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    Raven Conversations

    Raven Conversations

    Audio | Joint Force Headquarters - Washington National Guard
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    The official podcast of the Washington National Guard.



    Episodes


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 116 - Capt Taylor Payne

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by Army Aviation Sustainment Facility Supervisor, CPT Taylor Payne. He shares his Guard story, his families ties to service and how he has become involved with the State Partnership Program and National Guard Association.


      ➡Don't forget to like, subscribe and turn on the bell notification to be notified of future Raven Conversations video podcasts.

      ➡Keep up with what's going on in the Washington National Guard by following us on social media:

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonguard

      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanationalguard

      06/18/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 115 - Washington National Guard Marksmanship Team

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by SGT Edward Oh and SPC Nathan Hean. The two service members talk about the Washington National Guard Marksmanship Team and their experiences competing in various competitions.



      ➡Don't forget to like, subscribe and turn on the bell notification to be notified of future Raven Conversations video podcasts.

      ➡Keep up with what's going on in the Washington National Guard by following us on social media:

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonguard

      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanationalguard

      06/11/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 114 - Col. (Ret) Margarethe Cammermeyer

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Majors Laura Dutton and Callie Kiaunis talk with Col. (Ret) Margarethe Cammermeyer, who was a pioneer for overturning the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, after being removed from service in 1992 for identifying as a lesbian after nearly 30 years of service.

      In 1995, her book, "Serving in Silence" was turned into a movie, starring Glenn Close and Judy Davis.

      06/04/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 113 - 133rd Army National Guard Band, with WO1 Matt Wenman

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by 133rd Army National Guard Band Director, WO1 Matt Wenman. Tune in as we talk about the 133rd Army National Guard Band and how you can join the band.

      05/28/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 112 - State of the Union Address, with TSgt Andrew Apple

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, TSgt Andrew Apple joins us and discusses his experience at the State of the Union Address.

      05/22/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 111: 141st Air Refueling Wing Recruiters - Part 2

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by TSgt Emily Hanson and TSgt Britanny Arnald, both recruiters from the 141st Air Refueling Wing. Join us as we talk about transitioning from different branches into the Washington Air National Guard.

      05/15/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 110 141st Air Refueling Wing Recruiters

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by SSgt Aaron Hamilton and SSgt Ernaldo Vazquez, both recruiters from the 141st Air Refueling Wing. Join us as we talk about the Air National Guard.

      05/08/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 109 341st Military Intelligence Battalion Language Professionals

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by language professionals from the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion. Tune in as we talk about the benefits of being a linguist in the Washington Army National Guard while enjoying some cultural dishes.

      04/30/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 108 Wellness, Arts, and the Military, with MSgt Sa Faumuina and Bryan Bales

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, MSgt Sa Faumuina, First Sergeant for the 194th Medical Group and Bryan Bales, Program Manager for the Wellness, Arts, and the Military Program talk about their program. Tune in to see what arts programming grants, training, funding, and outreach are available for you.


      ➡For more information on the Wellness, Arts, and the Military Program, please visit https://www.arts.wa.gov/wam/

      04/23/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 107 Washington Army National Guard Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Paul Sellars

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by the Washington Army National Guard Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Paul Sellars. Tune in as BG Sellars shares his vision for the Washington Army National Guard and his thoughts on the keys to success as a servicemember.

      04/18/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 106 Joint Services Support

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, the Joint Services Support (JSS) team joins us to talk about the various programs and services the JSS provides for all Washington Guardsmen, reserve, veterans and family members.

      ➡Learn more about the Joint Services Support here: https://mil.wa.gov/family-programs

      ➡Contact the Joint Services Support: https://mil.wa.gov/contacts

      04/12/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 105 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team Raven Rendezvous

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, COL Matthew James, 81st SBCT Commander and CSM Kelly Wickel, 81st SBCT Command Sergeant Major talk about the upcoming Raven Rendezvous. Tune in to find out who's invited, what to expect and why it is important to come together during military events like this.

      04/05/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 104 Women's History Month with COL Gentry and CSM Patterson

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by COL Angela Gentry, Director of Joint Operations and CSM Amelia Patterson, 56th Theater Information Operations Group CSM. The two leaders share their experiences in the military as female soldiers and touch on how things have changed for women in the military throughout the years.

      03/27/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 103 Women's History Month Group Discussion

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, in celebration of Women's History Month, we are joined by two female guest hosts and a panel of female service members. Tune in to listen to their journey in the Washington National Guard.

      03/20/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 102 Women's History Month with SFC JoAnn Mebane

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by SFC JoAnn Mebane, a member of the 122nd Theater Public Affairs Support Element who talks about her journey in the military.

      03/15/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 101 Women's History Month with Sgt. Kairhea Gordon

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, we are joined by SGT Kairhea Gordon, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment. SGT Gordon shares her experience as the first female Fire Direction Center (FDC) Chief.

      03/07/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 100 Farewell to Jason

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Jason Kriess, the original creator of the Raven Conversation podcast says farewell as he leaves the State Public Affairs office after more than 15 years.

      02/28/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 99 VA Claims with Annie DeAndrea

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Annie DeAndrea, a Transition Assistance Specialist with the Joint Services Support, discusses filing your VA disability claim and breaks some myths about VA disability specifically for National Guard members.

      Connect with Annie to start your VA disability claim or to learn more: email- antionette.m.deandrea.ctr@mail.mil
      DSN- (253) 512-8722

      Original music by Meta Essence

      01/18/2024


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 98 US Cyber Command with Maj. Gen. Charles Jeffries

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Maj. Gen. Charles Jeffries discusses his experiences in the National Guard and the United States Cyber Command. He also talks about how the National Guard provided him with valuable skillsets that bridged into his civilian career at Microsoft.

      Original music by Meta Essence

      12/12/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 97 Permission To Start Dreaming

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Leslie Mayne and Jessica Kastrup from the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation talk about how the foundation was started, the mission of the organization and how their event, Race for a Soldier, has connected them with the Washington National Guard Community.

