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The Top Gun sequel that’s been 32 years in the making is, well, still pretty early in the making, Pentagon officials told Task & Purpose.

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In 1986, Top Gun flew into theaters — and into our hearts. Sure, Tony Scott’s military rom-com opus didn’t wow critics and moviegoers when it first premiered, but it quickly became one of America’s favorite military classics. I mean, Top Gun has everything. Tom Cruise! F-14 Tomcats! Angry, cigar-smoking staff officers! Sweet motorcycles! Volleyball!

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Army veteran Dan Helmer has released a painfully awkward advertisement for his 2018 campaign against Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, jumping on a media highway to the danger zone, politically speaking.

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There is no fake Navy pilot cooler than Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from the 1986 cult classic Top Gun. Well, now you may be able to suit up and finally live out your childhood aviator fantasy, thanks to an online auction. The flight suit worn by actor Tom Cruise in his portrayal of Maverick is going up for bid on Sept. 26, according to Back to the Movies, an English movie news site.

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U.S. Navy photo by Chief Master-at-Arms Tony Guyette

There are always differences between service members’ experiences. You’ve got soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, and coasties; grunts and POGs; officers and enlisted; short-timers and lifers; the list goes on. But there are some things we all have in common, something even deeper than a shared sense of duty, and a love of country — like, way deeper, a rumbling way down, in the colon.

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