Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Mackey presents the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor citation to Lt. Col. Anthony Roe, a flight commander with the 303d Fighter Squadron, during a ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 2, 2019 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alex Chase)

The A-10 Warthog and its brave pilots solidified their reputation as the infantry's guardian angels earlier this month when two Missouri-based airmen received one of the military's most prestigious medals for their role in saving dozens of grunts, engineers and special forces under heavy fire in Afghanistan.

The Distinguished Flying Cross is rarely awarded, let alone awarded twice on the same day to two members of the same fighter squadron, Lt. Col. Rick Mitchell, commander of the 303rd Fighter Squadron, told more than 200 onlookers at the ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base on Nov. 2.

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Photo via Netflix

Long before Frank Castle swapped his cammies, plate carrier and Kevlar for a set of black body armor emblazoned with a leering white skull and set out to punish the world’s criminals as The Punisher, he was a U.S. Marine. And it looks like Marvel and Netflix plan on giving us a glimpse at Castle’s wartime service.

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U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Donovan Lee

On Aug. 14, 2013 in Herat province, Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Robert T. Van Hook, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, took the fight to the enemy, and he didn’t hold back.

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Photo courtesy of Simon and Schuster

The recently retired OH-58 Kiowa Warrior doesn’t look like much. It’s small, quiet, and, technically, it’s a reconnaissance helicopter. From a distance, it could be confused for a local news chopper or a toy helicopter in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” But to many of those who’ve served on the line in Iraq or Afghanistan over the years, the Kiowa looks like something else: a bad day for the enemy.

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