      For more information on Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, please visit PTSDfoundation.org

      Original music by Meta Essence

      11/29/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 96 Biathlon Team

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, WO1 John Androski, MAJ Joshua Jorgensen and 1SG Nicholas Vankirk, members of the Washington National Guard Biathlon Team talk about the biathlon program and their experiences competing.

      For more information on the Washington National Guard Biathlon Team, reach out to WO1 John Androski at john.x.androski.mil@army.mil

      Original music by Meta Essence

      11/16/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 95 Working at NASCAR w Sgt. Mike Cummings

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, SGT Mike Cummings, a member of the 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion talks about his experience working at NASCAR and how he came to serve in the Washington Army National Guard.

      Original music by Meta Essence

      10/24/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 94 VFW w Lt Col Alyson Teeter

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Washington Air National Guard Public Affairs Officer, Lt Col Alyson Teeter talks about Veterans of Foreign Wars.


      For more information on the Ballard Eagleson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3063: https://vfwseattle.org/

      Learn more about the Veterans of Foreign Wars here, https://www.vfw.org/

      Original music by Meta Essence

      10/10/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 93 Kittitas County Auditor with Capt Bryan Elliott

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, CPT Bryan Elliott, a member of the 1st Squadron 303rd Cavalry Regiment talks about his experience serving the community in the Washington National Guard and also as the Kittitas County Auditor.

      Original music by Meta Essence

      09/29/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 91 State Partnership Program with LTC Keith Kosik

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, LTC Keith Kosik, State Partnership Program Director talks about the program and the importance of the strong relationship we hold with the Kingdom of Thailand and the Country of Malaysia.

      See our website for more information: https://mil.wa.gov/state-partnership-program

      Original music by Meta Essence

      08/30/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 90 Brothers Serving in the WA Air National Guard with MSgt Aaron and Derek Reese

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, MSgt Aaron and Derek Reese, brothers serving in the Washington Air National Guard talk about how they came to serve in the National Guard and what it's like working together.

      Original music by Meta Essence

      08/22/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 92 Using Education Benefits with SFC Sarah Braun

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, SFC Sarah Braun, a Senior Recruiter with the WA Recruiting and Retention Battalion talks about her journey in education and how she utilized the benefits the Washington National Guard provided.

      Original music by Meta Essence

      08/16/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 89 Air Guard Innovation Team with Lt Col Rex Ayers

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Lt Col Rex Ayers, Washington Air National Guard talks about Washington Air National Guard's Innovation Team.

      Want to be a part of or learn more about Washington Air National Guard Innovation Team? Contact Lt Col Rex Ayers at rex.ayers.1@us.af.mil or MSgt Christopher Pavel at christopher.pavel.2@us.af.mil

      Original music by Meta Esssence

      08/08/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 88 Youth Challenge Academy with Chris Acuna

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Chris Acuña, Commandant of the Washington Youth Challenge Academy talks about what the Washington Youth Challenge Academy is and how this program is setting up our youth for success.

      For more information on the Washington Youth Challenge Academy or to apply now for the program, visit https://mil.wa.gov/youth-academy

      08/02/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 86 Becoming a Pilot with WO1 Catherine Trujillo

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, WO1 Catherine Trujillo, a member of the 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, C Co talks about her experience in becoming a pilot in the Washington National Guard. Regardless of the hurdles that were set in her path, she was able to overcome those obstacles in order to achieve her lifelong dream to fly.

      "Don't ever tell yourself that you can't, other people will tell you that enough." -WO1 Catherine Trujillo

      07/20/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 86 Mt. St. Helens rescue with Mike Cairns

      Today is May 18th and on this day in 1980 Mt. St. Helens erupted with a force so powerful that it leveled tens of thousands of acres of forest and destroyed hundreds of homes, roadways and railways. 57 people lost their lives in the blast. On duty that day was a young helicopter pilot named Mike Cairns. He and many of his Washington National Guard pilots immediately flew towards the devastation and began the incredibly difficult task of finding survivors. Please listen in as he recounts those terrible days of flying in the most perilous of conditions.

      05/18/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 85 Preparedness in the Pacific Northwest with Hollie Stark

      In this episode of Raven Conversations, Hollie Stark, the Outreach Program Manager for the Emergency Management Division talks about being disaster ready in Washington.

      03/23/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 84 Broken Wing

      CW3 Ryan Schwend and CW2 Eugene Park stop by to tell us the story of how they were able to safely land after they experienced a catastrophic emergency during a routine trip while they were on deployment in Afghanistan. It is truly an amazing story! They walk us through their decision making process, how they communicated with the crew chiefs in the back, and how a ground crew were able to dislodge their broken, mangled cargo.

      03/10/2023


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 83 Guard Entrepreneurs

      On the show today we sit down with two members of the Washington National Guard - one Army one Air - who own their own businesses in their local community. Master Sgt. Samantha Stewart who is at the 194th Wing, runs a CrossFit gym with her husband, Joe, who is also an Air National Guardsman. Samantha and I talk about her service in the Guard supports her ability to focus on her small business, how they got started and how they are moving into the adaptive athlete space for people with... read more

      12/15/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 82 Rainier Dustoff to the Rescue Part 2

      This episode is a continuation of our conversation with the crew from Rainier Dustoff who recently helped rescue an injured hiker. On the previous episode we talked about the rescue mission itself but on this episode we go into the aviation career field in general - how they got started, what they love about it and where they see their careers going.

