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AIR SHOW HONORS VIETNAM SERVICE Country’s largest runs Sept. 22 – 24 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the largest military air show in the nation. This year’s air show is scheduled from Sept. 22 — 24. The theme for the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans.� The Air Show is not only an open door to the local community, but it also provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by Vietnam veterans. Their service was largely underappreciated during a time when support for the military was not as prevalent as it is now. Nevertheless, these brave men and women demonstrated their character and values by donning the uniform and serving the Nation they love. The Vietnam War was costly for the U.S. Marine Corps. From 1965 to 1975, nearly 500,000 Marines served in Southeast


Asia. Of these, more than 13,000 were killed and 88,000 wounded, nearly a third of all American causalities sustained during the war. The U.S. Marine Corps provided ground, air, supply, and logistic support in the Vietnam War for over two decades as part of III Marine Amphibious Force. Initially in Vietnam as advisors, the Marine force grew with the need to protect the key airbase at Da Nang. After the Gulf of Tonkin incident, more troops arrived and the Marines began to engage in the counterinsurgency effort with small-scale pacification units. Combined Action Platoons — comprised of U.S. Marines and Vietnamese soldiers — were a novel concept that the Marines introduced. Marine rifle squads went to rural communities with platoons of Vietnamese Popular Forces, proving to be one of the most effective



counterinsurgency tools developed during the conflict. By 1966, there were nearly 70,000 Marines in Vietnam carrying out large scale ground operations against the Viet Cong. In addition to ground combat, the Marines Corps provided air support from helicopter squadrons and fixed-wing aircrafts striking targets in South and North Vietnam. In 1967, the Army leadership in Saigon advocated that the Marines concentrate their efforts on large unit search and destroy operations. The Marines’ mission was split, with fighting against the North Vietnamese Army along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) toward the north, and a counterinsurgency operation waged against the Viet Cong in the villages in the south. In the north, the Marines engaged in heavy fighting between Khe Sanh in the West and Leatherneck Square in the Eastern DMZ. They also began to create the McNamara line, a series of strong points, AIR SHOW, continued on Page 14

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Simmons to release 150 KISS songs

‘IT’ ISN’T CLOWNING AROUND Kids’ perspective focus of 2017 telling By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress


n theaters from director Andy Muschietti, horror novelist Stephen King and New Line Cinema comes a circus of another kind headed by “It.� In the Maine town of Derry, it becomes clear that kids have become the target for disappearances. Know one Military Press storage 1-4 pg horiz_02-16.pdf knows that better thanwest Bill (Jaeden Li-

eberher) when his little brother Georgie is taken — but by whom or what? Supported by friends that include the wisecracking Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff ) and Eddie (Jack Grazer), he makes it day by day. Adding to the group, calling themselves the Losers Club, is Ben (Jeremy Taylor) who becomes part of the group when a band of town bullies marks him, Beverly (Sophia Lillis) who is living her own hell at home and Mike (Chosen Jacobs). School is out in the summer of 1989, and Ben has been spending his time in the library learning about Derry and the disappearances. Sharing his information 1 with 2/12/2016 Bill11:00:10 whoAMrenews his sense of find-

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ing Georgie, they all agree to help even if somewhat reluctantly. It also becomes clear that each of them has seen the clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) and are terrified. When Pennywise takes one of their own, the rest know where he can be found and make it their mission stop the demonic clown. Friendships can make you brave! Lieberher as Bill is a strong young man in the face of the hardest thing that can happen to a family. Yet he still holds out hope to find his brother and be a family once again. Lieberher’s character has the ‘IT’, continued on Page 10

