Our list of essential gear for Area 51 raiders inspired a lot of discussion and commentary from Military.com readers and we've picked out a few of the best ideas and compiled them here.
A Facebook group called Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us has announced a plan to confront the Air Force on Friday, Sept. 20 and reveal just what the military is hiding in those secret labs out in the Nevada desert.
It's a high risk venture but one that more than 1.3 million people believe will finally answer the questions that presidents from Truman to Trump have refused to answer.
If you're loading up the RV and heading for the desert in September, here are a few more things for your Alien Hunter kit. Bonus: A couple of members raise some interesting points about America's upcoming Day of Discovery.
Be Prepared for Surprises
Admiral Ackbar wants everyone to be careful out there. (Lucasfilm)
In spite of all your team's superior intel, things can get hairy once you're in the field.
Leigh Sampson-Seitz: "It's a trap. It's hangars filled with boring paperwork and S1 clerks."
Things Might Get a Bit Uncomfortable
Never, ever make an entry without proper preparation.
The aliens are going to have some questions about us and you want to be ready.
Steve Marrs: "Bring lots of KY jelly, I hear they love to probe."
Communication is Key
This baby can handle any challenge you might throw its way. (Wikipedia)
You've got to be able to understand whatever language the universe throws at you.
Arnold always knew the virtues of a good cigar. (Fox)
Be like Arnold. Bust out a fine Cohiba after you complete your mission. Snowflakes can suck on their vape pens.
Barry Vedros: "Don't forget the cigars. They always smoke cigars after defeating the aliens. Well maybe this bunch is better off with vapes. 😒"
You Need a Secret Weapon
Freddy the Flute from "HR Pufnstuf" has always had the ability to communicate with extraterrestrials. (Sid & Marty Krofft Productions)
Apparently, there's been a classified tool for communication with the space folk hiding in plain sight for decades.
Chris Bahr: "Don't forget the most essential item of every alien hunter. I can't stress this enough. You'll need to get a special Alien Flute to call out to them. Similar to a leprechaun flute the Alien flute is different in some ways. Mainly the price."
Maybe ESPN and Fox News should team up with Caesars Palace to make this an event that everyone can enjoy.
Robert Ferus: "I just wanted to know is it going to be on Pay-Per-View and are they going to set up a way you can bet on it? 🤔😅🤣😃"
Nothing to See Here, Move Along
Here's a good question: Why would the aliens be hiding out in a warehouse when they could be productive members of American society?
Kathleen McNally: "Geez it's just my families old photo albums in there along with a list of our names and occupations/locations. It's really no big deal. We aren't being held in Area 51, we walk amongst you. Why such hype? We look like people too! 😎"
Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 1 conduct category III qualifications on the M2A1 heavy machine gun at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. CRS-1 is qualifying for future mobilization requirements. (U.S. Navy/Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kenji Shiroma)
The Navy is considering giving Ma Deuce a quiet new update.
A competitor performs push-ups during the physical fitness event at the Minnesota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on April 4, 2019, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec)
Despite what you may have heard, the Army has not declared war on mustaches.
The Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page on Monday posted a memo written by a 3rd Infantry Division company commander telling his soldiers that only the fittest among them will be allowed to sprout facial hair under their warrior nostrils.
"During my tenure at Battle Company, I have noticed a direct correlation between mustaches and a lack of physical fitness," the memo says. "In an effort to increase the physical fitness of Battle Company, mustaches will not be authorized for any soldier earning less than a 300 on the APFT [Army Physical Fitness Test]."
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, consoles a fellow Soldier after sleeping on the ground in a designated sleeping area on another cold evening, between training exercises during NTC 17-03, National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA., Jan. 15, 2017. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tracy McKithern)
The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) is the largest official database of U.S. military media available for public consumption. It is also an occasional source of unexpected laughs, like this gem from a live fire exercise that a public affairs officer simply tagged 'Fire mortar boom.' In the world of droll data entry and too many acronyms, sometimes little jokes are their own little form of rebellion, right?
But some DVIDS uploads, however, come with captions and titles that cut right to the core, perfectly capturing the essence of life in the U.S. military in a way that makes you sigh, facepalm, and utter a mournful, 'too real.'
The U.S. military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for U.S. troops in combat, a top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the U.S. military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.