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Welcome to the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast, a look inside America’s most prestigious military unit. With a new episode every Tuesday, host Joe Buccino explores the past, the present, and the future of the 18th Airborne, with each episode fully explaining one complicated subject. Through discussions with some of the most prominent American and British historians, veterans, and currently-serving Soldiers from the Corps, Joe examines the full spectrum of life and service in the 18th Airborne. T ...
 
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Winston Churchill was talking about the 18th Airborne Corps podcast when he famously said: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." This is it, friends. The final episode. But not really the end of the podcast as you can always go back and listen to the old episodes at any tim…
 
Throughout our 20-year war in Afghanistan, so many me and women from that country risked themselves and their Families to support American service members and units. In the telling of that war, those Afghans must not be forgotten. Their sacrifices and the risks they took on our behalf are so real, the consequences for them so stark; the debt we owe…
 
Hey, friends! How's your 2022 going? Hope the New Year has been good for you so far. We're sure it's going to be a great year. And, if not, you at least have this podcast to look forward to! General Paul Funk, commander of the Fort Eustis, Virginia-based US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), joins the 18th Airborne Corps podcast for episo…
 
Tim O'Brien, author of classic works of Vietnam War fiction such as "The Things They Carried," "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home," and "Going After Cacciato," is an American literary giant. His writing helped define the Vietnam War for a generation of American readers, among them 18th Airborne Corps podcast host Joe Buccino, in…
 
The Vietnam War Memorial is a national landmark in Washington, DC that attracts millions of Americans every year. The reflective black granite wall engraved with more than 58,000 names is such a big part of our communal processing of that war. It's hard to imagine now, but during its inception the wall was a source of explosive controversy among Vi…
 
Oh, it's been a wild year, hasn't it friends? We climbed out of COVID. Went back into COVID. Closed out our longest war. Responded to crises within the US and abroad. Alwyn Cashe finally got the Medal of Honor. Now we're typing in these show notes. A bunch of other stuff happened. So much, in fact, has happened over the past 12 months - including t…
 
Hey folks! Here's our Christmas Spectacular! In episode 101, recorded at the 18th Airborne Corps podcast Holiday party, the podcast staff offers you, the loyal listener, some Christmas thoughts! All you need to know to prepare your Family for Christmas 2021 in less than 7-and-a-half minutes. Have a great one, friends! If you need anything, reach ou…
 
100 Episodes! What a milestone for all of us. We've actually produced 100 episodes in less than a year. This episode is a milestone in another regard: Episode 100 concludes our 7-episode miniseries commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. That's right. We wrap it up here. Our Battle of the Bulge stuff began on Episode 94, if y…
 
Episode 98 of the podcast continues the story of the Battle of the Bulge. This miniseries, which began with Episode 94, recounts the biggest figures and biggest moments from one of the most momentous events in American military history. One such moment occurred the day after Christmas, 1944. Patton's 3rd Army - led by the 37th Tank Battalion - blas…
 
Our 7-episode series on the Battle of the Bulge continues here (this is the 6th episode in the series). At a few seconds over 12-and-half-minutes, it's a short, breezy listen. In this episode, host Joe Buccino discusses the VT fuze, a new piece of technology that gave the Allies a marked advantage in the Ardennes. How the fuze was developed, how it…
 
Episode 97 continues the Battle of the Bulge series of episodes that began with Episode 94: A Battle of the Bulge Primer. Every day beginning Thursday, December 16th, we're releasing a new episode commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Ardennes Counteroffensive. This episode, episode 97, tells the greatest story from that fight. In fact, this ma…
 
Episode 96 continues our daily series of podcasts commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The series, which began with Episode 94: A Battle of the Bulge Primer, tells the greatest stories from the Ardennes Counteroffensive at the end of WWII and finds meaning in that struggle for Army leaders today. Matthew B. Ridgway, comman…
 
Our podcast series commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Bulge, which began with Episode 94: A Battle of the Bugle Primer, continues. For this episode we're honored to have a national treasure join host Joe Buccino to talk about the Ardennes Counteroffensive. Rick Atkinson is a literary giant, a recipient of multiple Pulitzer prizes, …
 
77 years ago in a remote Belgian forest, one of the most important fights of World War II roared. The Battle of the Bulge, a final major German offensive thrust on the Western Front, took place from December 16th 1944 to January 25th 1945. The Battle of the Bulge was filled with violent engagements, dramatic moments, and big figures. The names (Pat…
 
You've likely never heard of Tony Manganiello, the co-founder of Austin, Texas-based data science firm Striveworks, but he's a revolutionary figure in military innovation. After graduating from West Point in 1977, Tony had a successful career as an Army officer. Upon retirement, he entered the financial trading industry where he helped digitized th…
 
Military food insecurity - the inability of America's active duty service members to feed their Families - is a real problem, one that's been in the national news for the past month or so. So, we here at the 18th Airborne Corps podcast had a few questions about it: - How big is this problem, really? - What should we do about it? - What is the milit…
 
