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32 Terms Only Airmen Will Understand

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BY BLAKE STILLWELL — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

As the youngest member of the U.S. armed forces, the Air Force gets a lot of flak from other branches, despite having the capacity to (arguably) destroy all life on Earth in 30 minutes. In its relative short history, its Airmen evolved a culture and language all their own. +Continue Reading

10 Things You’d Rather Hear From Your Sweetheart Than Your Drill Instructor

Hopefully your Drill Instructor doesn’t remind you of your sweetheart. If you wake up in the morning to screaming and regimented exercise, you may be in a problematic relationship. Fortunately most partners are loving and caring in a gentle, healthy kind of way. Here are 10 lines you definitely want to hear from your significant other, but never from your Drill Instructor.

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The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working Dogs

BY MIKE DOWLING — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Military working dogs have been thrust into the media spotlight over the last few years, bringing awareness to the critical roles they play in the U.S. armed forces. While once considered “unsung heroes,” multiple books, television shows, and even a military working dog monument have brought attention to their service.

However, as with all stories that gain attention, sometimes facts being reported and perpetuated are either slightly inaccurate or even blatantly untrue. To handlers and advocates in the MWD community, it can be frustrating to read and hear about stories that not only are untrue, but are actually harmful. It’s important to understand what is myth vs reality.

Here are the 9 biggest myths about military working dogs.

MYTH: MILITARY WORKING DOGS BITE TO KILL

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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

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

Under the Radar’s Top Stories in 2014

  • December 29, 2014
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2014 was an intense year in Military news, and it brought to Under the Radar a number of moving pieces about our beloved veterans and a few that were zany, ridiculous, and strange. Here we like to broadcast and comment on everything from movies to not-so-fond military memories, and we were able to dig those up droves. Showing a bit of the off-beat side of the military, here are the top 10 Under the Radar stories from 2014.

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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