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






79. So Long, Space Force!

IN THE NEWS: Welcome to the Bud Abbott edition of The Digression Podcast; Space Force HQ finally has a home; USS George Washington moving sailors off the ship; More money for Ukraine and cracks in EU resolve; Milley worries about medics; Space Force National Guard fixes bureaucracy with more bureaucracy; So long to the REAL Space Force; What happened to the Pilot Protection Program?; Army General vexed by "hoopdies"; Navy Chief gives “mission first” a try; RIP Medal of Honor recipient,...


78. My Road to Mandalay with David Townsend

Major Donald Townsend experienced some of the most extraordinary events in British history. In My Road to Mandalay, author David Townsend recounts his father's adventures fighting with the "Forgotten Army" in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. David expertly choreographs this story through a collection of more than 500 letters his father wrote to his family and a pen pal named Connie, who later become his wife--and David's mother. David was inspired to write this book during...


77. Safe Spaces

IN THE NEWS: Back from vacation; Spotify drops Obamas’; Russia wants a land bridge to Crimea; Biden pours more money into Ukraine–where’s it going?; Unethical PsyOps with Ukraine and Clearview AI; Space Force goes solo at basic training; Air Force Safe Spaces; Land navigation coming back to the Army; What’s going on aboard the USS George Washington?; Are the Marines no longer America’s 9-1-1 force?; Watch the Nova special, “Frozen in Time,” for free; Listener comments and more! Show notes...


76. The Kee Bird, Revisited

The Digression Podcast Guys are taking some much-needed time off, so climb aboard the Wayback Machine as we revisit one of our favorite episodes from the early days: Recovering the Kee Bird (episode #8 from 8/25/2019). In addition to a cleaned-up replay of the original episode, we share some additional news and insight about the Kee Bird crash and the pilot who flew her. Enjoy! Show notes at Sound Off! With a comment or a question at...


75. Space Force Fit

IN THE NEWS: The Russians carve out Donbas; Did we bring the Taliban here?; The biggest troop surge in Europe since 2005; DoD covid policies are affecting readiness; Russia wages war while the U.S. trains on gender identify; A new digital fitness program for Space Force; Our thoughts on Okie AG F-16 crash; ‘Pentagon Wars’ flashback with Army’s new light tank; Navy security helps Hooker; The Marines are eager for Earth Day; Listener comments and more! Show notes at...


74. Bloody Peleliu

In the autumn of 1944, the U.S. landed on Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands of the western Pacific. Some 28,000 Marines and soldiers hit the tiny island and immediately faced stiff resistance from the Japanese. The brutal, difficult battle lasted more than two months. The island garrison put up a particularly tough defense along a cave-pocketed massif dubbed "Bloody Nose Ridge" by the Americans. The ferocious defense put up by the Japanese demonstrated a shift in tactics from fanatic zeal to...


73. "No One Told Me"

IN THE NEWS: Early thoughts on Ukraine; Feel-good story of the day; Seems we did leave a helicopter behind; DoD claims data glitch in vax reporting; 6-million man-hours gone woke; Kabul commander whines; The REAL Space Force is live; The other Space Force wants to pick-up garbage; Lucifer's Chariot laid to rest; Army points finger at Biden; Biden points back; Seabee command triad canned; Marine goes to court over bad paper; RIP Candy Bomber; Not safe for work; Book recommendations. Show...


72. Voice of the Dogface

Bill Mauldin once said that the infantryman “gives more and gets less than anybody else.” He knew this from his experience on the front lines during the invasion of Sicily and the Allied campaign up the boot of Italy. The talented cartoonist succeeded in ruffling the feathers of the “brass” all the way up to General George Patton. In a time when American news outlets were sanitizing World War II for the folks on the home front, Bill Mauldin depicted the grim reality of war. Through the use...


71. Covid Misinformation

IN THE NEWS: Covid misinformation; Pentagon spox refutes woke military claims by explaining how woke they are; Leaked docs prove Biden's Afghanistan failure; Special Forces take out new ISIS leader; Vax injuries skyrocket after military vax mandate; The REAL Space Force is back!; Congress turns down Space National Guard...again!; If that's not bad enough, there are no Space Force license plates, either; Surprise! Mysterious aircraft spotted at Area 51; Biden honors WWII Ghost Army soldiers;...


70. Rommel's Last Day

Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the famed "Desert Fox,' was a German officer and reputed to be Hitler's favorite general. At the outbreak of World War II, Rommel was given command of the troops that guarded Hitler’s headquarters, which was a disappointment for a man used to fighting on the front lines with the infantry. But in early 1940, he was given a chance to put to use his gifts, when he was given command of the 7th Panzer Division. Although a novice as far as mechanized forces were...


