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Friday, April 28th, 2017

Since 2003, has been providing specialized equipment support to military sniper teams. While they sponsor the occassional raffle, much of their funding comes from direct donations. In years past, they would raise quite a bit of money at SHOT Show through the sales of coins, patches and other memorabilia, but SHOT Show has stopped the practice. There’s essentially no overhead with this 501(c)3 Nonprofit with donations used to buy the gear the guys need. Now, with donations down, members of the organization are dipping into their own pockets to support units. Soon, may have to do something it’s never done before, and that’s say, “No” to a unit requesting help.  Please, help out.  Check out the website for multiple ways to support this fine organization.

Warrior West – Beyond A7 Linebacker Jacket

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The latest version of Beyond’s A7 Linebacker Jacket is ready for prime time.

The Linebacker is made from a nylon ripstop shell with synthetic fill. Additionally, the back features 1000D from the waist down to the hem to reduce abrasion when worn in helicopters and vehicles. It also protects the jacket, and wearer from a cold, wet ground.

– Sized to fit over packs and equipment
– Fully adjustable, insulated hood
– Zippered front with hook and loop wind flap that doubles as a secondary, quick-closure method
– Hook and loop wrist adjustments ?- 3 internal mesh storage pockets

SOWW Wild Game Dinner And Charity Auction May 5th In Myrtle Beach

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Please join Special Operations Wounded Warrior for a night of food and fun while helping support their mission. Enjoy samplings of wild game like boar, bison, venison, turkey, quail, alligator, rattle snake, and other meats while having the chance to bid on great auction items. Items such as hunting packages, pistols, rifles, shotguns, unique military artwork, American Flags flown over Forward Operating Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, golf packages, offshore fishing, local restaurants, gift packages and more!

SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors), a 501(c)(3) Charity, was formed in August of 2012 for the distinct purpose of providing outdoor experiences to a select group of both active duty and veteran US Special Operations Forces, who have received wounds in battle, and that have received our Country’s prestigious Purple Heart Medal.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Ragged Old Flag T-Shirt

Friday, April 14th, 2017

This is their tagless 50/50 blend. Designed, sewn, and screen printed in the USA. Available in sizes Small-2X.

For every shirt sold this weekend FirstSpear will donate $10 to Wishes for Warriors.

MG Trombitas Takes Command as Chairman, Green Beret Foundation

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The GBF Board of Directors has elected retired Green Beret and Special Operations Commander, Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas as Chairman.

Upon assuming this position, General Trombitas pointed out that “The challenges we face to ensure support of the Green Beret community are enormous. Today U.S. Special Forces have the highest per-capita casualty rate of any unit in the Special Operations Forces. Although U.S. Army involvement in the 15-year ongoing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has decreased, the worldwide demand for Green Berets is on the rise. I’ve been working in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our guys are engaged all over the world. The Green Berets’ resolve to support this country is unparalleled. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve our Green Berets through the GBF.”

Jennifer Paquette, GBF Executive Director, commented that the Foundation will greatly benefit from the General’s leadership “at this critical time for Special Operations and Special Forces. The intellect, leadership, and commitment that characterized his distinguished career as an active duty officer will now directly impact our Foundation. With General Trombitas, we will meet the current challenges our community faces.”

Major General Simeon G. Trombitas graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1978. He began his active duty career in the 2nd Armored Division and went on to serve three tours with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His other Commands included Assistant Deputy Director for Operations of United States Army Special Operations Command and Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, 7th Infantry Division. The General’s duty assignments as a general officer were as Commanding General of Special Operations Command, Korea, Iraq National Counter-Terrorism Force Transition Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Special Assistant to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and Commanding General of United States Army South. His final position upon retirement in 2015 was Senior Defense Official / Defense Attache? at U.S. Embassy, Mexico.

Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Receives K9 Safety Grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation.

Friday, April 7th, 2017
Sheriff Tony D. Frawley (left) and Deputy William D. Cline (right) surround K9 Nelson who has quickly made a name for himself as a valuable asset for the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tony D. Frawley (left) and Deputy William D. Cline (right) surround K9 Nelson who has quickly made a name for himself as a valuable asset for the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.

TIPTON, INDIANA – April 5, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a K9 Safety Grant to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) to train their acquired K9 service dog. The new dog, K9 Nelson, is serving with handler Deputy William Cline who has served with TCSO for 2 years. K9 Nelson is a dual purpose dog trained in tracking, apprehension and narcotics detection. The $3,000 grant was sponsored by the Planet Dog Foundation, the charitable arm of dog toy and accessory manufacturer Planet Dog, who has given over $1 million dollars to organizations that bring people and dogs together for fun and mutual support.

“The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the grant it has received from the Spirit of Blue Foundation,” said Tipton County Sheriff Tony Frawley. “The grant allowed K-9 Nelson to complete his training and become a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Cline and K-9 Nelson proudly serve the residents of Tipton County each and every day and continually work to make Tipton County a safe place to live and work.”