Remember the Tank War? No? Well, then you really should listen to this episode. In the 1980s, Iran and Iraq, embroiled in a massive land war, engaged in a series of shoot-outs on the high seas. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, supported by the United States, believe it or not, started the whole thing. He began attacking Iranian shipping vessels in an a…
 
This past week, President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited a Fort Bragg, North Carolina hangar full of hundreds of Soldiers and Family members for a Thanksgiving dinner celebration (the White House actually called it "Friendsgiving"). Our host, Joe Buccino, alongside his friend Matt Visser, recorded this podcast episode from the event. H…
 
The great author ("The Perfect Storm," "War," "Tribe") and filmmaker ("Restrepo," "Korengal") came to Fort Bragg to speak with host Joe Buccino for episode 89 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast. The conversation got real deep real quick. Sebastian talked about big topics: the meaning of life, the beginning and the end of the war in Afghanistan, the…
 
Gus Perna spent his entire adult life - 40 years - leading troops as an Army officer. A career logistician, he rose to the top of his field, commanding the organization responsible for all Army parts distribution and supply chain management. Gus and his wife Susan had long planned to retire to Huntsville, Alabama in early 2020. As things happened, …
 
As the United States military reorganizes for Large Scale Combat Operations against a high-tech adversary, the role of industry in developing cutting-edge capabilities increases in prominence. It's important at this moment to look book to a period of American history in which private industry modernized an antiquated Army. The story of American mob…
 
Hello there! We're wishing you a safe and prosperous Veterans Day. We're releasing this episode, Episode 86: Armistice I The History of Veterans Day, on Thursday, November 11th, Veterans Day, 2021. Veterans Day, a national holiday observed every year on November 11th, honors the accomplishments of American Veterans from all of our Nation’s wars. Ve…
 
As far back as the Revolutionary War, Puerto Rican fighters have contributed to our Army and our national defense. From the Union Army during the Civil War to the development of Fort Bragg to the 65th Infantry Regiment "Borinqueneers" during the Korean War, Puerto Ricans have weaved a great legacy through American Army history. On this episode of t…
 
On this episode of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast, host Joe Buccino is joined by his friend and frequent collaborator Jeremiah Meaney. These two men bravely walk deep into the woods of Fort Bragg (they actually almost got hopelessly lost) in search of one of the rarest creatures on Earth: the Saint Francis Satyr butterfly (actually, a caterpillar …
 
In this episode of the podcast, bestselling author Ryan Holiday joins host Joe Buccino to talk about Stoicism and the virtue of courage. Ryan is the author of "Trust Me, I'm Lying," "The Obstacle is the Way," "Ego is the Enemy," and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His works have been translated into more than 30 langu…
 
Michael Grinston, the 16th Sergeant Major of the Army, came through Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Airborne and Special Forces. SMA was on Bragg observing a study held on the post of the service’s current height and weight requirements. While here, he met with Sergeant Carlos Cuebas, a Soldier who works on the 18th Airborne Corps podcast t…
 
Last week Haley Britzky, the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, an online publication covering the US military, visited Fort Bragg, North Carolina to report on the Army Comprehensive Body Composition study taking place on base. While there, she stopped by the podcast studio for a discussion with host Joe Buccino. In this episode, Haley describes Tas…
 
On episode 80 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast, Fred Bible shares his wild story of making it as an Army Engineer Diver. Fred serves in one of the most competitive jobs in the Army and is an instructor at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. Fred has served in numerous dive detachments. He has participated in many successful dive operati…
 
In episode 79 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast, the podcast staff goes through 10 months of emails from listeners. It's listener mail: we answer your questions about the show! Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the US military. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, or Stitch…
 
Today on the podcast: an Equal Opportunity Representative. This one is an interesting, thoughtful guy who has insight into how the program is changing and how leaders and Soldier can leverage their EO rep. After a long, successful career as an airborne infantryman, Sergeant Major Rob Frame recently took a job as an Equal Opportunity Officer. He lik…
 
Gen Z has changed Army communication. As far back as the formation of the first companies of American rifleman in 1775, effective communication has served as a critical component of Army leadership. Conveying orders, describing purpose and meaning, disseminating intent: all these are crucial to leading troops in war and peacetime. Right now, Army l…
 
Episode 76 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast is the second of two parts on the Battle of Mogadishu. Normally we release new episodes every Tuesday, however, we’re releasing these two on Sunday, October 3rd and Monday, October 4th - timed for the 28th anniversary of the battle (October 3rd and 4th, 1993). In this episode, we speak with John Collett…
 
On October 3rd 1993, Task Force Ranger set out on a snatch-and-grab mission to arrest two warlords in Mogadishu, Somalia during Operation Gothic Serpent, the American military attempt to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid during the Somali Civil War. The daytime mission was to take no more than 90 minutes. Rangers would helicopter in and s…
 