NEW YORK — Gene Simmons is digging into his archives for a one-of-akind fan experience. The eccentric KISS frontman is commemorating his 50-year career in music with “Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience,� a limited-edition box set featuring band memorabilia and 150 neverbefore-released tracks. The limited-edition, 38-pound vault includes 10 CDs, a non-makeup Simmons action figure, a gold medallion reading “In Gene We Trust,� a book of never-before-seen images, and a hand-picked item from his personal collection. “We all go through our lives doing whatever it is you’re doing,� Simmons says over coffee at Manhattan’s The London hotel. “Whether you think of it as a journey or a race, as you get closer to the finish line, Gene Simmons that’s when you turn on the heat. I’m 68 now — I’m not going to live forever. So I thought now is the best time if it ever is going to come out.� None of the music included in “The Vault Experience,� which can be preordered at, will be released digitally. Songs include original demos and studio recordings, some of which, “stylistically, (are) all over the place, which is why (they) didn’t end up on KISS records,� Simmons explains. There are also a slew of collaborations, including demos of three tracks with Van Halen and a recording with Bob Dylan. One of the most personal is “My Uncle Is a Raft,� the first song Simmons ever wrote and recorded as a teenager. The tune is about his uncle, George, who became a father figure for him when he and his mom moved to the United States from Israel. “I must’ve written over a hundred really horrible songs,� Simmons says. “My first one (went), ‘My uncle is a raft and he always keeps me floating. He is so good to me.’ I didn’t have the gift of gab — I wasn’t born in America — so my lyrics were bizarre.� The set goes for $2,000 and will be hand-delivered to buyers by Simmons starting Dec. 31. Additional packages run $25,000 and $50,000, and include a “Vault� exKISS, continued on Page 13

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SPEC OPS HEADED TO THE SMALL SCREEN A look at 3 militarythemed dramas on network TV this fall

A retired Navy SEAL distilled a basic problem with telling special operators’ war stories on TV into a single sentence. “If you’re doing tactics properly, the camera’s not going to be able to see you,â€? said Mikal Vega, technical adviser to NBC’s “The Braveâ€? — one of three hourlong spec ops shows that will debut on network television this fall. Also heading into living rooms: CBS’s “SEAL Teamâ€? and The CW’s “Valor.â€? Producers of all three shows outlined their different paths to the same destination: Tell dramatic stories about elite warriors while portraying their service, and their home lives, as accurately and free of Hollywood clichĂŠ as possible. “If it feels like completely fantasy, it’s not paying tribute to the people who live this in real life,â€? said Kyle Jarrow, writer and executive producer on “Valor.â€? That means bringing in advisers like Vega, who pulls from his SEAL background as well as his own burgeoning

Three networks are running shows this fall about special forces units, “The Brave� on NBC, “SEAL Team� on CBS and “Valor� on The CW.

career as an actor and producer in Hollywood. All three shows employ veterans at multiple levels, both within and outside of the spec ops fields. (One name may stand out among the group: Matt Bissonnette, the former SEAL whose firsthand account of the Osama bin Laden raid in his memoir, “No Easy Day,� is one of several advisers for “SEAL Team.� The show even includes a subplot about a

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former operator whose book could make life tougher for his son, an aspiring SEAL. C. Thomas Howell will play the author; executive producer Christopher Chulack said any relation to Bissonnette’s specific case “wasn’t calculated.�) Advisers work to ensure the final product is free of mismatched insignia, improper firearm techniques or unlikely word choices. But producers and staff

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from all three shows made it clear that story comes first. “There are some times where we can’t kind of do it the way it’s done [in the field] because it goes by so quickly,� Chulack said. “It goes by so fast you can’t photograph it. It’s a fine line.� Dean Georgaris, executive producer of SPEC OPS, continued on Page 16

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BILLBOARD PROTESTS CHARGERS’ MOVE TO L.A. Fan raises thousands to heckle Spanos, Goodell

Returning to the Los Angeles area after 55 years in San Diego, the Chargers will play their home opener this Sunday at a temporary stadium where fans can see a billboard slamming the team and league’s lack of “loyalty.� “No Freaking Loyalty,� reads the electronic billboard positioned near the Chargers’ temporary new home, with the first letter of each word in glowing red so as to spell out “NFL.� Pictured to the left of the text is a picture NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The billboard is the brainchild of Chargers fan Joseph Macrae, who raised over $10,000 for the project with a GoFundMe campaign aimed at holding the NFL and team owners accountable for relocating franchises away from longtime supporters. It can be seen on the corner of Main Street and southbound Interstate 405, near the StubHub Center, according to Fox 5 San Diego. “Have you been an NFL fan your whole life only to have your team suddenly taken away from your city?� reads Macrae’s GoFundMe page. “You may have been the most loyal and dedicated supporter but it didn’t matter in the end. Have you ever wanted to tell the NFL how you actually feel? This is your chance.� Macrae didn’t exclusively target Chargers supporters for donations. Disgruntled fans of the Oakland Raiders, who will move to Las Vegas next season, and the Rams, who returned to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2016, were

