Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

OpEx 21 – Esprit de Corps Magazine

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Esprit de Corps Magazine exhibited at OpEX 21. Now in its 28th year of publication, this print magazine is a must for those interested in current Canadian Defense affairs and the goings on in the Canadian Defense industry.

ARMAX Journal

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Armax is the peak international publication promoting the scholarship of contemporary arms. As a core discipline within the field of arms and armour studies, the study of contemporary arms engages with a broad range of academic areas including history (particularly contemporary, military, science, and technology history), war and conflict studies; ballistics; design and technology studies; museum studies; and forensic science.

Armax is a multidisciplinary journal publishing research from scholars around the world. In addition to full-length research articles and shorter research notes, Armax publishes book reviews, conference reports, obituaries, and other material relevant to the contemporary arms studies community. Armax is published by Helios House Press on behalf of the Cody Firearms Museum, with two issues annually.  All research submissions are double-blind peer reviewed.

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FragOut Magazine Issue #34

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Contents include:

– Merkava Mk4 MBT
– ZSSW-30/RCTS-30
– Terrorism: Made in Poland
– SPKP: Warsaw Police SWAT
– MAPA Tactical
– New uniforms of POLSOF
– Fabryka Broni GROT 5.56 vs. 7.62
– Direct Action Bearcat

Read it online here.

Blackhawk Wins Five Telly Awards for Stache IWB Holster Product Video

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – August 26, 2021 – Blackhawk®, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, received three silver and two bronze awards at the 2021 Telly Awards for its “The Creator – Stache IWB” product video. The annual Telly Awards, which were announced earlier this summer, honor excellence in video and television across all screens.

Blackhawk accepted the following honors:

• Silver: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video Craft – 3D Graphics/Animation (Non-Stereoscopic)

• Silver: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video General – Business-to-Consumer

• Silver: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video Craft – Videography/Cinematography

• Bronze: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video General – Branding

• Bronze: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video Craft – Art Direction

“We’re thrilled to win five Telly Awards this year,” said Jamie Kistner, Sr. Director of Marketing for Blackhawk. “We put a lot of care and attention to detail into the Stache IWB holster, and the ‘The Creator – Stache IWB’ video is no different. It’s rewarding to see our team’s hard work and dedication be recognized.”

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials, with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, this year’s Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. For more information on the Telly Awards and winners, visit

New Episode In Panteao’s Inside Story Series

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

New Episode In Panteao’s Inside Story Series

Bourbon, Cigars, and Guns

Columbia, SC, July 20, 2021 – Panteao Productions is pleased to announce the upcoming release of episode three from the Panteao series, Inside Story. In this 4-part episode called Bourbon, Cigars, and Guns, Jamey Caldwell from 1 Minute Out and Paul Coughlin from Taconic Distillery meet up with Rick Hogg from War HOGG Tactical, Chris “Dutch” Moyer from DCM Consulting and Pat McNamara from TMACS Inc for some unfiltered conversation.

Part 1 of Inside Story: Bourbon, Cigars, and Guns is set to debut July 23rd with remaining segments being released July 30th, August 6th and August 13th. 

Inside Story will be available streaming via Panteao’s Make Ready streaming platform. The videos will be available online via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready Android and iTunes apps, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information on how to stream the Panteao videos, visit:

Inside Story: Bourbon, Cigars, and Guns page: 

Coffee or Die Magazine

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Coffee or Die has made the jump to print. For years now they’ve done a fantastic job of providing coverage of military and first responders as well as some fantastic SOF history articles online.

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Vietnam Veteran Shares First-Person Account of Life in the Bush in 1968 in Debut Memoir

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

In ’13 Months,’ author Bruce A. Bastien reflects on his experiencesas a young U.S. Marine Corps grunt serving a 13-month tour in Vietnam

SAN DIEGO – For many Americans, the Vietnam War often conjures mental images of high-action military combat overseas, unprecedented frontline media coverage of the war as it unfolded in Vietnam, and tensions across the U.S. as protestors called for the war to end. In “13 Months: In the Bush, In Vietnam, In 1968,” author Bruce A. Bastien draws back the curtain of this high-conflict period to share his experience as a young Marine – both the common notions of war and the mundane, daily life experiences that shaped his 13-month tour of duty.

“13 Months” sweeps readers up on a coming-of-age journey through a U.S. Marine Corps grunt’s daily struggles, battles, and funny moments as he navigates a new and sometimes unforgiving environment. Bastien’s book shares with readers the range of emotions and physical discomfort he experienced during his service, from unmitigated terror to utter boredom, hot and dry to wet and cold, rested and ready to frazzled and wired.

“13 Months” also shares Bastien’s experience maturing from a young man to an adult as he grows philosophically, finds his confidence, develops the ability to handle stress and strain, and learns lessons about friendship, love, difficulty, danger, deprivation, and loss. Bastien reflects on his friendship with the other American men with whom he served who came from all different walks of life, backgrounds, races, and levels of learning. The common element among them was their humanity, bravery, and willingness to risk their lives to help one another, all the while hoping to find their way back home.

“This is a personal account of the feelings, frustration, horror and friendships, of a young man under very exceptional conditions. It describes the grassroot experiences of a young marine on a mission for his country, but where questions arise of the ultimate purpose, the Why,” Mårten Wikström wrote in an endorsement of the book. “It is not a story of heroes, but a sincere description of what a young American boy experienced. What was the purpose of this war? And even, what was the purpose of some of the movements of the soldier’s unit? This is a very realistic story of how many young Americans must have experienced their role in Vietnam. The narrative doesn’t dwell in excesses, or drama, yet describes the horror and fright very clearly, but also the extreme boredom and man-to-man conflicts that arose.”

