The US Palm pennant. Let your colors fly!
The US Palm pennant. Let your colors fly!
My friend Military Morons is a huge supporter of the Second Amendment so I am very pleased to let you know about this new morale patch he has introduced. It’s a simple straightforward design that was produced for MM by Mil-Spec Monkey. Portions of the proceeds raised through the sale of these patches will be donated to the NRA.
2A Patch Specs:
Size – 2″ wide x 1.5″ tall
Material – PVC/rubberized
Hook velcro sewn on back
Available only as a set of three different colours – Urban, Arid and Patriot
Urban – Khaki ’2A’, medium grey border and dark grey background
Arid – Dark brown ’2A’, light grey border and tan background
Patriot – Red, white and blue – needs no explanation
Our friends at 2 Cent Tactical asked us to share this announcement.
Well after what has seemed like a massive uphill battle the long awaited second run of 2 Cent Tactical shemaghs is finally in stores. In this whole process we have had to deal with design theft, incompetent shipping companies causing massive delays and of course the delay of me getting enough money to do a large enough order to last a bit.
30% of what we sell these to the retailers for goes to Wounded Warriors. The rest of the money goes back into other projects to help to continue to raise money for charity. When all is said and done we will have raised over $750 dollars for Wounded Warriors and be able to do a new run of patches.
The shemaghs have our skull maple leaf logo in them and are quite large to allow for shrinking when washed.
Due to the design theft we are also including one of our logo patches with each shemagh so that you can tell you are buying a legitimate item that is going to charity.
Thank you all for your suppourt during this time and head on over to our friends at One Shot Tactical and pick up some of these bad boys.
I just finished reading ‘The Quiet Professional’ by Alan Hoe; the only biography that exists of Major Richard ‘Dick’ Meadows. It allowed me to complete the puzzle and connect the dots on what I consider to be the most significant individual in Tier One US Special Operations history – Dick Meadows is a legend in the US Army SOF community but his contributions to Tier One SOF have never, in my opinion, been given the credit they deserve.
It all started with a discussion I had with my good friend Ken Hackathorn many years ago after I successfully completed Delta Force Selection and Assessment and began a 15 year career in that Unit. Ken made the assertion that Dick Meadows had a lot more to do with forming Delta than he was publicly given credit for. Of course I had read Charlie Beckwith’s book ‘The Delta Force’ and it is well known that Col Beckwith was not only the first commander but also ramrodded the concept of Delta to the powers that be and turned it into a reality. But Unit commanders are overseers, captains of the ship if you will, they are not individuals who get into the weeds and get dirty ‘forming’ a new capability; those situations require subject matter experts and experienced NCO’s who are true masters of their trade and can sort thru the task at hand and bring a new capability to life. These individuals are mission focused, motivated, confident, and are true leaders that inspire confidence up and down the chain of command; in other words they are like Dick Meadows.
Dick Meadows entered the Army at the age of 15 in some degree to escape his childhood from a broken home, an abusive alcoholic father, and the hopelessness of a West Virginia coal mining town. He viewed the Army as the family he never really had and to overcome what he perceived to be the handicap of a 9th grade education, he committed himself to be the absolute best soldier he possibly could; a true master at his chosen profession. At this he succeeded in a manner that will likely never be rivaled- a brief list of his accomplishments is staggering;
The youngest master sergeant of the Korean War at the age of 20
The first enlisted US Army SF exchange soldier with the British 22 SAS; after successful completion of their selection program ( which he volunteered for ) he was made troop sergeant of an operational troop within a Sabre Squadron ( a honor of unbelievable magnitude since he was an American attached to the British Army )
One of the first two HALO jumpmaster/instructors in the US Army
As a Recon Team leader in MACV-SOG (RT Ohio ) his team captured 13 POW’s ( more than any other team leader ) and provided proof of the Ho Chi Minh trail and NVA involvement in the war in South Vietnam with photographic, video , and POW proof. This amongst other accomplishments got him a battlefield commission to Captain, the first of the Vietnam War. He was widely considered the One-Zero ( Recon Team Leader ) that set the standard for the rest to follow; this belief punctuated by having never lost a man under his command
Selected as Assault Team Leader for the Son Tay Raid; Meadows organized, trained the assaulters and refined the assault plan on what has been widely considered as the first ‘Delta’ mission due to the impact the detailed planning and execution had on the Unit that followed – the template from that historic raid still being used to this day
Chosen as a special civilian ‘advisor’ to Col Beckwith, Meadows helped organize, select, refine, develop, and train future Delta Force operators – his ‘fingerprints’ can be seen in every aspect of that organization today from the extremely demanding selection and assessment course, operator training course, detailed mission planning, and professional standards and attention to detail that Delta is famous for.
