Back in Vietnam - 006: The Montagnards

Back in Vietnam - 006: The Montagnards

Dak Lak Montagnard Museum, Buon Ma Thuot April, 2017 When I attended Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, NC I learned that one of the primary tenants was something called Foreign Internal Defense (FID). What this was based on was learning how…
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Back in Vietnam - 005: Buon Ma Thuot

Back in Vietnam - 005: Buon Ma Thuot

As we made our way from Saigon to Buon Ma Thuot (or as I knew it, Ban Me Thuot) the low lying farm lands turned into gently rolling foothills covered with coffee fields being tended by local farmers living along the edges, just as the rubber plantati…
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Back in Vietnam - 004: On the Road

Back in Vietnam - 004: On the Road

The Central Highlands of Vietnam Leaving the sights and sounds of modern day Saigon, we began our journey to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. As we left the city that I had come to feel comfortable in and approached the outlying rural areas, I fe…
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Back In Vietnam - 003: Saigon

Back In Vietnam - 003: Saigon

The one thing that seems to be a constant in Saigon is the delicious smell of food cooking - from the street vendors, open air cafes, coffee shops and bakeries - it was that way in the late 60's and remains so today. The first time I came to the ci…
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Back in Vietnam - 002: House 10

Back in Vietnam - 002: House 10

House 10 Aka “The Safe House in Saigon” On our first trip to Saigon we unsuccessfully searched for a villa, called House 10, that had been used during the war. It was initially a Central Intelligence Agency property that was used to support clan…
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Evolution of Special Forces Boots

Evolution of Special Forces Boots

The inspiration for MACV-1 was the most beloved boot in Special Forces history, the Vietnam-era Jungle Boot. That boot solved a lot of problems for the guys back then; namely, it breathed more, it drained faster, and the “Panama sole” was better at…
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Back in Vietnam - 001: The Hanoi Hilton

Back in Vietnam - 001: The Hanoi Hilton

Maison Centrale, Hanoi, Vietnam Aka “The Hanoi Hilton” Sunday, April 8, 2018 I could feel Rich going back in time - planning how his MACV-SOG team could rescue the POW’s trapped behind these walls some 45 years ago. The approach was beautifu…
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MACV-1: 4+ Years in the Making

MACV-1: 4+ Years in the Making

Paul Litchfield 30 Year Shoe Dog, and inventor of the Reebok Pump Senior Director, GORUCK Footwear One Friday in 2014, my flight from halfway around the world landed in Boston, I went through customs, got in my car and drove straight to the star…
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Service First Story 004: As A Team

Service First Story 004: As A Team

A Fire Department responds to a fire every 23 seconds in the United States. It takes a lot of training, hard work, and courage to do so. Firefighters are pillars of our communities, and our way of life, and over a million firefighters in America…
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Rucking the Grand Canyon

Rucking the Grand Canyon

If we couldn’t make this trip happen, then why in the hell did we fight in the first place? Though almost everything in our lives has changed since we took off the military uniform, our reasons for fighting will always remain the same - our…
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Service First Story 003: A Dog Named Leia

Service First Story 003: A Dog Named Leia

Veteran transition issues are a big deal these days. We hear about PTSD and TBI and the effects of war. It’s easy to imagine how some might wonder if all Veterans are damaged goods, or broken, or whether we can recover in the civilian world. T…
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Service First Story 002: SWAT

Service First Story 002: SWAT

The connection between law enforcement and the military is a strong one, grounded in service before self and a commitment to the values we hold dear in the United States of America.   Those who choose this life, to protect and serv…
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