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Dark Angel Medical S.P.E.A.R. (Special Purpose Emergency Aid Rig) Trauma Kit

Sunday, November 12th, 2023

This is the S.P.E.A.R. (Special Purpose Emergency Aid Rig) Trauma Kit from Dark Angel Medical.

Manufactured by FirstSpear using laser cut Squadron Laminate material, the S.P.E.A.R. Trauma Kit is five years in the making.

It is low-profile and is as “snag-proof” as we could possibly make it. It is designed for maximum retention via the Fastex buckles AND is rapidly deployable from either side.

Click the buckle and grab the red pull handle and it’s deployed. Pull the center tab and the whole kit opens up easily to display the best trauma kit components available, ready to go.

The TQ band is designed to hold either the CAT Gen 7 or the SOF-T Gen 5 (substitute option) and unlike other low profile trauma kits currently available which allow the TQ to be exposed the elements, ours has a “Tourniquet Garage” (the outer cover), designed to protect, not only the kit components, but the tourniquet, as well.

The outer cover is laser cut to accept 4″ MALICE clips to enable the user to weave MOLLE webbing via the cuts OR a belt up to 2″ via the belt channel.

The kit comes standard with:

-12′ roll of hemostatic gauze (QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing or ChitoGauze XR Pro)

-1 Pair Chest Seals

-1 Compression Bandage

-1 12′ roll of standard compressed gauze

-1 Pair Nitrile Gloves

-1 Mylar Blanket

-CAT Gen 7 tourniquet (SOF-T Gen 5 can be substituted)

-MALICE clips

CTOMS Academy – Emergency Bleeding Control Training

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

CTOMS Academy announces the release of its Emergency Bleeding Control training package. This online training includes both the standard and advanced Emergency Bleeding Control courses, giving students in-depth instruction on circulation anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and the principles of massive hemorrhage management including direct and indirect pressure, wound packing, bandaging, and the use of various types of tourniquets.

Like all CTOMS Academy courses the training is presented to students with an engaging mix of live video, motion graphics, and 3D animations to facilitate Students understanding of the topics. The Emergency Bleeding Control package includes demonstration video from labs using pathophysiological training models.

CTOMS Academy provides online training suitable to both medical professionals and non-medics operating in tactical and non-tactical environments. Clients include military, law enforcement, and emergency medical service groups. Many civilians, looking for training beyond standard First Aid, also find tremendous value in these courses.

Once enrolled, students can access their course material 24/7 from anywhere in the world, provided they have internet. Learning is self-paced, and the course will remain active for 3 years.

For more information on the Emergency Bleeding Control training package, and other Tactical Trauma Care training, visit CTOMS Academy.

For volume, government, or agency pricing please contact [email protected] Use code SSD25 for 25% discount on all online training.

SnakeStaff Systems Launches Pocket Protector EDC IFAK (First Aid Kit)

Sunday, October 15th, 2023

Salt Lake City, UT (October 10, 2023) SnakeStaff Systems launched its everyday carry (EDC) first aid kit (IFAK) in partnership with North American Rescue®.

This mini but mighty lifesaving kit contains everything you need to stop a bleed in an emergent situation until emergency services arrives, and includes NAR medical gloves, NAR wound packing gauze or optional Quickclot™, and two Hyfin™ chest seals. The IFAK can be bundled with the ETQ, the smallest windlass tourniquet on the market.

The Pocket Protector EDC IFAK is about the size of a smart phone (3.5” X 5.25”X.75”) and can fit in your pocket, fanny pack and even in your plate carrier mag holders, making safety accessible anytime, anywhere. 

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Federal Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

AUSA 23 – Alien Gear Taq-Strap

Friday, October 13th, 2023

Alien Gear debuted their new Taq-Strap at AUSA. The Taq-Strap is a wearable tourniquet strap which replaces any standard 1.5″ thigh retention strap like on holsters or leg mounted loadouts. It allows the wearer to provide self care via a hasty tourniquet application to the femoral arteries.

