Everyone has a Rip-It story, whether they know it or not, so we asked our community of service members, veterans, and nasty civilians for their favorite tales of high-energy chaos, real or imagined. Here’s what we got back.
When it’s the only thing that gets you through the day
“The one Route Clearance patrol we did while attached to Army EOD in-and-around Fallujah area November 2007 lasted 18 hours. All I had that day was Rip-Its and Runts candy riding around in our AAVs. YAT-YAS! Thank you @ripitenergy , got me through that day!”
When the only casualty of a near-miss is your Rip-Its
“The JTAC gave me a roger and I heard the hiss of the MRAP door followed by a ‘FUCK!’ and a sickening thud as the JTAC tripped and tumbled from the rear door and onto the pavement chest first. He rolled over and I saw fluid squirting in every possible direction. I panicked thinking he had some type of serious wound but when I got to him, the spray hit my face and I realized it was blue RipIt.”
When you attempted to travel back in time and failed miserably
When Rip-It is the source of some friendly competition
“One day out of the week in Bagram they would have Rip Its at the Dfac. My crew worked nights so we tried to get some extras. Signs said to take 2 only. My sergeant and I played a game to see who could get the most cans back to the TOC without getting caught. His record was 24 cans. The bastard stuffed every pocket he could with two dozen cans”
When a Rip-It is manna from heaven
“My favorite personally was watching junior marines faces when a marine captain who was riding in my truck, throw a few rip it’s to them. They had been in mortar pits for three weeks and hadn’t seen anything but mres and water lol”
When your plans suddenly change …
“We where set to convoy and got told high chance of contact so 2 privates with us split a whole rack of rip it! Then they called the convoy off so they just sat there shaking like crack heads”
... or when you just need to kill time
“2010, camp ramadi. Months of boring KLE mission had us stir crazy. Rip it and camel smokes helped me stay awake long enough to power through like 4 seasons of Dexter in like 2 weeks with my homie @padroneetc”
When you need to face down some damn dirty baboons
“The year was 2018 and the government was all over the net. Some dick head had put cybernetic shot assist implants in the heads of military grade baboons, about a dozen and armed them with Ak’s set with explosive tip rounds . They covered an area about the size of a football field and didn’t play well with others. I was headed home from a half day of work , easiest 12 hours of my life . I was also excited about the rain and fog, just the way I like to party. So on the way home I stopped to buy my grape Rip It and was confronted by the baboons . All I’m gonna say is those baboons like to party and love drinking rip it for their hang over.”
BONUS: When civilians get a little too much Rip-It in their system
“Shotgunned two in a row at my high school in the bathroom then proceeded to get kicked off the basketball court. I’m in the band.”
Jeremy Cuellar, left, and Kemia Hassel face life in prison if convicted of murdering Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III in Berrien County Dec. 31, 2018. (Courtesy of Berrien County Sheriff's Dept.)
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(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.