Home Base Nation

Featuring discussions on serving those who’ve served, with the civilian and military leaders of a grateful nation. Hosted by Dr. Ron Hirschberg, Director of Health and Wellness at Home Base. Latest episodes below

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Nov 25, 2021

Kernels of Gratitude - Happy Thanksgiving From The Home Base Family Table

Home Base is a family in and of itself, so today we can envision one big table filled with a unified team of people – Military, civilian, with all backgrounds, but all connected by the thread of…

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Nov 19, 2021

Serving Country, Family and Health - Featuring Major General (Ret.) Patrick Sargent, SVP DoD Healthcare at OptumServe

Major General (Ret.) Patrick Sargent is the Senior Vice President of DoD Healthcare at OptumServe, the Federal-facing arm of Optum. He aptly states that service is “responsibility in motion,” and that “service is an action and not…

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Nov 11, 2021

A Salute to Freedom, and A Home Base Salute to all Veterans and Military Families

A message on Veterans Day from Home Base: Brigadier General (Ret) Jack Hammond, our Executive Director, and introduction with host Dr. Ron Hirschberg with reflections on Salute To Freedom Gala at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space…

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Nov 05, 2021

Battlefield of Dreams - Featuring Green Beret Nate Boyer

Green Beret Nate Boyer wears many hats. He’s an Army Special Forces veteran, former Texas Longhorn and Seattle Seahawk, co-founder of the organization Merging Vets and Players (MVP), and actor and filmmaker, just to name a few….

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Oct 29, 2021

Resetting The Mission - Featuring Psychologist and Author of PTSD Unplugged Dr. Pam Hall

In this episode, Dr. Ron meets and talks with Dr. Pam Hall, who has dedicated her career of 40 years to clinical and forensic psychology, and has met with nearly 7,000 veterans for VA benefits evaluations since…

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Oct 26, 2021

Inside and Outside the Mask: Art Therapy At Home Base

We are excited to announce our new series as a part Home Base Nation to complement our usual conversations. We’ll bring you the stories and topics that shine the light on the veteran and military family population,…

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Oct 15, 2021

Did I Make It? - Featuring Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz

In this episode, former Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Kevin Lacz joins Dr. Ron about the road to becoming a SEAL and the bonds with his brothers both during training and overseas. They discuss the toughness…

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Sep 30, 2021

Dedication To The Soldier - Featuring Lieutenant General Gary Brito / Deputy Chief of Staff US Army

In this episode, Dr. Ron talks with Lieutenant General Gary Brito, currently Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, following command at Fort Benning, GA seeing that roughly 60,000 soldiers are trained every year. Home Base…

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Sep 09, 2021

Creativity, Sports and Service - Featuring Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner

In this episode, Dr. Ron meets with Tom Werner, Chairman of the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club to discuss planting the seed of Home Base along with the Massachusetts General Hospital after a Red…

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Aug 23, 2021

Your Sacrifice Matters - With Green Beret Nate Boyer

This weekend we had the honor to meet with Green Beret Nate Boyer at Home Base on the Navy Yard in Boston. This bonus episode is a tribute to the men and women who have served over…

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Aug 16, 2021

Roommates and Rifles: Back From Tokyo 2020! - With Military Olympians / US Army Active Duty Soldiers SPC Alison Weisz and SPC Sagen Maddelana

Specialists Alison Weisz and Sagen Maddelana are U.S. Army Active Duty Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit International Rifle Team at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sagen and Alison are colleagues, roommates and friends who have just…

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Aug 08, 2021

Boston Bonus: Tribute to Boston Fire Lt. and Navy Veteran Paul Hoban - 1st Annual Memorial Golf Tournament 8-16-21

Boston Fire Lieutenant and Navy Veteran Paul Hoban First Annual Memorial Golf Tournament on August 16th, 2021 at 0800 at George Wright golf course in Boston benefitting the Home Base Program. Paul was a United Stated Navy…

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Aug 02, 2021

Always Looking Ahead of The Ball - Featuring WWII Army Veteran Marvin Gilmore

After being on the battlefield, WWII Army Veteran Marvin Gilmore knew about winning or losing a war, finding the fight against racism in the 1960s wasn’t a battle that could be won. So he turned his energy…

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Jul 18, 2021

Fulfillment Of Trust, Part II - Featuring General (Ret.) Fred M. Franks, Jr.

In Part II, we’ll dive into the battle plan that General Franks brought forward 30 years ago in Desert Storm, to successfully force the retreat of the Iraqi Republican Guard with less than 100 American causalities, in…

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Jul 12, 2021

Fulfillment Of Trust, Part I - Featuring General (Ret.) Fred M. Franks, Jr.