Dick Meadows led an advance team into Tehran when Delta needed trusted personnel on the ground during final planning and immediately before launch of Operation Rice Bowl – Meadows and his team performed close target reconnaissance, procured assault force transportation, and secured a daytime hide site for the assaulters immediately before the assault was to be conducted.
Beyond these accomplishments Meadows helped pioneer small, but key pieces of equipment for SOF use such as the ‘Singlepoint’ sight used by Son Tay raiders for night time target engagements. This concept eventually led to red dot sights such as Aimpoints and Eotechs which are standard issue for US Special Operations and, in my opinion, should be considered the greatest combat target engagement enhancement in small arms history.
My gut feeling about the importance of Major Meadows in Delta Force history was solidified when I had the good fortune of meeting a former Unit member at the 2013 SHOT show in Las Vegas. Chuck C. was an individual I had heard of but never met until I had the honor of doing so in January of 2013. Chuck C. was a graduate of Operator Training Course #4 ( I graduated OTC #23 in June of 1989) . I asked Chuck about Dick Meadows and my buddy Ken’s theory of his involvement in the early days of Delta. He confirmed that Meadows was involved in every aspect of the Unit early on and even though he was a civilian, and retired from active duty, his knowledge and experience left an impression on all those that formed the fledgling Delta Force.
Major Meadows had numerous awards including a Distinguished Service Cross but it has been said if the true scope of his contributions to our country were known he would have received the Medal of Honor. I wholeheartedly agree.
Major Richard ‘Dick’ Meadows is one of only a few statues, that I am aware of, located on Ft. Bragg, NC. Another significant one is of Col Bull Simons, leader of the Son Tay raid, and former friend and commander of Meadows, who hand picked him for the Raid. But in my estimation the Meadows statue is the most significant as it represents an individual who set the standard that all true SOF warriors aspire to; the consummate Quiet Professional.
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Coming Memorial Day from Oakley SI is the Fuel Cell POW/MIA Limited Edition. This design honors those who never made it home. The detail is amazing, with barbed wire and the image of a guard tower. Additionally, the Red Oakley “O” integrates the lines from an MIA bracelet first made popular during the Viet Nam war.
These really mean a lot to me as I wore a MIA bracelet for much of my career until the Soldier I honored’s remains were returned home. Oakley will make a substantial donation to the National League of Families for this project.
We have just released a new shirt for pre-order celebrating our love for gun bunnies. Those ladies work hard but they’ve been feeling a bit of a backlash lately despite their efforts to market the latest in tactical gear and firearms. Show your support! We don’t want them to become an endangered species.
These Black Tees are available in Men’s and Women’s styles. Available exclusively through www.tacticaldistributors.com/Soldier-systems
Chief Bronson & Sons is hosting the fourth annual Wings for Warriors event being held at Lendy’s Wings in Virginia Beach, Virginia this Friday, May 17th from 1300-2000. The event includes all-you-can-eat (AYCE) wings, an EODWF reusable shopping goodie bag for the first 200 attendees, a Chinese auction, a door prize, and a silent auction. 100% of proceeds from the event go to benefit EOD Warrior Foundation.
That ice chest was handcrafted by R Ranch Rustics. If you’re looking for something special to commemorate your service or something as a gift or for your unit, check them out.