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SOFWERX – Family of Special Operations Vehicles Autonomous and Automated Mobility Capability Collaboration Event

December 6th, 2019

The SOFWERX Family of Special Operations Vehicles Autonomous and Automated Mobility Capability Collaboration Event will be held 19-20 February 2020. Request to Attend NLT 10 January 2020.

USSOCOM is looking for Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) to help explore, define and prioritize future desirements for cutting-edge autonomous and automated vehicles in tactical environments.

Interested SMEs are encouraged to request to join us on 19-20 February, as we collaborate on the art-of-the possible to:

• Explore tactical SOF Autonomy and Automation Mobility within 0-5 year gaps

• Analyze and define future concepts 

• Prioritize operational use cases to develop future SOF requirements 

This event will be a compelling opportunity for the leading minds in autonomous and automated vehicles to better understand and influence the future needs of SOF Autonomous and Automated Mobility operations.

For more information, visit www.sofwerx.org/fosov.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – ACM MID 400 Shirt

December 6th, 2019

Today we are getting another look at FirstSpear’s USA Merino wool packages.

In previous weeks we saw the lightest weight package ACM-BASE 100 which FS uses in a variety of their lighter weight garments like the field shirt and beanie/neckie. Today we will be looking at the next level up, ACM-MID 400. What makes this merino package so unique is that it is a dual layer material, not a blend. Using a super fine polyester on the interior and merino wool layer on the exterior, this material combo does some very incredible things. When the user sweats or gets wet the poly layer will quickly wick away moisture from the body and transfer it to the absorbent wool layer.

Once the moisture permeates into the wool layer it allows the poly to dry very quickly which helps avoid the typical stink you find with other synthetic layers, additionally wool is naturally antimicrobial which makes it incredibly difficult for the garment to produce bacteria that causes odors in all synthetic base layers. Furthermore, once the moisture is absorbed into the wool layer it will keep the user insulated and warm even when wet. These features provide for exceptionally high performance garments using ACM-MID 400. Today we will get a look at one of the more popular garments using this dual layer material, the FirstSpear Mid Shirt.

The Mid Shirt is super tough and ultra soft with a 2/3 length front zipper that allows extra ventilation when you really warm up. The high collar keeps your neck covered and is great for when you are working with a sling.

Like most FS products the Mid Shirt is Berry Compliant (100% American Made with 100% American Materials) and is available in Black, Charcoal, Commando, Manatee Grey, and Sand.

www.first-spear.com/mid-shirt-acm-mid-400

75th Anniversary of Menton Day

December 6th, 2019

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina – Seventy-five years ago, on December 5, 1944, the combined U.S.-Canadian First Special Service Force (FSSF) paraded one final time at their Villeneuve-Loubet camp, near the town of Menton, in southeastern France.

The FSSF was an elite commando unit activated in July 1942 to attack hydroelectric plants in Nazi-occupied Norway. Consisting of a headquarters, three combat regiments, and a service battalion, the unit prepared for combat with a rigorous program of physical fitness, close combat fighting, airborne, demolition, mountaineering, amphibious, and winter warfare training.

Commanded by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robert T. Frederick from July 1942 to June 1944, the FSSF earned the nickname the ‘Devils Brigade’ by the German Army for their aggressive night patrols defending a section of the Anzio beachhead in Italy.

Despite its effectiveness, a manpower crisis in the Canadian Army led to the unit’s inactivation. Having become a ‘band of brothers’ during combat operations in Kiska, Italy, and Southern France, the FSSF soldiers assembled at 1400 hours for a somber farewell. The order announcing the Canadian’s departure was read, followed by remarks from the commander, Col. Edwin A. Walker, the roll of the fallen, prayers, and a playing of taps. After the FSSF colors were sheathed, the order was given: “All Canadians fall out!” The 620 Canadian soldiers paraded, and received a salute from the Americans.

A Canadian sergeant from the 2nd Regiment remarked years later, that “It was the saddest day of my life, I think…Canadians were falling out that I thought were Americans and Americans were standing still who I thought were Canadians…There was no nationality in that bloody unit.”

The next day the Canadians boarded trucks taking them to ships bound for Italy. The FSSF Canadian veterans were reassigned to their parent unit, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, or sent home based on overseas time served. Most American veterans volunteered for an airborne division, or were assigned to the 474th Infantry Regiment (Separate).

Commemoration of Menton Day on December 5, began thirty-five years ago when Army Special Forces honored its lineal connection to the FSSF. Over the years, various headquarters and units have observed Menton Day. Since September 11, 2001, some unit activities have grown to a week. Now, the 1st Special Forces Group, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, has a memorial wreath laying, physical fitness competition, range day, a U.S.-Canadian parachute jump, and formal ball with a noted guest speaker.

Since 2006, Canadian Army Special Operations Forces (CANSOF) in their distinctive uniforms, tan berets, and badges incorporating a FSSF V-42 fighting knife, are seen at Menton ceremonies in the U.S. These ceremonies keep soldiers of both nations connected to their history and serve as a reminder of a tremendous legacy. The 1st Special Forces Regiment and all U.S. Army SF groups trace their official lineage to the FSSF.

-USASOC-

By Robert Seals, USASOC History Office

Happy Holidays from HLC Industries

December 6th, 2019

Now Available For Pre-Order – “NATO Special Forces”

December 5th, 2019

From K-ISOM, the same people who brought you “Special Operations & Special Missions Aircraft” comes “NATO Special Forces” a current look at a military force that has taken 70 years to create. The book is 206 pages and packed with high quality photographs.

POF Introduces P19 Gen 4 Enhanced GLOCK Frame

December 5th, 2019

That’s right, POF has entered the Glock compatible frame market.

This is their offering. It’s not an 80% gun, it’s a serialized firearm.

Features:
• Flared Magwell
• Contoured Grip
• Interchangeable Backstrap Sizes
• Accessible Mag Release
• Grip Texture
• Slide Stop Guard
• Extended Beaver Tail
• Enlarged Cold Weather Trigger Guard
• Forward Thumb Ledges
• Single Locking Block Pin
• Proprietary Polymer Blend

pof-usa.com/product/p19-gen-4-enhanced-glock-frame

Platatac Top Dog Stubby Cooler

December 5th, 2019


Limited Release! Platatac’s stubby cooler commemorating Platatac’s favourite “Employee of the Month” and the other a recently departed “Most Wanted” with the slogan “Talk S*** get bit”

Available for a short time only. To purchase, visit www.platatac.com/platatac-top-dog-stubby-coolerq.

Murder Ink – Happy Trails, Hans T-Shirt

December 5th, 2019

One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is “Die Hard”, that’s right, “Die Hard” and apparently I’m not the only one. Murder Ink commemorates this holiday classic with their Happy Trails, Hans shirt.

It is emblazoned with the Nakatomi Plaza symbol on the front and a Beretta 92 9mm taped to the back.

Offered in multiple colors at www.getmurdered.com/collections/happy-trails-hans.