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Memorial Day Is a Day of Remembrance, Not Celebration

Memorial Day was created as a remembrance to honor the fallen by decorating graves — a holiday meant...

Glorious Amateurs: The Legendary OSS of World War II

Medal of Honor recipient and OSS director William J. Donovan wanted “Ph.D.s who could win a bar figh...

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Killing JFK, Rat Stew, WrestleMania: The Real ‘White House Plumbers’

“White House Plumbers,” HBO’s new series about the orchestrators of the Watergate scandal, barely scratches the surface. The real-life “plumbers” were even crazier.

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Johnny Joey Jones, Marine Corps Bomb Tech and Fox Nation Host, To Publish 'Unbroken Bonds' Book

Combat veteran and Fox Nation host Johnny Joey Jones has a book coming out in June about serving with the Marines Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan and the friendships he formed.

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‘Enemy At The Gates’ Shows Soviet Propaganda At Work

Enemy at the Gates tells the story of Soviet sniper Vasili Zaitsev as both a game of cat and mouse a...

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Dear Jack: I'm Worried About the Showers At Boot Camp

In this installment of “Dear Jack,” Marine veteran and amateur life coach Jack Mandaville helps a service member get comfortable being naked in front of other men.

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‘We’re Not Here’: What’s Hiding on BRCC’s Latest Vietnam-Related Coffee Bag?

Hidden in the "We're Not Here" bag’s design are several nods to Richard Nixon’s policies and controversies, but the discerning ECS subscriber might also notice some familiar characters.

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Dear Jack: I've Picked Up Bad Habits in the Military

In this installment of “Dear Jack,” Marine veteran and amateur life coach Jack Mandaville helps a service member find new, healthier hobbies.

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Forget Flowers: Veteran-Made Gift Options for Mother’s Day

Beat the clock and get Mom a gift that shows how much you really appreciate her. You’re not on your own; we’ve compiled a list of veteran-made gifts to help guide you in the right direction.

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Why Are These 5 Navy SEAL Movies So Popular?

Navy SEALs with Charlie Sheen inspired a generation of team guys. No, seriously. Some real hitters with dozens of combat deployments learned about the unit because of that movie. Go figure.

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USS Texas: A Battleship of Firsts

The last-remaining dreadnought and only American battleship to fight in both World Wars, the USS Texas boasts a colorful history that’s still on display today.

Kabar: The Best Knife for a Gunfight

Known for its reliability as both a combat weapon and a utility knife, the Kabar has been a favorite blade among American warfighters since World War II.

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Old Ironsides: How a Poem Saved America’s Favorite Warship

Two centuries ago, Old Ironsides was saved from certain death by an unlikely hero. Today, she survives as the world’s oldest floating ship.

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Chesty Puller: The Corps’ Most Decorated Marine

With decades of combat experience and a stack of medals to his name, Chesty Puller remains the most accomplished leatherneck in Marine Corps history.

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Dear Jack: I'm Stationed In Korea

In this installment of “Dear Jack,” Marine veteran and amateur life coach Jack Mandaville helps a soldier stationed in Korea deal with suspicious behavior back home.

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Red Tails — The Legendary Tuskegee Airmen of WWII

The Tuskegee Airmen flew bomber escort missions during World War II and earned a reputation for excellence that shattered racial barriers within the U.S. military.

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Cargo Jet, Hurricane Hunter, Gunship: Evolution of the C-130

Developed in the 1950s, the highly versatile and modifiable C-130 has since proven to be one of the most significant military innovations of the modern era.

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Black Rifle Founder Evan Hafer’s 5 Essential Books for Succeeding in Business

Black Rifle Coffee Company’s CEO Evan Hafer is an avid reader. We sat down with the ex-Green Beret to discuss some of his favorite books and how they helped him build America’s coffee company.

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Dear Jack: I'm Retiring From The Military — Help!

In this installment of “Dear Jack,” Marine veteran Jack Mandaville helps a career service member figure out life after retirement.

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Nolan Peterson: Lessons From Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

After living in and reporting from Ukraine the last nine years, conflict journalist Nolan Peterson h...

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‘The Gift’ Explores the Life and Legacy of Medal of Honor Recipient Jason Dunham

"The Gift" tells the story of the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor after the Vietnam War. ...

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The Bitter Barista's Cold Brew Coffee Soda Float

Today, we combine the best of both worlds with this indulgent recipe, smashing together our love of coffee and ice cream with a cold brew coffee soda float!

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‘A Word Like God’: New Book From Army Ranger Leo Jenkins

In his latest poetry collection, Ranger-turned-writer Leo Jenkins turns away from war to explore cosmic themes of faith, fatherhood, and art.

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‘Climb to Glory’ — A History of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division

From the mountains of Italy to the mountains of Afghanistan, the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division built its legendary reputation by fighting in some of the most inhospitable places in the world.

M16A2 and M16A4: The OG Black Rifles

Before their time at the top of the rifle food chain finally ended, both the M16A2 and the M16A4 proved to be among the most reliable and lethal weapons ever built.

