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Fort Bragg command podcasts tackle health, racism, addiction and more

By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer | Published: April 11, 2021

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Military leaders on Fort Bragg have taken to the internet airwaves to talk shop to the troops in the form of podcasts.

From the latest COVID-19 updates, to tackling topics of racism and addiction, there's a podcast for everything.

Here are a few to check out:

"FORSCOM Frontline" launched Feb. 12 with Gen. Michael Garrett, the U.S. Army Forces Command's commander, as its inaugural guest.

The podcast is hosted by the U.S. Army Forces Command's Public Affairs Office and aims to "share stories of how FORSCOM members are meeting challenges and ensuring the readiness of our Army, while also developing the future force in order to remain ready well into the future."

The first podcast with Garrett was a conversation about racism, embracing diversity within formations and his family's legacy of service.

Officials said the podcast aims to tackle topics that have gained national attention and influence Army's readiness — from racism, extremism, suicide to sexual harassment and assault.

"We want to have real conversations," said Col. Scott Rawlinson, FORSCOM's director of Public Affairs. "We are going to tell the stories and share the experiences of our people —  because our Army is comprised of amazing individuals who come together for a common purpose — service to our nation."

There will also be discussions about how the Army's largest command is meeting global requirements; modern equipment soldiers used; women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical careers, and experiences working across cultural and language barriers with military in partner nations.

New episodes of the FORSCOM Frontline podcast are released the second Friday each month and available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

"The Doomsday Clock" podcast launched in January with new episodes released at 5:30 a.m. each Tuesday, said Col. Joseph Buccino, a spokesman and historian for the 18th Airborne Corps and co-host of the podcast.

Touted as "the history you never learned in history class," the podcast's focus is unscripted stories of the Army's Cold War history, between 1945 and 1989.

"This is very serious material — some of it's dark and apocalyptic, but some of the anecdotes are so strange it's almost humorous," Buccino said.

The show is co-hosted by Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Crawford.

About 19 shows have been pre-recorded and include guests like actor Matthew Broderick whose 1983 film "War Games" influenced President Ronald Reagan's national security policy.

Other discussions listeners will catch include the time the Soviet Union shot down a Korean airliner thinking it was an American spy plane and causing the deaths of 269 people and an American Congressman; or the time two generals "had a falling out over the appropriate use of nuclear weapons in the global power structure."

"The Doomsday Clock" podcast, is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and YouTube.

"Knowledge Wins" podcast is hosted by the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Eight episodes have already been released.

Topics have ranged from U.S. Army Special Operations Command strategies to the value of mentorship or experiences with psychological operations.

Episodes are uploaded to the Special Warfare Center and School's website.

The Fort Bragg digital garrison podcast features Fort Bragg garrison commander Col. Scott Pence and other officials within the garrison.

Topics have ranged from health and COVID-19 to child services and community updates.

Pence has previously said it serves as another form of communication to update the Fort Bragg community when there isn't a quarterly town hall meeting or monthly community information exchange meeting.

Episodes are uploaded to the Fort Bragg garrison website.

The Indigenous Approach," hosted by the 1st Special Forces Command, examines the "nation's premier partnership force" from conflict to cooperation, according to its website.

It has featured the command's Medal of Honor recipients, discussions about cybersecurity, or a colonel talking about his personal battle with addiction.

Episodes are on Apple Podcasts.

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