B.E. Meyers & Co. and the Meyers Family Fund Sponsor Veteran Cancer Screenings at HunterSeven Foundation’s Warrior Summit

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

October 5, 2023 (Redmond, WA) B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., a leading provider of advanced photonics and defense technologies, has partnered with The Brad and Nancy Meyers Family Fund to co-sponsor HunterSeven Foundation’s cancer screenings for military veterans as part of the Integrative Warrior Health Summit. This joint effort reflects our shared commitment to supporting Veterans’ health and well-being. The Integrative Warrior Health Summit will be held on October 8th, 2023 from 2PM – 8PM at the Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington, VA.

Cancer remains a significant health concern amongst Veterans, and early detection plays a crucial role in improving outcomes. Matthew Meyers, CEO of B.E. Meyers & Co. stated, “As someone who was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) in 2009 as an active duty Infantryman following exposure to toxins while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, early detection is key, and this is why HunterSeven Foundation’s incredible work is so important to us. Undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy is difficult enough, and being able to access cancer screenings that help with early detection is imperative to ensure proper care is rendered for all those who answered their nation’s call”.

The HunterSeven Foundation, a Veteran-founded, 501(c)(3) organization, conducts research on military exposures among post-9/11 Veterans and educates the Veteran on critical health information related to their exposures. HunterSeven Foundation is prominently recognized in the military medical community for their work regarding the identification of potential toxic exposures and resultant illnesses among military veterans. As a result, it equips both veterans and their healthcare providers with crucial, evidence-based information concerning these exposures. To learn more about the HuntersSeven Foundation and their mission, please visit

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is a US Defense Technology Manufacturer specializing in advanced photonics solutions for military, law enforcement, consumer, and aerospace applications. Our Redmond, WA facility specializes in the design, production, and assembly of premier visible hail and warning systems, near infrared and out-of-band laser marking systems, infrared illumination, and laser range finding systems, all of which serve end-users in 38 nations worldwide.
For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co. products as we enter our 50th year, please visit us at

The Brad and Nancy Meyers Family Fund is a philanthropic entity designed to provide sponsorship to causes in support of Veterans, first responders, religious freedom, animal welfare, and nature conservancy in the US and around the world.

Naval Special Warfare Initiates Random Performance Enhancing Drugs Testing For Health Of Force

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

CORONADO, Calif. — In a decisive move to underscore the health, safety, and readiness of its force, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command is set to introduce incremental, random force-wide urinalysis testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), commencing Nov. 1st of this year.

This initiative stems from the command’s continuous effort to eliminate unauthorized PED use, a matter that Rear Adm. Keith Davids, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, stresses is of paramount importance.

“My intent is to ensure every NSW teammate operates at their innate best while preserving the distinguished standards of excellence that define NSW,” said Davids.

In strict alignment with Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Navy regulations, the use of unauthorized PEDs, including steroids, human growth hormone, and SARMs, without a military medical prescription following DoD protocols, remains dangerous and poses significant risks.

NSW’s new testing initiative will consist of incremental, random tests conducted in parallel with the Navy’s standard testing and following the mandated 15% of the unit’s population per month.

Defense Instruction (DoDI) 6130.06, Use of Dietary Supplements in the DoD, dated 9 March 2022, prohibits use of products on the DoD Prohibited Substance Ingredients List, found on the Operation Supplement Safety website, unless authorized by a DoD healthcare provider. 

“This incremental, random force-wide testing initiative is far more than a regulatory step—it’s a steadfast commitment to the health, safety, and operational readiness of every member of the NSW community,” Davids said. 

According to Davids, NSW leadership understands that there can be legitimate medical conditions that warrant treatment with prescription supplementation and medication – under military medical supervision.

“The unauthorized and unsupervised use of PEDs is what we are trying to identify and prevent,” said Davids. “Nevertheless, we realize that some of our teammates may have legitimate medical conditions that need to be treated with prescription supplementation. If that is the case, we encourage our teammates, who haven’t already, to speak with their medical providers to get diagnosed and properly treated.”

