By Staff Sgt. Carlos M. Burger IIJune 15, 2007
ATLANTA - In celebration of the U.S. Army's 232nd birthday, Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, Third Army/U.S. Army Central commanding general, and several Third Army Soldiers were guests on The Martha Zoller Show here June 14.
Martha Zoller began each of the eight interview segments by stressing the importance of recognizing the Army's birthday and contributions made by its Soldiers.
"The Army was around before the Constitution was created," Zoller said. "We should stop and take the time to appreciate what our service men and women sacrifice everyday for our country."
Zoller continued her interview asking Whitcomb about the current recruiting challenges associated with enlisting during combat.
"Recruiting is not just a job for the Army," he said. "It's a national obligation and job for all Americans. The kids today understand what they are coming into, which is an Army at war."
Zoller asked the Soldiers about their military service and what it's like to be a Soldier in the Army today. "I really enjoy the challenge the Army has given me. Being in the Army has given me great opportunities, like great schooling and discipline," said Capt. Camala L. Coats, Third Army operational fires and effects officer.
"The Army has allowed me to explore other cultures, meet new people and share new experiences with others," said Master Sgt. Teresa Birdsong, Third Army, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) operational command and control noncommissioned officer, via satellite from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Zoller talked to Soldiers stationed at Atlanta's Fort McPherson and Kuwait, via the Digital Video Imagery Distribution Systems studio and satellite. The Soldiers interviewed had recent service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
USARCENT, known as "Patton's Own," is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Central Command. Currently, USARCENT provides the lifeline of logistical support to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. In addition, to supporting the warfighters, the command also engages foreign militaries to build enduring relationships across the CENTCOM area of responsibility, which spans from the Horn of Africa through Southwest Asia to Central Asia.
Zoller started broadcasting in 1994, working as the co-host of The Mid-Day Program. In 2007, she started her own self-titled program, The Martha Zoller Show, which concentrates on current events.