Archive for April, 2020

Woobie USA x Bawidamann Tribe Throw Blanket – Aloha Now

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

The new Aloha Now pattern developed by artist Andrew Bawidamann for OTTE Gear is now available as a poncho liner-style throw blanket from Woobie USA.

The pattern is based on Vietnam-era Tigerstripe Camouflage with water lilies and Hueys, F5s, B-52s, and River Boats hidden in the pattern.

Offered in Green or Blue variants.

These 82” x 58” blankets are machine washable and made from a 100% polyester batting sandwiched between 100% ripstop polyester/nylon shell fabric. Assembled in USA.

US Air Force Creates New AFSC for Special Warfare Officers

Thursday, April 30th, 2020


The Air Force consolidated and transitioned officers of Air Force Special Warfare to a new Air Force specialty code to increase resourcing, improve talent management and enhance deployment capabilities.

Effective April 30, special tactics, tactical air control party and combat rescue officers will transition from the command and control AFSC, 13XX, to the new AFSPECWAR officer AFSC, 19ZXX.

“The creation of a cadre of officers steeped in joint leadership and trained to lead the full spectrum of AFSPECWAR conventional and special operations missions will streamline accession, selection and common skills training,” said Col. Thomas Palenske, director of the AFSPECWAR directorate at the Pentagon. “These officers will share a common assessment and selection standard with a heightened benchmark for leadership capabilities to prepare them as next-generation leaders for the AFSPECWAR enterprise.”

The 19ZXX AFSC includes three shred-outs:

– Special tactics (19ZXA): Leads special operations forces conducting global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations across all domains to support the joint force commander.

– Tactical air control party (19ZXB): Leads combat air forces and SOF conducting precision strike, the application and integration of joint fires and all-domain command and control operations to support the JFC.

– Combat rescue (19ZXC): Leads personnel recovery and SOF conducting personnel recovery operations to report, locate, support, recover and reintegrate isolated personnel across all domains to support the JFC.

All administrative systems such as MilPDS are expected to automatically update by May 1.

The transition to the new AFSC will be a direct conversion with no additional training required. While differences between special tactics, TACP and combat rescue officer training and development exist today, the development of a new 19Z assessment and selection process will create core standards for future special warfare officers.

“Upon the establishment of the 19Z officer training and developmental processes, every AFSPECWAR officer will exercise the unique competencies: ‘mission command’ culture, advanced combat skills, ground maneuver warfare expertise, air-mindedness and all-domain warfare capabilities,” said Col. Mark McGill, AFSPECWAR deputy director and officer career field manager. “They should see greater opportunities to serve in different positions across the Air Force and will serve the greater AFSPECWAR enterprise together.”

AFSPECWAR is the Air Force’s premier ground force that specializes in air, ground, space and cyber integration in hostile, denied or politically sensitive environments to achieve all-domain dominance. Officers in these career fields are charged with leading, organizing, training and equipping the special tactics teams, TACP and Guardian Angel weapon systems, which collectively execute global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations.

The development and implementation of the new AFSC is a continuation of efforts to empower AFSPECWAR to be the elite and ready ground force the Air Force needs to dominate the air, space and cyber domains. In October 2019, enlisted members transitioned to new AFSCs that identify and categorize the AFSPECWAR operator, enabler and support specialties.

“The Department of the Air Force is modernizing to connect the joint force so we can more seamlessly integrate as a joint team,” Palenske said. “This transformation strengthens the connective tissue between AFSPECWAR Airmen enabling them to integrate the unique capabilities of the Air Force into an even more lethal, joint all-domain fighting force.”

Marine Corps Soliciting Proposals for New Hearing Enhancement Device

Thursday, April 30th, 2020


The Marine Corps is asking for industry’s help in providing enhanced hearing protection to Marines.

On April 22, Marine Corps Systems Command released a Request for Proposals for a suite of hearing enhancement devices that interoperate with the Enhanced Combat Helmet and Marine Corps tactical radios. The technology will increase Marines’ situational awareness in a variety of training and combat environments.

“The program manager for Infantry Combat Equipment intends to purchase Hearing Enhancement Devices for every infantry and infantry-like Marine,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Leahy, MCSC’s Individual Armor team lead.

In fiscal year 2020, MCSC received $10 million Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps funding to purchase hearing enhancement devices.

Per the RFP, the hearing enhancement devices must be rugged and adaptable to various environments, from cold weather to extreme heat. The system would allow Marines to wear hearing protection, yet still enable them to communicate and understand their surroundings.

PM ICE will assess the submissions to ensure compatibility with Marine Corps radios and the Marine Corps ECH. The systems must include versions that are both communication-enabled and non-communications enabled.

MCSC estimates the new hearing protection will be fielded to infantry units in fiscal year 2021. PM ICE will conduct New Equipment Training with each unit receiving the technology.

Provides added hearing protection

In addition to improving Marines’ situational awareness, the hearing enhancement devices will also offer additional hearing protection.

The hearing enhancement devices will complement the Combat Arms Earplug Generation IV—the Marine Corps’ current hearing protection system—by offering a secondary level of protection to further avoid hearing damage.

“The hearing enhancement devices and current earplugs provide double hearing protection, giving Marines more protection from extremely loud noises,” Leahy said.

Leahy believes the Hearing Enhancement Devices will serve as an important asset for Marines on the battlefield.

