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Global Nashville with Karl Dean Podcast
A Conversation with Rear Admiral Brian Pecha, U.S. Navy
Recorded: June 6, 2019 at Belmont University
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean hosts a conversation with Rear Admiral Brian Pecha of the U.S. Navy along with TNWAC President Patrick Ryan. They discussed Navy Week in Nashville, Admiral Pecha’s career in the Navy and the Navy’s operations in support of national security around the world.
“Global Nashville with Karl Dean” Podcasts present leaders from Nashville and other specialists who are connected with global issues or an aspect of the city and region that contributes to the international flavor.
The conversations, with former Mayor Karl Dean, touch on their roles, experiences, and accomplishments in the city and region and their insights and perspectives on all of the things that make Nashville a “global city.”
In this episode Karl talks with Rear Admiral Brian Pecha, U.S. Navy. Admiral Pecha, a Memphis native, was in Nashville for Navy Week in early June 2019. TNWAC President Patrick Ryan, a retired Navy man, joined the conversation.
Run time: 36.41
Including his deployment to Anbar Province in 2006 at the height of the insurgency in Iraq.
01:43 Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Welcoming
02:02 “Tell us about what Navy is bringing to Nashville.”
03:44 “What is the impact on Navy public affairs of having sailors walking around Nashville?”
06:11 Talking to organizations around the community – Rotary, Vanderbilt, businesses, local leaders, people in service to the community.
08:03 “How did you get from where you were to where you are?”
10:56 Talking about service with the U.S. Marines, the “green side” of the Navy.
11:45 “Tell us about your deployment to Iraq in 2006.”
15:23 Talking about service at U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
17:33 “What’s going on in the world and how the Navy fits in?”
19:30 We live in a global neighborhood and not all the neighbors are friendly.
19:52 Talking about the Navy’s international humanitarian missions.
20:25 How much impact does the humanitarian mission have on Navy “optempo”?
21:37 “How has the rise of China and the Chinese Navy impacted the U.S. Navy?
23:11 Talking about Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
24:15 “A large part of what we do is ensuring freedom of the seas.”
26:03 “Can you talk about Navy presence in the Middle East, Persian Gulf?”
27:40 Talking about Russian military modernization and their return to the world stage.
29:20 The new competition over Arctic access and resources.
30:35 “What would you say to a young Tennessean who dreams about seeing something different; what are the opportunities in the Navy?”
32:40 “Loved ones are always anxious to tell the story of their family member.”
33:29 “Army-Navy. What the heck is going on?”
34:15 Thanks to the World Affairs Council. Tennesseans can benefit from broadening their view of the world.
Bio – Rear Admiral Brian S. Pecha, MC, USN, Reserve Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
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