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How to Properly Dispose of Worn-Out US Flags

July 4th, 2020

WASHINGTON — Many Americans proudly fly the U.S. flag at their homes and places of work, but what do you do with it when it’s old and ratty and you’re ready for a new one? Don’t just throw it in the trash like any other old item — that’s considered disrespectful.

Just as there’s etiquette for displaying Old Glory, there’s also etiquette for disposing of flags in a dignified manner.

Flag Retirement Ceremonies

Many state and county government offices and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts have flag disposal boxes outside of their buildings. Police stations also collect them. Once the disposal boxes are full, various organizations such as American Legions, VFWs and the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts collect the flags and hold flag retirement ceremonies.

Rules on how to properly fly the flag were established in June 1923, when the National Flag Conference met in Washington. Its members created the Flag Code, which states that “the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”

The American Legion passed a resolution about flag retirement ceremonies in 1937, and they’ve been an important ritual ever since. According to the resolution, “The approved method of disposing of unserviceable flags has long been that they be destroyed by burning.”

The U.S. flag is considered such a sacred symbol that burning it in an undignified manner constitutes desecration. That’s why the ceremonies are held in a specific manner.

Ceremony Specifics

Every year on June 14, Americans celebrate Flag Day. Not surprisingly, it’s considered the most appropriate day to hold flag disposal ceremonies, which are often held at night.

During an American Legion ceremony, participants stand aligned in two parallel rows about 20 feet apart, facing each other. A small fire burns beyond the rows of members, opposite the Legion commander.

The flags that are no longer serviceable are presented to Legion commanders, who inspect them to make sure they should, in fact, be discarded. When it’s agreed upon that they’ve reached their current worn state due to proper service of tribute, memory and love, a color guard presents the colors and a chaplain offers prayers.

As the crowd salutes, the flag detail dips the retired flags into kerosene and puts them on a rack over the fire. A bugler sounds “To the Colors.”

Other Methods of Disposal

Flags don’t always have to be disposed of with such pomp and circumstance. If you can’t drop yours off with one of the aforementioned groups, you can do your own small ceremony — as long as it’s still held in a dignified manner.

According to the VFW, you first need to fold the flag in its customary manner. Check out the video below if you don’t know how.

When you start your fire, make sure it’s big enough to fully burn the flag before you put the folded flag on it. Next, salute the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance or hold a moment of silence.

Once the flag has been fully consumed, make sure to safely extinguish the fire — and of course, make sure you’re conforming to local and state fire codes and ordinances before doing any of this!

Other veterans service organizations say people can also bury the folded flag in a dignified box, or recycle them — an option that’s common for flags made of synthetic or nylon material that can be hazardous if burned. Some groups, including the nonprofit Stars For Our Troops, carefully cut embroidered stars out of the flags and give them to veterans with a note that reminds them that their service won’t be forgotten.

By Katie Lange, Defense.gov

Spectra Group Business Continuity Plans Withstand the Test  

July 4th, 2020

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, the world-leading provider of high-grade information security and communication capabilities, is emerging from the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions confident that their business continuity plans have withstood the considerable challenges faced by the company. Over the last 4 months, Spectra Group has achieved 100% of their sales forecast whilst remaining fully compliant with all Government Guidelines and restrictions.

 

Throughout the lockdown period, Spectra Group has protected their staff by rapidly implementing IT systems and processes that have enabled the team to work from home, whilst ensuring production and deliveries can continue. Having activated a pre-rehearsed Business Continuity Plan, that included home-working lap-tops for all staff and a rapid switch to Microsoft Teams, Spectra Group experienced a seamless transition to a new way of working. Training for customers, partners and sales representatives continued using virtual methods supported by an accelerated migration to a new VPN endpoint, that was already in the pipeline to maintain compliance with Cyber Essentials.

 

In the process of manufacturing and delivering significant numbers of SlingShot systems to clients during the lockdown period, Spectra Group has helped sustain jobs across a multitude of companies in their supply chain through the placement of large orders for components, to support production. In terms of customer support, The Network Operations Centre (NOC) was moved to a distributed model to maintain project support and Service Level Agreements (SLAs), with no loss in service.

