We Salute You, Mark Wahlberg, The Thirstiest Civilian Ever

August 17, 2018

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I worry about Mark Wahlberg. With the release of Mile 22, Wahlberg has teamed with director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day) a fourth time to tell another gritty story of heroism as a disaster unfolds. In his partnership with Berg, Wahlberg has played a Navy SEAL, an oil worker in the Gulf … Read More

The Air Force Wants A New Dress Uniform. Can They Avoid Screwing It Up?

August 16, 2018

Service Dress
The Air Force has made some seriously boneheaded uniform decisions. The last one, the Airman’s Battle Uniform, was possibly the most ironic uniform ever developed. It was so bad in battle, airmen who went outside the wire were given a different garb to wear when they accompanied a QRF or patrolled off-post. Now, the Chief … Read More

Aretha Franklin, Dead At 76, Inadvertently Recorded One Of Vietnam’s Best Protest Songs

August 16, 2018

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Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer whose full-throated vocals earned her the undisputed title of “Queen of Soul,” died on Thursday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, her publicist announced. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our … Read More

Urban Outfitters Is Selling The Military’s Most Reviled Piece Of Gear

August 15, 2018

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I’ve written a lot about civilian businesses hawking overpriced tacticool swag over the years, from mil-spec sneakers and kicks to dress blue knockoffs and buffalo jackets to a pinstripe vest that’s more pocket and magazine pouch than article of clothing. But I never thought I’d see the day when the one piece of military gear … Read More

‘Hooligans Of Kandahar’ Is The War Memoir We Need Right Now

August 13, 2018

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I am not a fan of war memoirs, especially for wars I’ve been involved in. Reading about someone’s experiences in Afghanistan in 2011 when I was fighting that same war in 2004 leaves me more depressed about the state of American foreign policy than inspired. It seems every Navy SEAL or general officer who ever … Read More

What The Fresh Hell Is Going On With This Air Force Uniform Photo?

August 12, 2018

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With the adoption of the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform by airmen around the world on the horizon, the Air National Guard put out a reminder last week for Air Force personnel to keep an eye peeled for their new duds starting in October. There’s just one problem: the vaguely helpful announcement came with the least … Read More

We Salute The Naked British Army Captain Who Escaped A Latrine After His Drunk Troops Locked Him In

August 6, 2018

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It’s been six hours. You’re completely naked and locked in the latrine at your barracks. Your soldiers, hammered beyond all recognition, have barricaded the door and are refusing to let you out. What do you do? Easy: Escape in a way that’ll ensure they never mess with you again. A British Army captain found himself … Read More

Some Troops Will Get To See Mark Wahlberg’s Next Action Flick Early — And For Free

August 3, 2018

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Military personnel deployed to Afghanistan or stationed at CONUS several bases will get a free advanced screening of Mile 22, the upcoming action thriller in which Mark Wahlberg stars as a CIA operative working the worst personal security detail of his life. Screenings in Afghanistan start August 11, a week before it premieres in the … Read More