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SCUBAPRO Sunday – The Devils Brigade

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

In honor of the SOFIC trade show next week. I wanted to post the movie the Devils Brigade. This was one of my favorite movies growing up. There are a lot of groups from WW ll that can claim to be the grandfathers of USSOCOM. There are different missions that ever Special Forces group does. From Direct action, (First Special Forces group/ Rangers) Special reconnaissance (OSS and OSS Maritime /UDT) and working with guerrilla force behind enemy lines force multiplication (Jedburgh). Those were who did it in WWII, and I didn’t list them all. All of these groups had a big hand in who and what we do today. I could not find the movies, but I found the trailer, if you get a chance it’s a good movie (yes it was made in 68, so there is that). Since this has nothing to do with SCUBAPRO, I throw in a picture of the OSS maritime unit. 

So Long Special Operations Weather, Hello Special Reconnaissance

Saturday, May 18th, 2019


HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Enlisted Airmen have been analyzing weather since the very beginning of American military flight in 1917. Decades of hard-earned experience led to Special Operations Weather Team Airmen being designated with their own Air Force Specialty Code in 2008.

By combining the core skills of Special Operation Forces with their meteorology skills, SOWTs have been a critical asset to the War on Terror. Alongside Special Tactics teammates from forward deployed locations, SOWTs would gather, assess, and interpret environmental data in order to forecast weather impacts to operations. In a location like Afghanistan, this was vital to successful air-ground operations.

However, in an era of great power competition, the need to look critically at the entire U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command formation drove Headquarters Air Force and AFSOC to broaden the skillset of Special Tactics teams. On April 30, 2019, SOWT became Special Reconnaissance expanding the capacity and lethality of Air Force Special Tactics.

“Air Commandos need to operate effectively across the spectrum of conflict, from the low-end to the high-end and everywhere in between,” said Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, AFSOC commander.  “It’s what the nation expects from us and this transition demonstrates our commitment to the National Defense Strategy.”

SOWT Airmen have been an integral piece of Special Tactics with unique training to conduct multi-domain reconnaissance and surveillance across the spectrum of conflict and crisis. As Special Reconnaissance, or SR, they will continue to maintain their application of lethal and non-lethal air-to-ground integration of airpower.

“The evolution of Air Force Special Tactics on today’s battlefield has called for SOWT to transition their singular focus to a more holistic approach– the highly demanded special reconnaissance,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Guilmain, the command chief of the 24th Special Operations Wing.

Special Reconnaissance, or SR, Airmen add a new capability to Special Tactics teams to prepare the environment and aid in air, space, cyberspace, and information superiority for the successful execution of Joint Force objectives.

“[Special Reconnaissance] will truncate [special operations] weather training with a shift in focus from long-term regional forecasting to short-term, small-scale, team-specific environmental reconnaissance with an emphasis on special recon as a whole.” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Howser, a career assistant functional manager for Special Reconnaissance.

The training pipeline for SR won’t be much different from that of SOWT’s.

Trainees will still undergo:

·         Selection Course

·         Initial Skills Course

·         U.S. Army Airborne School

·         U.S. Air Force Basic Survival School

·         U.S. Air Force Water Survival School

·         U.S. Air Force Underwater Egress Training

·         Special Operations Weather Course

·         Advanced Skills Training

·         Special Tactics Training

Combat dive and military free-fall qualifications, as well as recon-specific training, are being added to the pipeline.

Existing SOWTs will attend a Special Reconnaissance transition course that will sign off SR-specific training.

“This move will modernize the force and bridge a gap across all domains,” Howser said. “It will allow joint-interoperability across all the services with regards to Special Reconnaissance.”

The Special Reconnaissance designation is not only creating Air Force history, but honoring a giant in special operations weather history.

“SR” is the operator-initials of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William “Bill” Schroeder, a career special operations weather officer and former commander of the 342nd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Schroeder was fatally wounded during a struggle with a gunman after he instinctively placed himself between the armed individual and the squadron’s first sergeant, saving the lives of many, on April 8, 2016.

The new designation is just one way future Special Reconnaissance Airmen will remember their roots and the true meaning of service before self.

Story by Senior Airman Rachel Yates, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Photo by Staff Sergeant Sandra Welch

Wild Things on the Water at SOFIC

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Come visit Wild Things on the water at SOFIC! We’re at the Tampa Marriott Marina aboard the Shamayem in slip 14 with a full selection of our gear, from base layers to loft, and everything in between. To schedule an appointment, email sales@wildthingsgear.com or call 757-702-8773.

Wild Things Hours:
900-1700: Tuesday, May 21st
900-1700: Wednesday, May 22nd
900-1400: Thursday May 23rd

After Hours: Invite Only

Where: Aboard the Shamayem, slip 14 Tampa Marriott Marina

Who: Email sales@wildthingsgear.com or call 757-702-8773

Wild Things is proud to make a donation to the Task Force Dagger Foundation silent auction this year! Held every year during SOFIC, this silent auction benefits the Task Force Dagger Foundation – providing support to US SOF operators and their families.  With the support of great industry partners, manufacturers, military personnel, and civilians, Task Force Dagger raised more than $20,000 from the silent auction event last year!

