The Digression Podcast

The Digression Podcast

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

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April 6, 2020 36 min

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.

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March 31, 2020 94 min

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...

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March 20, 2020 53 min

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 m...

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March 6, 2020 73 min

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.

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February 21, 2020 97 min

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.

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February 7, 2020 79 min

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.

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January 24, 2020 81 min

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 digres...

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January 10, 2020 41 min

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 ...

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December 27, 2019 36 min

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 Communicati...

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November 29, 2019 58 min

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 res...

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October 27, 2019 50 min

Our military serves to project power around the globe and those who serve are often subject to extreme violence. Who knows how stress coupled with the violent nature of military work affects a soul stripped from its earthly vessel? Is the retention of a soul on military site be such a far-fetched idea? Of course it is! C'mon, there's no such thing as ghosts, but that doesn't mean ghost stories aren't a lot of fun......

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September 29, 2019 49 min

Everyday folks probably aren't too familiar with Bill "Pits" Pitsenbarger, but now, tens of listeners of this podcast will know him and the heroic act that earned him the Air Force Cross and eventually, after a push from some old Viet Nam vets, the Medal of Honor. And for those who don't listen to our podcast, there's a movie coming out on October 25 that will tell Pitts' story, but we're gonna tell it f...

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August 24, 2019 55 min

In 1947, a US Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress, dubbed the Kee Bird, crash-landed on a frozen lake in Northern Greenland. The crew was rescued, but the Air Force abandoned the aircraft and struck it from its inventory. And there it remained, untouched, for forty-seven years until a small team of aircraft recovery specialists attempted to repair the Kee Bird and bring her home. The expedition ultimately ended in failure. In this p...

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July 19, 2019 68 min

The Digression Podcast Guys were 6 and 2 when Neil Armstrong stepped down from the ladder of the Lunar Module, "Eagle", onto the surface of the moon. In fact, it's very likely, they were asleep at the very moment the United States won the space race. In retrospect, that really sucks, but what the hell, no one can experience every major event that occurs within their lifetimes. Hell, we often understand the significance...

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June 29, 2019 65 min

Each year, the Darwin Awards pay tribute to those individuals who "improve our gene pool--by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible." Named after Charles Darwin, the English biologist and the father of evolution theory, these awards are a testament to the dumb shit people do to precipitate their premature demise (or that of an appendage...or two). The Darwin Awards are certainly not lost on the mi...

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June 5, 2019 29 min

The year 1944 dawned over a vast panorama of invasion preparations in England. Huge quantities of materials were readied in dozens of depots throughout England. The air forces stepped up their assaults on objectives in the German defense wall. After weeks of arial preparations, the greatest war armada ever mustered on earth crossed the narrow seas between England and the European continent, preceded by showers of parachute troops a...

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May 28, 2019 66 min

In anticipation of State Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz report on possible FISA abuse by the DOJ and FBI, we thought we'd share some of our experiences with the inspection side of the IG during our time in the US Air Force. Jody's perspective comes from his experiences as an asshole IG inspector with the Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA), while Chris shares his perspective from the point-of-view of a member ...

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A hundred years and a thousand storytellers have blurred the legend of the Maco Light and we're not going to make it any clearer. Joe Baldwin was a brakeman and was traveling in the caboose of an Atlantic Coast Line train through the little town of Maco, North Carolina, when all of a sudden it became uncoupled from its train. Was there something nefarious about this?

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March 17, 2019 46 min

On the night of Christmas day, December 25, 1980, and into the early morning hours of December 26th, there were massive reports of UFO activity in the Rendlesham Forest area in the southeast of England. The forest is situated between two RAF bases operated by the USAF, Bentwaters and Woodbridge, so a crack team of USAF security forces personnel from Woodbridge were sent into the forest to investigate. They were never heard from ag...

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February 23, 2019 37 min

Is it a man or just a cruel joke played by the universe as a testament to man's baser instincts? Hell, we don't know. What we do know is that the only accounts of sightings of or encounters with the Hard Stand Monster are second-hand because EVERYONE who has ever laid eyes on the dreaded 'standing wolf' has DIED!

Not really. The 'died' part anyway. The stories told of what is also known as the 'British B...

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