Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 29, 2017 Show 166 Hour 2

Tim Schorn is the Director of International Studies and professor of political science at the University of South Dakota.He's with us today to talk about Afghanistan, ISIS and North Korea.

As you may have seen on ESPN there was a little league team from Sioux Falls competing in Williamsport. The team is coached by Jeff Riley and he joins us once again via telephone.

In the Moment ... Lessons from Afghanistan

Jul 6, 2017

In the Moment ... July 6, 2017 Show 128

Ben Jones is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University. He's a contributor to a new book, called "Our Latest, Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan. Today we talk about the clash of cultures in Afghanistan, how leadership in Washington dictated the pace of the transition, and what needs to happen next as America looks at sending more troops into Afghanistan .

Last year Army Brigadier General Ted Johnson retired after more than 35 years of military service. He was director of the joint staff for the South Dakota National Guard and held several other leadership positions. He helped direct the largest call up of South Dakota National Guard forces since World War Two. Johnson was also the first and only general officer in the history of the state National Guard to command a unit in combat. He led the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade from 2010 to 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Photos From Afghanistan On Display

May 7, 2014

Black Hills State University photography student Julieanne Morse finds it difficult to think of the exact words to describe her recent experience as a photojournalist in Afghanistan. She lets her photos tell the story. Morse, from Spearfish, recently returned from a nine-month deployment with South Dakota's National Guard 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where she teamed up with a broadcast journalist and documented the daily lives of the troops.

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This past weekend drone strikes killed suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen and brought attention to the U.S. backed campaign against the organization’s most active frontline. But critics doubt the effectiveness of such targeted drone strikes, saying they make the situation worse.

USD Farber Series Speaker

Apr 24, 2013

Thomas E. Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs, the Senior Officer for Global Engagement, and Director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is this year's Farber Speaker Series at the University of South Dakota Wednesday.  Gouttierre has extensive knowledge of Afghanistan and Pakistan and has worked for the U.N. Special Mission to Afghanistan in 1996-97 among other notable accomplishments.

"Counterinsurgency In Afghanistan"

Nov 27, 2012

Captain Christopher Mercado, a 2004 distinguished military graduate of the University of South Dakota, presents, "Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: A Rifle Company in Imam Sahib," Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Major Earns Master's

Nov 9, 2012
Photo courtesy of Maj. Denis Paquette

While the country prepares to celebrate Veterans Day this Sunday, it’s nice to know how the nation’s active duty military personnel are doing.

One Air Force major and SDSU student recently earned his Master’s Degree – an even bigger accomplishment than you might think, considering the circumstances.

Completing graduate courses takes a lot of work under any conditions - and especially if you’re in the middle of a war.

But that’s exactly what Air Force Major Denis Paquette did while deployed to Afghanistan last summer.