Nick spent the best and hardest six years of his life as an infantry officer. While there are many poignant moments to look back on during his time in uniform, perhaps the most important in his military career was teaching, choreographing, and performing an inspired version of the opening cheer to the movie "Bring It On" with the mortar platoon for his Battalion Commander. That day, as he and the men of the mortars let the world know that they were "sexy, cute, and popular to boot" he saw a look of loathing in the Old Man's face that he had never seen before or since. It was glorious.
Upon leaving the military, Nick decided to become a grown up. He applied to and got into a serious school, studied serious things, got a serious job, bought a serious house, and made serious plans.
All of that stuff was seriously painful. To stay connected to the community he cared about and to keep himself from being so damn serious, in 2006 he started a little hobby he called "Ranger Up." He seriously loved the hobby and when he found out he was going to get promoted again to an even more serious job, he quit, which everyone told him was seriously stupid. They were probably right because he went into serious debt to keep Ranger Up running, and seriously almost went bankrupt, but things started working out... seriously well.
Nick loves his job because he loves the community that he and the rest of the RU team gets to serve every single day. He also loves bourbon, caffeine, 80s flicks, combat sports, and any combination of those four things.
Tom was active duty in the 75th Ranger Regiment from 2000-2004, as a member of both 2nd Battalion and Regimental Headquaters. Later, while going to college, working as a radio DJ, and serving in the Illinois National Guard, Tom started working at RU as a writer almost immediately after it started. Six months after he began writing, he was invited to Fort Bragg for a Ranger Up event. Once there Nick threw him a phone and he became head of sales. Five months after that, he got a call from Nick at his home in Saint Louis that went exactly like this:
Tom: That's a big move, man. How much time do I have?
Tom: Four days isn't a lot of time to make a decision like that.
Tom: Okay, I'll do it.
When he's not managing the Operation he will usually be found drinking fine bourbon while putting together the latest Star Wars Lego set, and trying to keep his retired military working dog from eating people. In his youth, he aspired to join the theatre. He once auditioned to play Big Foot in a local community production, but was told that he was too hairy for the role. Thus ended his dream.
To compensate for his lack of theatrical production, Tom became loud. Very loud. Think of the loudest guy you know. Then double that level of loudness. No. Triple it. That's how loud Tom is.
Like Nick, he loves bourbon, caffeine, and combat sports, but he doesn't like 80s flicks, and that's what makes him a bad person worthy of your scorn.