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Vice Admiral (RTD) Joe Maguire Joins W.S. Darley & Co. Board Of Directors

April 25th, 2014

April 24, 2014 - W.S. Darley & Co. is pleased to announce the addition of Vice Admiral Joe Maguire to the Board of Directors.

Admiral Joe Maguire

Admiral Maguire was a career Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) and retired from the United States Navy in 2010, having served 36 years in uniform. Prior to retiring from active duty, he was the Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, DC. . Previously, Vice Admiral Maguire was Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. He is highly revered as a leader in the US Navy SEAL Community. His awards include The National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the United States Intelligence Community’s highest personal award.

He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), a foundation which provides scholarship grants as well as educational counseling to the children of fallen Special Operations troops. The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded warriors and their families. The Darley Family Foundation has supported the SOWF for many years. A Darley family member Ted Fitzhenry who served as a Navy SEAL lost his life during service to our country in 2004 and the SOWF helped his family during this difficult time. Admiral Maguire personally attended the funeral services.

According to Paul C. Darley, Chairman of the W.S. Darley & Co. Board of Directors, “We are honored to have Admiral Maguire serve on our board. His insights into the special operations community will help us immensely as we grow and continue to serve this important market.”

Admiral Maguire commented, “Darley has a proven track record and strong reputation built up over the last 100 years in the fire service. They are taking their passion for quality, service and reliability to serve our Military and establish a trusted brand in the defense market. My personal core values and the company’s core values are aligned. I’m extremely proud and honored to serve on this board.”

Joe presently resides with his wife Kathy in Tampa, Florida where he serves on the Advisory Board of Operation Helping Hands, whose mission is to help the families of the wounded and injured Warriors during their hospital stay in Tampa Bay. Additionally, he is a military advisor to the Board of Directors of Athlete’s Performance Institute which honored him by establishing a scholarship in his name for wounded Special Operations Forces at The Eagle Fund of the Andrew’s Institute Foundation. The Eagle Fund’s mission is to provide our Wounded Warriors with the highest quality care possible.

ANZAC Day 2014

April 25th, 2014


By now, our friends in Australia and New Zealand are well into their ANZAC Day activities, remembering those that served going back to the original ANZACs and World War One’s Battle of Gallipoli.


Join us now, as our thoughts turn to our Coalition partners from Australia and New Zealand, past and present.

Magpul At The 143rd NRA Annual Meeting

April 25th, 2014

Magpul at NRA

Magpul hasn’t stopped with just the announcement of the new M-LOK attachment system at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting. They’re also offering limited edition Texas, Wyoming, and Boulder Airlift magazines, and their most popular Boulder Airlift artwork in shirt form, as well as new hats at their booth.


Additionally, they also announced the new QD Paraclip Adapter. Made from precision-cast Melonite finished steel, the Paraclip Adapter adapts standard QD sockets for use with Paraclips and other clip-in sling attachments.

If you can, stop and see Magpul at Booth #8467 at the NRA Annual Meeting to check out the new products and take advantage of the swag.

AWS, Inc – DAGR Radio Pouch

April 25th, 2014


AWS’ DAGR Radio Pouch is a specially designed fold open pouch for the DAGR AN/PSN-13/13A GPS receiver. Designed for quick, one-handed operation, the DAGR pouch features internal straps for securely holding the receiver, and a front clear vinyl window for easy viewing.


Additional features include:

- Heavy duty snap closures
- Edge binding for durability
- Stiff reinforced body to hold shape
- Mil-Spec webbing/snaps
- MOLLE compatible


100% Berry/TAA compliant. Available only in MultiCam.

Remember the Men We Lost During Operation Eagle Claw

April 24th, 2014

Today marks a different anniversary. In the early morning hours of 25 April, 1980 President Carter announced to a stunned world that the United States had undertaken an ambitious raid into Iran to liberate 52 American hostages held illegally at our Embassy in Tehran. Unfortunately, that raid, named Operation Eagle Claw was unsuccessful and we lost 8 American servicemen. Join me in remembering their sacrifice.


But, this failure was the watershed event that created, over the next several decades the world’s preeminent Special Operations capability; USSOCOM and it’s components. We wouldn’t be where are today with the determination of that fledgling task force. Join me in remembering those that paved the way.

Warrior West – Excel Wetsuits Launches Thermal Dry Celliant

April 24th, 2014

I got a chance to check out a prototype of the new Thermal Dry Celliant wetsuit from Excel during last Fall’s Uber University. I was impressed.


Excel has adopted an entirely new next-to-skin material provided by Celliant which offers heat reflective properties; very important for wetsuits. It also helps to mitigate diver fatigue.

In addition to the new material story, Excel also is the exclusive offerer of Crocodile color from Arc’teryx.


These new suits also incorporate design features normally found in surf suits meaning more flexibility for these dive suits. Once again, very helpful for combat divers. They are offering these in 4 thicknesses – 3.5mil, 5.4 mil, 7.6 mil and 8.76 mil. Offered in full suits, shorties, farmer johns and hoods.

Made in USA in Hale Iwa, Hawaii. Available now.


Warrior West – Inert Products – Platoon-Level IED Training Kit

April 24th, 2014

Designed to offer quality IED training for those who don’t have access to established IED training lanes, the Platoon-Level IED Training Kit from Inert Products offers tripwire, photo cell, two-way radio, key fob, low metal content pressure plate, mercury switch and trembler switch. Additionally, the kit includes 100′ of wire and several IED mock ups.


The primary training tool is the penalty box that offers strobe or siren alarm and it runs on power from 6-12v.

Warrior West – Harris Communications Falcon III Multi-Channel Manpack

April 24th, 2014

Harris Communications is displaying their new Falcon III Multi-Channel Manpack radio.


At 14 lbs, it offers two identical channels (30-2500MHz, 25 KHz to 10 MHz Bandwidth, 20W SATCOM, 20W L-Band, 10W VHF/UHF LOS) with an optional third channel upgrade for future enhancements. Additionally, it supports the following waveforms: SINCGARS, SRW, DAMA, VULOS, IW, HAVEQUICK, MUOS, ANW2 and WNW.

The Falcon III utilizes current PRC-117G accessories and utilizes a single battery.

Available for order now with shipments coming in October.

Warrior West – LBT Inc Introduces Medical Line

April 24th, 2014

LBT Inc has been designing and manufacturing specialized medical bags, pouches and packs since the very beginning. Shoot, one of the first pouches I purchased from LBT back in 91 was a medical pouch.


They recently realized that they currently produce over 100 products specifically for medical applications. At that point, they decided to update some of the items, introduce a few new ones and launch an LBT Medical line.

I had a chance to check out several of these items including military and civilian emergency medicine applications. Look for in-depth coverage soon on SSD.

S&S Precision Welcomes Angela Thompson To The Team

April 24th, 2014

Walking the show floor at Warrior West, I came upon the S&S Precision booth.


l – Angela Thompson, r- Pitti Heerwagen

I saw an old friend in a new job. Angela Thompson is well known in our industry and I’m happy to say that she is now with S&S Precision. Expect to see lots of her during the upcoming trade show season.