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SureFire Spotlight – SF3P Three-Prong Flash Hider

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

SureFire Spotlight videos are a high level rundown of specific products. This one focuses on the SF3P Three-Prong Flash Hider.

The advanced SureFire SF3P three-prong flash hider features a patent-pending design that greatly reduces muzzle flash—typically greater than 99%—when compared with a plain muzzle. Boasting robust tines built to withstand the rigors of combat, the SF3P also serves as a rock-solid mounting adapter for SureFire SOCOM Series Fast-Attach® suppressors.

www.surefire.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Exigent Circumstances Pack

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Today we are getting a look at a FirstSpear classic, the ECP – Exigent Circumstances Pack.

Originally developed as an assault pack designed to quickly attach to many different platforms with supplied G-Hook straps or utilized as a stand-alone pack with low profile backpack straps. Features a removable beavertail style outer flap that is secured with shock cord and spacious enough to hold a helmet. Inside the flap you will find elastic daisy chain sized to hold flash bang and smoke grenades. Rear most pocket holds an included comfort pad or hydration bladder up to 3 liters as well as optional internal frame. The lightweight yet ultra sturdy construction has become a popular choice for those looking for a 1 day pack as well as gym or work bag.

In-Stock and shipping now in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote, MultiCam, and Manatee Grey. Like most FirstSpear products it is 100% Made in America with USA Materials.

www.first-spear.com/exigent-circumstance-pack-ecp-tm

1st SFG(A) Soldiers Make Protective Masks in Fight Against COVID-19

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) medical professionals and logisticians stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., manufactured personal protective equipment for routine care and protection against the COVID-19 pandemic March 31, 2020.

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to permeate the region, 1st SFG (A) Soldiers adapt to develop solutions to combat the virus and protect the force within both the Special Operations and JBLM communities. The most recent adaptation is the production of personal protective equipment.

1st SFG (A), Group Support Battalion personnel used their resources and expertise to create prototypes for reusable respirator masks, face shields, and surgical masks for Madigan Army Medical Center and its regional partners.

The 1st SFG (A) riggers repurposed their sewing machines, that are typically used to repair parachutes, to assemble surgical masks.

“The Aerial Delivery Platoon will be able to produce 200 [masks] per day initially, with only five lightweight sewing machines,” said Lt. Col. Christopher S. Jones, 1st SFG (A), GSB commander.

Soldiers will continue to refine the process of producing the masks and improving them with feedback from medical employees.

“We’ll get better by week’s end and be able to produce 1,000 to 1,500 during a normal work week,” Jones added.

The masks will be beneficial immediately to personnel identified by medical professionals.

“The most likely application [of the masks] will be to have a symptomatic patient, one with a cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, wear the mask in order to reduce the amount of respiratory droplets contaminating the environment, helping reduce the likelihood that ill people expose others,” said Col. Rodd E. Marcum, 1st SFG (A) surgeon.

In this period of adjustment for many people, it is important to remember what the priorities are – protecting the force and their families by following medical guidelines.

“Nothing is more important as we work through this unexpected challenge than following the recommendations of public health professionals. Physical or social distancing is critical in reducing the chain of transmission,” said Marcum.

As we continue this fight, Jones expressed pride and confidence in his Soldiers and said he looks forward to witnessing the impact their hard work has on the nation as other forces join the battle against this disease.

“I believe this is a phenomenal effort to help our healthcare professionals and fellow Americans,” said Jones. “We’re collaborating with [Army Special Operations Forces] and conventional forces across the Army to make a difference. The effort in and of itself is a worthwhile exercise in how to innovate to provide solutions, especially as the U.S. military has the best capability in the world.”

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication 1st SFG (A) provided 300 surgical masks to Madigan Army Medical Center.

Story by 1st Special Forces Group Public Affairs Office

Photos by SSG Ryan Hohman, SGT Joe Parrish and SGT Adam Armstrong

Agilite Tactical Presents: Helmet Health Week-The Sad Story of Billy and Jennifer

Monday, March 30th, 2020

It’s Tactical Helmet Health Week at Agilite. As the world leader in tactical helmet covers they’ve decided to to spread helmet damage awareness. Watch the tragic story of Billy and Jennifer:

Not many people know this, but even the most high-end ballistic helmets have vulnerable painted surfaces. When they’re scratched or chipped, it can slowly cause irreparable damage to the ballistic layers underneath and void your helmet.

Don’t risk it! One serious knock and your helmet starts a process that may require you to stop using it several years early, so be responsible.

