NOVEMBER 6, 2019







For more information please contact: 

Jennifer Bringle 



The Academy of United States Veterans in partnership with Ranger Up presents an exclusive affair in celebration of the best Military Movies and those who inspired them on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. What will be a beautifully crafted night will welcome stars,  eminent creators,  and military paragons  alike.  

Blockbuster is an exclusive event. An invitation from the Academy of United States Veterans is required for all participants. 


Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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Nate Boyer

American football long snapper and United States Army Green Beret

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Christian Okoye

Former All-Pro running back for the

Kansas City Chiefs

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Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city block. The bombs then called Blockbusters were the RAF's HC (High Capacity) bombs. These bombs had especially thin casings that allowed them to contain approximately three-quarters of their weight in explosive, with a 4,000 pound bomb containing over 3,000 pounds (1,400 kg) of Amatol

A 1954 issue of Film Bulletin offers a theory as to how the movie-centric meaning of “blockbuster” came about, according to Ammon Shea, a writer known for his work on the English language. One Film Bulletin article that can be viewed via the digital library nonprofit Internet Archive reads: “From exploitation-minded vice-president [Max E.] Youngstein came the term ‘block-buster’ to describe attractions that gross at least $2,000,000 in the U.S. and Canada.”

“The word originated with the powerful bombs that the British Royal Air Force used to decimate German cities during World War II, the so-called blockbusters,” Dargis wrote. “It soon entered the vernacular, appearing in advertisements before the end of the war, and as a clue in a 1950 crossword puzzle in this newspaper (46 across).”

As we  bring two powerful communities together in celebrating decades of collaboration , Blockbuster will illuminate their power of impact throughout history to make change, influence ideas and in safeguarding our most proud military traditions through the Hollywood lens.




Blockbuster will honor and fundraise for the Check-6 Foundation, Pilot for a Day Program which supports terminally ill children twice a year. The program invites a child to become a “pilot” for a day. The event itself is comprised of a day full of activities revolving around the child’s dream and interest in aviation. 


JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD, 15 May 2019 — At 13 years old, O’Rian Jolley is a warrior and dreams of being a “Guardian”. As a watchful protector and fighter with a true warrior spirit, O’Rian has been battle tested and continues to show his strength and courage. Diagnosed with hydrocephalus and severe gastro-esophageal reflux from a young age, he has fought bravely, even as additional medical conditions have piled on. O’Rian was most recently diagnosed with an extremely rare primary carnitine deficiency and mitochondrial diseases of the brain but continues to be “Coast Guard Strong” in the face of adversity. He is a huge fan of the Ashton Kutcher & Kevin Costner movie “The Guardian” and has dreams of becoming an Aviation Survival Technician - Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer - when he grows up.

Through the incredible support of his family, O’Rian regularly works towards his goals by swimming and learning more about his dream job as an elite Rescue Swimmer. While he understands the dedication required to become an elite member of the military, O’Rian takes the time to raise money for research and awareness of mitochondrial diseases. He does this by creating and selling paracord ‘Hope Bracelets’ that take him four to five hours to create. The bracelets come in different colors and are popular among military and law enforcement because they can be unwound in an emergency and have survival applications. O’Rian doesn’t charge a set price per bracelet and has managed to raise over $1,000 for research at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC-an awesome feat for a young warrior battling multiple severe illnesses.

O’Rian lives on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, with his parents Sarah and TSgt Wayne Jolley, along with siblings Tristin and Zariph. When he is not working towards his goal of becoming a rescue swimmer, O’Rian can be found hanging with friends, feasting on Mac and Cheese, and rooting for his favorite team: the Baltimore Orioles.

On June 26, 2019, the Check-6 Foundation will honor O’Rian as the 27th Pilot for a Day at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He will experience a full day of events, visit a number of flying and support squadrons on base, and get up close and personal with actual helicopters and airplanes. On that day, O’Rian will be an honorary pilot! He will be paired up with a military pilot and Check-6 ambassador, who will be his “wingman for life”. Twice a year, the Check-6 Foundation, organizes and funds Pilot for a Day events for seriously ill children. Those with access to JB Andrews, are invited to come out and support O’Rian at the “Closing Ceremony” at 1500 on 26 June at the Base Theater.

Check-6 was founded by Colonel Rob Balzano, former F-16 pilot and current VIP Airlift pilot with the DC Air National Guard. The foundation is run entirely by volunteers, ensuring that over 98% of funds raised through annual events, donations, and corporate giving go directly to aid the children and veterans served. The Check-6 mission is to provide aid, assistance, experiences, purpose, inspiration and hope to children battling serious medical conditions and military veterans in need. The foundation has helped numerous children, families, and veterans by providing over $50,000 in direct financial aid in the last year. In addition, Check-6 continues to inspire others by working to make a difference in the lives of people who are in the most need.


I feel the need . . . the need for speed. 


            — Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, "Top Gun" (1986)

We're Airborne. We don't start fights, we finish 'em! 


                     —Galvan, "Hamburger Hill" (1987)

War isn’t hell at all. It’s man at his best, the highest morality he’s capable of. It’s not war that’s insane, you see. It’s the morality of it. It’s not greed or ambition that makes war: it’s goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons — for liberation or manifest destiny. Always against tyranny and always in the interest of humanity. So far this war, we’ve managed to butcher some 10 million humans in the interest of humanity. Next war it seems we’ll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity. It’s not war that’s unnatural to us, it’s virtue. As long as valor remains a virtue, we shall have soldiers. So, I preach cowardice. Through cowardice, we shall all be saved. 


                                        -The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.


                     - Lt. General Frank Benson “Eye in the Sky” (2015)

When I go home people will ask me, ‘Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?’ You know what I’ll say? I won’t say a goddamn word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.


                                  -Norman "Hoot" Hooten, "Black Hawk Down" (2001)