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The Green Man, Pt. III

The Green Man, Pt. III

The Green Man, Pt. III

The Green Man, Pt. III

“Zarqawi didn’t squander his fifteen minutes of fame, rather he used them to set the country of Iraq on fire and lay the seeds for the formation of the Islamic State.”  - Gabriel Fanelli

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The Gangs of Port-au-Prince: Haiti’s Descent Into a Failed State

The Gangs of Port-au-Prince: Haiti’s Descent Into a Failed State

Photos and text by Collin Mayfield. All images were taken in Port-au-Prince during November 2022.

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The Green Man, Pt. II

The Green Man, Pt. II

“Many Jordanians in Afghanistan had heard of Zarqawi from his prison days, and his de facto leadership extended to a group of about 40 Jordanians who would soon meet with an infamous man named Abu ...

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The Green Man, Pt. I

The Green Man, Pt. I

Holding a rusty razor blade in a dirty Jordanian prison cell, he gritted his teeth and began to remove his tattoos. The bleach didn’t work, so this would have to do. No anesthesia.  If the former d...

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Shadows of Kankara, Pt. II

Shadows of Kankara, Pt. II

Eventually we had to seek help running ISR from our counterparts in Niamey, but the bulk of the operations were still under our purview. In the early morning hours of the 16th, we had narrowed down...

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Shadows of Kankara, Pt. I

Shadows of Kankara, Pt. I

By the time our driver was pulling up to take us back to our house, every ISR asset on the continent was now at our disposal, including those still searching for Jeffery Woodke. For the next week w...

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Amo Saddam

Amo Saddam

Growing up in Detroit in the 90s, I had a decent amount of Iraqi friends. Some who still spent summers there with family members. So before I even enlisted I was privy to a pretty considerable  amo...

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Moondust

Moondust

What can really be said about OIF? Hindsight’s 20/20? A lot of us can remember being in bootcamp when Delta Force captured Saddam and his sons met their end. We thought then it was all over and wo...

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Fairweather Brotherhood

Fairweather Brotherhood

At the risk of sounding cliché, June 8, 2014, started like any other day. I woke up at 5 am, got my ACUs on, and began the 45-minute drive to work. My commute was met with the same excitement it al...

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The Legend of Peg Leg McGillyson

The Legend of Peg Leg McGillyson

Listen my children and hear the late-night legend of old Peg Leg McGillyson. A pro surfer with talent to spare, his face often adorned with sparse, sun-bleached facial hair. He may not have the big...

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Paddle Out Before You Tap Out

Paddle Out Before You Tap Out

By: G.P. Scheppler Images by Nick Betts   It’s that time of year again, when no matter how many buddy phone calls we make, how many push-ups we do, some of us still choose to tap out early. I get i...

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Trippin’ Grunts

Trippin’ Grunts

  Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are author’s alone and do not represent the opinions of the DOD or USAF.   Apparently, Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children have a new problem. Grunts tripping. Not on a...

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U.S. 2nd Armored Division soldiers look down into a fighting hole at a slain German soldier armed with two Panzerfaust rocket launchers. Germany, 1945. Photo colorized by Julius Jääskeläinen.

Nonno’s Old Box of Memories

Secretly, gingerly, as if uncovering a secret stash of nudie magazines, I dug into the spare bedroom closet. I held my hands high as I stood on my tip-toes. Past the winter coats, past the once...

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3495 Bailey

3495 Bailey

Every step, a set of ribbons stitched on a hat Reminds you of where they’ve been And where you’re at Wedged in a chair, relating to peeling linoleum Narcotics more present than the fiends holding t...

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U.S. Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a live fire deck shoot aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 15, 2021.

Leaning Into Force Design

In March of 2020, the United States Marine Corps officially announced its decision to divest the Corps’ armor assets.  An 80-year-old community, who had perfected their craft, set aside their pride...

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