K9 Nelson is a 3-year old Belgian Malinois who was bred in the Netherlands. He finished his basic training at Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana before going through his final training at a K9 academy offered through the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Muncie, Indiana. On his very first night on duty, K9 Nelson hit on a car during a traffic stop indicating there were narcotics present. The search of the vehicle revealed four plastic baggies containing a tannish-white granular substance. Around the baggies were dryer sheets used in an attempt to cover the substance’s odor. The owner of the vehicle told deputies the substance was the chemical used in creating the synthetic drug commonly known as “Spice”. In total 12.5 ounces of the substance was located and the driver of the vehicle was arrested on possession charges.

K9’s bring an auditory and olfactory advantage to police work, able to track subjects and identify articles not easily found by their human counterparts. But, all K9’s are trained to protect their handlers, making them an effective less lethal force option while enhancing the safety of officers on duty. When not on duty, K9 Nelson resides with Deputy Cline at his home as the family pet.

“The TCSO was very resourceful in working with their local businesses to raise the funds to acquire K9 Nelson,” said Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue. “But when they contacted us and shared that they lacked the funding for the final training phase we sprang into action to get that piece in place and get K9 Nelson and Deputy Cline out working on the road together. It is wonderful to see so clearly the direct impact that our granting ability makes for agencies such as this one.”

Statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 135 law enforcement officers lost their lives in 2016, an increase of 10% from the prior year. 64 of those officers were firearm related fatalities, representing a 56% increase over 2015. 53 were lost as a result of a traffic related incident. In addition, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported that 25 K9 working dogs were lost in 2016 as well. The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit

About The Spirit of Blue Foundation

The Spirit of Blue Foundation, based in Rochester, NY, is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs. The Spirit of Blue Foundation develops and executes fundraising campaigns nationally with the support of partner non-profits, national retailers and private equipment manufacturers. Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country from local to state levels.

Walkers Supports the Scholastic Action Shooting Program Platinum Level Sponsorship

Thursday, March 16th, 2017


Grand Prairie, TX – March 2017 – Walkers, an industry leader in hearing protection and enhancement, announces their Platinum Level Sponsorship of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).

“The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is pleased to announce that Walkers has come on board as a Platinum sponsor. Walkers recognizes the importance of being a part of making sure America’s youth are able to be involved in the shooting sports and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Tammy Mowry, National Program Director, Scholastic Action Shooting Program.

With such a large influence throughout the shooting sports umbrella Walkers makes large efforts to provide the next generation with the opportunity to experience shooting sports in a safe and educational environment. The Scholastic Action Shooting Program is a program of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation that focuses on youth from 5th grade to college in an effort to safely participate in competition style shooting events.

“Walkers wants to help provide the proper safe, yet fun environment for youth to display their love for the shooting sports. We will be contributing essential safety equipment such as Walker’s electronic hearing protection and enhancement, as well as supporting the SASP programs with monetary donations to grow the shooting sports”, states Ben Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing for GSM Outdoors.

Gerber Supports Veterans Through New Partnership With Team RWB

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

PORTLAND, OREGON (March 2nd, 2017) – Gerber, a leading direct supplier of mission-essential personal knives, tools and equipment to the US Military, announces a long-term partnership with Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB). The multi-year program directly supports the organization’s mission of enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Founded in 2010, Team RWB and its over 115,000 members are bringing veterans, their families, and American citizens together through authentic social interaction, community physical fitness, and shared experiences in over 209 communities across the globe.

Team RWB accomplishes their mission via two core programs: the Chapter and Community Program (CCP) and Leadership Development Program (LDP). Through the LDP, ‘Eagle Leaders’ progress through incremental levels of leadership roles beginning at Social Director to Chapter Captain. At the pinnacle, they join the Eagle Leader Fellowship, a twelve-month leadership development experience focusing on leadership education, mentorship, and experiential learning. Upon completion of this intensive course, the new leader is recognized within the organization and awarded a Gerber “Still Serving” kit. This kit allows Gerber the opportunity to honor their commitment to their nation and their communities.


Additionally, Chapter and Community Programs (CCP) with an outdoor activity focus are supported with “Gerber Gear drops”, properly equipping participants with the American-made knives and tools they were accustomed to while in service.


2016 National Eagle Trail Running Camp


2016 National Eagle Rock Climbing Camp

“Gerber’s close relationship with the US Military has been the backbone of the business over the last decade, and reflects our ongoing focus to serving US service members with high-quality, American-made products.” said Andrew Gritzbaugh, Vice President of Marketing at Gerber. “Gerber’s commitment to service members extends beyond their time in active duty and we’re honored to support such a strong, growing, and impactful organization. Team RWB’s community-based approach is both unique and results driven, which reflects the unstoppable character of our nation’s veterans who are still serving.”

Gerber’s contributions include financial support and product donations that will help enable outdoor events for chapters throughout the United States.

“We believe that engaged and empowered veterans are an incredible asset to our communities and to America. Together, Gerber and Team RWB are providing Eagle Leaders and veterans with opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors through outdoor events and activities in their communities that lead to more enriched lives.” said Brandon Young, Director of Development for Team RWB.