      Send story ideas to:

      jason.r.kriess.civ@army.mil

      12/08/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 82 Rainier Dustoff to the Rescue Part 1

      On today's show I sit down and chat with a few members of the Dustoff team over at the Army aviation facility. In October, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Kennedy and his crew piloted their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter out near Leavenworth, Washington to help rescue an injured hiker and transport them to safety. This is something that they train for a lot but don't necessarily get to do it as a real-world mission. They talk us through the rescue step-by-step, each of them sharing what their... read more

      12/02/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 81 Haunted Armories

      Washington National Guard armories are old. Built around the turn of the century and on through the 1930’s and 40’s, these large, cavernous buildings have been the assembly location for soldiers and airmen for decades. Countless people have moved through these locations on their way to World Wars I and II and on through the conflicts in the Middle East. Over the years, we have talked to many people who have seen and heard strange goings on in these armories. Slamming doors, footsteps,... read more

      10/27/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 80 Great ShakeOut

      In this episode I speak with Brian Terbush, the Earthquake and Volcano Program Coordinator at the Emergency Management Division. He stopped by to talk about the Great Washington ShakeOut. That's an annual earthquake drill that is observed every October and millions of people around the country stop what they're doing and practice what they would do when an earthquake strikes. Aside from talking about ShakeOut, we discuss some things people can do to prepare for an earthquake or tsunami, becoming two-weeks ready, and we talk about the last big 9.0 earthquake that hit our state, over 300 years ago!

      Sign up for ShakeOut: www.shakeout.org/Washington

      Get Earthquake Early Warning alerts on your phone: mil.wa.gov/alerts

      10/14/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 80 Great ShakeOut

      In this episode I speak with Brian Terbush, the Earthquake and Volcano Program Coordinator at the Emergency Management Division. He stopped by to talk about the Great Washington ShakeOut. That's an annual earthquake drill that is observed every October and millions of people around the country stop what they're doing and practice what they would do when an earthquake strikes. Aside from talking about ShakeOut, we discuss some things people can do to prepare for an earthquake or tsunami, becoming two-weeks ready, and we talk about the last big 9.0 earthquake that hit our state, over 300 years ago!

      Sign up for ShakeOut: www.shakeout.org/Washington

      Get Earthquake Early Warning alerts on your phone: mil.wa.gov/alerts

      10/14/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 79 Climbing Mt. Rainier

      In this episode we talk to Lt. Col. Jason Kramer with the 194th Comptroller Flight and Senior Master Sgt. Justin Scherer with the 194th Contracting Office. Together, along with Retired Chief Master Sgt. Jason Witts, summited Mt. Rainier in July. We talk about the training that goes into the multi-day climb, the equipment they used, the hazards of traversing glaciers and much, much more.

      08/31/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 78 Women's Equality Day with CSM Dana Trakel

      For this episode we're doing something a little different. I hand the podcast over to Command Sgt. Maj. Dana Trakel as she leads a panel discussion about Women's Equality Day with several trailblazing female leaders in our organization. Women's Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 which granted women the right to vote. Trakel is joined by five other women who have accomplished many firsts in their years of service. They talk about leadership, mentors and just general topics about being women in the profession of arms.

      08/26/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 77 Transgender Policy with MSG Susie Lopez

      Last year the DoD restored its original transgender military service policy that was originally issued in 2016. The policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. It also provides a path forward for those who wish to seek medical treatment for gender transition. To help talk us through the policy, Master Sergeant Susie Lopez stops by the studio. Master Sergeant Lopez is the state equal employment manager and she fields questions about transgender policy day in and day out. She talks about the most frequently asked questions she gets and we discuss the most important part of the policy -- treating everyone with dignity and respect.

      06/10/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 76 Mental Health Awareness Month

      It's the end of May but we wanted to squeeze in an episode about Mental Health Awareness Month. We all deal with stress in our own ways. It's good to know that you are not alone in your struggles and members of the Guard have so many resources available to them. And we want to normalize help-seeking behavior.

      Four members of the behavioral health team stopped by the studio to talk about how to reach out for assistance. We talked about the overview of their program as well as breaking the historical stigma for seeking help in the military.

      05/31/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 75 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

      May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we invited a few guests to come in and share their experiences growing up in the United States as an Asian American and Pacific Islander. Capt. Laudy Choum, Capt. Tiffany Cadenhead and Sgt. 1st class Lance "Shimmy" Shimamoto talk about the challenges they had to overcome and the importance of observing Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

      05/24/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 74 Holistic Health and Fitness with Capt. Josh Moen

      The Army is changing the way it approaches Soldier fitness. Gone are the days of push-ups, sit-ups and the 2-mile run. Now the Army is expanding fitness beyond physical abilities and into the world of mental health, nutrition and even spirituality with it's Holistic Health and Fitness initiative. The program aims to improve the health and well-being of individual Soldiers by increasing their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.

      Capt. Josh Moen is the H2F Program Manager for Washington and... read more

      05/05/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 73 Master Resiliency Trainer Course

      In this episode we welcome back Jennika Cardenas from the Joint Services Support and we welcome for the first time Staff Sgt. Michelle Claus. We talk about the recent Master Resiliency Trainer Course that Washington recently hosted. We chat about what the course teaches and why these skills are important for one's own well-being as well as how they're important for strengthening relationships with your family and friends.

      Send story ideas to jason.r.kriess.mil@army.mil

      04/15/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 72 Recruiting with Marilyn Gerhardt and Tramal Williams

      In this episode Jason sits down with Marilyn Gerhardt and Tramal Williams - two of the most successful recruiters in the field today. We talk about the process of enlisting a new recruit, about what makes them successful, as well as some of the struggles they face.

      As always please reach out if you have a topic you would like to hear on the show. Send an email to jason.r.kriess.mil@army.mil

      02/09/2022


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 71 Operation Allies Welcome

      On this episode, Jason sits down with three Washington National Guard Airmen who volunteered for the massive effort to help Afghanistan Evacuees transition to life in America. They traveled to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey where they were a part of more than 200 Airmen working 24 hour operations helping more than 9,500 evacuees continue their journey to the U.S. They worked long, tireless days assisting with tasks like acquiring and distributing everyday household items,... read more

      10/20/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 70 Enhanced 911 System

      Joe Siemandel, the State Public Affairs Officer, and Karina Shagren, the Military Department's Communications Director, sit down and chat with Adam Wasserman, the manager for the state's Enhanced 911 system. He talks about the history of the E-911 system, how it works and what the future holds with the new Text-To-911 features that are becoming more popular across the country.

