Two weeks ago, more than 30,000 troops from across NATO convened in Poland to execute the largest joint military exercise since the end of the Cold War. Called Anakonda 2016, the war games involved American soldiers, including many from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and were intended to demonstrate NATO’s military capabilities on the European continent as a unified response to recent Russian aggression. The exercise concluded on June 17.
In addition to extensive land operations, Anakonda 16 involved airborne missions that dropped thousands of soldiers over Poland. According to the Aviationist, during one of those missions, a Polish trooper’s parachute failed to open, forcing him to deploy his reserve only a few hundred feet above the ground. It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario for anyone who’s ever jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. Fortunately, everything appears to have turned out alright.
President Donald Trump hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday with a letter saying he was "sorry to inform" her that her trip to Brussels, Belgium and Afghanistan would be canceled due to the government shutdown, just one day after Pelosi proposed cancelling the State of the Union address for similar reasons.
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.