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Meet The 17 Service Members Joining Team USA At The Olympics
There are few greater honors than getting to represent your country on the world stage. But for 17 service members who do that every day in the field, going to the Olympics in Rio, Brazil this summer holds twice the privilege.
When these 17 extraordinary men and women head to the Olympic arena in August, they will be taking their patriotism to a new level, and hopefully bringing back some gold for Team U.S.A.
Army Sgt. Hillary Bor, 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Army Sgt. Hillary Bor runs the 3,000 meter Steeplechase on Friday, July 8, at the 2016 Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo
Army PFC Paul Chelimo, Modern Pentathlon
Army soldiers and teammates Paul Chelimo and Nicholas Kipruto finish the Army Ten Miler at 48:19 with Chelimo winning by seconds.
Army Sgt. Glenn Eller, Double Trap Shotgun
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program shotgun shooter Sgt. Glenn Eller shoots the opening round of Olympic men's double trap qualification Thursday morning at the Royal Artillery Barracks range in London.Army photo
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joe Guzman, Boxing Coach
Sgt. 1st Class Joe Guzman was named to the Team USA Boxing coaching staff competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics beginning Aug. 5 in Rio.NCO photo
Air Force Cadet David Higgins, Prone Rifle
David Higgins (center), a U.S. Air Force Academy Rifle Team member, is flanked by Olympian Matt Emmons on his left and Olympian Eric Uptagrafft on his right.Air Force photo
Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks, Pole Vault
Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks competes in the preliminary round of the men's pole vault on July 2, 2016, at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo
Naval Academy Graduate Edward King, Rowing
Over the past two years, King and the United States have finished seventh at the 2015 World Rowing Championships and third at the 2016 World Rowing Cup I.Navy photo
Army Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir, 10 Kilometer
Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir races at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, held July 1, 2016, in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo
Army Spc. Leonard Korir, 10 Kilometer
Spc. Leonard Korir races at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, held July 1, 2016, in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo
Army Spc. Dan Lowe, Air Rifle
Spc. Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), aims downrange during the 2016 Air Olympic Trials, where he won an air rifle seat on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team June 5.DoD photo
Army Sgt. Elizabeth Anne Marks, Paralympic Swimming
Army Sgt. Elizabeth Wasil stands on top of the podium as the Stars and Stripes are raised after being awarded the gold medal in the 100m breastsroke in the CISM ISC para-swimming classification during the 2015 Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Swimming & Para-Swimming Open.Armed Forces sport photo
Army Sgt. Michael McPhail, 50 Meter Prone Rifle
Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail holds his gold medal high at an awards ceremony during the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup for Rifle and Pistol at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 15, 2015.Army photo
Army Staff Sgt. John Nunn, Race Walking
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program race walker Staff Sgt. John Nunn receives an American flag from his daughter, Ella, after winning the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the 50-kilometer race walk on Feb. 21, in Santee, Calif.Army photo
Army Sgt. Josh Richmond, Double Trap Shotgun
Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, brought home a gold medal to his newborn son after winning the Men's Double Trap event at the Italy World Cup in Lonato May 5.Army photo
Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, Pistol Shooting
Rapid-fire pistol shooter Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, seen here practicing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the second Soldier from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program to be named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.Army photo
Army Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher, Modern Pentathlon
Spc. Nathan Schrimsher of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program rides a horse named Taboo en route to earning a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games with a third-place finish in men's Modern Pentathlon at the 2015 Pan American Games on July 19 in Toronto.Army photo
Air Force 1st Lt. Cale Simmons, Pole Vault
First Lt. Cale Simmons clears the bar during the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, July 2, 2016.Air Force photo
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.
The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.
These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.