History of Fixed Bayonets lends it's roots to U.S. Military Gamers. USMG was a community formed in July 2009 by Terrell "Pakman3000" Pakeman whom wanted to to bring together a community of like-minded service members whom share a common pastime as a way to unwind from the harshness of duty. The initial site was usmilitarygamers.webs.com and later to usmilitarygamers.com as the site was moved from webs.com and evolved to a shared hosting environment with "smoke" as the webmaster.
The growth of the community was accelerated by the release of MAG on January 26, 2010.
USMG has had many notable members as well as involvement with http://www.extra-life.org/ to raise funds through video gaming for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. USMG has also been a place for veterans, to make new friends, to share experiences, to ask for help with issues. Even a radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/militarygamer.
USMG even made it to XBOX Magazine on Sept. 7th, 2010. Unfortunately the page has been since removed.
The success of the community would not of happened, if it was not for the many people behind the scenes. Recruiting was a thankless job but was paramount to the success of the community. Sometimes good things must come to an end. Is this the end of USMG? I would say no, but from a literal sense re-branded. One of the important aspects of maintaining a community are social media outlets, for which there was no way to secure. Not having control of these sites, which can send an inconsistent message as well as other harm, left no other choice but to re-brand. On the other hand, the community has been in decline over the past couple of years, over the past few months the threat of closure was becoming a reality. If things aren't working they need to change. Change is good as we need to avoid a stale environment. Some people have been pounding away at this for at least 7 years and need a break away. Running a community is not an easy thing nor easy to sustain.
We should thank all the people involved for the past seven years. One thing to remember is that U.S. Military Gamers was not about a web site or video games. It's really about the people.