The Ruck

In a marvel of anthropomorphic effort, the ruck sneers at me in the rear-view mirror of my truck. It’s not a camping backpack, nor is it a high schooler’s bookbag. It is a monstrosity made for holding over one hundred pounds, and carried for miles by the infantryman Marine or soldier. Its straps, though appearing…

Snapshots Of My Father: A Picture Of Strength

To a child, the mother is the safety net of love and comfort. She is the one to whom a young kid runs to make boo-boos go away, and to feel loved and special during trials.To most young boys, the father looms as both the pillar of strength and the bedrock of stability. He is…

Billy The Silly Marine

I think every group of people has one. Whether it’s a committee in an office, a group of construction workers, a ministry team, or in this case, a four-man infantry team, there’s that one guy. He’s simply known as “That Guy.” Who is That Guy? He’s the one about whom you have to say, “Don’t be…

Rules

I’m not Rambo. I’m not a SEAL or a former Delta Force operator. I don’t have the secret to surviving a mass shooting. You can find all of those people online easily. I’m just a civilian who used to carry a gun for a living as a regular infantryman, so I don’t have a list…

Books by Veteran Writers Part 2: “You Delta Boys…”

In veteran circles, there is a common joke that, once a man becomes a Navy SEAL, he automatically gets a book deal. There’s a reason for that, and it’s because the American public is fascinated by them, and by special operations in general. Not to be outdone by the (admittedly awesome) stories by the squids,…