If you've ever walked around a military base and thought to yourself: You know what this place really needs? More muscle cars with moto-bumper stickers and American flag stencils — and probably a few more broke E-3s who bought a sweet new ride at 20% APR — then Dodge is here to help.
These subtly star-spangled sports cars will debut next week at the New York International Auto Show. According to Dodge's website, the Stars & Stripes special edition rides come with a "satin black and Silver accent center stripe," American flag fender decals, and "20- x 9-inch mid-gloss black wheels and black badging," along with some other add-ons and upgrades to the exterior.
They also come with a number of aesthetic interior upgrades, like "gloss black interior accents, unique black-on-black cloth seats with an embroidered bronze star," a bronze instrument panel, and bronze stitching throughout.
The Stars & Stripes edition is available for an additional $1,995 for the following models: Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Charger Scat Pack; Challenger and Charger R/T models; and Challenger and Charger GT RWD models.
It's kind of a brilliant move on Dodge's part, considering that Dodge Challengers and Chargers are as ubiquitous in military towns as Hooters, pawn shops, and strip clubs.
That said, the upgrade alone is nearly two grand, which is more than an E-3 makes in a single month. So, if you're just looking for a car that screams "thank me for my service," then maybe swing by the base PX and buy a bunch of OIF/OEF bumper stickers and ribbon rack decals for a few bucks a pop instead.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).
This photo taken on Oct. 7, 2018, shows a billboard that reads "The State Central Navy Testing Range" near residential buildings in the village of Nyonoksa, northwestern Russia. The Aug. 8, 2019, explosion of a rocket engine at the Russian navy's testing range just outside Nyonoksa led to a brief spike in radiation levels and raised new questions about prospective Russian weapons. (AP Photo/Sergei Yakovlev)
It's been more than a week since a mysterious Russian nuclear accident roughly 600 miles north of Moscow and only the Kremlin and those killed know what happened.
What is known is something exploded on Aug. 8 at a naval weapons testing range near the village of Nyonoksa. The Russian government's official account of the accident has changed several times since then, but the country's weather agency recently confirmed that radiation levels jumped to 16 times greater than normal after the blast.
Top officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs declined to step in to try to exempt veterans and their families from a new immigration rule that would make it far easier to deny green cards to low-income immigrants, according to documents obtained by ProPublica under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The Department of Defense, on the other hand, worked throughout 2018 to minimize the new policy's impact on military families.
As a result, the regulation, which goes into effect in October, applies just as strictly to veterans and their families as it does to the broader public, while active-duty members of the military and reserve forces face a relaxed version of the rule.
The U.S. military conducted its first flight test of a conventional ground-launched cruise missile in a test that would have been banned prior to the recent collapse of a Cold War-era nuclear arms agreement.
The missile was launched on Sunday from a testing site on San Nicolas Island in California. "The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight," the Pentagon explained in an emailed statement, adding that "data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense's development of future intermediate-range capabilities."