Chargers fan Joseph Macrae claims he has more billboards planned for Route 405, near the team’s new temporary stadium, with a “big surprise on game day� still to come.

also invited to contribute to Macrae’s cause. All three franchises decided to re-locate to new markets after failing to secure public funding for new stadiums. Oddly enough, the Rams left Los Angeles in 1995 when St. Louis offered the team a new domed stadium. The Chargers will play at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California before moving into a new stadium in Los Angeles in 2020. Macrae specifically took aim at Chargers owner Dean Spanos, who’s been criticized heavily since moving the franchise to Los Angeles after a 2016 bond measure failed to deliver funding for a new stadium in San Diego. “My plan is to rent a few billboards in LA that will be anti-NFL and anti-Dean Spanos,� Macrae explained on his GoFundMe page. “All of this just in time for the first ever ‘LA Chargers’ home opener vs the Miami Dolphins on September 17th, 2017.�

The Chargers are about to embark on a three-game home stand and Macrae claimed there will be two additional billboards, which may continue to target Goodell. “I can’t get into too much detail about where and what the billboards will say,� Macrae wrote. “But I definitely plan on putting ‘#Oakland and #STL’ on the antiNFL billboard for the fans in Oakland and St. Louis. Roger Goodell keeps talking about how ‘painful’ relocation is for the NFL. The NFL doesn’t care about us at all. Roger Goodell makes 34 million dollars a year and could care less about the people in San Diego, Oakland or St. Louis.� Most of the donations have been around $5, but a half dozen have actually been over $200. Macrae boasted on Twitter that he’ll have a “big surprise on game day.� The Chargers host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, which will be the first of three consecutive home games.


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A Danica Patrick return would be great for IndyCar Series By Jim Ayello IndyStar

INDIANAPOLIS — Before we begin debating her talent, potential landing spots or, most importantly, whether she’d ever consider it, let’s first acknowledge the obvious: A Danica Patrick return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, while unlikely, would be great for the series. Not good. Great. Despite a challenging 2017 NASCAR campaign, Patrick, who announced Tuesday that she will not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018, is still one of the most recognizable names in motor sports, and she is undeniably one of the most polarizing athletes in the country. She also now appears to be a free agent, and IndyCar would be wise to explore a reunion. Warranted or not, debates surrounding her place on the track take place every week — in the stands, at bars and on social media. She is discussed more than most any other driver not named Dale Earnhardt Jr. That means it does not matter whether you believe she is a talented driver or has been given more opportunities than she deserves. All you need to know is that be-

cause of her ability to drive debate, her return to IndyCar would be invigorating to a series that records weekly Nielsen TV ratings around 1.0 — the Indianapolis 500 notwithstanding. Week in and week out, thousands more fans would tune in to watch “The Return� in order to, A) Root her on in proving her doubters wrong; or B) Cheer against her


and proudly say, “I told you so,� if she fails. Either way, it’s a win for the series, which could use one right now as it negotiates new TV and title sponsorship deals. For at least a year, ratings would soar and IndyCar gets what it’s been saying it wants all along: A chance to show as many people as possible why it’s the world’s most competitive racing circuit.

