The Panjwai Podcast

The Panjwai Podcast is an interview-based podcast series documenting the experiences of combat veterans in the Panjwai District of Kandahar, 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, special operators, support personnel, engineers, EOD, medics 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. Season 2 Starts June 7th, 2021 with a detailed look at the Panjwai Massacre, committed by SSG Robert Bales on March 11, 2012 from his outpost VSP Belambai in Panjwai, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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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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