Best Transition Advice, PBS Frontline: Mosul and thoughts on NOK (next of kin) controversies: Mike & Mac

The family of Sgt. La David Johnson, US Army
KIA, Niger

We’ll talk about the Best Transition Advice we’ve been given, the Gunner talks about good PBS Frontline episodes to watch and then we’ll briefly address the subject of how the President should speak relative to our Gold Star Families.

IRAQ UPDATE, MUQTADA AL-SADR VISITS SAUDI ARABIA & THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY UNITS IN IRAQ: Jerry Durrant

Jerry Durrant
Col, USMC (ret)

Jerry Durrant, Col USMC (ret) joined us to talk about his time as a LCpl in Vietnam in 1970 as well as his thoughts on Iraq today.

He is currently part of a private company that does military education for the Iraqi military.  He has interesting things to say about where Iraq is and what is next for the war-torn nation.

He raises concerns about Sunni’s being eliminated from the Iraqi military, the upcoming Kurdish referendum and genuine surprise at the visit Muqtada al Sadr made to Saudi Arabia recently.

Durrant is a great representative of the Marine Corps and a thoughtful guest.

THE AFTERMATH OF MOSUL: John Ubaldi

John Ubaldi
MGySgt USMC (ret)
Founder, The Ubaldi Reports

The principal of The Ubaldi Reports, John Ubaldi joins to talk about what comes next in Mosul.  With large scale resistance quelled, the task now turns to what comes next?  What role will Iran plan in the aftermath of Mosul?  Will a Sunni population accept a largely Shiite Iraqi Army?

Always interesting.

LEADERSHIP, TRANSITIONING & ECHO IN RAMADI: Scott Huesing

Scott Huesing
Major, USMC (ret)

Scott Huesing, Major USMC (ret) joined us to talk about his career as an infantry Marine… both as an enlisted Marine and an officer… his transition from the active duty to civilian after twenty-four years of service as a Marine, becoming a author (Echo in Ramadi), a public speaker, a veteran’s advocate and a CEO of his own consulting company.

Scott has interesting things to say about becoming a writer and pointed things to say about leadership and why it’s important for leaders to genuinely care about those they lead.

Great stuff!

UNPLUGGED (KINDA) — GENERAL JOE DUNFORD’S Q & A WITH THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.

The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success.  What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.

Well done by the National Press Club!

TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE OF IRAQ — Ben Connable

Ben Connable
Maj USMC (ret)
Rand Corporation

Friday, June 09 2017, hour 2

Ben Connable of the RAND Corporation and a former machine gunner and intelligence officer in the USMC joined us to talk the issues surrounding the future of Iraq.

Ben lays out the complicated path for American strategy makers as they look at ISIS, the future of Syria post-ISIS and possibly post-Assad, Iranian involvement in Iraq and the relationship between the Kurds and the Turks and between the Kurds and the Iraqi nation.

Ben was named to “Task Force on the Future of Iraq” by Ambassador Ryan Crocker.  The interview is solid insight into a difficult international problem that isn’t going away soon.

Wednesday, May 31 2017 — Hour 2: CPL JASON DUNHAM SIGN DEDICATION IN SCIO NY, Richard Caruso, former Cpl USMC

Richard Caruso
Cpl, USMC
1982-1986

00:00:  Richard Caruso, former Cpl USMC, talks about the weekend in Scio, NY where he supervised the placing of a sign identifying the city of Scio as the home of Cpl Jason Dunham, USMC, Medal of Honor recipient for his actions against the enemy in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

The Cpl Jason Dunham sign
Richard Caruso & Friends
Scio, NY

Tuesday, May 30 2017 — Hour 1: News & Views – & – Secretary Mattis on “Face the Nation”

00:00 Minutes:  SHOW OPEN:  Thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day” and our long weekend.

00:35 Minutes:  Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a 30 minute interview to CBS’s Face the Nation.  You’ll hear his comments in their entirety.  He discusses ISIS and changes that have been made in that fight to increase initiative by commanders and also to “annihilate” ISIS; civilian casualties in Mosul, North Korea, NATO and what keeps him up at night.

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRIP AND THE SUNNI/SHIA DYNAMIC IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Tom Draude

Tom Draude
BGen USMC (ret)

Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret), joins us to discuss the effect of President Trump’s visit to the Middle East on the Sunni – Shia dynamic in the region, a region that will continue to see upheaval as ISIL is defeated in the region and the fate of Syrian Leader Bashar al Assad is determined.