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Project Sanctuary Launches “Walton’s Warriors” Peer Mentoring Program

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Unique, 10-month mentorship program aims to empower military veterans by focusing on recovery, resilience and suicide prevention training

Granby, CO (February 21, 2017) – Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based nonprofit providing therapeutic retreats for military families, has launched a new peer-to-peer mentoring program aimed at improving recovery and resilience, and, ultimately, reducing suicides among veterans. Veterans make up less than nine percent of the U.S. population, yet account for 18 percent of all suicides in America, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Walton’s Warriors is a 10-month training program designed to equip veterans with the skills they need to provide support to fellow veterans struggling with such issues as PTSD and reintegration into civilian life.

The program was inspired by Brian Walton, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, who had attended a Project Sanctuary retreat with his family, but unfortunately, succumbed to his PTSD in March 2016. Many of Project Sanctuary’s veterans reached out to offer help after Brian’s suicide, which prompted founder and CEO Heather Ehle to search for programs that could better train them on how to provide support. Walton’s Warriors was born after her search failed to yield any comprehensive, clinically-based options.

“When Bonnie Walton reached out to me in March 2016, and asked how she would tell her three sons that Brian wasn’t coming home, I knew that whatever it took, Project Sanctuary had to do more to prevent the unbearable pain that this family was experiencing,” said Ehle. “Our veterans want to stop the suicide epidemic – they simply need the tools and the ongoing support to be able to help themselves while they help others.”

Walton’s Warriors includes both in-person and online training delivered by licensed professionals and veteran coaches, following a structured, evidence-based curriculum. Participants will learn about therapeutic communication, red flags to watch out for and the importance of confidentiality and setting boundaries. They’ll also receive training on critical self-care skills.

“They can’t be effective mentors unless they take care of themselves,” noted Ehle, who expects many of the participants to return as coaches for the program in subsequent years.

The program kicks off with 21 veterans from ten different states at a retreat February 23-26, near Santa Cruz, Calif. Those Walton’s Warriors will then correspond weekly with coaches and facilitators, and will also be invited to participate in monthly educational opportunities. A second retreat is planned for May 3-6 in Grand Lake, Colo., with participants slated to graduate from the program in November.

Walton’s Warriors is sponsored by the Infinite Hero Foundation. Thanks to the Foundation’s support, 25 veterans will receive training through the initial program.

“At Infinite Hero, we believe that mental and physical rehabilitation for our veterans can and must be better. Our heroes deserve it, and we will deliver it. Infinite Hero looks for the impossible challenges and drives through to find solutions. We define the problems veterans are facing, empower collaboration across sectors and inject targeted investments into innovations that have the power to revolutionize the way we treat the injuries of war,” said Colin Baden, founder and board president of the Infinite Hero Foundation

Project Sanctuary focuses on strengthening military families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering retreats nationwide. In 2017, the organization will offer 27 retreats to serve military families and will also continue outreach to the 1,800 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention. Project Sanctuary uses the A.R.T. model – Assess (pre-retreat support services), Reconnect (six-day therapeutic retreat for the whole family), and Thrive (two years of follow-up services). The program is unique in its treatment of the family as a unit while also working with each family member individually to assess their needs. The overall goal is easing the reconnection of families previously distanced as a result of deployment and military service, including resultant injuries.

Mr. John Chapman Joins B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. As Latest MAWL Brand Ambassador and Certified Trainer

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Chappy 2~2

February, 22nd, 2017 (Redmond, WA)
B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. is proud to announce that Mr. John Chapman, a.k.a. “Chappy”, is joining the B.E. Meyers Team as our latest Brand Ambassador for the MAWL™ Modular Advanced Weapon Laser system. This is part of Chappy’s continued law enforcement training efforts while also CEO of Raven Concealment.

“I am honored to be joining the B.E. Meyers team”, said Chappy. “The combination of proven designers and engineers working with experienced applications experts has enabled B.E. Meyers to create the MAWL-DA, the most capable multi-function small arms laser system I have used. I am excited to educate the law enforcement tactical community on the overwhelming benefits of the MAWL™ and B.E. Meyers other signature products for the military and law enforcement community.”

“Chappy brings years of experience to the team, and acts as a conduit for the voice of the customer as we move forward into future products”, said Matt Meyers, President at B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. “One of our core goals is to be the most end-user centric photonics company in the industry, and Chappy will undoubtedly be a critical part of that path”. Chappy joins the current certified MAWL™ training entities of Tap-Rack Tactical and Presscheck Consulting.

