How the U.S. Military Celebrated Star Wars Day

It’s no secret that we in the U.S. military love us some Star Wars. If you needed a concrete example, however, one need look no further that the Twitter feeds of various Department of Defense agencies, units, and installations on May 4, otherwise known as #StarWarsDay, or #MaytheFourthbeWithYou.

The parent organization, the Department of Defense, kicked it all off with a video from the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower; a parody of the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens. And really, this is about all the input the Navy put into Star Wars Day. Still, it’s some damn fine input.

Next came the Army, unleashing a nerd barrage of epic proportions from the engineers in Portland, Oregon discussing the Death Star plans.

Not to be outdone, Air Combat Command decided to side with the Rebel Alliance.

NORAD and NORTHCOM also showed their allegiance to the Alliance.

Air Mobility Command sided with ACC, also throwing in its lot with the Rebellion.

However, the 446th Airlift Wing broke from the other two and decided that it really identified with the evil Empire.

Here they found willing allies in the Army’s Fort Benning…

And the Army’s Fort Bragg…

And a Marine in Mandalorian battle armor.

However, the 173rd Airborne Brigade ensured that the Rebel Alliance would have at least some ground game.

The U.S. Coast Guard entered with some stunning imagery…

…only to be showed up by the Air Force. Check out this thread, the Force is strong in their back-and-forth.

The “gunfire-looks-like-a-lightsaber” motif was strong, as evidenced by the Army Reserve.

Of course, Marine Forces Europe just went straight for the jugular and claimed that they have lightsaber technology. And of course they sided with the Light Side of the Force.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point made it clear that the cadets often feel like put-upon stormtroopers. I guess this is what they do with plebes now.

The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade used the same motif. Literally, the same. Photoshopped. Probably by a warrant officer.

Now, if anyone should have good Star Wars Day products, it should be the Air Force’s space units. The 45th Space Wing did commit one video…

Which was promptly stolen by the Air Force Space Command.

However, the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force went above and beyond for the Force.

The National Guard straight up claimed that a TOW was responsible for destroying the Death Star – a brave claim – which seems to say that they stand with the Rebels against the Empire. Which will make things awkward with Forts Benning and Bragg.

Out of all the posts, the most common references to Star Wars were from the Air Force and Army. Most of the Army posts seemed to sympathize with the Empire, while the Air Force depicted themselves as allied with the Rebellion. Apparently, Star Wars loyalties are  divided among the various service branches. We’ll try not to read too much into that.

Of course, the U.S. military isn’t the only one that loves Star Wars. Here are the Scots in the British Army…

The Brits…

And Canada. Oh, Canada.

Thanks to all the public affairs personnel that spent their time and energy into putting together these Star Wars-themed posts. If any posts were missed, let me know on Twitter (@pptsapper) and they will be added to this post.

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About the Author: Angry Staff Officer is an Army engineer officer who is adrift in a sea of doctrine and staff operations and uses writing as a means to retain his sanity. He also collaborates on a podcast with Adin Dobkin entitled War Stories, which examines key moments in the history of warfare.

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