This is a picture of the memorial for SGT Juan Navarro at COP Mushan in Panjwai on 09 July 2012. SGT Navarro was killed by an IED while on patrol 07 July 2012. Navarro was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

(Photo credit: SPC David Lin 68X 1972nd Med Det COSC)


Since freezing my gym membership for the summer, I’ve taken to running in my neighborhood. It’s so weird how running on the treadmill is so easy compared to running on an indoor track. Then I come outdoors and it’s like I’m about to die. But I’m so proud of myself. 1 mile in under 10 minutes since transitioning to outdoor-running and I’m really feeling it.
I took my mat to my front yard today to do my stretches and vinyasa after my run. Why did I think a gym could satisfy me when my neighborhood and my front yard brings me all the peace I need.
I have a friend who runs marathons and I think I’m going to train for the next 5k that rolls around JBLM/Lakewood/Tacoma/Olympia and run it with her. That’d be a fun experience.


#soldierporn’s Military Muscle Recognition Review.

The MRAP Original.

Mine-protected, ambush-protected vehicles sit on Forward Operating Base Tagab in Kapisa province. [For size reference, the foreground is an original MRAP vehicle, the background vehicle is a MATV. -R]

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Claire Baker, 18 MAR 2013 @ FOB Tagab, Kapisa, Afghanistan.)

The M-ATV (MRAP ATV): Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle.

A new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, built specifically for the mountainous Afghan terrain, parks on the flight line after arriving by air transport. The initial eight vehicles, the first M-ATVs designated for Southern Afghanistan, will be used to train drivers and mechanics from units selected to receive M-ATVs.

(Photo by Specialist Elisebet Freeburg, 22 OCT 2009 @ Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.)

The MASV: Military Armored Security Vehicle. 

[L] Soldiers of Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, wait to fire their Armored Security Vehicles’ .50 caliber machine guns and MK 19 grenade launchers Feb. 4 at Range 5 here. The range was part of Exercise Raider Focus, the brigade’s month-long training exercise designed to challenge the ability of leaders and soldiers to conduct full spectrum operations as a combined arms team.

(Photo by Specialist Reece Von Rogatsz, 4 FEB 2012 @ Yakima Training Center, WA.)

[R] Military policemen with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, begin mounting the platoon’s new M1117 Armored Security Vehicles during a MK-19 grenade machine gun range here. The unit is one of two on JBLM with the vehicle. 

(Photo by Specialist Kimberly Hackbarth, 4 APR 2011 @ JBLM, WA.)

The Stryker Original.

An Army Stryker from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gets ready for a mission after refueling at Forward Operating Base Sparta. The Stryker unit from the “Arctic Wolves” Brigade made the nearly 400-mile trip from Fort Wainwright in support of a nine-day field training exercise for their sister brigade, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith, 20 JAN 2014 @ JBER, Alaska.)

Stranger Danger: Name That Beast.

[When compared against the others, it becomes readily apparent that what the Combat Camera in Afghanistan labeled a “Stryker” vehicle was in actuality a modified MASV with a turret nest to protect the gunner. Apologies for any confusion – I did spend a few hours thinking the Stryker Brigades had been augmenting with steroids. -R]

Until you’re training in your sleep.

A gun team from the Raider Ready Reserve (R3), 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, gives support by fire to its team down range during a team live-fire exercise at Range 60 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Teams practiced infantry maneuvers during dry and blank round iterations of the combat scenario, and finished by sending live rounds down range. The soldiers are getting prepared to deploy to Afghanistan if they are called upon.

(Photo by Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock, 30 JAN 2013.)

So tonight there was a little girl strangled to death by a group of teenagers in my neighborhood. MPs all over stopping everyone. They were going door to door. Helicopters all over the place with spot lights.
This is coming of the heels of another 5 year old being poisoned (he died as well) in the neighborhood a few weeks ago.
This fuckin post, especially my neighborhood, is going to shit.


Have you wondered who the badass on our April bout poster is? Her name is Rosie Pivoter, and we asked her a few questions so you could get to know her just as well as the Betties know and love her!

How did you hear about the Betties? Fort Lewis is our first duty station, before we moved here I was looking online at what activities were offered. I was really excited to see that there was a rink and then saw the roller derby team. I instantly told my husband derby was exactly what I needed. At the time I was pregnant and had to wait. One night I looked up the team again and saw that practice was being held that night so I drove over, and fell in love.

Why Roller Derby? Derby is great for me, I have loved skating since I had the blue and yellow fisher price adjustable skates. I have always been a physical and aggressive person and so derby fits my personality.

What is the story behind your name? Rosie the Pivoter is a play on words from Rosie the riveter, which I always found inspiring.

Favorite position on the track? I am a blocker on the track and love working with the other girls.

Are there any hobbies you have off the track? Hobbies are a thing for people who don’t have two toddlers lol. But snowboarding, art, dance, skating, poetry.

Want to see her in action? Come out to the bout April 5th, and get your tickets early!

I took a walk. The misty rain and cool breeze felt really nice. I walked about two miles or so away from the house, in hopes of finding the forest I had seen while driving into the base.

I finally did find it. I saw it a few blocks down. I was pretty excited. A chance to get out of suburbia, at least for a little bit.

As I got closer I was horrified. All along the forest was a fence. A tall one, with barbed wire at the top.

I’m trapped here.