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The Green Berets’ Legendary Horse Soldiers Are Getting Their Own Movie
“We’re fighting with horsemen against tanks,” a confounded
Thor Chris Hemsworth is heard saying, his voice trembling, over a vivid montage of Green Berets unloading on Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with M4s from charging steeds in the new trailer for Warner Bros’ 12 Strong.
The film is based on the true story of the Horse Soldiers, an elite group of U.S. Air Force combat controllers and soldiers with the Army's 5th Special Forces Group’s Operational Detachment Alpha 595 who were the first to invade Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Codenamed Task Force Dagger, the mission seemed simple at first: Join up with Northern Alliance fighters ahead of a multi-national offensive to oust the Taliban from power. There was only one problem: Afghanistan and its rugged terrain left the small team of special operators with only one option: Saddle up.
The film, which premieres Jan. 19, 2018, is directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and packed with an all-star cast, from Hemsworth (Red Dawn, Thor, The Avengers) to Michael Peña, Michael Shannon, and Rob Riggle, who ditches his Marine cammies for Army duds.
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"It’s a fascinating story. These guys went in with the strong possibility that they would not coming be back," producer Jerry Bruckheimer told USA Today, which got an exclusive Oct. 17 look at the trailer. "They had to go through these mountain passes the only way they could do it, on horses."
With a Jan. 19, 2018 premiere, the cavalry is on its way.Image via IMDB
Set to a haunting rendition of the late Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” the trailer hits all the key marks for an entertaining war movie: special operations warfare — a 12-man team dispatched a month after 9/11 to join local fighters ahead of conventional forces; frenetic gunplay and dicey firefights — remember that bit about taking on enemy armor with horses?; and moments of solemnity, as Shannon (Iceman, Man of Steel, Boardwalk Empire) pens a “death letter” in case he’s killed and advises Hemsworth to do the same.
Though it’s high time this story (which notably features zero Navy SEALs) gets its debut on the big screen, the trailer skews heavily toward action, and the novelty of mounted combat in the age of heliborne inserts and armored assaults, over introspection. With any luck, 12 Strong will dive into the ambiguity of America’s longest war from the perspective of the men who fired the first shots in a conflict that “will be over in a week,” as Peña’s character tells his wife, but instead became a grueling 16-year and counting affair. If the film succeeds in hitting black on those targets, instead of taking aim at just how peculiar the mission was, then it’ll be a worthy tribute to the hardships — and saddle-chafing — those men endured.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Washington Post. The defendants identified include Corvias Management-Army LLC and Meade Communities, LLC, which is a part of Corvias.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats - William Taylor and George Kent - voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
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The Navy is looking into the possibility of sending explosive ordnance disposal units on shorter and possibly more frequent deployments, service officials said on Wednesday.
Right now, EOD techs train for 18 months and deploy for another six months as part of their optimized fleet response plan, but the Navy is conducting a review of that training and deployment cycle, Navy officials told reporters.
A Navy analysis is looking at whether EOD techs should spend a total of 32 or 36 months training and deployed per cycle, said Capt. Oscar Rojas, who leads Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 in San Diego.