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Combat Flip Flops Veteran Art Auction

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Over the last two months, the world witnessed an unprecedented event within the borders of Afghanistan. The only thing that matched the nature of the loss and destruction has been the positive effort of the veteran community stepping up to aid in evacuations and transit of interpreters, journalists, athletes, and activists.

Although the media seems to have already moved beyond the event, human beings are still trapped within the borders of Afghanistan. Veterans and private citizens are still working to move them to safety. Without support of the United States Government, organizations continue to raise money to assist in the transportation and resettlement of refugees–because the reality is that this freedom isn’t free. It takes money.

Combat Flip Flops enlisted the effort of renowned artists to donate art to auction to assist in these efforts. For a limited time, you can bid on limited edition art to raise money or resettlement efforts.

Launching the initiative is InvaderGirl and Matt Galbraith. For more information on the art available and incoming, please visit the link: www.combatflipflops.com/AAA

Revision Awarded Contract to Supply Prescription Carriers to U.S. Troops

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Essex Junction, Vermont (September 30, 2021) – Revision Military has been awarded a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply Universal Prescription Lens Carriers (UPLC) over the next five years.  The contract, issued by DLA Troop Support, has an estimated value of up to $37.5 million, began on September 17, 2021 and is for one three-year base period and two one-year option periods. Revision has been the incumbent supplier of the UPLC to DLA since 2013, when the U.S. Army moved to a single prescription carrier solution for all Rx-capable eyewear on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).  The customizable UPLC allows for an individual prescription to be filled into the carrier by an optometrist, and the carrier fits securely behind the standard lens of their ballistic eyewear.  

Above: Revision Prescription Carrier Solution – Universal Prescription Lens Carrier (UPLC) – provides an easy solution for vision correction in ballistic military eyewear platforms on the U.S. Army Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).  Revision was selected for a follow-on 5-year contract to deliver UPLC to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

“Over the past 8 years, Revision has delivered thousands of UPLCs to DLA which have been issued widely across the U.S. military branches,” said Revision CEO Amy Coyne. “Revision recognizes the unique challenges for an end-user that requires vision correction and provides a universal vision correction solution that can be used across multiple styles and brands of protective eyewear without compromising end user protection.”

Above: Revision UPLC easily integrates into StingerHawk® Spectacles by clipping into the nosepiece.  The UPLC securely offers vision correction while meeting all military ballistic standards.  

Above: Revision UPLC is designed to offer vision correction in most of Revision spectacles and goggle systems, as well as most eyewear solutions on the U.S. Army Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).  

Revision’s Prescription Rx Carrier accommodates single vision prescriptions up to +/-11 and fits into the Revision Sawfly® and StingerHawk® Spectacles, and Desert Locust®, SnowHawk®, and Bullet Ant® Goggles. Its secure press-fit design ensures that it is properly positioned every time and its rugged and ergonomically designed frame provides wide field-of-view and durability. Revision’s Prescription Rx Carrier meets ANSI Z87.1-2010 and MIL-PRF-32432A ballistic impact requirements and is on the U.S. Army Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).

New TBI Research Supports Revised Test Standard for Military Combat Helmets

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Team Wendy Engineers Among Research Team Published in Military Medicine

CLEVELAND, OH (Sept. 30, 2021) – Engineers from Cleveland-based Team Wendy®, a leading global provider of exceptional head protection systems, led experiments for a study published earlier this month in Military Medicine that indicates a need to revise combat helmet specifications.

The paper, titled “Head Impact Modeling to Support a Rotational Combat Helmet Drop Test,” provides a scientific basis for combat helmet test requirements to include rotational impact tests in order to account for cellular injury thresholds. The additional data would improve the test’s conception of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by severe head impacts.

Currently, military combat helmets are evaluated by linear acceleration thresholds, which originated from skull fracture prediction. The study examined predicted brain cell damage in both linear and rotational impact scenarios to assess how much brain tissue stretches, and how quickly, upon collision.

“Real life impacts are rarely limited to translational motion, where the head decelerates in a straight line,” said Ron Szalkowski, one of the paper’s authors and Team Wendy’s director of product development and research collaboration. “Continuing to evaluate linear impact is important, but without also analyzing how the helmet and head respond to rotations, we could be missing a key piece of the puzzle in our ability to accurately predict TBI.”

