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5.11 Expands Everyday Hero Program with Charitable Donations

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Irvine, Calif. (May 18, 2020) – 5.11, Inc. the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, announced it has expanded its Everyday Hero program to recognize individuals who go above and beyond within their communities by adding a charitable component in light of the events surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. 5.11 has produced a limited-edition Everyday Hero t-shirt that will be sold with 100% net proceeds being donated to charities within the first responder community. Additionally, for each Everyday Hero t-shirt purchased, 5.11 will donate a KN-95 mask to a New York City first responder.

As always, civilian and professional #EverydayHeroes can be nominated through 5.11’s social media pages @511Tactical. Purchasers of Everyday Hero t-shirts are encouraged to gift it to the Everyday Hero in their life and post a photo of the person wearing their t-shirt with the tag #EverydayHeroes. T-shirts can be purchased through 5.11’s website. With the purchase of each t-shirt, 5.11 will also donate a KN-95 mask to a first responder in New York City, one of the areas in the United States hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“There is so much good happening in the world, and we want to remind people of that. Encouraging and recognizing acts of kindness is imperative to societal stability and global solidarity,” said 5.11’s Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Glover. “We are all in this together, and being able to support each other and those who serve is an excellent way to channel our energies and efforts. Giving back to the servicemen and women in New York through this initiative makes the gracious act of recognizing our local heroes, just that much more important.”

Everyday Hero T-Shirt with KN-95 Mask

“When the idea for this initiative began, it energized everyone at 5.11 to create and launch a program to give back to all of the first responder categories serving and sacrificing, now more than ever, for our communities,” said 5.11’s CEO, Francisco J. Morales. “5.11’s professional customers are the heart of our business and our nation’s critical infrastructure. For us and all of our customers, it is an honor to support law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and military during this unprecedented time.”

The #EverydayHero digital campaign, originally launched in Fall 2019, will live on 5.11’s social media pages @511Tactical as well as through emails and on the company’s website www.511Tactical.com. Everyday Hero t-shirts to support first responder charities are available for purchase for $14.99.

5.11 to Donate $25,000 from Proceeds of Police Week Patch to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Irvine, CA (May 11, 2020) – – 5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear announced today that they will be donating up to $25,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund from the proceeds of the brand’s limited edition ‘Honor Those Who Serve’ patch. Additionally, 5.11 is a sponsor of the NLEOMF Virtual Candlelight Vigil which will take place on Wednesday, May 13th. This donation and sponsorship are two of several activations 5.11 has executed honoring first responders during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The ‘Honor Those Who Serve’ patch launch occurs during National Police Week 2020. The patch features a thin blue line and eagle – both symbols honoring law enforcement officers everywhere. 100% net proceeds of the patch will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund up to $25,000. The patch can be purchased online at www.511Tactical.com as well as 5.11 retail stores across the country.

“We are honored to be working with the Memorial Fund to support law enforcement officers nationwide through our donation as well as the candlelight vigil later this week,” said 5.11 Chief Executive Officer, Francisco J. Morales. “We appreciate all of our first responders, and especially law enforcement officers more than ever during this year’s National Police Week as our nation navigates the unprecedented times of the coronavirus pandemic. Our gratitude for our police force has never been greater and our support of the Memorial Fund will impact so many officers and their families.”

This year, 307 names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Due to the cancellation of public gatherings surround the COVID-19 pandemic, this National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil will be streamed via live webcast on Wednesday, May 13th at 8pm EST and available for anyone to join. To register for updates on the Candlelight Vigil and to light a virtual candle, please click here.

“We are grateful for 5.11, their partnership and generosity over the years,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “Partners like 5.11 allow us to properly recognize and honor the men and women and their families who make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and communities. The importance of saluting these individuals is greater than ever as we’ve come to ask more than ever from our officers and their families.”

In addition to the ‘Honor Those Who Serve Patch’ and donation to NLEOMF, 5.11 also launched the Inside The Blue Line video series in partnership with SIG SAUER produced by Ironclad Media this week. The video series follows Manchester, New Hampshire’s police department and highlights the realities of life as a law enforcement officer today.

For more information on 5.11, please visit www.511Tactical.com. For the latest on 5.11’s activations, follow @511Tactical. For more information on National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, please visit www.NLEOMF.org.

Arc’teryx LEAF Special Operations Care Fund Support

Monday, April 6th, 2020

NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada, April 6, 2020

In late February of 2020, Arc’teryx LEAF teamed up with SOC-F to deliver an ice climbing experience to a group of Veterans from the US Special Operations community.

