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Exclusive National Geographic ‘Chain of Command’ series showing Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at Oakland University

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Veterans Affairs

icon of a calendarFebruary 1, 2018

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The eight-part National Geographic documentary series “Chain of Command” gives a beyond-the-headlines look at the ongoing war on terrorism and shares intimate portraits of the men and women who have devoted their lives to the armed forces.

This month, Student Veterans of Oakland University (SVOU) will screen the series in succession starting Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m., and continuing Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. at North Foundation Hall in room 156.

Narrated by actor Chris Evans of “Captain America” fame, the series aims to show that there is more to the armed forces than warfare, explains Mason Turrell, a student-veteran and president of SVOU.

“Our hope is to highlight how the military conducts business,” says Turrell, who is studying criminal justice with a focus on homeland security. “We want to show the public that our military means good and isn’t polarizing.”

OU is a gold-star campus rated by the Student Veterans of America, a nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of American veterans involving higher education. This makes OU one of the best campuses for veterans in the country.

“The documentary shows the planning that goes on in the missions,” says Turrell. “There’s other material such as preventing terrorism at home and what we had to expect during our missions.”

OU is the only school in Michigan allowed access to screen “Chain of Command” by National Geographic. Guests are encouraged to RSVP before the event.

“The appeal towards doing this type of showing is so the public knows how the military conducts its business,” says Turrell. “And a major part of that is saving lives.”   

For more information on screenings of “Chain of Command,” visit

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