When a Rock D.J. Deploys – A Conversation with Mistress Carrie and General Jack Hammond

Many deployed troops are lovers of rock music, and those deployed from the New England area would send Boston's beloved radio DJ and podcast host Mistress Carrie letters from Iraq and Afghanistan. A vehement supporter of U.S. troops and veterans, she wanted to find a way to give back, and in 2006 she made her way to Iraq, as the first non-news journalist embedded with troops there, before "deploying" for a second time in Afghanistan in 2011, where she met Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond, who was leading command in Kabul at the time. He tells us how a civilian, purple-haired rock DJ managed to fit right in, and Carrie tells us how she felt a connection with the troops, which is not surprising when you meet her. For the first episode of Home Base Nation's fourth season, Boston Rock DJ and podcast host Mistress Carrie  stops by the Home Base Center of Excellence to speak with Ron about why supporting veterans matters so much and how she views service, and to catch up with Gen. Hammond. The two talk about their time spent together in Kabul, Afghanistan 11 years ago, during her second "deployment" as a non-news journalist, before reflecting together a special moment when they reflect on one very special mission she was given that they will both never forget. 

Listen to the Mistress Carrie Podcast for great conversations about rock and many others things, and check out Mistress Carrie's "War Room" every Tuesday night at 8:30PM EST on Facebook Live.

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Episode Music:

Theme Music for Mistress Carrie Podcast by Sully Erna of Godsmack

Acoustic piece "Warrior" by James House and AF Veteran Blair Morin

Intro/theme music for HBN "Rolling the tree" by The Butler Frogs

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