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Nonprofits Forge Partnership to Advocate for Special Education Awareness, Improved Initiatives for Military-Connected Families

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — The Military Child Education Coalition® announced today a partnership with fellow nonprofit Partners in PROMISE to collaborate on an issue paper to address improvements and standardization practices for military-connected families with a child with special needs.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Partners in PROMISE to offer recommendations for enhanced awareness and streamlined support that we feel will have an immediate, lasting impact for all military-connected children with special needs,” said MCEC President and CEO Dr. Becky Porter.

This just released issue paper highlights expected changes to be put into action as spelled out in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.  In addition to the provisions expected in the 2021 NDAA, MCEC and Partners in PROMISE make the following recommendations for inclusion in future policy, practice and legislation:

• Ensure remote school enrollment for all military families.

• Allow families to maintain IEPs at a new the duty station after a PCS for up to six months.

• Require parental consent to all IEP changes before changes can be implemented.

• Instruct State Education Agencies and the U.S. Department of Education to gather and provide data on special education disputes involving military children, utilizing the existing Military Student Identifier.

“Partners in PROMISE has already become such a strong champion for raising awareness to Protect the Rights Of Military children In Special Education,” added Dr. Porter. “MCEC shares their passion, commitment, and advocacy, and we are proud to work with them to make a positive difference in the lives of all military-connected children with special needs.”

MCEC® used data obtained from its 2020 Military Kids NOW Education Survey, as part of the issue paper, which reflected responses from across all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and 21 countries, to help bolster recommendations for changes to mitigate the stressors for military children with special needs.

Learn more about the role MCEC plays globally at MilitaryChild.org.

Now on Kickstarter – CIZOR, a Tungsten Carbide Cutting Tool for Every Day Use

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

CIZOR is made from pulverized, recycled tungsten carbide cutting tools. It features a cutting end and a conical end which can be used to break glass. Tungsten carbide is an extremely strong material and the CIZOR is sharpened to a razor edge.

Developed as a utility tool, CIZOR can be used with an included aluminum stand.

It is offered in two sizes. The larger variant is the same length as a disposable Bic pen.

Below are both sizes as kits.

Note that only the small CIZOR comes with a silicon cap. Inside the silicon cap is an aluminum cup which prevents the blade from cutting right through the silicon.

For more information, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/sanderbakker/cizor-a-tungsten-carbide-cutting-tool-for-every-day-use.

INVISIO Acquires Racal Acoustics, a World-Leading UK-based Supplier of Communication and Hearing Protection Solutions

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

INVISIO has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares in Racal Acoustics, a UK-based supplier of communication and hearing protection systems for high noise environments, with annual sales of approximately SEK 130 million.

Racal Acoustics Ltd, a subsidiary of TransDigm Group Inc. prior to INVISIO’s acquisition, is a world-leading brand with a history of more than 100 years in the design, develop­ment and manufacture of communication and hearing protection systems, focused on audio ancillary equipment for the military, first responder and aviation sectors. The London-based business has 55 highly skilled employees and a global footprint.

The acquisition is aligned with INVISIO’s growth strategy and the ambition to further strengthen its global market-leading position within communication and hearing protection systems. 

The acquisition means that INVISIO will broaden its offer with a complementary new product category, consisting of advanced and rugged hearing protection and communications headsets for environments with constant high noise, often found in larger military vehicles and around aircraft.

The acquisition will provide INVISIO with access to customers and prospects in the attractive market niche for communication and hearing protection in vehicles, which is a highly relevant area for the new INVISIO Intercom System.

The purchase price to be paid by INVISIO is approximately SEK 170 million and is expected to be cash and debt-financed. Racal Acoustics has recently completed a successful restructuring. The acquisition is expected to contribute to INVISIO’s revenue for 2021 with more than SEK 130 million and with a positive result. No material integration costs are anticipated.

