Soen Transit: A Wireless Speaker That Makes a Perfect Gift

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The Soen Transit wireless Bluetooth speaker ($169.95) is an incredibly nice piece of gear. It’s beautifully designed. The box is beautifully designed. The Transit’s fit and finish makes it exactly the kind of electronic device that makes a perfect gift. +Continue Reading

Forgotten Images of the Korean War

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Department of Defense photographers recorded the Americans who fought and served in the Korean War. In 2012, a veterans group turned over a collection of 138 photos taken in the first three months of the conflict to Betty Perkins-Carpenter, who’s spent the last three years trying to identify all the American and Koreans pictured in the collection.  Perkins-Carpenter is an 83-year-old Air Force Veteran who trained stateside soldiers in water safety during the conflict. +Continue Reading

Coach Jake Zweig Compares Football to his SEAL Service

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You might remember former Navy SEAL Jake Zweig from his 2011 stint on the History Channel program Top Shot. Jake’s focused his post-Navy career on football and has just taken a new position as a defensive line coach for Ohio’s University of Findlay football team.

Zweig earned the rank of lieutenant during his military service and was assigned to Seal Team 8 after being named class leader during his BUD/S training. +Continue Reading

What Movies and TV Shows Are ‘Got Your 6′ Certified?

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Got Your 6, the campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners to promote veteran leadership in civilian life, has announced its first round of 6 Certified projects, as part of an overall effort to recognize content that accurately and responsibly portrays veterans in popular media.

That American Sniper tops the list should be no surprise, since the film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is the most successful military-themed movie of all time. You might be more surprised to find out they chose Amira & Sam, a remarkable romantic comedy written and directed by Army veteran Sean Mullin. You can read our interview with Sean and rent the film from iTunes or Amazon Video.

Check out a full list of honorees below and find how how Got Your 6 chose the winners. +Continue Reading

11 Things I Learned in the Military That Helped Me Write Military Sci-Fi

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By Bennett R. Coles

Royal Canadian Navy veteran Bennett Coles has launched a new career as an author since he left the service in 2005 (full details on his Navy career here). “Virtues of War” is the first in a trilogy of military sci-fi novels and he wrote an article for us explaining how his service experiences make him a better science fiction writer.

1. How to make the military actually act like a military

Over the years, reading and watching military sci-fi, I’ve cringed at the misuse of ranks, inappropriate decisions, or the captain always leading the away team. I’ve really to bring authenticity to my military sci-fi writing by basing my future military on my own 15 years of experience in uniform. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Does SEAL Team 6 Need Oversight?

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On Sunday June 7th, the New York Times published an 8800-word epic article called SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines.” The online version of the piece features GIFs, maps, large photos, video set, a glossary, a video interview and no less than six reporter bylines. That’s a huge amount of information about a unit that doesn’t officially exist. +Continue Reading

Lifeworks’ Camo Computer Bag

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Lifeworks makes a full line of computer and phone accessories: cases, covers, backup batteries, laptop sleeves, cables and bags. Aiming for an outdoors/military audience, they’ve created a camo design they’re using for a shoulder bag, backpack, 13″ laptop sleeve and go bag. We took a close look at the shoulder bag. +Continue Reading

‘The Last Ship’ Returns

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The Last Ship was a surprise hit for the TNT network last summer and now the sci-fi adventure series’ first season is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in advance of its second season premiere on Sunday, June 21st at 9pm/8pm central.

Based on William Brinkley’s bestselling novel, the series tells the story of the crew of the USS Nathan James, a Navy ship spared infection after a viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world’s population. Scientists on board the ship have developed a vaccine that might save what’s left of the human race, but they’ve got to survive military engagements and conspiracies to get that vaccine into mass production.

Season One ended with a cliffhanger, one that will hopefully be resolved in the 10-episode Season Two. We’ve got a video clip from the Blu-ray bonus features in which cast members Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin talk about the inspiration and guidance they’ve received from the real US Navy. +Continue Reading

Putin’s ‘Military Disneyland’

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Vladimir Putin attended the Tuesday opening of Patriot Park, a military theme park located about an hour outside of Moscow in Kubinka. Described as a “military Disneyland” in a Guardian newspaper feature, Patriot Park serves Russian Army rations at the food stands, the souvenir shops are filled with Putin memorabilia and kids can play with grenade launchers and climb over tanks. +Continue Reading

15 Common Phrases Civilians Stole From the US Military

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BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

The military is full of interesting lingo. The Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army all have their own unique phrases. Some of these are so good, the civilian world just can’t resist picking them up when it hears them. Here are 15 phrases that jumped from the military ranks to the civilian sphere. +Continue Reading