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Camp Iron Mountain

Release Date: 04/08/2021

010 | U.S. Army Special Observer Group (WWII) | Rick Anderson, PhD show art 010 | U.S. Army Special Observer Group (WWII) | Rick Anderson, PhD

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Guest - LTC Rick Anderson Lieutenant Colonel Rick Anderson is an active duty Army officer who currently serves as a History Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves before earning an officer’s commission from the University of Iowa Army ROTC program in 2002. After entering the Active Duty force as an Aviation Officer, Rick’s held leadership positions in various aviation units stateside and while deployed to combat operations overseas. Following completion of graduate school in 2012 he taught history at West Point. While...

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009 | Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial show art 009 | Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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What You’ll Get From Today’s Show You’ll hear the story of the challenges and triumphs in building the most visited monument in Washington D.C.   Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode . Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. They run an incredible website that serves as a launching pad for their various education initiatives.   The 4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association started a website that provides a number of detailed...

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008 | Guiding The Next Generation | Wendy Tokach show art 008 | Guiding The Next Generation | Wendy Tokach

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Lieutenant Colonel Wendy Tokach is an active duty Army officer who earned her commission in the Military Police Branch following graduation from the University of Hawaii Army ROTC program. Entering active duty service in 2002, she’s held leadership positions in various military police units, including multiple deployments throughout her career. LTC Tokach is currently the Battalion Commander for the 787th Military Police Battalion (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.   What You’ll Get From Today’s Show Wendy shares the story of how she was influenced to join the military as part...

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007 | Team Assassin On Point | Stu James show art 007 | Team Assassin On Point | Stu James

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COL Stu James tells the story of his experience as a junior officer leading his company-level combined arms team from Kuwait to Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 20 March to 7 April 2003. Key battles explored during this episode are the engagements at An Nasiriyah, Al Kifl, An Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad.  Colonel Stu James is an active duty Army officer who earned his commission as an Armor officer following graduation from West Virginia University ROTC. He entered active duty service in 1996 and has held numerous leadership positions in armored and mechanized formations...

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006 | Spearhead Closes the Rose Pocket show art 006 | Spearhead Closes the Rose Pocket

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Hear the story of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division's historic and fateful armored drive to capture the German town of Paderborn and help close the southern part of the Ruhr Pocket from 25 March-1 April 1945. Interwoven throughout the story are first hand accounts of soldiers who fought during the operation. This episode is considered part 1 of two looking at two of the longest armored drives in U.S. military history.   Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode 3rd Armored Division History Foundation. This is an online archive of the U.S. Army’s famous “Spearhead”...

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005 | Redleg Soldier | Iven Sugai show art 005 | Redleg Soldier | Iven Sugai

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Guest - Iven Sugai  Lieutenant Colonel Iven Sugai is an active duty Army officer who started his career as an enlisted soldier before earning an officer’s commission following graduation from college. He recently finished an assignment as the battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery at Fort Riley, Kansas leading his battalion through an operational deployment to Poland.   Email: [email protected]   What You’ll Get From Today’s Show Iven talks about his journey growing up in Hawaii on a former sugar plantation and the influence his father had on...

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004 | Grandpa’s OMPF | Anthony Paez & Andrew Paez show art 004 | Grandpa’s OMPF | Anthony Paez & Andrew Paez

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Guests - Anthony Paez and Andrew Paez  Two of my cousins join me in this episode to explore our grandfather, Gregorio Paez’ Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Both cousins are Army veterans themselves. Anthony served with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado back in the late 2000s, completing a combat deployment to Iraq. Andrew served with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas completing a deployment to Kuwait and Jordan in 2016.   What You’ll Get From Today’s Show Gabriel describes what an Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) is, what type of...

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001 | Welcome to Camp Iron Mountain show art 001 | Welcome to Camp Iron Mountain

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Host - Gabriel Suarez  Website: Email: [email protected]   What You’ll Get From Today’s Show You'll learn the mission and goals behind the Camp Iron Mountain Podcast. Gabriel outlines the three main themes the podcast will focus on: sharing interesting stories from military history, highlighting individuals and organizations “doing history”, and interviewing veterans and civilians who’ve experienced conflict. Gabriel talks about his backstory and his family’s connection to the military. Gabriel shares the genesis of his desire to preserve history and...

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002 | From Radio Operator to Iraqi Army Trainer | Chris Adams show art 002 | From Radio Operator to Iraqi Army Trainer | Chris Adams

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Guest - Christopher Adams  Chris is a US Army veteran who served 13 years on active duty as a communications specialist before being medically discharged in 2009. During his time on active duty, Chris deployed twice to Iraq. His first deployment was to Anbar Province in eastern Iraq from 2004-2005 and his second was to Baghdad during The Surge from 2006-2007. Email: [email protected] What You’ll Get From Today’s Show Chris tells us a little about his early life growing up and the circumstances that led him to joining the Army. Chris recalls some of his most vivid memories...

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003 | Preserving the Legacy of the Spearhead Doughboys | Dan Langhans show art 003 | Preserving the Legacy of the Spearhead Doughboys | Dan Langhans

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Guest - Dan Langhans  Dan Langhans is the editor of a monthly historical newsletter called The Spearhead Doughboy. The Spearhead Doughboy promotes the World War II service history of Company A, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. This newsletter project has been in continuous publication since the 1980s after it was started by the World War II veterans of Company A. The efforts to establish this newsletter and associated unit archive are some of the main stories we’ll explore in this episode. Email: [email protected]   What You’ll Get From...

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COL Stu James tells the story of his experience as a junior officer leading his company-level combined arms team from Kuwait to Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 20 March to 7 April 2003.

Key battles explored during this episode are the engagements at An Nasiriyah, Al Kifl, An Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad. 

Colonel Stu James is an active duty Army officer who earned his commission as an Armor officer following graduation from West Virginia University ROTC. He entered active duty service in 1996 and has held numerous leadership positions in armored and mechanized formations throughout his career. COL James has extensive combat and deployment experience, including three tours to Iraq, one tour to Afghanistan, one tour to Kuwait, and one stability operation in Bosnia. His notable actions with 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during the Operation Iraqi Freedom ground invasion is the focus of this episode. 

 

Resources Related to the Topics Discussed in Today’s Episode

On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The initial history that looked at the Army’s role in the ground invasion during Operation Iraqi Freedom in March and April 2003. This book was published by the U.S. Army’s Combat Studies Institute Press in 2004 and is available for free to the public.

 

Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad. Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Zucchino was embedded with the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom ground invasion. This book tells the engaging story of 2nd Brigade’s battles on their march to Baghdad.

 

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