Jeff shares Space Force immersive space sim training tool, and the gang waxes poetic about Col. Max Lantz, Commandant of the U.S. Air Force’s National Security Space Institute. CV leads a discussion about the wisdom of eliminating of Basic Training Shark Attacks. Ashley celebrates an inspirational story of a Legion member who has completed his 100 Miles for Hope challenge. Rapid Fire: Veterans guarding the polls in Minnesota, protection for Parris Island, stolen VA benefits for faked combat injuries and nutritional transparency in MREs.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeSend us your feedback!Play Tango BingoIndivisible - The Story of Our Flag - American Legion Flag & Emblem100 Miles for Hope | The American LegionFind a Service Officer | The American LegionLegion Riders Headlines | AL Pony ExpressTHE 2020 AMERICAN LEGION LEGACY RUN FUNDRAISER | The American LegionS.4657 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): "Buddy Check" Bill
Team Tango sits down to share a sweet tea and catch up with 2016 Boys Nation President Anighya Crocker, who is gearing up for law school as well as pursuing his musical passions.Special Guest: Anighya Crocker.Links:Send us your feedback!Watch video of this episode on YouTubePlay Tango BingoBoys State / Boys Nation | The American LegionAnigha Crocker profile on LegionTVJune 2021 Carnegie Hall CalendarAnighya Crocker article in the Tennesseean
CV celebrates as the U.S. Coast Guard unicorn float made famous by the USCGC Kimball shark-infested swim call makes it's debut at the U.S. Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut. Jeff shares stories of criminal indictments for leaders at two veterans homes over COVID-19 deaths of residents. Ashley brings the scoop on how the National Archives Navy deck log digitization project will help speed the disability claims process for Blue Water Vietnam veterans. Rapid Fire Space Force: Why use a human when you have a robot? Ninja Hellfire Missile Marines rob Catholic church at gunpoint Shulkin urges VA to do more for veterans exposed to Burn Pits.Links:The Unicorn Song - The Irish RoversSend us your feedback!Watch video of this episode on YouTubeU.S. Coast Guard MuseumUnicorn Made Famous by Shark Incident Floats into History at Coast Guard Museum | Military.comThe American Legion Veterans & Children FoundationNavy Deck Logs Available in the National Archives Catalog | National ArchivesFind an American Legion Service Officers
Boys State Documentary Director Jesse Moss and 2019 Texas Boys State Gubernatorial Candidate Steven Garza join Team Tango to discuss the documentary airing on Apple TV and the Boys State experience. The Boys State documentary won the Grand Jury prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was selected to be the opening night film of New Directors/New Films, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.Special Guests: Jesse Moss and Steven Garza.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeSend us your feedback!Play Tango BingoThe American Legion Boys State and Boys NationBoys State Documentary
The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne, and Team Tango discusses the man CV claims is "tougher than woodpecker lips." Jeff breaks out his knife-hand again as he gets riled up about new studies linking adverse health effects to burn pit exposure and the team talks about new legislation introduced to address obstacles many veterans face when seeking health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for illnesses related to toxic exposure. Ashley shares a story about time running out to pass pending legislation on veteran suicide prevention during the current Congressional session, and the team stresses the importance of actively using existing resources during mental health crisis, including the Veterans Crisis Line: Call: 1-800-273-8255 – Press 1 Text: 838255 Online: veteranscrisisline.net Rapid Fire Russian Bounty story still unconfirmed, Chimp study influences squad sizes, Air Force Academy mascot gets a name, and Space Force deploys to the Middle East.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeSend us your feedback!Play Tango BingoSergeant Major Thomas P. Payne | Medal of Honor Recipient | U.S. ArmyU.S.-Kurdish raid rescues Islamic State hostages - The Washington PostNew Bill Would Force VA to Cover Vets' Burn Pit Illnesses | Connecting Vets'We always have money for war, but we never seem to have money for the warrior' | The American LegionWill major veterans suicide prevention legislation pass this year, or get stalled by political fights?Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat — Call: 1-800-273-8255 – Press 1 Text: 838255 Online: veteranscrisisline.net Buddy Check: Wellness check-ins with veterans | The American Legion
