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
It’s no real surprise but word has leaked. It might be the Army’s announcement to make, but rumors are swirling around the Army on which of the four families of patterns has been chosen to replace the so-called Universal Camouflage Pattern. What the heck, you’ve got a one-in-four chance of being right.
Multiple sources have verified that the Secretary of the Army plans on announcing the new camo selection on June 14th, the Army’s birthday. But, at this point, the selection may well be common knowledge by then.
I’m contacted regularly with “insider” information to tell me which family of patterns were chosen. Often, they are wrong. When they are right, I ask the source of their info. Yesterday, I received a very interesting answer to that question. According to the contact, the ultimate source of the info was Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F Chandler III. Interesting. He knows. According to the info I received, SMA Chandler discussed the choice with another Sergeant Major who “sits on a board” with the SMA. The CSM passed it along, and so on. Normally, I’d ignore that as static except that the pattern was described, in such a way that someone who wasn’t a geardo might pass along to another. There was enough right and enough wrong that it sounded like it was the result of a game of ‘telephone.’ That got my attention.
Now, something you need to know as background. When the Army fielded the ACU and UCP on the Army’s birthday in 2004, the Major Army Command CSMs were all briefed on the uniform and allowed to offer feedback. As an amusing aside, the USAREUR CSM at the time was quite concerned that the ACU be offered in a maternity cut. At any rate, it would be no surprise that the Army’s Senior Enlisted would be familiar with the decision at this point.
The truth is out there, you just have to know who to ask.
Not only did Systems Technology, Inc give SOFIC goers some hands on experience with their free fall simulator, but they also exhibited what is in my opinion, the hidden jewel of the show; a Jumpmaster Simulator.
Parachuting is inherently dangerous. That’s why they pay military jumpers $150 per month. Jumpmasters ensure that parachutists conduct correct actions in the aircraft and exit safely. But they don’t receive any extra pay even though they expose themselves to additional hazards in the performance of their duties as seen in this video of a Jumpmaster from the 5th SFG(A) conducting a ramp jump. Fortunately, he wasn’t injured when his reserve parachute deployed, sucking him out of the aircraft.
The Systems Technology simulator relies on fused reality. The Jumpmaster wears goggles that let him see the interior of the ramp simulator. But when the Jumpmaster looks at the blue screen area, a virtual horizon with sky and terrain is projected into his vision.
The simulator allows the Jumpmaster to master procedures in a safe environment and develop skill at spotting without expending valuable flying hours. Monitors can also be configured to see what the Jumpmaster is seeing and virtual parachutists can be added to the mix.
This trailer details the function of the TrackingPoint system. The trailer had a production time of 11 months and was written, directed, and produced by Travis Getz, authenticity coordinator of Getz Solutions. You’ve seen his work on several video games. The visuals were created by award-winning CG house Plastic Wax with audio by game industry audio designer Justin Drust.
Glockworx is preparing to offer a stainless steel Noveske Tribute slide for the GLOCK 17L. Limited to just 25, the slides will be ship in mid June, 2013.
With an overwhelming interest in the Noveske Shooting Team Memorial slides Glockworx had made for The Noveske Shooting Team, they consulted the Noveske family with the idea of presenting a limited edition of the Noveske memorial Glock 17L slide to the public in order to honor industry pioneer John Noveske.
These slides are individually run and finished by hand and will accommodate any Glock frame in the 17-22, 34-35 and 17L-24 configurations.
50% of the proceeds from the sale of these slides will be given to the Family.
I am starting to wonder whether some of the commenters actually think about what they are posting or if the is some sort of compulsion at work. There have been some real humdingers lately. I’m not just talking about trashing a competing brand, I’m talking flat out dumb statements. Pig looking at a wristwatch stuff.
I have a feeling that there are norms at work here. What I might find appallingly stupid, another might consider ok to ‘say aloud.’ With the age of Twitter and Facebook, many feel that they can just post whatever silly thought crosses their mind, combine that with the relative anonymity that SSD offers and voila; recipe for stupidity.