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Hooah! Cool Military-Themed Daily Gear
Need a new rucksack? How about a knife that's perfect for skinning wild game? Whether you are on leave, part of a military family, a war history buff or just love army aesthetics, these seven stylish items are worth packing...

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Combat Flip Flops
A former American soldier in Afghanistan saw thongs being made from the sole of a combat boot, and has since founded Combat Flip Flops.

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Fighting to footwear: US Army veteran's Afghan factory plan
After three tours of duty in Afghanistan, former US special operations soldier Matthew Griffin now wants to help the country by opening a factory there instead of going on combat missions.

Mr Griffin, who was an Army Rangers captain, is the founder and chief executive of footwear business Combat Flip-Flops, based in Washington state.

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Want to Do Business in Afghanistan? Read This First
Ex-Army Ranger Hoped to Make Flip Flops in Kabul; Now, Colombia Is Looking Good

An ex-Army Ranger had an unusual business plan: making military-themed flip flops in Afghanistan and selling them to trend setters in the U.S. But, after a series of setbacks, Combat Flip Flops is relocating to Colombia.

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Issaquah entrepreneur puts flip flops to the test in Pamplona

This Afghanistan veteran really, really wants you to like his company on Facebook.

This week, former Army Ranger, social entrepreneur and Issaquah resident Matthew Griffin, proved that flip flops are indeed bad for running when he joined the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

"Bad for running, worse for fighting" is the slogan of Combat Flip Flops, which aims to provide jobs to Afghan factory workers through production of specialty footwear.

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The Army Ranger's Flip-Flops 

After three tours in Afghanistan as a Ranger, the birth of his first daughter, and a stint in Iraq, Matthew "Griff" Griffin was ready to take a break from the U.S. Army. He took a job with Remote Medical International and returned to Afghanistan in 2009, where he helped improve the combat medical training programs for Afghanistan's armed forces. Just across the Jalalabad road from where he was stationed sat brand-new factories engaged to outfit the Afghanis under the direction of John Boyer, a former Marine captain. Boyer allowed Griff to tour his factories and, when the former Ranger saw a combat boot sole with a flip-flop thong nailed onto it, Boyer said he didn't mind if Griff tried to replicate the product.

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SEAL Auctions Bin Laden Raid Knife for Fallen Friend

A member of the elite team that killed Osama bin Laden donated a knife he carried on the historic raid to a charity auction recently, raising $35,400 for the family of another Navy SEAL who perished in a training accident in March.

Mark Owen, the pseudonymous author of "No Easy Day," which detailed the bin Laden mission, told ABC News he was approached by a friend who was setting up the auction and volunteered to part with the combat knife he's carried with him on missions for over eight years.

"If there was something I could do, I wanted to be involved," the former SEAL Team Six member said.

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A man bag you'll be happy to call 'mine'

The Claymore from Combat Flip Flops is the answer when you need to carry your gear in the most threateningly understated way possible.

The bag is based on the canvas M7 Bandoleer, a Vietnam-era satchel used to carry an M18A1 Claymore mine and associated equipment. The signature look of the two-pocket original is retained, but the updated Claymore adds a large pocket across the bag's width to carry a small laptop or tablet computer in an optional padded sleeve.

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Sandal Stimulus: Afghans Make Combat Flip Flops

Exports from Afghanistan are few. Raisins, rugs, opium, wool, other dried fruit, and that's about it. It is the world's sixth largest exporter of raisins, according to the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan, and it's in full control of the world's opium market, but decades of war have all but killed the export business in most of the country.

In the last five years, exports of Afghan rugs, which account for 47% of export earnings, have dropped 95%. Dried fruit exports are a third of what they were pre-war. Lack of infrastructure and problems with Pakistan have been the main factors in degrading the export economy. Opium, it seems, is one of the only stable—albeit illegal—products to export.

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Combat Flip Flops
Bad for running, worse for fighting


For a completely different idea on winning in Afghanistan, take a look at the brain child of two former Army Rangers and a friend. Working from the idea that we can't kill our way to victory in a counter-insurgency conflict and from the inspired slogan, "Business, not bullets", Combat Flip Flops ($65) promotes a strong Afghan economy to sustain and build on the successes of the past 10 years. In a country where $25 is strong incentive for e

 

mplacing an improvised explosive device targeted at U.S. and Afghanistan security forces, economic development is the alternative path for people who act for financial, rather than ideological, reasons.

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Made in America: Combat Flip Flops

He was in a war-torn country, where people need stable jobs. They need a trade; they need something, anything, besides war (or growing poppies to support the heroin trade). Why not flip flops? Locals wear them. Americans wear them. And they could be made locally, sold locally, but also around the world. And rather than charity, or U.S. tax dollars providing aid, it would become a self-sustaining, virtuous circle for the Afghans to help themselves.

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Bond of brothers: Ex-soldiers enlist Afghans to craft military themed flip-flops

The idea for Combat Flip Flops, which sells high end togs with names like the AK-17 for men and Bombshell Light for women, is headquartered in a one-car garage a stone's throw from a salmon stream in the foothills outside Seattle.

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Ex-Army Rangers turn combat into flip flops to help Afghans

ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Three Eastside men have unwittingly become fashion designers as they take steps to help families thousands of miles away - with a new line of "theme" footwear.

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Two veterans of the war in Afghanistan and a businessman have launched Combat Flip Flops, an Issaquah-based online store that sells flip-flops made in Kabul.

"We want to empower these people with the economy; it is not a handout," said Andy Sewrey, president of the company. "It is trying to create an economy in a war zone."

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