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Special Warfare Training Wing Unveils Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX, Texas. —  

The Special Warfare Training Wing hosts the grand opening of the Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center at Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland-Chapman Training Annex, Apr. 2, 2024.

“This is a historic day for the Special Warfare Training Wing and the Air Force Special Warfare community as we come together to honor Master Sergeant Mike Maltz”, said U.S. Air Force Col. Nathan Colunga, SWTW commander. “Our ceremony today represents the culmination of years of work from countless individuals who turned the Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center from an idea into reality.”

The aquatic training center is named after U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, a fallen pararescueman who made the ultimate sacrifice on Mar. 23, 2003 alongside five other crewmembers of an HH-60G helicopter when it struck a mountain during an aerial refueling attempt on the way to rescue two injured children near Ghazni, Afghanistan, living up to the pararescue motto, “That Others May Live”.

Maltz enlisted in the Air Force in 1978, serving as an apprentice cable splicer before successfully cross-training into the pararescue career field. Maltz earned his maroon beret in December 1985 and was recognized as the class Honor Graduate for his superb leadership qualities and academic excellence.

“Mike was a legend in the pararescue career field, he was admired and respected by all”, said U.S. Air Force Col. Edward “Tre’” Irick, a combat rescue officer and current SWTW deputy commander. “He was the face of pararescue recruiting and became one of the most revered Indoctrination Course instructors of my generation. He forged many of the Special Warfare Airmen who prosecuted the Global War on Terror and I can personally attest to his commitment to develop Airmen because he taught me water confidence skills when I was a young lieutenant. We honor him today by continuing to share stories about his commitment to excellence as we forge the next generation of Special Warfare Airmen.”

First initiated in 2010 and championed by the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force, U.S. Air Force Gen. David Goldfein (ret.), construction on the Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center began in mid-2021, finishing in early 2024. The construction was a collaborative effort between the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the 802nd Civil Engineer Squadron, the Special Warfare Training Support Squadron and various contractors.

“We would like to thank all the stakeholders who came together to build the Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center,” said Colunga. “Your professionalism, speed, and tenacity in helping us build this facility is deeply appreciated. This facility will be used by countless Special Warfare trainees on their journeys to become Air Force Special Warfare operators.

The Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center is 76,000 square feet, consisting of two enclosed, climate-controlled indoor swimming pools of varying depths geared to meet the training needs for the Air Force’s global combat operations. The aquatic training center will also feature classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms, showers, various medical spaces for treatment and rehabilitation, and a human performance center.

“Today’s ceremony marks a major milestone towards realizing Chapman Training Annex as the home of Air Force Special Warfare training,” said Colunga. “The Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Center will undoubtedly be a force multiplier in our mission set, and it is only fitting that all of our trainees who will come through this facility must aim to live up to the character of Mike Maltz.”  

By Special Warfare Training Wing Public Affairs

Special Warfare Training Wing

SIG SAUER ROSE Seminar Series Featuring Lena Miculek at Keystone Shooting Sports in Pennsylvania

Monday, April 15th, 2024

NEWINGTON, N.H., (April 15, 2024) – SIG Elite Store, Keystone Shooting Center in Mars, Pennsylvania will host the SIG SAUER ROSE Seminar Series featuring Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek this Saturday, April 20,2024. 

The ROSE Seminar Series is an in-store experience tailored to women of all skill levels that encourages community and empowerment in your firearms journey featuring Team SIG Professional Shooter Lena Miculek.  The schedule for the ROSE by SIG SAUER in-store experience is as follows:

10:00am – 4:00pm: A try-before-you buy experience hosted by the SIG SAUER Training Team featuring SAUER ROSE series pistols and a broad array of SIG SAUER pistols, rifles, optics, and ammunition available to try.  Additionally, SIG SAUER will host a ROSE pop-up store with exclusive ROSE branded items available for purchase.

11:00am & 2:00pm: Miculek will host two sold-out seminars at Keystone Shooting Sports covering the how-to basics of incorporating red dot optics into your EDC routine with a product walk through of the newly released ROMEO-X COMPACT ROSE.  To join the seminar waitlist please contact the host location directly for details.

Miculek will be in-store throughout the day, as available to meet customers and sign autographs. For specific store event information visit event information at Keystone Shooting Sports. Keystone Shooting Sports is located at, 925 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA.

The next stop on the ROSE Series is Saturday, April 27,2024 at Nexus Shooting Center in Davie, Florida. Visit sigsauer.com for the full 2024 ROSE Seminar Series schedule.

Become a member of the ROSE Community on Facebook for continued information about the ROSE Seminar Series, get exclusive updates about the ROSE program, and be the first to know about product launches.  Access the full ROSE by SIG SAUER training series with Lena on the ROSE YouTube channel and visit sigsauer.com/rose specific product information and additional program details.

