Live Troop Talk with President Obama

It’s not every day that military people get to ask the Commander-in-Chief a question. But that’s exactly what Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen from around the globe did during a live Troop Talk with President Barack Obama that the Defense Media Activity broadcast live to a world-wide audience on September 11, 2015.

AFN radio played a key role in getting the president’s message to military people in all corners of the globe. We carried the event live on our AFN the Eagle and Power Talk services as well as on the AFN 360 app. For listeners who may have missed the live show, the troop talk was also rebroadcast the following day on AFN the Eagle in Japan, Korea and Europe. The troop talk was also heavily promoted on all AFN radio services in the days leading up to the broadcast.

The Director of AFN Radio, Scott Stover, was proud of the role his team played in the broadcast. “Today’s broadcast showed that radio remains a powerful tool for reaching a world-wide audience with a live message,” Stover said. “It also continues the AFN Radio tradition of serving those who serve overseas.”

President Barack Obama sits with Air Force Tech Sgt. Nathan Parry, the moderator of the president's worldwide troop talk, on a set from Fort Meade, Md., Sept. 11, 2015. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard.
President Barack Obama sits with Air Force Tech Sgt. Nathan Parry, the moderator of the president’s worldwide troop talk, on Sept. 11, 2015. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard.

The broadcast was ground breaking for DMA in that this was the first time that a president had agreed to do a live broadcast with the DoD’s flagship communication resource. The event also showcased DMA’s ability to simulcast across multiple platforms as the troop talk was carried live on AFN TV and radio while also streaming on and the AFN360 mobile app. Troops world-wide submitted questions via Facebook and Twitter while social media specialists live tweeted the event. President Obama also answered questions live from military people stationed in Germany, Belgium, Afghanistan, Joint Base Lewis McCord in Washington State and from a Sailor deployed on board the US Navy Aircraft Carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt. A standing-room-only crowd packed into the DMA studios located at Fort Meade, Maryland to hear their commander-in-chief speak.

You can click below to hear the radio broadcast.