Greg Drobny has been involved in mil-blogging and the military-veteran community for over 20 years. With his correspondence sent via handwritten letters to a newspaper editor friend upon joining the Army in the wake of 9/11, which were subsequently published online under the title “In the Army Now,” Greg can be counted as one of the first mil-bloggers in the internet age.
After various blue-collar jobs and wandering the earth like Cane in Kung-Fu, Greg joined the Army in 2001 with a RIP contract. This resulted in a broken hip two days from RIP graduation, which sent him to 6th RTB, where he served a 3-year tour as OPFOR and Gator 6-Delta – the Commander’s Driver.
Following subsequent injuries at SFAS and a few exotic jobs in the security contracting world that saw him visiting most of Central America, Greg joined a Reserve PSYOP unit and reclassed, eventually ending up in Iraq as a PSYOP Team Chief. He came home in 2009, left the Army, started college, but soon after ended up back in the community via the company Ranger Up when they held a writing contest for their famed blog The Rhino Den.
For the next 6 years, Greg’s writing, under the monikers Mr. Twisted and RU Twisted, was a staple in the milblogging world, with the Rhino Den and, later, Unapologetically American, reaching tens of thousands every week. Greg’s writing covered everything from military history to suicide research and current events that impact the military and veteran community.
Greg has also worked with other veteran-focused groups like The Mighty Oaks Foundation and, currently, in his role as Student Recruiter and Outreach Manager for Code Platoon – the only military- and veteran-focused coding bootcamp in the United States. Code Platoon’s mission is to train veterans and military personnel who are transitioning into civilian life so that they can launch their careers in software engineering and the tech space.
Greg holds a BA and MA in history, as well as an MS in organizational psychology, and had to give up fun things like Brazilian jiu jitsu because his Airborne Infantry-inspired spinal column told him that he had to. He lives in Colorado with his family, who all routinely make fun of him for being old and broken – because he is.
This content was provided from Greg himself, and does not yet have supporting documentation.