A Security Force of One

In our security-aware world, we talk of cameras, software and various other solutions, but in a global sense, our men and women in the military are the first line of defense.

I wanted to tell you about one standard-bearer, who always wanted to serve our country. He is Ronald Grider.

You may have already heard the story of Sgt. 1st Class Girder, but if not, stick with me.

Grider is a native of Illinois. He was 30 years old and was serving his ninth deployment in defense of our country. Described as a “happy-go-lucky-kid,” he built his life around serving the United States.

He was no ordinary kid though; not by a long shot. He knew from an early age that his calling in life was one of service to our country. After high school he joined the Army, pulling on the boots of an infantryman. He was a fast-burner, as military jargon goes, joining Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. This included several high-profile assignments with intensive training.

Ultimately, Grider became a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Company (Airborne).

He loved the Army, his country and defending our freedom so much he signed up for a 20-year hitch to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never mind the two Bronze Stars he earned. He was pretty humble about that.

He completed eight of these missions with grace, humility, skill and a warm smile. He loved freedom.

His ninth deployment wasn’t quite as easy. The last deployment took all he had, including celebrating his birthday on Sept. 18. He was involved in a fierce gun battle with insurgents in the defense of our fundamental rights of freedom.

Grider knew he was going to die. As he lay bleeding out from battle wounds, he looked up at the guys trying to take care of him, and said, “It’s OK.”

His fight for global security was over. He closed his eyes on his birthday, and died

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is the Publisher of Security Today magazine.


  • Until We Meet Again

    A short three years ago we were all pondering whether to attend any tradeshows all thanks to COVID-19. Sorry to bring that nightmare up again, but it seems that little pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, and it’s time to meet again. Read Now

    • ISC West
  • Cyber Hygiene: What it Looks Like for IoT Devices

    Cyber Hygiene: What it Looks Like for IoT Devices

    For our second pillar about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Pillars of Security, we are going to discuss what cyber hygiene looks like for IoT devices. Read Now

  • ISC West Announces 2023 Keynote Series Speaker Lineup

    The International Security Conference (ISC), in collaboration with premier sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA), announced five of this year’s ISC West Keynote Series speakers. ISC West will kick off its annual conference on March 28 (SIA Education@ISC: March 28-30 | Exhibit Hall: March 29-31) at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read Now

    • ISC West
  • Accelerating Security Modernization

    In recent years, the term “digital transformation” has been one of the most frequently used buzzwords across industries. On its most basic level, it refers to the reimagining of how an organization leverages its technology systems to improve business processes. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity

New Products

  • Dinkle DKU Barrier Terminal Blocks

    Dinkle DKU Barrier Terminal Blocks

    New DKU screw type terminal blocks use a spring-guided system where the screws are integrated and captive within the terminal enclosure. These screws can be backed out so that ring- or U-shaped cable lugs can be inserted, without the possibility of losing the screw. 3

  • Pivot3 Surety

    Pivot3 Surety

    Pivot3 has announced Surety, a new intelligent software framework to simplify the management and monitoring of physical security environments. 3

  • Paxton10 CORE Cameras

    Paxton10 CORE Cameras

    The new CORE Series cameras feature edge processing for ultimate scalability, built-in edge storage, and plug-and-play installation. The addition of the CORE Series gives installers new hardware, better choice, and more value than ever before. 3