“For over 15 years, we have been making apparel and gear for the most demanding military and law enforcement end-users on the planet, it was time for us to find a way to give back”, said Stephen Church, LEAF Business Unit Director. “We were inspired by the exceptional work done by SOC-F who has been a driving force in getting help to families in need. We reached out and asked them what we could do together.”

This led to the creation of SOC-F/Arc’teryx LEAF Ice Climbing Experience. The event took place in Bozeman, Montana, where the group was hosted by the Station Foundation. Their purpose is to help navigate the complex terrain of reintegration into civilian life.

Arc’teryx LEAF is planning to expand upon this concept in different regions of the world, with organizations who support Veterans. The objective is to bring the outdoors to those who stand to benefit from it the most.

 

To support the Special Operations Care Fund:  soc-f.org

Help Bring SMSgt Ron Kellerman Home To Rest

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

As you may know the Air Force Special Warfare Community recently lost one of its finest Veterans, SMSgt Ron Kellerman, in a senseless murder at his home in Honduras. What is a tragic situation has only been made worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If that wasn’t enough, his widow is in Spain, caring for her mother.

His fellow Special Operations Weathermen have established a GoFundMe account yo help raise funds to repatriate RHK to the US and bring his wife home as well.

Funds will be used to assist with the following immediate and short term essentials, as well as ongoing needs of the family:

Disposition of his remains, repatriation to the USA, and associated funereal expenses

Transportation for Maria from Spain to the USA and lodging for self-isolation upon her return

Temporary boarding of pets

Ground transportation

Reimbursement for expenses incurred by neighbors and SOF Community friends on assisting site in Honduras

Additional miscellaneous expenses associated with the above

I know it’s a tough time for all of us, but please help out if you can.

www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-ron-kellerman

SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Late last month I had the opportunity to participate in an extraordinary event near Bozeman, Montana.

With the help of Arc’teryx LEAF, Special Operations Care Fund gathered together veterans from each of the US military’s special operations components for a weekend of ice climbing.

Before we go any further, I’ve got give a plug for SOC-F and the wonderful work they do day-in and day-out for our warriors and their families. This non-profit is fighting way above its weight. They do so much…Medical/TBI (Magnetic Electro Resonance Therapy- MeRT) and Other Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments, Intensive Marriage Counseling, Gold Star Kids Camp and so much more. Not a one of the founders is a military veteran, but they have recently added a Veteran to their board to help round out the team. They’re just great Americans who saw a need and banded together to fill it.

The LEAF division of Arc’teryx is well known for making gear built for the most demanding Mil / LE endusers operating and training, in the harshest of environments. Inspired by the incredible work accomplished by SOC-F, Arc’teryx has seen the support they bring to the selfless individuals who need it, but often don’t ask for it.

SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF had been discussing ways to provide some outdoor therapy and The Station Foundation came up which provides specialized services to current and former SOF members as well as their families. Programs include:

-Family Foundation
-Spouse Performance
-Restore
-Transition Azimuth Check (TrAC)

The Station’s works with SOC-F to provide the summer program for Gold Star children, those young people who’ve lost a loved one in combat, to find themselves and flourish in the face of life’s challenges. A most worthy pursuit.

These connections led to the creation of the SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience.

We all arrived Friday afternoon courtesy of Arc’teryx and their able planner, Rebecca Faherty who also organizes the annual SOF Select pavilion at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. While many of us came from across the country, it was amazing how many SOF veterans have settled in Montana.

Accommodations, local transportation, meals and activity planning were provided by The Station Foundation.

The meals were fantastic with hot breakfast and dinner each day at The Inn on the Gallitin. Home cooking and lots of it. I was always stuffed.

Between veterans and members of industry, there were 17 of us on the expedition. Some of us knew each other, but we were provided ample time to get to know one another during meals, free time in the evenings, and out on the ice. Turns out, we all had a lot of common friends and experiences. Naturally, we were also all Arc’teryx customers. In fact, they have each of us a LEAF Cold CW LT Jacket to use during the event. Magpul also provided us with their new eyewear to protect our site while climbing.

Some of the climbing equipment such as helmets and ice tools was provided by Petzl, while other items were supplied by the very capable guide service for this event, Montana Alpine Guides like boots and crampons. The MAG team was friendly, knowledgeable and provided training at both the basic and advanced level. Everyone came out of there a better climber.

