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Some Troops Will Get To See Mark Wahlberg’s Next Action Flick Early — And For Free
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 United States, Military Times reports.
Military personnel stateside can check out the film two weeks early, starting on Saturday, August 4, in a dozen on-base AAFES Reel Time theaters. Those bases include:
- Fort Campbell, Kentucky
- Fort Hood, Texas
- Fort Irwin, California
- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
- Fort Riley, Kansas
- Hickam Air Base, Hawaii
- Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
- Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
- Joint Base San Antonio (Lackland)
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (McGuire)
- Travis AFB, California
- Vandenberg AFB, California
This isn’t the first time that Wahlberg, a longtime advocate for service members and veterans, has teamed up with AAFES. Last summer, the actor and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell of Lone Survivor fame (whom Wahlberg played in the 2013 film) filmed a 30-second spot to promote AAFES’s new online shopping system.
As for Mile 22, it looks like the high-octane escape from reality that Wahlberg — a fixture of Hollywood’s action pool, thanks to his innate ability to look pissed off 24/7 — has become known for in the last few years.
The plot is simple: As mysterious CIA operative James Silva, Wahlberg must escort a critical intelligence asset across 22 miles of enemy territory to an extraction point while avoiding the forces of crimelord John Malkovich.
(While the prospect of watching Wahlberg relive personal security duty doesn’t seem that appealing for U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, Ronda Rousey also stars as Silva’s baby momma, so there’s that.)
The few details available about Mile 22 leave some questions unanswered. What DoD requirements gave birth to Wahlberg’s anger face? Did Silva receive a waiver for all those bong rips he took in Ted? At the very least, we’re hoping Wahlberg’s CIA squad is code-named “The Funky Bunch.”
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
'We are a people organization' — Army leaders push renewed focus on soldiers amid rise in sexual assaults and suicides
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."
Two U.S. military service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Resolute Support mission announced in a press release.
Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the command added.
A total of 16 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far in 2019. Fourteen of those service members have died in combat including two service members killed in an apparent insider attack on July 29.
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's paramilitary groups on Wednesday blamed a series of recent blasts at their weapons depots and bases on the United States and Israel.
The statement from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the umbrella grouping of Iraq's mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups, many of which are backed by Iran, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.