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July 05, 2020
Nebraskans toiled at 'The Outpost' before horrifying attack portrayed in new war film
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.