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When a shoplifter decided to snag some swag from a Walmart in Plano, Texas, on Dec. 9, he committed a critical intelligence error: The local Marine Corps League was hosting a Toys for Tots donation drive in front of the business.

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There has been quite a lot of noise of late from our collective military and veterans communities regarding IAVA’s Commander in Chief Forum scheduled for Sept. 7.

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Now in its seventh season, NBC’s “Ninja American Warrior” is one of television’s most athletic competitions. The show, which is a spin-off from the Japanese show “Sasuke,” features athletes who try to complete intense obstacle courses built to test the skills of a true ninja: endurance, agility, upper body strength, balance, and coordination.

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During my last week of basic training, several Army Reserve drill sergeants arrived as pinch hitters for our regular instructors, who by that time probably wanted to kill us all in our sleep. These drill sergeants were slightly less tightly wound than our regular noncommissioned officers, and engaged us in small talk as we cleaned our weapons for hours and hours.

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