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The Sergeant Major Of The Army Really Likes ‘Pinks And Greens’
For months, rumors about the return of the Army’s iconic “pinks and greens” service uniform have percolated through the Private News Network and bubbled up in military news outlets. Then on Dec. 9, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey sported the prototype duds at the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. And man, does he like ’em.
— Daniel A. Dailey (@15thSMA) December 9, 2017
Though the Army is still debating whether or not to bring back the World War II-era threads — with a decision expected by Spring 2018 — the service hasn’t been shy about showing off the pinks and greens since their first unveiling at the October AUSA convention in Washington, Army Times reported. If adopted, the pink and greens would replace the existing blue Army service uniform for all but official events.
Dailey, it turns out, is passionate on the subject. Really passionate.
“The chief [of staff] and I agree that we need a service uniform, something a soldier can wear day-to-day when they’re not wearing the battle dress uniform, and they can feel and look like professional soldiers,” Dailey said in a Dec. 6 public affairs video.
“We’re also in another time of history where there’s this great nationalism throughout our country and this great respect for our soldiers,” he added. “And we want to show off our great soldiers, and we think the pinks and greens uniform is the right uniform to do that.”
But why this uniform — a remnant of our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ total war against fascism — at a time when the force is stretched out across the globe on a variety of wars, skirmishes, and odd jobs?
The Army’s top enlisted leader says: nostalgia, plain and simple. “This is the symbol, for me, of the American soldier,” Dailey said. “Still to this day, people can remember what a soldier looked like in the pinks and greens.”
You can’t capture the can-do vibes of the greatest generation if you don’t stay true to what made its uniform so iconic: the look. A sleek olive green and khaki (i.e., “military pink”) ensemble, the uniform is a hybrid business suit with a dab of military chic — aided by a chestful of ribbons and badges. The basic uniform issue for the “pinks and greens” would be pants, jacket, shirt, socks, shoes and a cover.
“Our first priority is to make them historically correct,” Dailey said. “We want to honor our greatest generation from the World War II era, and we want to make it historically correct because it was a sharp uniform.”
But the 21st century pink-and-green kit — if approved — would also showcase higher-quality materials and features, which Dailey says will produce “a uniform that’s going to last longer and be very functional and fit very well for our soldiers.”
Though Army Times reported in February that support for the new uniforms is high, some soldiers — particularly officers, who don’t get a clothing allowance — have raised concerns over what the new look will do to their bank accounts.
But Dailey clearly is willing to put a price on the morale boost he expects World War II threads to provide to the Army.
“I still think that was a point in history when our soldiers were highly respected and there was a sense of nationalism throughout country,” he said. “And when you looked down, you said, ‘Man, that’s an American soldier.’”
Moments before Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia went back into the house, journalist Michael Ware said he was "pacing like a caged tiger ... almost like he was talking to himself."
"I distinctly remember while everybody else had taken cover temporarily, there out in the open on the street — still exposed to the fire from the roof — was David Bellavia," Ware told Task & Purpose on Monday. "David stopped pacing, he looked up and sees that the only person still there on the street is me. And I'm just standing there with my arms folded.
"He looked up from the pacing, stared straight into my eyes, and said 'Fuck it.' And I stared straight back at him and said 'Fuck it,'" Ware said. "And that's when I knew, we were both going back in that house."
Former Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn will plead not guilty to a charge of murder for allegedly shooting an unarmed Afghan man whom a tribal leader had identified as a Taliban bomb maker, his attorney said.
Golsteyn will be arraigned on Thursday morning at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Phillip Stackhouse told Task & Purpose.
No date has been set for his trial yet, said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
John Wick is back, and he's here to stay. It doesn't matter how many bad guys show up to try to collect on that bounty.
With John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the titular hitman, played by 54-year-old Keanu Reeves, continues on a blood-soaked hyper-stylized odyssey of revenge: first for his slain dog, then his wrecked car, then his destroyed house, then ... well, honestly it's hard to keep track of exactly what Wick is avenging by this point, or the body count he's racked up in the process.
Though we do know that the franchise has raked in plenty of success at the box office: just a week after it's May 17 release, the third installment in director Chad Stahleski's series took in roughly $181 million, making it even more successful than its two wildly popular prequels 2014's John Wick, and 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2.
And, more importantly, Reeves' hitman is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest action movie heroes in recent memory. Few (if any) other action flicks have succeeded in creating a mind-blowing avant garde ballet out of a dozen well-dressed gunmen who get shot, choked, or stabbed with a pencil by a pissed off hitman who just wants to return to retirement.
But for all the over-the-top acrobatics, fight sequences, and gun-porn (see: the sommelier), what makes the series so enthralling, especially for the service members and vets in the audience, is that there are some refreshing moments of realism nestled under all of that gun fu. Wrack your brain and try to remember the last time you saw an action hero do a press check during a shootout, clear a jam, or actually, you know, reload, instead of just hip-firing 300 rounds from an M16 nonstop. It's cool, we'll wait.
As it turns out, there's a good reason for the caliber of gun-play in John Wick. One of the franchise's secret weapons is a professional three-gun shooter named Taran Butler, who told Task & Purpose he can draw and hit three targets in 0.67 seconds from 10 yards. And if you've watched any of the scores of videos he's uploaded to social media over the years, it's pretty clear that this isn't idle boasting.
The Navy's electromagnetic railgun is undergoing what officials described as "essentially a shakedown" of critical systems before finally installing a tactical demonstrator aboard a surface warship, the latest sign that the once-beleaguered supergun may actually end up seeing combat.
That pretty much means this is could be the last set of tests before actually slapping this bad boy onto a warship, for once.
The Justice Department has accused Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) of illegally using campaign funds to pay for extramarital affairs with five women.
Hunter, who fought in the Iraq War as a Marine artillery officer, and his wife Margaret were indicated by a federal jury on Aug. 21, 2018 for allegedly using up to $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
In a recent court filing, federal prosecutors accused Hunter of using campaign money to pay for a variety of expenses involved with his affairs, ranging from a $1,008 hotel bill to $7 for a Sam Adams beer.