Chappy will focus on training and outreach to the law enforcement and armed citizen communities, continuing his mission of educating agencies and individuals on the capabilities and application of low-light and infrared technologies.

Chappy can be contacted at chappy@eag-tactical.com
 
B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. (www.bemeyers.com) is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications. The company’s core technologies include infrared and visible lasers for weapons aiming and illumination; non-lethal visual disruption green lasers for long-range hail and warning; night-vision devices; and long-range surveillance systems. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

SOTECH IFAK History

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Sometimes at SOTECH, we need to take a break from looking at future tactical systems trends to look back at our history to find some design gems. When we look back at 20 years of design meetings, sample making, teleconferences, field tests, it’s humbling to look back at all the amazing personnel we had the honor of working with as they reshaped military medicine. S.O.TECH of course respects that other companies innovated great IFAK designs during this period, this is just a timeline of ours.

We collected some of our design stories and compiled them here sotechtactical.com/pages/history-of-our-ifaks.

Patrol Incident Gear (PIG) Releases Full Dexterity Tactical Gloves ECHO gloves specifically designed for women shooters

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

We are excited to announce the arrival of the newest glove in our PIG lineup, the Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Echo Women’s Utility Glove!

This premium slip-on tactical glove offers the most popular features from the PIG glove line, with a superior high-dexterity fit that uses gender-specific patterns for Women.

Features:
-Touchscreen compatible forefinger and thumb
-Fold-over finger construction to eliminate fingertip discomfort
-Multi-piece palm for superior hand fit
-Single-layer palm for unequaled firearm grip
-Bar-tacked paracord pull loop
-Silicon print on the palm for enhanced grip on slippery surfaces
-Elastic wrist for quick don and doff sequence
-Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green & Carbon Grey

Designed as a lightweight “Utility” glove, if you use your tactical shooting gloves both on and off the range, the PIG FDT Echo Utility Glove is the best solution on the Women’s market for ease of use, durability and the tactile-dexterity you need to make your shot count!

Click here to check them out!

Boa Technology Launches New Brand Identity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Innovation Pioneer Updates Visual Language to Reflect Its Solutions that are Fit to Go Further™

Denver, CO (February 21, 2017) – In 2001, Boa Technology founder Gary Hammerslag started with one big idea to replace traditional shoelaces in snowboard boots with a faster, more convenient method of lacing up. The innovative platform that resulted, known as The Boa® System, consists of expertly configured dials, laces, and guides to ensure a precision fit every time. Today, Boa is the leading expert in fit optimization with over 83 million closure and adjustment solutions in products across golf, athletic, snow sports, outdoor, cycling, utility, and medical.

Originating as a business-to-business model, Boa has grown with the support of its global brand partners to now provide more emphasis on brand awareness, consumer marketing and education, and the promotion of category-specific features and benefits of Boa-powered products. To reflect the expanded growth, refined innovations, and continued partnerships, Boa is excited to share a new corporate branding and visual identity, releasing globally in February 2017. The updated branding will debut across a newly launched consumer-focused website, and will be featured in consumer and trade advertising beginning next month.

The entirely new website, TheBoaSystem.com, will focus on educating consumers about Boa, including the varying configurations across products and categories with Boa brand partners, as well as provide a platform to communicate new innovations, company news, and events. Additionally, as the company continues to stand behind The Boa Guarantee, customers can easily request replacement parts directly from the website.

With the new brand identity also comes an increased involvement in product design and development, as Boa works side-by-side with its brand partners to develop unique fit solutions and achieve the ideal design through customized dial, lace, and guide configurations. By putting passion into practice, Boa and its brand partners work collaboratively in making the world’s best gear even better.

www.theboasystem.com

Protonex Showcases Power Management Solutions at IDEX 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

VANCOUVER, CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, U.S.A. – Protonex Technology Corporation (“Protonex”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it has launched its industry leading intelligent Power Manager and battery charger products in the Middle East.

Protonex is exhibiting and demonstrating its lightweight Power Management solutions for soldiers at the IDEX 2017 Expo and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 19th to 23rd.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and the VPM-402 Vest Power Manager are lightweight, rugged, easy-to-use devices that provide universal power delivery to any load from a variety of power sources, such as A/C wall outlets, vehicles, batteries as well as from renewable power sources including solar, wind and fuel cells. With thousands of Protonex power managers now deployed to every major USSOCOM element, soldiers from Allied defense forces will be able to seamlessly share power with American forces and with one another, running and charging multiple systems quickly and easily.

Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Sales said, “Our recently announced EAR99 export classification for the SPM and VPM Power Managers paves the way for accelerated allied procurement of these mission critical devices. The enthusiastic reception we’ve received from allied partners has encouraged us to exhibit for the first time in the Middle East and Europe.”

Protonex is demonstrating its SPM and VPM products, as well as the Company’s new ultra-high-speed commercial and military battery charger. Visitors at IDEX 2017 can meet with Protonex and see product demonstrations at Exhibit Stand #01-A01, which it is sharing with Aeryon Labs.

Panteao Launches New Digital Download Option

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Columbia, SC, February 21, 2017 – Panteao has launched a new feature available exclusively from the Panteao.com website. Now along with being able to purchase DVDs and subscribing to our website to watch all of our videos streaming, you can purchase our videos as digital downloads.

With our digital downloads you can watch your favorite videos from Panteao on your PC or Mac, Android, and Apple iOS devices anywhere, anytime without an internet connection. You have the option of either SD (DVD equivalent) or HD content. Simply download and install the Free RLX Video Player on your PC or Mac, Apple iOS smartphone or iPad, or on your Android powered smartphone or tablet. After you download the free app, open the player and enter the email and password that you used for your Panteao Digital Download purchase. Once you’re logged in to the player, you can download the video to your device. At any time you can delete the content on your RLX Media Streaming Player to create room for more to be downloaded. The content will be kept on your cloud so that you can download it again later.

The digital download option is available on recent video titles from Panteao. Panteao will also be adding the digital download option to other video titles from the Panteao library. All new and future full length videos will be launched with the digital download option available.

The free RLX Video Player can be downloaded from the Panteao website. For more info, please visit: panteao.com/digital-download

Mission Ready Announces Purchase of Wild Things Business

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

VANCOUVER, B.C. – February 21, 2017 – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX-V : MRS) is pleased to announce that the closing of the previously announced acquisition of the business and certain assets of Wild Things, LLC (the “Transaction”) is scheduled for February 24, 2017 valued at USD $4.5 million.

Pursuant to the Transaction, Mission Ready is acquiring the business of Wild Things, LLC and certain assets including inventories, manufacturing equipment, patents, material contracts, intellectual property, current outstanding purchase orders and the 2017 sales pipeline. This transaction is preceded by the closing of an agreement between a Japanese trading corporation (name withheld due to legal requirements) and Wild Things, LLC for the sale of certain Wild Things trademarks in Asia, including China and Japan and an exclusive trademark license and distribution agreement. The Wild Things heritage logo has been marketed in Japan under license for the past 20 plus years and these efforts will now be expanded.

Rod Reum, CEO & President of Mission Ready states, “We are very excited to be adding such a premium brand as Wild Things to our portfolio to complement our Protect The Force brand. We extend a warm welcome to the talented team at Wild Things. The merger of Wild Things with Mission Ready will allow both Wild Things and our PTF Manufacturing Inc. to significantly expand their reach into their current markets as well as have new markets opened up for each entity.”

“This is a huge deal for Wild Things”, said Ed Schmults, CEO of Wild Things. “To have a global powerhouse for a distribution partner in Asia is very significant for us as well as for some of the product lines of Protect The Force. All of us at Wild Things are thrilled to be working with Rod and the MRS team. These are two complementary businesses that mesh very well together. I think the timing is excellent for MRS and Wild Things to combine resources and take advantage of market opportunities. This sale allows us to significantly strengthen our balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and invest in the growth and development of our business”, said Schmults.

License and Distribution Agreement
Further to a November 2015 agreement providing exclusive import/distribution and master license rights for the Wild Things heritage brand in the Japanese market and precedent to Mission Ready’s purchase, Wild Things, LLC was in negotiations to sell certain trademark rights for Japan and several other Asian countries and has recently concluded that sale. Outside of these countries Wild Things retains ownership and all rights for the rest of the World subject to a right of first refusal by our Japanese trading partner. The distribution agreement gives us an established single trading partner in the fast growing Asian outdoor retail market.

Payment Terms
The cash portion of the Transaction price, is provided by a small allocation ($350,000) from the brand rights sale as previously mentioned and a $4.15MM loan from Wild Things, LLC secured by the assets of Wild Things USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mission Ready formed to facilitate the Transaction. The company will work to replace the Wild Things, LLC loan over the next several months.

Congratulations to all involved.