To celebrate Helmet Health Week, Agilite are doing 2 things this week:

1. A Sale on all helmet covers!

2. They’ve made it super easy to know what cover will definitely fit your helmet type (they cover all common helmets) as well as offering their one-size-fits-all Helmet Bridge option.

agilitegear.com/collections/helmet-covers

MATBOCK Monday – Efforts to Help Supply Critical Medial Gear

Monday, March 30th, 2020

MATBOCK has taken an expeditionary portable chlorine machine and is putting it to work by bottling the chlorine into 3.25oz bottles. Additionally, they are working to hire Virginia Beach locals that are without work during this time to assist in the production.

The idea came from one of their employees, John Bottoms, who spent years traveling to over 30 countries assisting in disaster relief. Having spent time in austere locations battling Ebola, he knew exactly how to get us set up and running.

Simply mix one bottle with 32oz of COLD water and you will have a surface disinfectant or a hand sanitizer alternative. Sold as a 6 pack.

For every bottle you buy we will donate a bottle to a local hospital. If you’re a healthcare provider and need direct support, email orders@matbock.com

Order here: www.matbock.com/products/decon-surface

DOD Establishes Task Force to Meet US Medical Equipment Needs

Monday, March 30th, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests the department is receiving for medical and personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and others.

Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said she has established the Joint Acquisition Task Force to deal with the influx of requests.

“The task force will synchronize the DOD acquisition response to this crisis, working closely with all the services and defense agencies,” she explained. “The task force will leverage DOD authorities for maximum acquisition flexibility to provide resilient capability in the current health crisis.”

The task force will prioritize and direct the Defense Production Act authorities and funding in response to the immediate crisis, Lord added. It also is focused on reducing reliance on foreign supply sources, she said.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of the data repositories and portals we have in [Defense Contracting Management Agency] industrial policy and those we are establishing under the JATF,” she said. “These repositories allow us to bring in critical feedback from the contracting officer level all the way up to the Pentagon.”

DOD is also providing portals for good ideas from industry, so that there is one repository where all can go to see what is being offered in terms of technical assistance and manufacturing capability, Lord said.

Last week, DOD had four, productive “synch” calls with Defense Industry Association leaders and other key associations. The calls provided important feedback that allowed Pentagon leaders to make significant progress on matters such as the critical defense contractor workforce’s ability to continue working; ensuring cash flow to the defense industrial base; and getting standardized guidance out to industry, she said.

“I’m working closely with DHS. I issued a memo that defined essentiality in the defense industrial base workforce, ensuring that DIB’s critical employees can continue working,” Lord added.

“This was very important,” she said, “because industrial leaders told us that state and local government had different shelter-in-place rule guidelines, with some even issuing misdemeanor citations to workers trying to get to work.”

Lord said her memorandum will help ensure continuity of mission with a full commitment to the safety of the workforce and state and local governments.

Additionally, the director of the Defense Contracting Management Agency has worked closely with the contracting workforce and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to ensure invoices are continuing to be paid in a timely manner, Lord said.

“Our office of small business programs within industrial policy reached out to industry small businesses and is working with the Small Business Administration and their small-business emergency loan program to help protect these companies,” she said.

“We know innovation comes in large part from small businesses, and we remain committed to supporting these small businesses,” Lord said.

Moving forward, DOD remains fully engaged with the interagency effort to leverage the Defense Production Act to help reinforce critical elements of the defense industrial base, Lord said.

“As we discussed with the Joint Acquisition Task Force, it’s important that everything we do has joint representation, a joint mindset and the joint warfighter in mind,” she emphasized. “It is critically important we understand that during this crisis, the DIB is vulnerable to adversarial capital, so we need to ensure companies can stay in business without losing their technology.”

Lord said DOD is working as smartly and quickly as possible — in close coordination with Congress, state governors, and the defense industrial base — to do everything it can to support military members, their families, defense contractors and U.S. citizens.

“We recognize how serious this pandemic and national emergency is,” she said. “And we will remain fully transparent and provide oversight and accountability in all we do.”