We launch Season 3 of Home Base Nation, as Host Dr. Ron Hirschberg sits with Home Base colleague and leader, 4-star (ret.) Army General Fred Franks. In Part I, we talk about how 50 years ago, losing…

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Jun 27, 2021

Rebuilding Lives - Featuring Brigadier General (Ret.) Tom Landwermeyer, President and CEO of Homes For Our Troops

In this episode, host Dr. Ron talks virtually with President and CEO of Home For Our Troops (HFOT), General Tom Landwermeyer, who following a 33 year military career began a new chapter in the nonprofit space in…

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Jun 13, 2021

Leveling All The Playing Fields - Featuring Executive Director of The Red Sox Foundation Bekah Salwasser

In this episode, Dr. Ron Hirschberg and cohost Dr. Lauren Richards invite Executive Vice President of Social Impact at The Boston Red Sox and Executive Director of The Red Sox Foundation – Bekah Salwasser to discuss the…

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Jun 01, 2021

37,000 Flags for the Fallen with the Mass Military Heroes Fund and Home Base - Memorial Day on Boston Common - 2021

Leading off this bonus episode is Executive Director of the Mass Military Heroes Fund, Diane Nealon, followed by reflections from both civilian and military flag planters while honoring 37,000 fallen heroes in Massachusetts, including Home Base Executive…

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May 29, 2021

Beyond The Battlefield: Stories Of War That Bring Us Together - Featuring Army Veteran Jessica Rivera and Green Beret Kevin Trujillo

For this special Memorial Day episode, we are honored to invite back two US military service members who had told their stories to a virtual audience in May 2020. We listened together, then had the opportunity to…

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May 09, 2021

Common Goals - Featuring Boston Bruins Defenseman Kevan Miller

Boston Bruins Defenseman Kevan Miller joins host Ron, along with Home Base’s Director of Warrior Health and Fitness / Army Veteran Ryan Vander Weit. They talk about the Pro Athlete / Warrior Athlete connection, common drive and…

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Apr 11, 2021

The Service of Sesame Street - Featuring Rocio Galarza, Vice President of US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop

In this episode we talk with Rocio Galarza, Vice President of US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, about partnerships with the military community, DoD, and content experts, that create the energy behind our beloved “service-monsters” and their…

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Mar 24, 2021

Strengthening the Team, In and Out of Fenway – with Red Sox Athletic Performance Coordinator and US Air Force Veteran, Mike Roose

When you meet Red Sox Athletic Performance Coordinator Mike Roose, you see confidence, leadership, and compassion. Most of all you see a genuine person who is all about taking care of his team, whether overseas or on…

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Mar 11, 2021

New Age Of Psychedelics: Science, Trauma, and Treatment

In this episode, host Dr. Ron Hirschberg is joined by leadership at The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Neuroscience of Psychedelics, including Director of the Center and Psychiatrist-In-Chief Emeritus Dr. Jerry Rosenbaum, Founder of The Multidisciplinary…

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Mar 03, 2021

Battle Buddies - With Marine, Home Base Psychologist, and CEO of Frost Call, Dr. Wes Sanders

Dr. Wes Sanders is a clinical psychologist at Home Base Program for Veterans and Military Families, who served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 8 years, and is CEO of Frost Call, a non-profit organization…

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Feb 22, 2021

How Can Writing Save Your Life? - With Poet Seema Reza, George W. Bush Stand-To Veteran Leadership Scholar

Seema Reza builds bridges. She has worked throughout her career on bringing the conversation to the community, and facilitating the sharing of the stories and emotion we all need. The veteran community has benefited from Seema’s work…

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Dec 23, 2020

Home Base 2020: Adapt Or Fall, Respect For All - Featuring Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond

Closing out 2020, Dr. Ron sits with Home Base’s Executive Director, Brigadier General Jack Hammond to talk about this unprecedented year at Home Base Program for Veterans and Military Families, and what lies ahead when to comes…

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Dec 07, 2020

Bias For Action - Featuring Amazon Leaders, US Navy Veteran Abby Malchow and US Marine Veteran Beau Higgins

In this episode, US Marine Corps Veteran Beau Higgins and US Navy Veteran Abby Malchow talk with Dr. Ron Hirschberg and Marine Veteran Brendan McCaffrey about the 7% of Amazon that are military connected, or Amazon Warriors….

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Nov 23, 2020

In Service To Warriors And Their Families - Featuring Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

Our special guest is CEO of Wounded Warrior Project Lieutenant General (Ret.) Mike Linnington, joining Home Base’s Executive Director Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond and COO Michael Allard, with host Dr. Ron Hirschberg, to discuss an ongoing…

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Nov 10, 2020

Dogs On Deployment! - Featuring Marine Veteran and CEO of DoD Alisa Johnson

In this episode, Dr. Ron talks with former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, KC-130J Super Hercules Pilot and founder of Dogs on Deployment, Alisa Johnson about serving both as a Marine and as a CEO of a team…

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Oct 27, 2020

Unity Of Purpose – Reflections On Boston Hope, A COVID-19 Field Hospital

Uncertainty. This was a word that often came up, especially during the early days in early April 2020 while admitting patients to the Boston Hope Field Hospital from our acute care hospitals. Now in late October 2020,…

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Producer and Host

Ron Hirschberg, MD

Assistant Producer, Editor

Lucy Little

Chairman, Home Base Media Lab

Peter Smyth

Advisory Board

Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond
Michael Allard
Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) William Davidson
Warrant Officer 1 Armand Hunter
Stefanie Ryan
Photography with Joe Wallace and the MGH Photo Lab
Music by Darden Smith of Songwriting With: Soldiers
Engineering and consulting with Chuck Clough of Above The Basement
Home Base Nation is a production of the Home Base Media Lab in Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.


The views expressed by guests to the Home Base Nation podcast are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by guests are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Home Base, the Red Sox Foundation or any of its officials.

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