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Operator Coffee Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sweepstakes – FREE COFFEE IN 2019!

November 18th, 2018

Houston, TX. (November 17, 2018) – Operator Coffee (OC) is pleased to announce that one lucky customer is going to receive a free 1 year supply of Operator Coffee.

For every order placed via the website starting at midnight eastern time on Black Friday – 23 Nov 2018 and ending at midnight eastern time on Monday 26 Nov 2019, the customer will be entered for a chance to win a free supply of coffee for all of 2019! We will announce the winner following Cyber Monday once all entries have been tallied and run through a random generated winner system!

The winner of the Operator Coffee for a year Black Friday/Cyber Monday raffle will be put on an auto delivery subscription for 4 -12 oz bags of coffee per month to be delivered to their door at no cost!

In addition, customers will now receive Free Shipping on all orders over $60.00!  Operator Coffee is very excited to offer this option to their customers as this allows customers to get their coffee at an overall lower price to their doors on each order.  Every Operator Coffee roast supports several outstanding Veteran and/or First Responder charities to include Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW); OATH Inc; Wheelchairs for Warriors

Operator Coffee is proud to support these and other great charities, and when you purchase coffee from Operator Coffee you are making this possible!  We are very thankful for our customers who support our brand, and assist us in our mission and vision.  In the coming months, there will be many new exciting announcements for Operator Coffee – Strength and Honor in Every Cup!

We are also part of a great network of partner companies, the Anteris Alliance –  This is a group of over 50, Patriot owned, manufacturers and service providers who are working in community to support each other, and do more to support our Vets and First Responders together than we could do alone.  Become a member of this great network today and you will receive invites to special events, an awesome member pack, and great discounts on Alliance company products, including 20% off Operator Coffee!

Interested Manufacturers, Dealers, and Individuals can visit for more details and also follow Anteris Alliance on social media on all major platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!

Berlin Police Take Delivery of Rheinmetall Survivor R Special Operations Vehicle

November 18th, 2018

Rheinmetall has formally handed over a heavily protected Survivor R special operations vehicle to the Berlin Police Department. Dr Barbara Slowik, Chief of the Berlin Police Department, symbolically handed over the keys to the Operations Directorate, represented by Criminal Investigation Division Director Martin John. This versatile vehicle, ordered as part of a package of counterterrorism measures in late September 2017, is specially configured to meet the needs of the Operations Directorate of the Berlin Police. Berlin follows Saxony as the third German state to equip its police special operators with the Survivor R.

Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the Survivor R epitomizes Rheinmetall’s commitment to the twin modern imperatives of security and mobility. Developed in cooperation with Austrian special vehicle maker Achleitner, the Survivor R is superbly suited to police SWAT team-type operations. Vehicles of this kind are particularly important in high- risk situations when special operators need to be transported safely to the area of operations, or for evacuating persons from the danger zone.

The Survivor R is based on a high-performance 4×4 MAN truck chassis, outfitted with a steel armour passenger compartment. Capable of reaching a top speed of over 100 km/h, this high-mobility vehicle combines tried-and-tested automotive engineering from large-scale production runs with state-of-the-art force protection technology from Rheinmetall.

Systematic use of civilian off-the-shelf and standard military components results in a sensibly priced vehicle, while simultaneously benefitting from Rheinmetall MAN’s global service and maintenance network. This makes the Survivor R a cost-efficient, easy-to-maintain vehicle with low lifecycle costs and high operational readiness.

Rheinmetall – a powerful partner of the police and security services

AeroVironment Awarded $3.2 Million Puma AE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract by United States Department of Defense for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Ally

November 17th, 2018

• Puma all-environment system supports ground, riverine and maritime missions

• United States Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program facilitates interoperability among U.S. and allied forces

MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2018 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it received a $3,228,856 firm-fixed-price contract on Sept. 14, 2018 from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide RQ-20B Puma AE II small unmanned aircraft systems, training and support to an allied nation in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) area of responsibility.  Delivery is anticipated by March 30, 2019.

“The vast, diverse landscape of the INDOPACOM area of operation demands small unmanned aircraft systems that can support ground, riverine and maritime operations effectively,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business.  “The combat-proven Puma has demonstrated its unique effectiveness in a wide range of operating environments, from mountains to deserts, from the Arctic to Antarctica, on land and on the open ocean, delivering actionable intelligence to help customers proceed with certainty.”

