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Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

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United States

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Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

Language:

English

Contact:

9048266508


Episodes

29. "The Bomb" is 75

8/6/2020
Ever since the American occupation of the Marianas, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, the main Japanese islands had been under constant bombardment by long-range bombers of the United States. The city of Tokyo and many other cities on the Japanese mainland were leveled by day-and-night firebomb raids. As Italy and Germany had already done, Japan was paying the price for its grandiose plans for world conquest. But the island nation wasn't ready to surrender. Then the United States unveiled the biggest...

Duration:00:41:43

28. Self Before Service

7/24/2020
IN THE NEWS: Killer garden gnomes; Time wasters; The Space Force 2400; Space Force partners with the UK; What Trump knows about Roswell; Racial bias in grooming standards; Drawdown in Iraq; Moving troops in Germany; The military's assault on religious liberty; Congress "okays" senior leader promotions; Rogue leaders; New Senior NCOs in the Air Force; COVID19 grounds Thunderbirds; USFK tells GIs to follow beach rules; 40 Mark Strasse; The Ugly American Syndrome; Air Combat Command Chief takes...

Duration:01:22:27

27. Snooze You Loose

7/10/2020
Most of you have probably heard of Antonio López de Santa Anna, the self-proclaimed "Napoleon of the West," and the story of the Alamo. What you probably haven't heard is how, just a few months after the Alamo, Santa Anna parked his army directly next to Sam Houston's much smaller American force by the San Jacinto River and ordered everyone to take a siesta. Houston literally caught the Mexican force napping and after convincing himself that the scene before him wasn't some heat-induced...

Duration:00:27:55

26. The Protest Episode

6/26/2020
In the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, what may have begun as peaceful protests against racial injustice quickly turned violent, as riots and looting broke out throughout the city, then rapidly moved across the country. The military was not unaffected by this turmoil, as National Guard troops were called up to keep the peace, military leaders shared their perspectives on race, and the services march down the road of introspection. In this...

Duration:00:59:12

25. To Boldly Digress

6/12/2020
The Amazing 25th Episode Podcast Spectacular! Of course, it's really no different than our regular episodes...okay, so it's a regular episode, but it's special because it's number 25--a podcast milestone! To celebrate #25, we talk about the origin of The Digression Podcast on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. And, as if that wasn't enough, we share some stories about a favorite topic that has received several mentions throughout our podcasts: Star Trek, the sci-fi...

Duration:00:58:40

24. Bad Apple

5/29/2020
In the news: The DOJ cracks the Pensacola terrorist iPhone and they’re pissed at Apple; Apple is also pissed at the DOJ; Corporations are People, too; A new Space Force Chief is enshrined on the Leadership Wall; Space Force goes on the road to explain Space Force; A new look at USAF mission-capable ratings; The United Federation of “Planet”; SkyBorg...it’s coming!; Pause for safety; Teddy Roosevelt heads back to sea; The Fired-Up Chief is still recovering; Stolen Valor takes a year; PLUS, an...

Duration:01:11:07

23. I Wanna Believe

5/15/2020
The Pentagon “officially” releases three videos of UFOs encountered by US Navy F/A-18 pilots. Although these videos have been in the wild for years, the Department of Defense was always tight-lipped about the whole affair. Not surprising, really. After all, what is a government without secrets, right? So, we take a listen to these encounters and share a bit of insight into the tech involved, as well as a little background into the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which was...

Duration:00:39:37

22. Still Talking 'Bout the 'Rona

5/1/2020
The “I can’t believe we’re still talking about the damn virus” episode where we discuss: The jump in COVID cases in the military and growing recoveries; The “Fired-up Chief” is on the mend; Vets are dying; New military travel exemptions and no-movement hardships; New York didn’t need Comfort after all; Japan goes American-made, but the Indians go Russian; A Navy without aircraft carriers?; Military cuts MEDIVAC in West Africa and a Public health emergency in Djibouti; Thunderbirds and Blue...

Duration:01:27:51

21. Cheers!

4/17/2020
Are you sick of 24/7 coronavirus? We sure are! So, join us for HAPPY HOUR where we explore these topics and more: Corona slushies; Leadership offsites; The family doesn’t listen; Beer civilized man; Drunk around the world; The best thing about the military; Driving? Drink lite; Only two kinds of beer in Leperland; Party ball and Bootleg Coors; The Class Six and Shoppette; Beer marches; Beer and Bulls; Recyclables; A pub on every corner; Yard of Ale; Beer Machine; Drinking and driving with...

Duration:01:36:39

20. Minicast Q&A

4/6/2020
Since we have a little time on our hands thanks to COVID-19, we're putting out this extra "minicast" for folks who find themselves with a little extra time for podcasts. In this episode: We salute you, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio; Why are The Angry Cops so angry?; The Comfort is here; where are the patients?; Teddy Roosevelt's skipper gets canned; A famous sailor passes; and some Q&A from a listener. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/20 Shout-out! With a comment or a question at...