In its exploration of cellular injury levels, the team found that linear tests do not fully convey the tissue stresses and strains indicated in rotational tests. Using a detailed human head model from Sandia National Laboratories, they discovered over four times the brain strains resulting from a modified rotational test versus the strains produced in the standard linear test.

The findings were published in the military medical journal with credit to researchers from Team Wendy, Sandia National Laboratories, Robert Morris University, Brown University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Team Wendy Mechanical Engineer Sushant Malave is bylined alongside Szalkowski.

The study was part of phase one of the PANTHER program, a research partnership funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) with the goal of quantifying cellular injury levels for TBI.

“This paper reflects a stepping stone for further understanding the relationship between brain strains and head protection,” Szalkowski said. “Eventually we want to develop equipment that better protects the brain in parallel with understanding actual brain cell damage baselines.”

He noted that there is currently no firm cellular injury threshold established for TBI cause or prediction.

The PANTHER program continues to investigate what brain cells can withstand and further refine testing models to improve protection standards. ONR has approved continued funding for PANTHER through 2024.


Agilite Offers Limited Edition MultiCam Black K19 Plate Carrier

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Agilite have made a Special Edition Limited run of the K19 Plate Carrier in Multicam Black which are available at their website now. The Israeli SF carrier is now one of the highest selling plate carriers in the USA and is known for its inordinate comfort. There is currently no plan to re-make this product in Multicam Black so to score one, go to  agilitegear.com/collections/combat-gear/products/k19-plate-carrier where it’s available for a short time with free shipping.

ADS Reminds Us Winter Is Coming

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

It’s Fall already and in some places, the temps are dropping. Did your unit plan for Winter? For many cold weather items it’s already too late to order in time for this year. But some stuff is available. You’ve just got to ask.

Find out if your requirements can be fulfilled by contacting ADS.

VIRTUAL FLAG: JAGIC C2, First-of-its-kind Joint Training Event

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

The first VIRTUAL FLAG exercise dedicated to training the Joint Air Ground Integration Center’s command and control was successfully executed at the 705th Combat Training Squadron’s Distributed Mission Operation Center located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Aug. 23-27.

The DMOC developed, integrated, and successfully executed VF: JAGIC C2 with facilitation of the Airmen from 505th Command and Control Wing, Detachment 1 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

The exercise was designed specifically for the JAGIC training audience which encompassed a mixture of U.S. Air Force active duty and National Guard Airmen from the 13th, 148th, and 168th Air Support Operations Squadrons, and U.S. Army Soldiers from the 28th Infantry Division. U.S. Marine Corps’ conceptual Marine Air Operation Center, or MAOC, tactical C2 elements from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, participated virtually in the first-of-its-kind exercise event providing multi-layer airspace deconfliction support to strike, intelligence, and C2 platforms.

The DMOC is the USAF’s hub for distributed combat training exercises and testing. Warfighters at locations around the globe, connected through the DMOC, face realistic threat scenarios to practice tactics and procedures. The DMOC architecture integrates virtual and constructive simulations across various networks to support a synthetic battlespace that models weapons, C2, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

“VF:  JAGIC C2 provided the entire training audience an opportunity to interact with joint elements of the Theater Air Control System with minimum additional personnel demands on high-demand/low-density assets,” said 2nd Lt. Rachel Pohl, VF: JAGIC C2 technical director. “Through the DMOC, VF: JAGIC C2 linked geographically-separated joint units from across the country together, allowing each to interact with one another using weapons system simulators at their home stations.”  

While the DMOC’s VFs are well-known for their success in exercising various tactical-to-operational weapon systems, VF: JAGIC C2 marked the first time it has made the JAGIC the principal training audience.

“The objective in VF: JAGIC C2 was to integrate and deliver DMO capabilities to prepare warfighters for combat in a joint environment; specifically developing tactics, techniques and procedures, through a first-ever networked system called JTAGSS [Joint Theater Air-Ground Simulator System],” said Lt. Col. Lindsay Post, 705th CTS commander. “Nobody dies in a virtual exercise but they learn how to survive, thrive and win in a real-world fight.”

The 505th CCW, Det 1, is the USAF Warfare Center’s resident liaison to the USA’s Combined Arms Center and Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 505th CCW, Det 1 Airmen are experienced observers, coaches, and trainers who prepare a host of USAF liaison and C2 elements – including those within the JAGIC – for future global operations through MCTP training events such as Warfighter exercises. Det 1 Airmen consisting of intelligence, C2, and tactical air control party subject matter experts leveraged their experience during VF: JAGIC C2 to stress and teach the JAGIC’s training audiences.

