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On the front page of Imgur today, there's a great post featuring "the greatest understatements of all time." It's a really fun read, featuring legendary quotes like "Houston, we've had a problem."
But they forgot one. In the middle of the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, Adm. Bill McRaven, commanding the operation from Afghanistan and relaying updates to the president and his team in the White House Situation room, delivered an unforgettable understatement when things looked like they were starting to go wrong.
The moment is chronicled in a report by NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams.
It was the most important military operation in decades, a daring raid to kill the world's most infamous, and most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, and one of the two helicopters had just crashed inside the compound.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that they were all holding their breath. The President said that they were all cognizant of the failed
But as Williams says in his report: "Back inside the Situation Room, listening to Adm. McRaven's play-by-play of the mission, you'd never know something had gone wrong."
All McRaven said to the Situation Room was: "We've amended the mission."
"That room had tremendous confidence, because indeed, the officer commanding this operation, Adm. McRaven, didn't have a change in intonation in his voice," said Tom Donilon, who at the time was the National Security Advisor.
"He is a cool customer," the Obama said of McRaven, laughing.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.