Learn more about Team RWB and how to join the team here:

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Products: Gerber US-Assist pocket knife and Center-Drive Multi-tool

Leading Meeting and Events Destination Partners with Hero Dogs

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

National Harbor supports veterans and veteran programs

Hero Dogs at the play ground

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb. 28, 2017— Developed by Peterson Companies, National Harbor has grown into a thriving micro city on the banks of the Potomac River. A mecca of shopping, dining and entertainment, what sets the location apart from others in the metro area is the supreme walkability. All within reach lay a variety of amenities including residences, office space, retail stores, playgrounds, restaurants and beach access. This extreme diversity is what made the partnership between National Harbor and Hero Dogs a perfect fit. National Harbor’s controlled, urban setting makes an ideal training location for service dogs and their veterans.

National Harbor has long been known for its partnerships with veteran organizations. Located within close proximity to the Nation’s Capital and close to military bases, helping veterans in the community is a natural fit.

Hero Dogs on the slide

National Harbor most recently has welcomed Hero Dogs, a 501(c)3 organization in Maryland that raises, trains and places service dogs with veterans at no cost to the veteran, for training sessions to help acclimate them to urban situations. With more than 160 retail shops, more than 40 restaurants, an outlet mall, seven hotels (including 470,000 square feet of meeting and event space), and residential housing, National Harbor allows these service dogs and their veterans to have maximum exposure all within a single day. Hero Dogs recently participated in a CBS This Morning segment at National Harbor, showcasing their service dogs’ elite training along the waterfront plaza.

“National Harbor has a commitment to supporting military organizations and nonprofits dedicated to helping our military,” said Angela Sweeney, vice president and chief marketing officer for Peterson Companies. National Harbor has hosted a variety of veteran organizations, military events and hosts military bands throughout the area to perform on the property’s waterfront stage. “Salute the Sunset” concert series partners with the Air Force and National Harbor is one of the homes of the Air Force bands. Over the past year, National Harbor (and many other Peterson Companies properties) launched a program, “Combat Wounded,” with Wounded Warrior Family & Support to provide convenient parking for Purple Heart recipients. The property also offers a variety of military discounts throughout, visit to see the many participating restaurants, retailers and others.

Hero Dogs training on the plaza

National Harbor, and Peterson Foundation, also support Hero Dogs by sponsoring a dog, in addition to providing a training venue for the numerous dogs undergoing special training. It’s not just the number of retail stores at National Harbor that make it ideal for Hero Dogs; it is the unique variety of stores as well. In Aug. 2016, National Harbor’s Carhartt store, one of only 30 in the country and the only location in the state of Maryland, hosted a fashion show to benefit Hero Dogs. Carhartt’s rugged attire and accessories make them a favorite brand of dog lovers. This event helped connect their customers with National Harbor’s commitment to helping veterans throughout the area.

Hero Dogs on the Carousel

Hero Dogs even rode on National Harbor’s iconic Carousel, taking the dogs on board just like they would if their future veteran pays a visit to the micro city. With over 12 million people experiencing National Harbor each year, the bustling streets with visitors of all ages give Hero Dogs the opportunity to practice navigating crowds.

Accessible by Amtrak, NH2 Metro Bus and water taxi, National Harbor also allows for a variety of transportation methods so each service dog is well prepared to lead their veteran through daily life.

For more information on National Harbor, go to For information on Hero Dogs, visit

Rocky Making Donation to Medals of Honor for Every Pair of C7 Boots Sold in February

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Now is the time to purchase a brand new pair of the incredibly lightweight and performance-driven C7 military boots from Beginning February 1 through March 19, Rocky will donate one dollar for every pair sold through its website to the Medals of Honor organization.

Medals of Honor gives the endurance/race community a tangible way to engage with and give-back to the families that lost loved ones while serving our Military. Participants across the country can sign up at and compete in honor of a fallen U.S. service member and donate a finisher’s medal to the surviving family. These medals act as a symbol of honor, remembrance and unity. The organization also accepts fallen hero registration and monetary donations.

“Receiving a medal of honor from, in most cases, a complete stranger who wishes to recognize your family member’s sacrifice is an incredibly moving experience,” said Amy Cotta, founder of Medals of Honor. “We’re honored that Rocky is willing to support our mission and help us provide medals to the families of those who lost their lives fighting for our country. Rocky does a tremendous job in support our military, and we’re thrilled to be able to work with them on this initiative.”

March 19 is the date of the 75th Bataan Death March in New Mexico. The Bataan Death March is an incredibly popular race through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range. The memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their lives.

Many participants in the Bataan Death March and other similar competitions wear Rocky footwear, and even some participants in local 5K and 10K races throughout the country chose to wear military boots to honor the men and women of the armed services.

“Rocky is a longtime supplier to the U.S. military and a popular footwear choice for those who serve,” said Mark Dean, VP of Rocky’s commercial military division. “We are always excited to partner with organizations that support our soldiers or their families. Medals of Honors offers a unique and meaningful way to honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country, and the Bataan Death March is the standard bearer for race events honoring our soldiers.”

For more information on Medals of Honor, visit Information on the Bataan Death March is available at, and more information on Rocky’s military footwear can be found at