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Then- Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, speaks to Marines with Marine Wing Support Group 27, May 6, 2007.
News
Here’s What’s Happening With The Gen Mattis’ Confirmation Hearing
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing to become defense secretary.
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Entertainment
Someone Added Blood Splatter To The End Of ‘Home Alone’
“Home Alone” with blood splatter is much less of an innocent Christmas movie, but much more realistic.
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Community
Best Of 2016: The Stories From Task & Purpose You’ll Want To Read Again
From Standing Rock to the election, here’s our list of Task & Purpose’s best stories from 2016.
In this Dec. 25, 2016 picture, explosives experts stand next to a WWII  bomb after the successful defusing in Augsburg, Germany.
News
An Unexploded WWII Bomb Forced 54,000 Germans From Their Homes On Christmas Morning
Around 54,000 people were evacuated from their homes Christmas morning as an unexploded World War II bomb was being defused in a German town.
Veterans rally at Standing Rock on Day 1 of Veterans Stand For Standing Rock muster, Dec. 4, 2016.
News
US Army Corps Of Engineers Halts Dakota Access Pipeline
Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has been halted, the Army told Standing Rock tribal leaders on Sunday.
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Humor
7 Types Of NCOs You Deal With In The Military
Even the best NCOs are subject to criticism, especially from their subordinates.
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Humor
COMIC: When You Join The Reserves For The ‘Benefits’
And then the military is like, “Just kidding, you don’t get any.”
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Humor
We Had MRE Thanksgiving, And It Was Disgusting
An Army veteran cooks the world’s most disgusting Thanksgiving dinner.
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Lifestyle
COMIC: Gen Mattis Meets A Gas Station Attendant
We went about drawing what it must be like to be Mattis interacting with an unsuspecting New Jersey gas station attendant.
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Humor
We Hosted A Strength Competition Between Recon Marine Rudy Reyes And Some Other Guy
Recon Marine vet Rudy Reyes came by the Task & Purpose office to face one of our own in a rigorous “Man of Steel” competition.
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, addresses the 117th annual VFW National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
News
Dear President-Elect Trump, The Military Community Wants You To Address These Issues
Members of the military community speak out about the most important issues Trump will need to address as president.
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Community
This Soldier Spent His Iraq Deployment Behind A Desk, But It Still Changed His Life
In 2010, Conrad Brown deployed to Babil province, Iraq, with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. This is his story.
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Community
My Small Part Of The War On Drugs In 6 Pictures
In 2006, Shawn VanDiver deployed to Central and South America with the USS Thach. This is his story.
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon marches in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on their way to perform for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington April 12, 2014.
Entertainment
QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Marine Corps?
Do you remember your boot camp knowledge? Take the quiz to find out.
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Community
An Infantryman’s 06-07 Iraq Deployment In 7 Photos
In 2006, Scott Beauchamp deployed to Baghdad with the 1-18th Infantry Regiment out of Schweinfurt, Germany. This is his story.
The 82nd Airborne Division patch sits on the left shoulder of a paratrooper prior to exit from a CH-47 Chinook  n/ 82nd CAB PAO)
Entertainment
Quiz: How Well Do You Know US Army Unit Insignias?
Test your knowledge of U.S. Army unit insignias with our ultimate quiz.
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Community
10 Photos Of A Marine’s Experience Training Afghan Police
In 2011, David Anderson joined the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and was sent to a small outpost academy in Herat province. This is his story.
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Community
A Grunt’s Iraq Tour In 10 Photos
In 2005, Pvt. Mike Connolly deployed to Iraq with elements of the 29th Infantry Division — and his dad. This is his story.