“Shut the FRONT door!” I don’t know what’s the best part about this already-viral video: the fact that at only 100 pounds and just five feet tall, former D-1 gymnast Kacy Catanzaro makes the American Ninja Warrior final obstacle course look like a joke, or that the two announcers may have stolen the show with their Dodgeball-esque comments and jokes. Regardless, if you haven’t seen this video, it is well worth the seven minute run time. More comments on just how freaking hard some of these obstacles that she demolished below!
If you’re soul is searching for some much needed Monday morning motivation before you have to face Lumbergh – or maybe the company 1stSgt -, then look no further than the epicness that is the UH-1Y Huey aerial arsenal. Firing up to 6,000 rounds per minute, the Huey’s minigun literally lights up the sky at night with rounds pouring down so quickly it looks like spiraling lasers, and the rocket system? That’s not too shabby either. They are even more motivating when you watch them in slow-motion; enjoy the video and hit the link below for more commentary!
Although JDAM officially stands for joint direct attack munition, in the Marine Corps and Army it means something much simple to those of us who are on the ground: a ginormous morale boost. Or as one excellent YouTube user so eloquently put it: “2,000 lbs of DEMOCRACY.” I promised SQ Nation more airstrike videos just a few days ago, and I am a man of my word. Airstrikes don’t get much bigger than this, ladies and gents. More after the jump!
Did you see the Taliban in this pretty intense helmet cam combat video? No? Yeah, that’s how they prefer to operate – I would wager the Recon Marines that were ambushed as they crossed that danger area didn’t see them either. Whether it’s by firing through murder holes in the iron-strength mud walls, or initiating an ambush just at the right time when the sun is setting behind them (you know, so when you turn towards the ambush it’s nothing but blinding sun and 7.62 coming at you), that’s their gameplan: quick ambush, move and attempt a quick flank/envelop, and then get the hell out of Dodge as soon as American air power gets on station. Don’t miss the video – as always more after the jump!
With the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) behind us, and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) all but over as we approach the 2014 deadline, Marines today will get more opportunities to do some really cool deployments, whether it’s more MEU’s or more chances to jump on deployments to Australia or what you’ll see in the video above – the Black Sea Rotational Force which features infantry battalions from 8th Marine Regiment. While I never got to do a MEU out of 3d Marine Regiment, I did get a chance to deploy to Afghanistan during the surge, but seriously considered sticking around to be a part of the Corps’ first rotational deployment to Australia. Heading the other direction to the Black Sea to work and train with the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian militaries would also have been cool, and with the Ukraine/Russia conflict getting hotter by the day, the training relevance there is growing exponentially. Whether you’re an active duty Marine, a part-timer, a former Marine like myself, or just a civilian who likes to watch things blow up, this video will surely get you motivated. Enjoy the video of 3/8 kicking ass in Eastern Europe, and as always hit the link below for more!