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Kitfox Design Group Releases The Global War On Terror Blanket

Friday, May 6th, 2022

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. – (May 6, 2021) Kitfox Design Group is excited to announce their latest throw blanket project, the Global War on Terror Throw themed blanket and collection.

The Global War on Terror Throw Blanket is woven in a small family-owned textile mill located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The throw features four iconic rifles from the GWOT Era, along with helicopters, supply drops, and Rip-Its. The firearms featured on the blanket are the AKS-74U (“Krinkov”), M4A1, M16A4, Iraqi Tabuk, the Beretta M9 and the Tokarev. The throw blankets are made on European Jacquard looms with roughly eight miles of American-made, 100% cotton yarn.

“After the success of the Vietnam Throw, I knew I needed to create something to honor the people who had served more recently.” said Sara Westman, the owner of Kitfox Design Group and illustrator behind the blanket. “Near the end of 2021 I opened up a survey for my friends, followers, and customers to contribute memories. It meant a lot to get input from so many wonderful people and help drive my inspiration even further. I don’t believe I could have completed this blanket without everybody’s help. This project was a lot heavier and closer to home than the last. I grew up watching my friends’ parents and later my own friends serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Pre-orders open May 6th at 9 am Central and will close at 11:59 pm Central on May 16th. The orders will begin shipping roughly 6-8 weeks after pre-orders close.

The blanket is launching in two sizes, a throw which measures roughly 54”x72” and a queen measuring roughly 62”x84”. The blankets will retail at $125 and $150 + shipping respectively and will ship worldwide. All orders placed on May 6th will receive an early bird gift. In addition to the blanket, Kitfox will also be launching a small collection of Global War on Terror-themed hard goods and pet items. Products include a thrashable Shred-It Energy dog toy filled with crinkle paper, a Catnip Poppy toy, and MRE poo bags.”

 “I worked really hard to find some products that are outside of the industry standard to complete the collection. We had so many people sending photos of their cats and dogs enjoying our previously released Vietnam Throw that it only made sense to include pets with this release.

The blankets and other items in The Global War on Terror Collection are available for purchase on the Kitfox website.

Kitfox Design Group is a marketing and illustration company located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Kitfox Design Group specializes in marketing goods for the firearm, automotive, and aerospace industries. Pre-order The Global War on Terror Throw Blanket on their website at www.kitfoxdesigngroup.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus: NEW Strandhögg T-Shirt

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Launched at Warrior West Show— check out this LIMITED EDITION FirstSpear white shirt with our popular Standhögg Plate Carrier is featured in vibrant colors. On the back is the classic FirstSpear logo.

Get one before they’re gone. Check out, www.first-spear.com/pop-art-strandhogg.

PLATATAC Iraq War Playing Cards

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

These are the Iraq War playing cards issued to troops to identify the Coalition’s most wanted.

platatac.com/catalogue/platypus-historical-collection/platatac-iraq-war-playing-cards

Honor Patriot’s Day With Us

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Each year, we remind our readers of the events of April 19th, 1775. Fabled as the “Shot Heard Round The World,” this was the true beginning of the American Revolution, a worldwide conflict which would engulf the super powers of the day in battles as far away as India, and last for another eight years.

Rebellion had already been brewing on the North American continent for a decade. Finally, in the early hours of the day, North American Militiamen fired on British troops, starting a war that would result in the ascendency of the American Eagle over this land we now call the United States.

This battle is also where we draw our concept of the iconic Minute Man from.

Each Patriot’s Day, we honor those men at Concord and consider what it must have been for them to stand there together, in the face of the world’s greatest army and take up arms in the defense of their colony from oppression.

This militia came together on that morning to protect their arms from seizure by an oppressive government. That is an indisputable fact. We find the roots of the Second Amendment in the events of that day.

“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”
-John Parker
Captain of Militia

As the initial volleys of fire were exchanged near daybreak on Lexington Green, colonial volunteers fell back in the face of over 500 occupying British troops. But as the battle moved on to Concord, the tide turned, and the redcoats were routed as more and more colonists joined the fray.

The British troops retreated through Concord where they were reinforced. Despite boasting a strength of 1700 men, they remained no match for the determined colonists who forced them to retreat to the safety of Charlestown in Boston. The militiamen continued their pursuit which transformed into the Siege of Boston.

Today, join me in honoring those early American warriors who pledged their lives to give us our hard fought freedoms and this great land.

