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About Justin Westbrook

Justin is married and has two sons plus one daughter. He spent his childhood locked in a room with his NES and his AD&D manuals, when he wasn't out chasing chickens. He spends a great deal of time now trying to sound smarter than he really is.
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Raising Your Daughter for Ranger School
2 years ago

Raising Your Daughter for Ranger School

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Right now, two women are enduring the last week of the United States Army Ranger School in the daunting Florida “jungle” phase, as part of a pilot program to help the Pentagon decide how they might open combat specialty positions to women in the future. Throughout their attendance at the course, these two Army officers have impressed their Ranger Instructors and inspired women throughout the ranks of the entire Army.

A similar experiment has been conducted by the United States Marine Corps over the last several years, admitting women to attend the USMC Infantry Officer’s Course, or IOC. One of these women, First Lieutenant Sage Santangelo attempted to pass the course and failed. She wrote an op-ed following her attempt and attributed her lack of success to a double-standard in training requirements between males and females. She simply did not feel that she had been well prepared for success by adhering to lower training standards in the years preceding her attendance at IOC, where she was held to the same standards as the men.

Taking Lt. Santangelo’s premise that she wasn’t successful because of lower expectations for women, I began to think about how fathers raise their own daughters, and more personally, how I am raising my own daughter. What I never wish to happen is for my daughter to miss out on a personal dream because I held her back from being prepared to tackle the world. So if her dream is to one day become a United States Army Ranger, I had better spend my time getting her ready. While not a graduate of Ranger School myself, I have enjoyed great success as an Army officer and have mentored and trained many for military success. So here is my best advice for fathers who want to show their daughters a world where the ceilings are made of glass…and then show them how fast they can shatter them.

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Barack Obama Connects Fatherhood To Stronger America Twice In One Week
5 years ago

Barack Obama Connects Fatherhood To Stronger America Twice In One Week

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In case you missed when President Barack Obama dropped 8BD’s favorite “f-bomb” (fatherhood) about two-thirds of the way through his State of The Union Speech last week Tuesday, here’s the segment:

“[W]e’ll work to strengthen families by…doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”

Later last week in Chicago, President Obama was again talking about parenthood (in a variety of forms) and specifically fatherhood as a hedge against many of America’s social ills. The President appears to be “ramping up the rhetoric” in the best kind of way.

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Scumbag Dad Threatens Daughter With AK-47 For Two B’s On Report Card
5 years ago

Scumbag Dad Threatens Daughter With AK-47 For Two B’s On Report Card

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Along the same line of scumbag dad who shot up his daughter’s laptop to “discipline” her, we have a new story of a dad who used a recently purchased …
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8BD Review: Taken 2
5 years ago

8BD Review: Taken 2

Taken 2 – Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) is a dad “with a particular set of skills” who, in the prequel film (2008), rescued his daughter from an Albanian human-trafficking syndicate, using the unconventional tactic of applying his experience as expert CIA operative in a merciless rampage across Europe.

In this year’s sequel, Bryan is still trying to get close to his daughter Kim (played by Maggie Grace), while working off-and-on as a high-profile personal security consultant. When he finds out that his ex-wife Lenore (played by the stunning Famke Janssen) is having a rough time at home with an estranged husband, Bryan invites Kim and Lenore to visit him in Istanbul after his next assignment for a few days vacation.

Meanwhile, in Albania, trafficking kingpin Murad Krasniqi (played by Rade Serbedzija) plots revenge against Bryan, and travels with his goons into Istanbul just in time to catch the family reuniting for their vacation. During one outing, Bryan and Lenore seem to be reigniting an old flame just as Murad’s goons barge in with orders to take Bryan alive. Needless to say, a series of kidnapping attempts against Bryan, Lenore, and even Kim ensues, while Bryan spends much of the movie performing his signature vicious rampage.

But you already knew that, didn’t you? Check out the rest of the review after the button…

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Clever Dad Asks: “Who’s Your Favorite? Mum, or DAD?”
5 years ago

Clever Dad Asks: “Who’s Your Favorite? Mum, or DAD?”

With over 5.4 million viewers since the beginning of the year, this video may not be new to you, but it’s a super cute video of a dad attempting to coax his baby daughter to tell him that he is her favorite (or possibly favourite?).
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5 Things I Can’t Wait to do with My Kids Once I Get Home from Afghanistan
5 years ago

5 Things I Can’t Wait to do with My Kids Once I Get Home from Afghanistan

Very soon, I’ll be returning home from Afghanistan, where I’ve been deployed away from my family for nearly a year. Let me tell you that I am absolutely thrilled to see my wife and kiddos, and I bet they are stoked to have me home as well.

I’m fortunate that this is only my first deployment, and also that it will likely be my last for some time. For a lot of American military families, this is not the case, and some military members with multiple deployments have been away for three, four, even FIVE years of their childrens’ lives.

The sweetest part of a military deployment is probably the homecoming, where we reunite with the people in our lives that we love most. Amidst the countdowns and preparations, a lot is built up around having the family intact again. Military parents make plans just as much as I am sure the children do. I’ve got some plans of my own that I thought I would like to share at 8BD. So here’s a list of the 5 things I can’t wait to do with my kids once I get home from Afghanistan.

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CrossFit Dads: You Are Awesome!
5 years ago

CrossFit Dads: You Are Awesome!

After trying CrossFit at the beginning of last year, I wrote about how CrossFit dads turn their kids into beasts, using daily Workout of the Day (WOD) …
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Dad Lightens Up Delivery Room With Lamaze Freestyle
5 years ago

Dad Lightens Up Delivery Room With Lamaze Freestyle

In probably the first time “cervix” and “trash can” have ever been used in a rap freestyle (probably not, actually), Air Force Staff Sergeant Charles McDaniel had …
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