SLG2, Inc. Announces Partnership with Mantis Tech to Enhance Shooting Skills

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

ATHENS, Ala. – April 11, 2024 – SLG2, Inc.  proudly announces the addition of Mantis to its lineup of top industry partners. As part of SLG2, Inc.’s goal to empower individuals and foster confidence in new and experienced shooters, this partnership provides top-quality information for all individuals interested in the shooting sports and firearms safety.

“We’re thrilled to join Shoot Like A Girl in supporting the mission to empower new shooters everywhere,” said Austin Allgaier, president of Mantis. “We love their approach, culture and results and can’t wait to grow with them.”

Mantis offers a revolutionary solution for individuals looking to enhance their shooting skills. Compatible with any pistol, rifle or shotgun, Mantis analyzes every shot and generates actionable data that can be used to improve performance. By attaching the device and connecting it to a smartphone, users can receive app-guided feedback, enabling them to refine their technique and achieve greater precision.

“By providing access to cutting-edge technology like Mantis, we are equipping communities with the tools they need to excel in their shooting endeavors,” said Karen Butler, founder and president of SLG2, Inc. “Mantis Tech aligns perfectly with our mission to empower individuals and promote firearms safety.”

SLG2, Inc. is excited to bring Mantis’ state-of-the-art technology to its guests at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations across the country, further enhancing their shooting experience. By teaming up with Mantis, the company reaffirms its dedication to empowering individuals and commitment to providing shooters with the latest advancements in the industry.

For more information on Mantis, visit mantisx.com.

For more information about SLG2, Inc and its brands, please visit shootlikeagirl.com and SafeLiving2.com.Follow along with SLG2, Inc. on Facebook and Instagram.

British Army Signs New Contract for Saab Instrumented Live Training Capability

Friday, April 12th, 2024

Saab has signed an initial three-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, for the provision of support to Live Simulation systems with ILT-D (Instrumented Live Training), valued at £60M and options to extend until 2030.

The ILT-D contract, replaces the previous DFWES (Direct Fire Weapon Effect Simulator) contract. ILT-D supports high fidelity systems that use a blend of laser and geometric pairing technology to simulate direct and indirect fire effects. This data rich capability provides objective feedback which is used to inform the After Action Review (AAR) process and validate training.

The contract includes a significant investment in extending the life of the capability to provide the UK MoD with the most modern system available. This ensures it remains relevant to the British Army’s evolving training needs, addresses obsolescence issues, and continues to be interoperable with partner nations through exploitation of the latest generation of Saab hardware and software.

Support will be continued across permanent Collective Training locations in the UK and Germany, as well as at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, Infantry Battle School in Brecon and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.

“As Saab Training and Simulation marks 30 years of collaboration with the British Army, we are delighted that ILT-D is in place to support training for the next epoch. This contract exemplifies our commitment to delivering world leading live simulation capabilities at the point of need, so the UK can conduct training as both a deterrence and reassurance around the globe,” said James Passmore, VP Director of Marketing and Sales, Saab UK.

“Our collaboration with Saab UK builds on the long-standing relationship and represents the dedication DE&S and the British Army have to providing the best training possible for our dedicated soldiers. Ahead of the Collective Training Transformation Programme, ILT-D will ensure that the British Army has access to a training capability that is able to keep pace with the training needs bought about by an increasingly complex strategic context and rapidly evolving character of warfare,” said Simon Pearce, Training and Simulation Systems Portfolio Leader for Defence Equipment & Support, the contracting authority. 

With interoperability and deployability at its core, Saab’s Live Simulation Systems have a growing global user community. The British Army has recently deployed its Saab systems around the world including overseas exercises delivered in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Kenya, Oman, Jordan, Cyprus and Germany. 

US, Canadian Special Forces Forge Partnerships in Jamaica

Friday, April 12th, 2024

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The District of Columbia Army National Guard joined forces with elite U.S. and Canadian Special Operations Forces for a subject matter expert exchange in Jamaica.

The collaboration with SOF counterparts from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago marked a significant milestone in international military cooperation amid Tropical Dagger, an annual event orchestrated by Canada in partnership with the Jamaica Defense Force focusing on the Jamaican SOF element.

The D.C. National Guard’s Lt. Col. Tyson Mele, Maj. Bill Seskey, Capt. Michael Humphrise and Sgt. 1st Class Jurgen Soekhoe provided instruction on U.S. troop-leading procedures and operations orders. Despite geographical and organizational differences, they shared a common framework of tactical techniques and procedures.

