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OR Snow Show 22 – Acli-Mate Sports Drink

Friday, January 28th, 2022

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Acli-Mate mountain sport drink offers to combat Spiritus sickness by going after its associated dehydration with a powder water supplement consisting of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and extracts from the adaptogenic herbs Rhodiola, Schisandra, and Ginko.

Available in 11 oz jars or handy individual serving packets in Orange, Grape and Cran-Raspberry flavors.

OR Snow Show 22 – Love Handle 7

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

Love Handle 7 is a gear sling for your climbing devices which features a rigid handle to help keep everything organized during storage.

SHOT Show 22 – TSSi a Noble Company

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

Tactical Survival Specialties was purchased by Noble along with Federal Resources. All three are now under a single umbrella and serve as Tailored Logistics System vendors for the Defense Logistics Agency.

TSSi put together a display of various cold weather clothing and individual equipment brands they offer. Here’s a break down of what is on the mannequin.

The Blue Force Gear PLATEminus and pouches in winter camo livery is a one off to show the capability.

They also displayed two packs in two different configurations.

US Army Hosts Mountain Warfare Course in Djibouti

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

DJIBOUTI — Five U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School instructors with the Vermont Army National Guard travelled to Djibouti to teach a five-day Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course to service members from France’s 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (5e RIAOM) at the Arta Range Complex, Dec. 12-16, 2021.

The course consisted of knot tying, rope management, rappelling, fixed rope techniques, hauling systems, ascension techniques, lowering systems, basic mountain casualty evacuation and portable stretcher training. Upon successful completion of the course, the students received the prestigious Ram’s Head device and a certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony.

“Any time we can have information sharing and collaboration, it’s beneficial for us as well as our partner forces,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Dearborn, an instructor at the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School. “Even the experienced service members were able to take something away from this course.”

Mountain qualified Soldiers from the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), assisted Vermont’s instructors with the course. The 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) is a unit within the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), the only active mountain brigade in the U.S. Army. The 86th IBCT (Mountain) and the Army Mountain Warfare School are both headquartered Vermont.

“Our task force is honored to host this joint training event and further demonstrate our interoperability and continuous cooperation with the French military,” said Lt. Col. Frank Tantillo, Task Force Iron Gray commander. “Because of joint trainings like this, we are all more ready to succeed at our missions and allow future task forces to continue carrying on these partnerships for years to come.”

This is the first time the Army Mountain Warfare School has conducted mountain training for French service members in Djibouti. For years, French forces have routinely invited U.S. service members to participate in the French Desert Commando Course in Djibouti. During Task Force Iron Gray’s deployment to the Horn of Africa, 53 Soldiers successfully completed the grueling 12-day course, earning the foreign identification badge.

The Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course was a way for the U.S. Army to give back by including foreign nation service members from France’s 5e RIAOM, and share specialty skillsets that strengthen the relationships among the international forces working together in the region. Thirty-two French service members from the 5e RIAOM successfully completed the Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course.

“This is part of a mutual cooperation between the U.S. and the French,” said French Capt. Benoit Malet, Commander, French Desert Commando Course. “The U.S. came here to teach the French their own techniques. We do the same things but different ways, so it is very interesting to us to discover a new view on what we do.”

By SSG Amanda Stock

Northern Warfare Training Center Preparing Soldiers to Become Arctic Experts

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

BLACK RAPIDS TRAINING AREA, Alaska — This past March the Army released its Arctic Strategy which plans to regain Arctic dominance by implementing improvements to increase readiness in the Arctic. One of the keys to that readiness is the Northern Warfare Training Center.

NWTC is where Soldiers go to learn what it takes to not only survive in up to 40 degrees below zero temperatures, operate in four to five feet of snow and endure winds up to 50 to 60 mph, but also how to succeed and thrive to become experts in the Arctic environment.

“An Arctic Expert would be someone, whoever that might be, infantry, armor or artillery in extreme cold weather and make their equipment function as expected and not letting the environment stopping them from finishing the mission,” said Steven Decker, longtime civilian instructor for the Northern Warfare Training Center, also known as “Father Winter” to others at NWTC.

