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Dan Crenshaw Gets Last Laugh In Hilarious Skit Alongside Pete Davidson
Congressman-elect and Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw has accepted an apology from “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and urged Americans to remember the heroes killed on Sept. 11, including Davidson’s father, a New York City firefighter.
Davidson drew widespread criticism from veterans after joking last week that Crenshaw, who lost his left eye in a roadside bomb blast during his third combat tour to Afghanistan, looked “like a hitman in a porno movie,” adding: “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
On Saturday’s “Weekend Update” sketch, Davidson told viewers that he had made “a poor choice last week” and apologize to Crenshaw on behalf of himself and the show.
“No, I mean this from the bottom of my heart, it was a poor choice of words,” Davidson said. “The man is a war hero and he deserves all the respect in the world and if any good came of this, maybe it is that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: That I’m a dick.”
Crenshaw, who appeared on “Weekend Update” with Davidson, jokingly thanked the SNL star “for making a Republican look good.” In another job, Crenshaw’s cell phone went off, playing a ring tone from an Ariana Grande song. (Davidson and Grande recently called off their plans to get married.)
“Oh, do you know her?” Crenshaw quipped.
Turning serious, Crenshaw said that one lesson from the recent controversy is that Americans can forgive each other and remember what brings them together as a country.
“This is Veterans Day weekend, which means it’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran – maybe say, ‘Thanks for your service,’” Crenshaw told viewers. “But I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a veteran, ‘Never forget.’
“When you say, ‘never forget,’ to a veteran, you are implying that as an American you are in it with them – not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans – but connected together as grateful fellow Americans.
“We’ll never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present – and never forget those we lost on 9/11: Heroes like Pete’s father. So I’ll just say: ‘Pete, never forget.’”
Both Crenshaw and Davidson shook hands and Davidson said: “Never forget – and that is from both of us!”
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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.