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Black Rifle Coffee Q-Grader Levels Up in Cup Tasters Championship

In their first year of Cup Tasters Competitions, BRCC Q-grader Genifer Ness is taking coffee cupping to the National Stage at the 2023 SCA Expo.

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Dear Jack: CIF Keeps Rejecting My Gear

In this installment of “Dear Jack,” Marine veteran Jack Mandaville explains why the CIF guy keeps rejecting your "dirty" equipment.

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Gangsters, G-Men, and Green Berets: A Look at the Tommy Gun

For the better part of the 20th Century, the Tommy Gun was the weapon of choice for federal agents, organized crime, and American commandos.

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BJ Baldwin’s ‘Recoil Reloaded’ Is an Ultra-Caffeinated Mini Movie

Black Rifle Coffee Company and trophy truck racer BJ Baldwin just dropped "Recoil Reloaded: Sand & Sky." Go behind the scenes of this heart-pumping short film with Coffee or Die.

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Heroism & Guts — What It Takes To Earn the Navy Cross

The Navy Cross — the branch’s second-highest award for valor in combat — isn’t handed out to just anybody. It’s earned.

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From the Silent Service to the Presidency: The Life of Jimmy Carter

Before and after his presidency were some of the greatest contributions Jimmy Carter made to the world we know today.

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Eddie Rickenbacker: America’s Most Decorated World War I Ace

Eddie Rickenbacker, the “ace of aces,” may have broken the record for aerial victories in World War I, but that was hardly the most remarkable part of his extraordinary life.

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Marine Sniper-Turned-MMA Fighter Takes on ‘Naked and Afraid’

After surviving combat, mixed martial arts training, and a trip to Guyana’s caiman-infested jungles, Justin Governale has a simple tip: Suck less. Do better.

Why the Canteen Persevered in the Age of the CamelBak

The reason some hydration devices — like the hand-held canteen — have staying power is because of their simple versatility.

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These 10 US Presidents Were Military Heroes Before Politics

More than half of US presidents served in the military, but only a handful have impressive service records.

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A Mystery Bunker, Secret Rooms, and a Ghost: Myths of the Pentagon

The Pentagon, with its five huge office rings and hot dog stand “bunker,” has myths and secrets running through its massive halls.

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The M4 Sherman: The Tank That Won World War II

Like its famous namesake, the M4 Sherman tank proved that the quickest path to battlefield victory is through sheer, American-made firepower.

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Travis Pastrana Qualifies For Daytona 500

Former X Games thrill-seeker Travis Pastrana said racing in the Daytona 500 was one of his last motorsports goals and this was his last, best shot to get there.

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Travis Pastrana Gears Up for ‘Sink or Swim’ Attempt To Qualify for the Daytona 500

Black Rifle Coffee Company athlete Travis Pastrana conquered the worlds of motocross and rally racin...

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Legendary Fighter Pilot Robin Olds Was an Ace in Two Wars

Only five pilots have ever become triple aces. Only one did it with two different airplanes.

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‘Dear John Letters’ — A History of Wartime Breakups

The dreaded Dear John: the wartime breakup notice that took weeks to arrive in the mail.

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Romeos, Red Sparrows, and the Art of the ‘Honey Trap’

Valentine’s Day is amateur hour. In the world of espionage, spies lure, lie, and love to steal secrets.

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10 Great American ‘Military Writers’ and How They Served

American literature is full of writers who either served in the military or really wanted to but got rejected by the draft board. Here are 10 great "military writers" and the stories of their service.

Black Rifle Coffee Company has partnered with GORUCK for a VIP giveaway to the GORUCK Sandlot JAX Fitness Festival on April 21-23, 2023. Photo courtesy of Black Rifle Coffee Company.
BRCC Partners With GORUCK For VIP Giveaway

Black Rifle Coffee Company has partnered with GORUCK for a VIP giveaway to the GORUCK Sandlot JAX Fitness Festival on April 21-23, 2023.

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Robert Heinlein: The Navy Vet Who Pioneered Sci-Fi

The dean of science fiction combined his experiences in the Navy with his knowledge as an aeronautical engineer to create genre-transforming novels.

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Ernest Hemingway: The Highly Decorated Soldier Who Never Served

Ernest Hemingway, the American author so closely associated with the ethos of soldiering, may not have served in the military, but that didn’t keep him from winning medals in both world wars.

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What Great Movies Got Right About the Battle of Iwo Jima

Hollywood got a lot wrong about the Battle of Iwo Jima, but not everything. Here are the best films on the subject and a breakdown of what they got right.

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USS The Sullivans: The Tragic Story Behind the Name

The USS The Sullivans, named for five brothers killed in the Pacific, was the first American warship designated in honor of more than one person.

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Edgar Allan Poe Was a Sergeant Major in the US Army

Before he was a literary superstar, Edgar Allan Poe was a high-ranking cannon cocker who really hated life in the United States Army.

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