Worst case scenario, Patrick is not competitive, and the boost is short-lived. After seven full seasons in IndyCar and five full seasons in NASCAR, it’s fair to say her star has faded some, and she might not be able to hold interest for long if she’s running in the back — as she has this season. But if she’s competitive when she returns, watch out. Ratings can soar when Patrick runs well. When she won the pole at Daytona in 2013, the 9.9 Nielsen rating was the highest it had been since 2008 and higher than it’s been since. When she qualified on the second row for the 2008 Indy 500, four years into her IndyCar career, the 4.6 was better than it’s been in the nine years since — including for the 100th running (3.9) and for Fernando Alonsomania (3.4). A fast Patrick still brings attention to the track, and if there’s a way IndyCar can lure her back, the people in charge should do what they can to make it happen. So will it happen? Probably not. In an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2016, Patrick said, “I don’t ever see myself just racing IndyCar anymore� before adding that she’s unlikely to ever run the 500 again. PATRICK, continued on Page 13

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Camp Pendleton marks 75 years


f all the Marine Corps bases throughout the world, Camp Pendleton has one of the most intriguing pasts, filled with historical charm and vibrancy. Spanish explorers, colorful politicians, herds of thundering cattle, skillful vaqueros and tough Marines have all contributed to the history of this land. Sept. 25 marks the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the camp by President Franklin Roosevelt as a Marine Corps installation. What started as a Spanish missionary installation is now one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the world — and a much-needed break between the urban expanse of San Diego and Orange counties. In 1769, a Spaniard by the name of Capt. Gaspar de Portola led an expeditionary force northward from lower California, seeking to establish Franciscan missions throughout California. On July 20 of that same year, the expedition arrived at a location now known as Camp Pendleton, and as it was the holy day St. Margaret, they baptized the land in the name of Santa Margarita. During the next 30 years, 21 missions were established, the most productive one being Mission San Luis Rey, just south of the present-day Camp Pendleton. At that time, San Luis Rey Mission had control over the Santa Margarita area. In 1821, following Mexico’s independence from Spain, the Californios became the new ruling class of California, and many were the first generation descendants of the Portola expedition. The Mexican governor was awarding land grants and ranchos to prominent businessmen, officials and military leaders. In 1841, two brothers by the name of Pio and Andres Pico became the first private owners of Rancho Santa Margarita. More land was later added to the grant, making the name Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores, and that name stayed with the ranch until the Marine Corps acquired it in 1942. In 1863, a dashing Englishman named John Forster (Pio Pico’s brother-in-law) paid off Pico’s gambling debts in return for the deed to the ranch. During his tenure as owner of the ranch, he expanded the ranch house, which was begun by the Picos in 1841, and developed the rancho into a thriving cattle industry. Forster’s heirs, however, were forced to sell the ranch in 1882 because of a string of bad luck, which included a series of droughts and a fence law that forced Forster to construct fencing around the extensive rancho lands. It was purchased by wealthy cattleman James Flood and managed by Irishman Richard O’Neill who was eventually rewarded for his faithful service 6 4FQU

Marines embark on a three-day march from Camp Elliot in San Diego to Camp Pendleton in September 1942.

