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US Air Force Honors 100th Bomb Group’s Legacy with ‘Masters of the Air’ special Screening

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) —

Joint Base Andrews hosted the cast and creative team of AppleTV+’s “Masters of the Air,” along with World War II veterans, Department of the Air Force senior leaders, and service members for a reception and special screening of the series’ first episode, Jan. 27.

Based on Donald Miller’s 2007 book of the same title, “Masters of the Air” follows Airmen of the Eighth Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group, commonly referred to as the “Bloody Hundredth,” as they conduct bombing raids over Nazi-occupied Germany and grapple with the frigid conditions and lack of oxygen during combat conducted at 25,000 feet in the air.

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall expressed his gratitude to everyone for taking part in this historic event at Joint Base Andrews, especially noting the three senior living B-17 Eighth Air Force officers in the room, as well as Tuskegee Airmen and other WWII veterans and family members.

“We got a lot of great participation today,” Kendall said. “We’re extremely grateful to have our veterans here today. These men fought in the most difficult air environment in history. They built a legacy that our current Airmen and Guardians hope to live up to every single day.”

Retired Air Force Maj. John “Lucky” Luckadoo shared his own moment of recollection. After serving in WWII as a B-17 pilot in the 100th BG, he flew a total of 25 combat missions earning multiple honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross presented to recipients for acts of heroism while in aerial flight.

“I cannot tell you what a privilege it is to be in the august (dignified) company of brass,” said Luckadoo, the 101-year-old who remains active in WWII remembrance events today. “I was extremely fortunate to have been a member that is being memorialized in the film that you’ll be seeing, “The Masters of the Air.” It’s indeed an honor and a privilege, to be here – actually, it’s an honor to be anywhere!”

The Air Force’s top leaders attended the reception and screening, such as Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass and commanders of Air Force major commands around the globe. Airmen of all ranks were also afforded the opportunity to experience the special screening.

“I thought the ‘Masters of the Air’ show was outstanding,” said Senior Airman Ernst Motte, audience member of the special screening with the 1st Helicopter Squadron Aviation Resource Management office at JB Andrews. “It was really great to meet all the cast members and a couple of the retired WWII pilots. The film really spoke to the severity of the war and made me really proud of our history.”

Kirk Saduski, Playtone producer and executive, closed the evening by addressing WWII veterans and active service members in the crowd.

“It is too awful to contemplate a world in which the Allies didn’t win WWII,” said Saduski, who previously worked as executive-in-charge of the HBO series of “Band of Brothers” and co-producer of “The Pacific.”

“It is impossible to conceive of an Allied victory without the United States Air Force in Europe, and the Pacific, and the CBI (China-Burma-India) Theater,” Saduski said. “We draw the applause of the crowd. You earn the affection and admiration of our country. In the name of Playtone, Apple, and, if I may, our country – thank you.”

Story by Senior Airman Bridgitte Taylor, 316th Wing Public Affairs

Photos by Senior Airman Austin Pate

*The appearance of Department of Defense personnel does not imply endorsement by the DoD, nor the Department of the Air Force.

Offensive Marketing Group (OMG) Celebrates the launch of the “M400 TREAD Rifle: The New Face of Freedom” Cinematic for SIG SAUER, Inc.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

[Phoenix, AZ 01/30/2024] – Offensive Marketing Group (OMG) is proud to celebrate the recent release of a groundbreaking video project for esteemed client Sig Sauer. Titled “M400 TREAD Rifle: The New Face of Freedom,” the masterfully shot segment artfully blends a powerful historical narrative with cutting-edge visuals to showcase the iconic M400 Tread rifle.

OMG collaborated with a team of specialists, including wardrobe experts, set designers, and armorers, to ensure that every aspect of the production adhered to the highest standards of authenticity. The result is a video that not only showcases the modern M400 Tread rifle but also pays homage to the spirit of American independence and freedom from tyranny.

One of the standout features of the production is the meticulous attention to detail exhibited by OMG’s in-house CGI Team. Tasked with recreating historically significant environments from the American Revolution, the team delved into extensive research, referencing authentic documents and period-specific material to ensure a truly immersive experience for the viewer.

“We were honored to help craft this important piece for Sig Sauer. It was no small task to portray the rich history of the American Patriot and the iconic flags associated with each revolutionary time period,” said Scott Conditt, Co-Founder & Creative Director at OMG.

“We really focused on story, character, and uniquely portraying each scene. The combination of high-end practical filming techniques combined with advanced CGI is something we do expertly at OMG and we feel that gave this segment a special level of surrealism,” added Jeremy Tremp, Co-Founder & Creative Director at OMG.

“M400 TREAD Rifle: The New Face of Freedom” stands as a testament to OMG’s commitment to producing world-class storytelling and unparalleled cinematic content for the industry they serve.

Latest Gear-Setup Advancements for Sniper and Long-Range Reconnaissance Missions Spotlighted in New Video from Lindnerhof

Saturday, December 23rd, 2023

LENGGRIES, GERMANY (21 December 2023)—Lindnerhof-Taktik today released a video that offers an in-depth look at the ways sniper and reconnaissance gear setups have evolved over the past two decades.

Hosted by former special-operations professionals Jakob Kolbeck (now the CEO of Lindnerhof) and Björn Herbert (the brand’s international technical products sales manager), the video traces the transformation of these types of gear setups from traditional smock-style outfits to cutting-edge configurations for modern operational needs.