Learn more about DoD prohibited dietary supplement ingredients at

By Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs

AF Special Warfare Training Wing Hosts Pelvic Health Clinic

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

The Special Warfare Training Wing supports a rigorous training pipeline, preparing America’s Airmen to meet the physical & cognitive demands required to compete in a contested environment. The physical stresses of both the female and male trainee make training taxing on their pelvic floor & abdominal wall. The prevalence of urinary incontinence for athletes is cited ranging between 10-80%, and for female athletes, 49% experience stress urinary incontinence with exercise.

Given these staggering numbers and the physical demands placed on candidates entering the #afspecwar pipeline, Major Greene, a Physical Therapist (PT) supporting the 352 Combat Control School, invited two Pelvic Health PTs to host a 2-day “pelvic health for the athlete” course at Chapman Annex, JBSA for musculoskeletal experts serving in both the Special Warfare Training Wing and partners at the 59th Medical Wing. The Special Warfare Human Performance Squadron is the first in the DoD serving the special warfare community to understand this impact, host a training course to address the issue, and build a capability ready for America’s next generation of operators.

Special Warfare Human Performance Support Group

SWAT, Military Practice Tactical Casualty Care During 2023 Tactical Rescue Challenge

Sunday, September 10th, 2023

SWAT and Military teams put their tactical combat care skills to the test during the 5th Annual Tactical Rescue Challenge at the Connecticut National Guard’s Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks, Conn. Aug. 14, 2023.

The Tactical Rescue Challenge was created in 2018 as an additional piece to the annual Connecticut SWAT Challenge and tests police and rescue teams on critical medical skills and tactics necessary during rescue operations in austere environments.

“[The challenge is] really geared toward the team medic although operators are cross trained into medicine, so you have not just medics participating in the event but other operators for any kind of tactical team,” said Maj. Wesley Kyle. “There’s a heavy emphasis on medicine in addition to casualty evacuation rescue techniques, moving the casualties off the “X”, and performing treatments at appropriate times.”

Prior to 2001, a trauma patient may have received basic life-saving medical care when an Emergency Medical Technician arrived on the scene. However, Kyle said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lead to a shift in the point of origin for beginning emergency medical care from the EMT to the police officer or other first responders.

“Moving care toward the point of injury really started out of those wars and then quickly transitioned to the civilian tactical teams,” said Kyle, an Emergency Room doctor in the civilian sector with experience working with SWAT during his residency. “We’re still translating lessons learned from the battlefield because there was such a large loss of life with penetrating trauma, and there was kind of an explosion of new ideas … it’s changed the whole landscape and it’s incredible to see all these things fully adopted on the civilian side.”

Medical innovation is, of course, not something new on the battlefield. Tourniquets were first developed by the Roman army. The concept of triaging patients was developed by Baron Dominique Jean Larrey, chief surgeon in Napoleon’s Army. The ambulance was invented during the American Civil War. Tactical Combat Casualty Care, or TC3, methodologies were developed in the early 90s and fine-tuned during the Global War on Terror. There have also been massive advancements in preventative medicine, mental and emotional health, sanitation, plastic surgery and prosthetics, and many, many more.

For competitors in the Tactical Rescue Challenge, the primary focus was on TC3: care under fire, tactical field care, and tactical evacuation care. In one scenario, teams were required to breach a train and eliminate a threat before evaluating and applying field care to a simulated casualty and extracting the patient to a higher-level of care. A second scenario had teams extract a wounded K-9 from a tear gas-filled train car before administering a tourniquet.

While the idea of a first responder, such as a police officer, having the capability, training, and resources available to administer lifesaving first aid may seem logical, the truth is not every department or officer is afforded this luxury. In addition to providing a competitive environment for officers and operators to practice their skills in a stressful, high-pace environment, the Tactical Rescue Challenge is also meant to demonstrate the importance of incorporating these skills at the lowest level to improve the survivability for people in harm’s way.

To learn more about the Tactical Rescue Challenge, visit:

Photo by Timothy Koster, Connecticut National Guard Public Affairs Office