Archive for: Special Forces

Reality is Overrated: ‘SEAL Team 8′

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We get a lot of pitches around here that emphasize just how real the military action sequences are in Hollywood movies. Studios emphasize the badass credentials  of their military advisers and directors and actors rhapsodize about the thrill of creating action sequences that might pass muster with the guys who actually do it for a living. Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is not one of those movies. +Continue Reading

Jason Redman Talks ‘The Trident’

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Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.

Redman’s determination resonated with a lot of people and now he’s written a memoir called The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader that puts the sign in context and tells both a more complicated and more interesting story than the one suggested by his “Like and Share” Facebook moment. +Continue Reading

‘Return to Mogadishu’ 20 Years Later

Recently, U.S. Army Best Ranger Jeff Struecker returned to Somalia twenty years after he fought in the battle that inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down. It’s the first time a Ranger has returned to the scene and he took along fellow Army Ranger Keni Thomas and a film crew to record his experience.  +Continue Reading

‘Captain Phillips’ Stands Off Against Somali Pirates

‘Captain Phillips’ stands off against Somali pirates

The 2009 capture of the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates and the incredible rescue of Captain Richard Phillips by Navy SEALs has inspired Captain Phillips, a new movie starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass.
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‘One on One’ With Chris Ashworth

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Chris Ashworth is best known for his role as Sergei Malatov in the hit series The Wire. Although he enjoys a successful Hollywood career, he has not forgotten his humble Virginia roots where he learned to hold the military and its members in high regard; few have a more patriotic spirit than Ashworth. +Continue Reading

From Nirvana to Special Forces

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A new article in the New York Times Magazine details the mindblowing journey of Jason Everman, who went from being the guy who got kicked out of both Nirvana and Soundgarden to U.S. Army Special Forces to Columbia University philosophy grad. +Continue Reading

Go ‘Inside Combat Rescue’

Inside Combat Rescue is a six-part series premiering on the National Geographic Channel next Monday February 18th at 10PM. The show chronicles an Afghanistan deployment for the Pararescuemen (a/k/a Para Jumpers a/k/a PJs), an elite Air Force Combat Rescue unit whose mission it is to extract and provide medical assistance to U.S. forces and our allies who are injured in combat.

The show’s producers have outfitted the PJs with cutting edge micro cameras attached to their chests, helmets and also strategically placed the flash drive cameras in locations the helicopters that fly the unit on its missions. What they’ve captured are detailed and realistic visions of combat missions that far surpass anything the public has seen before. +Continue Reading

How Your ‘Alpha Dogs’ Get Trained

Raise your hand if it ever occurred to you that United States military and law enforcement would outsource at least some of their dog training. Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant Kenny Licklider saw a need for specialized training, seized the opportunity and started Vohne Liche Kennels.

VLK is now a multi-million dollar business spread over 600 acres in Denver, Indiana with satellite kennels in California and Arizona. Just like (seemingly) all successful entrepreneurs in modern America, Kenny got himself a cable reality show and Alpha Dogs premiered last Friday night on National Geographic’s Wild channel.

Over the last twenty years, VLK has trained dogs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and government agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), Pentagon Police, U.S. State Department, all military branches and more than 500 civilian and police agencies. +Continue Reading

Should Some Stars Avoid Stripes?

So, Stars Earn Stripes Week 2. The weirdest thing about this reality shows is that they’re shot and edited to look like live sporting events but the fact is that the entire series was shot before the first episode aired. So it’s impossible to incorporate the excellent feedback our readers offered in the comments section on last week’s post.

Now that we’re past the introduction stage, NBC doesn’t need two hours to set up the challenge, so things moved a lot faster. The celebrities had to jump out of a helicopter onto a rooftop, take out some targets, rappel down the side of the eight-story building, meet their operative partners, take out some more targets and meet their extraction pickup truck.

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Should Stars Earn Stripes?

Stars Earns Stripes premiered this week and it begs a pretty important question: just exactly what does it mean to “support the troops” these days? Because everyone on camera in this show believes they’re paying tribute to the men and women who fight to protect our country.

Retired General Wesley Clark (a guy who once believed, for at least a couple of weeks, that he might be the President of the United States) oversees a pretend training facility where celebrities are paired with military-trained operatives and compete in events based on actual training missions. Every celeb is playing to win donations to military charities that deserve the support. +Continue Reading