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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 Colt Model 1911 .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol that John Browning dreamed up more than a century ago remains on of the most beloved sidearms in U.S. military history. Hell, there's a reason why Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, still rocks an M1911A1 on his hip despite the fact that the Army no longer issues them to soldiers.
But if scoring one of the Army's remaining M1911s through the Civilian Marksmanship Program isn't enough to satisfy your adoration for the classic sidearm, then Colt has something right up your alley: the Colt Model 1911 'Black Army' pistol.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.
"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.
‘I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’ — Mattis hits back at Trump for calling him the 'world's most overrated general'
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis decided to take on President Donald Trump's reported assertion that he is "overrated" at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday.
"I'm not just an overrated general, I am the greatest — the world's most — overrated," Mattis said at the event, which raises money for charity.
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," Mattis said. "So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals ... and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories."
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.