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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

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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.

    "Guardians" of the Galaxy

    "Guardians" of the Galaxy

    IN THE NEWS: Farewell Caroline Creech; Space Force "Guardians"; Be Like Star Trek; Space Force wins first international tournament; Yolo, PS5 > letters of discipline; Is unclaimed money waiting for you?; Ghosts in the wires; Smaller paychecks for GI's; BMI is bad; The Galactic Federation is watching; USAF shopping for flying cars; Told you: Army has an NCO vacuum; Pentagon Wars Take 2; Accidental discharge for Lady Green Beret; Looking for Strategic Arctic Ports; Congress wants info on UFOs; Marine vet gets new home; Record-breaking ice-breaker; Nazi's in VA cemeteries?
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/41
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Merry Christmas Drop

    Merry Christmas Drop

    Merry Christmas! For 69-years the US Air Force has performed what has become the oldest continuing Department of Defense mission and the longest-running humanitarian airlift in the world. Every year, the multinational Operation Christmas Drop brings school supplies, clothing, rice, fishing equipment, and toys to more than 50 remote Pacific islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. Utilizing Air Force C-130J "Super Hercules" aircraft, the operation also gives the Airmen the opportunity to practice humanitarian aid drops, as they'll later be expected to conduct drops over countries like Iraq or Afghanistan after deployment.
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/40
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    • 30 min
    I Want A Lawyer

    I Want A Lawyer

    IN THE NEWS: Spotify's #1 Podcast; Space Force has new Chiefs; China rivalry; Missile warnings; Vets in Congress at all-time low; Gen Mattis doesn't get it; Military's biggest AI challenge; DISA did Teams; Pandemic stirs bio-attack worries; Nasa says mystery object is not an asteroid; C130s to influence election runoff?; Old soldier aids terrorists; Soldier earns astronaut device; Holiday toy dive; This soldier is not a dad; Landing on six classes of carriers; $30-million to scrap the boat; Marines have a drug problem; Just infantry; Coast Guard deploys to the Persian Gulf; Military's pandemic shutdowns are stupid; Rule change for service animals; Remember Pearl Harbor, but not here; Icons of Armor; The Neutral Zone.
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/39
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Broken Arrow

    Broken Arrow

    Seven and a half hours into their training mission, Major Howard Richardson and his Boeing B-47B Stratojet flight crew finally began to relax after an evening of deploying electronic counter-measures and chaff to evade prowling North American F-86 fighters. The sky was clear and the moon was full. Heading south at 35,000 feet and 495 mph over Hampton County, S.C., their next stop was home. Suddenly and without warning, a massive jolt yawed their aircraft to the left, accompanied by a bright flash and ball of fire off their starboard wing.
    An F-86 Sabre fighter jet had collided with the bomber and the impact ripped the left wing off the F-86 and heavily damaged the fuel tanks of the B-47. For safety reasons, the crew of the B-47 jettisoned their payload, a 7,000-pound, 1.69 megaton nuclear bomb, which fell into the Savannah River.
    Now, 65 years later, the bomb, which has unknown quantities of radioactive material, has never been found. And while the Air Force says the bomb, if left undisturbed, poses no threat, area residents aren't so sure...
    Show notes available at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/38
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    • 43 min
    Pilot Protection Program

    Pilot Protection Program

    IN THE NEWS: Podcaster Stories; Space command gets a home; Space policy czar; Schriever Exercise; Space warfare and the secret X-37B space plane; Robots or Astronauts?; Space Force boot camp; International Space Station turns 20; DOD leaders acting like douchebags; Exercise in USFK; Welcome home troops; Like father, like son in the AOR; The United Federation of Planets is born; Taliban reset; Tuition assistance cuts; Pilot Protection Program; Bomb trucks and Military Minions; Army goes green; AWOL update; WTF Fort Hood?; Seal Team Six baby!; Blue Angels new ride; Unequal justice in the ranks; Vets visit national parks for free; Finding Faces; 100 and flying solo; Farewell to a Doolittle Raider.
    Show notes available at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/37
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Top Secret Courage

    Top Secret Courage

    In 1968, Chief Master Sergeant Richard "Dick Etchberger was part of a covert CIA and USAF team working out of a small radar site on a remote mountain in Laos called Lima Site 85. He was part of a highly-classified operation called "Project Heavy Green." At this time, Laos was a neutral country, so it was illegal for either the United States or North Vietnam to have military forces in the country, so, Chief Etchberger and his team had to "voluntarily" resign from the Air Force and become civilians. As "employees" of the Lockheed Corporation, the Lima Site 85 crew directed USAF bombers to their targets in North Vietnam using mobile, computer-linked radar. However, what started as a mission to link bombers to targets in North Vietnam, soon moved closer to "home", as Lima Site 85 started directing strikes in Laos as the People's Republic of Vietnam Army moved closer and closer to their position. With the enemy at their doorstep, top brass considered evacuating Lima Site 85, but they were a day late and a dollar short as a group of specially-trained North Vietnamese Dac Cong sappers attacked the site on the evening of March 10, 1968. And the only thing between the Dac Cong and the crew of Lima Site 85 was Chief Dick Etchberger. This is his story.
    Joining us on this podcast is our buddy and friend of the show, Christof Ambrosch. Christof is the producer and host of the Tales of Honor Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast where the true stories of every recipient of the Medal of Honor are told. Christof is on a mission to tell them all and there are more than 3,500! Christof’s show is in our podcast playlist and we recommend you add it to yours, too!
    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/36
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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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