Task Force Dagger Foundation Silent Auction:

1800: Tuesday, May 21st

Where: Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center – Skyway Meeting Room

Who: Contact Task Force Dagger Foundation to RSVP

FirstSpear Friday Focus – See FirstSpear at SOFIC

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Heading to SOFIC next week? Stop by and see the latest and greatest load bearing and personal protective equipment from FirstSpear including the AAC Frog Kit as seen below.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Hilleberg Allak 3 in Sand

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Simple, remarkably light, and completely free standing, the Allak is an excellent all-rounder.

Since its introduction over 10 years ago, the two-person Allak has been one of Hilleberg’s most popular tents. For 2019, they have introduced a three-person version, the Allak 3, and renaming the original model the Allak 2.

Both remarkably light yet impressively strong Allak models are well-suited for anything from summer paddling to winter ski mountaineering, as the outer tent fabric is Kerlon 1200 and with its 9mm poles, makes for a very lightweight yet supremely stable tent.

Hilleberg’s Allak 3 is light enough for mobile journeys, where you move your camp every day, and its two-entrance construction allows for superb ventilation options in warm weather. At the same time, the Allak’s three-pole dome structure is strong enough for summer or winter base camp use in all but the worst conditions, and the fully freestanding construction make it ideal for tough pitching conditions, such as rocky ground and sand.

In addition, its two integrated vestibules are set parallel to the sleeping area, giving excellent access to gear storage space as well as ease of entry and exit. Mountaineers appreciate both the Allak’s freestanding design, compact footprint, and its roominess, as well as its ability to deal with snow loading. And taller adventurers find its length a welcome comfort.

All these factors make Hilleberg the ideal solution for all military deployments, whether in areas of heat or extreme cold as well as being lightweight, easily portable and available in Sand.

For more information contact international@brigantes.com

For UK contact warrior@brigantes.com

A Statement From The Founder And Former Owner Of Shellback Tactical

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know that after 15 years, I am no longer with Shellback Tactical. From starting and building the brand, creating demand, designing the products, leading it as the founder and being involved with it for 15 years of my life. It was an interesting journey with its roller coaster ups and downs. But it was also incredibly rewarding.

Building something out of nothing was extremely tough. From hoping that the products you make are bought and used by anyone. To seeing it worn, trusted and proven by military and law enforcement personnel around this great country and around the world. Wow, it’s what you hope and wish for. Some know that the company has been under new ownership/management when it was sold in 2017 to US Patriot. I stayed on for another 2 years as the Founder to help with it. It has been recently sold again. And I will not be continuing on with the company.

Most importantly I wanted to take this time to thank all of the customers over the years. Those who followed the brand, dealers, departments, units and the great people I met along the way. Thank You. I was incredibly lucky to serve and work with all of you. Without all of these pieces, it would have been nothing. And words cannot describe the gratitude I have for you.

Life is a gift and your time on this earth is short. Make it count. Although it may take longer, remember to always keep your character and integrity intact. And do your best to do what’s right, because its right, even when it’s not convenient.

I wanted to also put something out, because I have received several messages on other platforms wondering why I have not answered their emails. And now you know why. I am not leaving the Industry though. I will take some time to work on growing some projects and spend time with family.  I will also be looking for other new opportunities to be an asset at another great company. Maybe it’s yours.

Those who still would like to contact me can email me at tacticalgear@gmail.com or DM me on one of the platforms out there.

Thank you again, Michael Wratten

Max Talk 21: Team Patrol Formations

Monday, May 13th, 2019

This is the twenty first installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This video focuses on Team Patrol Formations, and the advantages and disadvantages of various formations for patrol movement and advance to contact.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Dive Logs

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

When you first started diving, your instructors taught you to log all your dives. A typical entry consists of the dive location, date, time, duration of the dive, depth, water temperature, wetsuit with thickness, equipment, and other facts relevant to the dive. Like if that suit was suitable for that water temp if your foot cramped up with the fins you used and other items like that.  

As we went away from diving, there are a lot of old skills and habits that have been lost. Also, as we start to use more advanced items in the water from sonar to Heads Up Dive Computers some of the necessary skills have been lost. Lastly, as we go longer durations in-between dives, it is a great idea to write stuff down, so you will remember how you had your gear set up the last time you did it. This can go for all the training that you do.  

Document your number of dives. With technology today you can use your dive watch, and it does all the work for you. I think every dive company has an app that you can download your dive and add the other information you might want to remember. You will also be required to have a certain number of dives or a certain amount of a specific type of dives if you’re going to achieve different levels in the civilian dive world. Also, in most organizations, a minimum number of dives are required for you to keep your pay. If you ever have to prove you have dove, this can help.

By recording the equipment, your log can quickly become a reference to see how much weight you’ll need to descend in a given wetsuit. If you dive in various locations around the world, and in various climates, a dive log takes the guessing out of the equation. Remember to take into account what you are doing and wearing. If the last time you dove you had a 3lb sludge on your back and this time you don’t this will remind you. It never hurts to keep a paper logbook, so you can write in it and store it with your dive gear this way it is always there if needed. Lastly, write down if you had a problem with a piece of equipment. It’s easy to use something once a year and forget that you had a problem with it. Let’s say you had Nav Board that labeled as #3 and it needs to be replaced. So, when you are on deployment, and you go to dive, and you get Nav Board #3 you know to make sure it works, and it doesn’t have the same issues that it had before. Some people get very detailed in their log books others just write the necessary info down. That is up to you as long as you can look back and remember what info will help you out later. Lastly, you don’t have to use a particular book you can use anything as long as you are saving the same info.

Here is a great one, available from www.violentlittle.com/products/people-to-kill-notebook.