AeroVironment’s family of small drones comprise the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. DoD inventory and its rapidly growing international customer base numbers more than 45 allied governments.  “This contract is a good example of the additional procurement potential among our international customers,” said Flittie.

The AeroVironment Puma is designed for land-based and maritime operations. Capable of landing in water or on the ground, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.

Sorry Air Force, This Isn’t A Boot

November 17th, 2018

I know some of you Airmen are trying to game the system, but despite being referred to as a “boot” by several of the companies which sell it, the Altama Maritime Assault – Low is not a boot. It’s a shoe.

The problem is that the latest changes to AFI 36-2903 (Air Force Guidance Memorandum, AFGM2018-03 to AFI 36-2903, Dress & Appearance), intended to guide wear of the Operational Camouflaged Patterned Uniform and accouterments, no longer stipulates a boot height. However, AFI 36-2903 does say that “Dress and personal appearance standards that are not listed as authorized in the publication are unauthorized.”

So give it a rest and get a pair of boots. You’ll just look like hipster in these with your pants hem rolled up.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

November 17th, 2018

Army Researchers Developing Heat Illness Mitigation App

November 16th, 2018

NATICK, Mass. — There is a delicate balance between training Soldiers rigorously and training them safely.

Warfighters can lose valuable training days due to unit leaders taking overzealous safety precautions, and as a result, they cannot learn and practice the necessary skills to become a ready and lethal force. However, warfighters training rigorously while forgoing safety can lead to disastrous consequences such as heat illness. These consequences can cost the U.S. military valuable training time, money and operational readiness.

Heat illness is a particular concern during warmer months, but that does not mean warfighters have beat the heat as soon as summer has ended. Surprisingly, heat illness can happen year round due to a combination of factors, not just heat and humidity.

“Body heat production from physical activity is the number one factor that causes body core temperature to rise,” said Laurie Blanchard, a biomedical engineer from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM. “Hot environments add to body heat gain, and hot and humid environments and heavy clothing make it more difficult to get rid of body heat. Put them all together, and you have a recipe for heat illness.”

To help solve this problem, Blanchard and other USARIEM researchers have been developing a mobile application that can help unit leaders understand how these factors affect military readiness so they can mitigate risk and optimize training.

The Heat Strain Decision Aid, or HSDA, is a tablet- and computer-based app that can help unit leaders and mission planners quickly determine a Soldier’s risk of heat illness during training or operational scenarios. HSDA’s simulations of heat stress, according to Blanchard, support the safe work time tables found in current Army heat injury prevention doctrine, Technical Bulletin Medical 507, or TB Med 507.

By pressing a few buttons and toggling a few settings, unit leaders can use the science-based guidance on the tablet- and computer-based Heat Strain Decision Aid, or HSDA, to quickly determine a troop’s risk of heat illness during training or operational scenarios. HSDA was developed by U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, researchers based on over 30 years of studies on heat illness, hydration and core body temperature in simulated and realistic training environments. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mallory Roussel )

“HSDA contains equations that predict how body core temperature changes during and after training and how changes in clothing, activity and environment affect the specific rise and fall of body core temperature,” Blanchard said. “This mission planning tool gives unit leaders objective, science-based guidance that can be found in TB Med 507, the Army’s current heat illness and hydration guidance, in a way that is easy and useful for developing prevention and mitigation strategies against heat illness.”

When unit leaders open HSDA on a tablet or computer, they can adjust warfighters’ activities, clothing, the environmental conditions and the intensity and duration of the exercise simply by pressing a few buttons and toggling a few switches. HSDA does the rest of the work by displaying a chart to the user that estimates how likely troops will experience heat illness during a training or operational scenario.

HSDA even shows leaders when warfighters would be most likely to experience a heat illness during the span of an exercise. For example, a unit leader using HSDA could see that Soldiers would be most likely to experience a heat illness during the first hour of a three-hour loaded ruck march.

“One of the advantages of using HSDA is that unit leaders have a tool that helps them visualize how different mitigation strategies can affect their risks of heat illness,” Blanchard said. “Users can manipulate HSDA’s settings to see how changing uniforms, the length and pace of an exercise and the load carried can increase or decrease heat illness risk.

