The young, hefty, sweat-soaked gun runner slams the accelerator of the dilapidated jalopy and checks the sideview mirror. “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear,” it taunts, also displaying a cohort of Kalashnikov-armed Iraqi insurgents in the not-so-distant distance. Bullets whiz by his face, barely missing their intended targets. His partner is in the passenger seat, and shouts over the fire of AKs: “They’re gettin’ closer, come on man, go!” The truck is on empty, so the old Jordanian smuggler dangles perilously out of the side of the truck as he attempts a refuel. They’re losing speed, and the insurgents are gaining. Everyone panics. All seems lost.
Officer Brandon Cornwell of the Belle Isle, Florida, police department was conducting a traffic stop in a suburb of Orlando on June 12 at 2 a.m. when a call came out on his radio reporting shots fired at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The club was a straight shot from Cornwell’s location — after hitting every green light along the way, he was able to make it to the scene within 38 seconds, he revealed in an interview with the Washington Post.
Every service member in the United States has access to an annually updated list of texts that aims to set the standard for leadership and esprit de service. The reading lists are released by each branch’s Service Chief, which typically include stories of the respective branch’s history, modern leadership methods, and anecdotes of integrity and valor. This year, however, Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, went in a new direction with the release of his 2016 reading list — which has garnered the respect and intrigue of many.
You may not be a big fan of the Transportation Security Administration, but you’ll get a huge kick out of its Instagram. The page — with a cool 445,000 follower base — showcases some of the craziest items TSA agents have discovered inside of passenger luggage.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom
For nearly 150 years, Memorial Day has been a day in which we honor and remember our fallen loved ones, friends, and heroes who died defending our freedoms. At its core, Memorial Day is a somber time — one in which we reflect on the ultimate sacrifices our military men and women have made for our country. Occasionally, however, many forget why we remember on Memorial Day, and see the occasion merely as chance to get brand recognition or to hold a sale — which falls woefully short of its true purpose.