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Orolia Introduces SecureFind Wearable  Combat Search and Rescue Beacon

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Dual-mode supports combat missions, even in GPS-denied environments 


Washington, D.C. – October 8, 2018  Orolia, the world leader in Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, introduces its latest military technology innovation, the SecureFind™ Combat Rescue Beacon at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
In addition to protecting our most critical assets and leaving no one behind, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) technology can significantly enhance military operations by avoiding the loss of sensitive information and technology, avoiding hostage situations and helping to prevent conflict escalation.
SecureFind is based on Orolia’s proven search and rescue technology suite, backed by more than 30 years of world-leading innovation and selected by military forces for CSAR missions. The wearable base unit includes an open channel search and rescue solution, for military use in training or test mode. It can also be configured with a customer-defined, secure channel solution for covert operations. This versatile CSAR solution operates with a silent, push-button functionality that does not require voice activation. SecureFind enables military forces to precisely and safely execute CSAR missions, with optional Assured PNT technology that prevents GPS signal interference, spoofing and jamming. 
“There is no greater need for urgency, stealth and precision than when military personnel are isolated in rugged environments or behind enemy lines,” said Orolia VP Defense Programs, Paul Zweers. “As the only end-to-end provider of Assured PNT technology, Orolia is proud to introduce SecureFind for covert military operations – even when GPS signals are unavailable.”
“Software-defined, wearable communications technology is now more important than ever on today’s air, land, sea and cyber battlefields,” said Orolia CEO Jean-Yves Courtois. “CSAR missions are just the beginning of potential uses for this resilient military technology, which can ensure reliable positioning, navigation and timing data in any operating environment. Orolia’s solutions are tailored to support today’s soldiers and engineered with a view toward the future of global military networks.”
The standard SecureFind solution is available at a price point that could enable thousands of warfighters to benefit from this new battlefield technology. More advanced functionality is also available, such as the ability to change signals on-the-go for additional security, to detect and mitigate GPS jamming and spoofing, and to generate important strategic information such as virtual battlefield maps of jamming and spoofing activity.
Orolia offers a cost-effective, modular approach to Assured PNT, with a flexible, open architecture that integrates easily with legacy systems. This layered platform meets critical technology requirements without over-engineering a solution that is complex, expensive and difficult to maintain. Additional SecureFind product information is available at the AUSA Annual Meeting, Orolia Booth #8051. 

Blade Show West 18 – Cascadia Points by Cascadia Cutlery

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Cascadia Points consist of a three pack of lightweight arrowhead-style points linked together on para-cord. You can carry them in your survival kit and they are ready to be lashed to a pole. The heads include a classic arrow shape, split-prong fishing point and side-notch arrowhead.

Made in the USA from heat treated 1095 tool steel by Cascadia Cutlery.

Return With Honor – West Virginia Air National Guard SERE

Saturday, October 6th, 2018


Survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) Instructor training is one of the most difficult and extensive training programs in the United States Air Force. It’s designed to do one thing – save lives in the midst of a worst case scenario – and is exactly the reason Master Sgt. Bob Miner took on the challenge of earning the title, which he now uses to train West Virginia Air National Guard members as the only SERE specialist in the state.

The SERE motto is “Return with honor”, and is what they base they’re whole career off of: teaching members the skills to do just that.

SERE Airmen must endure nearly two years of ruthless training designed to shape them into experts in their career fields. After an initial six-month long school where, on average, only 10 percent graduate, each SERE specialist must complete more than 45 weeks of on-the-job training to complete their skill sets.

This training includes U.S. Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia; arctic training at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; water survival training in Pensacola, Florida; mountain training in Washington jungle training in Hawaii and even desert training in Nevada.

“This is a job you really have to earn. There is so much training that goes into this,” Miner said. “It is critical to be able to relay the skills and information you possess to the others and enable them to get themselves out of a bad situation.”

Training includes everything from land navigation, food and water procurement, shelter building, first aid, the military code of conduct, to shaping an Airman’s mentality that will be crucial for SERE operations in the worst of situations.

The U.S. Air Force is looked to as the subject matter experts for SERE training, and is the only service to operate a full, career-long SERE Specialist cadre.

It wasn’t long ago when the Air National Guard was required to rely on their active duty counterparts to train aircrew members who needed to be SERE qualified. When the National Guard Bureau approved 10 unit-level SERE Specialist positions for ANG Operational Support Squadrons in 2014, Miner took the opportunity to join the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, West Virginia and began his transition from active duty. He chose the 130th AW for a simple reason, to be closer to his family in his home state of New York, and hasn’t looked back.

Since coming onboard, Miner has been providing the 130th AW’s aircrew, which consists of pilots, navigators, flight engineers, loadmasters and aeromedical evacuation personnel, with the most current training in local area survival, combat survival, conduct after capture, water survival and emergency parachute training. In addition to that, Miner also assists with unit-level personnel recovery responsibilities such as Isolated Personnel Report Program (ISO-PREP), evasion plans of action and individual issue personnel recovery kits.

The most challenging part of his transition was his arrival, he said, and being tasked with developing a SERE program at the 130th AW.

“It was a big learning curve for me, the Guard is just such a unique and different setting,” he explained. “Here we practically have 48 hours a month, not including the allotted training days every year, to get everyone qualified, on top of trying to realize that you’re only one priority on a huge list of the Commander’s readiness spectrum.”

