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Waging peace, these special ops, Army Rangers veterans left Afghanistan by building jobs in a factory otherwise planned for closure upon the removal of troops. After all, the factory manufactured combat boots. Instead, Matthew Griffin, “Griff,” made a pivot with his partners and fellow Army Ranger veterans, and now the factory makes flip flops.
And so began Combat Flip Flops, a forward-leaning company that builds production facilities, and jobs, in places others fear to tread. As they say:
“Unapologetically, we make cool shit in dangerous places.
Footwear from Bogota, Colombia — Supporting Craftsman, Not Cartels
Textiles from Afghanistan — Employing and Educating Afghan Women
Bomb Jewelry from Laos — Enabling Artisans to Clear Unexploded Ordnance with Style.
Bags from Home — Innovating Military Gear for Veteran Business Transition.
We do this because it’s our job to show others what’s possible, then encourage them to join us.
Welcome to the Unarmed Forces.”