The Panjwai Podcast

The Panjwai Podcast is an interview-based podcast series documenting the experiences of combat veterans in the Panjwai District of Afghanistan. The series seeks to explore a human, emotional, and accurate retelling of veterans’ experiences. Guests range from enlisted privates, to senior leaders, helicopter pilots, and other forces that supported or witnessed combat in the Panjwai District. Military history buffs will relish in the detailed descriptions of terrain and the history of the area, and fans of Serial and other documentary style podcasts will appreciate the attention to detail and highlighting of the human aspect of warfare on young soldiers.

The Panjwai Podcast is the story of the grunts fight in a true Infantry battlefield.

Episode 5 - The Tripod

January 21st, 2021

 Glenn Phillips aka “Phil” sat down with us to talk about Panjwai and his experience with Second Squad. We cover life on the FOB, contractors, wild ideas about the functionality of the Army, among other issues. We breach the subject of fear and helplessness, how experience differ in a firefight, and the Gustaf/Gustav. We talk about our limited capacities in Panjwai and what we could do to alleviate that. Glenn gives us the latest on his post-Army life and the support that is in place for veterans to utilize. 

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Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOcr1t6H38v9PDf8OoAbrMw

For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai

You can donate and support the podcast on the Podbean patron for as little as $1.00 a month. For more information on how to support the podcast directly go to : https://patron.podbean.com/thepanjwaipodcast

Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast

Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 

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Episode 4 - The Seminole

January 14th, 2021

Special Guest Stuart Nincehelser joins us for an in depth interview about his experiences before, during, and after the 2012 deployment to Sperwan Ghar. Stuart was a squad leader for 1st Platoon, B/1-64 in 2012.

Stuart is currently a licensed attorney and employed by the United States State Department. Stuart talked to us about his experiences as a squad leaders, the challenges his men faced, and the courageous acts of a pair of Combat Engineers on a horrible day in Skecha. Despite the serious topics, we had a light, intelligent conversation that is easy to follow and enjoyable to listen to.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHSbnt8AMUE - Combat footage from Nince's 1st deployment to Afghanistan

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Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOcr1t6H38v9PDf8OoAbrMw

For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai

You can donate and support the podcast on the Podbean patron for as little as $1.00 a month. For more information on how to support the podcast directly go to : https://patron.podbean.com/thepanjwaipodcast

Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast

Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 

Social Media:

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Instagram: @thepanjwaipodcast

Twitter: @panjwaipodcast

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Episode 3 - The New Lieutenant

January 7th, 2021

This week, the Panjwai Podcast brings on its first guest. CPT(R) Matthew Kohler was an Infantry Officer assigned as the Platoon Leader for 1st Platoon, B/1-64 in 2012. Matt came to his platoon midway through the deployment, and had to learn to lead in combat on day one. We talk to Matt about several specific events on the deployment, including the injuries to several of his soldiers, and he speaks of the valorous actions of his men. We also talk about the challenges we faced after the deployment , the importance of seeking help and the power PTSD has. This was a long interview, but we decided to keep it intact and at full length because it is powerful. This was a powerfully emotional episode for all three of us. Viewers and listeners that served in combat may find portions of this episode hard watch or listen to. Remember we are always here if you need someone to reach out to.

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Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOcr1t6H38v9PDf8OoAbrMw

For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai

You can donate and support the podcast on the Podbean patron for as little as $1.00 a month. For more information on how to support the podcast directly go to : https://patron.podbean.com/thepanjwaipodcast

Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast

Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 

Social Media:

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

Instagram: @thepanjwaipodcast

Twitter: @panjwaipodcast

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Episode 2 - The First Firefight

January 3rd, 2021

In this episode Curtis and Luke talk about their first firefight in Panjwai. They discuss the importance of the Combat Infantry Badge or CIB. They go into detail about that firefight, the results of the fight, and how to deal with the adrenaline rush. They talk about the complexities of fear and bravery in combat. They also address their scariest moments and close calls and the psychological effect they have on a soldier.

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Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOcr1t6H38v9PDf8OoAbrMw

For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai

You can donate and support the podcast on the Podbean patron for as little as $1.00 a month. For more information on how to support the podcast directly go to : https://patron.podbean.com/thepanjwaipodcast

Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast

Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 

Social Media:

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

Instagram: @thepanjwaipodcast

Twitter: @panjwaipodcast

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Episode 1 - Welcome to Panjwai

January 1st, 2021

The Panjwai Podcast launches with an inaugural episode featuring podcast hosts Luke Coffey and Curtis Grace. In this episode they discuss their own military background and history, how a mechanized unit ended up in Afghanistan, and orient the listener to the terrain of Panjwai and Sperwan Ghar. We discuss the topography and geography of Panjwai and some of its culture, the kind of fighting we saw, the difficulties of fighting in the terrain, and the tactics used by the Taliban. Join us for the beginning of this journey. New episodes every Friday.

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Check out the video version of the podcast at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOcr1t6H38v9PDf8OoAbrMw

For maps, photos and more information about Panjwai go to : https://www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/about-panjwai

You can donate and support the podcast on the Podbean patron for as little as $1.00 a month. For more information on how to support the podcast directly go to : https://patron.podbean.com/thepanjwaipodcast

Direct donations can also be sent via venmo @thepanjwaipodcast

Be sure to like, follow, and/or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Youtube, TuneIn, Amazon Music and many more. visit www.thepanjwaipodcast.com/listen for more information. 

Social Media:

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

Instagram: @thepanjwaipodcast

Twitter: @panjwaipodcast

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The Panjwai Podcast - Trailer

December 8th, 2020

The creators of The Panjwai Podcast briefly explain their goals, format and what we can expect in 2021 with the launch of the Panjwai Podcast

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