The crew brought a mixture of experience from first time ice climbers to very experienced climbers who brought a lifetime of alpine know-how. We had a blast.

The most amazing thing I witnessed all weekend was the indomitable spirit of a Marine Veteran I’ll refer to as CT. He served as an inspiration to all of us.

A bear of a man who lost both legs last year during a battle in the Middle East, CT had never ice climbed before in his life. No matter, he was going to give it a go. But first, he had to get to the ice ,which was located a kilometer or so from the parking area. As you can imagine, it was icy. He strapped crampons to his shoes and off he went, supported as many of us were, with trekking poles to help negotiate deep pockets of snow encountered occasionally along the trail.

He made it about three quarters of the way, but one of the things CT realized was that the cold and his particular prosthetics weren’t well suited for hiking up snowy trails.

A plan was quickly set into motion to fetch a sled to bring him the rest of the way to the climbing site. The crew immediately built a fire to keep him warm while we waited for the sled. Others headed the rest of the way to the site to begin climbing. About an hour later, CT and the team who helped him up that last bit of trail, linked up with the rest of us.

We spent the day climbing a couple of different faces and then made our way back down the trail, CT at the lead atop his sled, accompanied by his new teammates.

We repeated the event the next day with even more ice faces to negotiate. Once again, CT assaulted the ice and came out on top.

There were several guys out there with various wounds, but seeing CT go at it with everything he had, working through the pain he obviously felt, no one was going to complain. He was an inspiration to us all.

I had a great time chatting with him. Aside from some great was stories, he is very in tune with the latest in prosthetic technology and is working to bring newer designs out of the lab and unto those who need them. CT tells me he is going to keep ice climbing and already has some ideas about how to build a better prosthetic for climbing. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

On Monday morning we returned to the airport to make our way home, but all of us left with some new friends and some great memories.

Once again, this event wouldn’t have been possible without SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF. While this was the first event of its kind for Arc’teryx, they plan to hold more of these outdoor-oriented events around the world for other allied veterans.






5th Annual Whiskey & War Stories – April 24, 2020

Monday, March 16th, 2020

What: Whiskey & War Stories is an annual Silent Warrior Foundation fundraising event which features a silent auction, dinner, drinks and a moderated presentation of military veterans discussing a significant military event which they were first person participants in.

Past events have featured participants of the Ranger’s air assault during the Grenada Invasion and the last POW rescue attempt of the Vietnam War, Operation Thunderhead.

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that the focus of this year’s presentation will be the Son Tay Prison Raid of November 20, 1970.

Who: The event is once again organized by the Silent Warrior Foundation. Several Son Tay Raiders (up to 8 at present count) and several former American POWs of the Vietnam War will be in attendance.

Why: To raise funds for the SWF scholarship program, and other assistance provided to SOF and other military veterans through the Silent Warrior Foundation and to honor the Son Tay Raiders during the 50th Anniversary Year of their daring rescue attempt.

Where: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ. 7700 E McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

When: 5:00-10:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm, cocktails and silent auction from 5:30-6:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, onstage program begins at 7:00 pm and ends at @ 9:30 pm.

Amplifying information: Many of the auction items this year reflect the focus of the evening’s discussion. Examples of the donated auction items this year include but are not limited to: a smaller detailed recreation of “Barbara”-the scale model planning table used to study the Son Tay POW camp before the raid, as well as a package that includes Son Tay Raid rigged GAU-5 assault rifles and a trip to the range to shoot them in a Huey helicopter provided by Dillon Aero on Sunday, April 26th  with several SOF combat veterans as guides.

Current List of Sponsors:

BCM, TYR Tactical, Dillion Aero, Star Roofing, Swarovski Optik, Winkler Knives, Independence Training , Coatings Technologies, Shamrock Foods, Sanderson Lincoln – Sanderson Ford, HB Fuller, SAP, Magpul, FiberTite, GAF, RMJ Electric, Vortex Optics, Youngs Market, Armor Coat, Timney Triggers, Caspian Arms, Scottsdale Gun Club, Langdon Tactical, Cylinder & Slide

Individual tickets or sponsored tables can be purchased online at www.silentwarriorfoundation.com. Follow the link there for event rates to also stay at the Scottsdale Resort, if you wish.  

You can also follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SilentWarriorSF

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Dave Hall

President, Silent Warrior Foundation






Tasmanian Tiger Partners with Team 5 Medical Foundation

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

Tasmanian Tiger’s Silver Sponsorship of the non-profit SOFMED veteran foundation helps provide medical care in remote areas of the world.