The exchange’s success Feb. 16-22 extended beyond the classroom to field exercises where the Soldiers forged camaraderie.

The Jamaicans’ hospitality and professionalism were key to the exchange’s success and included cultural immersion, allowing the visiting Soldiers to experience local customs and traditions.

The participants plan to cultivate their new partnerships with future joint exercises and SMEEs to enhance interoperability and collective security in the region.

The success of Tropical Dagger 2024 serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and cooperation among like-minded nations.

The SOF SMEE was not merely a training exercise but a testament to the strength of international partnerships in fostering peace and security. As the sun set on Tropical Dagger 2024, it illuminated the path forward, where collaboration and cooperation remain the cornerstone of our collective defense.

By MAJ Matthew Dewaegeneer, District of Columbia National Guard

Greenline Tactical Announces the 3rd Annual Night Ops Summit 2024 with Title Sponsor Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC)

Friday, April 5th, 2024

Dilley, TX – Greenline Tactical is excited to announce the return of the Night Ops Summit, set to illuminate The Ranch in Dilley, Texas, from November 22-24, 2024. This event marks the third annual summit, bringing together night vision enthusiasts, tactical professionals, and industry leaders for three nights of intensive No-Light and Low-Light training.

This year’s summit is proudly sponsored by Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC), a pioneer in bringing  special operations technologies to civilian use. TNVC’s support underscores the event’s focus on cutting-edge night vision and tactical training, making advanced skills accessible to a wider audience.

Event Highlights:

Location: The Ranch, Dilley, TX, offers an expansive setting perfect for the range of night vision training activities planned.

Dates: November 22-24, 2024, reserve these dates for an immersive tactical training experience.

Training Opportunities: Led by the Greenline Cadre and Jon “Duffy” Dufresne, the summit features a broad spectrum of courses, including Night Vision rifle and pistol courses, Close Quarters Battle (CQB), Sniper NighFighting and other newly updated advanced classes. For newcomers, “NightFighter Lite” provides a condensed introductory course on the first night. You can also check out what Sam Houston’s version of “Night Yoga” is all about.

Daytime Programming: Attendees can also look forward to TED Talks and lectures from top trainers, industry professionals, and sponsoring companies, enriching the learning experience beyond nighttime activities.

The Night Ops Summit is more than a training event; it’s a platform for building invaluable relationships and camaraderie among leading companies and dedicated practitioners. It fosters a community dedicated to tactical innovation and mutual growth.

For Potential Sponsors: Greenline Tactical invites industry leaders whose commitment to excellence and innovation aligns with the spirit of the Night Ops Summit to join us. For more information and to view the pitch deck, please contact don@greenlinetactical.com.

Tickets and Registration: For additional details and to register for the summit, please visit www.greenlinetactical.com/night-operations-summit. Upon completing your ticket purchase, you will receive a link to sign up for your preferred classes, allowing you to customize your summit experience. The sooner you register, the quicker you can lock in your classes.

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to advance your night vision skills, connect with like-minded individuals, and engage with the latest in tactical training and technology. Join us under the stars in Texas for the 3rd Annual Night Ops Summit.

For further information, please contact: admin@greenlinetactical.com

Rampart Training Week Registration Now Open

Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Registration for Rampart Training Week is now live! Following Rampart Range Day & Expo 2024, Rampart has once again team up with the industry’s top brands and subject matter experts to host a series of training events for Law Enforcement, Military, and Corrections personnel. Sign up now to request your spot in your preferred courses!

• Hands-on training courses run by world-class subject matter experts

• Earn factory certifications and accreditations

• Select courses are free to Law Enforcement, Military, and Corrections

• Discounts available on flights, hotels, and rental cars

rampartcorp.com/training-week

And don’t forget, Canada’s Largest Private Range Day & Expo is taking place in Ottawa, Ontario on May 28th, 2024. Make sure you register.

• Get hands-on experience with the latest firearms, tactical equipment, and technology

• An unparalleled opportunity to connect with the best tactical suppliers in Canada

• Talk with brand and product experts about your specific requirements

• Meet with other industry personnel to discuss and share solutions and challenges

• Registration is free of charge and is not open to the public. Only active Law Enforcement, Military, Corrections, and relevant government personnel may attend.

rampartcorp.com/rampart-range-day

School’s in Session: Report to the Tower

Sunday, March 10th, 2024

With harnesses on their hips, hardhats on their heads and rope in their hands, soldiers participating in air assault school rappelled off towers at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

During air assault school, soldiers train on rotary wing aircraft, aircraft safety, aeromedical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults, rappelling techniques and sling-load operations. These trainings prepare soldiers to make use of their helicopter skills in combat.

Courtesy DoD News Service

Photos by Army SGT Vincent Levelev