A trailer for an upcoming multimedia feature titled “Rebuilding Honor: How Kyle Carpenter Came Back To Life” follows the Marine veteran and Medal of Honor recipient's difficult road to recovery after he was badly injured on Nov. 21, 2010, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Carpenter joined the Marines in 2009, and a year later deployed with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines as an infantryman. While Carpenter and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio were manning post at Patrol Base Dakota in the Marjah district, enemy insurgents attacked in broad daylight. When a grenade landed nearby, Carpenter shielded Eufrazio from the blast, absorbing the impact.
Both survived, but Carpenter was grievously wounded. Though he was barely hanging on, he made a long, improbable, and arduous recovery.
This appears to be the spirit and tone of the upcoming feature by the military and veteran news site, The War Horse. According to the site’s founder, Marine veteran Tom Brennan, the story also explores how Carpenter’s injuries impacted those around him: his family; the Marine and Corpsman who triaged him; the medical staff who cared for him; and all those that helped him and each other heal. The project is the culmination of nine months of interviews and reporting and the piece will include video, print,original photography, and family photos.
The War Horse says it aims to provide unbiased, introspective, and frank commentary on modern warfare. Through a mix of investigative work and user-submitted content, the site seeks to “explain war in a greater context than ever before by openly exploring current, ongoing conflicts in which the U.S. is engaged and by providing contemporary, contextualized stories and features for citizens and politicians to consider anew.”
In the trailer for The War Horse’s upcoming piece, Carpenter talks about the emotional toll three years of surgeries and therapy took on him.
“You would think it would be a psychological burden, but my physical state consumed my mind and my emotion,” says Carpenter in the trailer, and later he adds. “I don’t know if I ever allow myself to feel vulnerable. I don’t know if I’m the most vulnerable person in South Carolina, or I don’t know if I’m a concrete wall.”
On June 19, 2014, in recognition of his heroic and selfless sacrifice, Carpenter became the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient when he received the nation's highest award for valor.
The piece is set to run in September. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below.
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
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.