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…

Stephen B. Lewis

A Servant to a Mission

Stephen B. Lewis Here at American Grit, we aim to share stories exactly that-American Grit. Stories of courage, commitment, and sacrifice. Often times those stories are about those in uniform in distant lands. However, we also recognize the many stories of “Grit” that happen everyday across the American citizenry. One such story is the story of …

A Servant to a Mission Read More »

The Road to Mammoth – There’s an App For that

We’ve all seen and heard the warnings about how we are spending too much time face down starring at the ever present small screen of our phones. For example, research shows that the anticipation, anxiety and artificial satisfaction of swiping, posting, liking and getting likes on various forms of social media parallels patterns of substance …

The Road to Mammoth – There’s an App For that Read More »

“Worst unit in the Marine Corps” poll draws over 145k total votes

“Worst unit in the Marine Corps” was the subject of a recent poll on a popular Instagram page. The account @dd214_memes originally ran a contest for ” the hardest partying unit” but higher ups caught wind of this and retaliated. “They started threatening to bust down Marines they saw in any video,” says the anonymous administrator …

“Worst unit in the Marine Corps” poll draws over 145k total votes Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

The worst thing about each branch’s uniforms Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

History of obscure military phrases: Part 3 – Lake Bandini Read More »

“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 …

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