      09/16/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 69 Aaron McCarthy's Story and His Battle With Suicide

      September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and on this episode we talk to Jennika Cardenas. Jennika is the R3SP Coordinator for the state and she brought with her a long-time member of the Washington National Guard, Aaron McCarthy. Aaron opens up to us and shares his heart wrenching story and his battles with TBI and PTSD.

      24/7 Veteran and Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
      or Text 838255

      Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647

      Family Program Hotline at the JSS (Building 3) 1-800-364-7492

      Jennika Cardenas, R3SP Coordinator: 253-318-9827

      All American Heroes Foundation: www.aahfdn.com

      09/01/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 68 Pride in Service

      Today's episode is a special one. It's Pride Month and we invited a few members of the LGBTQ community to come in and talk about their experiences serving openly in the military and the Washington National Guard. We talked with Chief Warrant Officer 4 Valerie Mariano, 1st Lt. Johanna Lockhart, Capt. Callie Kiaunis and Travis Linares-Hengen, who works in the Emergency Management Division. Travis's story is particularly compelling as he was discharged under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy - a... read more

      06/10/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 67 Wildfire Season Prep

      It's is now June and we are marching right into fire season. That fun time of year where we all come together to fight a common enemy. Department of Natural Resources are reporting more than 400 fires this calendar year already. Those can range from small backyard fires that get a little bit out of control to larger fires that require a crew of firefighters to extinguish. So the dry, hot conditions are ripe for another more active than usual fire season.

      I talked with Angie Lane from DNR... read more

      06/03/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 66 WYA Mentors

      In this episode I sat down with Jeff Hehe and Dakota Ross. Dakota was a student at the Washington Youth Academy and Jeff was his mentor. We talked about the mentor/mentee relationship, how Jeff was instrumental in Dakota's education and how one can volunteer as a mentor.

      If you would like to get more information on how to apply to be a mentor at the academy, send an email to: elizabeth.bergmann@mil.wa.gov

      05/18/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 65 Mental Health Awareness

      The month of May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of people are diagnosed and live with some sort of mental illness, ranging from stress and anxiety to ADD or OCD. Many of our Guard service members are tasked to serve in extremely stressful situation and that can take a toll on our mental health. Luckily we have a whole slew of professional life counselors at your service to help you get the assistance you need.

      In this episode, I sat down with Jennika... read more

      05/13/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 60 Month of the Military Child

      April is the month of the Military Child and recognition of the sacrifices military children make. In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with members from the Washington National Guard Youth Council, Mackenzie Hale, Ethan Warner and their sponsor Robbin Seeberger. In this discussion we talk about some events the Youth Council has going on in support of the month of the military child and other ways they are staying engaged with each other during COVID.

      04/02/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 61 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

      Sara sits down with Angela Taylor and Sgt 1st Class Sarah Cowart to talk about Sexual Assault Awarness and Prevention Month. We give a overview as to what a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator does, what a Victim Advocate does, and issues that come up outside the realm of annual training requirements. I hope you find this informative, and if you need to use these resources please check out the information here:

      SAFE Helpline: 1-877-995-5247

      SAFE Helpline Website: www.safehelpline.org

      JFHQ SARC-Mrs. Angela Taylor
      O: 253-512-1365
      angela.c.taylor33.civ@mail.mil

      JFHQ VAC-Mr. Sean Smith
      O: 253-512-7881
      sean.m.smith166.civ@mail.mil

      04/02/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 62 81st SBCT's Task Force mobilizations

      In this episode Jason and Sara sit down with Col. James Perrin, Commander of the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. During our chat we focus on the year ahead for many of the 81st SBCT members, with multiple mobilizations coming up while still maintaining a large presence in the COVID response missions.

      04/02/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 63 Task Force Medical Surge

      In this episode Jason and Sara sit down with Lt. Col. Bruce Simpson, Task Force Medical Surge to talk about the mission for Task Force Medical Surge, Lt. Col. Simpson’s unique COVID experience, and the way ahead. If you would like to tell your story on the podcast or if you have a tip for a good story, please send an email to Jason Kriess at the Public Affairs Office at jason.r.kriess.mil@mail.mil

      04/02/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 64 The WAARNG Strategic Plan

      In this episode Sara sits down with the members of the G5 staff, Lt. Col. Joshua Daily, Maj. Steven Riley, Capt. Jack Meeker. We talk about planning, how the Washington Army National Guard developed their strategic plan, and how they are measuring success and adjusting the plan as they go. If you are interested in the strategic plan you can find it here: https://issuu.com/wanationalguard/docs/washington_army_national_guard_strategic_plan_2020

      And here is the G5 group email mentioned in the conversation: ng.wa.waarng.list.g5@mail.mil

      04/02/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 59 10th CST Update

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with Capt. Brady Plunkett, the Operations Officer for the 10th Civil Support Team. We caught up with the CST to talk about their recent deployment to the nation's capitol to assist with the Presidential Inauguration, some exercises they have coming up and checking in on missions we’ve seen in the past.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      03/19/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 58 242d Combat Communications Squadron

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with Maj Charles Parsons commander of the 242d Combat Communications Squadron. Maj Parsons explains the mission of the 242d Combat Communications Squadron, and their dual purpose to also provide a Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC) for specific exercises and events. We also talk about the JISCC’s recent deployment to the nation's capitol to assist with the Presidential Inauguration.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      03/05/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 57 CFMO

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with Col. Adam Iwaszuk, the Director of the Construction and Facilities Management Office. We talk about how the Washington National Guard prioritizes its construction projects, the life cycle management of existing buildings and what the long term projects and locations look like in the future.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      02/19/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 56 MSgt. Bergquist is going to Ranger School