Throughout the video, Kolbeck and Herbert draw from their own real-life experiences to underscore the importance of professionals opting for dynamic gear setups that align with mission requirements and the threat levels likely to be encountered during the course of those operations.

“There has been a shift in perceptions as to not only what to carry but also how to carry,”

Kolbeck indicated. “No longer is it seen as viable for snipers to stuff everything they need into their jackets. Now the accepted practice is to take a fully modular approach to carrying.” Modularity facilitates streamlining, and this, according to Herbert, affords operators greater versatility as well as mobility.

Presented in the video are gear configurations employing micro-rig and chest-rig systems chosen for their ability to optimise the balance between protection and agility for heavy and streamlined loadouts alike. “Both of the showcased chest-rig setups support increased firepower and adaptability by allowing operators to, for example, add various pouches,” said Herbert. “Their real-world effectiveness is captured in the video when we put them to the test with live-fire drills conducted on a shooting range.”

Brimming with lighthearted moments, this informative video delivers “a unique glimpse into the thought-process behind the creation of gear engineered to meet the demands of modern snipers and reconnaissance operators,” Kolbeck promised.

Watch the full episode HERE.

ePIG Presents: The Ultimate Camo Comparison – NATO vs Commercial Patterns

Sunday, December 3rd, 2023

My friends in Germany at ePIG Group have produced a new video called “The ultimate camouflage comparison – NATO (KSK, Bundeswehr, US Army, USMC…) vs commercial patterns.” It’s quite extensive at an hour and a half, and there’s a lot you can glean from the video including some info on Phantomleaf.

SIG SAUER Premieres SIG Studios on @SIGSauerinc YouTube Channel

Thursday, November 9th, 2023

NEWINGTON, N.H., (November 8, 2023) – SIG SAUER is proud to introduce SIG Studios, a groundbreaking new venture from SIG SAUER with ‘Stories of the Uncommon.’ The documentary series features the stories of visionaries, storytellers, and truth-seekers in the defense, competitive sports, and outdoor industry.  In honor of Veterans Day, the SIG Studios inaugural premiere kicks off with the never told story of Special Warfare Development Group and the Army Special Missions Unit, retired Master Sergeant Kevin Holland on Friday, November 10, 2023.

“At SIG SAUER we continue to push the limits to become the most influential brand in our space,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “All of the content within SIG Studios is as innovative and unique as our products which has propelled us to be a leader in our industry.” 

Following the premiere of “One Man. One Path. Many Missions.” SIG Studios will launch several more documentaries featuring Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler, Best Selling Author Jack Carr, CrossFit Champion and former Special Forces Operator Rich Froning, MMA Champion Rose Namajunas, and more. 

SIG Studios, ‘Stories of the Uncommon,’ is available exclusively on the @SIGSauerinc YouTube Channel.

For more information about the SIG SAUER brand visit sigsauer.com.

Guns & Outdoor News Kicks Off Third Week

Monday, August 14th, 2023

Today marked the beginning of Guns & Outdoor News’ daily webcast, hosted by Bri Coelho.

Each episode is available at gunsandoutdoornews.com at 9 AM Eastern and focuses on different topics. A co-production of SSD and MakeReady.tv, we cover all things related to outdoors and outdoor sports, the shooting industry and shooting sports, the tactical industry, hunting, and water sports. Additional content include interviews with members of the gun industry, major shooting sports events, behind the scenes tours of manufacturer facilities, new product debuts, and trade shows.

TNVC Presents: Night Vision Minute

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) is excited to announce our latest project – a brand-new video series, ‘Night Vision Minute.’ Our goal? To take customers and end-users on a deeper dive into the world of night vision devices through bite-sized, easy-to-understand information and insights.

With new videos releasing on Tuesdays, ‘Night Vision Minute’ is your fast-track to understanding night vision technologies. In these videos, we don’t just scratch the surface; we dig into your burning questions, providing a firm footing for both those just starting their journey and seasoned night vision users looking to sharpen their knowledge.

Spoiler Alert: though the series is called ‘Night Vision Minute;’ our commitment to delivering high-value content means we’re not bound by the 60-second mark. We’ll continue to expand the envelope with long-form content and videos, all tailored to give you the best educational experience possible. (Don’t worry, we’ll keep doing the long videos for those who want to take a deeper dive!)

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Our sincere hope is that ‘Night Vision Minute’ serves as your launchpad into the fascinating, sometimes complex, but always captivating world of night vision technology. We’re eager to explore topics that are of particular interest to you, so feel free to shoot us your suggestions!

Stay tuned for ‘Night Vision Minute’ videos on our Youtube channel – new videos release on Tuesdays. Hit that subscribe button so you won’t miss anything! To get more scoop on ‘Night Vision Minute’ and other exciting offerings from TNVC, visit www.tnvc.com.

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense visual information does not imply or constitute DOD endorsement.

Coming Soon: Guns and Outdoor News (and Donuts!)

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

We have teamed up with Panteao Productions create a web-based news show called Guns and Outdoor News and Donuts! Launching July 31st, new episodes will air Monday through Friday at 9AM ET with special episodes airing on Saturdays.

Each episode will focus on different topics. We will be covering all things related to outdoors and outdoor sports, the shooting industry and shooting sports, the tactical industry, hunting, and water sports. Additional content will include interviews with members of the gun industry, major shooting sports events, behind the scenes tours of manufacturer facilities, new product debuts, and trade shows.

The episodes will air on Make Ready TV as well as the new Guns & Outdoor News website.

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