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  • Introducing the Off Duty Profiles With Benjamin Steele

    Off Duty: A spotlight on like-minded individuals that share their favorite Cockpit USA items, while telling their personal stories on what it truly means to be a Cockpit USA brand ambassador.

    Semper Fidelis America by Benjamin J Steele

    Although I cannot help feeling inadequate when speaking publicly in connection to the United States Marine Corps, my friends at Cockpit USA asked me to share a few thoughts, so I’m going to give it my best try. This inadequacy doesn’t come from a lack of training or knowledge, but from the immeasurable respect that I feel towards those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces before me. It’s the selflessness of these men and women who have fought and died for freedom that enables us to live free every day. I am forever grateful to them.

    Picture: Me on the left and three of my best friends to the right.

    I grew up in a small town in Colorado, was often surrounded by military members, and had considered joining from the time I was a teenager. Many of my good friends in high school joined and I nearly contracted to do Army ROTC at my University, but the timing didn’t feel right. While in college I had professional experiences that were quite different than those of the military including founding, building, and selling my own clothing company. These few years with the fashion world is when I first came across Cockpit USA and fell in love with their products and mission.  

    So there I was, less than a year from graduating college having sold my little company and wondering what I should do next. After much research and debating, the calling to serve in the Armed Forces resurfaced itself from the back of my mind and I knew that it was likely now or never. Rather than the Army, I decided to try for the Marines and shipped out to Officer Candidate School in winter of 2017. 

    Picture: Good times in Quantico at Officer Candidates School.

    Over the past few years I have undoubtedly had some of the most powerful learning experiences of my 26 year life and am incredibly grateful that I took the leap to serve back in 2017. The first year of training was exceptionally challenging, but it was some of the best training of my life (you can read about some of my experiences on my website here or here). I now serve as a Logistics Officer with an Infantry Battalion in Camp Pendleton California and am continually learning new things everyday. Knowing my personality and personal goals, it is likely that I will leave the Marines after my four year commitment, but regardless I cannot put into words what it has meant to be able to serve. 

    We live in a wonderful country and are blessed with freedoms that many people in the world lack. What a blessing it is to be able to determine our own destiny, to decide what religion to practice, to choose how to raise our families. I love America and I love Americans. In my mind, all of these things are worth protecting. 

    Picture: No caption necessary.

    As mentioned earlier, I’m a big fan of Cockpit USA. Not only are the products exceptionally made and designed, but the brand aligns with a lot of the things that I believe in.  

    Here are three of my favorite jackets to date: 

    "Vintage Motorcross" Jacket Style: Z21A026 Featured in Cockpit USA'S "Off Duty" Selection

    The “Vintage Motorcross” Jacket in black. I really love the old school vibe of this one and the thickness of the leather. Maybe not for a warmer day, but in the winter this is a game-changer. I wear a size Large.

     

     

    The M-86  Flight Bomber Jacket in black. This is the first Cockpit USA jacket that I ever purchased and I loved it so much that I ended up getting one for my brother and best friend as well. It’s a lighter material, which makes it good for medium temperatures and can be dressed up or down. I wear an XL. 

    G-1 Flight Jacket with Removable Collar Style: Z2108M

    The G-1 Flight Jacket with Removable Collar. This jacket is absolutely incredible. I took it with me during my travels to the U.K. last winter and it was perfect in the colder temperatures. Seriously cannot say enough good things about it. I wear a size 44.  

    Left: Weathered Field Jacket
    Right: N1 Bedford Cord Navy Jacket

    Thank you for reading and I hope you gained some value from this short blog post. Have an exceptional week and Semper Fidelis. 

    You can learn more about me on my personal website at https://www.benjaminsteele.us/ or on my Instagram - @benj_steele

  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Ten

    Get geared up for the holidays with the Cockpit USA 12 days of Christmas event. 12 Days, 12 deals, each day offering 20% OFF that days look. Beginning December 10th, and running through December 21st, have everything you need for your holiday shopping.

