Ft. Bragg Stories Podcast
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The Ft. Bragg Stories podcast uses personal narratives to explore life on and around this country's largest military base. It's a collaboration between the Fayetteville Observer and WUNC's American Homefront Project.Read more »
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FT. BRAGG STORIES: 'Not Afraid Of The Fight'
5 days ago
Many soldiers who decide to leave the military put their training to use in civil ian careers. James Quigg is no different, although his career choice is somewhat unusual. He's a professional mix ed martial arts fighter known as the Gentleman Brawler. "It can be pretty miserable to fight me, even if you're winning," said Quigg. "I'm not afraid of the fight." A wrestler since high school, Quigg was first introduced to mixed martial arts at West Point. He credits his training at the Combatives s chools at Fort Bragg with launching his professional career. Since leaving the military in 2014, Quigg has searched for ways to balance his dream job with the day-to-day realities of work. Most professional fighters need a reliable source of income to support themselves while they focus on training and fights, but, as Quigg pointed out, not every boss is OK with an employee who might show up with a black eye after a bout. Teaching math and science to middle schoolers at Max Abbot Middle School inRead more »