Anne McClain is many things: a NASA astronaut, a global icon, an inspiration to many, a pro rugby player. She's also an active duty Army Soldier. Anne joins host Joe Buccino for episode 74 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast. She tells her story and describes her journey from Spokane, Washington to West Point to the Army and to outer space. The life…
 
Episode 73 brings to a close our MASSIVE 11-day, 11-episode retrospective on Operation Market Garden. In this episode, host Joe Buccino is joined by occasional co-host Matt Visser. The two discuss the key takeaways for them from Market Garden and what they learned through the development and production of the series. This Market Garden series began…
 
Episode 72 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast continues our series on Operation Market Garden: 11 episodes in 11 days. This episode, the 10th and penultimate installment in the OMG series, features Dr. John Greenacre. John is a well-published military historian and author. He's also a Brit, which gives him a bit of a different perspective on some o…
 
Our MASSIVE multi-episode Operation Market Garden series continues. We're moving along, pushing out a great deal of content and now only a few episodes remain. Matt Visser, who works as a research assistant on the podcast, hosts this episode for traditional host Joe Buccino. We actually had to add a few episodes to this miniseries on Market Garden.…
 
Our sweeping, multi-day analysis of Operation Market Garden continues. Yesterday, episode 69, we spoke about the role and mission of the 82nd Airborne Division. Today, the 101st Airborne Division. Dr. John O'Brien, director of the Don F. Pratt museum, the official museum of the 101st Airborne, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, joins host Joe Buccino to t…
 
Our 9-episode miniseries on Operation Market Garden continues. On episode 69 we'll talk about the role of the 82nd Airborne. We'll cover the 82nd's objectives, command structure, and actions throughout the operation. In broad daylight on September 17th, 1944, the men of the 82nd Airborne Division jumped into the drop zones at Groesbeek, Overasselt …
 
The 1977 epic blockbuster film "A Bridge Too Far," starring many of the top American actors of its day, brought Operation Market Garden into American popular culture. In fact, so much of what Americans understand about Market Garden and the way we think about that operation is rooted, at least in part, on the film. As we continue our 9-episode, 9-d…
 
Our 9-day, 9-episode analysis of Operation Market Garden continues! We're on Day 5, September 21, 2021. Thus far, we've spent an awful lot of time criticized British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, the architect of Market Garden. Here we bring on a Brit, retired General James Learmont, to give a defense of Monty. James' father is the Patron o…
 
Episode 66 continues our series on Operation Market Garden: 9-episodes with a new episode released each day for 9 days in concert with the 77th anniversary of the operation (September 17th to 25th). In episode 66, we speak with WW2 film-maker, historian, and author Paul Woodadge about the cancelled airborne insertions leading into Market Garden. Pa…
 
Operation Market Garden was big, bold, and aggressive. So, too, is our 9-day (17 to 25 September 2021), 9-episode Operation Market Garden retrospective. Hopefully, these podcasts will turn out better than Market Garden. Day 3: Episode 65 continues the daily series of episodes. Here Dr. John Bonin returns. He's the American historian and all-around …
 
Hot take: Operation Market Garden, the massive, ambitious Allied failure in the Netherlands in September 1944 was a good idea. That's the argument Dr. John Bonin, American historian with the US Army War College, makes in episode 64. We're at the 77th anniversary of Operation Market Garden (17 to 25 September, 1944) and this episode is the 2nd in a …
 
September 17, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden, a massive offensive intended to end WWII by Christmas. The nine-day operation ended on September 25th in failure. 77 years later, the 18th Airborne Corps podcast, the official podcast of the US Department of Defense, releases a nine-episode series based on Market Garden. Nine days. Ni…
 
A cowboy is made in eight seconds. That's how long you have to last on a bull for it to count as a successful "ride." Anything less than that is a failure. Eight seconds, as the host of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast found out, is a lot harder than it sounds. In episode 62 of the official podcast of the US Army, we'll meet a group of American Sold…
 
Major General Milford Beagle, known around the Army as "Beags," leads with authenticity, humility, and compassion. He's the kind of leader who reveals his vulnerability to his troops and communicate with them on their level. A native of Enoree, South Carolina, Beags commissioned in the Army after graduating from South Carolina State University in 1…
 
Last year, September 11th, 2019, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Lieutenant General Erik Kurilla, commander of the Fort Bragg-based XVIII Airborne Corps, delivered a message to the community and the Army. It was a speech about the lessons we've learned - and perhaps forgotten - from our National response to that tragedy. Audio from t…
 
On Wednesday, September 8th, SEAC Ramón Colón-López, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley visited the Joint Force on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. They spoke with service members who recently returned from the evacuation mission on Afghanistan about 9/11, Afghan…
 
Bing West has always loved American Grunts. Ever since he led a platoon of Marines in Vietnam, he's had an affinity for the man (and now woman) on the ground at the leading edge of America's wars. That's why he wrote the 1972 book "The Village," about 17 months in the lives of a squad of Marines fighting in Binh Nghia, Vietnam. He wrote for the Mar…
 
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