    Day 10, December 19th: Use code DAYTEN

    Take 20% off our Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket, Elite Knit Hooded Sweater, & Brooklyn 1812 Backpack.

    Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket, Elite Knit Hooded Sweater, Brooklyn 1812 Backpack with code DAYTEN on 12/19 Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket, Elite Knit Hooded Sweater, Brooklyn 1812 Backpack with code DAYTEN on 12/19

    Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket

    Bomber blue, a fashionable take on an iconic jacket. Wear it with a sweater and jeans for a classic, cozy look.

    Elite Knit Hooded Sweater

    A classic weekend staple, rugged and warm, there when you need it.  

    Brooklyn 1812 Backpack

    This simple, classic design was built to last.

    Use code: DAYTEN for 20% off these styles on December, 19th only. Don't miss out!

    Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket
    Cockpit USA's unisex Elite Knit Hooded Sweater Cockpit USA's unisex Elite Knit Hooded Sweater
  • Cockpit USA at American Field

    Join us in Brooklyn, November 22 & 23, 2014. Open to the public: 10am-6pm. Industry City, 274, 36th St. Brooklyn Join us in Brooklyn, November 22 & 23, 2014. Open to the public: 10am-6pm. Industry City, 274, 36th St. Brooklyn

    Cockpit USA is proud to be a part of American Field, The All-American Pop-Up Market taking place in Brooklyn this November.

    American Field features the best of US Made clothing, accessories, goods, and furniture. Besides finding expert goods, vendors, music, food, workshops, speakers and more will be around to make an exciting, patriotic event. At the event you have the chance to meet some of the incredible people who continue to make great products here in the USA, including the Cockpit USA Team. Honoring the skills and craft that these vendors take into making their product the best of the best.

    The event is a giant celebration of American Made goods and reinvigorating the American Dream. Hoping to inspire more people to buy and support the American Economy. Get the word out and come support some of the most skilled craftsman in the US.

    Want to come? Here are the Details:
    American Field is free and open to the public.
    Where: Industry City, 264 36th St. Brooklyn (Between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave)
    When: November 22-23 from 10am-6pm

    Get More Info About the Event Here: http://americanfield.us/
    Follow them: @AmericanFieldUS

    Do you have a special jacket or item you’d like to view, purchase, or try on at American Field? Please email us about what you’d like to see by November 20 at: info@cockpitusa.com

    To find out where we are during the event, follow us on twitter: @cockpitusainc

  • Friday Feast: Smorgasburg

    This week's Friday Feast is a veritable mixed plate of mouth watering treats. Although not available today, every Saturday the picturesque waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn becomes swarmed with food vendors of the finest variety. Aptly named Smorgasburg, the al fresco dining experience brings together chow hounds from far and wide to indulge in a wide variety of sweet and savory eats courtesy of establishments such as Momofuku Milk BarFine & Raw ChocolateEmpire Mayonnaise Co.,  SlantShack Jerky and Asia Dog. With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop and a decadent ice cream in hand, there's no better way we at Cockpit USA can think of to spend a summery Saturday afternoon than at Smorgasburg!

  • Strawser & Smith Inc

    Strawser & Smith exist by the doctrine 'older is better.' Of course, we at Cockpit USA agree. Replete with American history, each piece of S&S furniture is constructed from vintage components, salvaged and reformed to produce a contemporary look and feel. Unique in their methods of manufacture, Strawser & Smith source parts from the Rust Belt factories of Detroit and Youngstown, once the heart of American industrialisation, and then, using good old fashioned craftsmanship the relics are refurbished to modern tastes in Cleveland, Ohio. Reminiscent of a museum, the Brooklyn based Strawser & Smith store is like a shrine to the golden years of industrial America, including pieces like a U.S. Navy Field Operations chair, hand drawn maps from the 1920s, a turn of the century medical cart and an early Kliegl Bros. stage light. Accomplished in preserving the past, Strawser and Smith disprove the common saying that 'they don't make them like they used to.' Now, thanks to S&S, they apparently do!

    Strawser & Smith Inc
    487 Driggs Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11211

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