“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.
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.
The wait is over: the Marine Corps's brand new sniper is officially ready for action.
The Mk13 Mod 7 sniper rifle reached full operational capacity earlier this year after extensive testing, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday. Now, the new rifle is finally available in both scout snipers and recon Marine arsenals.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran announced on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and sentenced some of them to death, deepening a crisis between the Islamic Republic and the West.
Iranian state television published images that it said showed the CIA officers who had been in touch with the suspected spies.
In a statement read on state television, the Ministry of Intelligence said 17 spies had been arrested in the 12 months to March 2019. Some have been sentenced to death, according to another report.
"Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe: Under socialism, a person of even the humblest origins could make it all the way up," wrote Sophie Pinkham just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
(U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)
Herman "Herk" Streitburger was on his final bombing mission and due to go home when his plane was hit by German fighters over Hungary in 1944. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war, enduring starvation, forced marches and a harrowing escape.
Streitburger just turned 100 years old. That makes him a national treasure as well as a Granite State hero.
Streitburger, who lives in Bedford, gets around using a cane and remains active in POW groups and events. It was he who donated his family Bible to a POW "missing man" display at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, which prompted a federal First Amendment lawsuit.
And every year, he tells his World War II story to Manchester schoolchildren. It's a story worth retelling.
Marine Corps anti-drone system that attaches to all-terrain vehicles and can scan the skies for enemy aircraft from aboard Navy ships was responsible for destroying an Iranian drone, Military.com has learned.