Under the terms of the acquisition, INVISIO will also acquire Racal Acoustics Inc, a US based sales company through which Racal Acoustics markets and sells its products to the US market. The acquisition, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2021, is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

“We are very excited to welcome Racal Acoustics into the INVISIO-family. The deal is a perfect fit as the two companies are largely complementary. Over many years Racal Acoustics has built a strong position for communication and hearing protection in high noise environments such as military vehicles, while INVISIO has built a strong position for users in the field. Our combined product offerings and market footprints will strengthen our world leading position as the communication and hearing protection expert for users within military, first responder and aviation markets, whether in the field or in a vehicle,” says Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

“Joining INVISIO is the perfect next step to fully explore the potential in Racal Acoustics. As the companies to a large extent share the same business-DNA but target different market segments and sales channels, we have all the elements for a strong growth story and future together,” says James Ewing, Managing Director at Racal Acoustics.

S.O.Tech Reaches a 300,000 Mask Milestone While Incurring a Sad Loss

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

It was with great pride that this week the S.O.Tech team delivered our 300,000th cloth facecover, but that news turned somber when we learned that a dear friend to the company, Deputy Tim Tellez, died battling COVID-19. So we dedicate our accomplishment to Tim’s memory, and we will continue the effort for Tim and other fallen first responders.

If you’ve seen a picture of police gear on SOTECH’s website, it was probably strapped onto Tim, we just cut his face out and blurred his name badge. He took gear design to heart and was always there to give thoughts and feedback on patrol officer gear because he cared about his fellow LEOs.  He was a 20 year veteran of LASD. We will be making a donation in his honor.

Not only was S.O.Tech able to deliver the 300,000 masks, but we have been able to fill major military, aerospace and law enforcement contracts in the face of a pandemic strained supply line.  We are proud of the teamwork exhibited by our staff.

Royal Air Force Officer Brings Skills to Moody AFB

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) —

After nearly 14 years of service in the Royal Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Chris Bradshaw has traveled 4,300 miles from the Force Protection Force of the RAF Regiment to share his expertise with the 820th Base Defense Group at Moody Air Force Base.

As part of a larger exchange program between the RAF and U.S. Air Force that encompasses positions from the Pentagon down, Bradshaw currently holds the position of director of operations at the 824th BDS.

“The relationship that the Royal Air Force has had with the base defense group is longstanding because we are likely to operate together,” Bradshaw said. “Every year there is a tri-service exercise between the U.K., the French and the Americans. The position here is to help develop that exercising program to make sure relationships are maintained and that we can be interoperable as we move forward into next-generation warfare.”

The position is filled on a volunteer basis. Applicants volunteered about a year and a half early and the RAF chose from that list. After being chosen, Bradshaw still had to complete a number of tasks to secure his position in the 820th BDG.

“I’ve moved over my family as well,” Bradshaw said. “So to bring my wife, who is an active-duty Royal Air Force officer and my son – that was a bit more tricky, (but) fortunately, the (Royal) Air Force managed to give her a three-year career break. We had to jump through that hoop initially to make sure we could continue on the process.

“Then, it was all the visa applications, making sure that I came out here and got to meet who I was going to work for. Then, it was just bouncing back and forth to sort out schooling and education for my son. There was a lot, but it’s been worth it.”

The Force Protection Force’s role is to mitigate vulnerabilities and ensure end-to-end protection of air and space power, at home or deployed. Bradshaw previously worked in Train Advise Assist Command – Air, in the air-to-ground role as a joint terminal attack controller.

“(A few years ago), that’s what I did for (about) four and a half years,” Bradshaw said. “Having that experience and then working for the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, I understand what they’re talking about because I speak the language, too.

“I became the director of operations for the 824th BDS because they wanted to plug-and-play some experience of mine. I’ll sit in that position for 18 months. Then, the plan is to move up to the group where I’ll conduct work directly for the colonel in an area of his choosing.”

Bradshaw isn’t the only one bringing unique opportunities to the table. The BDG offers multiple capabilities such as air assault, airborne, ranger and jungle courses that Bradshaw will be able to participate in and learn from.

