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Military efforts aren’t just focused on recruiting, they’re also focused on connecting with local community

With May being National Military Appreciation Month, listeners call in to share messages of thanks to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, while local Marines discuss the state of recruiting during the pandemic and how Houston community support of the recruiting mission has played a key role. Plus, a Rice University political science professor gives an update on the Russia-Ukraine war.

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Today, we salute all brave service members and their families who support them in answering the call to serve our country.

First, we open the discussion with a Russia-Ukraine and US military update, where a Rice University political science professor gives a world view of the situation and explains why the Biden administration is considering sending US special operations forces to protect US embassy in Kyiv.

Locally, Houston Marines share how recruiting during the pandemic sparked more human interaction, which helped build great community relationships. A critical component of their mission's success was to involve local military or Marine veterans to identify future Marines.

We also learn that local active-duty personnel need more support, and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs is committed to be more involved by playing a more active role.

Guests:

Dr. Richard Stoll

  • Professor of Political Science at Rice University
  • Faculty Scholar, Rice University's Baker Institute
  • Senior fellow, at the Institute for Sustainable Peace

Major Courtney J. Boston

  • Out-going Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Houston, 8th Marine Corps District, United States Marine Corps

Major Jordan Eddington

  • In-coming Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Houston, 8th Marine Corps District, United States Marine Corps

Lashondra Jones, PhD

  • United States Marine Corps veteran
  • Coordinator for the Houston Mayor's Office of Veterans and Military Affairs

 

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