Spectra Group is best known for its revolutionary Slingshot technology that has become a true game-changer in the world of tactical communications.  SlingShot is a unique system that enables UHF and VHF radios to use L-Band Satellite frequency, allowing users to instantly extend the range of their in-service tactical communications equipment to BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight).  Conceived and designed to meet demanding Special Forces requirements, SlingShot offers a significant number of benefits for users requiring secure, reliable and robust communications on the move (COTM).  Over 3500 SlingShot systems are in operation world-wide in the Manpack, Vehicle, Maritime and Aviation variants.

 

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “after the initial shock to the system that we all experienced as the lockdown restrictions were rapidly introduced, we got our heads together and moved quickly to implement the changes needed to continue to work, operate and deliver Services to those that continue to keep us safe. I’m exceedingly proud of the fact that we were able to adapt and overcome the challenges we have faced, whilst protecting our staff and all of those around us, supported by our supply chain and partners”. He added: “we’re lucky that we have not been adversely affected by the Covid-19 crisis so far and understanding that this has not been the same for all, I do wish everyone the best as we emerge into the new world and begin to build our lives and businesses back up to and beyond where we were pre-Covid”.

www.spectra-group.co.uk

Britannica Knowledge Systems Announces the Award of a $70 Million Contract to Supply its Fox Training Management System to the U.S. Army

July 3rd, 2020

The FOX system was selected as the enterprise information technology platform for the U.S. Army education and training programs, to increase its training efficiency and to support force readiness
June 29, 2020, Israel – Britannica Knowledge Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive integrated training and readiness management solutions, announces the award of a $70 million contract to supply its Fox Training Management System to the U.S. Army, as part of the ATIS (Army Training Information System) program.

Fox will replace over 30 separate systems the Army is currently using and will unify Training Management, Training Scheduling, Resource Management, Training Development and Learning Management capabilities into one comprehensive integrated environment.

The solution will be the enterprise training management platform for institutional training, operational training and individual self-development, and will provide the Army with a real-time situational awareness of combat readiness with reduced training operations costs and complexity.

In addition, Fox, which has been tested over the course of a year, will provide a common operating picture, will be the authoritative data source for Army training, and will be a single-entry point for all army training operations.

The contract, transacted via the American firm Perspecta, will be implemented over a four-year period.

Asher Dagan, CEO of Britannica Knowledge Systems, said, “Britannica brings a unique combination of advanced technology, comprehensive capabilities, and a deep understanding of the needs and objectives of training in the area of defense. One of the requirements of the U.S. Army was a commercial off-the-shelf system configured for the army’s specific needs and for managing the extensive training of Army units and individuals. We are proud that we were able to meet those demands and are looking forward to a successful project.”

www.britannica-ks.com

Ready for Summer: New Federal Merchandise

July 3rd, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – July 1, 2020 – Demanded by hunters and shooters across the country, Federal Ammunition has launched a comprehensive line of high-quality branded gear for sale direct to consumer, alongside the company’s ammunition products. The new merchandise includes men’s and women’s apparel, home décor, hunting and range gear, educational tools, gifts and more, featuring exclusive products from Federal’s partners such as Black Rifle Coffee Company, Duluth Pack and others.

“Federal Ammunition’s products have been making a name for themselves at the range and in the field since 1922,” said Federal’s Vice President of Marketing Jason Nash. “Our ammunition has made a lasting connection with Federal fans who want to make our brand part of their everyday lifestyle. Now, our consumers can show off the Shockwave like never before with a full new line of Federal-branded products.”

Federal’s new line of branded merchandise has something for every hunter and shooter. For example, Federal fans can gear up for their next range day with Federal paper target packs, ammo storage boxes, and, for a limited time, an exclusive line of apparel showing support for USA Shooting.

Product Highlights for July 2020

• Federal Target 10 Pack

www.federalpremium.com/merchandise/gear

• Prairie Storm Ammo Box

www.federalpremium.com/merchandise/gear

• Federal/USA Shooting T-Shirt

www.federalpremium.com/merchandise/apparel/short-sleeve-shirts 

During the month of July, check out this promotion – Choose a free Federal branded YETI® tumbler, camp mug, or wine tumbler when you buy two or more boxes of Federal Premium Terminal Ascent – Federal’s newest line of high-performance, all-range centerfire hunting loads. 

