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Adventure Not War

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Adventure Not War from Nimia on Vimeo.

Adventure Not War is the story of three U.S. veterans traveling back into the mountains of Iraq on a mission to heal wounds and experience the country and its culture without the shadow of war.

This film reveals a seldom seen beautiful underbelly in a place of devastation and creates space for healing wounds deeper than flesh and bones. Adventure Not War follows National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Stacy Bare and two other veterans Robin Brown and Matthew Griffin. The film follows the three US Military Captains on an unexpected journey to revisit Iraq, a country that has threatened their sanity since their time of service. This heartfelt film takes a new approach to war, empowering veterans to reclaim their lives and rewrite their histories in places where they served. We hope this film will help promote peace and a universal understanding that beauty can replace hatred if we strive for adventure, not war.

During their 2 week stay Stacy, Robin and Matthew traveled to Kurdistan to work alongside the non-profit Tent Ed, providing educational resources to children displaced by war and do the first ski ascent and decent of Mount Halgurd, the tallest peak within Iraqi boarders.

More info on Tent Ed here: tented.org/


Adventure Not War is an initiative founded by Stacy Bare that brings veterans back to the places they served. Adventure Not War aims to promote world peace & understanding through adventure.

More info on Adventure Not War here: www.adventurenotwar.com/what-is-anw


“I came home from war. War never really left me.

Some of my friends came back in boxes. Others filled those boxes Stateside. Climbing and skiing kept me out of the grave.

In order to come all the way home and to leave war behind, I’m going back to ski and climb with a few friends.

More importantly, I want to show America places and people missed in normal war reporting. My goal is to highlight the shared humanity between those of us who fight wars and the people who live in the places where we’ve been. Responsible, global adventure is a key part of achieving global peace and understanding.

As part of this mission in partnership with friends and fellow veterans Robin Brown and Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin, I went back to Iraq to visit Zack Bazzi and his work promoting education in refugee camps and to make a first ski ascent and descent of Mt. Halgurd, the highest mountain fully in Iraq.”

Osprey Elite 220 – European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

I’ve collected Osprey books for over 30 years. They remain some of my best historical reference material, in particular because of the excellent artist plates in each volume.

One of their latest releases is “Elite 220: European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017” which examines the evolution and growth of both Mil and LE organizations devoted specifically with the CT mission.


At only 64-pages, the volume doesn’t go into great detail but it does offer the highlights. Beginning with 1972’s tragedy at the Olympic Village in Munich, author Leigh Neville then examines how the threat has changed. Next, he discusses technical innovations such as the use of specialized vehicles and then he delves into the units themselves. By country, Neville basic order of battle and highlights specific operations. These are accompanied by photographs as well as some top notch work by illustrator Adam Hook.


The artist plates are very well researched. Take for instance the image above which showcases (l-r) British 22 SAS, French GIGN and London Metropolitan Police SCO19. The image is so up-to-date with 2017 that it has the GIGN member in Arc’teryx coveralls, a recent acquisition of that team’s kit bag.

Not only do I highly recommend the Osprey series, but in particular those works by Leigh Neville. His dedication to accuracy is admirable.

Via Amazon, www.amazon.com/European-Counter-Terrorist-Units-1972-2017-Elite.

SOFREP TV Releases Training Cell Episode 8: Moto Mobility

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

NEW YORK – September 27, 2017 – In the latest installment of Training Cell, the team takes to the high country of Idaho where they explore the capability of the Christini AWD 450 dirt bike with Jimmy King of Tactical Mobility Training. Capable of climbing steep and rugged terrain and an ideal platform for environments like Afghanistan, the bike pushes the team to their threshold ending with a few falls, bumps and bruises. The trailer can be viewed online, and the episode is live for subscribers now.


Rugged Mobility in Tough Terrain
Episode 8 follows the Training Cell team as they embark on a two-day course in Sun Valley, Idaho with expert Jimmy King of Tactical Mobility Training. A modern war machine, the Christini AWD 450 has the flexibility and maneuverability that operators need in tough, hostile terrain. The Spec Ops vets learn basic platform functionality—various controls, mechanics, starting and stopping—and work their way up to more advanced techniques like body positions, ascending and descending hills, reactionary drills and more.

