Netflix made a military base closure-themed Christmas movie and we're excited

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By Connecting Vets

Because nothing screams Christmas like BRAC. 

Netflix produced a Base Realignment and Closure-themed Christmas movie and named its creation "Operation Christmas Drop."

In the movie, a Congressional staffer (Kat Graham) is sent to an Air Force base during the holidays to determine whether that installation shall be the next BRAC casualty. There, she meets a handsome C-130 pilot (Alexander Ludwig) who airdrops gifts each Christmas. 

The trailer is a cringe-fest for anyone who is not a frequent viewer of Hallmark-esque holiday flicks. 

"I came here to observe and report, not work on my tan and taste the local fare, OK?" Graham's character tells an occasionally partially dressed Ludwig. 

Spoiler alert: Graham's character quickly swoons for the gift-dropping operations and -- if the trailer is any indication -- Ludwig's character. 

Both Operation Christmas Drop and BRAC are real. 

Operation Christmas Drop operates out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam -- the site of the Netflix movie? Only time will tell. Now in its 68th year, the operation is the world’s longest-running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands like Woleia. It has also served as a coming together for elders and their communities on their respective islands across approximately 1.8 million square nautical miles throughout the Pacific.

And of course, BRAC is the congressionally authorized process DoD has used to reorganize its base structure to "more efficiently and effectively support our forces, increase operational readiness, and facilitate new ways of doing business."

The fact that these two aspects of the film actually exist hopefully bode well for the accuracy of the movie. Again, only time will tell.

Ludwig and Graham aren't nobodies exactly -- Ludwig starred in "Vikings" and you may have caught Graham in "The Vampire Diaries." But will their acting chops be up to the challenge of accurately portraying the military to a civilian population that is pretty unaware of most of the ins and outs of the Department of Defense? Some argued that Netflix's "Space Force" fell into this very pothole -- its all-star cast entertained the DoD-affiliated population, but many of the jokes and nuances went right over the heads of civilians. 

"Operation Christmas Drop" can be streamed on Netflix starting Nov. 5.

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