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Archive for June, 2013

Guy Cramer Talks Camo Part V – Phase IV C3: Camouflage, Color and Cost

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In Part V, Guy Cramer continues on with his in depth examination of the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort by discussing his take on the cause of delays, their cost and goes right into some rather interesting comparisons of various candidate patterns. Seeing them side by side in this manner is very enlightening.

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This is just one example of what you have waiting for you at www.hyperstealth.com/c3.

“Until It Hurts Prints” Now Available from Wounded Wear

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Last year I was asked to spend the morning of September 11th with a friend as he fired one 7.62 round for each Navy SEAL lost since the War on Terror began 11 years before. The goal of this exercise was to create a canvas for multimedia artist Ellwood T. Risk. SOCS Dave Hall, (USN, Ret.) placed 79 shots unto the target beginning the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

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The result of the effort is called “Until It Hurts” and the original was auctioned off earlier this year for $17,500. Now, prints of the piece are available through Wounded Wear. We purchased a canvas print just yesterday. Get yours.

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Forces Focus – 27 SOW OPFOR

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Both the 1st and 27th Special Operations Wings at Hurlburt Field, Florida and Cannon AFB, New Mexico respectively have Opposing Forces elements. These small units of volunteers are provisional in nature and are taken from the Wing’s hide and situated within the Special Operations Support Squadrons. The makeup of these elements is constantly changing due to the various AFSCs represented at any given time.

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In addition to providing OPFOR for in-house unit training of the Wing’s various Squadrons and for Combat Survival Continuation Training, they also provide role players for various other exercises such as isolated personnel for search and rescue. Additionally, they may be used as surrogates for troops conducting alternate insertion and extraction methods from aircraft.

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In a recent AF.mil article, William Baird 27th Special Operations Support Squadron OPFOR chief explained, “No day is ever typical. Some days we are operating all-terrain vehicles and employing explosives, weapons, ammunition and threat simulators; other days we are skillfully maneuvering high-powered watercraft on the lake.”

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(All photos A1C Maynelinne De La Cruz)

Rifles On the NY SAFE Act List – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

It’s got to be like porn for those that want to restrict firearms that they sit around and obsess of compiling these crazy lists of weapons. Why bother? You put out a law with which features are restricted and that’s that. But instead they have this crazy obsession where they sit around and compile and update lists. It’s like an anti-porn crusader who is a sex addict. Unfortunately, the list is real and came from www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/RiflesthatAREclassifiedasassaultweapons.pdf.

Rifles That Are Classified as Assault Weapons – NY SAFE Act by solsys

Support Free Colorado and Get Free Pmags

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Free Colorado is holding a rally at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO, this Saturday, June 29, to celebrate FREEDOM on the last weekend before the unconstitutional mag ban takes effect. It’s also your last chance to purchase PMAGs in Colorado. Magpul will be there, and they say that they’ve ponied up a LOT of PMAGs. First 1500 over the age of 18 through the gate get a Boulder Airlift or Free CO PMAG FREE! Food, live music, and a helo-borne aerial delivery of PMAGs. Proceeds from mag sales go towards the legislative and legal fight for 2A rights in CO. Get tickets and pre-purchase PMAGs at:

www.freecolorado.net

Senate Language Regarding Military Camouflage

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

It appears that the House of Representatives aren’t the only ones who want to hold the US military’s feet to the fire regarding their myriad camouflage patterns. The Senate version contains the following language which, while not exactly like the House’s Enyart Amendment, it is definitely in the same vein. Naturally, if it makes it through the remainder of the legislative process, any differences such as the Senate’s stipulation that an individual service (ie the Marines) can’t restrict their pattern’s use by the other services. At any rate, this ought to wake the Army up and get them to announce their camouflage decision before one is foistered upon them.

Subtitle F—Other Matters

Revised policy on ground combat and camouflage utility uniforms (sec. 351)

Section 352 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111–84) required the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the performance, interoperability, costs, logistics, and patents involved in the services’ combat camouflage and utility uniforms. In April 2010, the GAO reported that since 2002, the services continued to develop unique combat and utility uniforms. The committee notes that prior to 2002, the services wore the same pattern and family of combat camouflage and utility uniforms. The GAO found no performance standards for specific combat environments, no criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of camouflage patterns, and no requirements for the services to test interoperability between their uniforms and other tactical gear, despite the DOD establishing a Joint Clothing and Textiles Governance Board in 2008.

The committee remains concerned that until this year, the Department of the Navy chose to equip its sailors and marines with different types of combat uniforms, providing significantly different levels of protection in combat environments. The GAO recently identified that the DOD’s fragmented approach to developing and acquiring combat uniforms could be more efficient, better protect service members, and result in up to $82.0 million in development and acquisition cost savings through increased collaboration among the military services.

The committee continues to strongly urge the secretaries of the military departments to explore additional methods for sharing uniform technology across the services as they develop their combat and utility uniforms. The committee continues to believe that combat and utility uniforms should incorporate the most advanced levels of protection and should be available to all men and women in uniform, regardless of the military service in which they serve. Accordingly, the committee recommends a provision that would direct the Secretary of Defense to reduce the separate development and fielding of service-specific combat and camouflage utility uniforms in order to collectively adopt and field the same combat and camouflage utility uniforms for use by all members of the armed forces. The committee notes that the recommended provision would also restrict any military service from preventing another military service from authorizing the use of any combat or camouflage utility uniform. Additionally, after the date of enactment of this Act, each military service would be prohibited from adopting new designs for combat and camouflage utility uniforms, including uniforms reflecting changes to the fabric and camouflage patterns used in current combat and camouflage utility uniforms, unless the services adopt a uniform currently in use, all services adopt the same combat or camouflage utility uniform, or the Secretary of Defense determines that unique circumstances or requirements justify an exception to the policy.

Sneak Peek – ZOT Gym Bag from HPUSA

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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ADS TV Presents: By Our Hands – Stories of American Industry

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As most of you know, I am a big supporter of American Manufacturing. It’s what created our middle class and as a foundation, made us the powerhouse that we are. So, I feel very fortunate to have been asked to help with this project as ADS TV takes a look inside American manufacturers. This initial episode covers LBT Inc which is located here locally in Virginia Beach. During filming, I was captivated by the stories related to us by London Bridge Trading Co’s Founder Doug McDougal and his VP of Manufacturing Ken Beasley. Several times a year I’m invited over to LBT and I love spending time on the floor, watching the employees craft American Made tactical gear. I’m so glad that we are able to share this behind-the-scenes glimpse with you. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as everyone involved enjoyed making it.

Special thanks to ADS Inc, LBT and Ironclad Media Alliance.