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Saturday, January 7th, 2023

Rheinmetall has a new print and online magazine entitled DIMENSIONS which offers greater depth on the things that the company is involved in.

Mack Bolan Convention

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

In 1985, Mack Bolan creator Don Pendleton held the first and only convention for his iconic crime fighter in San Francisco. Hosted by publisher Gold Eagle Books, over 1,000 fans attended to convention.

The tale of the event is told at

Black Powder Red Earth Collected Edition

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

The Black Powder Red Earth® Basra + Syria Hardcover Edition collects the first two BPRE Series into a single clothbound hardcover book. These are the foundational works that attracted the attention of DC Think Tank, The Atlantic Council, where series creator Jon Chang was invited to speak on the future of urban warfare, as well as select US Special Operations Forces who have added the books to their collections.

Featuring an introduction by a former Troop Commander at the Asymmetric Warfare Group, new lettering, and an expanded glossary – the collected edition is a limited to 250 hand signed and hand numbered copies by writer Jon Chang and artist Josh Taylor. Featuring over 500 pages of full color art, the book includes a dust jacket and hardback slipcase, both wrapped in full color art. 

Having been out of print for almost five years, the original BPRE series regularly sells for over $100 per copy on Amazon and Abebooks. Entirely sourced, printed and bound in the USA, this collection offers the best possible presentation of the work combining ultra-sharp Japanese digital printing and the highest quality archival paper available.

Add this book to your collection and purchase direct from _Echelon here.

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Taurus Presents: Shooting International with Brendan Souder

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

In the web series Shooting International with Brendan Souder presented by Taurus and produced by Panteao Productions, retired Special Forces soldier Brendan Souder travels abroad competing, training and learning about various gun cultures through the lens of embedded operatives, local military and police, competitive shooters as well as the everyday citizens that live in these countries.

Brendan spent his 20-year career in Special Operations between the 75th Ranger Regiment and Special Forces. He is a certified firearms instructor and Grand Master competitive shooter. This series will also showcase elite military units that operate in these territories, showcasing past missions and current challenges of modern-day operations. An example of this in the initial episode.

Charming Children’s Book Provides Readers with Valuable Lessons

Sunday, July 31st, 2022

MIAMI JUNE 27, 2022

Thomas Rippy has owned his 1942 Army 4×4 for over 40 years. He has told children stories of PFC Lug Nut since the 1980s and has now published the first installment in his six book children’s series.

In “PFC Lug Nut – Army Days,” readers are provided an illustrated look at two unlikely friends, working together to help others and support each other. The two make a wonderful team.

“This is a story about friendship and loyalty,” Rippy said. “PFC Lug Nut and Smitty are fast friends, and know that they can always depend on each other. There are important lessons to be learned about compassion, empathy and teamwork.”

In this first installment of the series, PFC Lug Nut and Smitty’s bond of friendship is put to the test. By working together, they manage to help fellow soldiers and friends, make a daring animal rescue and even impress their General.

There are 22 talking vehicles in the series, all with distinct personalities. “PFC Lug Nut – Army days” introduces the series that include these characters.

Rippy hopes that young readers will learn that with trust, teamwork and friendship, they can accomplish anything they set out to do.

“PFC Lug Nut: Army Days”
By Thomas Rippy
ISBN: 978-1-6657-6338-1 (softcover); 978-1-6657-1634-5 (electronic)
Available at Archway Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Ghosts In The Machine

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Apparently this video has people upset.

Personally, I’m just glad they’re using the term “psywar” again.

Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc. Releases The Challenge of Flight Video Series The Series Features Top Gun Pilots Flying Real Combat Missions

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

CHICAGO, IL – May 9, 2022 – Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc., in conjunction with Keeney & Company, today announced the release of the internationally popular aviation military video series, The Challenge of Flight, to major streaming channels. Originally aired on The Military Channel, The Challenge of Flight was created by pilots for pilots, military aviation enthusiasts and those interested in the history of flight.

The incredible Challenge of Flight video collection explores the many challenges faced by pilots in the air, including explosive mishaps and miraculous tales of survival. The series gives viewers an up-close and unedited look at some truly awe-inspiring moments in military aviation history as told by the pilots who experienced it all.

Producer Doug Keeney, a fighter pilot himself and author, said, “The series is a heroic piece of story-telling, a story of great personal triumph. Aviation history is marked not by nuts and bolts but by moments that gave and took lives away. It is the story of flight seen through the eyes of the military pilots who lived through it.”

The Challenge of Flight takes audiences into the cockpit to experience once-in-a-lifetime landings, life or death struggles for control off the carrier deck, horrifying ramp strikes, locked controls, burning tires, flat spins, near misses, close calls and mishaps.

Distributor Tom Edinger said, “These are the stories that pilots have talked about for years among themselves and are now revealed to us in an up-close and personal style.”

Incredible stories of survival and courage emerge from the world of military aviation every day. For those who dedicate their lives to protecting our freedom, the risks are high, but the rewards are great. From bone-jarring crashes to fiery landings, these brave men and women face challenges that would cause most of us to tremble in our boots. But they don’t give up easily, and their tenacity and skills are inspiring. The next time you see a jet fighter plane or another type of military aircraft take off or land, take a moment to think about the dedicated pilots and crew who make it all possible. They are true heroes.

The 19-episode, highly acclaimed series is available to buy, rent, or stream on Amazon Prime Video. For more information, visit,, and watch the trailer on YouTube.

Jon Becker, Founder of Aardvark Tactical and PROJECT7 ARMOR, Releases The Debrief, A New Conversational Podcast Centered on Tactical Leadership

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

After over four decades spent serving and protecting tactical operators, Jon Becker is imparting some of the lessons he has learned along the way to listeners across the nation. The Debrief is an interview-based podcast that tells the stories of the leaders of some of the world’s top law enforcement and military units – individuals who navigate dangerous situations with their highly effective teams every day.

Jon Becker founded AARDVARK at just seventeen years old. The company started out as a climbing equipment business, often selling gear to SWAT teams and operators. After attending law school and working in police litigation, Becker realized that the best way he could serve tactical operators was by producing and providing high quality gear and products that would enhance operator safety on the job. After AARDVARK’s expansion and success, Becker founded PROJECT7, a provider of purpose-built, scalable, and configurable tactical platforms. Throughout this decades-long journey, Becker has learned invaluable lessons about the lives and work of law enforcement and tactical operators, leading him to a deep understanding of the principles and core values behind highly effective teams. After keynoting for many years on the leadership of elite units and what he terms “culture-centric” leadership, Becker is putting those lessons into The Debrief, a non-profit podcast that serves the wider public.

Although The Debrief focuses on the stories of tactical officers and team leaders, the audience is much more broad: leaders from all spheres, including business, entrepreneurship, communications, healthcare, law enforcement, and much more, will be informed and inspired by the lessons The Debrief has to impart. Jon and guests will cover conversations that are relevant to leaders of any field, including accountability, psychology, risk taking, and collaboration. The primary goal of The Debrief is to share these stories in the hopes of making us all better leaders, better thinkers, and better people.

The Debrief is available wherever you find your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and Google Play. Visit to stay updated on the latest episodes as they release.