Miner’s reach just isn’t to the 130th AW though, he also gives a hand to units that don’t have the privilege of a SERE Specialist, as do fellow specialists from across the Air Guard. From the 130th AW’s “sister unit,” the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, to places as far away as Puerto Rico and Washington, Miner’s training has enhanced numerous units’ survival outcome.

“We don’t have a written agreement or anything, just when we have time, we help,” Miner said. “So many units don’t get the proper training since unqualified personnel have to give them what knowledge they can, and we have to try to fill those gaps.”

Miner has grown to appreciate his new home in West Virginia. Being an avid outdoorsman, he claims that he’s enjoyed discovering all that the state has to offer and that West Virginia would be the perfect setting for an east coast version of SERE School.


It is obvious that Miner takes pride in his career.

To Miner, his job isn’t just a day-in, day-out, nine-to-five job. It’s spending nights outside in the wilderness, traveling across the country and experiencing some of the most beautiful places the United States has to offer. More than anything, he said, it’s knowing that if something happened to the people he has trained, he could be the reason they make it back home safe.

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Caleb Vance, 130th Airlift Wing Air National Guard Public Affairs

Shomer-Tec Pyro-Pack

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Pyro-Pack is a compact emergency fire-starting kit housed in a thin wallet-style case which easily fits in most any kit or pocket. Components include a ferrocerium rod (2” x 3/8”), a Ceramic Micro Scraper, Magnesium and Cedar Fire Cards, and 10 pieces of 3-ply waxed jute. The Velcro case is constructed of olive drab rip-stop poly-cotton material and measures 2.5” x 4.3” x 0.4” (folded). Weight: 1.2 oz.

‘Battle Tested’ A New Discovery Series From FieldCraft Survival

Friday, September 7th, 2018

FieldCraft Survival announces the release of their new show on Discovery channel this Friday at 10pm EST/9pm Central called Battle Tested. Battle Tested follows Kurt and Mike of FieldCraft Survival as they test and evaluate equipment that can be used by the military and civilians in disaster and survival response. Make sure you watch and record.

TacJobs – SOLKOA To Seek SERE Instructors

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Got a note from our friends at SOLKOA:

We are excited to announce that SOLKOA Inc was awarded a $47M, 5-year contract to provide instruction and support services to the U.S. Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE-Level C) Program at Fort Rucker, AL. New job opportunities for full-spectrum, Level-C (High Risk) SERE instructors and support personnel will be posted in the coming days with preferences for experienced military veterans.

PDW TiFS Survival Capsule Lighter

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Precision Milled 6AL-4V Titanium, Essential EDC

This August 2018, Prometheus Design Werx debuts its titanium survival capsule lighter the TiFS. Precision milled from 6AL-4V titanium, this compact, refillable fire starter is well suited in any backpack, survival kit or key chain. In addition to the upgraded titanium billet casing, this capsule lighter stands apart with the knurled finish for better grip when wet, weather resistance, extra spare parts, and comes packed in a reusable survival tin. With an overall size of 1.875” X 0.625”, this rugged, small yet capable fire starter can easily be a part of any user’s essential EDC, especially for those who spend time in the wilderness and back country.

The PDW TiFS Survival Capsule Lighter will be a regularly stocked item.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“A small, pocketable, personal fire starter or lighter, that uses lighter fluid, ignited by a wheel, flint and wick has been a staple part of an individual’s field kit since the ones issued or privately purchased since WWI. Most anyone understands the fundamental importance of starting a fire when in the field and in a wilderness survival scenario. While we are also strong proponents of being proficient in starting fires with other methods and/or tools such as the ferro rod to drill bow, having an easily accessible, reliable and durable lighter is indispensable and much more expedient in starting a life saving fire. There’s a good array of capsule lighters on the market, but we saw an opportunity to create one made to our design and higher production value sensibilities. Our titanium billet case takes longer to mill than any other on the market today, but it is the details, which sets ours apart. Classic industrial knurling on the case surface makes this much more tactile and easy to manipulate in the user’s hands, especially in damp or wet conditions. The material itself is far superior to the thin walled aluminum versions and corrosion-proof unlike the brass versions. We also thought the reusable survival tin it comes packed in, is a useful touch. Working with a new CNC facility that specializes in milling titanium, and committing to higher production volumes, we were able to bring this high grade capsule lighter to the user at a higher level iteration, but also with a digestible price point.”

The PDW TiFS Survival Capsule Lighter will be available for $49.00, at noon PDT, Wednesday August 22, 2018 via their website,

Shomer-Tec – Fire Cards

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Shomer-Tec’s new Fire Cards are credit card sized fire-starting tools which take up minimal space in a survival kit or fits in your wallet so you’ll always have it when needed. They come in two flavors; an accelerant and a fuel.


Due to its thin profile and easy gripping, its very easy to create magnesium shavings, which when ignited by ferrocerium sparks will burn extremely hot to ignite your tinder. Size: 3.26” x 2.10” x 0.05”. Weight: 0.28 oz. Made in USA.


The Cedar Card is a survival kindling card made from a solid piece of Western Red Cedar, known for its hot burn (even when damp) due to its natural oils and resins. It’s pre-scored and ready for breaking into pieces and forming a fire base. Works great when using magnesium shavings and ferrocerium or even just a match. Size: 3.37” x 2.13” x 0.10”. Weight: 0.1 oz. Sustainably grown and made in USA.