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Ask SSD – Who Made This Vest?

March 4th, 2015

An SSD reader sent us this photo of the cover of ‘Military Technology’ wanting to know who made the black vest.  We don’t know but perhaps you do.

24 Hours In AFSOC

March 4th, 2015

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You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

March 4th, 2015

It’s Stephen from Blue Force Gear in Vale, Colorado.

Lendy’s Wings For Warriors VI

March 3rd, 2015

It’s time for the 6th annual Lendy’s Wings for Warriors. Wings for Warriors is a yearly charitable event held at Lendy’s Cafe & Raw Bar located on 1581 General Booth Blvd in Virginia Beach, VA. The event offers all you can eat wings, beer, raffles, silent auctions, and face painting and a jump house for the kids. All proceeds from Wings for Warriors will be donated to the All In All The Time Foundation.

The event takes place Saturday, May 16th, from 1200 – 1600. Tickets will soon be available for purchase online, as well as at the door. Stay tuned for more info.

B-TEMIA Appoints Mr. Steven Smith As Vice President Of Business Development

March 3rd, 2015

Quebec, March 3, 2015 – B-TEMIA Inc., a leader in the growing market of human augmentation, announces the appointment of Mr Steven Smith as Vice President Business Development. Mr Smith has extensive industry experience in the home medical equipment market and, in particular, in the commercialization of mobility devices that will be very valuable for the commercialization of Keeogo.

Mr Smith previously worked for the Canadian home medical equipment market leader Shoppers Home Healthcare. Mr Smith joined Shoppers in 1996 and was instrumental in the growth of their business. “I am pleased to join B-TEMIA’s team and to be part of the commercialization of Keeogo. It is an exciting moment for me to have the chance to share my knowledge with this highly talented team”, stated Mr Smith.

In addition, B-TEMIA has appointed Mr. Marc-André Côté as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Management. As a senior regulatory affairs professional, and a former government regulator, Mr. Côté has brought numerous medical devices to regulatory approval. Mr. Côté will be a critical asset for B-TEMIA in the pursuit of its regulatory obligations with the FDA, Health Canada and regulatory bodies around the globe.

“I am convinced that the addition of these pivotal resources to the company’s corporate structure will help us to maintain our leadership position, expand our competencies and reinforce our team spirit which is our most valuable asset”, comments Mr. Stéphane Bédard, President and CEO of BTEMIA.

Biovation – DryRight Tactical Boot Dryer Sheet

March 3rd, 2015

DryRight is a new non-powered boot drying product designed to combat the negative effects of constant wet feet, something that the USMC has been paying attention to this past year. It sure beats the heck out of stuffing newspapers into your boot to dry them out.


Boothbay, Maine (March 3, 2015) – After months of testing, the Biovation DryRight tactical boot-drying product has received positive feedback from the U.S. Marine Corps. The testing resulted from a Broad Agency Announcement Contract received by Biovation in June 2013. These strong results will lead to the finalization of product design and the commercialization of the DryRight product in 2015, concurrently with the completion of a final field trial by the USMC. The development of this innovative product would not have been achieved without the support of Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, Virginia.


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Biovation is a technology design and manufacturing company that produces advanced, non-woven fiber products with integrated anti-microbial properties for packaging, healthcare, custom advanced material OEM products, and other specialty scalable applications. The DryRight product was funded, developed, and tested in close collaboration with the United States Marine Corps to help them perform at their best.

This easy-to-use solution is rolled and inserted into a wet boot. The anti-microbial materials dry the boot and ensure the foot health of the wearer. Poor foot care is a significant contributor to lost combat readiness. DryRight is lightweight, portable, and prevents unnecessary foot injury while never needing to be wrung out or washed, making it a necessary tool for today’s warfighter and peacekeeper. A single unit can be re-used between 10-15 times with “recharging” (air drying) and is manufactured with greater than 50% bio-content.

DryRight provides the warfighter with a solution that sustains an optimum microenvironment around the foot that is critical to top performance and long-term comfort. When in use, it provides maximum boot dryness in all foot contact areas (toe, heel, top and bottom of foot) regardless of climate and weather conditions within 6-8 hours. DryRight use results in the reduction of foot blisters and damp socks. Biovation has applied its extensive expertise in advanced polymers, non-wovens, super absorbents and multi-component biochemical formulations to create a unique product.

Biovation CEO Kerem Durdag said, “The foot health of Marines during training and deployment is a primary medical concern for the force. We have developed DryRight to provide an efficient and effective tool for Marines both in combat and training. Biovation is proud to partner with Department of the Navy on this important project to protect Marines in the field.”

Biovation plans to establish a dedicated manufacturing line by April 2015, allowing for June 2015 deliveries. Biovation is committed to the State of Maine’s high-tech innovation manufacturing economy by implementing a world-class production line and creating new high-skilled jobs to support the launch of DryRight.