Those trained at the school go back to their units and pass along the lessons learned to enable their Soldiers to survive in the cold environments of Alaska.

“We want noncommissioned officers that have just been stationed up here, we have them go through our train-the-trainer course. We also want squad lead leaders and fire team leaders because they’re the ones who actually train Soldiers,” one instructor said.

The Cold Weather Leaders Course is an 11-day course, with a field exercise that spans six days out in the cold, which pushes Soldiers to extremes they may have never gone through.

“Sometimes they think they’ll do better in the cold than they do. A lot of them learn hard lessons about themselves. Other people learn positive things, like they’re more resilient and tougher than they believed,” said Decker.

The school also makes it possible for Soldiers to become more resilient to the winter months and can improve the quality of life for them.

“Sometimes new people come here, and they’re intimidated or have preconceived notions about the cold, that Alaska doesn’t have the amenities that they are used to in the Lower 48, so this training can open their eyes to something that they may not have experienced before. To where they can take these skills and hike trails, go snow machining, skiing or ice fishing and be less intimidated, more inclined to get out and enjoy Alaska,” Decker said.

The Training Center also assist Army Futures Command in testing and equipping new Arctic Equipment for Soldiers to improve their ability to operate in the Arctic.

“[Army Futures Command] does count our opinion heavily because we are out there constantly, like the clothing we’re testing, there are technological and functional improvements to it, we also have influence on other things like the vehicle that will replace the Small Unit Support Vehicle,” according to Decker.

Teaching how to thrive in the Arctic, improving quality of life by exposing people to what they can do and preparing for the future are how the Northern Warfare Training Center is helping the Army increase our “deterrence capabilities” and regain the Army’s Arctic dominance.

By SGT Christopher Dennis, USARAK Public Affairs NCO

Millbrook Tactical Inc. Exclusive Canadian Reseller for OAC Skinbased Military Products

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Ottawa, Ontario (November 15, 2021) – Millbrook Tactical Group Inc. CEO, Frank Paquette just announced a newly formed exclusive partnership with OAC Skinbased of Finland and their Canadian sporting goods representative Gamic Sports Agency.

“Millbrook and Gamic Sports have enjoyed a very fruitful business relationship since 2017 and we are delighted to build further and represent world class manufacturer OAC Skinbased in the military sales segment.”

OAC Skinbased has linked their knowledge of composites, ski R&D experience, latest and patented technologies to create a completely new kind of ski line for unlimited access to the backcountry.  Their military line is the fruit of years of development and experience.  Field repairable, NIR compliant and designed for heavy loads and pulling sleds, this system will contribute to mission success in complex and challenging environments.

Winter mobility has been at the forefront of our global effort to equip military, special operations and, special mission organizations for several years.  After evaluating many potential solutions and long hours of rigorous testing, we are extremely confident and excited to announce we will bring AOCs military line of skis to Canada.

Through this newly formed partnership, Millbrook further establishes itself as the subject matter expert for global SOF solutions in the country.

This new range of winter mobility capabilities will complement our already existing line up of SOF centric offerings like Lost Arrow Project, Sitka Arrowhead, Acapulka, Clime & Place to name a few and, further consolidate our position as the Canadian leader in special mission equipment distribution & support.

In the coming months, Millbrook will start rolling out AOC Skinbased products to its retail locations in Ottawa, Petawawa & Quebec City as well as begin engagement with various end users.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for information at [email protected].

AUSA 21 – Mountain Horse Solutions

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Mountain Horse Solutions exhibited in the Global Ordnance booth. They are also affiliated with the UK’s Brigantes and bring several European Soldier Systems technologies to the US.

They displayed quite a few items for mountain and arctic warfare including Acapulka Pulk sleds, Arktis Overwhites, Helix climbing gear, Montane Tactical clothing, and Black Crows Militari Orb Skis.

DSEi 21 – Helix Combat Multi Harness System V2

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Helix Tactical showed their mountaineering gear at DSEI in the Brigantes booth.

Here are some studio shots of the full system and components.