Airman for Life: A Podcast Series

AFA's Airman for Life podcast series features interviews with aerospace experts and thought leaders on professional development. Episodes focus on Air Force and AFA updates. 

AFA thanks our podcast industry partners for the episodes they have sponsored.

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CMSAF Gerald Murray's Discussion on Leadership

CMSAF Gerald Murray, USAF (Ret.) discusses his Air Force career and his leadership style. CMSAF Murray served as the 14th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force from 2002-2006. 

Leadership in Disruptive Times

General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF (Ret.), Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University, and 20th Chief of Staff of the Air Force discusses leadership at AFA's Air Warfare Symposium. 

Leadership and Transition

AFA’s outgoing president General Larry Spencer sat down for one final interview about leadership and his 44-year Air Force journey from one stripe to Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He discusses transition during your career whether in the military or as a civilian. General Spencer also covers leadership as it pertains to the climate of the workplace, his experience as a wing commander, as well as mentorship and how mentors can help guide a person through career decisions.

Work-Life Balance

AFA's President Gen Larry Spencer, USAF (Ret.) shares his advice on work-life balance on this episode of AFA's Airman for Life Podcast series. Gen Spencer discusses the importance of deciding what your priorities in order are to determine what your focus needs to be.

Leadership Advice for Airmen

AFA's President Gen Larry Spencer, USAF (Ret.) shares his leadership advice on this episode of AFA's Airman for Life podcast. Gen Spencer discusses:

  • Transitioning from the Air Force to the civilian world
  • How to build and sustain relationships with fellow Airmen who may be separating from the Air Force
  • How the Air Force's core values continue to be key in the civilian environment
  • Advice on promotion within the Air Force
  • Advice to young and mid-grade Airmen on mentorship and being a mentee
  • The importance of diversity to build a stronger leadership team

Multi-Domain Command and Control

The next episode in our Airman for Life Podcast covers multi-domain command and control. The United States has established impressive proficiency in the ISR enterprise across the spectrum of conflict. However, near-peer rivals are mastering their own precision strike capabilities, what this means for Airmen across the world and their ability to dominate the C2 battlefield in any conflict is discussed on the podcast.

  • Host, Dr. Rebecca Grant, Director of IRIS Independent Research
  • Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, USAF, Ret., Director of Research for AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
  • Rocky Thurston, Client Executive Vice President for AT&T
  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive for AT&T

Mobility, 5G, FirstNet and Smart Solutions for Bases

The next episode in our Airman for Life Podcast covers mobility and more specifically 5G, FirstNet, and smart solutions for bases. The pace of mobile technology development is greatly impacting how we work and making the demand for mobile solutions in the work environment even more important. The proliferation of connected devices is never ending so our panel discusses these problems and a few solutions.

  • Host, Dr. Rebecca Grant, Director of IRIS Independent Research
  • Larry Taylor, Assistant Vice President for At&T
  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive for AT&T
  • Frank Freeman, Chief Administrative Officer at FirstNet

Network As A Service

The network that the Air Force uses is an important component of the Air Force mission. The network exists as an enabler for every weapons system. In this episode, panelists discuss how the Air Force can use networks to complete its missions in every domain. 

  • Host, Vago Muradian, Editor of the Defense and Aerospace Report
  • Rocky Thurston, Client Executive Vice President, AT&T
  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive, AT&T
  • Bernie Skoch, National Commissioner, CyberPatriot

The National Pilot Shortage

This episode of AFA’s Airman for Life Podcast covers the national pilot shortage. Both the Air Force and airlines are facing a crisis when it comes to having enough pilots. Our panel touches on the factors that led to the shortage and some solutions for consideration.

  • Host, Vago Muradian, Editor and Host of the Defense and Aerospace Report  
  • Keith Zuegel, AFA's Senior Director of Government Relations
  • Gene Colabatistto, Group President of CAE's Defense & Security Group

Emerging Technologies: Weapons of the Future

In this episode, Jack O'Banion, Dr. Mark Lewis, and Scott Wierzbanowski discuss the exciting technology the Air Force is developing. The panel touched on DARPA's Gremlins program, experimental space planes, hypersonics, and 5th generation aircraft.

  • Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Grant, President, IRIS Independent Research
  • Jack O'Banion, Vice President, Strategy and Customer Requirements, ADP, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Mark Lewis, Director, Science, and Technology Policy Institute, IDA
  • Scott Wierzbanowski, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA 

Aerospace Sustainment: Keeping the Fleet Flying

This episode focusses on the important job maintainers do for the Air Force. The panel touched on where the Air Force stands after sequestration created deep cuts to maintenance and modernization, as well as what Airmen can expect in the next generation of sustainment solutions.

  • Host: Dr. Rebecca Grant, President, IRIS Independent Research
  • Lt Gen Bruce Litchfield (Ret.), Vice President, Sustainment Operations, Lockheed Martin
  • Lt Gen Donald Wetekam (Ret.), Senior Vice President of Government Business Development, AAR
  • Maj Gen David Gillett (Ret.), President of Gillett Logistics LLC

Air Superiority

  • Host: Vago Muradian, Founder & Editor - Defense and Aerospace Report
  • Lt Gen Bruce Orville Wright, USAF (Ret.) Former Commander 5th Air Force and US Air Forces Japan
  • Dr. Rebecca Grant, President, IRIS Independent Research