Host of VA's "Borne the Battle" podcast, Tanner Iskra, talks with Team Tango about storytelling, how VA uses new media, suicide prevention and some of his favorite interviews. Special Guest: Tanner Iskra.Links:Send us your feedback!Play Tango BingoBorne The Battle Podcast - VAntage PointSuicide Prevention Community and Mobile App | Operation Pop SmokeWatch video of this episode on YouTube
Episode 19: Tango Alpha Lima: Bergdahl stays in jail, Esper backs Cashe MOH and more death at Ft. Hood
Bowe Bergdahl's sentence is upheld, and CV poses questions about the influence of public debate and podcast episodes on the evolution of the case. Ashley shares the news that Secretary Esper has backed the effort to posthumously bestow the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Alwyn Cashe. Jeff unsheaths the knife hand as he expresses his continuing frustration over the mounting death toll at Ft. Hood, and all of Team Tango agrees on the need for Army leadership to clear the deck and start over. Rapid Fire Army OKs Push-ups as Punishment Coast Guards close call with a shark and a unicorn Army investigating soldier who posts Holocaust joke on TikTok. 59-year-old Army Basic Training graduate is Team Tango's new hero.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeSend us your feedback!Play Tango BingoSerial Podcast Season TwoThe story of the Four ChaplainsJoin The American Legion | The American LegionIraq War hero Alwyn Cashe should get Medal of Honor, Esper saysDonate to The American Legion Veterans & Children FoundationU.S. Coast Guard shoots at shark as it swims toward crew - YouTubeThe American Legion Annual Report 2020 | Brochures & Publications | The American Legion
New York Legionnaire Keith Koster, who's quest to top all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks in honor of The American Legion Centennial was featured in the March 2019 issue of The American Legion magazine, joins Team Tango to talk about his latest challenge, 100 Miles for Hope in support of The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation.Special Guest: Keith Koster.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeSend us your feedback!Play Tango Bingo100 Miles for Hope | The American LegionCancer survivor's centennial climbing quest | The American Legion — “What a great thing that would be to have an American Legion team traveling around, doing 5Ks and carrying the American Legion flag,” Schacher says.
Episode 17: Tango Alpha Lima: Military Healthcare Battle, Women and Infantries and a Deported Marine
CV bypasses the political trappings, and goes straight to the heart of the perennial battle over military healthcare spending. Ashley celebrates the continuing series of female firsts in the military by sharing the story of Capt. Candice Bowen, who has taken command of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, making her one of the first black women to take command of a rifle company in the National Guard and the first female infantry commander in Virginia. After watching "Immigration Nation" on Netflix, Jeff shares his take on the plight of deported Marine veteran Cesar Lopez and launches a wider discussion on military service and citizenship. Rapid Fire: Special Forces gear spending and the joys of CIF, trouble stirring in Syria Space Force units are popping up around the world - including Thule, Greenland - which get's CV a little nostalgic, and now Iran is paying bounties. Jeff also shares his excitement for the 100 Miles for Hope campaign swag.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeSend us your feedback!Play Tango BingoIce Tsunami: Wall of Ice Rises Out of Lake, Destroys HomesFind a Service Officer | The American LegionVirginia National Guard welcomes first female infantry company commanderResolution No. 10: Expedited Citizenship Applications for Deported VeteransResolution No. 15: Expedited Citizenship Through Military ServiceJoin The American Legion | The American LegionTop of the world: Thule Air Base | The American Legion — Engineering marvel, strategic position, research station and space observatory, Thule Air Base fulfills multiple missions where the winter sun doesn’t shine.Take the 100 Miles for Hope Challenge | The American Legion
Pin-Ups for Vets founder Gina Elise joins the Tango team to talk about her organization and how they have continued to evolve over 15 years to serve the veterans and military community. Special Guest: Gina Elise.Links:Watch video of this episode on YouTubeHome | pin-ups-for-vetsPin-Ups for Vets on Returning the Favor with Mike RowePlay Tango BingoSend us your feedback!