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‘Fighting Joe’ Dunford Once Again Proves He’s Fit AF By Crushing The Boston Marathon
It might be tempting for some of the military’s top brass to get weighed down by all that bling on their collars, or slack off in the comfort of their plush chairs at the Pentagon. But not Marines like the 61-year-old Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who, in addition to maintaining his reputation as a PT stud, could probably kick your ass.
On April 18, “Fighting Joe” participated in the 26-mile long Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line at just over 4 hours and 50 minutes and proving once again that not only is he still in great shape, but age and rank are no excuse for getting fat and nasty. On April 19, the official Twitter account of the joint chiefs posted this impressive photo of Dunford:
— The Joint Staff (@thejointstaff) April 19, 2017
Dunford wore a “Team Kelly” shirt during the marathon to raise awareness for Homeland Security Sec. Robert Kelly's son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, who was killed in Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010, according to a joint chiefs spokesman.
This isn’t the first time the Boston native proved that rank isn’t an excuse to duck out of PT. In December 2014, photos surfaced of Dunford, then the Marine Corps commandant, crushing the Corps’ Combat Fitness Test.
I’m up. He sees me! I’m down.
“84, 85, 85, 85 — just kidding, sir — 86, 87…”
“No Marine, I’m not going to drop you... accidentally.”
“Hey, go long.”
The article has been updated with new information from a joint chiefs spokesman received after publication. (Updated 4/19/17, 2:57 pm EST).
The Navy relieved a decorated explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer on Thursday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced on Friday.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led a Marine task force to Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, said the Washington Post's recent reporting about the U.S. government's pattern of lies about the war over the last two decades is not "revelatory."
Mattis, who was interviewed by the Washington Post's David Ignatius on Friday, also said he does not believe the U.S. government made any efforts to hide the true situation in Afghanistan and he argued the war has not been in vain.
Here are 10 key quotes from Mattis regarding the Washington Post's reporting in the 'Afghanistan Papers.'
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The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
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Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.