69. Not Our Fault

IN THE NEWS: RIP Betty White (and it’s not our fault); Reflecting on our podcast; Biggest military stories of 2021 review, including the January 6th Capitol Riot; The botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan; The Accountable Marine; Russian buildup on the Ukraine border; Extremism and CRT in the military; New Tricare charges; Army vet scams the VA; and more. Show notes at Sound Off! With a comment or a question at...


68. The Christmas Truce

By December 1914 the reality of trench warfare quickly settled in. Heavy rain soaked both the trenches and the “No Man’s Land” that separated them. For those on the Western Front, daily life was miserable, but it was a misery that was shared by enemies who were, in some places, separated by only 50 yards. By Christmas Eve, a tenuous truce slowly started to take hold. The Germans placed Christmas trees and candles on their trenches and began singing Christmas carols. The British responded by...


67. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

When it comes to the military lexicon, there is a certain language that has many civilians thinking they're listening to a foreign tongue. Well, they are. Not "foreign" as in another nation's language, but foreign as in another culture. Although many military words and expressions do indeed have foreign language roots (the history and etymology of the word "latrine," for instance, is French, from the Latin "latrina," a contraction of "lavatrina," from the word "lavare" meaning "to wash," and...


66. Operation Pastorius

In the summer of 1942, Adolf Hitler sent two four-man teams to America to blow up railroad bridges, power plants, and tunnels, to paralyze industrial facilities vital to the American war effort, and to demoralize the American civilian population. It was considered one of the most daring sabotage plans in history. But it turned out to be a major headache for the Nazi leader. Show notes at Help Neal at the Veteran's Assistance Commission locate family...


65. Porky's Marine

IN THE NEWS: Winsome Sears is the American dream; Accountability Marine held accountable, but still comes out a winner; 1000s of Americans still in Afghanistan; Service members' sue DoD over vaccine mandate; Vaccine in use missing one thing: FDA approval; Let’s have some compassion; Brits kick USMC ass; China’s hypersonic missile and General Milley’s concern; Forever chemicals; Space Force traditions; “Real” Space Force update; Airman stuck with hefty car repair bill; Army plan to stop...


64. The Maco Light, Revisited

Our schedules got in the way of recording this week, so we're revisiting one of our early episodes. We cleaned up the audio a bit (as best we could given the original Skype recordings) and added the cover art, which we didn't start doing until later episodes. We had a good time with this episode, just dishing on ghost stories with the aid of good whiskey. So, what was The Maco Light? A hundred years and a thousand storytellers have blurred the legend of the Maco Light and we’re not going to...


63. Balance the B.S.

Shocker! The military doesn’t nation-build; News sources we like; Mossad does the coolest sh*t; Woulda, coulda, shoulda in Afghanistan; Great deals on U.S. guns in Afghan stores; Continuous background checks; More Space Force mockery; USAF owes for Texas shooting; Army climate survey fail; Navy wants to be the most diverse service ever; and yet Sikh marine sues Navy for lack of diversity; The accountability marine saga; Listener comments and more. Shownotes at...


62. Operation Rype

This is the story of Major William Colby and Operation Rype. “Rype” was the codename of the American airborne unit dropped by Carpetbagger B-24s into the Snåsa mountains in Central Norway on March 24, 1945. Their objective was to carry out sabotage operations behind enemy lines with the purpose of preventing German forces from withdrawing from northern Norway to reinforce the European theatre. Shownotes at Sponsor: Get 1 month FREE at Wondrium (formerly...


61. Afghanistan. Let's Talk About It.

Where were you 20-years ago when the U.S. war in Afghanistan began? It was September 11, 2001, and al Qaeda terrorists hijacked and crashed two American Airlines passenger jets into the Twin Towers, another into the Pentagon, and a fourth, a United Airlines jet bound for the Capitol Building or the White House, was crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA. That day, 2,997 Americans were murdered by Muslim extremists and three days later, standing at Ground Zero in New York City, President...


60. The Carpetbaggers

One of the best-kept secrets of World War II was the CARPETBAGGERS, the code name for a joint OSS-8th Air Force covert ops unit. Assisting French underground groups, American Airmen flew agents and supplies to those resistance forces. They flew specially modified, black-painted B-24’s, C-47’s, A-26’s, and British Mosquitoes to carry out these clandestine operations. They flew by night dropping spies and supplies during moonlit skies from late 1943 until the end of the war in Europe. They are...