“That will be good for me operating as an entity on the ground, protecting and defending our RAF assets and infrastructure,” Bradshaw said. “To have that link would be quite beneficial. I’m not going to get the opportunity again and I need to prove the concept for future exchange personnel that it’s open; the door is there. You need to step in and jump out.”

The tactical skills Bradshaw has and will have learned are not the only things he’s taking away from his time with the BDG. Bradshaw says his favorite experience from the program has been seeing people from diverse backgrounds and he’s looking forward to meeting more as he moves to new positions.

“The U.S. is so huge compared to the U.K. that even at the squadron level, you’ve got people from so many different backgrounds, so many different life hurdles and obstacles they’ve had to overcome, that the breadth of individual is vast,” Bradshaw said. “I’ve been extremely well integrated, well looked-after. Everyone is extremely friendly. I still get treated equally, which is as expected.

“It’s been a big change for us having to come across to make this leap, but it’s been made easier by that fact that people have been so welcoming.”

By SrA Hayden Legg and A1C Taryn Butler, 23rd Wing Public Affairs

Reptilia CQG Grip Now in OD Green

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Reptilia has added OD Green as a color option for their CQG grip.

It offers a pronounced vertical grip angle, anti-slip front and rear texture, and an enhanced beaver tail design.

OD Green joins FDE/Peanut Butter, Field Drab, Mid-Grey/Q-Honey Badger, and Black.

CQG Grip fits: AR15/M16, AR10/SR25™, SIG MPX/MCX™, and FN SCAR®, and others utilizing the AR interface geometry.

NSN: 1015-01-674-6753

reptiliacorp.com/product/cqg-grip-for-ar-15-sr-25

UF PRO Now Offering Its All-Round Weather-Protective Hunter FZ Gen.2 Tactical Jacket in Improved MultiCam Fabric

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

TRZIN, SLOVENIA (29 Dec. 2020)—UF PRO today announced it has begun making its popular lightweight Hunter FZ Gen.2 tactical jacket in an improved MultiCam fabric designed to help wearers stay warmer in low temperatures and be better protected against inclement weather.

The move represents an expansion of the UF PRO MultiCam Low-Temperature Line, which currently includes Multicam versions of the company’s Delta OL 3.0 Tactical Winter Jacket, Delta AcE Plus Gen.2 Tactical Winter Jacket, and AcE Winter Combat Shirt.

According to Armin Wagner, head of UF PRO product development, the company began offering its Hunter FZ Gen.2 MultiCam garment today.

The newly improved MultiCam fabric is a laminate formed from a 100-percent polyamide face material layered atop a membrane made of polyurethane, Wagner explained.

“This is the softest MultiCam material yet, so it emits less noise as the wearer moves about,” he said. “It’s also fully windproof and extremely water-repellent, which affords the wearer protection in weather ranging from light rain to high winds.

Wagner noted that the improved fabric exhibits an impressively high sheer-strength thanks to a special ripstop weaving technique used in producing the face layer.

“Wearers will be very pleased by its abrasion resistance,” he said. “It holds up exceptionally well, even after being continuously rubbed against by backpacks, plate carriers, and other gear.”

The improved MultiCam fabric is a perfect fit for the Hunter FZ Gen.2 Tactical Jacket, which is favored among military and law-enforcement operators for its comfort-enhancing features, such as mesh side-panels that provide cooling ventilation to prevent overheating and a 37.5™ microfleece lining that helps keep the inside of the garment dry by very efficiently dissipating sweat.

“The jacket is also a favorite because it folds up compactly for easy stowing inside a backpack,” Wagner added.    

Go here for more information about the UF PRO Hunter FZ Gen.2 Tactical Jacket.

Go here for more information about the UF PRO MultiCam Low-Temperature Line.

Marine Corps Begins Widespread Fielding of Suppressors

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —

Marines risk their lives to protect others.

