Category Archives: Fighting and training

Improving the U.S. military. Some thoughts from two vets…

Being a prior enlisted member of the military, it’s quite common to spout off your views on all things military. From playing Monday morning quarterback regarding current combat operations, to discussing how the Army or Marine Corps could do things better, nearly every enlisted member that I’ve ever met complains and gripes, while also suggesting how things could be better.

I’ve learned this doesn’t end when you get out, and I’ve of late been increasingly talking all things military with a guy I’ll just call “Lee.”

Lee served four and a half years in the Army, with most of his time in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Lee served two combat tours during that time and he knows about ten times more about weapons than I do, and well, that’s saying something.

Several times in the past six months, we’ve talked about things we’d change if we were in charge and we finally decided it’d be fun to throw these things out there for discussion purposes, and even better, to hear all the other ideas floating around out there.

Here were some ideas we had…

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Why every man should be strong

Tons of great tidbits in this article: Why every man should be strong.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the news business, working as a reporter, editor, and publisher. I write every chance I get and I’m far too ambitious for my own good. Please consider subscribing to my blog for email alerts or taking a look at some of my action books

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Blood Brothers, something I’m honored to have, and a song that rocks, as well

I only came across this song by Luke Bryan a couple of weeks ago, but I have been playing it to no end.

Every time I hear it, I think of a couple of friends I hunted with as a boy growing up. And then my mind shifts to the men I served with. Dangerous bars we shouldn’t have been in. Dangerous parts of foreign cities we should have steered clear of. And then our time down range in a bit of a shooting gallery.

But it wasn’t always dangerous. There was sheer boredom. Play fights when we should have been field day-ing (cleaning). Real fights when one of the boys got drunk. Pranks too numerous to count.

I wouldn’t trade anything for those days, and hopefully this song brings back some memories for you. (Man or woman, we’ve all had friends precisely as described in this song.)

Hope you enjoy it, and if you feel so inclined, share a memory or two in the comments.  (Or a similar song that speaks to you.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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No excuses, no matter how old you are

Now if this doesn’t motivate you, then nothing will!

No excuses, indeed!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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What I do every Tuesday and Thursday night. : )

I’m not sure I’ll ever reach this level (of aweeeesommmme), but I’m certainly trying. 

An oldie but a goodie…

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 21 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 34 in its genre.

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