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July 05, 2020

Nebraskans toiled at 'The Outpost' before horrifying attack portrayed in new war film

Featuring Christopher D. Kolenda

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Journalist Steve Liewer

In the Hollywood version of Rob Yllescas’ life, the Army captain from Osceola, Nebraska, is talking Husker football in his last moments on Earth.

“I do like football. Nebraska,” he tells another soldier, as they cross a rickety footbridge over a scenic river in northeastern Afghanistan. “Yeah, Nebraska fan.”

His words are cut off by a massive explosion, and he disappears in a cloud of smoke from an improvised bomb. The camera cuts to a uniformed body, floating in the current below. Later, he is zipped into a body bag.

Yllescas’ targeted killing by Afghan insurgents is a pivotal moment in the new film “The Outpost,” which opened this weekend for home viewing through on-demand video platforms.

Read the full story and more in the Omaha World-Herald.


  • Christopher D. Kolenda

    Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Christopher D. Kolenda, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, is the Founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy and helps solo practitioners and small...