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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
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

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!

    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, Marine Sgt Maj John L. Canley.
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/79
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    NOTES
    Listen to Sgt Maj Canley's story at Christof Ambrosch's Tales of Honor Podcast
    FOLLOW UP
    No foul play in moving Space Command to Alabama, Pentagon watchdog says
    Report: Hundreds of USS George Washington sailors living aboard ship to be moved off
    UKRAINE UPDATE
    Roadblocks to Concerted EU Sanctions on Russian Oil
    Biden Wanted $33B More For Ukraine. Congress Quickly Raised it to $40B. Who Benefits?
    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/biden-wanted-33b-more-for-ukraine
    Yellen says U.S. to give Ukraine another $500 mln to keep government running
    BREAKING: Senator Rand Paul Stalls Uniparty Bill Giving $40 Billion in More Funding to Ukraine
    PENTAGON
    Medical Forces Could Be Shorthanded During War Due to Planned Cuts, Milley Says
    SPACE FORCE
    Senators introduce legislation to create Space National Guard
    ‘Space Force’ Canceled By Netflix After 2 Seasons
    AIR FORCE
    Air Force disciplines C-130 crew for ‘unplanned’ landing to pick up motorcycle in Martha’s Vineyard
    ARMY
    Hawaii Army commander implores soldiers to help curtail abandoned-vehicle blight
    NAVY
    US Navy Chief Removes Woke and CRT Books From Professional Reading Program List
    MARINES
    Vietnam Medal of Honor Marine dies after decade-long battle with cancer

    • 21 min
    78. My Road to Mandalay with David Townsend

    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 the Covid lockdown in 2020 when he found a diary that recorded his father’s homeward journey from Burma in 1946. He typed this up and shared it with a dozen or so family members and close friends. Feedback was such that they all wanted to know more!
    And there was a lot more! Five hundred letters had been found in his mother’s loft in 2011. Although he had already done some preliminary work on these, the lockdown provided time to do it right.

    Captain Tom was also an inspiration. He was born in the same year as David's father. He served in the 14th Army and was in the major battle of Arakan, that preceded Imphal. A film ‘Captain Tom’s War’ was shown on ITV on VE Day and again in February 2021 as it had been his wish that this part of history should be remembered. It was after this latter showing that David decided that his father’s story should get as wide a publication as possible and not just be kept for family and friends. My Road to Mandalay is the result.
    What makes this war story different is that it's not about blood and guts – it's the real-life story of a soldier who served in the 14th ‘Forgotten Army’ from start to finish and played a far more critical role in the re-take of Burma than his family ever envisaged, combined with amazing first-hand accounts of the battles that took place that provide a decidedly human aspect to the war.
    Buy David's book: Amazon-UK | Amazon-US 
    Contact David at Authoright
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/78
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    77. Safe Spaces

    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 at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/77
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    • 50 min
    76. The Kee Bird, Revisited

    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!
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    • 1 hr
    75. Space Force Fit

    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 https://thedigressionpodcast.com/75
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    • 49 min
    74. Bloody Peleliu

    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 a war of attrition. This change in strategy was designed to make the Americans pay dearly in blood and treasure for every inch of ground gained. And at Peleliu, pay dearly they did.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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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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