Marine Corps Capt. Maggie Seymour ran 161 miles in 2016 to raise awareness for her fallen sisters in arms. This year, she’s taking it to a whole new level by running 3,300 miles — from San Diego to Virginia Beach — as she transitions from active duty to the Reserve.
The 31-year-old marathoner and Iraq War veteran is not just running for the sake of exercise, however. Seymour is raising money for Team Hoyt — a charity organization that supports athletes with cerebral palsy — and she chose Virginia Beach as her destination because that’s where Team Hoyt is headquartered.
But Seymour plans on doing still more. “I’m raising money for some nonprofits,” Seymour told Task & Purpose. “I wanted to do some gifts along the route.”
Though the money she raises will primarily go to Team Hoyt, Seymour also plans to donate farming tools and supplies to midwestern communities like Alexander, Illinois, where she grew up.
Seymour started her journey July 22 and aims to finish on Oct. 28. Her route follows the famous Route 66 highway, and she hopes to cover 35 miles every day, with one rest day each week.
“Over the past 10 years I have worked closely with the veteran, Gold Star families, and special-needs athletes communities,” Seymour wrote in a blog for the veterans advocacy group The Mission Continues. “This run is for them.”
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."