servists arrived to help keep base administration running smoothly. The O’Neill’s blacksmith shop became the Ranch House Chapel and opened primarily for their use. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared a “permanent installation� and by 1946, became the home of the 1st Marine Division. During the Korean War, $20 million helped expand and upgrade existing facilities, including the construction of Camp Horno. When Camp Pendleton trained the country’s fighting force for the Korean and Vietnam Wars, approximately 200,000 Marines passed through the Base on their way to the Far East. The Corps broadened its capabilities during the 1980s from “amphibious� to “expeditionary� by combining infantry, armor, supply and air power. Troops and equipment could now be deployed halfway around the world in only days as part of a self-sustaining air-ground team. This successful use of military power has been President Roosevelt and Mary Fay Pendleton during the dedication ceremony on Sept. 25, 1942. demonstrated through Marine Corps operations in Grenada, Panama, the Persian with half ownership. Under the guidance emergency on May 27, 1941, an immedi- Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti Afghanistan of O’Neill’s son, Jerome, the ranch began ate need for additional amphibious force and Iraq. Camp Pendleton has continued to grow to net a profit of nearly half a million dol- training facilities led to the construction of through renovations, replacing its original lars annually, and the house was modern- Camp Pendleton. After five months of construction, the tent camps with more than 2,600 buildized and furnished to its present form. In the early 1940s, both the Army and Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores, ings and 500 miles of roads. Efforts today continue to preserve the the Marine Corps were looking for land for which included San Onofre, became the a large training base. The Army lost inter- West Coast’s largest military camp. The rich heritage of Camp Pendleton’s foundest in the project, but in April of 1942 it first troops to occupy the new Base were ers and the more than 230 years of Marine was announced that the rancho was about the 9th Marine Regiment with the 1st Bat- Corps history. The original ranch house is to be transformed into the largest Marine talion, 12th Marines, who marched for used for historical tours and has been deCorps base in the country. The Marine three days from Camp Elliott in San Di- clared a National Historic Site. Some of the base’s streets and sites have ego to Camp Pendleton. President RoosCorps paid $4.2 million for the rancho. On the eve of World War II, the Marine evelt dedicated the Base on Sept. 25, 1942, been named in honor of military war hetraining bases were limited to Quantico, in honor of World War I Major General roes and battles. The geographic locations Va., Parris Island, S.C., and San Diego. Joseph H. Pendleton who had long advo- formally christened by Spanish explorers When expansion of all U.S. armed forces cated the establishment of a West Coast and missionaries continue that heritage. A ranch cattle brand, Pendleton’s logo, can was authorized by President Roosevelt’s training base. By 1943, the first women Marine re- be seen throughout the base. proclamation of an unlimited national XXX NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN t OFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN

IRMA WASHED OUT THEIR WEDDING PLANS Air National Guard couple tied the knot, then got to work

ORLANDO, Fla. — Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she got married in fatigues, with no makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics just hours before she would rush into a hurricane to try to save her fellow Floridians. She and her fiance, Michael Davis — both of them senior airmen with the Air National Guard — were deployed indefinitely to assist with the rescue. They let their out-of-town guests know they’d probably miss their own wedding and headed to the Orange County Convention Center to wait out the hurricane with hundreds of other relief workers before being sent into the state’s most devastated regions. They were eating breakfast with some

Lauren Durham and Michael Davis, members of the Air National Guard, pose at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. They got married in fatigues in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics.

friends Sunday morning, and one said, “Hey, why don’t you guys get married during the hurricane?� Durham said: “It started out as a joke, and it just kind of unfolded. And it turned out to be really great.� Dozens of people — some longtime friends from the service, some strangers

from across the country who came to assist with the rescue efforts — set up folding chairs. A few found tuxedo T-shirts to wear, despite the closure of all the stores in town for the storm. Someone came up with a bouquet of orange flowers. Their best friend in the Guard happens to be a notary and officiated.

They don’t think they’ll be able to come up with a cake, but that’s OK: “We have plenty of snacks. MREs do have Skittles in them, so we’re pretty excited,� Durham said. Her wedding dress had already been purchased — waiting for her at home. “It was a big poof flowy princess gown,� she said, then gestured down at her fatigues. “But, you know, I love wearing this uniform, so this works.� Durham, 24, and Davis, 26, met right out of high school, and have been together for five years. Davis has served for eight years, Durham for three. They’re not quite sure how their families will feel when they find out they got married in front of a rack of rubber rescue boats. “I think it will be quite a surprise for them,� Durham said, “but I think they’ll understand, it was very, very impromptu.� It never occurred to either to try to beg off duty for their wedding. “Service before self,� Davis said, and it will be a great story to tell their kids one day. As she gave her name to reporters, Lauren Durham, she forgot to add the “Davis.� She giggled and pointed to the Durham embroidered on the chest of her camouflage. “I’ll have to get new name tapes.�

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‘We must not abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, or the freedom of assembly because there is no promise in repression.’ Warren G. Harding 29th U.S. President Served March 4, 1921 – Aug. 2, 1923


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Calvin Coolidge, 29th U.S. Vice President Served March 4, 1921 – Aug. 2, 1923 World events

t British submarine HMS K5 sinks in the English Channel on Jan. 20, killing all 56 on board. t The Italian Communist Party is founded Jan. 21 in Livorno. t Bolvhevist forces from Russia invade the

Democratic Republic of Georgia on Feb. 12. t The second Peace of Riga ends the Polish-Soviet War on March 18. t The “New Economic Policy� starts March 21 in Soviet Russia. t The Women’s Olympiad begins in Monte Carlo on March 24, the first international women’s sports event.

