13 Hours From the Men Who Lived It


There’s a new background clip for Michael Bay’s upcoming movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which chronicles the events of September 11, 2013 and the six military contractors saw combat that night.

In the clip, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegan and Mark “Oz” Geist talk about their experiences that day and the experience of having a movie made about their lives. Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black) plays former Army Ranger Paronto, Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie, lots of Law & Order) plays former Marine Tiegan and Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips) plays former Marine Geist. The movie also stars John Krasinki, Toby Stephens and James Badge Dale. +Continue Reading

Exploring Our Country’s ‘Debt of Honor’ With Director Ric Burns


Debt of Honor is a powerful documentary about the history of disabled vets directed by Ric Burns. It premieres tonight on PBS stations as part of the network’s Stories of Service series. Funded by philanthropist Lois Pope, the film goes deep into the history of wounded veterans in all of our major wars and contrasts the history with extensive interviews with contemporary veterans like Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Dancing With the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, former U.S. Senator Max Cleland and retired Army Col. (and Battleship movie star) Greg Gadson. +Continue Reading

Is Ben Carson Guilty of Stolen Valor?


Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been gaining momentum lately and much of the political outsider’s appeal is based on the compelling life story he told in his 1996 autobiography Gifted Hands. Carson grew up in poverty in Detroit and won admission to Yale before becoming a respected pediatric neurosurgeon. One of the key stories in that book is his decision to forego a “full scholarship” to West Point, an offer that supposedly came after Carson met General William Westmoreland after a Detroit Memorial Day parade in 1969. +Continue Reading

The Complete Hater’s Guide to the US Air Force



This is another post in a series about how branches of the military hate on each other. We’ll feature all branches of the U.S. military, written by veterans of that branch being brutally honest with themselves and their services.

The branches of the U.S. Military are like a very large family. They deal with one another because they have to, not because they always get along.

The differences don’t stop at uniforms. Each branch has its own goals, mission, and its own internal culture. At the upper levels of the services, they compete for funds and favor from civilians in DoD. In the lower ranks, they compete for fun and favor from civilians in bars and strip clubs (especially in North Carolina). The branches are like siblings, competing for the intangible title of who’s “the best” from no one in particular.

“The Soviets are our adversary. Our enemy is the Navy.” —Gen. Curtis LeMay, U.S. Air Force +Continue Reading

Dealing With Trauma in ‘Chaplains’


Chaplains, a new 2-hour, 2-part documentary about religious men and women who provided comfort to the suffering in non-denominational settings, premieres this month on public television stations around the country (check broadcast dates and times at this link).

The film covers chaplains serving in corporate workplaces, hospitals, prisons, NASCAR, Hollywood rest homes, police departments, on Capitol Hill and (of course) in the military. +Continue Reading

‘Stray Dog’: A Vietnam Vet Finds America


The PBS Independent Lens documentary Stray Dog, airing Monday 11/9 on most PBS stations, is a powerful and moving portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a Vietnam veteran who’s still dealing with the fallout from his military service. Hall travels on his Harley with a group of fellow veterans to pay tribute to their fallen brother at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. Hall’s wife Alicia is a Mexican immigrant and they’re trying to raise her two sons in hardscrabble mid-America.

The film was directed by Debra Granik, who first met Hall when she cast him in a small role in Winter’s Bone, the rural crime drama that earned a very young Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar nomination. Granik was so impressed with Hall that she made this film to tell his story. +Continue Reading

5 Top Military Moments from James Bond Movies


James Bond is a British icon, and for plenty of reasons — he’s suave, he’s got the cool accent, he works for the good guys, and he’s a one-man army. But even 007 needs some help now and again, and in the 24 official James Bond movies, he’s come to depend on the military forces of the good ol’ USA to save the world more than once. After all, as Stephen Colbert once said, “Do you know what England’s greatest gift to the world is? America.”

So with the release of SPECTRE the week, let’s take a moment to give the Yanks their due with this list of the top five military moments from the Bond film series, in chronological order. +Continue Reading

Michael Bay Takes on Benghazi in ’13 Hours’


The second group of trailers has debuted for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, director Michael Bay’s movie based on the actual events of September 11, 2012 at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The movie tells the story of team made up of Navy SEAL veterans and CIA operatives that decided to move in and defend surviving Americans after the initial attack on the compound. +Continue Reading

The 13 Funniest Military Memes of the Week 11/4/15


Hallo-memes! Wait … that’s not right. Meh, whatever.

1. Remember, terrorists “trick or treat” too (via Military Memes).


Get special candy for them. +Continue Reading

It’s Time to Seize Glory With Call of Duty


Call of Duty: Black Ops III goes live this Friday, November 6th and game publisher Activision went live with its annual live-action commercial during Sunday’s NFL broadcasts. Check out the commercial below, which features actor Michael B. Jordan (from the upcoming Creed movie/Rocky sequel), Seattle Seahawks running back and noted gamer Marshawn Lynch (a/k/a “the guy who would’ve won the Super Bowl if they’d handed him the ball) and moody model/actress Cara Delevingne (ask your kids). +Continue Reading