It’s Super Bowl Sunday in America. Millions of Americans will gather in homes or at sports bars across the country to watch the big game.
But the dialogue about the Super Bowl never focuses solely on the game. It’s also about the commercials, a chance for the nation’s top brands to speak to a massive audience.
And, as is often the case, Budweiser has come through with an incredible ad, where they gave a hero’s welcome to U.S. Army 1st Lt. Chuck Nadd, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot just returned from Afghanistan.
“Every Soldier deserves a hero’s welcome,” the ad says.
I don’t believe every veteran is a hero, I’m certainly not one. But the ad seeks to help bridge the huge divide between a nation and the more than 2 million men and women who have fought on behalf of that nation for the last 12 years. And that’s pretty important.
Most striking to me is that the scene depicted in the commercial, of the service member returning home from war, meeting a loved one in the airport or at the base, has happened 2.4 million times in the last 12 years.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.