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t The Allies of World War I announce April 27 that Germany must pay 123 billion gold marks in annual installments of 2.5 billion. t Northern Ireland is created May 3 in the United Kingdom. t The Communist Part of China is founded July 1. t President Harding signs a joint resolution July 2 officially declaring an end to America’s state of war with Germany, Austria and Hungary. Peace would be declared in August. t The Irish War for Independence comes to a halt after a truce July 11. The truce would be officially declared 10 days later in London. t Adolf Hitler

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ability to talk his friends into danger, and as much as some may complain, they are friends in all things. Lillis as Beverly is the young woman who lives this excruciating life at home, yet when with the gang doesn’t hesitate to jump into danger. This young lady is someone to keep your eye out for in the future. Taylor as Ben is the historical brains of the operation by finding solace in the library he has the key to finding Pennywise. Taylor gives his character a sweet personality and emotion that include poetry. Grazer as Eddie is the sick kid that is being suffocated by his helicopter Mom. He wants to be with his buddies but is sometimes swayed by his mother’s neurosis. Oleff as Stanley just wants to be a kid and hates what is happening — clearly. Jacobs as Mike is the last edition to the Losers

Club, and fits right in to a group that is anything but losers. Oh my goodness, Wolfhard as Richie had me laughing when I felt like I shouldn’t have been laughing, yet still laughed. Follow that? He is the kid with a line for everything and nothing is off limits meaning a filter is not one of his gifts. I love this kid! Other cast include: Nicholas Hamilton as Henry Bowers, Jake Sim as Belch Huggins, Logan Thompson as Victor Criss, Owen Teague as Patrck Hockstetter, Stephen Bogaert as Mr. Marsh, Stuart Hughes as Officer Bowers, and the adorable Jackson Scott as George Denbrough. In 1990 I saw the mini-series of “It� and was totally taken with the story. Set in the 1960s, it had the look and feel of a time I could easily relate to. The story then was told by the adults who had returned to Derry to face Pennywise once again. By the way, Pennywise was then played by Tim Curry, and he was abso-

lutely fantastic scaring and haunting everyone’s nightmares. So here we are in 2017, and the film is set in the late ’80s, and even if you didn’t realize the year, the movie marquee in the film would remind you. This time the story begins with the kids, how they come together through circumstances and the end result. I’m sure that’s being saved for the next “It� film. There is CGI, scares, moody music, all sorts of era references and humor that mixes in with the creepiness of a clown terrorizing a town. To add more for any possible “It� trivia game later, in Stephen King’s book “It,� Pennywise comes to town every 27 years. The mini-series aired in 1990 and here we are again in 2017 — 27 years later! Feel the willies? How do I feel about this new updated version? Well, I asked my friend Vince Munn to join me for the screening of “It� and weigh in on the film with me because this “It� telling is definitely meant to be a

