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[07/02/12 - 12:40 PM]
NBC Announces Military and First-Responder Service "Operatives" to Be Featured in New Competition Series "Stars Earn Stripes"
They'll join previously announced celebrities Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Picabo Street, Dolvett Quince and Eve Torres.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC ANNOUNCES MILITARY AND FIRST-RESPONDER SERVICE "OPERATIVES" TO BE FEATURED IN NEW COMPETITION SERIES "STARS EARN STRIPES"

Operatives Include Former U.S. Army Delta Force and Green Beret, U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Marines and Police Officers

Series Stars Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Picabo Street, Dolvett Quince and Eve Torres for Premiere on August 13

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - July 2, 2012 - NBC announced the military and first-responder service members who will serve as the operatives in its new, action-packed competition series "Stars Earn Stripes." Accomplished and fearless, the special operatives will train their celebrity teammate and compete alongside them in a fierce competition that will benefit national veterans, service and first-responder charities.

The impressive list of former and current military and law enforcement members spans a variety of disciplines including elite forces within the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Marines Corps and local police. Hosted by General Wesley Clark (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO, and television personality Samantha Harris ("Entertainment Tonight"), "Stars Earn Stripes" will premiere with a special two-hour edition on Monday, August 13 (8-10 p.m. ET) and will air regularly Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET).

The operatives include Dale Comstock, a former U.S. Army Master Sergeant Delta Force and Green Beret; J.W. Cortes, a former U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery; Brent Gleeson, a former U.S. Navy SEAL; Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper and best-selling author of "American Sniper"; Andrew McLaren, a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant; Grady Powell, a former U.S. Army Green Beret; Tom Stroup, a SWAT Commander; and Talon Smith, a U.S. Navy Specialist.

They will be paired with previously announced celebrities Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Picabo Street, Dolvett Quince and Eve Torres.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC.

"We are honored to have such an extraordinary gathering of our nation's military and first-responders join us on 'Stars Earn Stripes' to participate, mentor and challenge our celebrity competitors," said Telegdy. "It is humbling to think what these men have endured in their efforts to protect us and we cannot thank them enough for their service to this country."

The eight competitors on "Stars Earn Stripes" will gather at a remote training facility where they will tackle complicated and difficult missions that are inspired by real military exercises. Each is paired with one of the operatives, who coaches them in their training and competes alongside them in the missions. From helicopter drops into water to long-range weapons fire, the competitors are will be tested physically and emotionally as they play to win and earn cash for a military, veterans or service related charity of their choice.

Additional details about the operatives follows:

Dale Comstock - A retired Master Sergeant who spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, Comstock was twice decorated for valor and spent half his tenure as a Delta Force Operator and five years as a Green Beret. After his retirement, he spent nine years as a freelance soldier in support of the global war on terror. Comstock currently resides in Panama City Beach, Fla., and is a vice president for a security consulting company, a university professor, martial arts instructor and competitive body builder.

J.W. Cortes - Cortes served in the U.S. Marines Corps for 13 years, rising to the level of Gunnery Sergeant. He is an Iraq war veteran, having served in the beginning phases of the war in 2003. Also during his time in the Marines Corps, he served at U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and in Canberra, Australia. He is currently an officer with the New York MTA Police Department and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Brent Gleeson - A former U.S. Navy SEAL stationed at SEAL Team Five, Gleeson currently lives in San Diego, Calif., with his 6-year-old son. He has completed his enlistment in the service and is now a busy entrepreneur, public speaker, and co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Internet Marketing, Inc.

Chris Kyle - Kyle is a decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times best-selling book "American Sniper," which details his experiences in Iraq. Kyle's expert marksmanship during his four tours of duty earned him the nickname "The Devil of Ramadi" from the Iraqi insurgent forces. Kyle currently lives in Texas and runs a military training company, Craft International.

Andrew McLaren - McLaren, whose father was also a Marine and former Vietnam veteran, is a former U.S. Marine Sergeant. During his time in the Marines, he was with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team and served in Iraq and Liberia. He is currently a contractor for various governmental and security agencies. He resides in Staten Island, N.Y.

Grady Powell - During his time as a Green Beret, Powell served as a Senior Detachment Weapons Sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Powell followed in the footsteps of both his father, a Vietnam-era Green Beret, and his grandfather, a decorated World War II combat veteran. Powell recently completed his five-year enlistment in the Army and has since returned to his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., spending his free time traveling the world in search of his next adrenaline fix.

Tom Stroup - A current member of the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff's Department and a SWAT Commander, Stroup is a five-time world champion of international SWAT competitions. He is a fitness trainer and he is also a Gold Medalist in the "Toughest Cop Alive" competition, a national competition held annually in Florida.

Talon Smith - Smith, whose father served in the U.S. Air Force, is currently a U.S. Navy Corpsman 1st Reconnaissance, stationed in Camp Pendleton. He just returned from deployment in Afghanistan in April. Smith has nearly completed his enlistment in the Navy and is currently attending college and awaiting the birth of his first child.

"Stars Earn Stripes" is executive-produced by Dick Wolf ("Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU"), Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Survivor") and David A. Hurwitz ("Fear Factor"). The series is a production of Universal Television, One Three Television, LLC, Wolf Reality, LLC and Bill's Market & Television Productions.

For more information on "Stars Earn Stripes," please visit NBC.com's official show site: www.nbc.com/stars-earn-stripes/. Please like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StarsEarnStripes and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/NBCStarsStripes.





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· ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (SYNDICATION)
· FEAR FACTOR (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· STARS EARN STRIPES (NBC)
· SURVIVOR (CBS)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)





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