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Movies to Watch

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

I have wanted to do a post about the best War movies. This is not easy, as everyone has a different opinion about what makes a good movie. Here is how I look at them. First of all,  

I do not like movies that were made as “protest movies” like Apocalypse Now (yes, a great movie, but do not watch the extended cut) and sometimes it is hard to tell, especially when you watched them as a kid. Then they release the “director’s cut”, like the Big Red One, and bam there it is – protest film. On the other hand, there are movies made to push a cause, like the Green Berets or Wake Island. Both are great movies and I do not have a problem with them. I just want to show both sides, I do not think you will see a movie like them ever again. I know you are saying to yourself everything that comes out of Hollywood is protesting something. Very true, but some are not as easy to spot as another. Then there are great movies that I just can’t watch. Saving Private Ryan is one of the best movies out there, but I can’t watch it because of Corporal Upham. He was the guy they took with them as a translator. The guy who played him did a great job, but I just want to punch him in the face. He got a lot of people killed. Nope, I can’t watch it, hate that guy. I still think if I see that actor walking down the street, I might punch him. I have seen some of the newer movies, but I really can’t watch them as they just hit too close to home.

 

 

 

Here are some of the movies I like, in no real order. I tried to put the Navy related ones first as this article is supposed to be about diving. The Fighting Sullivan’s might be my favorite, as it is really about brotherhood and, of course, The Frogman. My first ship deployment was an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), on the USS Juneau, and we were part of the invasion of Somalia. The Juneau was the same name of the ship the Sullivan’s were on that sank. I am sure as soon as I send this to Eric I will think of more. Sorry, I do not have the links for all of them. Please share the ones you think I have missed. There are some great movies out there that feature different parts of history that could be quickly forgotten. I hope this helps jog your memory of some of the great military films out there.  

The Fighting Sullivans

The Frogmen  

The Silent Enemy

They Were Expendable

Midway (1976)

Attack force Z

The Longest Day

The Guns of Navarone

Force 10 from Navarone

To Hell and Back

Sargent York

Braveheart

Patton

Glory

Zulu

M.A.S.H

The Patriot

The Devil’s Brigade

The Great Escape

The Big Red One

Battle Ground

Go for broke

Uncommon Valor

We were soldier

Hamburger hill

The Odd Angry Shot

The Siege at Jadotville

The Desert Rats

Hanoi Hilton

A Bridge too Far

Gung Ho

The Fighting 69th

Beneath Gill 60

The Lost Battalion

The Dirty Dozen

Red Dawn (1984)

The Outlaw Jose Wales

Gods and Generals

US Army To Test New Tech-based JROTC Program at Select Schools

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Army plans to implement a new cybersecurity and tech education program for high school students enrolled in junior ROTC programs, leaders told lawmakers March 11.

The program, scheduled to be implemented at select schools by fiscal year 2022, will focus on cybersecurity and computer science. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Casey Wardynski said the program’s curriculum remains under development.

The Army wants to reach a broader, more academically diverse group of students while also expanding its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in its JROTC programs, said Assistant Deputy for Recruiting and Retention Lin St. Clair.

While the Army’s JROTC programs aren’t inherently a recruiting tool, they could open the doors toward a possible military career, Wardynski said. The cyber pilot program is being developed by the Office of the Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Army Training and Doctrine Command and U.S. Army Cadet Command.

“Our effort here is designed to capture the imagination of young adults,” Wardynski said during a Senate Committee on Armed Services personnel oversight hearing. The assistant secretary added the service has been working to expand the number of eligible candidates for military service through education.

Through the program, Army leaders hope young men and women will be steered toward a possible Army career earlier in life. While the goal of junior ROTC remains to create better citizens, Wardynski said the program will raise awareness of career opportunities in computer science and cyber security so that the Army will be on recruits’ radars when they decide on their post-high school plans.

In many of the Army’s 22 priority cities for recruiting, young people don’t have much awareness about the Army as a potential career path, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Jim Bland said recently. CASAs are community leaders who provide advice and counsel to Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.

“We need to begin educating them much earlier about the opportunities in the military, the benefits of service and the challenges of service,” Wardynski said, “so that as they form their set of life-course alternatives, military service can be in there early enough to shape their behaviors throughout high school. So by the time they graduate, they can avail themselves to those opportunities.”

St. Clair said many of areas with schools that remain underrepresented in junior ROTC programs lie in the Midwest and Northeast. And that diverse student populations are located in or near the Army’s priority cities.

The proposed pilot program is intended to educate students at the Advanced Placement and honors course level  St. Clair said the program would cover the entire four-year junior ROTC program.

The pilot program as envisioned would be “rigorous and arduous enough that it would warrant AP or honors-level equivalency in terms of points or grade structure,” St. Clair said. He added it would be graded the same and it would be viewed the same as an honors or advanced-placement class.

By Joseph Lacdan, Army News Service