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Mission First Tactical Drinkware Now Available for Fall Flavors

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Horsham, PA – (September 25th, 2023) – Mission First Tactical (MFT) is pleased to announce their insulated drinkware is available just in time for pumpkin spice coffee season. Sip your favorite beverages in style with MFT drinkware.

MFT drinkware includes 32 oz. size bottles and 16 oz. flip top bottles. They easily keep your drink hot for up to four hours or cold for nine hours of maximum enjoyment.

Designs include 9 Banger, M67 Frag, C4, M18 Smoke, Howitzer and CS Gas designs.

The 16 oz. vacuum-insulated bottle flip-top lid lets you annihilate your thirst and keep the elements from spoiling your favorite beverage.

Features include:

– Double-wall insulation prevents condensation on the outside of the bottle

– Vacuum seal locks in heat or cool temperature

– Will not retain odor or taste

– 18/8 stainless steel

– BPA & toxin free

To learn more about the drinkware and the complete product offerings from Mission First Tactical, please visit: www.missionfirsttactical.com

Mission First Tactical Introduces New 2023 Drinkware Selection

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Horsham, PA – (June 28th , 2023) – Mission First Tactical (MFT) manufacturers of state-of-the-art, USA made rifle/carbine accessories and holsters, is pleased to announce they have expanded their drinkware line to include all-new 32 oz. size bottles and cool new designs for the 16 oz. bottles and 12 oz. can coolers. Both the bottles and can coolers easily keep your drink hot for up to four hours or cold for nine hours of maximum enjoyment.

“Whether it’s a refreshingly cold thirst-quencher or a piping hot brew, the MFT insulated drinkware will keep your drinks at the optimum temperature while in style,” said David Edelman, Vice President, Mission First Tactical. “The new drinkware is perfect for personalizing on-the-go transport of your favorite beverages.”

All New drinkware selections feature:

– Double-wall insulation prevents condensation on the outside of the bottle

– Vacuum seal locks in heat or cool temperature

– Will not retain odor or taste

– 18/8 stainless steel

– BPA & toxin free

The new 32 oz. bottle has a flip-top lid and double-wall construction making it perfect for your next mission. Available designs include M18 Smoke, Howitzer, C4 and M67 Frag.

32 oz. features:

– Compact sized with flip-top lid is easy to carry

– 32 oz. capacity

MSRP: $44.95

The 16 oz. bottles let you annihilate your thirst and keep the elements from spoiling your favorite beverage. This vacuum-insulated bottle keeps your drink at optimum temperature. New designs include 9 Banger, M67 Frag and C4; adding to the family of M18 Smoke, Howitzer, CS Gas designs.

16 oz. features:

– Compact size with flip-top lid is easy to carry

– 16 oz. capacity

MSRP: $29.95

MFT Can Coolers allow you to crack open your favorite 12 oz. can and drop it in. This Can Cooler keeps your beverage (not your hands) colder longer so you can always hit your target. New designs include the 9 Banger; adding to the family of M18 Smoke, Howitzer, CS Gas designs.


– Fits standard 12 oz. cans only

MSRP: $24.95

To learn more about the new Drinkware and the complete product offerings from Mission First Tactical, please visit: www.missionfirsttactical.com

OR Summer Show 23 – Jetboil Trail Spoon

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

Coming in 2024 is the Jetboil Trail Spoon. What makes it different than other utensils on the market is that the Spoon and Fork feature telescoping handles to reach into Jetboil’s deeper pots. Additionally, the soon features silicon around the edge so it won’t scratch pots.

DEVCOM Soldier Center’s Tube Foods Fuel High-Altitude Pilots

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

NATICK, Mass. — Proper nourishment is key to achieving great heights. This is especially true for the elite group of pilots who rely on the expertise of the Combat Feeding Division, part of the Soldier Sustainment Directorate, at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or DEVCOM SC.