“Navigating the unpredictable landscape of Afghanistan can be difficult, but with a platform like the all-wheel-drive Christini, it’s possible for military personnel to go almost anywhere,” said ex-Army Ranger Drew Wallace. “Training with Jimmy gave us the opportunity to put the bike to the test and see first-hand its extreme versatility on the hills of Idaho. We all came to the table with varying levels of motorcycle experience but each left with a new and important skillset. It’s hard not to see the value in a machine that can travel where feet, horses or pack animals can’t—especially in a tactical environment.”

Jimmy King is the owner of Tactical Mobility Training, a company based in Fayetteville, NC. Born from the understanding that wars and battles are often fought in remote locations, Jimmy developed a training regimen to educate and mentor operators who use light mobility platforms on a regular basis. Personnel from SOCOM, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and British Special Forces have trusted Tactical Mobility Training’s staff of former Spec Ops personnel to train and prepare their operators for off-road conflicts for over 17 years.


Training Cell on SOFREP TV
The latest installment on moto mobility is another example of the hard-hitting original programming with the flare only Special Operations veterans can provide. Training Cell takes viewers inside the world of some of the most advanced, highly-trained personnel in the world. From winter warfare and off-road driving to gunfighting—the topics are diverse, but the expert analysis, recommendations and skills provided by the team are evident in every episode.

Training Cell is just one part of the subscription-based SOFREP TV that combines relevant topics, authoritative contributors and behind-the-scenes access and intel delivered on demand. SOFREP TV features and is run by veteran contributors who are sworn to authenticity. The network offers a wide variety of content on its three channels.

Check out the trailer.

SOFREP TV subscribers get access to all new releases—as well as the vault of past interviews, episodes, documentaries, news stories and features. Subscriptions are available at https://join.sofrep.com/sofrep-tv/ and new subscribers can get started with a limited-time offer of $4.99 per month.

NDIA Names Stew Magnuson Editor of National Defense Magazine

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017


ARLINGTON, VA — National Defense, a business and technology magazine and website published by the National Defense Industrial Association, named Stew Magnuson as its new editor in chief on Sept. 14.

National Defense has been in publication since 1920 when it began its run as Army Ordnance Magazine.

“As the magazine approaches its 100th anniversary, there is no shortage of vital topics to cover,” Magnuson said. Not least among them is whether the military can take advantage of advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other rapidly evolving fields while being hampered by an antiquated acquisition system, he said.

“Readers can expect in-depth reporting and analysis on this important question,” he said.

Magnuson joined the magazine as a senior writer in 2005 and was named managing editor a year later. He has served as acting editor since April.

Before joining the magazine, Magnuson was a Washington-based reporter for Education Daily, Space News and Kyodo News. He spent several years reporting in Asia, working for newspapers such as the Asahi Evening News in Tokyo and The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. He contributed articles to Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor and South China Morning Post.

Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., he is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In his spare time, he writes nonfiction books focusing on the history of the American West. Among his works, Magnuson is the author of “The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns,” which was named the Nebraska’s 2009 nonfiction book of the year and recently made a list of the state’s most important literary works.

He also penned “Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding,” an account of the Wounded Knee incident, and one novel, “The Song of Sarin,” based on his experience living in Tokyo during the 1995 subway gas attack.

More recently, he produced a series of three books focusing on the history found along U.S. Highway 83, “The Last American Highway: The Dakotas;” The Last American Highway: Nebraska-Kansas-Oklahoma;” and “The Last American Highway in Texas.”


Task Force Dagger Foundation And East Carolina University Team Up To Explore Underwater WWII Sites

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Task Force Dagger Foundation partners with East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies Program to explore and research WWII sites in the western Pacific.

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 01, 2017

Task Force Dagger, a nonprofit organization that supports all U.S. Special Operations Command service members and their families, is joining forces with the East Carolina University Department of History’s maritime studies program to explore and research WWII underwater archaeological sites in the western Pacific.

