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Corps Strength – “Time To Sign Off”

I received this note the other day from longtime contributor MGySgt Paul Roarke (USMC, Ret) who has provided our monthly feature “Corps Strength” for the past decade.

“I think it’s probably a good time for me stop writing for SSD. I think I pretty much covered about everything I could in the last ten years. It has been a great run and I can’t thank you and your readers enough for their support over this time. I especially enjoyed the comments (especially the nasty ones LOL).

I will remain a daily reader of SSD and continue to recommend it to everyone, it’s a great site. So thanks again brother, take care and if I can do anything for you, let me know.

Like I always say:

Be Safe Always, Be Good when you Can

Semper Fi


I want to thank MGunz for his contributions to our nation and to our tiny corner of the Internet.

May you and yours remain healthy, wealthy and wise.


24 Responses to “Corps Strength – “Time To Sign Off””

  1. Jesse says:

    Thank you for all of your helpful information over the years, it was much appreciated.

  2. chris says:

    Ahhh too bad. Will miss Mgunz, his fitness advice was was also common sense stuff that people tend to forget.

  3. CJ says:

    Echo that, your good old fashioned horse sense and emphasis on personal discipline will be missed. Always enjoyed your articles.

  4. Bart says:

    Thanks so much Mgunz for the motivation. Your contributions reminded us that to get fit to fight and have the stamina to stay in the fight… advice some people even deny and a problem better gear doesn’t always solve.

  5. Davy Crockett says:

    I loved the column. He’ll be missed.

  6. Jbgleason says:

    Good run. I will miss my regular dose of self loathing and motivation. Thx for the past help.

  7. Jon, OPT says:

    One of your best contributors.

  8. Chris B says:

    Thanks for all the info over the years, I hope you still drop in randomly if you come across any other good info! Enjoy your latest retirement and further adventures MGunz!

  9. Iggy says:

    Your gritty experience in a sea of often superficial instablahblah will leave a hole, perhaps when its more and more needed. Thanks for the input, and never too late to reconsider.

  10. justin says:

    I enjoyed the articles, information and advice. Lots of real world context putting the theory in practice. All the best!

  11. Alpha2 says:

    I won’t miss the column at all. Made me reflect on how lazy I’d gotten.

    No, seriously, thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight for all of these years. Enjoy your next adventure MGunz.

  12. Old Soldier says:

    No way! I can’t believe it. I want to echo what everyone else said – thank you for all of the common sense things that we tend to forget while we get bombarded with so many senseless trendy things. I really liked your articles about your experiences in things where PT matters and where the rubber meets the road – like mountain climbing. I think you spoke of a climb of Mt.Rainier in the not too distant past. Really good stuff. Please consider adding a post or two once in awhile. Thanks again.

  13. X marks the spot says:

    Thank you for your column. I went and bought your book as a show of support.

  14. some_guy says:

    I always enjoyed your articles.

  15. anotherolddude says:

    great articles over the years and an awesome book…..a solid workout program for us cops and first responders….What’s the status of the new book?

  16. Always appreciated the articles as were motivational and a reminder of practical long term advice. Perhaps can make a mini book of clumping all the SSD articles together.

  17. Cy says:

    Thanks for all the great advice over the years. I will miss your honest and straightforward words of wisdom.

  18. Matt says:

    Thanks for all motivation and great advice over the years. I highly recommend anyone to buy the book if you need solid, time tested PT advice. Your contribution will be missed.

  19. Exploriment says:

    Besides Lt. Col. Baldwin’s articles, always looked forward to your columns and got a lot out of them.

  20. Papa6 says:

    Thank you Gunny! You will be missed!

  21. CallMeShooter says:

    One of the absolute best on SSD. Thanks for the contributions over the years.

  22. Sommerbiwak says:

    Make reruns of his column as most of it is timeless advice.

  23. Aye says:

    Farewell Mgunz, lurk hard, comment often!

  24. Chris from Cali says:

    Damn, Master Guns! The selfish part of me is pretty sad, not gonna lie, though I know this means onward and upwards for you. Your guest writing here was what brought me to SSD, as it was initially recommended reading in my unit. As a young NCO, I utilized many of the lessons learned and techniques you wrote about to keep my Marines and myself ever improving in both the physical and mental arenas. PT scores and attitudes benefited directly, though I’m not sure you ever got the credit. More importantly, we performed better than most of our Coalition counterparts, and the majority of our Company when it mattered most. Thank you for your years of wisdom, and be safe.