Days after releasing an emotionally charged new trailer for The Long Road Home, National Geographic is unveiling another look at the upcoming miniseries about a routine patrol that went sideways in Sadr City in 2004. The new two minute-long teaser, provided exclusively to Task & Purpose, focuses on the toll deployments can take on the military families and spouses who remain behind when their loved ones go off to war.
The video, a mix of behind-the-scenes interviews and clips from the show, stars Kate Bosworth, Katie Paxton, and Sarah Wayne Callies, who play military spouses in the eight-episode miniseries, premiering Nov. 7 on National Geographic.
“I come away from a story like this and I think: God help you, you better have a really good reason to send these kids overseas, because someone is gonna have a man in a suit show up at her door, and she’s going to have to figure out how to live the rest of her life,” Callies, who plays Leann Volesky in the series, remarks in the trailer
Based on journalist Martha Raddatz’s best-selling book of the same name, the scripted miniseries follows a platoon of 1st Cavalry Division soldiers after they’re ambushed during their first patrol in Baghdad’s Sadr City and are cut off inside the labyrinthine suburb. The real-life events behind the show began on April 4, 2004, dubbed “Black Sunday.” The battle that followed lasted days, resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. soldiers, and left more than 60 wounded.
Though The Long Road Home is driven by downrange events following the ambush, the show pans back to Fort Hood, Texas, in a sweeping narrative that captures both brutality of urban combat and the emotional havoc on a war’s homefront.
“The unspoken duties of spouses are incredibly huge,” Paxton, who plays Amber Aguero in The Long Road Home, said in the trailer. “If you have children it’s all about keeping those kids on a routine. It’s making sure they don’t forget who their parent is, who’s oversees. They understand what they’re doing in some capacity, but at the same time, shielding them from thinking that maybe their dad may be hurt, or in trouble, or in danger.”
Directed by Mikael Salomon (SIX, Band of Brothers) and Phil Abrams (Daredevil, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black), The Long Road Home consulted 1st Cavalry Division veterans who fought in the battle for the upcoming series, with some of the actors pairing with the real-life soldiers they’re portraying on screen.
National Geographic’s The Long Road Home premieres Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. EDT.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
In his seven months as legislative assistant to the commandant of the Marine Corps, Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling proved to be an abusive, bullying boss, who openly disparaged women, ruled through intimidation, and attempted to spread a rumor about a female officer after the Senate complained about him to the defense secretary, according to a Defense Department's Inspector General's Office investigation.
"The adjectives a majority of witnesses used to describe his leadership were abusive, bullying, toxic, abrasive, and aggressive,"a DoD IG report on the investigation into Cooling's conduct found. "Some subordinates considered him an 'equal opportunity offender,' disparaging men and women. BGen Cooling denied making some of the comments attributed to him, but more than one witness told us they heard him make each of the comments described in this section of our report."