Duration:00:36:05

19. Going Viral

3/31/2020
Space Force completes its first mission; No movement for the military; North Korea wants help with coronavirus cases it doesn’t have; Military COVID19 cases top civilian; The Air Force opens a new boot camp; Pentagon publishes pandemic guidance for commanders; The military pitches in with masks and vents; The Navy provides Comfort and Mercy to those in need; Billions for Defense and VA in emergency stimulus package; TRICARE COVID19 test kit scam; Countries using phones to track virus...

Duration:01:34:30

18. "I Was A Soldier"

3/20/2020
The fateful day that changed the course of Sergeant Major Charles Morris’ life was June 29, 1966. On a search-and-destroy mission in Xuan Loc, South Vietnam, he came within 20-feet of a Viet Cong machine gunner and was shot in the chest. He returned fire and took out the machine gun nest as the platoon came under heavy fire from an enemy force that significantly outnumbered them. For the next eight hours, Sergeant Morris refused medical attention as he continued to direct and encourage his...

Duration:00:53:09

17. Accommodation Medals

3/6/2020
IN THE NEWS: Last seaman laid to rest in USS Arizona; Astronaut reenlists 800 soldiers from space; Air National Guard wants some Space Force action; Everybody gets a trophy; Good-bye South Korea curfew--for now; Revealing DNA tests; Pentagon sets rules for Skynet; No. 1 coffee is not a rating; Social justice finds the Air Force song; Tin Can at 20,000-feet. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/17 Sound-off! And tell us what you think! Leave us a 5-star review and comment on...

Duration:01:13:12

16. Knuckleheads

2/21/2020
Internet porn hits home; Basic training and intro to military discipline; M16 necklace; Marching and airplane-watching; Gun-wielding drunk-driver on base; The EEO freeze; Busted, promoted, then busted again; The man with $200 in his pocket; Honey? Did you do something wrong?; Pushup Ninja; The Black Flag; Follow the matrix; Clap for the Air Force Song, dammit!; Why Chief Hanks is right; and The Shirt said to sweep the parking lot. Show notes available at...

Duration:01:37:17

15. Coffee with Stealth

2/7/2020
IN THE NEWS: Chris plots the demise of a mouse; We have a Space Force and Space Command--now what?; The Air Force F-35 can't shoot straight; The Army flips desert survival by sucking water out of the air; Air Force F-15's are shedding their stealth; A $1,000 coffee cup?; The Navy's Blue Angels invest in a used Fat Albert. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/15 Leave a comment or question: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff

Duration:01:19:41

14. Incentives with MSgt Kyle Green

1/24/2020
In the business world, promotions and raises are important motivators, but in the military, rank and pay go hand-in-hand. Since military supervisors don't have a direct influence on employee promotions or compensation, incentivizing these team members requires some out-of-the-box thinking. Our buddy, MSgt Kyle Green, is a subject matter expert on employee performance incentives and helps explore this topic, with a little digression, of course. Show notes available at...

Duration:01:38:51

13. Did You See A Plane Crash?

1/10/2020
The back-and-forth that inspired the show. Chris takes a winter vacation to Florida where he and Jody do some boating on the St Johns River; search for a crashed airplane; compare car-crash stories; debate irritating Prius drivers; intubate a stunt man who broke his pelvis leaping off a moving motorcycle; discover there's more than one kind of frequent-flyer; and finally discuss the mechanics behind the powerful magnets in MRI machines. Show notes available at...

Duration:00:48:25

Fahrvergnügen

1/3/2020
Not quite sure how we got off on this tangent, but the stories are pretty funny...at least to us. In this Digression Extra Jody shares the tale of his Wednesday Rabbit and Chris tells the story of his Scirocco Hoopty. Both Volkswagens. And what's interesting, is both storylines occurred at about the same time, but on opposite sides of the country.

Duration:00:11:48

12. Giant Voice

12/27/2019
This is the story of Chris, who takes a job hauling a mobile long-range acoustic device from Florida to San Diego which results in a spiraling digression into the hilarious deficiencies of the giant voice system at Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea, with a few stops along the way prompted by a snake, a couple of blown tires, and the Radiator Springs-like hardtop of the southwest. This show is our tribute to USAF Command Post Communication. Show notes available at...

Duration:00:37:00

11. Bringing Out The Dead

11/29/2019
What happens to the bodies after a battle? This is an aspect of military life that often goes unnoticed because we're more focused on the living. Still, we can't just ignore those killed on the battlefield. And thanks to the Grave Registration Service (what is now Mortuary Affairs), they're not forgotten. These professionals ensure those who've made the ultimate sacrifice are treated with dignity, reverence, and respect. Do they? Just ask Kevin Bacon! Show notes at...

Duration:01:05:08