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What Are The Weirdest Reenlistment Ceremonies You've Heard Of?
The Air National Guard has a problem. No, not pilot retention or cockpit safety. This is hotter: A master sergeant reenlisted with a dinosaur puppet on her good swearing hand!
That now-viral video of Master Sgt. Robin Brown reupping with her little friend has caught the ire of the Guard's top officer, Lt. Gen. Scott Rice. "Let me say, I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion," he said of the video on his Facebook page. "This action goes against our very foundation."
Uhhhhhhhh. Maybe; maybe not, general. Even in my very banal, now-ancient service, I saw and heard about some goofy reenlistment ceremonies; I'm willing to bet you have, too, dear reader. So have a gander at our list of weird-ass oath-takings below, and add your own in the comments.
1. The stormtrooper
Isn't he a bit short for a stormtrooper? Somebody tell us the story behind this much-shared video. Looks like it could be the roof deck of Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, but we could really use the Force's help on this one.
2. At gunpoint
"U.S. Army Special Forces soldier reenlisting in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan," allegedly.rebrn.com
I mean, everybody jokes about it. Nobody usually does it. Except, you know, with wedding and engagement photos.
3. In a GameStop
May as well. All your bonus money's gonna go there, anyway.
Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery Laubaugh administers the oath of enlistment to Chief Petty Officer Jared Pringle underwater in Guantanamo Bay, Jan. 14. Pringle is attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamo.U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Matthew Gray
Whether you want to literally take a dive when you take the dive, or you just want to be literally salty, this is always a good option. I can't really believe this is okay and a dinosaur puppet isn't.
5. With cool explosions
U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Tyler, left, re-enlists Staff Sgt. Andrew Petrulis, Explosive Ordnance Division craftsman, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2008.U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse
It makes sense if you're an EOD. But frankly, I've known a couple of combat service support soldiers whose reenlistments should be attended by lots of explosions and shit breaking.
6. In a gas chamber
Embrace the suck. And the CS chemical agent!
At least it makes these things run quickly.
Got more suggestions? Tell us in the comments. Pics/video or it didn't happen!
A Corpsman went to a military hospital for a routine shoulder surgery. 4 days later he was dead, and his parents say the Navy is to blame
Jordan Way was living a waking nightmare.
The 23-year-old sailor laid in bed trembling. At times, his body would shake violently as he sobbed. He had recently undergone a routine shoulder surgery on Dec. 12, 2017, and was hoping to recover.
Instead, Jordan couldn't do much of anything other than think about the pain. Simple tasks like showering, dressing himself, or going to the bathroom alone were out of the question, and the excruciating sensation in his shoulder made lying down to sleep feel like torture.
"Imagine being asleep," he called to tell his mother Suzi at one point, "but you can still feel the pain."
To help, military doctors gave Jordan oxycodone, a powerful semi-synthetic opiate they prescribed to dull the sensation in his shoulder. Navy medical records show that he went on to take more than 80 doses of the drug in the days following the surgery, dutifully following doctor's orders to the letter.
Instinctively, Jordan, a Navy corpsman who by day worked at the Twentynine Palms naval hospital where he was now a patient, knew something was wrong. The drugs seemed to have little effect. His parents advised him to seek outside medical advice, but base doctors insisted the drugs just needed more time to work.
"They've got my back," Jordan had told his parents before the surgery, which happened on a Tuesday. By Saturday, he was dead.
The Navy has paused proceedings that could strip Eddie Gallagher and three other SEALs of their tridents while the service awaits a written order to formally stand down, a senior Navy official told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
Rear Adm. Collin Green, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, was expected to decide on the matter after the SEALs appeared before a review board next month. But Trump tweeted on Thursday that Gallagher was in no danger of losing his trident, a sacred symbol of being part of the SEAL community.
"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," the president tweeted. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday to receive the remains of two American soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week.
Trump, who met with families of the soldiers, was accompanied at the base by first lady Melania Trump, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and national security adviser Robert O'Brien.
Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.
The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.
The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.
An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.
Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.
Read the entire message below:
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.
At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.
Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.
Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.
A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.
Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.
This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.
The Army has identified the two soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday as 33-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, and 25-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr.