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Guess What Special Operations Unit CBS’s New Military TV Show Focuses On?
There’s a new televised military drama coming out this fall, and surprise, surprise, it centers around a bunch of Navy SEALs.
Called Seal Team, the upcoming series from CBS stars David Boreanaz of Bones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, and it follows “the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them,” according to a statement from CBS.
The first look, which dropped in May, hits all the typical pressure points of military life — grueling deployment tempos, marriage and family strain, combat-related stress, etc — doubly true among elite warriors like SEALs… and Army Rangers, Green Berets, MARSOC Marines, Air Force PJs, and whatever other special operators TV executives forget when they’re fixating on SEALs.
The series, similar to History Channel’s SIX, focuses on an elite team within the elite SEALs. But CBS’ SEAL-heavy spec-ops series is different, in that its producers didn’t consult the Department of Defense, Task & Purpose previously reported. It’s one of several military-operator dramas hitting networks this fall that haven’t worked with the Pentagon’s TV team.
But going at it alone doesn’t mean it won’t work out — after all, plenty of books on military bravado and derring-do have been published without official approval, and they’re usually well-received, kinda. Guess we’ll find out when it premieres Sept. 27.
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.