Berlin: 30 Years after the Wall Fall
In November 2019, Chas spent time in Germany, examining the origins, surprise demise, and continuing impacts of the Berlin Wall — which fell in November 1989. In April 2020, this report was presented a Silver Medal in the Best News Documentary or Special competition of The New York Festivals.
Some Wounded Vietnam Vets Can Now Find and Thank the Docs Who Saved their Arms and Legs
On July 25, 1969, 22-year-old helicopter crew chief John Fogle was torn open by AK-47 rounds — as the OH-6 in which he manned a machine gun flew low over a North Vietnamese Army encampment. Frontline Army surgeons saved his life — and his limbs. In 2019, for CBS Eye on Veterans, Chas reported on how the recent digitizing of a Vietnam War surgical registry helped John, nearly a half century later, find those doctors and keep a promise he had made to say thanks.
Balikatan: U. S. and Philippine Military Forces "Shoulder to Shoulder"
From the Southwestern Philippines in April 2015, Chas reported on U. S. and Filipino military engineers building classrooms at a number of rural schools. The “civil society engagement” work was part of a recurring combined military exercise called Balikatan — Tagalog for “Shoulder to Shoulder.”
They Called Him The Warlord
Meet John Collins in this March 2013 profile. Then nearly 92 — retired from careers in the Army and the Congressional Research Service — he was shepherding the Warlord Loop — an invitation-only, idea-sharing ListServ for some 500-some well-placed policy-influencers.
Prone to Drone: The Early Years
In future wars, will human soldiers be replaced by weapons that think for themselves? Lots of remotely controlled systems are already on the battlefield. During 2012, Chas spoke with scientists, analysts — and the nation’s then-top military officer — about how remote engagement and autonomous systems might be changing the American way of war.