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76 years ago, the Allies launched the largest airborne attack ever. Here’s how it all went wrong | Task & Purpose

During World War II, a mission coded as Operation Market Garden was the largest airborne attack in history. This was led by Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery and was undertaken by First Allied Airborne Army with the land operation by XXX Corps of the British Second Army. Their main objective is to secure the bridges in the German territory and to allow a rapid advance by armored ground units to consolidate. But controversial decisions and unfavorable ... Read More »

There won’t be a clear end to the pandemic | The Atlantic

The pandemic has put a hold on many of our personal, travel, or business plans. People look forward to the announcement of a vaccine as the key to start going back to the way it used to be. The post-pandemic period we are longing for will likely be a slow fade into the new normal. As written by Sarah Zhang, “it certainly will not immediately return life to normal;” the availability of ... Read More »

When to stop working from home? How about never, workers say | Bloomberg

Some companies are requiring their employees to go back to the office, but this has become a topic of discussion because workers are being accustomed to the setup of working at home. Surveys have shown that most workers found a positive view from work-from-home and they would only like to have a mix of going to the office at least twice a week. Nearly two-thirds of workers say they are more productive working in this kind of setup, even ... Read More »

‘Steely eyed killers’ no more: What will the Corps’ culture look like under a new force design? | Marine Corps Times

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger proposed a new force design that made retired Marine experts worry that the aggressive warrior ethos of the Corps has been put at risk. The force design plan has led to the Corps eliminating tanks, along with a restructure of Marine Corps infantry to make it smaller, lighter, and more mobile. Mark Cancian, a ... Read More »

The twisted horror of the American South | BBC Culture

Netflix’s film Devil All The Time is the fourth feature film from director Antonio Campos. It depicts the provocative Southern Gothic novel by Donald Ray Pollock where the scene spans between World War II and the Vietnam war. The Devil All The Time renders a seductive and horrific landscape that pits the just against the themes of evil and abuse ... Read More »

Navy SEAL rates 10 naval special warfare scenes in movies and TV | Insider

Remi Adeleke is a former Navy SEAL and the author of “Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds.”. He rated 10 scenes in movies and TV based on its accuracy from his military experience. His top pick is the “Lone Survivor” (2013) where he rated it ... Read More »

Pentagon awards money for Joint Base Charleston’s high-altitude parachute mission | Post & Courier

Joint Base Charleston will be awarded a $3.8 million grant for infrastructure dedicated to “High Altitude Airdrop Mission Support” by September 2021. It will be constructed on Charleston’s Air Force Base, according to the Department of Defense.  This will train covert airmen to skydive from 20,000 feet. Technicians are trained to provide in-flight operational and physiological support to aircrew, ground personnel, and Special Ops forces completing jumps which were initially conducted in ... Read More »

Futuristic V-280 not advanced enough to replace the Osprey: AFSOC Commander | Military.com

Army’s Future Vertical Lift is looking into two aircraft as part of their modernization for Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). The aircraft is the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 coaxial-rotor Defiant helicopter prototype and Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor helicopter prototype. However, AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. James Slife said the Valor is not advanced enough to replace the CV-22, the Air Force special operations variant of the V-22 tiltrotor transport aircraft. He mentioned that AFSOC is looking ... Read More »

The oldest living US Marine celebrates her 107th birthday | Task & Purpose

Dorothy Schmidt Cole celebrates her 107th birthday and is now remembered as the oldest living U.S. Marine. When Cole was 29, she enlisted in July 1943 where she underwent six weeks of basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 1st Battalion, Marine Corps Women’s Reserves, according to the Independent Tribune. Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/mandatory-fun/oldest-living-marine-dorothy-cole?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2009.21.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Read More »

75th Ranger Regiment conducts Ranger retreats | Shadow Spear

The Unit Ministry Teams of the 75th Ranger Regiment is out for a mission to help soldiers reduce the pressure created by the global pandemic environment. Abiding by COVID-19 protocols, the UMTs partnered with Ranger medical health professionals and social distancing Rangers to conduct an overnight ranger retreat. “Just the chance to get away from the barracks and spend time with friends, to think about what I want my life ... Read More »