10th SFG(A) Invites Warriors Heart to Discuss Matters Held Close to an Operator’s Chest

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) invited speakers from Warriors Heart to speak candidly about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the Norris Penrose Event Center Dec. 9, 2021.

Warriors Heart is a treatment center in Bandera, Texas, which provides inpatient care to active-duty service members, veterans and first responders for chemical dependency, alcohol abuse and psychological disorders related to PTSD or mild TBI.

The event was put on by Trojan Legacy—a 10th SFG(A) program that promotes resiliency, recovery and respect within the unit—to help shed light on what undiagnosed PTSD and TBI can look like and lead afflicted Soldiers to medical treatment.

“I almost killed myself,” said Tom Spooner, Warriors Heart co-founder and retired Delta Force Operator. “‘How do I get this noise to stop?’ I was getting lost all the time; I wouldn’t know where I was when I was driving down the road. I just kept going…I had damage to the decision-making part of my brain that I didn’t know of.”

In 2006, Spooner experienced his third mass-casualty event and suffered a traumatic brain injury from an exploded mortar round while deployed which ultimately resulted in an incident where he used the military decision making process (MDMP) to plan his suicide.

“What’s going to stop this noise?,” he continued. “I started going through MDMP on utilizing my Glock and putting a bullet in my brain to stop the noise as a valid course of action. I was doing constraints, limitations, other courses of action, second and third order effects.”

Throughout Spooner’s 21 years of service, he volunteered for Airborne duty, Special Forces and Delta Force.

“Volunteers can’t complain,” he said. “The [Special Forces] selection process guarantees a lot of things. Up front, selection guarantees I will never quit…and I have never asked for help. The selection process guarantees I will not ask for help, and I only do it when I’m off the road.”

Nevertheless, Spooner had a buddy whom he confided in about what was going on in his mind as he veered off course.

“He was my everything guy,” Spooner said. “I would always tell him the truth. He stayed on me, stayed on me and stayed on me. He told me to get help. I had undiagnosed TBI, unprocessed trauma, PTSD and grief going on.”

Spooner finally sought treatment and received cognitive, psychological and vestibular therapy in conjunction with medication. Through medical testing, Spooner found that he was operating at a processing speed of 50 percent and had verbal memory of 50 percent.

“How could I honor the guys who sacrificed their lives,” he said. “Me wrecking my family and my military career is dishonoring them.”
Along with a keen sense of honor, Spooner has a keen sense of regret which, in fact, prompted him to volunteer for Delta Force assessment and selection after serving with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) for six years.

“There are things in life worse than death, and that’s regret,” he said. “Not having those hard conversations with people I care about. I could’ve said something but I didn’t because I thought it’d jam up my relationship. I don’t know if it would’ve changed the circumstances…but it’s one of my greatest regrets in life.”

Spooner’s own experiences acted as a looking glass as to how TBI and PTSD can manifest.

“If you have a buddy and you’re seeing these same things going on, you can talk to them and refer them to treatment,” said Sgt. Maj. Doug Lane, 10th SFG(A) Trojan Legacy senior enlisted adviser. “We want to create that peer-to-peer network and have candid conversations with our friends to ensure that if there are these issues, we steer them to the right resources.”

Story by SSGAnthony Bryant, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

PSA – MissionSpec Shows You How To Make A Paper Rose

Monday, February 14th, 2022

Did you forget to get something for Valentines Day? That’s ok. MissionSpec has got your back.

Benefits of making a paper rose are: 1) they never die.
2) you did it yourself so your significant other might appreciate that.
3) you can get your kids involved. Win. Win. Win.

On This Date In Aviation History

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

On this date in aviation history: January 29th 1964; USAF Major T. J. “King” Kong commander and pilot of a Strategic Air Command B-52 bomber was reported missing after being issued an alert status “Wing Attack Plan R” restricting all communications. However, Major Kong’s Statofortress onboard CRM 114 discriminator malfunctioned, thereby cutting off all communications with his aircraft. Major Kong’s B-52 was last reported near Soviet airspace.

He will always be remembered for his eloquent and inspirational words…

“Now, boys, we got three engines out; we got more holes in us than a horse trader’s mule; the radio’s gone and we’re leakin’ fuel, and if we’s flying any lower, why, we’d need sleigh bells on this thing. But we got one little bulge on them Rooskies, at this height, why, they might harpoon us but they dang sure ain’t gonna spot us on no radar screen….”

Major T. J. “King” Kong

Now let’s get this thing on the hump — we got some flyin’ to do.

Courtesy of www.Sierrahotel.net.

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 25th, 2021

From my Air Force Family to yours!