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Friday, January 1st, 2021

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Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Blast from the Past – The Gear Guru

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

THE GEAR GURU

Equipment Resources for the Armed Professional
RULES TO LIVE BY

• LIFE IS HARD…ITS HARDER WHEN YOU’RE STUPID

• IF ITS STUPID BUT IT WORKS…IT ISN’T STUPID

• NEVER BRING A KNIFE TO A GUN FIGHT (LAW OF GROSS WEIGHT AND HEAVY CALIBER)

• NEVER FIGHT FAIR

• THINK WAR

• DENY EVERYTHING…ADMIT NOTHING…MAKE COUNTER ACCUSATIONS

• EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

• THERE IS NO SECOND PLACE IN A GUN FIGHT-WINNERS KILL, LOSERS GET KILLED, FIGHT TO WIN- TRAIN TO LIVE

• NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A THREAT

• YOU FIGHT AS YOU TRAIN

• LEARN IT RIGHT AND YOU’LL DO IT RIGHT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE LEARN IT WRONG AND SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT

• A WARRIOR IS HARD FROM THE INSIDE OUT

• FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WIN THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME TO TRAIN

• AGGRESSIVELY SEEK ANY KNOWLEDGE WHICH WILL ASSURE MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT AND MAKE YOU A SURVIVOR AND A WINNER

• IT TAKES A SHOOTER TO LEAD A SHOOTER

• USE A SIMPLE TEMPLATE WHEN DECIDING THE VALUE OF SOMETHING EVERYTHING EITHER HAS TACTICAL VALUE OR IT DOES NOT

• ACTIVELY SEEK NEW TTP’s AND EQUIPMENT THAT COULD MAKE YOUR UNIT MORE CAPABLE IN COMBAT

• EVERY DAY, ASK YOURSELF, “WHAT HAVE I DONE FOR MY UNIT?”

• BE SNEAKY, STEALTHY, AND DO THE UNEXPECTED WITHOUT BEING DETECTED

• FRONT SIGHT….FRONT SIGHT….BY GOD, FRONT SIGHT

• DON’T CONFUSE ENTHUSIASM WITH CAPABILITY

These Words of Wisdom Have Been Gleaned From a Variety of Sources.

Thanks to all of you who have taught me so much over the years.

Great News for Surviving Spouses Regarding Survivor Benefit Plan / Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Offsets

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

The Defense Finance and Accounying Service Sissies this note regarding Survivor Benefit Plan / Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Offsets:

As you may know, Congress enacted changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) that will eventually eliminate the offset for surviving spouses who are also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The changes will take place in three phases.

January 1, 2021 begins the first phase.  In 2021, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments issued by DFAS will be reduced (offset) by no more than two-thirds of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.

Beginning January 1, 2022, the second phase, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments will be reduced (offset) by no more than one-third of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.

On January 1, 2023, the SBP-DIC offset will be fully eliminated.  That means, beginning in 2023, SBP payments will no longer be offset by DIC.  Spouses will receive full SBP (issued by DFAS) and full DIC (from the VA).

For more details and frequently asked questions, see our special SBP-DIC News webpage: go.usa.gov/xGfqd

Holiday Greetings from HLC Industries

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

ThruDark SF Recce Beanie

Friday, December 4th, 2020

The ThruDark SF Recce Beanie is hand crafted in Scotland from 100% Ribbed Merino Wool by experts who have been spinning wool and making knitwear for over 200 years.

Why Merino? Merino sheep are steadfast! Bred in some of the most harsh and changeable environments in the world Merino regulates body temperature and wicks water vapor quickly from the body. Merino also cancels out odor.

Includes the Signature ThruDark Face Patch and offered in Obsidian Black, Raven Grey, and Khaki.

thrudark.com/product/recce-beanie

Photos by @mhardy_photo

Happy Thanksgiving from Army PS Magazine

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Atlas 46 – McGuire Pencil Holder

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

The McGuire Pencil Holder from Atlas 46 is simplistically genius.

Designed to fit up to a 2″ belt or the Atlas 46 AIMS attachment system, it’s made from carbon fiber infused nylon. Its molded slots will accept two carpenter.

This is a pre-order item. It will not ship until December 13th.

www.atlas46.com/products