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S&S Precision – NAVBOARD FLIPLITE

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

New NAVBOARD ZIPFLIP™ converts to the NAVBOARD™ FLIPLITE™

The new S&S Precision NavBoard™ ZipFlip™ converts into the new FlipLite™ and allows the operator to have a lower profile configuration. The FlipLite™ is available separately or comes included with the ZipFlip™.

Since its introduction, the NavBoard™ Series has grown to reflect a diversity of missions and user preferences found across the SOF community. In 2017, we added the NavBoard™ FlipMod™, bringing even more options and greater security to an industry proven product line. We have also added ZipFlip™, FlipLite™, and the Rotary to the NavBoard™ Series, which bring additional capability to the end user. Whether navigating through the air, mounted or dismounted, we have a NavBoard™ platform to meet your specific operational needs.

Check out the complete new collection at www.sspgear.com

S&S Precision – Navboard Rotary

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

The NavBoard™ Rotary is third and final Nav Board from S&S Precision we are showcasing before SHOT Show.

It allows users to attach a wide range of consumer electronic navigation device’s, with or without a protective case. It can be stowed close to the user’s body, and deployed in an open position and viewed in either a vertical or horizontal configuration. When stowed in vertical position the NavBoard™ Rotary only uses 2 columns and 3 rows of webbing.

• Hands-free navigation

• Flip-down phone panel fits smartphones as large as the Samsung NOTE

www.sspgear.com/navgear

S&S Precision – Navboard ZipFlip

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The ZipFlip is the second Navigation Mount from S&as Precision we are covering during the run up to SHOT Show.

It is a scalable, modular chest mount for hands free use of smartphones in a variety of environments including MFF and Land Operations.

www.sspgear.com/navgear

S&S Precision Navboard Flipmod

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The NavBoard™ FlipMod™ is the first of three navigation products from S&S Precision we’ll be showcasing before SHOT Show. It I ncludes a panel for a phone/tablet, with two additional panels for a compass and GPS/altimeter extending from the phone panel. The FlipMod™ configures to fit the user’s preference by changing the orientation and placement of the various panels using an adjustable friction hinge. It can be stowed close to the user’s body when in freefall or land navigation operations or deployed in an open position, and viewed in either a vertical or horizontal configuration.

www.sspgear.com/navgear

Meet JOE

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Yesterday, I found out why the Parachute Regiment refers to its troops as “Joe.”

Meet JOE.

In 1942 the PARAs were formed from soldiers already in the Army. The volunteers on transfer had their documents stamped with the letters J.O.E, standing for ‘joined on enlistment’. New members of the Regiment today are still refered to in this way.

It helps to place everyone on the same footing, building a cohesive team and family. Joe is genderless, doesn’t have a sexuality, finacial history, race, religion or come from a certain background. Joe is equal.

US Army’s 300th Sustainment Brigade Conducts Joint Parachute Testing With Marines

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait –- Soldiers and Marines partnered to train with and test a low-cost parachute system at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 10, 2018.

A Soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducting recovery operations after completing a joint aerial delivery mission with the Special Purpose Marine Ground Task Force on Dec. 10, 2018, Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (U.S Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Jerry Duong)

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines released four low-velocity-low-cost, four high-velocity-high-cost, and two Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems from a KC-130J onto the Udairi Training Grounds drop zone at Camp Buehring.

“We took the parachute that was right by the expiration date and loaded them with four 55-gallon drums of water. Each load weighed approximately about 2000 lbs. said Sgt. 1st Class Larry Carter, 300th Sustainment Brigade senior aerial delivery technician. “It was a successful drop. All the loads came out properly, parachute executed properly, and hit the ground properly.”

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, develops and tests new materials for the U.S. Army. NSRDEC will test the samples to determine the actual life-span of the parachutes, and using their full life-cycle ultimately saves taxpayer dollars.

“We cut a piece of the material out of each parachute system and sent it to Natick Labs in order to test the elasticity strength of the canopy,” said Carter. He believes the parachutes have another five years of potential use, saving the U.S. Army in excess of $25 million.

The joint event also provided training on proper systemes use and employment for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines, and 824th Quartermaster Company, 524th Combat Supply Sustainment Battalion, 300th Sustainment Brigade, and 1st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers.

