Stars Earn Stripes: Go, Dad!

When I heard my dad was going to be on the cast of Stars Earn Stripes, I was excited that he was getting the chance to play for $100,000 for his charity, Armed Services YMCA Alaska.  Plus, I was happy for America to see him in action. After all, I’ve described him as a man who can rebuild a snow machine with one hand tied behind his back, a father who can wrestle with Trig on the floor, and an attentive dad who can braid Piper’s hair for basketball practice.  What can he not do?

So, did you see the show?! The celebrities were divided into squads and had to perform the same assault task, which included helicopters, guns, grenades, mud, and destroying weapons.  Dad was assigned a Marine, who’s now a New York City police officer!  Their squad got delayed when his celebrity team member struggled in the water, with his waterlogged gear. With one man down, Dad activated.

He shimmied through mud under barbed wire so fast that he had already finished the obstacle while the others were just beginning.

The other squads watched on a monitor from another location, amazed at his capability.

“He’s Rambo, he’s straight up Rambo,” said Chris Kyle. “Next time I’m in a war, I want Todd Palin on my side.”

Then, Chris added, “He was the first one on the boat, the first one under the wire, and about the time the rest of the guys were getting through, he already had the crate. You don’t need anyone else,” he said.  “Forget Chuck Norris, send in Todd Palin.”

Dad always directed attention to his charity and to cheer up other contestants who didn’t fare as well.

I know, I know.  The show wasn’t designed to introduce the world to Todd Palin. But it does seem designed to make viewers appreciate the United States military.  After all, the tasks the celebrities are engaging in are actually the types of operations soldiers perform every day.  In a touching moment, one of the celebrities asked her operative if he’d ever killed anyone.

He answered, “We really don’t talk about that kind of stuff.”

In fact, the show seemed to be a fun way to introduce the nation to soldiers whose missions have been anything but fun.

And I’m so glad that America got to see what I already know – my dad is the man!

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  • Ron Devito

    Your dad was not merely awesome. He was freaking awesome! In this one mission he has placed himself solidly in the super hero class. I’m not kidding. I was floored by what I saw. I always knew that Todd was a gnarly dude, but he elevated that mission to perfection.
    I’ll also add that I loved how he showed why gun control is so important…..things like recoil management, shot follow-through, leaning into it….that’s the kind of gun control I can support and Todd showed us how it’s done!

  • Karen Crouse

    All I can say is WOOP, WOOP. Not one for reality shows (except DWTS) but this was intersting. I can see how proud you and your family are of your dad. Was cheering for him all the way. The whole team did a great job and the challenges of the operations gave us an idea of the real issues the soldiers must face in real combat. They all seemed happy and excited to take part in the exercises. I am looking forward to next weeks airing and will be rooting for your dad. You have the greatest family, Bristol.

  • Stephanie Clark

    I loved watching your dad on the show! My son is considering a career in the military, so it came him a first hand look at some of the things he may be doing some day. We’ve always supported the military in our family, and now we appreciate them even more—-plus we enjoyed watching your dad blow up his targets =)

  • http://none funglaw

    love this photo.

  • sodakhic

    Where is the CNN poll? Who do you want in your foxhole, Todd Rambo Palin or Barack momma jeans Obama?

    • Gilly

      Or Robot Mitt and his sidekick Howdy Doody.

  • Capital G

    Todd must do really well in this show since there is now a call to cancel the show because it ‘glorifies war’.

    I am so sick of liberals trying to dictate what others can do.

  • Ron Devito

    Good morning. 1-Man Army Todd Palin Saves First Mission on Stars Earn Stripes

    Complete with video, frame grabs and weapons descriptions.

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  • Victor

    I didn’t bother much with this show because I didn’t know who was in it until now. Sounds great and I’ll be cheering for Todd, but there other great people on this show. They all look like great contestants and I look forward to seeing them make a great show.