Miramar, Fla. (March 2020) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., proudly serves as a Silver Sponsor for the Team 5 Medical Foundation, a non-profit that brings critically needed medical relief to some of the most remote locations and indigenous populations on the earth. The Team 5 Foundation is certified by the World Health Organization to support its international healthcare efforts.

Launched in 2010 by founder (and chairman), Eric S. Linder, RMP, FAWM, with a mission to build a medical foundation that had no political or religious ties, Team 5 has grown to include special operations forces, ultra-athletes and survival experts who venture to these remote locations to educate healthcare workers, provide remote medicine and donate supplies.

Linder’s experience prior to the establishment of Team 5 includes Aerospace Rescue in the US Air Force, Operation Desert Storm Security Police, and Diplomatic Protection Agent. After his military service, Linder joined the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and served in various units including gang intelligence, fugitive detail, tactical medic, and crisis negotiator. During this period, Linder received an international fellowship to Israel for intelligence tactical medicine and counter-terrorism. He has worked with INTERPOL, Border Guard and INTERPOL’s Special Forces Combat Search and Rescue Team. After 9/11, he joined the Federal Air Marshal Program as an agent, tactical medic and instructor. Linder is an NREMT certified Tactical Medical Practitioner, an instructor of Medical Person-in-Charge for maritime and a lecturer at the School of Medicine at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

It was during Linder’s Remote Medical Practitioner training at the Belize Institute of Tropical Medicine that he realized a vision for Team 5. Today, each team of five members includes one doctor/surgeon, two special forces medics, an oral surgeon and a pediatric intensive care nurse. Almost all members of each team are veterans, continuing to serve and utilize their expertise in working in austere conditions to bring much-needed relief to people living in hard to reach places.

Tasmanian Tiger’s partnership with Team 5 and Eric Linder also benefited from all of Linder’s tactical medical experience. Linder consults with Tasmanian Tiger on the development of the Medic Equipment line including backpacks, bags, accessories, IFAK pouches and tourniquet pouches.

The unique designs of Tasmanian Tiger’s medical equipment backpacks include the versatile TT First Responder Move On MKII pack, in which a large main backpack can be completely customized with medical equipment, and a smaller backpack zipped to the front, can be removed and used as a quick trauma pack.

Organization is key in medical emergencies or when packing for a remote medical mission. Linder and Tasmanian Tiger’s answer to organization comes in the TT Modular Medic Insert 30 and 45, each specific to the TT Modular Pack 30 or 45 and allows the user to configure the pack into a medic pack with pouches designed to be easily accessed and identified.

Tasmanian Tiger’s IFAK pouch is a quick-access, first-aid pouch for immediate care. Like many of Tasmanian Tiger’s medic equipment, versatility is key and items like the IFAK pouch can be used with the TT TACVEC systems such as the TT Modular Front Seat Panel or the TT Head Rest IFAK version which attaches to the back of a car seat headrest.

“Our medic equipment has consistently won high scores and praise from the National Tactical Officers Association Member Tested and Recommended Program and SWAT medics across the country,” Richard Lewis, President and CEO of Proforce Equipment, explained. “When you have someone with the kind of experience and passion that Eric Linder has for providing medical relief to less fortunate people on five continents, you know that the equipment has to meet his and Team 5’s most serious criteria for performance, durability, versatility, and ease of use.”

All sales inquiries can be directed to [email protected].






Silent Warrior Foundation

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

FOUNDED IN 2010, THE SILENT WARRIOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND WAS SET UP BY RECONNAISSANCE MARINES IN MEMORY OF THEIR FALLEN BROTHERS.

Originally founded as the Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund, our mission was to awards scholarships to any college-bound person based on direct familial relationship to a Reconnaissance Marine/0321 or Critical Skills Operator/0372, based on academic achievement, and financial need.

However, our mission has now evolved beyond our initial focus. We listened to the military community and our supporters. There has been an alarming rate of Veteran suicides and Veterans requiring assistance. For 2017, our board has decided to focus on our Veterans in need as well as provide scholarships.

Our new mission has grown to encompass support for our Veterans & their Families by providing access to emergency assistance, mental health services, education, and scholarships.

Join us Friday, April 24, 2020 for our 5th Annual Whiskey & War Stories series and fundraiser. Returning to the beautiful Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.

silentwarriorfoundation.com