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Master Sgt. Amanda Bergquist from the 141st Air Refueling Wing. MSgt Bergquist is a dental hygienist that has been chosen from a pool of applicants to attend Ranger school later this year. We talk to her about the application process and what training she has been doing to prepare for Ranger school. This interview is again recorded through Teams so please bear with some of the audio inconsistencies.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      02/05/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 55 The Intelligence Enterprise

      In this episode Joe and I sit down with Lt. Col. Angela Gentry, Washington National Guard G2/J2, Lt. Col. Casey De Groof, commander 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew Rose, Washington Army National Guard Senior Military Intelligence Warrant and Command Sgt. Maj. Tim Harris, command sergeant major 56th Theater Information Operations Group to speak about the Washington National Guard’s Intelligence Enterprise. We touch on what the intelligence enterprise... read more

      01/22/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 54 Col (Ret) Dezsofi and the IO

      In this episode we continue our holiday families in the guard theme from last year and Joe and I sit down with the COL (RET) Gerald Dezsofi. During our conversation we talk about his experience in the Washington National Guard, as a leader at all levels through his career as a Military Intelligence Officer. We also talk about how the Information Operations environment has changed throughout his time as the 56th Theater Information Operations Group commander.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      01/08/2021


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 53 Beddall Family

      In this episode we continue our holiday families in the guard theme from last year and Joe and I sit down with the COL Jonathan Beddall, PVT Jordan Beddal, and CDT Joshua Beddall. During our conversation we talk about what made the Beddall’s join the Washington Army National Guard, what it’s like having a high ranking father and what they would say to other families that are considering the guard.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      12/18/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 52 WAANG Education and Retention

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with the Washington Air Guard Education and Retention office, MSgt Sarah Swann, MSgt Jessica Evans, MSgt Jonathan Rivera, and TSgt Roman Watson. During our conversation we talk about joining the Washington Air Guard, the new Beta Federal Tuition Assistance Program and the new Washington State Grant available to members of the Washington National Guard.

      To reach the WAANG education office call: 253-512-3324 or -3325
      To reach the WAANG Recruiting and... read more

      12/11/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 51 WA NG COVID-19 Response

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Col. Kevin McMahan and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Sandland, from Joint Task Force Steelhead. JTF Steelhead has been the Washington National Guard’s main element in support of the COVID-19 response, and during our conversation we work our way through the response from March to present day.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      11/13/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 50 176th Engineer Company

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with 1SG Andrew Larkin, with the 176th Engineer Company. We talk about their recent build in the town of Northport, and their company’s unique missions throughout Washington.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      10/23/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 49 The Washington State Guard

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with CPT Donnavon Smith and SGT Shannon Sullivan from the Washington State Guard. In this episode we talk about the history, standards and mobilizations of the Washington State Guard. For more information you can find their website below.

      https://mil.wa.gov/state-guard


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      10/08/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 48 Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Washington Air National Guard Commander. In this episode we talk about what the Washington Air Guard is, what missions they currently have and his vision for the future.

      Follow the WAANG Commander on Facebook: facebook.com/WAANGCC


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      09/18/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 47, 898 Brigade Engineer Battalion

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Lt Col Josh Barrow and Command Sgt. Maj. Kelly Wickel, the command team of the 898 Brigade Engineer Battalion. In this episode we talk about what the battalion is, how their mission supports the Brigade and their vision for the future.


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      08/20/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 46, 2-146th Field Artillery

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Lt Col Matt Braddock and Command Sgt. Maj. Tim Durr, the command team of the 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment. In this episode we talk about what the battalion is, how their mission supports the Brigade and their vision for the future.


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      08/01/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 45 3-161 Infantry

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Lt Col Craig Broyles and Maj Josh Brown, the commander and S3 of the 3rd Infantry Battalion and 161st Regiment. In this episode we talk about what the battalion is, their upcoming deployment to Poland and their vision for the future.

      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      3-161 Socials:
      https://www.instagram.com/huntracekill
      https://www.facebook.com/3BNDarkRifles
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_CBzjN4nBKwq4mT8ezon1g

      07/16/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 44 the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Col. Paul Sellars and Command Sgt Maj Carter Richardson, the command team of the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. In this episode we talk about what the Stryker Brigade is and what their vision is for the future.


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      06/19/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 43 Sitting down with BG Dent and CSM Honeycutt

      In this episode Sara and Jason sit down with Brig. Gen. Dan Dent and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Honeycutt, the command team of the Washington Army National Guard. In this episode we cover the Big Six tenets that they have put out to the leaders of the Washington Army National Guard and the philosophy behind it.

      If you are interested in tackling the reading list here is the first six books:
      1. Hesselbein on Leadership- Francis Hesselbein
      2. Once and Eagle- Anton Myrer
      3. Start With Why: How... read more

      06/01/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 42 Washington Army Guard Retention

      In this episode Sara and Joesit down with Staff Sgt. Markeyces Wadley, the Washington Army National Guard Retention NCOIC, and Spc. Stephanie Tyler, the 56th TIOG Retention personnel. In this episode we highlight some of the ways we can improve retention of soldiers across the board and discuss the major problems that the retention office has seen. This conversation tries to be an honest and open communication of ways that we can improve as leaders in the Washington National Guard in order... read more

      05/15/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 41 WA Guard Book

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with two of the authors of Images of America, Washington National Guard William Andrew Leneweaver, Richard G. Patterson. The book tells the story of the Washington National guard in photographs and stories. It is offered not only for history buffs but also for the thousands of current and past National Guard members, families, friends, and neighbors touched by their service to state and nation.

      About the authors: William Andrew Leneweaver and Richard... read more

      05/05/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 40: IPPS-A chat with the G1 staff

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with some of the G1 staff for the Washington Army Guard to learn more about IPPS-A, The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army. IPPS-A looks to modernize Army Human Resources and develop a system for managing talent, reduce IT and military pay costs, and improve Soldiers’ lives through transparency and mobile capabilities. If you have any questions about IPPS-A please contact your unit HR specialist.

      https://ipps-a.army.mil/


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      04/17/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 39 Brigadier General Bryan Grenon

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with Brigadier General Bryan Grenon, Land Component Commander for the Washington Army Guard. We visited him at the Seattle Police station where he is the Chief of police for a district. We talk to Grenon on how he has been able to manage his career through the ranks as a traditional guardsmen, and how he has been able to balance his military obligations with his civilian career and family. As you’ll hear towards the end, we have to finish our conversation when he gets a call on the radio.