Dr. Jennifer McKinnon investigates a Kawanishi H8K Japanese seaplane. (Photo by Jon Carpenter)

Dr. Jennifer McKinnon investigates a Kawanishi H8K Japanese seaplane. (Photo by Jon Carpenter)

Task Force Dagger, a nonprofit organization that supports all U.S. Special Operations Command service members and their families, is joining forces with the East Carolina University Department of History’s maritime studies program to explore and research WWII underwater archaeological sites in the western Pacific.

The maritime studies program has several faculty and staff that work on military-related and WWII archaeological sites all over the world.

Associate professor Dr. Jennifer McKinnon has been working on military sites in the Pacific for nearly 10 years. In partnership with Ships of Exploration and Discovery and the local community of Saipan, McKinnon developed the WWII Maritime Heritage Trail: Battle of Saipan in 2009. The heritage trail consists of nine underwater U.S. and Japanese sites in Saipan’s crystal-clear, tropical lagoons. The sites include amphibious vehicles such as landing vehicles and tanks, aircraft, and shipwrecks, all lost in the 1944 Battle of Saipan.

McKinnon said that the partnership with Task Force Dagger is a boon for continuing to research these sites. “Active military and veterans have an incredible firsthand knowledge of warfare, tactics and military material,” she said. “Their knowledge and experience has the potential to contribute so much to the research we are conducting in the Pacific. It really is a reciprocal relationship.”

Charles “Keith” David, managing director of Task Force Dagger and retired U.S. Army Special Forces, said the organization is looking forward to solidifying the collaboration through a memorandum of agreement and seeking grant funding for the project.

The Task Force Dagger Foundation will join McKinnon and the maritime studies program next summer in a special recreational therapy adaptive event that trains special operations command service members in scuba diving and underwater archaeology. The team will then travel to Saipan to continue locating and recording WWII underwater archaeological sites.

TFD is looking forward to the relationship with ECU and building a program through which veterans and active service members can train in archaeological methods and assist in future efforts to recover lost service members whose remains are still lost at sea

For more information about Task Force Dagger visit www.taskforcedagger.org. For more information about the WWII Maritime Heritage Trail visit www.pacificmaritimeheritagetrail.com.

Contact: Dr. Jennifer McKinnon, mckinnonje(at)ecu.edu, 252-328-6788

The Capability – An Original BCM Production

Thursday, August 31st, 2017


The Capability is a brand new series from Bravo Company, directed by Jon Chang of American Gunfighter and Black Powder Red Earth fame. You can view the first episode by clicking the image above.

Check out the official release at soldiersystems.net/2017/08/31/the-capability-an-original-bcm-production.

The Capability – An Original BCM Production

Thursday, August 31st, 2017


Hartland, WI – August 31, 2017 – BCM is proud to announce, The Capability, a new series produced by BCM and created and directed by Jon Chang (creator/director of the American Gunfighter documentary series and the Black Powder Red Earth™ graphic novel series).

The first chapter of The Capability is a demonstration showcasing instructors from Northern Red working side by side with students from a counter terrorism unit, executing a multi-breach multi-team hostage rescue mission.

Staffed exclusively with US Army Special Operations combat veterans, Northern Red specializes in developing core skills, the application of those skills and internal cultural transformations of law enforcement and security forces at metropolitan and national levels. BCM provides Northern Red the most capable and reliable weapon systems possible, required for high-risk zero fail missions such as hostage rescue, combat raids and high threat dignitary protection missions domestically or abroad.

The Capability is a celebration of the men selected to preserve our nation at tip of the spear.

Stream the episode on YouTube here youtu.be/3yReIGUV9UE

Learn more about Northern Red’s services at NorthernRedTraining.com and BCM weapon systems at BravoCompanyMFG.com

Larry Burrows – Combat Photographer

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

This photo is of Larry Burrows, a British photographer for Time. He covered the Vietnam war from 1962 until his death in 1972 when the helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down over Laos.