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10 Iconic Movie Snipers

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Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Chris Kyle in American Sniper seems guaranteed to stand as the most iconic sniper in motion picture history, but there are a few more memorable movie snipers who can round out our Top Ten. +Continue Reading

SEALs: More Than Just Snipers

After your friends and family see the new American Sniper movie this weekend, have them check out this video as a reminder that Navy SEALs do a lot more than just long-range shooting. Whether the mission is on sea, air or land, Navy Special Operations play a critical role in the United States’ first line of defense.

Civilians sometimes have incredibly short term memory about just how the military works and a lot of them probably don’t remember that SEALs carried out the operations depicted in movies like Lone Survivor, Zero Dark Thirty and even Act of Valor. You can also send them to watch the PBS documentary Navy SEALs — Their Untold Story or read ex-SEAL Dick Couch’s excellent book that’s a companion to the series.

5 Things You Don’t Know About Sniper Rifles

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American Sniper opens in movie theaters everywhere this Friday. Director Clint Eastwood delivers heart-stopping action in the Iraq battle scenes, but he’s just as interested in Chris Kyle’s marriage to wife Taya (played by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, respectively).

What you don’t get from the movie is a focused discussion and examination of a Navy SEAL sniper’s gear. We’ve got some details here in “5 Things You Don’t Know About: Sniper Rifles,” an exclusive video that breaks down the differences between the weapons and cartridges used by various branches of the military. The clip below is the first episode of 5 Things You Don’t Know About, a new Military​.com series produced in cooperation with Lou Reda Productions.   +Continue Reading

Defense TV, Now in Your Living Room

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Defense TV is a United States military-themed online channel created by DVIDS, the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, operated by U.S. Army Central. All of the content is created and hosted by U.S. active duty personnel, so you’re getting the military’s official take on the topics and events they cover. +Continue Reading

10 Best Opening Sequences From the Glory Days of Military TV Shows

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BY BLAKE STILWELL AND WARD CARROLL — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

During the halcyon days of broadcast television – before streaming media and DVRs existed – there were a host of military-themed shows on the airwaves. As much as the quality of the episodes (in some cases even more so) these programs were known for their openings and the associated theme songs. Here are 10 of the most classic: +Continue Reading

Live Your ‘Fury’ Dreams at Drive a Tank

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If Fury fantasies have dominated your dreams since you saw the movie (available now on Digital HD and out on Blu-ray and DVD 1/27), Drive a Tank in Kasota, MN (about 70 miles SW of Minneapolis) now has a Sherman M4A2E8 (a/k/a the “Easy 8) available in one of its tank experience packages. +Continue Reading

82nd Airborne Wishes You a Merry Christmas

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The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus from Fort Bragg visited Huntsville, AL earlier this month and performed for Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville City Schools. Get in the holiday spirit with this performance of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” filmed during that trip.

Merry Christmas from Santa & the Wings of Blue

  • December 23, 2014
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The U.S. Air Force’s Wings of Blue parachute team dressed as Santa and his elves and jumped into the 98th Flying Training Squadron’s annual Christmas party for military kids at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.

Check out video from the event below.

How NORAD Tracks Santa

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa’s route since 1955, when a Sears advertisement encouraging kids to call Santa Claus accidentally published a top-secret military phone number at the Continental Air Defense Command in Colorado.

Col. Harry Shoup had his men answer the phone as Santa, someone drew a sleigh on the tracking board as a joke and that joke inspired Shoup to call a local radio station to report an unidentified flying object that looked like a sleigh. Listeners loved the joke and Santa sightings became a popular tradition on the rip-and-read wire news reports every holiday season. Then, we got the Internet. +Continue Reading

Forget the Boat, I’m on a LAV!

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A Canadian Army LAV3 crew had a little time on its hands and decided to turn the clock back to 2009, when T-Pain was a big star and Andy Samberg was still on Saturday Night Live. Samberg’s Lonely Island comedy crew recruited T-Pain for “I’m on a Boat” and had a big hit.

You may have forgotten “I’m on a Boat,” but these guys have been thinking about it for five years and they’ve busted out with “I’m on a LAV,” a parody video filmed at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright. +Continue Reading