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Troops Deployed to Middle East Can Attend Free Screening of 'Mile 22'

Mark Wahlberg stars in "Mile 22." (STX Films)

SEMBACH, Germany – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and STXfilms are teaming up to screen "Mile 22," starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich, for servicemen and women deployed to the Middle East.

The film will be screened Aug. 11-15 in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Base and at the U.S. Embassy at Kabul, days before it is released in the United States on Aug. 17. The film will also be screened at 12 Exchange Reel Time Theater locations at military installations in the U.S. on Aug. 4, courtesy of STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, and the Exchange.

"It is always an honor to have one of our films selected to be screened for our brave troops overseas, and we proudly support them and the Exchange with our latest film, the modern and visceral thriller Mile 22," said Kevin Grayson, President, Domestic Distribution, STXfilms.

In this thriller from Peter Berg, the director of "Lone Survivor," Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly prized and least understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in. This film is rated R (Restricted).

"For our troops deployed overseas, simply watching a movie is a motivating, two-hour respite from their stressful day-to-day activities," said U.S. Army Col. Scott McFarland, Exchange Europe and Southwest Asia Region Commander. "Since they can't be with their families and friends, it's a way to say 'Thank you, we appreciate what you're doing for all of us.'"

With the help of major motion picture studios, the Exchange is committed to bringing first-run movie screenings to troops serving overseas and at home.

"The Exchange is honored to work with the motion picture industry to provide advanced viewing of first-run movies for troops on bases with their families or when they are deployed overseas," said McFarland. "We couldn't do it without them."

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