Det 1 members worked within the DMOC led the Operational Assessment Cell to fill a wide range of support roles during the exercise. Detachment Airmen provided hands-on coaching and training to USAF and USA JAGIC personnel joint fires integration leveraging many virtual and constructed USA fire support systems such as High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and MQ-1C Gray Eagles, and USAF air-to-ground strike platforms including A-10s, F-35s, and B-52s. Through mission execution observation Det 1 Airmen developed mission debrief focus points which sharpened JAGIC members’ procedural control skills, air interdiction coordination proficiency, and post-strike assessment processes in a Large Scale Combat Operations environment.

Capt. Matthew Winot, 505th CCW, Det 1, ISR liaison officer, never lost sight of his team’s ultimate aim of helping JAGIC training audiences depart VF: JAGIC C2 more effective fighting forces than they arrived.

“We, as Det 1 representatives, coached JAGIC members on multi-domain C2 processes with a focus on those joint and coalition capabilities that would likely be employed in an LSCO fight,” said Winot.  “Specifically, as Det 1’s ISRLO, coaching JAGIC training audiences on how to leverage traditional and nontraditional ISR assets for battle damage assessment and collection efforts enabled each JAGIC to streamline their doctrinally-based processes and tactics.”

Col. Michael Goodman, 505th CCW, Det 1 commander, highlighted the significance of the event, “As the [U.S.] Air Force lead for C2 experimentation, training, testing, exercise, evaluation and tactics development, the 505th CCW conducted VF: JAGIC C2 at COMACC’s [Commander Air Combat Command] direction to provide a realistic virtual training environment for joint operational and tactical warfighters.”  

Goodman continued, “Overall, this was a huge win for ensuring our future competitiveness against a near-peer adversary.”

VF: JAGIC C2 provides a much-needed avenue to train critically important JAGIC teams when the USA component’s renewed focus on LSCO and associated weapon systems advancements hold the potential to affect the Theater Air Ground System, according to Goodman.

“Modern surface-to-surface land component fires now have the capability to range far into the airspace and area of operations that is historically the responsibility of the air component commander for C2 and air interdiction,” said Goodman. “These new surface-to-surface fires represent another capability to help disintegrate integrated air defense systems, but first, we’ve got to train in a joint manner to realize those effects fully.  VF: JAGIC C2 is where we’re going to make that happen.”

“VF: JAGIC C2 was an intense look at a particular aspect of the bigger war that we do not usually get the chance to focus on.  It is always incorporated into our bigger fight-focused exercises but this time we got down into the mud with it,” offered Lt. Col. Michael Butler, 705th CTS director of operations.  

VF: JAGIC C2 was best summed up during the post exercise hot-wash by a participant who said “this is the best exercise we have ever had.  We have never had the opportunity to be the supported participant and that made the difference.  That said, we discovered that we have much more to work on in future JAGIC C2 exercises.”

The 705th CTS reports to the 505th Combat Training Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada, and the 505th Command and Control Wing headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

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TangoDown – Color Expansion for AK Grip Line

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

TangoDown® Inc. is excited to announce the color expansion for the TD® AK BATTLEGRIP®.  The new colors are available for the BG-AK (with storage plug) and BG-AKOE (without storage).  We’re pleased to offer the grips in the following colors:  Bakelite Orange; Dark Red; and Dark Plum.  

To learn even more about the AK BATTLEGRIP® options, see the links below.

To learn more about the BG-AK (grip with storage) visit:  BG-AK BATTLEGRIP – TangoDown

To learn more about the BG-AKOE (grip without storage) visit:   BG-AKOE BATTLEGRIP™ – TangoDown

Updated Color Availability:  Black, Bakelite Orange, Dark Red, Dark Plum

MSRP:  $21.00 – $27.00

To view the 2018 media release regarding the BG-AK, please visit:   TangoDown® AK BATTLEGRIP® – TangoDown

Customer Questions:  [email protected]

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Rampart Range Day 21 – Shield

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

Rampart Shield is an exclusive membership program for uniformed professionals in Canada which offers discounts for purchases from Rampart International.

Visit shop.rampartcorp.com/shield to sign up.