In a Galaxy — err, I mean, on a military base far, far away, soldiers are standing in solidarity with galactic freedom fighters.

Sitting at the top of an Army press release from March 2019, regarding the East Africa Response Force's deployment to Gabon, the photo seems, at first glance, just like any other: Soldiers on the move.

But if you look closer at the top right, you'll find something spectacular: A Rebel Alliance flag.

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Some 10,000 deployed service members will be getting an early screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

So, here's to hoping there are no blue falcons out there to ruin it for everyone else.

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I watch a lot of television, movies, trailers, and trailer breakdowns for work, but here's the thing: I can't tell you or anyone else what makes a genuinely good military movie or show, especially if I haven't seen it yet. And I wouldn't call myself a "critic" in the classic sense. Then again what do they know; they said The Hurt Locker was a masterpiece.

What I do know, is that I get excited about stories that make an honest effort to achieve some measure of authenticity, whether it's a full blown dramatic reenactment of some major conflict, or seeing characters interact (even briefly) in a way you recognize, because you've had those conversations on base, overseas, or while you were drunk at one in the morning in the barracks.

At their best, military movies and shows focus on a character's service as more than a lazy plot device to explain why they're good with guns, have a high and tight, or shout out bits of military lingo at random moments; at their very worst, they may trot out the broken vet trope to add a little drama. And of course, there's the laziest of them where everyone's an operator — even lawyers, apparently.

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More than half a million people say they plan on storming the gates of Area 51 in September — and the Air Force is not impressed.

In response to the massively popular viral (and explicitly unserious) Facebook event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," the Air Force has issued an official warning to please, for the love of God, don't storm Area 51.

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan nearly ripped a hole in the Space-Time Continuum on Thursday when he told reporters that the nominees to lead the Space Force would be announced soon.

"Travelling in Florida Thursday, Shanahan said that he already has nominees in mind for the top spots of the Space Force," as first reported by Aaron Mehta of Defense News.

Well, there are a couple of problems with that: First and foremost is that the service does not exist. (To be clear, the word "exist" applies to things that are real in the literal sense as opposed to goals, dreams, aspirations, and success in Afghanistan.)

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Moments before the start of the Battle of Yavin.

Matt Cavanaugh was caught in a holding pattern, as it goes for American military personnel leaving a place like South Korea. He had spent most of 2015 and some of 2016 away from his wife and two young daughters, and he had to wait a few more days before finally returning home to Manitou Springs.

"You're just in a crummy hotel room doing nothing," he says.

So the time was perfect to delve into a new project that had come to mind over the past year: a book comparing modern war with "Star Wars."

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