American Grit Stories

These American Grit Stories are for you to look to for guidance, for inspiration and to honor those who would normally go unnoticed. Or, they are topics we couldn’t put under the other sections…

Vanessa Guillen

What the F*ck Fort Hood, Part 1- Vanessa Guillen

We were originally going to write a piece giving you all of the known facts regarding Vanessa Guillen and her disappearance. Quite frankly, you’ve probably already seen the numerous headlines talking about it, especially in the last 48 hours. But we still have questions and we are demanding answers. We FIRST mentioned Vanessa’s name on …

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uniforms

The worst thing about each branch’s uniforms

There’s no doubt the American military has some good looking uniforms. Although, there were a few that we would rather forget. For example, the gravel colored Army Combat Uniform. Also, the blue digitals of the Navy? When you fall overboard you really don’t want to blend in with the ocean. Lastly, the Air Force and …

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Helmand

The Sun Rises in Helmand: An award winning book of war poetry

“Welcome to Helmand. The leg lottery.” Helmand, Afghanistan was one of the bloodiest provinces of Operation Enduring Freedom. Improvised explosive devices were rampant, robbing young Marines of life and limb. In particular, the cities of Sangin and Marjah were viciously brutal. If you are unfamiliar with those battles, they highlight the very definition of American …

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Bandini

History of obscure military phrases: Part 3 – Lake Bandini

There is a lot of lore surrounding Marine Corps’ base Twentynine Palms, to include “Lake Bandini.” At the beginning of the Korean conflict, the Marines decided they needed more live fire ranges. Just north of Camp Pendleton, was an abandoned Army glider base called Condor Field. Deemed “uninhabitable” by other branches, the Marine Corps made …

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“I’m alive, I’m alive” – The story of Scott O’Grady

Earlier this month, the US Military marked 25 years since one of the most successful Tactical Recoveries of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP). The ultimate success was the recovery of Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady, but also the success of a joint service operation and the validation of doctrine knows as “TRAP.” As the Cold War …

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History of obscure military phrases: Part 2

In the last part of obscure military phrases, we covered how Wagner turned into unfortunate slang. This time, we’ll discuss the origins of some obscure military graffiti. Kilroy was here – World War Two This symbol and phrase became popular the world over. It lasted well past the 1950s. However, to truly understand the origins, …

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Gunfighter Cast talks to ‘Shooter Rughi’

Gunfighter Cast is a production of Gun Mag Warehouse, your one stop shop for keeping your guns fed. We had the chance to listen to the latest episode, featuring Shooter Rughi, the now-famous protection detail professional who disarmed a protester in Seattle. In what may be the most viewed video of the last two weeks …

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History of obscure military phrases: Part 1

No one can say with 100% certainty where any military phrases or slang starts. However, we have tracked down a pretty good origin story for a few. The Global War on Terror- “Wagner Loves the…” The Combat Operations Center (C.O.C. …. yep…. keep reading…) is the place you see in movies with all the maps …

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