Story by Capt. Jerry Duong and 1st Lt. Andrew Garrido, 184th Sustainment Command

US & Polish Combat Controllers Conduct Combined Training

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Combat Controllers from the U.S. and Polish forces conduct a military free fall during a culmination exercise near Krakow on Dec. 5, 2018. The exercise follows a two-month training in which the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s 321st Special Tactics Squadron assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing in England, and the Polish Special Operations Combat Control Team, share their best practices in order to build upon the Polish Special Operations Command’s ability to conduct special operations air land integration.

(Photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Pena, USASOC PAO)

5th Quartermaster Brings Holiday Cheer with Operation Toy Drop

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

ALZEY, Germany — U.S., NATO ally and partner paratroopers participated in the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company’s Operation Toy Drop Dec. 11-14.

Capt. Rizzoli Elias, company commander, the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, gives a German child a stuffed animal as part of Operation Toy Drop at Alzey, Germany Dec. 13. Operation Toy Drop is an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations with the local community and develop interoperability.

Operation Toy Drop is an annual multi-national training event. It entails sharing airborne operations, tactics, techniques and procedures, strengthening relationships with local communities and with NATO allies and partners as well as developing interoperability.

“It’s so much fun seeing other nations get in on our training and us to get on their training to see how they operate with these airborne operations, to see how we operate,” said Sgt. Kyle D. Shields, a parachute rigger with the 5th Quartermaster, Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade.

A paratrooper with an open parachute descends over Alzey Drop Zone during Operation Toy Drop in Alzey, Germany, Dec. 13. Operation Toy Drop is an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations and develop interoperability.

“All of us use different parachute systems across the different militaries, so it’s just trying to get everybody synced up in one parachute system and make sure everybody understands that every system has a risk factor and different ways you have to steer it, fly it and turn it,” Shields said.

Holiday cheer played a major role during Operation Toy Drop.

Part of this cheer was Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and elves jumping out of an airplane and then giving toys to children from the Kaiserslautern area. Both U.S. and German children smiled and laughed with excitement as they received presents from members of the 5th Quartermaster, Theater Aerial Delivery Company, who dressed up as Christmas characters during Operation Toy Drop. The toys given to the children were donated by paratroopers participating in this event.

U.S., NATO ally, and partner service members receive Irish jump wings during a wing ceremony exchange hosted by the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern, Germany Dec. 14. The paratroopers earned their jump wings while participating in Operation Toy Drop, an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations with the local community and develop interoperability.

“It’s a huge role for us to give back, especially to the local community within Germany, to all these kids and the American community that may not get as many presents as we do on Christmas,” said Sgt. Joshua A. Parkinson, an aerial delivery supervisor with the 5th Quartermaster, Theater Aerial Delivery Company. “For us to be able to do something for them while enjoying it together, then to get to watch their faces at the drop zone as Santa comes around and hands them toys from a bundle that dropped down from the sky … it’s really an indescribable feeling, but it’s something that every single jumper out here, whether they’re American or not, absolutely loves.”

Paratroopers from U.S., NATO ally and partner militaries “high five” children at Alzey Drop Zone during Operation Toy Drop at Alzey, Germany Dec. 13. During this event U.S. and German children received toys as part of Operation Toy Drop, an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations with the local community and develop interoperability.

Operation Toy Drop concluded with a wing exchange ceremony, in which paratroopers that jumped with a foreign nation, would get a certificate with that country’s wings.

“For us being able to give them American jump wings and from us receiving any number of the number of countries that are here, even the British are giving out jump wings for the first time in years, for me that is absolutely huge,” Parkinson said. “It builds a real sense of these are the people to my left and right that I can count on. We go downrange, we go to a firefight these are the people we’ll be working with and for me that is absolutely everything.”

According to Shields, one of the biggest takeaways is looking forward to future operations with the NATO allies.

“We established a lot of good connections and contacts here while we were doing Operation Toy Drop,” Shields said. “That allows us to communicate with the other armies that are around us so that we can plan additional training exercises and other tactics teaching.”

By SSG Sinthia Rosario