With new items added frequently alongside exciting sales and promotions, customers are encouraged to check www.federalpremium.com/merchandise regularly to see what’s new.

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com

Phoozy – Apollo II Cell Phone Cover

July 3rd, 2020

Apollo II Cell Phone Cover by Phoozy will protect your mobile device in several ways.

The cover contains a chromium thermal barrier to prevent overheating when in direct sunlight.

The same chromium barrier helps prevent freezing of the device in the cold.

It also helps keep the device afloat in case it falls overboard. Finally, the material also absorbs the shock of drops.

Offered in two sizes, the Apollo is available in several colors, including Woodland Camouflage.

phoozy.com/products/apollo-ii

New Instructional Video from Panteao with New Instructor

July 3rd, 2020

Make Ready with Keith Garcia: How to Train for 3-Gun

 

Columbia, SC, July 2, 2020 – Panteao announces the release of a new video title with instructor Keith Garcia. Keith recently joined Panteao’s cadre of instructors.  Keith Garcia is a California police officer having served for over 20 years, with a portion of his career serving as a SWAT team leader. Garcia is a highly regarded firearms instructor specializing in 3-Gun. To further hone his skills, Keith started competitive pistol shooting in 2004. In 2008 he began shooting 3-Gun. After that he never looked back. One of the highlights of his success in 3-Gun was becoming a 3-Gun Nation (3GN) champion, taking multiple wins on the famed Pro Series tour which aired on NBC Sports. Most notably, Garcia won the $55,000 cash purse at the 3-Gun Nation Championship held in Las Vegas during SHOT Show. In his career he has won multiple 3-Gun events all over the United States and abroad.

“Panteao is happy to be able to work with Keith Garcia,” said Fernando Coelho, President/CEO of Panteao Productions. Fernando continued, “Keith is one of the top competitive 3-Gun shooters in the world and equally important, has the ability to convey on video the necessary techniques and skills that will help the viewers watching to compete in 3-Gun.”

The first video being introduced with Keith is How to Train for 3-Gun, an epic 4 hour video on the shooting sport. Each chapter includes insights into this dynamic sport including firearm transitions and abandonment techniques, loading on the clock, start position drills, speed training drills, strategy and much, much more. In partnership with 3-Gun Nation, this video features archived footage of the 3GN Pro Series matches. This footage shows Garcia’s techniques in action at the highest level of competition the sport has seen to date, as well as other top professional shooters on the clock.

Panteao greatly appreciates the support of the sponsors that help make this video happen: Oakley, Rio, Grizzly Targets, Hornady, Pact, American Trigger, and Warne.

Make Ready with Keith Garcia: How to Train for 3-Gun is now available streaming for Panteao subscribers. It can be watched online via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready Android and iTunes apps, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information on how to stream the Panteao videos, visit: panteao.com/streaming-video-ways-to-watch

The video will also be available shortly on DVD and Digital Download formats. For more information on this title, visit Panteao at: panteao.com/product/keith-garcia-train-for-3-gun

Declare Your Independence From Darkness with Night Goggles, Inc. and TNVC—New Website and Night Goggles XLS Gen. 3 White Phosphor Night Vision Systems at the Best Prices You’ve Ever Seen!

July 3rd, 2020

July 3rd, 2020, Redlands, California

Night Goggles, Inc. and TNVC are proud to celebrate Our Independence Day and the Heroes and Patriots who have made these United States the place it is today. Though this year has brought many unprecedented trials, unexpected events, and tests for this, Our Great Experiment in Freedom, Equality, and Self-Determination for all People, We stand firm in our resolve to this serve this great Nation and her People.

