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September 11, 2010
The American Anton Corbijn's riveting, arty adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman stars George Clooney as a sharpshooting utility player in the hit-man game. R Going the Distance Winsome Drew Barrymore and winning Justin Long in a raunchily funny story about a couple divided by 3,000 miles and as many other obstacles. R The Tillman Story Pat Tillman gave up a $3.6 million contract with the NFL to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan, reportedly ambushed by the Taliban but actually killed by friendly fire.
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The legislation was largely inspired by a YouTube video. In it, a heavyset man masquerading as a member of the elite Army Rangers was seen shopping at the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne last fall when he was called out by an Afghanistan veteran. The impostor wore a Combat Infantryman Badge with two stars, indicating the unlikely feat - for his age - of having served in three wars. He also displayed a U.S. flag patch on the wrong part of the sleeve. And his answers to questions seemed confused.
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June 18, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces. Details of the plans were obtained by the Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando, and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
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June 19, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Declaring "the days of Rambo are over," a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military's special operations units. Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, director of force management for U.S. Special Operations Command, said that having seen women working alongside commando teams in Afghanistan, he is less concerned about their physical strength than the social issues that could arise.
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October 22, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali flew to Baidoa, Somalia, today but U.N. military officials urged him not to stop in the troubled capital Mogadishu, military sources said. They said there was high risk that a visit by Boutros-Ghali would spark violence in the Somali capital but said they did not know whether he would take the military's advice. The U.N. chief's last visit to Mogadishu, in January, collapsed when stone- throwing crowds mobbed him and called for him to go home.
NEWS
June 30, 2006 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Amid growing concern about political instability in Somalia, Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R., N.J.) yesterday blamed failed American policy there for the rise of Islamic forces with suspected ties to al-Qaeda. Smith said policy failures spanned both the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President Bush and largely resulted from the loss of 18 Army Rangers in a street battle with Somali warlords in Mogadishu in 1993. U.S. forces, which had been on a peace-keeping mission there, withdrew several months after the battle.
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July 4, 2011 | By Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A homemade wind chime with the word Whining under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn't join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he's grateful he found his calling. Mellinger was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he's the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
THE SO-CALLED hostile behavior of France, Russia, China, Germany, Turkey and the rest of the world to President Bush's effort to overthrow Saddam Hussein has a lesson in it. The French did not support this nation in Vietnam and told us that we couldn't win. Washington didn't listen to them - and we lost 50,000 killed and 300,000 wounded and billions of dollars for nothing. Only a fool would make the same mistake again after seeing Iran lose 250,000 killed and 1.3 million wounded fighting Iraq.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Pat Tillman Jr., the charismatic defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, startled his franchise and his family when in 2002 he announced that he was turning down a $3.6 million NFL contract in order to join the Army Rangers for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his brother Kevin were in the same platoon. In April 2004 news broke that Cpl. Tillman had died in an ambush by 20 Taliban fighters. Early reports were that he had risked his life so others could live. Posthumously, he was awarded the Silver Star.
SPORTS
May 25, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
There won't be any fancy logos on Pat Tillman's new helmet. The Arizona Cardinals safety made a stunning revelation Thursday - he is putting his four-year NFL career on hold to join the Army, a move spurred by the military's age limit on candidates for the elite Rangers program. The 25-year-old defensive back has an unlisted number, and could not be reached for comment yesterday. But he broke the news to the Cardinals the day before and convinced them he was serious. "It's very personal, and I honor that," coach Dave McGinnis said.
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April 28, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The legislation was largely inspired by a YouTube video. In it, a heavyset man masquerading as a member of the elite Army Rangers was seen shopping at the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne last fall when he was called out by an Afghanistan veteran. The impostor wore a Combat Infantryman Badge with two stars, indicating the unlikely feat - for his age - of having served in three wars. He also displayed a U.S. flag patch on the wrong part of the sleeve. And his answers to questions seemed confused.
SPORTS
May 7, 2014
The Eagles signed Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, giving the 6-foot-9, 277-pound defensive lineman his first chance to play football since he was commissioned on May 22, 2010. Villanueva spent the past four years in the Army and served three tours in Afghanistan. He last played football for Army in 2009 and tried out for the Bengals in 2010. The Eagles scouted Villanueva, 25, at the super regional combine in Detroit in April. He will be with the team for the rookie minicamp from May 16-18.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Declaring "the days of Rambo are over," a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military's special operations units. Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, director of force management for U.S. Special Operations Command, said that having seen women working alongside commando teams in Afghanistan, he is less concerned about their physical strength than the social issues that could arise.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces. Details of the plans were obtained by the Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando, and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
NEWS
August 21, 2011 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
They came by the hundreds Friday, walking past American flags decorating homes near Pitman High School, then along flag-festooned sidewalks leading to the auditorium - and a hometown hero. In the foyer, mourners gazed at scores of photos on easels and televisions, all showing a handsome boy, athletic teenager, and proud U.S. Army Ranger. Inside the auditorium, they faced the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Alessandro "Sandrino" Plutino, who was eulogized by comrades and relatives as a selfless patriot, devoted family member, friend, and fiance.
NEWS
August 9, 2011 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Army Ranger Alessandro "Sandrino" Plutino called his family from Afghanistan on Sunday to put fears to rest. He knew they'd be worrying about him after 30 U.S. service members were killed Saturday in a helicopter crash in the country's Wardak province. Plutino assured them that he was fine. Even better, he had learned he'd be coming home to Pitman in 15 days. He couldn't wait to see his mother, Dianne; father, Sandro; sister, Brenna, and fiancée, Natalie Layton. That all changed early Monday.
NEWS
July 4, 2011 | By Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A homemade wind chime with the word Whining under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn't join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he's grateful he found his calling. Mellinger was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he's the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.
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