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Definitive Guide to US Special Ops



You’ve heard about the men who come in the night, the badasses, the snake eaters. These are the rough and tumble soldiers who spill out of helicopters and kick in doors, neutralizing a high value target and egressing before locals get a clue. These are the gritty recon Marines who stalk through the underbrush before taking down a terrorist camp.

But special ops isn’t one thing; it’s a bunch of different things. Operators from different units conduct missions in very different ways.

Check out this handy WATM guide that covers the basics of special ops: +Continue Reading

Another Naval Academy Pitcher Makes MLB Debut

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Just one month after Naval Academy grad Mitch Harris made his debut for the St. Louis Cardinals and only 94 years after previous Naval Academy pitcher Nemo Gaines pitched for the 1921 Washington Senators, Oliver Drake made the big leagues, making his debut on Saturday, May 23rd in a 1–0, 13-inning loss to the Miami Marlins. Drake went three innings, with two strikeouts, giving up only two hits and zero walks.  He also pitched a perfect 8th inning on Memorial Day in a 4–3 Orioles win over the Houston Astros.

The Orioles, home team for Annapolis fans, wasted no time in promoting the connection and posted a Memorial Day video promoting Drake’s Naval Academy connections. +Continue Reading

An Army Vet Faces a Decision on ‘The Briefcase’

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Army veteran Dave Bronson and his wife Cara are featured on the new CBS reality show The Briefcase, premiering on Wednesday May 28 at 8pm ET/PT. Dave was injured in Iraq when an IED destroyed his Humvee and now he uses a prosthetic leg. The couple lives in Manchester, NH and, when the program was filmed, were building a new home using VA grants and expecting their second child.

The show’s premise is pretty tough: families who are dealing with financial issues are given a briefcase containing $101,000 and they’re given 72 hours to decide what to do with the money. They can keep all of it for themselves or give some or all of the cash to another family in need. Everything gets filmed and America gets to watch. +Continue Reading

‘Aloha’ — What Alec Baldwin Really Thinks of the Military

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As an actor, Alec Baldwin has played some played some iconic roles: Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross (“Coffee is for closers only!”), “Cucumber” Frank DeMarco in Married to the Mob, Pete Schweddy on Saturday Night Live, the narrator in The Royal Tenenbaums and NBC exec Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. You could even argue that his portrayal of Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October is the performance that’s most representative of Tom Clancy’s version of the CIA analyst in the original novels. +Continue Reading

Noah Galloway Falls Short on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Army veteran Noah Galloway came oh-so-close to winning this series of Dancing With the Stars but, in the end, early favorite Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) proved just too talented a dance to be defeated by a talented and charismatic guy who lost an arm and a leg to an IED in Iraq. +Continue Reading

What to See at the 2015 GI Film Festival

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The GI Film Festival continues to gain momentum and the upcoming 2015 event will be by far its biggest yet. Dubbed the “Sundance for Troops” by founders Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett, the DC-based festival showcases both feature and documentary films about the military experience. +Continue Reading

9 Lies Soldiers Tell Their Loved Ones While in Combat

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Sure, in theory it would be nice to tell loved ones the truth, but there are plenty of times when it’s probably a bad idea. Or maybe the truth doesn’t live up to loved ones’ expectations. Either way, here are 9 lies that usually do the trick: +Continue Reading

Darius Rucker Surprises a Veteran With a New Home!

Country singer (and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman) Darius Rucker visited the Today show this week to promote his Southern Style summer tour and to give away a house to a deserving veteran. Army veteran Daniel Branham served 15 months in Iraq. After he was injured in an IED attack, Branham drove his vehicle to rescue nine soldiers from a gas attack.

Branham believed he was there as part of a tour promotion that will give veterans and their families tickets to Rucker’s shows. What he didn’t know was that General Leroy Sisco from the Military Warriors Support Foundation was also there to join Darius in surprising Daniel with keys to a (paid-for) new house in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  +Continue Reading

Can Noah Galloway Actually Win ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

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Does Vegas casinos allow fans to bet on Dancing With the Stars? If so, what were the odds that Army veteran Noah Galloway had a chance to make the Finals of the ABC’s dance competition. Well, he made it. Noah (along with pro partner Sharna Burgess) will face off next week against Rumer Willis and Riker Lynch in the show’s final week.

Of course, Noah developed some incredible survival instincts during his service. After losing his suffering severe injuries to his left arm and leg during a 2005 IED attack in Iraq, he managed to pull himself together and build a successful career as a motivational speaker and personal trainer. +Continue Reading

The SecDef “Replies” to Senator Ted


Over at the Huffington Post, Jason Stanford posted an article called “The Pentagon’s Response to Ted Cruz Regarding Jade Helm 15″ that purports to be a letter from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to the Texas senator. It’s not. It’s a joke. But it’s a pretty funny joke. +Continue Reading