Ultimately, Bastien’s book is a gripping and unforgettable story peppered with supporting photos about a boy’s journey to becoming a man that highlights the incredible power of camaraderie and friendship. “13 Months” keeps the memories of the people who served during the Vietnam War alive and provides a glimpse into the negative impact and harrowing toll of war on individual lives.

13 Months: In the Bush, In Vietnam, In 1968

By Bruce A. Bastien

ISBN: 978-1-6632-0456-1 (sc); ISBN: 978-1-6632-0458-5 (hc); ISBN: 978-1-6632-0457-8 (e)

Available through iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

About the author

Bruce A. Bastien has had dual careers in data processing and aviation. Bastien’s previous roles include computer salesman for IBM, business applications computer programmer, consultant, and owner of a “Cloud” service bureau business that hosts client business applications. He has also worked as a flight instructor and owner of a Part 135 on-demand airline, and he earned commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates for single and multi-engine aircraft with instrument ratings. Bastien holds degrees in biometry, computer science, and accounting. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife, Carol. To learn more, please visit

New Documentary ‘Warriors Heart – Warriors Healing Warriors’ released on Amazon Prime Video in celebration of 5-Year Anniversary

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Panteao Productions and Warriors Heart announce their new documentary film, “Warriors Heart – Warriors Healing Warriors” starring Former Special Forces and Warriors Heart Founder Tom Spooner, has been released on Amazon Prime Video with voiceover by Actor Max Martini (“13 Hours”, “Captain Phillips” and “Sgt Will Gardner”) – in sync with Warriors Heart’s 5-Year Anniversary in April 2021.

Warriors Heart and Panteao Productions announce the official release of their new documentary film: “Warriors Heart – Warriors Healing Warriors” (April 2021) on Amazon Prime Video in sync with Warriors Heart’s 5-Year Anniversary and 1500+ “Sober, Confident Warriors” completing their training program. This inspiring 60-minute “special interest, documentary” features the journey of U.S. Army Delta Operator Tom Spooner, along with his Warriors Heart CoFounders Josh and Lisa Lannon and their bold vision to “bring 1 million warriors home.”

Warriors Heart Foundation Honorary Board of Advisors Member and Actor Max Martini (“13 Hours”, “Captain Phillips” and “Sgt Will Gardner”) introduces the film with a powerful voiceover and reminder. Martini recounts how September 11, 2001, was a major turning point for America. Afterwards, many warriors were called to fight “a global war on terror,” while first responders continued to protect everyone at home. Martini emphasizes, “Two decades and three presidents later, the war continues. For many, they gave their lives to protect the American people. For others, there was another price for that reckoning. This is their story.”

To provide holistic healing solutions and reduce the alarming veteran and first responder suicide rates, the three Warriors Heart founders opened the first and only private and accredited treatment center in the U.S. in April 2016, for the Warrior class. It is a 42-day Warriors Heart training program exclusive for warriors (active duty military, veterans, all law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, EMTs/Paramedics) struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring issues (PTSD, TBI, trauma and more.) Located on a 543-acre ranch in Bandera, Texas (outside San Antonio), Warriors Heart provides a “training program” approach to help protectors heal and rebuild their lives with peers without feeling any shame. It is changing the narrative to “Strength Through Healing.”

This film highlights three moving long-term recovery stories of veterans, along with combat videos, news clips, and very personal interviews with Warriors Heart team members who welcome warriors “Home” with the dignity and respect that they deserve and have earned.

Viewers will be drawn in to this documentary watching stories about overcoming addiction, TBI, PTSD and emotional wounds by:

Tom Spooner (Former Special Forces & Warriors Heart Founder) and his Special Operations Teammate Jamie Caldwell

Teddy Lanier (Former Green Beret & Warriors Heart Alumni & Warriors Heart Foundation Executive Director)

Mike O’Dell (Former U.S. Marine Veteran & Warriors Heart Admission Advocate Team Leader)

Warriors Heart Founder CEO Josh and his wife and Co-Founder Lisa Lannon also discuss their personal WHY for starting their first addiction treatment center in Utah after Josh got sober in 2001. While Josh was running award-winning nightclubs in Las Vegas, Lisa was a LVMPD Law Enforcement Officer, who gave Josh an ultimatum to get sober or else the marriage was over. Josh reflects in the film; “It was the lifeline that I needed.” And then, you learn how the Lannons met Spooner and built Warriors Heart to provide warriors with a secure and safe environment to heal with their peers who know what it’s like to put their life on the line every day for work.

Director and Panteao Productions CEO/President Fernando T. Coelho reflected on his WHY for making this film, “I have known Tom Spooner for a long time and feel that what he is doing with Warriors Heart is important. I’ve wanted to find a way to help Warriors Heart spread the word about what they do and what they offer. It had to be in a manner that would reach the most amount of people so that those that need help will know where to seek it. Creating a documentary about Warriors Heart was the answer, and I am very proud that we were able to do it. Now it’s my hope that people watching it will share it with their family and friends so that in the end those that need help can make that phone call and go to Warriors Heart.”

Throughout this entire Warriors Heart documentary, the “Warriors Healing Warriors” culture is really the central character. The clinician team’s dedication and compassion, the art made by clients in the Wood Shop and Metal Shop, the K9 Programs, the culinary training program, everyone’s focus on the creation of sober, confident warriors, and the entire team’s personal connections to the warrior community make Warriors Heart a unique and special place.


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