“Even in those cases where the distance, pace and load cannot be altered, such as for a required training event at a specialty school, HSDA can help users plan effective treatment strategies for expected heat casualties, like providing extra ice sheets, closely watching trainees and planning medical evacuations in advance.”

USARIEM researchers developed the user-friendly software interface for the app warfighters know today. Yet the math behind HSDA has existed long before apps were even invented. According to Blanchard, USARIEM developed HSDA from over 30 years of research on heat illness, hydration and body core temperature. Researchers were able to build and validate the equations within HSDA by conducting hundreds of field studies on thousands of subjects in a variety of environments.

Researchers conducted even more laboratory studies at Natick Soldier Systems Center in the Doriot Climatic Chambers, a unique facility that can simulate an extreme range of global weather conditions, from hot deserts to the chilly Arctic. Blanchard and other researchers measured Soldiers’ body core temperatures as they marched on treadmills while carrying external loads and wearing a wide range of clothing, from Army physical training uniforms (shorts and a t-shirt), to Army Combat Uniforms, to insulating chemical, biological and ballistic protective gear.

This year, USARIEM briefed the HSDA app to the Training and Doctrine Command’s Heat Illness and Prevention Subcommittee. USARIEM received several requests for a copy and is now working with the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity to make HSDA available to download.

Since spring 2018, USARIEM has transitioned a current version of HSDA to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and to the U.S. Air Force 352nd Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron, who both specifically requested to use the app to mitigate heat illness during training. Under an international agreement, USARIEM has also developed a version of HSDA for the U.K. Institute of Naval Medicine, who incorporated the app into their training centers as a tool to reduce the incidence of heat injuries.

“Unit readiness is dependent on rigorous military training,” Blanchard said. “However, training without taking safety precautions, especially during warmer months, can lead to heat illness, heat stroke and even death. These injuries can have significant medical costs, can have long-term medical implications and can force lost training days, impacting unit readiness and individual Soldier careers.

“We have been able to design current versions of HSDA for specific military groups at their sites. Transitioning the app to U.S. and international warfare training groups has allowed us to collect valuable feedback that we can incorporate into HSDA to make it a more robust app that all warfighters can use.”

By Mallory Roussel (USARIEM)

Kitanica Mark VI Feature Tour

November 16th, 2018

Take a quick tour of some of the features of Kitanica’s classic MARK VI Jacket. It’s made in the USA from 330D Cordura. Also seen is the RSP Pant.

The MARK is also available in A-TACS AT-X Snow Camouflage.

SIG SAUER Expands Legion Series Pistols with P938 and P238 Micro-Compact

November 16th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (November 15, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of the Legion Series of firearms with the introduction of the P938 and P238 micro-compact pistols. Legion is an exclusive product line developed by SIG SAUER based on input from elite shooting professionals, and designed to exceed the expectations of the serious shooter.

“The introduction of these two micro-compact pistols to the Legion Series was driven by our Legion members whom have been asking us to expand this product line,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “With the addition of the Legion series P938 and P238 pistols, not only have we have expanded our Legion series of pistols, we have also introduced an entirely new category of pistols to Legion with the micro-compact.”

The Legion Series P238 and P938 micro-compact pistols are both 9mm, hammer-fired pistols, equipped with X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights. These pistols are all-metal with a Legion-gray coated slide and frame, a precision machined aluminum trigger, custom high-checkered black G10 grips with a Legion medallion. Like all Legion Series pistols the P238 and P938 feature a reduced and contoured elite beavertail, which allows for a higher grip, but a reduced profile, thus eliminating printing. The Legion Series P238 and P938 pistols come standard with three 7-round magazines.

SIG SAUER’s Legion is an exclusive members-only access program available to owners of the SIG SAUER Legion Series of firearms. Upon registration of any Legion Series firearm, members receive a complimentary thermo-mold carrying case, a challenge coin matched to the firearm, exclusive access to Legion gear and merchandise, and receive exclusive communications from SIG SAUER and the Legion.

The P238 Legion Series Micro-Compact:

MSRP: $850.00

The P938 Legion Series Micro-Compact:

MSRP: $904.00

The Legion Series P238 and P938 micro-compact pistol is available in retail stores.

To learn more about the complete Legion series of firearms from SIG SAUER visit