The Combat Feeding Division’s food technologists, equipment specialists, engineers, microbiologists and packaging specialists have been perfecting tube foods for almost 60 years. DEVCOM SC is the only place that designs and produces the foods that meet the specific needs of the Air Force’s U-2 reconnaissance aircraft pilots and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s, or NASA’s, ER-2 research aircraft pilots.

Elite pilots wear pressurized suits and helmets to perform their missions. The foods, which have a pudding-like consistency, come out of a container about the size of a large tube of toothpaste.

The tube foods are attached to feeding probes that are inserted into an opening in the helmets.

The tube foods help pilots power through missions that can last up to 12 hours. The foods come in 19 different offerings, including entrees, fruits and desserts. Choices range from chicken with tortilla soup, to hash browns with bacon, to key lime pie, to chocolate pudding with caffeine — to name just a few. Given the difficulty and length of pilot missions, caffeine is included in some of the selections. The offerings keep evolving. CFD plans to add pasta with marinara sauce next year as well as a new vegan option.

DEVCOM SC’s longtime and unique innovation and expertise in food science and technology and food packaging play a substantial role in tube food development.

“The Combat Feeding Division has a long history of developing nutritionally optimized, good-tasting ration products to meet warfighters’ unique needs and preferences,” said Erin Stomberg, PhD, RD, division chief of Combat Feeding. “The tube foods produced by the division food technologists are one important example of this. Air Force pilots on long flight missions need nutrition for sustainment and performance of their mission, and we are honored to provide this service to them. We accomplish this by using our knowledge of food product development and food processing technologies available in our pilot plant and listening to customer feedback in order to formulate custom varieties based on pilot preferences.”

Daniel Nattress, a food technologist who has served as the project officer for the Tube Food Program for 24 years, pointed out that “decades of knowledge and expertise go into every tube.”

“We have the expertise to make healthy, wholesome foods that taste good, meet nutritional requirements and meet required shelf-life requirements (three years at 80 degress Fahrenheit and six months at 100 degrees Fahrenheit),” said Nattress. “We also need to know how to manufacture foods which meet the nutritional requirements and still fit through the narrow straw-like probe.”

Nattress explained that colleagues in the Tube Food Program also have the “knowledge and expertise to operate the specialized equipment, as well as pack the tube food for safe storage and transportation.”

Equipment upgrades have improved the process. A new state-of-the art tube filler and sealer is easier to clean and maintain than the previous version and a new steam retort, which preserves the tube foods, is more efficient and extremely reliable.

Direct interaction with pilots is key to making the best product. Nattress and his colleagues have visited the home base of the U-2 pilots several times, and the pilots have visited Combat Feeding as well.

“Face-to-face contact is essential to understand what products the pilots want and for them to understand our capabilities,” said Nattress. “We conduct surveys with the pilots every three or four years to verify what they currently like, what they’d like to have and any changes they’d like to have. When we were at Beale Air Force Base, the training base, we got to try on the U-2 suits. This gave us an understanding of what they go through on their missions.”

DEVCOM SC’s efforts to understand pilot needs and to provide them with a quality product are reflected in comments from the U-2 pilots themselves:

“Caff apple pie (Caffeinated Apple Pie) is a must after 8 to 10 hours and preparing to recover the hardest jet in the world to land!”

“Nothing better than hash browns and bacon (Hash Browns with Bacon) after you kick on the autopilot during climbout to an early morning sortie.”

“Not only does it give us some energy, but it’s something we look forward to — especially truffle mac (Truffle Macaroni and Cheese). Delish.”

Comprehensive review sessions also provide Combat Feeding with additional insights.

“We also participate in the twice-yearly U-2 Program Management Reviews, a meeting of all government agencies and contractors,” said Nattress. “These meetings give us an overview of the entire U-2 program from Tube Foods to U-2 suits to the airframe. This gives us the overall picture and shows us where we fit in.”

Robert Bernazzani, team leader of the Joint Foodservice and Engineering Team, praised the comradery of the experts who produce the food tubes, their eclectic set of skills, and their creation of a quality finished product.

“It is very gratifying to be part of such an important and vital program for the military,” said Bernazzani. “Most of the work that is done in Combat Feeding is research and development. This program is unique because we actually not only do the R&D but produce the tubes that are consumed by the warfighter.”