      If you have any suggestions for future topics or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      03/06/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 38 Noncommissioned Officers

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with three senior noncommissioned officers with the Washington Army National Guard, Command Sgt. Major Bruce Ecclestone, Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sgt. Major Brandt Gibbons, Command Sgt Major 3-161 Infantry Regiment, and 1st Sgt. Brandy Potter, 96th Aviation Troop Command. They talk about the leaders that have influenced them, what they wish they could have told their younger selves, and how they hope to influence the next generation of enlisted soldiers.

      If you have an idea for a future podcast or would like to guest host please let us know: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      02/19/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 37 420th Chemical Battalion

      In this episode Sara sits down with Maj Kelly Sowder with the 420th Chemical Battalion. They talk about how the battalion trains for both domestic and army missions to maximize their CBRN capabilities year round. If you are interested in more information about the 420th Chem take a look at their unit page: https://mil.wa.gov/420th-chemical-battalion

      If you would like to co-host or have an idea for a future podcast please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      02/01/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 36 MATES and TUAS

      In this episode Sara and Joe travel to the Yakima Training Center to speak with members at the Mobilization and Training Equipment Site and the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems unit. We talk about what these two have to offer those training at YTC and beyond. If you are interested in MATES or TUAS please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      01/24/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 35 Warrant Officers?

      In this episode Sara sits down with CW5 Timothy Gordon and CW2 Bridget Crosby to discuss the how-to's associated with becoming a Warrant Officer in the Washington National Guard. They also go through some requirements and the training necessary to complete Warrant Officer Candidate School. If you are interested in more information please contact the warrant officer recruiter, CW3 Jason Hartley; jason.d.hartley.mil@mail.mil or 253-912-3145.

      If you have an idea for a future podcast or are interested in guest hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      01/10/2020


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 34 Four Generations of Brathovde

      In the final installment of the holiday family episodes Sara and Joe sit down with three of the Brathovde family that are currently serving in the Washington National Guard. However, their Grandfather, father, two uncles, a spouse and one child all also have served or are also currently serving in the Washington National Guard. We talk about the family legacy of service and what it means to them.

      If you have an idea for future episodes or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      12/20/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 33 The Trakel Family

      Continuing on with our family episodes Sara and Joe sit down with the Trakel family, mom Sgt. Maj. Dana Trakel, Operations Sgt Maj with the 96th Aviation Troop Command, and her two sons; WO1 Jarin Trakel, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, and Private 1st Class Tanner Trakel, 168th General Support Aviation Battalion.

      If you have an idea for a future podcast or are interested in co-hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      12/19/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 32 Father and Daughter Air Guard members

      Join us this episode as Sara and Joe continue the holiday family conversations and sit down with Chief Master Sgt. Mark Soulier, 194th Wing, and his daughter Sr. Airman Brianna Soulier, 252d Cyberspace Operations Group, as we talk about the dynamics of being a guard family.

      If you have an idea for a podcast or would like to co-host in the future please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      12/12/2019


    • Raven Conversations - Episode 31: Aleshina Sisters

      In this episode Sara and Joe continue the holiday family conversations and sit down with sisters serving in the Washington Army National Guard, Privates 1st Class Maria and Daria Aleshina. The sisters are Russian immigrants who came to the United States as children and enlisted in the Guard on the same day. Daria is also a former Washington Youth Academy Graduate.

      If you have an idea of something you'd like to hear on the podcast or are interested in co-hosting email us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      12/05/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 30 The Brockmans

      In this episode Sara and Joe continue the holiday family conversations and sit down with dual military couple Master Sgt. Naziroh Brockman, Headquarters Washington Air Guard, and Master Sgt. Shay Brockman, Western Air Defense Sector.

      If you have an idea of something you'd like to hear on the podcast or are interested in co-hosting email us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      11/27/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 29 Best Friends and Sisters in Arms

      In this episode of Raven Conversations Sara and Joe sit down with two Specialists from the 1st Cavalry Squadron, 303rd Regiment. They have been best friends since seventh grade and are gearing up for a deployment together in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

      If you have any suggestions on topics you'd like to hear in the future or are interested in co-hosting please email us at: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      11/21/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 28 Credentialing Assistance

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with Sarah Schmidt from the Washington Army National Guard Education and Incentives office to talk about the new credentialing assistance program. If you are interested in the program and want more information here are some resources:
      https://mil.wa.gov/education
      phone: 253-512-8931
      email us at ng.wa.waarng.list.per-education@mail.mil
      CA Fact sheet: https://mil.wa.gov/asset/5d8e44e100703

      If you have any questions, ideas for a future podcast or are interested in guest hosting please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      11/07/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 27 Faultline

      In this episode Sara sits down with an all Washington Army National Guard member band, “Faultline." The members are:
      MAJ Adam Hanisch - rhythm / lead guitar
      CW3 Stuart Welborn - lead / rhythm guitar
      1SG Laszlo Cosorus - bass guitar
      SSG Christopher Coutsouridis - drums
      SPC AJ Pickard - vocals



      Links:
      https://www.facebook.com/pg/faultlinecoverband/
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFCXbM1sU_zM0SPjhWoefXQ


      If you'd like more information, have an idea for an upcoming episode or would like to co-host please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      10/25/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 26 TACPs

      Sara sits down with Maj. Jimmy McInerney and MSgt. Justin Murner from the 111th Air Support Operations Squadron to talk about the mission of the Tactical Air Control Party, the new designation of the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and how the Air Force is enhancing their Airmen's ability to perform.

