Obama to award Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL for daring rescue

The White House provided few details about the secretive mission and Byers’s role in it, other than to praise his “courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan.” 

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Byers joined the Navy in 1998 and has completed seven overseas combat tours. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal five times, the Purple Heart twice and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers will receive the nation’s highest military honor in a White House ceremony on Feb. 29. He is the eleventh living service member to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan. 

Byers, a member of the elite SEAL Team Six, participated in a special forces operation that led to the rescue of an American doctor, Dr. Dilip Joseph, who had been kidnapped by the Taliban for ransom, according to USA Today.


This Army vet directed an Oscar-nominated short film based on his war experience

*Above is the trailer to his short film.

Hank Hughes is the first Post-9/11 veteran to be nominated for an Oscar.

Hughes sat down with WATM’s Blake Stilwell and discussed the inspiration behind the film and what he hopes to achieve with it.

‘Day One’ is inspired by a Hughes’ experiences in Afghanistan. The film depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a U.S. Army unit on patrol. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.


UPDATED–Watch: That one time the US detonated a nuke right over a bunch of soldiers

Ground Zero, population: 5

UPDATED February 28, 2016

A Postscript: What Happened To The Guys In The Bomb Video?

Read about all 29 nuclear tests done in 1957 here

It was a clear beautiful day in the desert outside of Las Vegas on July 19, 1957 when the Air Force detonated a nuclear bomb over the heads of five soldiers as the cameras rolled.

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Word of the Day: 28 February 2016



A term used to describe soldiers in Iraq that rarely if ever leave the relative safety of the Forward Operating Base (FOB). This is a perjoritive term used by soldiers that spend a lot of time outside the wire being shot at and dodging road-side bombs, for those soldiers that live a safer and more comfortable life.


The damn fobbits all seem to be getting the new armor before we do, and they don’t even need it.

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Image of the Day: 28 February 2016

The escort carrier Thetis Bay (CVE 90) pictured underway transporting PBY Catalinas and other aircraft in need of repair to Alameda,CA. July 8,1944  (U.S. Navy photo)