This week's Heroes in Action falls on the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. In case you missed our post sharing stories of Vietnam veterans yesterday, make sure to check it out. We didn't dedicate this entire Heroes in Action military videos post to this Vietnam War anniversary. We did, however, share a longer version with four Marines giving their first-hand account of the fall of Saigon.
You'll also find military videos of a coalition airstrike on ISIS, an Army video of soldiers in pursuit of a Ranger Tab, assault training with Marines, and an awesome look at the F-15E Strike Eagle. But let's start with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.
This WBUR documentary features four Massachusetts Marines detailing the final evacuation of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops and civilians during the fall of Saigon.
The strikes were conducted as part Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. In case you were wondering about the use of Daesh instead of ISIS or ISIL, here's some information to clear that up.
Here a video clip of U.S. Army Soldier 2nd Lt. Guster Cunningham IV during the first phase of Ranger School. This phase, called Ranger Assessment Phase, is designed to determine if Soldiers have the mental and physical strength to make it through the entire 61-day training course. Phase one, or the “crawl phase", puts Soldiers through grueling challenges day and night, testing their fortitude to push beyond what they think are their personal limits. Did you read the news about female soldiers completing week one of Ranger School?
Marines stationed out of Moron Air Base, Spain, traveled to Portugal to utilize a variety of different ranges and training exercises alongside the Portuguese Marines. Here's a military video of U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa and Portuguese Marines, known as the Fuzileiros, executing an assault training exercise near Lisbon, Portugal, April 10, 2015.
What does it take to get the F-15E Strike Eagle from earthbound to airborne? Find out in this U.S. Air Force video. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground missions. An impressive airframe that is key in accomplishing the Air Force's mission. Yet, this aircraft is nothing without the people behind it.
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