      If you are interested in learning more about the the two ASOS units in the Washington National Guard check out some stories here: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/194WG

      If there is something you would like to hear on the podcast, or if you are interested in co-hosting, please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      10/10/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 25 Washington National Guard Youth Council

      In this episode Sara sits down with members from the Washington National Guard's Youth Council to talk about how the Child and Youth Services program is making a difference.

      The Washington National Guard Child & Youth Services mission is to positively impact Soldier and Family readiness, resilience, retention and quality of life by providing secure, timely, flexible, and high-quality youth development opportunities and resources which promote the overall well-being of National Guard... read more

      09/27/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 24, Leadership with Maj Ty Clark

      On this episode of Raven Conversations Sara and Joe sit down with Maj Ty Clark, commander 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron, to talk about leadership. They talk about the qualities of a good leader, adapting to new generations of service members and how experiences has impacted their own leadership styles.

      If you have an idea for an episode of Raven Conversations or would like to guest host please contact us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      09/06/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 23 Health and Fitness

      In this episode we talk to Capt. Ben Seims an instructor at the Master Fitness Trainer Course and lead ACFT Coordinator for the Washington Army National Guard. We talk about a variety of fitness and health related topics, and Seims gives us an update on the ACFT.

      If you have an idea for a podcast please let us know: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      08/29/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 22 the 194th Wing

      In this episode of Rave Conversations Sara Morris and Joe Siemandel sit down with Lt. Col. Jason Kramer, 194th Wing director of plans integration and execution, to talk about the unique and diverse structure of the 194th Wing. They also talk about the Wing’s vision, mission and the current priorities of: never failing and Airman, building and sustaining readiness, and developing the future.

      If you would like to co-host or have a topic you would like to see covered on an episode of Raven Conversations please email us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      08/16/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Capt Hans Zeiger

      In this episode Steven Friedrich and I sit down with Capt Hans Zeiger, a Public Affairs Officer with the 194th Wing and a Washington state senator from district 25. We talk to Hans about his experience as a guardsman, member of the state legislature and author.

      If you have an idea for the podcast or are interested in guest hosting please email us: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      08/02/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 20 Sitting down with RRB

      In this episode Sara and Joe sit down with a new recruit, a recruiter and the Recruiting and Retention battalion commander to discuss why you should join the Washington National Guard and what challenges are out there. If you want more information on how to join the Washington National Guard please visit: mil.wa.gov/national-guard find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/washingtonguardrecruiting/ or visit a recruiter near you.

      If you have an idea you'd like to hear on the podcast please email: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      07/18/2019


    • Raven Conversations: The State Partnership Program

      On this episode we talk with Maj. Keith Kosik, the state partnership program director and three members of the Washington National Guard on their experience with the program.

      The National Guard State Partnership Programs (SPP) are designed to establish long term relationships in which U.S. States and their partnered nations share best practices and expert knowledge in a range of areas. The SPP is a Department of Defense joint security cooperation program administered by the National... read more

      07/03/2019


    • Raven Conversations: MOS Highlight Special Forces

      In this episode of Raven Conversations Joe Siemandel sits down with SGM Tyr Symank to talk about what makes Special Forces special and how there training translates to real world missions. If you are interested in Special Forces with the Washington National Guard please message us and we will get you in touch with a National Guard recruiter.

      As always if you have something you'd like to talk about on the podcast or a suggestion on a new topic please message Sara: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      06/14/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 17 Band Doctors and the Dole Foundation

      This week Raven Conversations talks to three members of the 133rd Army Band on earning their PhD in Musical Studies. Chief Warrant Officer Three Scott Pierson, the band master, recently defended his dissertation, earning his doctorate of musical arts in wind studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sgt. 1st Class Steve Friel, an instructor of music at Eastern Washington University recently completed his doctorate of musical arts in saxophone performance from the University of North... read more

      05/31/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Volcano Preparedness with Brian Terbush

      This week brings our first guest host Steven Frederich, a Washington Military Department Communications Consultant, and Brian Terbush from the Emergency Management Department. Brian is a volcanologist and goes over information and tips about volcanoes. We have five active volcanoes here in Washington so it is necessary to always be prepared. Visit the volcano page of the Washington Military Department to learn more: https://www.mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/hazards/volcano


      If you would like to guest host, be interviewed or have an idea for a future podcast please email us at: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      05/10/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 15, Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

      This podcast is set up a little different than normal, where Jason and I bring you interviews from two different training events. First up Jason travels to Malaysia and speaks with Ret. Marine Col. John Reilly. Next up Sara takes you to Boise for Idaho Response 2019. These exercises provide a glimpse in the types of training opportunities afforded to Washington Guardsmen.

      Below are some articles released from those exercises if you'd like more information. Also, if you have any ideas for... read more

      05/03/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Army Education Programs with Maj Eric Flowers

      On this episode we talk to Maj Eric Flowers, the state education programs officer. If you are interested in learning more about the Army National Guard education programs please visit their web page: https://www.mil.wa.gov/national-guard/army-guard/education

      Email: Ng.wa.waarng.list.per-education@mail.mil
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAARNGEducationIncentives/
      You can also contact their office at these numbers:
      State Education Services Officer (253) 512-1324
      State Incentives Manager (253) 512-8984
      State GI Bill Manager (253) 512-8435
      State Education Services Specialist (253) 512-8931

      If you're interested in guest co-hosting the program please email Sara: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      04/19/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 13 - Financial Readiness with Dana Twight

      Did you know that April is Financial Literacy Month? This week Jason Kriess and Sara Morris sit down with Personal Financial Counselor Dana Twight from the Joint Service Support office at Camp Murray. We talk everything from how to save, how much you should save and how to take risks in your TSP. If you want more information or you would like to make an appointment with a PFC their emails are listed below.

      PFC1.WA.NG@zeiders.com or PFC2.WA.NG@zeiders.com

      If you have a story that you think should be told on the podcast please email the Public Affairs Office: sara.m.morris7.civ@mail.mil

      03/28/2019


    • Raven Conversations: MOS Spotlight - Information Operations with MAJ Scott Dearie

      In this episode Jason Kriess and Sara Morris sit down with Major Scott Dearie from the 156th Information Operations Battalion. We explore what Information Operations is and how its used in a deployed environment.

