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.

Episodes available weekly.

The Team

Curtis Grace

Curtis Grace served in the U.S. Army from 2011 to 2019. He served as an Infantryman from 2011 to 2014, deploying to Panjwai, Afghanistan in 2012 with B Company 1-64th Armor Regiment. 

From 2014 to 2019, he served as an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot, deploying to Afghanistan in 2017 with B Company 1-229th Aviation Regiment. Upon completing his military service, Curtis worked full time performing research and test missions on manned and unmanned aircraft while simultaneously pursuing his Associates and Bachelor’s Degrees full time with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned his Associates in Aeronautics in December 2019 and will earn his Bachelor’s in Aeronautics in December 2020. 

Curtis left the corporate sector for Alaska in May 2020, and plans to pursue his Master’s in Business Administration starting in January 2021. He currently resides in Alaska.

Luke Coffey

Luke Coffey served as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2008-2013. He deployed with B Company 1-64th Armor Regiment to Mosul, Iraq from 2009-2010 , and to Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan from March to December 2012. 

Upon the completion of his military service Luke returned home to Kentucky to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Kentucky from 2013-2017. Upon graduation Luke attended the University of Colorado-Boulder from 2017-2020 where he completed Master’s of Arts in Chinese Literature. Luke is now living in Tennessee while his wife, Leah, pursues her PhD. 

Luke is now working professionally as well as pursuing the beginnings of a career as a writer. His writing primarily consists of essays that blend literature, thought, and personal narrative within the regions of Southern Appalachia and the Rocky Mountain West where Luke and Leah intend to return to live. 

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