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WITF reporter heads to Camp Taji, Iraq -- 7/10/09
WITF's Tim Lambert talks with WITF Reporter Scott Detrow about his upcoming trip to Iraq, during which he will spend approximately three weeks embedded with members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade Combat team.
Training to embed with the PA National Guard - 6/12/09
(Whitesburg, GA) -- There's no such thing as a "War Zone Reporting for Dummies" book. So, when WITF's Scott Detrow started gearing up for a three-week embed with Pennsylvania National Guard troops stationed in Iraq, he didn't really know where to start. It turns out a week-long "hostile environment training" course in Georgia helped a great deal. Scott tells us about it in this "Impact of War" installment.
Interview with Major Robert G. Cameron - 3/10/09
(Taji, Iraq) -- Robert Cameron typically commutes from his home in Thompsontown, Juniata County, to Harrisburg for his job as deputy chief council with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. But that career is currently on hold, as Cameron serves with the Pennsylvania National Guard in Iraq. He's a Command Judge Advocate -- or jag attorney, for short -- with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. In that role, Cameron deals with everything from rules of engagement to fiscal issues to military justice. In the latest installment in our Impact of War project, Cameron talked by telephone, from Iraq, with WITF's Scott Gilbert. They started with a discussion about the current state of Iraq's legal system.
Click below to hear an extended version of their discussion.
An Interview from Camp Taji - 02/27/09
Pennsylvania National Guard spokesman Capt. Cory Angell spoke with WITF's Radio Smart Talk about the role of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The unit's 4,000 members are currently based in Taji, which is north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
The true meaning of "Reveille" and "Retreat" - 12/30/08
(Camp Shelby, Mississippi) -- It's time for another installment in WITF's Impact of War series, in which we've been reporting on members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade. They're to deploy to Iraq next month. Today, we have an audio postcard recorded by two soldiers and assembled by our colleague Cynthia Berger at WPSU in State College. The piece features Sergeant Jason Burrows, then Sergeant Matt Nedrow. Both are with a Centre County-based division of the Stryker Brigade. And here, they talk about some distinctive sounds that mark a soldier's daily life on-post.
A soldier's final preparations - 12/29/08
(Bellefonte) -- We're up to the latest installment in WITF's Impact of War series, in which we've been following members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade. They're scheduled to deploy to Iraq next month. Today, we hear Platoon Sergeant Matt Nedrow and his family in their own words, as recorded by the soldier himself at their home in Bellefonte, Centre County. Nedrow and his wife have two children -- a three-year-old son and a six-month-old daughter. He made this recording one night before he boarded a flight to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where the brigade has been training. It was edited by our colleague Cynthia Berger at WPSU in State College. We start in the backyard of Nedrow's home, where his son Jack motors around on a child-sized all-terrain vehicle.
Final preparations at Shelby -- 12/23/08
(Camp Shelby, Mississippi) -- After many months of training, deployment to Iraq is just weeks away for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade. They'll come home for a week's leave near Christmas, and then head to Fort Dix in New Jersey, where they'll fly to Kuwait and begin their mission. Soldiers have been preparing around the clock since September, when they left for advanced training in Mississippi. As part of WITF's ongoing Impact of War series, WITF's Scott Detrow visited the soldiers at Camp Shelby
The Role of the citizen soldier-- 10/08/08
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are used to the role of "citizen soldier," balancing their military responsibilities with their personal and professional lives. But the year-long deployment of the 56th Stryker Brigade to Iraq is making that juggling act even more difficult. First Lt. Sam Coover knows that more than most. Coover is a high school chemistry teacher, and he's also a single father saying goodbye to his three young children. WITF's Scott Detrow reports...
Snipers in the 56th-- 7/22/08
Serving with U.S. forces in Iraq is dangerous for anyone, but snipers, who spend so much time alone in hostile territory, face unique risks. They also bear a heavy responsibility for the safety of other soldiers. As the 56th Stryker Brigade of the Pennsylvania National Guard prepares for deployment to Iraq, its snipers are undergoing intensive training. WITF's Scott Detrow reports.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Pennsylvania's Adjutant General -- 7/22/08
Reporter Pamela Varkony of member station WVIA recently spoke with Pennsylvania Adjutant General Jessica Wright, who serves as commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard, about a range of topics - including the planned deployment of the Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade.
Support for the families left behind -- 7/1/08
With 19,000 members, the Pennsylvania National Guard is one of the largest in the country. More than a quarter of the state's Guard members have already served in either Iraq or Afghanistan at least once. That number is expected to increase this winter, now that the Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade is scheduled to deploy to Iraq. As part of WITF's occasional series "Impact of War," correspondent Pamela Talbot talked with Kathy Moakler, who serves as director of government relations with the National Military Family Association
Soldier seeks a better life -- 6/18/08
The Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade is expected to deploy to Iraq by the end of this year. Many of these soldiers will leave behind spouses, children, jobs and lives they'll look forward to returning to. Susan Phillips of member station WHYY in Philadelphia profiles one guard member who says signing up to go to war is his best option for coming back to a better life.
Caleb Clous shares a laugh with mom Renee. She wishes he'd finish college before deploying to Iraq with the 56th Stryker Brigade.
The role of military chaplains -- 6/10/08
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade are preparing to deploy to Iraq. But, soldiers aren't the only ones getting ready to go to war. They'll be accompanied by military chaplains, who are there to minister to the troops. Pamela Varkony reports from member station WVIA on a Catholic priest from Northeastern Pennsylvania, who's getting ready to head overseas.
The role of student soldiers -- 6/3/08
As college and university students across the state leave campus for summer break, a significant number of them will be away for much longer. That's because one in every four members of the Pennsylvania National Guard is a student, and later this year, the Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade is expected to deploy to Iraq. As Cynthia Berger reports from member station WPSU in State College, the unit is to report for training in September.
The role of the Impact of War reporter -- 5/31/08
As part of this multi-media coverage, called the Impact of War, WITF is making plans to send a reporter to Iraq, to spend time with the 56 th Stryker Brigade, and to report on its work on behalf of our region and our country. That reporter is WITF's Scott Detrow.
The challenges of preparation -- 5/27/08
Almost 4,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are preparing to go to Iraq. The 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team has received its mobilization order, and is expected to deploy this winter on what's likely to be a year-long mission. Members of the 56th come from cities and towns all across Pennsylvania. We plan to follow members of the brigade, as well as their families and communities, throughout this deployment. Our first report in this series is by WITF's Scott Detrow.
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Tim Lambert was honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for excellence in broadcasting for his report on "Families of the Fallen," the radio documentary he produced on how midstate families who lost loved ones in Iraq are dealing with their loss. This 30-minute documentary, which aired on Memorial Day, 2006. focuses on the long-term coping strategies of families and friends of troops who lost their lives in the Iraq war. It incorporates features on three central Pennsylvania servicemen, as well as interviews with two family members who are working to remember and honor their loved ones through special efforts.
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