jeff Struecker, visit https://jeffstruecker.com/
18 minutes | May 21, 2021
Command Team Corner - BG Marks: What He's Reading and Career Advice
In this episode, Brig. Gen. Steve Marks talks about what he’s been reading and how it’s impacted his thinking. Then he discusses his time as the USAG-Italy Commander and how that job impacted him as a leader. Since recording, Brig. Gen. Marks has moved up to his new role as the Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). We wish him the best, and we want to thank him for his tremendous leadership and mentorship while serving in 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).
18 minutes | May 11, 2021
Command Team Corner: CW5 Gronowski - Reflections on Afghanistan
CW5 Scott Gronowski, 1st SFC(A) Command Chief Warrant Officer, reflects on multiple deployments to Afghanistan in light of the recent withdrawal announcement.
19 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Command Team Corner - Extremist Ideologies, Disinformation, and Permissible Online Conduct
In this Command Team Corner episode, Maj. Gen. John Brennan sits down with Lt. Col. Eric Johnson and Lt. Col. Chris Ford to discuss Extremism, Disinformation, and Permissible Online Conduct. What we hear is that there are two parts to addressing these problems - shoring up the foundation of our Soldiers' professional military ethic and inoculating the force against disinformation intended to polarize our society.Maj. Gen. John Brennan is the commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).Lt. Col. Eric Johnson is our former G9, who is studying disinformation as a Fellow at New America's Future of War project.Lt. Col. Chris Ford is the 1st SFC (A) Staff Judge Advocate.
17 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Vax Facts Update - What's New? What's Changing? Get the Facts Here
In this episode of the Command Team Corner, we sit down with Maj. Gen. John Brennan, Col. Jamie Riesberg, Lt. Col. Ryan Schloesser, and Lt. Col. Eric Johnson to discuss the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines, given the recent changes in guidance with respect to Restriction of Movement (ROM) for fully-vaccinated individuals.Maj. Gen. John Brennan is the Commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).Col. Jamie Riesberg is the 1st SFC (A) Command Surgeon.Lt. Col. Ryan Schloesser is our Current Operations Division Chief.Lt. Col. Eric Johnson is our former G9, who is researching Disinformation on a fellowship with New America's Future of War Project.
41 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
The Inter-Agency Approach: Civil Affairs and USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance
Show OverviewIn this episode, MAJ David Thompson, commander of Alpha Company, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion and Mr. James Fleming, Office Director for Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean in the new Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) discuss humanitarian assistance and interagency relationships. BiosJames Fleming is the Office Director for Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean in the new Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He was formerly Division Chief for the Asia, Latin America, and Eurasia (ALE) Response Division in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).MAJ David Thompson is an active duty U.S. Army Civil Affairs Major assigned to 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (SO)(A). He has a number of deployments to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. David has a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He also holds a BS in Economics and MBA-Leadership from Liberty University. Outside the military, he's worked at the UN Refugee Agency, Department of Defense, and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel.
11 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Message to the Force: The Value of our People
Maj. Gen. John Brennan and Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Munter share their thoughts on the value of our people and the role they play in making the command the most relevant organization in the Army.
26 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Caring for Our Most Important Resource
Show OverviewIn this episode, Col. Eric Kreitz, the 1st SFC (A) Director of Information Warfare sits down with the 1st SFC (A) Chaplain Col. Chris Dickey. They discuss Col. Kreitz's very personal story - one of fear, addiction, and hitting rock bottom...but also one of resilience, support, and overcoming adversity. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. If you or someone you know is in need of help, there many resources available like Military One Source, your local health clinic, or your religious support team . BiosCol. Eric Kreitz is the Director of Information Warfare at 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne). He has more than 14 years in the PSYOP Regiment and has commanded at the Detachment and Battalion levels.Chaplain (Col.) Christopher Dickey is honored to serve as the Command Chaplain for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne). A native of Houston, Texas, and the son of an Army MP and Vietnam Veteran, Chaplain Dickey leads a dedicated team of Chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists serving across the Command entrusted to care for our most precious resource: our Soldiers and Families.Military One SourceBehavioral Health Fact Sheet
49 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Honor & Legacy: A Conversation Between Two SF Medal of Honor Recipients
In this episode, two Special Forces Medal of Honor recipients, Sgt. 1st Class (R) Melvin Morris and Sgt. Maj. Matt Williams, sit down to discuss what it means to serve in the Special Forces Regiment, the value of diversity, and the importance of partnerships around the world.Sgt. 1st Class (R) Melvin Morris entered the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1959 and later requested to join the active Army. He became one of the first Soldiers to don the 'green beret' at the command of President John F. Kennedy, Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1961. Morris volunteered twice for deployments to Vietnam. Sgt. 1st Class Morris received the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014.Sgt. Maj. Matthew Williams, the 3rd Special Forces Group operations sergeant major, graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Driven to serve, Williams enlisted into the Army under the 18X Special Forces enlistment program in September 2005.After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training, Williams attended Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then went through the Special Forces assessment and selection process in 2006 and was accepted into the program. In 2007, Williams graduated as a weapons sergeant from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). Sgt. Maj. Williams received the Medal of Honor on October 30, 2019.ASOF History MoH
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