March 3rd, 2015


AttackPAK is a Colorado-based company which specializes in a modular belt and pack system with a rigid frame.


The backbone of the AttackPAK system is the belt and frame. The belts feature multiple rows of PALS webbing, and readily function as stand-alone battle belts. These can be further customized with alternative buckles, and the belt covers can be switched out for covers with different loadouts, utilizing a single base belt. The frames are made from ABS plastic, and come in a multitude of sizes for end-user comfort and function. The frames slip into the rear of the belts, upon which all compatible packs can be mounted. As a bonus, the patented design allows the pack and frame to separate from the belt without removing the later, for quickly lightening the load.


AttackPAK offers multiple mountaineering and tactical packs. Seen here is the Transporter Pack, a 3000 cu. in. pack with accommodations for 3 hydration bladders, a cavernous main compartment, and a weight of under 2 lbs unloaded.


Tying in with the concept of modularity, here you can see the MOLLE Frame Cover being used to mount a Pelican case directly to the frame. Additionally, the ‘Balanced Load’ design transfers weight to the hips on all loads attached to the frame and belt system, insuring comfort over long periods of time and with heavy loads.

AttackPAK products come in standard tactical color options, including Black, Coyote Brown, and MultiCam.

Battle Dawgs Racing Veteran Support

March 3rd, 2015


Battle Dawgs Racing is a professional sled dog racing kennel based in Big Lake, Alaska. They are also extremely supportive of the Veteran community, as you can see in their new campaign for this year’s Iditarod: #stop22. Recognizing that 22 Veterans a day end their own life in the USA, Battle Dawgs Racing will be wearing Wild Things Tactical jackets adorned with the Stop22 logo. Team members will sport the patches unit and combat style and will also display two flags also adorned with the Stop22 logo. These MultiCam ponchos also happen to be lined with wolf fur. Through the use of the MultiCam jackets, and patches, their goal is to raise awareness for Veterans during the Iditarod sled race, an event which will be viewed by millions of fans, insuring a high level of coverage.

Additionally, the non-profit side of Battle Dawgs is bringing two Veterans up for a retreat trip. Both currently suffer from PTSD, having served in the Army with multiple deployments. They will witness the start of the Iditarod in Anchorage and Fairbanks then travel to Nome to witness the finish. During the week of the race, they’ll both be treated to snowmobiling trips, sled dog mushing, ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, all to enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan outdoors. They’ll also be involved in the making of their own personal custom-built knife, and will enjoy additional activities in Nome.

Extreme Outfitters – Danger Close Deal – Ultimate Sleeping Bundle

March 3rd, 2015

Danger Close Deals

Extreme Outfitters is currently offering an “Ultimate Sleeping Bundle”, which consists of the following:

• Black Tactical Assault Systems T1 Sleeping Bag
• OD Green Recon Sleeping Systems SF Bivvi Bag
• Recon Sleeping Systems 72″ Sleeping Pad (color optional)

This bundle is available at a deep discount of 70% off MSRP. Supplies are limited, and the sale ends March 8th, so take advantage while you can.

Ares Armor Acquired by Lake House Capital Management

March 2nd, 2015

Ares Armor has recently announced their acquisition by Lake House Capital Management. The full release can be read below.

In the United States of America, you can mix business with pleasure. Here is living proof.

Lake House Capital Management, LLC, a Hinsdale, Illinois-based holding company is pleased and proud to announce it has acquired all the assets of Lycurgan, Inc., (doing business as Ares Armor). Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed at this time.

U.S. Marine, Dimitri Karras, who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, founded Ares Armor in 2010. Headquartered in Oceanside, California, Ares Armor is the leading supplier of 80 percent lower receivers, and develops and manufactures high quality American-made firearm parts to legally build your own weapons. The business also proudly develops, manufactures, and sells innovative tactical gear, combat body armor, and more.

“We thank and respect Dimitri Karras for his patriotism, service, and defense of our country and its Constitution,” says new Ares Armor CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “We value his vision and efforts with Ares Armor, and truly wish him all the best in his future roles in the company.”

Ares Armor customers can expect to experience no disruption in quality or service during the management transition. But like when anyone buys a house, Lake House Capital Management has much it loves about Ares Armor, but also has some areas where it wants to make changes and add its own touches.

“Great people and great products have built Ares Armor into the successful business it is today,” adds Stirlen, a gun enthusiast, husband, and father. “Our main focus is to now build a better foundation to support the explosive growth the Company is experiencing.

That said, to be clear, one area where we will not waver is in loyal defense of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and protecting the rights of all Americans to bear arms.
We are very excited about an even brighter future for Ares Armor, and believe our customers will be excited about it, too.”

Amended: New Ares Armor CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “In response to feedback about our Veteran heritage, we maintain and stand strong unwavering from our Veteran status. Of Veterans, by Veterans, and for Veterans.”