Every Soldier Counts Podcast Debuts With 19th ESC Command Team

By Staff Sgt. Adam Ross, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Public AffairsJanuary 20, 2021

Introducing the Every Soldier Counts podcast
The first guests for the inaugural Every Soldier Counts podcast are Brig. Gen. Steven L. Allen, left, commanding general, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command; and Command Sgt. Maj. LaDerek T. Green, command sergeant major, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. (Photo Credit: Capt. Cortland Henderson, 19th ESC Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP HENRY, Republic of Korea – Leveraging one of the fastest growing communication platforms, the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command debuted its official podcast on Jan. 19. Available across all popular podcast apps, the Every Soldier Counts Podcast will deliver episodes filled with insightful interviews and relevant information about Area IV in the Republic of Korea.

The inaugural episode features an interview with the 19th ESC command team of Brig. Gen. Steven L. Allen and Command Sgt. Maj. LaDerek Green. The podcast can be found by searching its title, Every Soldier Counts Podcast, on any popular podcast app, or by clicking here.

“As the senior command in Area IV, it is vital that 19th ESC is able to communicate directly with our Soldiers,” said Capt. Cortland Henderson, the 19th ESC public affairs officer. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to communicate, especially in the current pandemic environment.”

During their podcast interview, Allen and Green discuss the challenges facing a forward-deployed command with an expansive logistics mission.

“We have our core units but we also have to be ready to receive more and provide support not just for Army but for joint and multi-national support,” said Allen. “That to me is one of the big differences being forward-deployed.”

Green discussed the meaning behind an enduring 19th ESC term: Team 19.

“It’s a critical part in what we do, because this really shapes the values, attitudes and beliefs of our first term Soldiers,” said Green. “How do we inculcate them into this thing we call the Army profession and let them know, even though you’re away from family – you’re still among family?”

Episode two of the podcast is focused on mental health in the New Year. Capt. Qwanqita Wright, a behavioral health specialist with 65th Medical Brigade, spoke on the importance of finding time for rest.

“Sometimes we take for granted how important it is for us to just decompress,” said Wright. “One of the things I tell people is when you come home from work you need to create a boundary – I’m going to put my phone down and, for 30-45 minutes, I’m not going on social media or make phone calls unless something comes up. Create time for you to decompress.”

Listen to the interviews in their entirety on the Every Soldier Counts Podcast.