Way out in Nevada, the secret base from Independence Day — yes, Area 51 — is hiring a pilot for the only airline that flies direct to the secluded destination. Janet Air — as in “Just Another Non Existent Terminal” — flies a nondescript red-striped fleet of 737s from Las Vegas to various sandy, high-security government outposts where, as in Vegas, what goes on there stays there.
Task & Purpose photo illustration by Matt Battaglia
For 25 years, Donnie Dunagan was a Marine’s Marine. A highly decorated combat veteran who served in Vietnam, Dunagan was promoted 13 times in 21 years and rose from the enlisted ranks before being commissioned as an officer and retiring as a major. He even served as a drill instructor, transforming soft and sappy recruits into hard and mean Marines.