We Have The Exclusive Trailer For Nat Geo’s New Docuseries ‘Chain Of Command’

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National Geographic's new documentary series "Chain of Command" tackles the Global War on Terror.
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“The number one priority for us, is to protect the homeland and the American people from attack,” narrates Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the loading ramp of an aircraft raises to reveal a flightline in an unremarkable and indeterminate location.


After a pause, Dunford adds “and also to protect our allies from attack against violent extremists,” as we see a lone U.S. Army infantryman manning a position along a berm hedged with C-wire as gunfire echoes in the distance. It’s probably Afghanistan, but maybe Iraq — it’s unclear, and that seems to be the underlying message of the two-minute trailer for National Geographic’s upcoming documentary series.

Chain of Command is an eight-episode upcoming docuseries set up as a top-to-bottom tour of the Global War On Terror, stretching from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Latin America to Africa and Washington, and touching every level of the military apparatus.

Related: Nat Geo’s Iraq War Series: Gritty, Authentic, And Army-Approved »

The trailer, which airs Nov. 7 during Nat Geo’s premiere of The Long Road Home, was provided exclusively to Task & Purpose and begins with the top brass — Dunford intones that “the most important thing is to surround yourself with good people and to take advantage of the talent that we have in the U.S. military” — before closing on rank-and-file Marines and soldiers  training and patrolling alongside U.S.-partner forces.

“This series is the next evolution of that relationship, and we are honored to showcase the intricacies of combat and the heroism and dedication of our troops on the ground,” Tim Pastore, National Geographic’s president of original programming, said in a statement. Nat Geo previously worked with the Defense Department on films such as Restrepo and Inside Combat Rescue.

“I am so inspired by the servicemen and women I have met and the places I have been while working on this project,” Scott Boggins, Chain of Command’s executive producer and showrunner, said in a statement.  “I think viewers around the world are going to be just as fascinated to see the extreme pressure and sacrifice of members of the armed forces from the top down.”

Watch the exclusive trailer for Chain of Command — with a series premiere slated for 2018 — below.

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Rear Adm. Collin Green, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, was expected to decide on the matter after the SEALs appeared before a review board next month. But Trump tweeted on Thursday that Gallagher was in no danger of losing his trident, a sacred symbol of being part of the SEAL community.

"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," the president tweeted. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"

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"Imagine being asleep," he called to tell his mother Suzi at one point, "but you can still feel the pain."

To help, military doctors gave Jordan oxycodone, a powerful semi-synthetic opiate they prescribed to dull the sensation in his shoulder. Navy medical records show that he went on to take more than 80 doses of the drug in the days following the surgery, dutifully following doctor's orders to the letter.

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Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.

The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.

The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.

An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.

Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.

Read the entire message below:

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.

Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.

Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.

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