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    From MRAPs to Minivans: An Infantryman’s Guide to Family Road Trips

      By Paul J. O’Leary If you’ve been in the military anytime during the Global War on Terror, then you’ve experienced the magic that is convoy operations. Long hours on hot,...

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    Standing Before the Legend: A Tribute to Duane “Dewey” Clarridge

      By Kerry Patton To write words about a man who some like myself have idolized has become a nearly impossible task knowing he is still alive today yet tomorrow, he...

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    The New York Times and Interrogation: a Response From a Veteran

      By J. E. McCollough  On March 19 the New York Times ran an op-ed, Owning Up to Torture, by a former contract interrogator who had worked in Iraq in 2004. This...

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    Another Man’s Misery…

      By Kelly Crigger   When I walked into the Camp Rudder barracks, I only had two things on my mind…my last MRE and a bunk. Out of nowhere a toothy...

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    Where should you be 25-28 April?

      By Nick Barringer   At the 2016 NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Annual Training in San Diego, California. Tyler Christiansen and the NSCA are bringing the best minds in the...

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    Belgium Attacks: “Sit And Wait”

      By Kerry Patton   It happened immediately after the Paris attacks and it is happening now as death tolls rise from the recent Belgium terror attacks. Americans are doing the...

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    My Love Hate Relationship Toward Funerals

      By Kerry Patton “Sit and wait. In the military we constantly hear this phrase which we have all learned to despise. But how do we hold on to hope if...

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    Commander in Chief Wannabes: 3 Round Burst with Tim Kennedy

      By Tim Kennedy I’m gonna start sounding off about some of the crap I see in the world around me. But don’t worry, unlike my cardio, I’m not long-winded when...

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    Death, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

      By RU Rob   Three years ago I wrote a piece for The Rhino Den entitled “I have PTSD…So What?” Since then I have not been miraculously cured of my...

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    Not My Wife But With My Life

      By Kerry Patton   Remember the days wearing the military uniform and listening to an array of ridiculous catch phrases we threw around like throwing candy to kids on the...

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    Poor Paul

      By Kelly Crigger   Paul just wanted to get laid. But he made the mistake of sharing his Uber with a drunk, opinionated old bastard and I can say with...

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    Youngblood

      By Kelly Crigger Book Review – Youngblood by Matt Gallagher   Matt Gallagher first caught my attention with a line from his first book, Kaboom, Embracing the Suck in a...

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    Want to be a Published Writer?

      By Kelly Crigger Did you do something funny, hair-raising, or just plain dumb in combat but lived to tell about it? Call in a fire mission on the moon? Used...

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    Hype is the Gateway Drug to Stolen Valor

      By Toby James Nunn Lately there have been several of our accomplished brothers who have pushed from hype into the enemy’s territory of presumed into the realm of stolen. Guys...

  • Daniel "Doc" Jacobs practices for a softball tournament at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Friday, April 12, 2013. Jacobs, an Iraq war veteran who lost part of his left leg in an explosion, tried out for the Los Angeles Dodgers recently and has said he wants to show the public that injured veterans are capable of many things and are not just statistics. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

    Wounded Warrior Project and the Local Discussion No One is Having

      By Lana Duffy Some were shocked by the recent articles on the spending and culture at Wounded Warrior Project. CBS, The New York Times, and several others released investigative pieces...

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      U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nick Eidemiller (left) communicates with his platoon by radio while his interpreter stands next to him during a mission in Jaghato District, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on July 8, 2010.  Eidemiller is assigned to 1st Platoon, Able Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.  DoD photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest, U.S. Army.  (Released)

    The Story of Rob: The Afghan Every American Should Fight For

      By Kerry Patton This is a story where names are fictitious yet the individual is very real. Specific events lack full details yet the events written about are even more...

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