“Purchasing these devices is a clear indication of how the Marine Corps is investing into the warfighter and giving Marines an edge on the battlefield and in training,” said Leahy.

Story by Matt Gonzales, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

Photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel Kitandwe

Pre-order for the the Second Edition of Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 1)

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Whether or not you missed out on the first edition of Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 1), you’ll want to pick up this new, expanded second edition.

Rather than just reprint the premier edition, they’ve added 300 pages of content, making it almost twice the size of all other Vickers Guide books, with 70% more firearms and three times the photographs.

They also also added lots of new commentary. The team brought in Chris Bartocci and Daniel Watters as co-authors for their insight and expertise. Additionally, Col. Lutz contributed lots of photos and commentary on the A2 program; Alex Young assisted with a massive 22 page section on the evolution of the AR-15 magazine and he also contributed photos from the estate of Colt Engineer Rob Roy; Curtis Debord advised on the “CAR-15” variants; and John Meyer, MACV-SOG veteran, contributed images and commentary on experiences in Southeast Asia with the XM177E2.

Don’t miss this. Signed and personalized versions are available.

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FN America and Colt Awarded M16A4 Foreign Military Sales Contract by DoD

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Yesterday, the Department of Defense made the following announcement.

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina (W56HZV-20-D-0024); and Colt’s Manufacturing Co. LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut (W56HZV-20-D-0025), will compete for each order of the $383,311,941 firm-fixed-price contract to provide M16A4 rifles for Foreign Military Sales (Afghanistan, Grenada, Iraq, Lebanon and Nepal). Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

Blackhawk Adds New Basketweave Holster to T-Series Duty Line

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

New Level 3 Duty Holster Available for Glock 17

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – April 29, 2020 – Blackhawk, a leader in the law enforcement and military equipment realm for over 20 years, announced today that it has added a new Level 3 Duty (L3D) holster to its popular T-Series line. Available in a basketweave finish, the new T-Series L3D holster has been designed to better serve the needs of on-duty law enforcement officers and is compatible with the Glock 17 pistol.

The basketweave design is a staple finish in the law enforcement community as the pattern is quite common on active duty holsters and belts. The black leather design offers an enhanced look and feel, increasing the command presence of on-duty officers. The L3D holster was designed to match frequently used belts, pouches and other accessories and continues Blackhawk’s long-standing legacy of duty-rated holsters.

The Blackhawk T-Series line is the world’s first dual-injected molded holster. The holster combines the company’s proven outer body strength made possible with a glass reinforced nylon along with a soft touch inner layer that is both super slick and sound-dampening. This durable and efficient, low-friction design translates into a smooth, quiet draw or when re-holstering the sidearm. Designed to follow Blackhawk’s Master Grip Principle, all T-Series holsters have been specifically developed to allow the user’s hand to land naturally where it should in order to deploy the sidearm.

The T-Series line is available in Level 2 and Level 3 configurations, including options for both compact and light bearing holsters. All models are duty-rated and with their shared functionality, Blackhawk has helped solve the commonality of training with the same draw for every model holster. Whether going from concealment, Level 2 or Level 3, the draw stroke remains the same even with the holster changes making the T-Series the ideal holster to meet the needs of law enforcement and military professionals.

The non-light bearing holster will have a MSRP of $149.95. The light-bearing model will be $169.95.

For more information on the new L3D basketweave holster for the Glock 17/19/22/23/31/32/45/47 or to view the complete line of T-Series holsters be sure to visit

Alternate Care Site Solutions for Pandemic Response from ADS Inc

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

A facility that is temporarily converted for healthcare use during a public health emergency is an Alternate Care Site (ACS). The primary function of ACSs is to reduce the burden on hospitals and established medical facilities.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating hotel and arena facilities to convert them into alternate care facilities in response of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The process to create Alternate Care Sites includes:

Identify and obtain sites

Build and convert the space

Supply and equip units


ADS, Inc has a variety of solutions to facilitate the rapid establishment of these sites such as their mobile ICU.

To learn more, visit

Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC Cancelled for 2020

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Against the background of the ongoing corona pandemic and its global repercussions, NürnbergMesse has now also decided not to hold Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC in September 2020. The industry is facing hitherto unknown challenges, including declining sales and production stops, as a result of public health measures and the associated economic situation. At the same time, trade fair participants in many places are finding it difficult to plan and prepare their involvement in events due to business activity being curtailed by official order as well as international travel restrictions.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many representatives of the sector for the frank and constructive discussions we have had with them in recent days. These exchanges were very helpful to us in making our decision. Our objective with Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC, like all our other events, is to create a special experience for exhibitors and visitors that helps them to establish and develop business relationships in a number of different ways. Unfortunately, the impact of the corona crisis means that we cannot do this to our usual high quality standard,” says Thomas Preutenborbeck from the NürnbergMesse management board.

Save the date: Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC in March 2021

The next Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC will take place from 10 to 11 March 2021, marking a return to the event’s usual springtime schedule in the run- up to the IWA OutdoorClassics. “This also accommodates the preferences of many exhibitors and visitors and will allow the synergies of these three high-calibre trade fairs to be exploited once again. After this crisis is over, the need for information and dialogue will be greater than ever,” says Frank Venjakob, Exhibition Director Enforce Tac and U.T.SEC. “This is why we are now looking to the future and setting the course for next year.”