The Third Lieutenant
A Parent's Story
Season 2, Ep. 5
As the mother of two U.S. Army Soliders, Marcella Stretch founded the Parents of Deployed Service members (PODS) Facebook group to provide 24hr support to parents. Marcella's "Parent's Story" includes how she and a small group of military parents organized the delivery of birthday and thanksgiving gifts and cards to servicemembers abroad. Hear about how the choice of a servicemember to enlist, impacts the parent stakeholder group.Learn about the Central Postal Directory Battalion 6888thLearn about the skill sharing app Ying
A Dependent's Story
Season 2, Ep. 4
As the daughter of a US Army Sergeants Major, Ms. Vel F. Johnson recalls fond memories as a Soldier's daughter. After completing her Associates and Dual Bachelor's Degree, Vel became a successful entrepreneur who still serves Veterans to this day. As the CEO and Founder of Vasaj Communications hear from Vel as she shares her technique for self advocacy. As a scholar and entrepreneur learn about the joy she has found in lifelong learning.Learn more about her current work below:With client Major King Vets What's NextVel's mission and visionThank you for listening to Vel's Dependent's Story!
The Third Lieutenant Podcast: Flight 2021: Consolidate Gains
Season 2, Ep. 3
In honor of Women's History Month we salute two trailblazers who paved the way for our service. Honorary General Mary McLeod Bethune was an advisor to the United States Women’s Army for National Defense and Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. She opened the door for Brigadier General Hazel Johnson Brown to serve at the highest levels of the Department of Defense. Without these women, our military would look quite different.Listen to hear their story and how it ultimately impacted mine.Read correspondence between Mrs. Mary Bethune and President Harry S. Truman that led to the inclusion of Black women in the Officer Corps.Read Timeka L. Thomas Rashid's dissertation entitled “Leading by Example: An Examination of Mary McLeod Bethune’s Leadership as a College President”.As a note of respect, I’d like to thank my mother, my sister, and all of the amazing women and military leaders who have shared their journeys with me:Captain Cynthia L. Turner (US Air Force)Major Kimberly L. Mallard Brown (US Army)Commander Melissa R. Troncoso(US Navy)Major Natasha M. Hinds (US Army Ret)And all of the gentlemen who have been guests… I thank the women in your lives. Your daughters, wives, and mothers for their support. One team one fight.I am grateful.
The Third Lieutenant Podcast: Flight 2021: The Close Fight with Captain Cynthia L. Turner
Season 2, Ep. 2
Captain Cynthia L. Turner was a shy girl from South Carolina who found her home at Howard University. Since her days as a cadet, she has developed into a leader in the United States Airforce as a Medical Officer. Hear from Cynthia as she shares her experience as a leader, mentor, and a professional contemplating how she'll make her mark on the world.Learn more about Cynthia's non-profit organization Precious Pearls here: www.preciouspearlsyouth.orgLearn more about the Project Refit Blue Skies Mobile App: Veteran Non-profit PTSD/TBI battle buddy support | Project Refit
The Third Lieutenant Podcast: FY21: The Deep Fight with Sergeant Michael D. Brown
Season 2, Ep. 1
After Sergeant Michael D. Brown separated from the United States Army he traveled a path that doesn't follow the standard narrative. As a Veteran, he participated in higher education as a student, then made a career of it. In this episode, Mike shares his experience as the Director of Veteran Services for Montgomery County Community College and the Director of the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members at Villanova University. Hear Mike's Soldier's story and his current work: Voices of Villanova’s Veterans, where we interview Veterans with a connection to Villanova, and archive their story.https://veteransvoices.library.villanova.edu/Villanova's interactive Memorial Map, where we have used GPS technology to pinpoint where Villanovans have died while in service. This tool allows users to look across the globe and learn about servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice.https://memorialmap.library.villanova.edu/
Welcome to 2021
2020 was a great year for the Third Lieutenant Podcast. We are grateful to all of our guests, MAJ Hinds (Ret.), CPT Buford, COL Shabazz, CDR Troncoso, Dr. da Silva, CPL. Dizon, and MAJ. Mallard-Brown and we look forward to an amazing 2021 ahead! Thank you for being a listener. We ask you to listen, subscribe, and review!
The Third Lieutenant Podcast: FY20: Episode 6 - Keep Your Focus with Major Mallard-Brown
Season 1, Ep. 6
It wasn’t in Major Kimberly Mallard-Brown’s plan to join the Army, but she followed in her parent’s footsteps of service. While looking for her “perfect school” she was nudged towards the United States Military Academy at West Point and never looked back. Her advice, “Don’t take no from a person who can’t give you a yes.” In this episode, she shares how service members commissioned, warrant, and enlisted can apply to the Army’s Broadening Opportunity Program. Learn about Army broadening opportunities here: Listen, subscribe, and share: The Third Lieutenant Podcast
FY21 Episode 5: The Tactical Pause with Corporal Joe Dizon
Season 1, Ep. 5
“The Marines Have Landed”The tactical pause as described by Third Lieutenant guest Joey Mac Dizon, is the moment taken by some military personnel to think and contemplate their situation. As a Marine Corps Veteran and entrepreneur, Joey brings servicemembers together to build community through his venture “The Mobile Cigar Lounge”. “Mission First, People Always”, is what guides Joey in his work and life. During this episode we’re happy to announce our new partnership with Project Refit to reduce the Veteran suicide rate and social isolation. Learn more about The Mobile Cigar Lounge here: https://www.themobilecigarlounge.com/about-usLearn more about Project Refit here: https://www.projectrefit.us/
FY21 Episode 4: Keep Your Health with Commander Troncoso and Lieutenant Da Silva
Season 1, Ep. 4
Commander Melissa R. Troncoso and Lieutenant Uade B. Da Silva share their unique paths to PhDs. Both Officers have served as Naval researchers who highlight how academic and applied research is used to protect the health and welfare of service members. As a medical practitioner, Commander Troncoso’s mantra, “It Will Get Done and It Will Be Great” is one of the ways she develops resilience in the warfighter. Dr. Da Silva identifies how everyday adversity met by servicemembers can be used to achieve success, in and out of uniform. Each shares their insight of how mentors and sponsors can encourage servicemembers to stay the course toward academic success.