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shared experience. Jeri: I have to admit that it’s been a long time since I read the book “It.� Look, I don’t mind the new version because the kids are absolutely fantastic. I don’t mind giving props to a cast and these kids get it definitely. The cinematography of small town living and the touches of the era were also well done. Vince: As a long time fan of Stephen King, this is one of my favorite books that he has written, as well as the mini-series that nurtured my fear of clowns. This movie gets to delve deeper into parts of the book, mostly its graphic description of violence against children, more so than the series ever could. Jeri: True, but “It� was pretty dang graphic for television at that time. I still remember thinking it was horrifying and couldn’t remember anything that scared me as much back then. Of course, the graphics then were considered pretty cool and the CGI is definitely heavy in this version. Vince: The power of the budget is there and you can see every dollar on screen. The film is well paced and shot. Jeri: What did you think of the cast? Vince: The cast is superb. There are no big stars in this so it makes relating and believing the characters easy. The kids get along and you believe their relationships and camaraderie. Jeri: Like we talked about last night, I wasn’t really thrilled with the gaps in the story, and that makes me a little nuts. That being said, “It� certainly delivers on creepiness and unexpected scares. Vince: Atmosphere is everything in horror and the film nails that. “It� knows the audience that will be there, so there is scary music and good jumps. Jeri: I think Richie steals the show in a lot of places. He is that comic relief when things are getting to tense. Maybe I just like the fact that he’s quick on the mouth even in the face of fear. Vince: The nice reverse to that is the use of humor and levity after the fear. Perfectly timed and never distracting. This is a good solid horror with a balance of gore and mood. Jeri: So now we have to wait to see how they take the kids story and meld that with the adult story. That’s going to be important if “It� is to sit neatly with its original version. Vince: That is the hard part for this, the connection of the kids to the adults that we will see down the road. I trust director Andres Muschietti to show me. Go see “It,� laugh, scream and enjoy the movie! Jeri: I had a good time watching “It,� but have my problems with Pennywise — or maybe I’m just a loyal-till-I-die Pennywise/Curry person. That being said, this is definitely a film to gather a group up to go see together. Take people who love clowns and mix it up with people who hate clowns because when it’s all said and done — everyone is going to have a good time. In the end — you’ll float too!

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AFTER THE LANDING Inside training in the African desert By Lt. Cmdr. Sandra Arnold

DJIBOUTI — Fine clouds of dust form so thick it distorts visibility, as Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrive ashore in U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushions assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, bringing with them everything they need for combat operations and sustainment for the next two weeks during Exercise Alligator Dagger. Beneath the unforgiving sun, Marines unload tanks and equipment in temperatures nearing 110 degrees. Neither Mother Nature nor the Marines show any sign of yielding to one another as they continue to press on. “I’ve never felt heat like this before,� said Cpl. Pablo Lopez, a field artillery cannoneer with the 15th MEU. “Performing our jobs under these conditions means that we need to be ready to operate on another level. I can’t imagine another way to better prepare us for real world operations in our new battle space than to practice it out here.� Heavy armored vehicles carrying Marines and equipment set out on a convoy across the open desert in search of a location that will be used as a temporary outpost. “This is a full mission rehearsal for com-

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A Landing Craft Air Cushion approaches USS San Diego during exercise Alligator Dagger 2017.

erations at sea, from the sea and ashore. “Alligator Dagger affords our men and women the chance to demonstrate the modernization of ship to shore operations in this area of responsibility,� said Lt. Andrew Reichard, the Naval Beach Group 1 representative for the America ARG staff. “This exercise make you appreciate the resilient nature our Navy and Marine Corps possess in getting the mission and training accomplished.� Half way through the convoy, Marines encounter a natural choke point – a perfect location to practice counter ambush techniques by posting security. As they move into position, they quickly discover they’re not alone. “At one point we were surrounded by donkeys,� said Sgt. Keith Lake, a field artillery cannoneer with the 15th MEU. “We even saw a couple of camels, whose curiosity got the better of them and they came over to see what we were doing. It was something we hadn’t planned for but it lightened the mood and served as a reminder that we need to be flexible and prepared to respond to unplanned events.� With security drills and small arms

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“The Brave,� praised Vega’s work in not only parsing the details, but in building a self-policing team atmosphere among the actors-turned-operators who are part of an elite unit under the direct guidance of a Defense Intelligence Agency official, played by Anne Heche. That meant actors were hitting the gym on their off days and monitoring their own behavior in uniform. Still, Georgaris said, there are limits. “We ended up using a take of one of our characters walking into his room with his finger on the trigger, and it drives the actor crazy,� said the producer/writer. “He’s like, ‘I know, I know, I shouldn’t have done that.’ But it happened to be his best performance.�

Show by show

Despite similar themes, the programs aren’t carbon copies. “The Brave� will take a “mission of the week� approach to its storytelling, Vega said. Georgaris said he hoped to avoid the “artificially inflated� family drama of other military shows, focusing instead on the perseverance of the characters instead of “personal struggle.� Conversely, “SEAL Team� opens with star David Boreanaz, as team leader Jason Hayes, in a psychiatrist’s office. Action sequences that involve at-sea explosions and tracking potential suicide bombers through a maze of tunnels come later.

