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Settling Scores in ‘American War Generals’

Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014: Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)   National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for "American War Generals" September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)

Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014:
Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)
National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for “American War Generals” September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)

By Richard Sisk

The memory banks of generals tend to be cluttered no-go areas where laundry lists of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ second guesses are piled on top of the “if onlys.”

As in, if only this or that President, or Defense Secretary, or rear echelon dimwit had listened to me, well then, sweet victory would have been mine.

There’s a lot of that going in National Geographic’s compelling, if Army-centric, two-hour documentary American War Generals, billed as “a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them.” +Continue Reading

Marine Vet Michael Pitre Wrote a Novel & It’s Great

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Fives and Twenty-Fives tells the story a USMC Road Repair Platoon in Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Pitre explores his characters’ post-war lives and flashes back to their time in Iraq. The author was a creative writing major at LSU before he joined the Marines after 9/11 and it’s obvious he took a lot of notes during his service. The scenes set in Iraq are full of telling details and he does a great job of capturing the camaraderie of his characters and both the tedium and critical danger in the job they perform. +Continue Reading

‘Coming Back’ With Sgt. Bobby Henline

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Coming Back with Wes Moore is a three-part PBS documentary that personalizes the experiences of returning veterans and celebrates the lives of this group of exceptional people. The series explores the experiences of nine veterans for an American civilian audience that overwhelmingly has no direct connection to the experiences of the men and women who served. +Continue Reading

Army-Navy Football & Service After 9/11 in ‘All American’

  • October 31, 2013
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Sportswriter Steve Eubanks had a great idea: write a book that follows one player each from the Army and Navy football teams who participated in the 2001 game through their military careers. With some help from the Army and Navy SIDs, he chose Army QB Chad Jenkins and Navy LB Brian Stann and uses their stories as the basis for All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq. +Continue Reading

J.R. Martinez is Tearing It Up on DWTS

It’s been a while since we checked in on Iraq veteran J.R. Martinez to see how things are going on Dancing With the Stars. In a season full of controversy (Chaz Bono’s gender switch, Nancy’s Grace’s wardrobe malfunction), Martinez is quietly racking up some high scores. It’s starting to look like he might just win the whole thing. +Continue Reading

12 Minutes of Battlefield 3

EA’s Battlefield 3 won’t be released until this fall but you can get yourself ready with this twelve-minute gameplay trailer. It’s set in Iraq and, while your team of U.S. Marines is supposedly fighting a fictional insurgent group called the “PLR,” it’s not hard to see who the enemy’s supposed to be.

The Danger Pay Gamble

  • February 7, 2011
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“What’s the best way to make a small fortune in the movie business? Start out with a large one.”*

The lure of Hollywood was strong enough for several soldiers serving in Iraq that they reportedly took their danger pay and invested it all in a low-budget horror movie called 2084 that stars Billy West, best known for creating the voice of Stimpy in Ren & Stimpy. +Continue Reading

Avenged Sevenfold’s Mideast Plan

Avenged Sevenfold’s lead singer M. Shadows talks to the Pentagon Channel about their new album Nightmare, the loss of longtime drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan and the band’s upcoming USO tour of Iraq and Kuwait.

How to Drown an IED

The Stingray is a new device developed by Sandia National Laboratories that uses a “blade of water” that acts as a kind of knife to destroy an IED from a safe distance.

Wait, Iraq Does Have Its Own ‘Candid Camera’

Maybe we shouldn’t have been so quick to question Punk’d Iraq, because now we have video from the Iraqi TV show Send Him to Bucca. +Continue Reading