      Information Operations Officers synchronize, coordinate and deconflict the information systems. They also plan and integrate offensive and defensive information operations to gain and maintain information superiority in support of the Commander's overall concept of the... read more

      03/22/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Part 2 Two-Weeks Ready and disaster preparedness with BG Jeremy Horn

      In this second part of a two episode series about disasters, the commander of the Washington Air National Guard, Brigadier General Jeremy Horn, sits down with us to talk about all the options available to people in order to prepare for a catastrophic natural disaster.

      Some of the things we talked about are how to put together a two-week survival kit, making a communications plan for your family and connecting with your neighbors.

      Get prepared at:
      mil.wa.gov/preparedness

      Email public affairs for your story ideas:
      jason.r.kriess.mil@mail.mil

      03/07/2019


    • Raven Conversations: Part 1 Two-Weeks Ready and disaster preparedness with Maximilian Dixon

      The beauty that surrounds us in the Pacific Northwest is nothing short of awe-inspiring. But the stunning scenery and bountiful outdoor activities come with a powerful and shocking price. For millions of years Mother Nature has forged our landscape with mighty earthquakes and volcanoes.

      For the next two episodes we will talk with experts who will lay out exactly what we face as far as natural disasters here in Washington. What they are, what you can expect when they happen but most... read more

      02/22/2019


    • Raven Conversations: MOS Spotlight - Linguists and Military Intelligence

      In this episode we bring you the first in a series of shows dedicated to the different MOSs and AFSCs in the Washington National Guard. We will have a guest on who is in a certain job field to talk all about it, what it's like and what people can look forward to if they are interested in going that route in their careers.

      Before battles are fought and targets are destroyed, critical information needs to be gathered about our adversaries in order for our military leaders to make informed... read more

      02/07/2019


    • Raven Conversations: What we're doing to prep for wildfire season with Col Kevin McMahan

      There are a couple proposed legislation that are making their way through state government in Olympia. Both are very beneficial to our Guardsmen.

      One is HB 1137 which would raise Guard state active duty pay to meet our current state minimum wage or an amount equal to the rates established by the national wildfire coordinating group, whichever is greater.

      The other is SB 5197 which creates the Washington National Guard postsecondary education grant program. This bill would, when... read more

      01/25/2019


    • Raven Conversations: New Year, New Me – Yoga and ultra-running

      Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. In this episode, Sara and Jason talk with two people in our organization who are making strides to spread the joy of healthy living and exercising.

      Master Sgt. Samantha Stewart is a Retention Office Manager in the 194th Wing in the Air National Guard, and she is also a certified yoga instructor. She holds one-hour yoga sessions in building 109, the 194th Wing auditorium, at 1115. The classes are free and open to service members and Camp Murray... read more

      01/10/2019


    • Raven Conversations: The Washington Youth Academy

      In this show we take you inside the Washington Youth Academy. It is a FREE life intervention, credit recovery program and any resident of Washington state can attend between the ages of 16-18. The academy recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. This program has quite simply, changed lives. But the program is not easy. They wake up a 4:45 AM, they do physical training, rain or shine, they learn military drill and ceremony, they have a rank structure with platoons and squad leaders and... read more

      12/06/2018


    • Raven Conversations: Talking with CW3 Scott Pierson with the 133rd Army Band and the 10th CST responds to suspicious package in Olympia

      In this episode Jason and Sara sit down with the commander of the 133rd Army Band, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Scott Pierson. He’s been leading the band for more than eleven years now and has nothing but good things to say about his soldiers and their dedication to spreading the joy of music wherever they go. Follow the 133rd Army Band on their Facebook page:

      https://www.facebook.com/133dArmyBand/

      In the second half of the show we talk with three members of the 10th Civil Support Team,... read more

      11/21/2018


    • Raven Conversations: The Big Boss: Chatting with the TAG

      In this episode Jason and Sara sit down with the big boss himself, Major General Bret Daugherty. He talks about his career, his vision for the Washington National Guard and some of his most pressing topics that he’s working on.


      As always send story ideas and podcast feedback to Jason.r.kriess.mil@mail.mil

      www.facebook.com/washingtonguard
      www.instagram.com/wanationalguard
      www.twitter.com/wanationalguard
      www.youtube.com/user/wanationalguardpao

      11/06/2018


    • Raven Conversations: Talking Cyber Security with Col. Kenneth Borchers

      In this show, Jason sits down with Deborah Discolo with the Joint Services Support (JSS) on Camp Murray. The JSS is a veritable one-stop shop for service member resources. Everything from financial and tax advice to job seeking classes to rock painting. Yes, rock painting. And all free of charge. In armories all across the state there are family assistance specialists there waiting to help you out with anything you may need.

      In the second part of the show, Sara and Jason talk with Col.... read more

      10/25/2018


    • Raven Conversations: Leadership with CMSgt Trish Almond

      In this episode, Jason and Sara talk with Chief Master Sgt. Trish Almond. CMSgt. Almond is the senior enlisted leader of the Washington National Guard and adviser to the adjutant general. They talk about her career, the various programs she oversees and her philosophy on leadership.

      If you have a story idea, have a question or would like more info on the Washington National Guard, send an email to jason.r.kriess.mil@mail.mil. We would love to answer your question on the show!

      2018... read more

      10/11/2018


    • Raven Conversations: Episode 1

      Welcome! This is our first ever Washington Military Department podcast. Hosted by Jason Kriess and Joe Siemandel from the public affairs office on Camp Murray. We will dive in to the latest news and events going on around the Washington National Guard. We will also have on special guests who will give us insights into major news stories and to talk about the many services and benefits that we have as service members.

      In this inaugural episode Joe and I talk about the State Partnership... read more

      09/28/2018