October 12, 2018

Everyday is a series of conflicts choosing between the right way and the easy way. Remember, the extra mile is never crowded, dont be afraid to take it.

#OnTimeonTargeNeverQuit #GPMKit#GPMTraining

October 27, 2017

Most people never have to do anything truly hard their entire lives. Their idea of overcoming adversity is to pull an all-night study session, or to work a little overtime, or not be able to afford the leopard-skin pants they’ve always wanted and actually have to save for something. Rather than get the instant gratification for their every need not being attended to. Kids aren’t allowed to lose so there is a trophy for everyone. Hurtful words are now being equated to physical violence, which is comical. We go to war and only.45 percent of the population answers the call over eleven years. There is n...

August 1, 2017

“Half of life is fucking up, the other half is dealing with it.”
Henry Rollins

It’s good to be able to look back at the things that happen to us in our life… see where we were wrong… what we learned… and move forward into re-birth.

Life can be like that… one wild fucking ride… a roller coaster… sometimes it’s fun… but sometimes it’s scary… sometimes it’s sad … and sometimes it feels like its lost it’s meaning… sometimes it’s pretty damned funny… and it’s ALWAYS intense.

Sometimes we sail along… Blue sky… Beautiful clouds… Perfect conditions … it seems like it’ll never end, but it does. The soul wants m...

July 24, 2017

I was recently doing some research and came across several stories from travelers who had been robbed or mugged during their travels to specific countries. I found myself going through the stories and shaking my head at the fact that each of the individuals in question had suffered some sort of robbery or mugging and rather than analyze what they had done wrong were instead pointing fingers at the people of a given country and blaming it on the country and its people.

 Issues with mugging, pickpockets, thieves and thugs exist in every single city in the world. Washington D.C. has a 31.4 in 100,000 mu...

March 3, 2017

 I once thought I was strong because I could bench press 365 lbs. and felt like the Hulk after a little workout. I once thought I was strong because people looked at me and I could tell they were impressed or intimidated by my height and build. When I became a husband and father, I’ve come to realize this is a feeble and laughable strength.

Real strength is when a husband and a father gets out of bed, every day for years on end, before the sun comes up, leaving his wife and children sleeping peacefully, and puts in a 12 hour work day. Real strength is coming home to a colicky newborn baby and a wife...

November 27, 2016

My friend said “PTSD is the realization that you will never be this cool again.” He was referring to being on deployment, toting guns, and generally being a hard-ass. He was kind of correct. Once you wash the dirt and grit off and put on a clean shirt, you’re out of place in the civilian world. No one gets your jokes. Everyone wonders why you’re so insensitive to the plights of celebrities and pro-ball players. People view you as a victim, someone that somehow got duped into joining the military and marching off to fight, only to come home with less friends and more nightmares. You go to work at you...

February 16, 2016

There is a fucking kick-ass life in front of everyone; you just have two paths to walk.

 

One path that looks frightening as hell and is full of whatever unknowns that may terrify you every day, this darkened scary path is blocking you from being completely awesome. Then there is the brightly lit path with all the same shit you do everyday. The same shit that is making you the incredibly depressed safe person you see in the mirror every morning.

 

No matter how much you don’t want to, you find yourself walking that brightly lit path everyday.

 

The crazy thing is, every morning you wake that same path is...

November 21, 2015

 

The day begins. You may be waking up, drinking your coffee, eating breakfast and heading off to work. It doesn't matter if your commute requires a walk to the bus, the subway, or just to your driveway to hop in your car and go. This nations sons and daughters are in harms way overseas. It doesn't matter if they work in an intel shop, or armory, or they are boarding a helo for an early morning cordon and search. They are in harms way at their nations request. Not at theirs, our nation decided, voted, and chose to fund the war going on far from Americas shores. So as a nation its time for everyone to...

October 19, 2015

Over the years I’ve learned a lot from my dad.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from him, it’s that you must always be prepared.

Be prepared? For what?

Well, for anything and everything, really.

I never took this lesson very “seriously” — my dad’s always been one of those people that says something serious in a slightly sarcastic and joking tone. He’s constantly “testing” my brother and I to see if we’re sharp enough to pick up on whatever he wants us to see, and then he’ll just get really disappointed if we don’t figure it out. I always say that that it’s an unfair test because 1) we have no idea...

August 13, 2015

Over two years ago I had an idea that would make something most of us use better. Not everyone uses a belt, but for the military its a necessity. For all the military services in their day to day working uniform and in almost every dress uniform a belt is required. Withing the Special Operations community its another piece of kit. We use it as we see fit. A belt is a utility item, like so many other pieces of gear we use. Packs, gloves, radio pouches, guns, etc. I know you get the idea. Most of the time our gear is great, sometimes its acceptable. It may not be perfect, but it does the job, and we r...

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