A PODCAST EMPOWERING YOUTH TO PRESERVE STORIES OF AMERICA'S VETERANS

Operation CREST is an effort to Empower young people to seek powerful leadership lessons of Courage, Resilience, Service, and Teamwork from America's veterans. By doing so, students are inspired to lead, and in the process, they provide an invaluable act of service through digitizing and preserving veteran memories as a part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. You can hear these recordings via our podcast which has been posted across all major platforms and is available via the links below.


STUDENTS EMPOWERED TO LEAD, LEARN, & SERVE

Through this experience, students design interview questions, lead the discussion, select audio tracks, and finalize recordings.  In the process, they learn valuable skills in technology and leadership, and provide an invaluable service by donating all recorded interviews to the Library of Congress to be preserved for future generations.

SPOTLIGHT ON VETERAN LEADERSHIP

When given the opportunity to share their memories, participating veterans are renewed and refreshed. Sharing their stories provides an opportunity to continue to serve the nation even though their enlistments are up.

SEASON 1 EPISODE 1: CAPTAIN JASON SMITH WITH AVA & RILEY

In this episode, Ava and Riley sit down with Captain Jason Smith. Jason is a 25-year military veteran serving as a pilot and leader in both the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army. He has served on the National Security Council; as Senior Policy Advisor on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and as strategic advisor and communications director for the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

He has led soldiers and sailors during three combat deployments, nine afloat deployments, and in emergency response to several hurricanes, including hurricane Katrina - rescuing more than 200 lives. He has served at the operational and strategic level working with state, federal, tribal, and foreign agencies.

Jason has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard, a Master’s in International Relations from St. Mary’s University, and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Sam Houston State University.