He's an Oklahoman and an Air Force vet, an actor and martial artist. The intensity of his badassery formed the basis of one of the earliest and most ubiquitous internet memes. He's a fictional member of Delta Force and a Texas Ranger, his beard a source of such virile endurance and strength that it makes Samson's biblical mane look like a bouquet of hobo pubes.
Now, Norris will live forever as the ultimate instrument of righteousness: an M1 Abrams tank.
A soldier's Silver Star — which he originally believed to be "too much recognition" despite receiving it for playing hot potato with a live grenade and saving at least six others — has been upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross.
Troops deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan await the start of the movie 'Avengers: Endgame' on May 1. Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger agreed to send the blockbuster film to air bases in Afghanistan and Qatar after Hurlburt Field military spouse Kat Lancaster asked him via Twitter to make the movie available to those deployed troops. (Area Support Group-Afghanistan via Northwest Florida Daily News)
HURLBURT FIELD — The smiles say it all, shining through the darkness of a movie theater at Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield. Dozens of airmen, shown in an official photo, eagerly await the start of "Avengers: Endgame," the culmination of nearly two dozen massively popular superhero movies in Marvel Studios' "Avengers" franchise.
The smiles, though, came courtesy of another kind of hero — Kat Lancaster, a Hurlburt Field military spouse whose heartfelt Twitter plea prompted the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, parent of Marvel Studios, to get "Avengers: Endgame" to troops in Afghanistan and Qatar within a couple of days of its opening weekend.