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Army Sends In The 'War Tubas' To Crush Navy Spirit In New Video
The football rivalry between the Army’s Black Knights and Navy’s Midshipmen teams has come a long way from brutal brawls on the field to where it is now, with the two teams trolling each other with pre-game movie spoofs.
The most recent video, published on West Point’s YouTube page on Dec. 1, is deliberately overdramatized and reminiscent of the blockbuster film “Zero Dark Thirty.” Written and produced by Cadet Austin Lachance, the video, “On Brave Old Army Team,” takes its name from the academy’s official fight song.
The clip opens with the West Point’s mascot, a Mule, interrogating a Navy student as he attempts to discern the whereabouts of target number one: the Naval Academy’s Bill the Goat.
Why go after an opposing team's mascot? Because as the video points out: “Victory lies in the battle of the spirits. Period.” In an effort to dismantle and destroy the Navy’s spirit group, headed by Bill the Goat, West Point sends in the War Tubas to spearhead the operation.
Yes. The War Tubas.
Think of a bandcamp version of SEAL Team Six. Oops. I mean Delta Force.
This leads to some absurd shots of West Point cadets in flak and kevlar pieing doors and clearing hallways with tubas. The video even has a night vision scene where they stack up outside of a room presumably at the Naval Academy where the audience can hear the Star Wars theme song playing in the background — a head nod to the Navy’s own movie spoof.
The two teams will face off in person on Dec. 12 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. In the meantime, their hilarious Youtube battle continues.
Watch the Army’s latest spirit video below:
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Editor's note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Monday it would hold a large test of its Strategic Missile Forces that will see it fire ballistic and cruise missiles from the land, sea and air this week.
The exercise, from Oct. 15-17, will involve around 12,000 military personnel, as well as aircraft, including strategic nuclear bombers, surface ships and submarines, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.