Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey spoke at the 2014 USO Gala on October 17th and described what it’s like to have his job right now by singing an Irish ditty called “The Sick Note,” written by Pat Cooksey. If he’s up for life on the road, the general’s got a future on the folk circuit once he finishes with his current gig.
Unbroken, the upcoming movie directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the amazing story of World War II veteran and Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini and his ability to overcome whatever challenges he faced during his amazing life. Zamperini lived a long long and productive life before passing away this past July at age 97. He lived long enough to enjoy the recognition generated by Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book and was able to work closely with Jolie as she prepared the film.
To honor Zamperini’s legacy (and hype the December 25th release of the movie), Universal Pictures has created the #IAmUnbroken website and hashtag to allow others to share their own stories of challenges met and obstacles overcome. +Continue Reading
The United States Navy predates the Declaration of Independence: the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775. Today marks the 239th birthday of one of the United States of America’s most revered institutions.
Bradley Cooper acquired the move rights to legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s bestselling memoir American Sniper shortly before Kyle was killed by a fellow veteran in February 2013. After a false start with Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood stepped in to direct the film and the first trailer just debuted online. +Continue Reading
The M24 Chaffee is the final Allied tank in our series from the upcoming movie Fury. Weighing approximately 45,000 lbs. and measuring 18 ft. 3 in. long and 9 ft. 6 in. tall, the lightweight tank featured advanced off-road capability and reliable performance. The 75mm gun represented a significant upgrade from the old 37mm and could to a lot more damage to heavyweight German tanks. The five-man crew also had 2 .30 Browning machine guns at its disposal. The M24 Chaffee was used in both Europe and the Pacific theater.
The Germans used the Tiger I tank on the North African, Soviet and European fronts. Weighing a massive 120,000 lbs. and measuring 27 ft 9 in. long by 9 ft 10 in. tall, this heavy tank struck fear in its enemies. It was expensive to maintain and operate, leading to its replacement by the Tiger II in 1944. Its main armament was a 88mm gun backed up by two 7.92mm machine guns.
Young Cooper Waldvogel has no use for military protocol. When his mom Kathryn Waldvogel returned with Minnesota National Guard’s Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company from a nine-month tour of Afghanistan, Cooper ran across the auditorium at the Inver Heights Training Center and leapt into his mother’s arms even though soldiers had been ordered not to greet their families until they’d been dismissed.
TV station KARE was there and captured the moment. Check out the video below. +Continue Reading
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out today as a Digital Download (Blu-ray and DVD will follow on September 30th). The latest in Michael Bay’s movie series is sort of a reboot, with Mark Wahlberg cast as new lead character Cade Yeager. In our exclusive bonus clip (below), the filmmakers talk about Wahlberg’s average-guy appeal and how his character provides a contrast to the wealthy corporate owners who aim to control the Transformer technology. +Continue Reading