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NFL stars Michael Hoomanawanui and Johnny Hekker recently took a trip far away from the football field. The gridiron duo got the opportunity to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in El Centro, California. Hoomanawanui, a tight end for the New England Patriots, got to live a life-long dream by flying in a military jet. Hekker, a punter for the St. Louis Rams, was challenged by his punting trainer to go up with the Angels. Both men had a great time, as they were literally taken to new heights.
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After the Ukraine protests left scores of people dead, the Russian military invaded the Crimean peninsula in the country. The high tensions have left much of the world uneasy. To understand the "whats" and "whys," here is a brief history of the country and a summarization of the current situation.
Dropping a truck from a plane sounds like a dangerous and expensive endeavor. For a group in New Zealand, they used a parachute to let their truck fly out of what looks like a military jet. The strategy and practice are impressive, considering the truck landed safe and sound on the ground without a problem.
A group of soldiers stationed in Afghanistan had a close encounter with a friendly ordnance in September 2012. In Paktika Province, a U.S. Army mortar team was engaged with the enemy. They called in an U.S. Air Force jet to bomb a Taliban target but the pilots had the wrong coordinates, causing the bomb to almost hit the U.S. infantry post. None of the men on the ground were hurt. The incident has been investigated and everyone involved has been cleared.
We have seen quite a few videos of military men and women returning home and surprising their family, but this one might be the cutest. Hiding in a giant gift wrapped box, Joshua Carr patiently awaits to surprise his daughter, and her reaction is priceless.
Stephen Simmons is an Iraq War veteran who had a tough time getting back to civilian life. Simmons suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and eventually got a service dog, Puppi, to help him readjust. After a while, he adopted a cat, and both of the animals, along with nature, have truly cured Simmons from his issues. He has actually written about a book about the pets, called The Adventures of Puppi & Burma.
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Circa 1960, the US Department of Defense responded to the threat of biological warfare by developing protective masks for the civilian population. After they conducted various tests in the lab, they graduated to using living human test subjects who were volunteered for the study... the children of US Service Men. Take a look at this eerie informational video.
It can be lonely on the battlefield, so sometimes soldiers need some company by way of porn magazines. Since these Marines were set to leave their camp and the new unit did not want the pictorials, the men decided to burn the mags before heading out. This ceremony has all the makings of a Saturday Night Live skit with the reality of a documentary. We applaud the showmanship. RightThisMinute Skyped with Matt Tropiano, a witness to the event, who told us more about the ceremony.
Being an active duty member of the military spending months overseas can be difficult for a young man. There are certain... ahem, needs that young men need to fulfill. When these soldiers learned that they will soon be relieved by another company, they bid farewell to the ladies who made their deployment a little easier. "Farewell, you princesses of the page. You queens of the centerfold."
Eighteen months is a long time to be away from your family and friends, and this airman was ready to see them all when he finally came back home. Rather than show up at the house, he planned two separate surprises to make sure that his return was a special one.
Richard Ryan of Rated RR is renacting a scene from the movie Lone Survivor to have some fun shooting out of a helicopter. This demonstration of a helicopter minigun shows what happens when bullets meet a normal car. The results are a blast!
Take an ex-Navy SEAL and drop him in an unknown location where he has to evade capture by a military or law enforcement team for a certain amount of time, sounds like the making of great TV, right? Well, insert Discovery Channel's new show, "Lone Target" starring the man's man Joel Lambert. Each week Lambert will go up against some of the world's elite tracking teams and must "survive" for 48 hours. Here at RightThisMinute, we had a chance to skype with the "lone target" himself.