“Everyone who works on the Tube Food Program, that includes several others from packaging specialists to microbiologists, are very proud to provide U-2 pilots the sustenance they need to perform these vital reconnaissance missions,” said Nattress. “When we have had the opportunity to visit Beale, or to host pilots, they are very appreciative of the products we are able to manufacture.”

By Jane Benson, DEVCOM Soldier Center Public Affairs

Field Gourmet – The C-Ration Cookbook

Monday, March 6th, 2023

Paul The History Dude shared this excerpt from a cookbook produced by the McIlhenny company for troops in Vietnam. The cookbook came as part of a set that could be purchased for $1 and mailed to a service member in Vietnam. The kit came in a cardboard tube and contained a two ounce bottle of classic Tabasco sauce, several P-38 can openers, and the cookbook.

Designed to help troops break up the monotony of C-Ration meals, the cookbook contains recipes for soups, various entrées, and even desserts. The recipes made use of standard C-Ration components, sometimes supplemented by ingredients that could be begged, traded for, or “liberated” for combat cuisine. Recipes included “foxhole dinner for two”, “guard relief eggs benedict”, and “cease fire casserole”.

Walter McIlhenny, then the CEO of the McIlhenny company, was well familiar with how monotonous canned rations could be, having served as a Marine in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. The care packages were put together at his request to give fighting men a taste of home. Though some of the recipes were overly ambitious, troops generally appreciated the care packages.

Tabasco always seemed to brighten up bland cold canned rations. This started a love affair between the military and Tabasco for making rations palatable. Tabasco became so integral to the fighting man’s diet that small bottles began being included with MRE’s in 1992 and still make appearances in standard issue rations to this day.

Wood Fired Ovens & Accessories from WPPO

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

A friend recently gave us a heads up about WPPO, a small business which manufactures Wood Fired Ovens and Accessories.

Although it’s something you wouldn’t normally see on SSD, we thought it was worth a share considering the holiday season.

So whether you’re looking for a unique gift for a loved one or are salivating over all of the delicious pies you could bake in one of these ovens on your next bivouac, check them out.

Greetings from WPPO LLC! We are the fastest-growing and most renowned wood fired oven manufacturers located in the United States and abroad.

At WPPO LLC, we pride ourselves on people over profits, quality over quantity, and service over self-service. With these three priorities at the top of our list, we have become one of the fastest-growing, highly respected Wood Fired Oven manufacturers in North America and abroad.

With our own innovative mindset, we develop, design, test, and manufacture all of our ovens to meet every customer’s demands. From portable to professional ovens, we have you covered.

We use high-quality materials, advanced technology, state of the art machinery, and high-quality people in every aspect of our business. We feel we have the best from our manufacturing facilities domestically and abroad through to our distribution and dealer network.

We are a small privately owned company with great values, knowledge, understanding, and most importantly, a love for wood-fired ovens.

We hope you will join our family of friends inspired by food.

We hope to get fired up with you,

– Dan & Lisa

Get 20% off and free shipping on any wood fired oven from the website. Use Promo Code “SSD20”.


The Big Gear Show 22 – Tasty Bite

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

If you’re looking for something to augment your field meals, check out Tasty Bite.

They offer a whole menu of very appetizing entrees and sides. All you have to do is heat them in the pouch. Since they’re already cooked, you can also eat them cold but they aren’t quite as tasty.

I sampled the basmati rice, madras lentils, and Coconut Chickpeas in Tumeric Curry. I definitely recommend all of it. In fact, I plan on adding them to my lunch options at home in the future.

The Big Gear Show 22 – Peak Refuel

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Peak Refuel recently introduced three flavors of Re-energizing hydration mix: Mountain Berry Lemonade, Fresh Melon, and Piña Colada. They’re all quite tasty and contain ZERO sugar and have no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives. Additionally, the mix is Keto-friendly. But here’s the kicker, each stick of mix contains 85mg of natural caffeine.