Maneuver Conference 2013 – Vehicles

As promised, this is the first in a series of articles chronicling the most interesting systems I saw at the Maneuver Conference (formerly known as the Infantry Conference). General Dynamics showcased the Stryker test bed vehicle.  This is the Stryker with the latest  modifications/technology for the Army to play with determining the future direction of …

1st Enlisted Women Marine Infantry Trainees

As part of the Marines effort to collect data on women serving in the Infantry the first enlisted marine infantry basic course consisting of 15 women started 28 Sep 2013.  The course is approximately 8 weeks long. 19 women Marines volunteered to try the course which is for data only.  They will not be awarded …

Toxic Leadership is PC BS

I read an article about “toxic leadership” on a blog I visit. For those that don’t know “toxic leadership” has been the in vogue buzz word for leaders (mostly officers) that create command climates that drive people from the service and leave a trail of destruction behind them.   The article was chock full of solutions …

Outlaw Platoon, Best Infantry in OEF Book Yet!

“OUTLAW PLATOON, Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell HANDS DOWN, THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ ABOUT AFGHANISTAN and I’ve read all the “bestsellers”.   I can’t think of a better book to recommend to anyone who wants to understand combat, the brotherhood of war and selflessness or be …

PC claims another Marine

Captain James Clement commanded a Marine company in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in July 2011.  Unbeknownst to him, four of his Marines did something dumb urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters and then crossed the line into blind stupidity by taking pictures and filming it.  Well the pictures were released to the press by …

Army testing new SAW, lightens weight 40%

Every infantry fire team has a light machine gun called the SAW (squad automatic weapon).  The SAW gunner carries a 17lb weapon and typically a 600 round basic load which is another 15lbs for a total of 32 lbs.  The LSAT SAW the Army is testing cuts the same load down to 19lbs. I was …

Welcome to GRUNTSandCo!

Hello! Grunts & Co is about the Infantry, those subjects of interest to infantrymen and those that have an interest in either.   Grunts & Co is about commemorating and celebrating “Grunts” and company.  It’s also about those serious issues that impact them and our great country.  We welcome everyone.  I believe a hole exists in …

US Army Maneuver Conference 2013 Sep 09-13 Fort Benning, GA

Every year the Infantry and Armor put on a conference.  It is essentially a huge trade show for those branches of the Army.  Think of it as Shot Show for the Infantry and the Armor.  The purpose of the conference is to yearly touch base on the latest developments and future of the respective branches.  …

CPT Will Swenson Awarded MOH

Today there was an addition to the illustrious roll of Medal of Honor awardees. CPT Will Swenson was awarded the MOH by the President at the White House today 15 Oct 2013.  He commanded an embedded training team advising Afghan Border Police on 8 Sep 2008 when his team came under heavy fire near the …