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Warrior East 23 – Forgeline Solutions

Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

Forgeline Solutions has introduced an in-line change to their Nano Low Loft Pant, adding full-length side zips to assist in donning and doffing.

Units and agencies can procure products seen at Warrior East by contacting ADS, Inc.

SHOT Show 22 – Blast Proof Soft Cooler by Blackbridge Defense

Monday, January 24th, 2022

We’ve previously mentioned Blackbridge Defense’s weapon mounts during our AUSA coverage. They’ve expanded their offerings with the Blast Proof Soft Cooler which was designed to prevent water bottles from exploding during IED blasts. In addition to up to 30 water bottles, it will also accept MREs, 5 Gallon Jerry Cans and the High Stress Collapsible Water Bag 5 Gallon bladder.

It’s designed to keep ice for up to 56 hours. I took this photo at about 3PM on the last day of SHOT Show in a room that was around 70 Deg F. The ice was still whole and the bag had been opened numerous times during the day to show the interior. Its going to keep your stuff cool. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to blow it up.

Blackbridge Defense products are available for agency and unit purchase through ADS, Inc.

ADS Is All In For SHOT Show

Friday, January 7th, 2022

If you’re at SHOT Show, January 18-21 in Las Vegas, be sure to visit ADS Inc and their Suppliers:

• L3Harris

• Phokus

• ISC / Lirces3

• Blackbridge Defense

• T-Worx

• Flex Force

• Trango Systems

ADS x SIG SAUER Range Day at Freedom Shooting Center

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Join ADS for the SIG SAUER Range Demo on Thursday, January 6th at Freedom Shooting Center in Virginia Beach, VA from 1100 to 1600.

The one-day event includes five different time blocks of shooting to choose from: 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400 and 1500. Each time block begins with a mandatory classroom product overview and ends in the range. Safety equipment will be available and all equipment will be sanitized between each use.

Qualified attendees include active duty military, law enforcement, first responders, and federal, state and local agencies. To register your range slot and for more information about the event, please contact your ADS Representative.

ADS Take Your Best Shot 2022

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

Now in its second year, Take Your Best Shot by ADS, Inc is being held February 24, 2022 from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM at Top Golf National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

It’s an interesting event. They set up different vendors in driving bays where you not only get to check out the latest products but you also get to take a swing and compete against your peers. Naturally, you’ll also connect with an ADS sales rep.

Government ID is required for entrance and participation. No cost to attend event.

Qualified attendees include active duty military, federal, state, local government agencies, law enforcement, and first responders.

To sign up, visit events.adsinc.com.

Consider Expeditionary Shelter Solutions for Immediate Basing Requirements

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

The US military is going through a massive transformation, standing some organizations down while creating entirely new ones while simultaneously fielding new systems.

This can cause some serious headaches for those who have to bed these units and systems down. One of the capabilities that arose during the past 20 years of conflict is expeditionary shelters which are almost as good as permanent structures and will last a decade or more. They offer a great solution for pressing needs. What’s more, they can be acquired using O&M funds.

In addition to storage for new equipment and structures for units, they can be used for rotational forces in forward areas where permanent structures would take years of negotiations and construction to complete.

Military Construction or MILCON in DoD jargon is responsible for Facility Planning, Design, Construction, Modernization and Sustainment. It is understandably difficult to pursue because it is a multi-year process involving all phases of construction from establishing a need to finishing up the punch list to disposing of an unneeded facility. New construction must be included in the National Defense Authorization Act to be funded so politicians also get involved. When it involves construction on foreign soil, the complications increase, even if they offer to pay.

As you can see from this Air Force slide depicting a notional MILCON project, it is a minimum of five years until the project is completed. Worse yet, the project may sit on a wishlist for several years before this process starts and it is even considered.

I’ve had my own run-in with the slow process of MILCON. While assigned to the 21 STS at Pope at the turn of the century, we were handed the keys to a brand now Squadron facility. Totally new construction, built specifically for a specific need. The problem was that it was designed for the 23 CCS, a unit that had been moved in the ensuing years between approval and construction from ACC to AFSOC. In the meantime the unit had doubled in size with the addition of Pararescue and enablers and its beefed up its complement of Combat Controllers. This consolidation of Combat Control forces across the Air Force to AFSOC had happened several years prior but the MILCON process is so plodding that it couldn’t keep up with a service in transition.

Since I was the sole support Captain in the Squadron, I was given my marching orders by the commander to start the paperwork for additional MILCON. It would be years, if ever, before relief would come. You can see the building on Hurst St on Pope Field, just to the right of the fuel tanks in the Google Earth image above along with the construction just north of the building which we occupied in 2000.

The image is from this year. I started the paperwork in 2000 and retired in 2006. We sure could have used some of the shelters seen erected in expeditionary environments to house elements of our Squadron and its equipment.

Others are already doing it. Expeditionary shelters started to pop up on several facilities in support of physical fitness training.

They’ve also been used for vehicle inspection and maintenance activities. There is a lot of capability available with multiple types and sizes of shelters as well as associated amenities like flooring, lighting, HVAC and furniture. Additionally, there are storage solutions for use inside the shelters like Spacesaver Storage Solutions.

Types of shelters include rigid wall, expandable, soft sided tent-style, and even shelters based on shipping containers. Need to stand up a full-time Operations Center for distributed operations? There’s a solution for that.

Check with ADS for your next shelter requirement. Their expert team can design a custom solution to meet your specifications, budget, and timeline. Utilizing the speed of other contract vehicles and the experience of industry-leading suppliers, ADS can complete deliver a built-to-order product in a fraction of the time of a standard MILCON project.

TacJobs – ADS Has Multiple Openings

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

I checked out the ADS, Inc jobs board and there are multiple openings here in Virginia Beach as well as across the nation in close proximity to military installations. Whether you are looking for something new or transitioning from the military, you should check out what’s available. You can even sign up for job alerts.


Giving Tuesday – Coastal Authority Care Foundation

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

This Giving Tuesday, ADS Inc shares Coastal Authority Care Foundation with us as one of their Corporate Giving Partners.

Supporting U.S. veterans, Coastal Authority Care Foundation is a nonprofit that works to restore quality of life to veterans with service-connected injuries by providing grants to help with cutting-edge medical treatment costs at local Hampton Roads facilities. ADS was a proud sponsor of the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Band Aid Music Festival.

To give to CACF, visit cacarefoundation.org.