(Atlanta, GA) – Roadside Attractions held an exclusive red carpet screening of the Atlanta-helmed film, The Last Full Measure at Scad on 14th Street. The movie, which opens in select theaters on Friday, January 24th stars Samuel L. Jackson as Veteran Takoda and Sebastian Stan as Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman.
‘The Last Full Measure’ tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen medic who personally saved over 60 men. During a rescue mission on April 11th, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war.
Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon Staffer Scott Huffman, on a career fast-track is tasked with investigation a congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and partner on the mission and his parents.
Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valor. But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high level conspiracy behind the decades long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to see justice for the fallen airman.
The movie was shot in Atlanta and serves as the last project for actor, director and screenwriter Peter Fonda.
(Washington, DC-AP) — House lawmakers are rejecting the Pentagon’s new policy on transgender troops. The Democrat-controlled body voted 243-183 Tuesday to block funding to enact the policy, which critics argue is discriminatory.
President Trump says banning transgender troops will improve military readiness and unit cohesion, but as Maryland Democrat Anthony Brown noted, those were the same arguments used to keep the military racially segregated.
The policy requires soldiers with gender dysphoria to serve as their biological sex and bans people with a history of dysphoria from joining unless they have been stable in their gender for 36 months.
(Washington, DC) — The Pentagon is reportedly planning to send 15-hundred additional troops to the Middle East. The move is seen as a response to growing tensions with Iran.
The U.S. has long-accused Iran of being a leading state sponsor of terrorism and of causing trouble in the volatile Middle East.
President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the multi-nation Iran nuclear accord last year.
(Pyongyang-AP) — North Korean state media says the country’s military has tested a new “tactical guided weapon.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly supervised what he called an event of “very weighty significance.”
The country’s state media says the new weapon system will boost the defense capabilities of the North Korean military. There’s no word on the exact type of weapon that was tested.
(AP) – The U.S. military pullout from Syria has started. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq said today that the withdrawal of troops and equipment is now underway. However, Colonel Sean Ryan did not give any specific details about troop movements and timing.
This comes just days after White House national security adviser John Bolton seemed to contradict President Trump’s order last month for two-thousand U.S. troops to leave Syria. Bolton said this week that the withdrawal wouldn’t be immediate and wouldn’t happen until ISIS is completely defeated. Bolton said it also would require Turkey’s pledge not to attack America’s Kurdish allies in Syria.
(Washington, DC-AP) – A decorated Special Forces soldier is being charged with trying to smuggle almost 90 lbs of Cocaine from Colombia to Florida. Defense officials say Army Master Sergeant Daniel Gould was arrested after the DEA found the drugs in two backpacks on a military plane.
Gould was apparently on vacation in Cali, Colombia the week before the bust and was already back in the U.S. when the drugs were put on the plane. Officials are trying to determine if the proxy Gould used to load the bags on the plane is complicit or not.
An Army spokesman says they are fully cooperating with law enforcement.
(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal if it can protect its interests. The deal, originally made between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers, offered sanctions relief in exchange for checks on Iran’s nuclear program.
President Trump pulled out of the deal this month, after months of calling it broken.
Rouhani said that Tehran will stay in if the remaining five nations, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K., stick to the agreement.
(SL) – Defense officials are saying two Russian long-range bombers were intercepted by U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets in international airspace off the coast of Alaska. NORAD says the Russian planes flew yesterday into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which reaches approximately 200 miles off Alaska’s western coast.
A NORAD spokesman says the Russian aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until they left the identification zone along the Aleutian Islands. The bombers never entered U.S. airspace.
(SL) – The U.S. is “locked and loaded” if Syria chooses to use chemical weapons again. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered the promise from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The council met today over the joint airstrikes launched against targets in Syria last night. Haley insisted that the strikes were a justified and proportionate reaction to a chemical weapons attack attributed to Syria’s government. She also accused Russia of aiding and abetting the Syria regime, enabling it to use chemical weapons with impunity.
Russia’s ambassador blasted the U.S. and its allies for what he called a complete disregard for international law. He raised doubts on whether the reported chemical weapons attack that prompted the airstrikes actually took place. He added that the U.S. is pandering to terrorists who have kept Syria in the grip of chaos for years.