Many are trained to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat. They engage adversaries in any clime and place, no matter how arduous the conditions.

Marine Corps Systems Command is tasked not only with enhancing the lethality of warfighters. The command also strives to protect them.

MCSC has taken another step toward increasing lethality and protection for Marines. In December, the command began the process of fielding thousands of suppressors to infantry, reconnaissance and special operation units for employment on the M27, M4 and M4A1 rifles.

Small arms suppressors are designed to reduce a weapon’s noise, flash and recoil. They are also time-efficient, as attachment and detachment only takes a few seconds. The mass fielding of the suppressors, and their myriad benefits, represents a monumental moment for the Marine Corps.

“We’ve never fielded suppressors at this scale,” said Maj. Mike Brisker, weapons product manager in MCSC’s Program Manager for Infantry Weapons. “This fielding is a big moment for the Marine Corps.”

MCSC works with CD&I, PP&O

In recent years, the Marine Corps had already begun suppressing its M38 and M4A1 rifles. However, an increased number of commanders felt suppressing additional weapons would increase the overall lethality of the infantry.

The impetus for equipping additional weapons with suppressors came from a series of experimentations at a 2016 “Sea Dragon” event, which enables the Marine Corps to experiment with current and emerging technologies and operational concepts.

At the event, a battalion employed the suppressors as part of a Marine Corps Warfighting Lab experimentation.

“The positive feedback from that experiment was the primary driving force behind procuring suppressors,” said Brisker. “We’ve had a few limited user experiments with various units since that time, and all of those events generated positive reviews of the capability.”

Before acquiring the suppressors, MCSC worked with the Marine Corps’ Combat Development and Integration; Plans, Policies and Operations; and the Fleet Marine Force to determine the optimal concept of distribution to support the close combat Marine.

“Our intent was to leverage commercially available technology to support the near-term modernization required for our close combat Marines,” said Billy Epperson, the Infantry Weapon Capabilities Integration Officer at CD&I.

Epperson added that the Marine Corps conducted Limited User Evaluations in 2019 with commercial suppressors provided by vendors showcasing the latest and greatest in technology to characterize requirements in support of an acquisition effort that began in fiscal year 2020.

In 2020, PM IW procured about 6,700 small arms suppressors through Defense Logistics Agency’s Tailored Logistic Program, and acquired more than 7,000 additional units on the first delivery order upon the contract award. Brisker said the goal is to field approximately 30,000 suppressors by fiscal year 2023.

How suppressors save lives

CWO4 David Tomlinson, MCSC’s infantry weapons officer, emphasized the importance of suppressors in exchanging information during battle. He said gun fights create a chaotic environment with intense noise levels, producing communication problems that can increase confusion.

“I would say the most important thing the suppressor does is allow for better inter-squad, inter-platoon communication,” said Tomlinson. “It allows the operators to communicate laterally up and down the line during a fire fight.”

Tomlinson said suppressors can save lives, as Marines engaged in battle can expose themselves from their firing position. The suppressor reduces their audible and visual signature, making it more difficult for the enemy to ascertain their location.

In addition to tactical advantages on the battlefield, the reduced noise of the suppressors also benefits a Marine’s long-term health, said Brisker. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, hearing problems are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American veterans.

“In the big picture, the VA pays out a lot in hearing loss claims,” said Brisker. “We’d like Marines to be able to continue to hear for many years even after they leave the service. These suppressors have that benefit as well.”

Tomlinson mentioned how the news of the fielding of additional suppressors has created a groundswell of excitement among the units receiving them. He believes the myriad advantages suppressors provide will benefit the Marine Corps for years to come.

“As I travel and brief units, this capability has generated the most interest—from lance corporals to colonels,” said Tomlinson. “There has been an overwhelming excitement to receiving the suppressors, which we anticipate will serve as an effective capability for the warfighter.”

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

US Marine Corps photo by Sarah N. Petrock, 2d MARDIV Combat Camera