The USAF medic Chief and the First Sergeant were sitting in the Chief’s office sipping Scotch on a Friday afternoon. They were discussing the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and the hospital’s role in the exercise, reviewing the checklists and unit response plans, and determining minimum staffing requirements needed to maximize the unit’s participation. They took this process seriously because they were military professionals and understood the important role medics play when forward deployed to the Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Then they laughed because they were assigned to the Air Education and Training Command, which is incredibly funny because the acronym “AETC” unofficially stands for “Ain’t Even Thinking Combat”, and “operational readiness” on an AETC base pretty much means “business as usual”.
Then they drank another glass of Scotch. And that’s just how they rolled.
Christof is a husband, father to two daughters, a former US Army Abrams tank crew member, and current host and producer of Tales of Honor Podcast. His passion for cars, in addition to being fired from a local utilities company, led him to start his own automotive detailing business (The Bearded Detailer), where he cleans, restores, and protects his customers’ valued vehicles (ok, he mostly vacuums up dirt and boogers in minivans). Christof enjoys hunting, working on anything with an engine, eating lots of meat and eggs, building whatever his wife needs in order to garden, and studying the Bible.
Scotty likes to give our Navy friends shit about, well, having been in the Navy! Plus, they’re all officers, so he’s the oldest and most out-of-shape person at his CrossFit gym. Scott comes from a military family and has always been an aviation enthusiast. He served in the USAF as a crew chief on C-17s and C-130s (the “Four Fans of Freedom”) and was stationed with Chris for about three years in the late 90s. He’s a Florida native who grew up in Wisconsin and now stakes his claim in Colorado! He’s a father to two daughters and a son. No grandkids yet, but he constantly applies the guilt so they’ll get it done!! Additionally, he coaches various NHL, MLB, and NFL teams from his sofa.
Jen Barber joins The Digression Podcast as Research Assistant. She’s a Communications major who is very interested in the thrill-a-minute, laugh-in-the-face-of-danger world of professional amateur podcasting. (And since she’s joining The Digression Podcast team, she’s obviously not in it for the money.) So as we press forward, Jen will be plying her considerable sleuthing skills in divining obscure information from the information nexus we call the Interwebs to make our podcasts even more incredibly interesting (if that’s even possible!). So, when she hits pay dirt, everybody wins! Oh, and in addition to Research Assistant, Jen is also our Relationship Manager.