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War Crimes, Hard Choices, and Harder Consequences: Part III

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Justin Watt’s personal turning point came barely a month into the deployment. He was on duty at a patrol base when the battalion commander arrived with his Personal Security Detail. Watt’s best friend Tyler Mackenzie was with them. Mackenzie had been Watt’s roommate back home and was assigned to the PSD in Iraq, probably because he was freakishly tall and the battalion commander wanted big guys as bodyguards. Watt and Mackenzie were ecstatic to see each other. When Watt first came to the unit Mackenzie had been the one guy who didn’t give Watt the standard new-guy hard time (several…

The Never Ending War: Part 2

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Everyone gets the feeling sometimes. You’re out at a party or hanging out with some old friends that you grew up with and it hits you like a ton of bricks, that paralyzing feeling of nothing. You no longer feel like the people you are around are your friends, you get quiet and just listen to your own thoughts. Your body is going through the motions of what ever you were doing before the feeling struck. You can hear everyone talking, but the words have no meaning. It’s just you and your own thoughts, not even clear thoughts at that.…

War Crimes, Hard Choices, and Harder Consequences (Part II)

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PFC Steven Green had just told Sergeant Tony Yribe he murdered an entire family. To put it mildly, Green wasn’t the most credible guy in the platoon. Yribe didn’t believe him. However Green, who had not gone on the patrol to the house, was able to exactly describe the crime scene: he knew where all the victims were, what positions they were in, and how they had been killed. Yribe decided, for reasons he will explain later, not to report it. Instead, he told Green he would be kicked out of the Army. Yribe would send him back to combat…

War Crimes, Hard Choices, and Harder Consequences

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An important forward from the Mad Duo: One might argue this is a cautionary tale. One could easily make the case this is a painful homage to the young men who did right under appalling conditions. It could be a hard judgment on how ‘Big Army’ handled the whole thing. In the end, interpret how you read it as you prefer, as long as as you read it. Here’s why: Today Breach-Bang-Clear begins a series of articles that every military man and woman should read. It isn’t our normal tongue-in-cheek look at cool gear or stoopid crap. It’s a true…

The Never Ending War: Part 1- Nostalgia

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The cold wind slaps your face without mercy, the smell of wood burning in the distance hinted with an unforgettable scent of cinnamon and pine needles. The dusting of white on the trees float lightly onto your jacket while you feel that old familiar feel of leather on your feet and the sensation of floating on water through the winter breeze. That memory can come out of nowhere– when you least expect it. It doesn’t even have to be winter for the familiar feeling of ice-skating at the snap of a finger. The only trigger that may be needed is…

Adventure: Big Bend National Park, Texas

Lost Mine Trail- The Payoff

I had been there once before. Twenty one years ago. The details of those memories are sketchy. I remember it was March or April. The weather wasn’t too hot and it even was cold at night. I remember stars filling the sky. My friend Jason and I were in our early twenties. I was a couple months from bootcamp and Jason unbeknownst to him was about 9 months away from the yellow footprints. ‘Man planning’ was in full effect. We threw our gear into our packs, hopped into Jason’s car and headed west. I can’t remember for sure but I…

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Food and Drink

Blackened Redfish

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I lost my stomach for fish almost 20 years ago. While on a West Pac the low grade ‘fish’ smell permeated the galley walls of my ship (the USS Peleliu) and found its way into the birthing where I slept.…

Chili, Just One Option

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Chili recipes, there are a ton of them out there. With meat, without, beans or no beans. There is beef chili and even rattlesnake chili. So I just picked out one to post. It takes 6 to 8 hours in…

Outdoors

Adventure: Big Bend National Park, Texas

Lost Mine Trail- The Payoff

I had been there once before. Twenty one years ago. The details of those memories are sketchy. I remember it was March or April. The weather wasn’t too hot and it even was cold at night. I remember stars filling the sky. My friend Jason and I were in our early twenties. I was a…

New Outdoor Contributor

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We have a new contributor to IRON MIKE MAGAZINE. Anthony Babich and his team at Island Outdoors Media Productions will be providing us with a window into the hunting and fishing world around Long Island, New York and Maryland. They have some outstanding videos and pictures to share. Follow them on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and…

Workouts

Pull Up The WOD

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Pull Ups are always a core exercise to build upper body strength. Combined with some bench work and some air squats this timed workout will kick your ass. Get into the Grind.   WOD: Pull Ups x 15 Flat Bench…

Podcasts

The Arms Room- Shooting Fitness

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Today we are LIVE from the EANGUS National Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center. Today’s topic was all about fitness. Thats right, what kind of exercise do you do that helps you shoot better? Download today’s show and find out what you can do!

Tactical 16 Radio with Silent J Episode 19

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    On this episode of Tactical 16 Radio I talk about problems with the VA. Why hair metal is ruining football. Our need to invade Canada and more. This will be the last show for a few weeks but I’ll be back better then ever. See ya kitties.

WLS: One Night In Bangkok

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Welcome to the We Like Shooting show, Episode 52. This week we’ll talk about Tactical Walls, the Cammenga easyloader, Smith & Wesson SD9, SIRT Pistol, the Mayflower APC, CBRPS AR parts and A-zoom snap caps. Our guest this week is Jon from the I’m with Chaos YouTube channel. Welcome to the We Like Shooting show,…