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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.

The Digression Podcast Chris Rash & Jody Hanks

    • Society & Culture
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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.

    Stop Staring At My Breasts

    Stop Staring At My Breasts

    The "Go-To" Service; Space Systems Command finds a home; Colorado jumps the gun; The real Spece Force update; SECDEF defines extremism; Still not leaving Afghanistan; Pentagon touts transgender docs; military not ready; Why does God need a starship?; ACC's new alignment is old news; Disney (did not) help Thunderbirds create new airshow; Avenger ditches at Cocoa Beach; West Point cheaters; Army super soldiers; Soldiers earn Nordic badge in desert; Stop staring at my breasts; Navy Lt rags on enlisted; Greatest beer run ever!; Coast Guardsmen make olympic team; Burn pit advocate dies; WWI Memorial opens in D.C.; D-Day survivor passes.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Military Murder Mysteries

    Military Murder Mysteries

    Regular listeners of the show know we like strange tales (and alliteration), so for our 50th episode, we thought we'd have a little fun with some military murders that just don't add up. Fair warning! This episode contains some dark humor. So, what caused the untimely deaths of Lt Paul Whipkey, SPC Chad Langford, Lt Kirk Vanderbur, Col James Sabow, Col Yosef Alon, Sgt William Miller, and Cpl David Cox. We may never know what happened to these men, but one thing we know for sure: suicide is always a convenient explanation.
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    • 51 min
    Finding Faces with Ryan Kern

    Finding Faces with Ryan Kern

    Ryan Kern is a former news anchor and reporter for a Nevada NBC affiliate. Now, as an independent journalist, he is the host/reporter/producer of the Finding Faces podcast. 
    “Finding Faces: The Search for the Missing Pictures of Fallen Vietnam Heroes” is about the hunt for photos of servicemen who did not return home from Vietnam. In 2001, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (the organization running The Wall memorial in Washington D.C.) started collecting at least one photo of all 58,000+ who died in the war. Twenty years later, they’re down to around 100 servicemen who do not have pictures. These photos are all featured on a virtual “Wall of Faces” online. Ryan's podcast searches for the families of Vietnam servicemen in order to collect the best pictures possible for the Wall of Faces and help investigate or resolve any issues or questions these family members are still dealing with 50-years later.
    Finding Faces, Season 1, aired in 2020 from September through December. It was 12 episodes long and about 12 hours of content, but day one of recording the series actually began in February of 2019! So while some episodes were recorded over the span of one-week, others covered 17-months...and everything in-between. Season 2 is currently in production and Ryan took time out of his busy schedule to talk to The Digression Podcast guys!
    Finding Faces Podcast: http://storicmedia.com/finding-faces/
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/49
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    • 43 min
    Extremely Unserious

    Extremely Unserious

    In early February, in the aftermath of the January 6th Capitol “riot,” Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, ordered a 60-day stand-down within all the military branches in order to address extremism in the ranks. Despite an October 2020 Pentagon report commissioned by Congress that concluded extremist views were not widespread and identified "a low number of cases in absolute terms," this was an urgent matter that needed to be addressed immediately.
    In the weeks following, the Pentagon released training materials to guide military units in conducting their stand-down events. Appropriately, within this guidance were examples of unacceptable and impermissible extremist activities. The only problem? All were examples of white supremacy as if that’s the only form extremism takes. There was no mention of ANTIFA anarchists who assaulted federal facilities, from ICE facilities to courthouses for a year. And the subject of Black Lives Matter (BLM) was described as an acceptable discussion of a social policy issue although BLM was responsible for 90% of the “protest” violence that occurred during the summer of 2020. And let’s not forget Major Nidal Hasan, the Islamic extremist who killed 13 people and wounded 30 others in a Fort Hood killing spree.
    Are there people serving or who have served in the military who hold extremist views? Certainly. We’re an all-volunteer force, so the military is a reflection of society. However, narrowing the definition of extremism to that of white nationalism without including or ignoring outright its other manifestations, demonstrates the Pentagon’s and Secretary Austin’s lack of seriousness in truly addressing this issue.
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    Conduct Unbecoming

    Conduct Unbecoming

    IN THE NEWS: Grandpa Doc; Biden Trips; Space Force growing Techs; SFJROTC; GAO gets in on Space Command HQ relo; UFO report coming due; Space Force NATSEC Nip Slip; National Guard D.C. extension; And we're staying in Afghanistan; Generals acting badly; Where are the cars and buildings we bought in Afghanistan?; Iran satellite psyche-out; A new LGBTQ champion; Searching for the drunk airman who stole a plane; Air Force drone washes up on the beach; Affirmative action for pilots; Ukrainian jet Volkswagen add-on; Army discovers men and women are different; Jetpack soldiers; Navy drone swarms; Stress-o-Meter; Remembering the El Toro Jet joy ride; No benefits for jet fuel lungs.
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    Florida Fiasco

    Florida Fiasco

    In 1812, the United States government tried to annex Spanish East Florida by a combination of covert action and direct invasion. Then the plan went horribly wrong.
    The “Patriots' War'” in Spanish East Florida during 1812-13 was an early example of a military disaster caused by a secret, flawed political policy. The characteristics of this fiasco bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the United States' undeclared wars in the late 20th century—covert paramilitary operations, convoluted chains of command, restrictive rules of engagement, Congress at odds with the president, and increasing public dissatisfaction. As always, the troops paid the highest price for bad policy.
    Marine Captain John Williams was one of the few regular military officers assigned to bolster the American government's shadowy effort to subvert Spanish colonial authority in the territory and ultimately annex it to the United States. He had become frustrated by political constraints that conceded the first shot to any adversary. His Marines were increasingly vulnerable to attacks by bands of Seminoles and blacks, who were armed and directed by East Florida's Spanish governor.
    The Spanish-organized guerrillas had no such restrictions. On the night of September 12, 1812, they ambushed Captain Williams and his Marines in Twelve Mile Swamp, northwest of St. Augustine. The Marines fought fearlessly, averting a massacre, but their leader was mortally wounded. The ambush of Williams' force toppled the ill-advised plot to annex East Florida by armed diplomacy. American forces, their lines of communication effectively severed, immediately abandoned their five-month siege of St. Augustine and retreated toward the St. Johns River. The eventual evacuation of all U.S. troops from Florida ended one of the most disgraceful chapters in American military history.
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19 Ratings

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caw328 ,

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My father was a soldier in WW2. He would be horrified to hear we are facing those grave markers. It shows Political Correction running afoul. What’s next? Shall we remove the Star of David because “we are a Christian nation “ ? Those graves are someone’s final resting place. They should be respected for who they were, not who we think he should have been. Shall we hide anything that makes us uncomfortable? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Thank you for another thought provoking episode. Keep up the great work.

Trench_Warfare ,

OO-RAH!

Why subscribe to this podcast? While the subject-matter is interesting and pretty well researched, the real hook for me is this: Chris and Jody are genuinely having fun! These are two men who are proud of their military service, but they are also just good friends who love telling stories. The show is aptly named because they do digress a lot, but the digressions come naturally and they enrich the story. They are also considerate of their listeners taking time to explain the military talk a civilian might not understand, which is why this podcast appeals to more than just old “ground pounders” like me. I look forward to every new episode!

Dalmtions ,

Fort Hoodlum episode

Another thought-provoking episode. SFC Barteau brought some great perspective. The similarities between the Army and Air Force were evident, and lessons learned translate to the civilian world. Political correctness can undoubtedly impact the mission.

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