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This Army JAG Tearing Up ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Will Make You Question Your Life Goals
The pantheon of American Ninja Warrior greats includes former special operators, Ironman athletes, and seriously tough mudders. But after this week’s episode, perhaps there’s some room on that lofty pedestal for a sprightly 27-year-old Army lawyer named Jeri.
Capt. Jeri D’Aurelio, a Dallas native and active-duty soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Staff Judge Advocate office, made an epic, five-obstacle dash at ANW’s harsh finals course in Denver this week — epic enough to qualify her for the national finals in her third straight year competing on the grueling show. Jump to the 28:00 mark in this video to watch the 5’2”, 115-pound hurricane hop through her backyard o-course, somersault over a shaky ANW balance obstacle, study up on her case law, and generally make you ask what the hell you’re doing with your life:
Though her finish was strong enough to place at the top of the city final and move on to nationals, she seemed disappointed to have fallen on the dreaded “rail runner” — the same obstacle that bested her in the qualifying round.
That’s pretty much the sort of modesty you get out of D’Aurelio, an avid snowboarder, rock climber, ice hockey player, mountain biker, and skydiver whose favorite day on post is, well, o-course day:
D’Aulerio will insist that she’s not special. “There are plenty of officers that crush PT in the JAG Corps,” she’s said to her followers on Instagram, adding, “I don't stand out.”
People: Don’t you believe it.
D’Aurelio first competed in American Ninja Warrior in 2015 on the series’ military-themed episode at the USS Iowa museum in San Pedro, California, going down unexpectedly on the third obstacle. (After getting the call to join the show, she’d had only three weeks to prepare for the competition.)
“Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only time I let myself down [in 2015],” she said in a video application for last season’s American Ninja Warrior. That year, the recent law-school grad also took the Texas state bar exam and missed the passing cutoff by 7 points out of 1000 — despite studying up to 12 hours a day to prepare.
Devastating? Perhaps. Debilitating? Not a chance. “All of my greatest successes have begun with a failure,” she said. She passed the bar not long after and became a full Army judge advocate. She also got the nod to compete on ANW again last season, and the next, getting farther every year.
When D’Aurelio moved to Colorado Springs recently for her posting at Fort Carson, she picked a house with a backyard big enough to fit a DIY obstacle course… and like her ambition, the course continues to grow.
But she’s also managed to work on her fitness on the job, mounting out with four other women in her JAG shop to complete the punishing 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March with a 40-something-pound ruck — pausing to say hi to her old JROTC sergeant major:
The soldiers cut a video of their march, shown below (warning: It contains excessive motivation and Katy Perry lip-synching):
Of course, that’s all just a prelude to the next big ANW championship competition. “This Army JAG is about to battle this course,” D’Aulerio says.
As the show’s announcers said, watching her climb, jump, and muscle her way through Denver: “Don’t underestimate her.”
Few things say "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum" like a Navy amphibious assault craft absolutely covered with Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighters ready to bomb an adversary back to the Stone Age.
That's the logic behind the so-called "Lightning Carrier" concept designed to turn those "Gator Navy" amphibs into ad hoc aircraft carriers — and the Corps appears to be moving slowly but surely into turning that concept into a new doctrine for the new era of great power competition.
NTSB releases preliminary report on cause of fatal B-17 plane crash at Bradley International Airport
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report into the fatal crash of a B-17 bomber crash in Connecticut earlier this month.
Shortly after takeoff at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the pilot of the vintage WWII-era plane signaled to air traffic control at Bradley International Airport that he sought to land.
While America's forever wars continue to rage abroad, the streaming wars are starting to heat up at home.
On Monday, the Walt Disney Company announced that its brand new online streaming service, aptly titled Disney+, will launch an all-out assault on eyeballs around the world with an arsenal of your favorite content starting on November 12th. Marvel Cinematic Universe content! Star Wars content! Pixar content! Classic Disney animation content!
While the initial Disney+ content lineup looks like the most overpowered alliance since NATO, there's one addition of particular interest hidden in Disney's massive Twitter announcement, an elite strike force with a unique mission that stands ready to eliminate streaming enemies like Netflix and Hulu no matter where they may hide.
That's right, I'm talking about Operation Dumbo Drop — and no, I am not fucking around.
US officials reportedly considered pulling nuclear weapons out of Turkey, effectively ending the US-Turkey alliance
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
On Monday, The New York Times reported that U.S. officials were considering plans to move the U.S. nuclear arsenal from Inçirlik Air Base in Turkey.
This move would be likely to further deteriorate the tense relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, which has rapidly devolved as Turkey invaded northeastern Syria in assault on the Kurdish forces that fought ISIS alongside the U.S.
Soldiers are smoking a whole lot more weed if they happen to be stationed in or near a state where it's legal, and the Army has definitely noticed.
At nine Army bases in or near marijuana-friendly states, there has been a roughly 18% increase between 2017 and 2018 in positive drug tests for THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive component in cannabis. For comparison, there has been a 5% increase in soldiers testing positive for THC across the entire Army.