See an Apollo astronaut talk about his career in space

Apollo 9 astronaut Russell "Rusty" L. Schweickart gave a short speech at the dedication of an F-86H Sabre fighter jet with his old tail number. During the speech, he talked about service in space and how the Apollo program affected the American people. A new Air Force video shows that speech and footage from the Apollo program.

Russell "Rusty" L. Schweickart, an astronaut who piloted the Apollo 9 lunar module and helped pave the way for man's first steps on the moon, gave a speech June 8 during a ceremony dedicating a Sabre jet display with his former tail number in his honor. He used the opportunity to talk about his career and man's relationship with the universe.

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The US plan to survive a Soviet nuke was absolutely bonkers

For starters, they were going to bury everyone in large trenches, unless of course, they could cram everyone into concrete tubes and then bury those. There were no real plans for sanitation, for food, for water, medical care, further evacuation, shelter, or really anything else. But hey, they did create a cool turtle cartoon.

A sudden flash. A mushroom cloud. A sudden expanding pressure wave. In the event of a thermonuclear attack, seeing these things means its probably too late to survive. So the U.S. developed warning systems to give Americans a heads up before the bombs landed. But that begs the question: What do you do if you have just an hour or so until your city blows up?

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Watch the adorable way military working dogs retire

Military working dogs serve around the world by protecting both troops and installations. But when they've completed their tour of duty, the dogs are discharged from the military, often with medals pinned to their collars. Here's the video of two Belgian Malinois retiring from Fort Benning.

Military working dogs go through lives of intense national service, trained from near birth to mind human commands and either fight bad guys or hunt for dangerous substances and contraband. But they're still living creatures, and they are allowed to retire and live out their days after their service is done.

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'Catch-22' is the war miniseries that still feels relevant

It's based on a 58-year-old novel about a war that ended 74 years ago, but the Catch-22 miniseries is filled with moments that will resonate, comically and tragically, with any combat veteran today. From the young sergeant proposing marriage to his favorite prostitute, to the kid who dies before he can unpack his bags, it's a hell of a story.

Catch-22 was written six decades ago by World War II veteran Joseph Heller, but change the B-25s to CH-47s and make the sands of Pianosa (an Italian island) the sands of Afghanistan, Iraq, or Kuwait, and all the characters and most of the plots would fit right in.

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This mathematician was the 'Rick Sanchez' of the Cold War

John von Neumann was a mathematician, generally an important job but also often boring. But von Neumann was a genius on a whole 'nother level, and he was instrumental in creating nuclear weapons, game theory, and modern computers. He also had a dark understanding of humanity. Sort of like a certain super genius from pop culture.

Born in 1903, John Neumann was a true prodigy. He specialized in mathematics, even in school, but he also gobbled up languages, science, and every other subject. He lived through World War I as a teen, and spent the inter-war years, World War II, and the Cold War changing science and technology in fields as far apart as computing, economics, nuclear physics, and quantum theory.

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This proposed nuke would've destroyed a continent

The weapon would've been 200 times as powerful as Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear blast ever created by human hands. It was thought to be capable of destroying continents and contaminating the entire earth, so much so that no method of delivering the bomb was ever bothered with. After all, a detonation anywhere would wipe out life everywhere.

Soon after America set off its largest-ever nuclear blast on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, one of the scientists behind the weapon's design aimed for something even bigger: a 10,000-megaton blast that would've been 670,000 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, so large it would've destroyed a continent and poisoned the earth.

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Army announces new Medal of Honor recipient

The Army has announced that President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to former Staff Sgt. David Bellavia who moved through enemy fire to save others during the Battle of Fallujah. He entered an enemy strongpoint to eliminate the forces while his platoon was bogged down, likely saving the lives of three squads of soldiers.

The Army announced on June 10, 2019, that former Staff Sgt. David Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald J. Trump in recognition of his bravery in the 2004 Battle of Fallujah where his actions were credited with saving the lives of three Army squads at great risk to himself.

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13 new photos from the Air Force's D-Day flyover

The U.S. Air Force specially painted two F-15E Strike Eagles for heritage flights and has flown them over Normandy in support of the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Nazi-held France to liberate that country in 1944. The F-15Es flew with an F-15C Eagle against the beautiful backdrop of free France.

Seventy-five years ago, tens of thousands of men were churning their way through the hedgerows of Normandy, fighting tooth and nail to liberate French towns and to ensure the security of the tenuous toehold that the Allies had opened against Germany in Operation Overlord on D-Day. This toehold would grow until it was a massive front that made it all the way to Berlin in less than a year.

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5 video games that let you play actual military missions

There are all sorts of things that can make a military game "realistic." There're accurate tactics, realistic weapons, a well-crafted story that pulls the player into the combat. These five games achieve realism by letting the player step into the shoes of troops in real mission from history, everything from the Civil War to the invasion of Afghanistan.

Military games are awesome. They often have lots of explosions and gunplay, and the best ones take some care to honestly represent military life, imposing a moral cost for decisions or making you feel the loss of comrades in fighting. But it's always a sweet bonus if you, as the player, are able to step in the shoes of warriors from history.

So these are five games that let you do just that, either commanding important missions from history or stepping into the boots of a participant. A quick admin note, though: These are games that let you play in a historical mission. They aren't necessarily the most historically accurate, meaning the creators might have taken some liberties with details.

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