“Ultimately, this is a show about human beings, their psyche,â€? Chulack said. “We’ll be very involved in their domestic lives. ‌ I think that’s the difference. The action is the action, the tactical stuff is the tactical stuff, it’s really about the inner workings of the people, of the guys in the squad.â€? That doesn’t mean the unit’s missions will be glossed over. “I want the audience to feel like they’re walking with them,â€? Chulack said of the show’s perspective. “They’re in with them. They’re a fly on the wall on the mission, in the team room, in the bar. ‌ The audience is always brought in from the point of view, or the purview, of the squad. “I didn’t want the audience to know there was a bad guy behind the wall. The good guys will take you there.â€? Chulack, a producer on critically acclaimed dramas “ERâ€? and “Southland,â€? said he hoped “SEAL Teamâ€? would follow a similar path, allowing viewers to get an inside look at characters with, “needless to say, interesting jobs.â€? In an earlier interview, Georgaris brought up some of his influences for “The Braveâ€?: “I’ve always felt that on ‘ER’ and ‘Southland’ and great workplace drama, they didn’t have to create stories outside of the show.â€? Vega helped steer the writers away from some less-than-practical approaches. One episode called for the team to engineer a prison break by crashing a Humvee through the wall. “Mikal happened to be in the room that day,â€? Georgaris said. “He just shot me this

look, and I was like, ‘OK, guys, we’re not doing it that way. Let’s talk about how we’re going to actually do it.’ ‌ We actually came up with a much cooler, realistic scene.â€? That real-life perspective helped keep the show grounded, avoiding “the myth ‌ that these are borderline superheroes,â€? he said. “And what makes them so special is, you know, ‘A special set of skills.’ And the reality, which I find much more interesting, is that it’s the mindset. It’s the perseverance. It’s the qualities that, frankly, I can emulate, to a small degree. Not to the degree that they have them.“ Jarrow, of “Valor,â€? took a slightly different tact — his show will premiere Oct. 9, after “Supergirl.â€? “There’s a logic there,â€? he said. “CW tells a lot of stories about heroes, and whether those heroes are sometimes fantastical, or they are military heroes who do things that border on fantastical, it does feel like there’s a DNA there that is similar.â€?

A younger demo

“Valor� not only differs by featuring Army helicopter pilots in the main roles, but by putting spotlight on its characters attempting to unravel a botched mission, not on new deployments. The show also skews younger, in keeping with its network’s target audience. Jarrow, the executive producer, sees that as an advantage. “The military, people are young,� he said. “People are retiring when they’re in their early 40s or before. In terms of characters, it’s realistic. Special Forces is a little older

than conventional forces, but in terms of The CW, the core demographic, that’s the age of most of the folks in the military. And to me, it’s really interesting. ‌ “What does it mean to be 28 and going into combat? Risking their life? How different is that from an ‘average’ 28-yearold? But also, you are still 28. You are still trying to figure out your life, in some ways. ‌ I think that’s something that The CW audience is going to relate to.â€? From their respective pilots, all shows put their characters into various moral quandaries: “SEAL Teamâ€? and “The Braveâ€? weigh the value of a civilian hostage against that of a military objective, for instance. “Valorâ€? takes its lead characters into an internal struggle, separating the official version of events from what really happened. “You really get into this theme of duty versus morality,â€? said Jarrow, whose brother served in Afghanistan. “And, how do you reconcile those things in your life? And I think, certainly for my brother and for others that I know, that theme does kind of sit at the center of life.â€? All three shows will tackle serious themes, the producers said, but all hope to do so without heavy-handed treatment of service member suicide, post-traumatic stress or other issues that have received attention from the entertainment industry — not all of it beneficial to troops. “We’re not going to exploit it in the negative,â€? said Chulack, of “SEAL Team.â€? “This is not a ‘message’ show. ‌ This is a show about people.â€?


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