This 4th of July, we salute ALL patriots, and as such we are extremely proud to announce the addition of a brand new product line from Night Goggles, Inc. (NGI), the Night Goggles XLS Night Vision Systems, Gen. 3 White Phosphor Thin-Filmed NVGs in PVS-14, RNVG, and DTNVG varieties at some of the lowest prices ever seen for these kinds of capabilities – along with a brand new, redesigned website with a new look and feel and greatly improved user experience!

www.nightgoggles.com/product-category/july-4th-2020-sale

Night Goggles, Inc. is a sister company to TNVC, focused not only on armed professionals, but also hunters and outdoors enthusiasts of all types—at NGI and TNVC, we believe that all Americans should have access to the greatest night vision technologies available. To that end, we are introducing the NGI XLS line as an low cost (but not low quality!) option to allow even more people access to top-of-the-line, modern, Gen. 3 White Phosphor Night Vision Goggles. Declare Your Independence from Darkness with the NGI XLS Systems, the best value Gen. 3 WP system on the market at special introductory prices from July 3rd through July 15th!

• Night Goggles NGI/PVS-14-XLS – $2,350 Introductory Pricing (MSRP $2,455)

• Night Goggles NGI/RNVG-XLS – $5,599 Introductory Pricing (MSRP $5,799)

• Night Goggles NGI/DTNVG-XLS – $6,499 Introductory Pricing (MSRP $6,899)

These new Night Goggles, Inc. XLS Systems are built in-house by Night Goggles, Inc. at our Redlands, California facility using Elbit Systems of America—Night Vision (ESA-NV) F9415XLSH and F9400XLSH (no chopped pigtails here!) Generation 3, Auto-gated, Thin-Filmed White Phosphor image intensifier tubes with factory data records. All binocular systems are matched and collimated and come with TNVC and NGI’s industry leading Lifetime Limited Warranty, covering the housing and system for the lifetime of the unit, and image intensifier tubes for 10 years!

ESA-NV, based in Roanoke, Virginia, formerly the Night Vision division of Harris Corporation prior to their merger with L3 Technologies and previously known as ITT/Exelis is one of the premier manufacturers of Generation 3 image intensifiers, and has long been known as an industry leader in visual augmentation systems, including the AN/PSQ-20 ENVG Night Vision/Thermal Fusion system, and was recently awarded the contract for the United States Marine Corps’ Squad BNVG program.

While the image intensifier tubes being used in the NGI XLS systems do not necessarily meet the MIL-SPEC requirements image intensifier tubes and therefore considered “Commercial Spec” or “COM-SPEC” tubes, they are nevertheless still excellent performers. The very lowest performance figures approximate U.S. OMNI V performance, often considered to be the first of the modern “high performance” night vision, while the highest spec’ed units rival the best modern “super-tubes.”

However, even for these COM-SPEC units we WILL NOT compromise by purchasing lower cost, non-standard, non-MIL-SPEC optics and housing components from vendors looking to make a quick buck on products that “look the part,” but are unable to perform the same as MIL-SPEC components–the price savings is entirely in the image intensifiers.

While TNVC’s MIL-SPEC systems still represent the absolute best performance money can buy, these new Night Goggles systems are an excellent option for those who are looking for a lower-cost Gen. 3 White Phosphor NVG, and are sure to be popular with hunters, enthusiasts, and tactical shooters alike! NGI sources these tubes directly from ESA-NV, and because these XLSH tubes do not fully meet MIL-SPECs, we are able to pass on our savings to YOU, our customers by offering these Night Goggles XLS systems at some of the lowest prices ever for Gen. 3 WP systems. Non-MIL-SPEC tubes should mean non-MIL-SPEC prices!

www.nightgoggles.com/product-category/july-4th-2020-sale

FirstSpear Friday Focus – FS Rash Guard

July 3rd, 2020

Today we are getting a look at FirstSpear’s American Made short and long sleeve Rash Guards.

Built from a premium poly/spandex blend the FS Rash Guard is an ultralight compression fit garment that helps to protect against abrasion and rub commonly found in a maritime environment.

Quick to dry with natural sun / UV protection. Sloth flat seams, medium high collar, and integrated low profile thumb holes keep the sleeves in places when putting on equipment and other garments.

Available and shipping now in short and long sleeve in charcoal and ranger green. Order your standard t-shirt size for a compressed fit and consider stepping up 1-2 sizes for a more relaxed fit. 100% Made in America.

www.first-spear.com/rash-guard-7232