A weekend of violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlotte, Virginia, seems to have surfaced an unsettling military connection. James Fields, the Nazi-obsessed driver of the Dodge Challenger that mowed down bystanders on Aug. 12, washed out of Army basic training after just a few months; on Aug 14., Splinter reported that Dillon Ulysses Hopper, head of the nationalist group Vanguard America, served as a Marine recruiter for several years. Every branch may prohibit such associations, but the Department of Defense has worried about the rise of extremism in its ranks for years.
This may look bad, but fear not: the 82nd Airborne is here to set the record straight on what constitutes a real Army paratrooper — and real American valor.
On Aug 13., former Obama administration official Brandon Friedman posted a photo of a man wearing what appears to be the insignia of the elite Army paratrooper unit on a hat while throwing up the traditional Nazi salute:
When another Twitter user called the 82nd Airborne’s attention to the photo, the PAO behind the account laid down the law:
The message is clear. You can deck yourself out in fatigues and other tacticool gadgets, praise the troops until the cows come home, and even try to serve your country like Fields did — but at the end of the day, real American patriots don’t bear the symbols of fascism proudly but destroy them on sight. And if any would-be white supremacist tries to tell you otherwise, the 82nd Airborne is here to deliver some much-needed wall-to-wall counseling.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.