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SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Late last month I had the opportunity to participate in an extraordinary event near Bozeman, Montana.

With the help of Arc’teryx LEAF, Special Operations Care Fund gathered together veterans from each of the US military’s special operations components for a weekend of ice climbing.

Before we go any further, I’ve got give a plug for SOC-F and the wonderful work they do day-in and day-out for our warriors and their families. This non-profit is fighting way above its weight. They do so much…Medical/TBI (Magnetic Electro Resonance Therapy- MeRT) and Other Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments, Intensive Marriage Counseling, Gold Star Kids Camp and so much more. Not a one of the founders is a military veteran, but they have recently added a Veteran to their board to help round out the team. They’re just great Americans who saw a need and banded together to fill it.

The LEAF division of Arc’teryx is well known for making gear built for the most demanding Mil / LE endusers operating and training, in the harshest of environments. Inspired by the incredible work accomplished by SOC-F, Arc’teryx has seen the support they bring to the selfless individuals who need it, but often don’t ask for it.

SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF had been discussing ways to provide some outdoor therapy and The Station Foundation came up which provides specialized services to current and former SOF members as well as their families. Programs include:

-Family Foundation
-Spouse Performance
-Restore
-Transition Azimuth Check (TrAC)

The Station’s works with SOC-F to provide the summer program for Gold Star children, those young people who’ve lost a loved one in combat, to find themselves and flourish in the face of life’s challenges. A most worthy pursuit.

These connections led to the creation of the SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience.

We all arrived Friday afternoon courtesy of Arc’teryx and their able planner, Rebecca Faherty who also organizes the annual SOF Select pavilion at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. While many of us came from across the country, it was amazing how many SOF veterans have settled in Montana.

Accommodations, local transportation, meals and activity planning were provided by The Station Foundation.

The meals were fantastic with hot breakfast and dinner each day at The Inn on the Gallitin. Home cooking and lots of it. I was always stuffed.

Between veterans and members of industry, there were 17 of us on the expedition. Some of us knew each other, but we were provided ample time to get to know one another during meals, free time in the evenings, and out on the ice. Turns out, we all had a lot of common friends and experiences. Naturally, we were also all Arc’teryx customers. In fact, they have each of us a LEAF Cold CW LT Jacket to use during the event. Magpul also provided us with their new eyewear to protect our site while climbing.

Some of the climbing equipment such as helmets and ice tools was provided by Petzl, while other items were supplied by the very capable guide service for this event, Montana Alpine Guides like boots and crampons. The MAG team was friendly, knowledgeable and provided training at both the basic and advanced level. Everyone came out of there a better climber.

The crew brought a mixture of experience from first time ice climbers to very experienced climbers who brought a lifetime of alpine know-how. We had a blast.

The most amazing thing I witnessed all weekend was the indomitable spirit of a Marine Veteran I’ll refer to as CT. He served as an inspiration to all of us.

A bear of a man who lost both legs last year during a battle in the Middle East, CT had never ice climbed before in his life. No matter, he was going to give it a go. But first, he had to get to the ice ,which was located a kilometer or so from the parking area. As you can imagine, it was icy. He strapped crampons to his shoes and off he went, supported as many of us were, with trekking poles to help negotiate deep pockets of snow encountered occasionally along the trail.

He made it about three quarters of the way, but one of the things CT realized was that the cold and his particular prosthetics weren’t well suited for hiking up snowy trails.

A plan was quickly set into motion to fetch a sled to bring him the rest of the way to the climbing site. The crew immediately built a fire to keep him warm while we waited for the sled. Others headed the rest of the way to the site to begin climbing. About an hour later, CT and the team who helped him up that last bit of trail, linked up with the rest of us.

We spent the day climbing a couple of different faces and then made our way back down the trail, CT at the lead atop his sled, accompanied by his new teammates.

We repeated the event the next day with even more ice faces to negotiate. Once again, CT assaulted the ice and came out on top.

There were several guys out there with various wounds, but seeing CT go at it with everything he had, working through the pain he obviously felt, no one was going to complain. He was an inspiration to us all.

I had a great time chatting with him. Aside from some great was stories, he is very in tune with the latest in prosthetic technology and is working to bring newer designs out of the lab and unto those who need them. CT tells me he is going to keep ice climbing and already has some ideas about how to build a better prosthetic for climbing. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

On Monday morning we returned to the airport to make our way home, but all of us left with some new friends and some great memories.

Once again, this event wouldn’t have been possible without SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF. While this was the first event of its kind for Arc’teryx, they plan to hold more of these outdoor-oriented events around the world for other allied veterans.

5th Annual Whiskey & War Stories – April 24, 2020

Monday, March 16th, 2020

What: Whiskey & War Stories is an annual Silent Warrior Foundation fundraising event which features a silent auction, dinner, drinks and a moderated presentation of military veterans discussing a significant military event which they were first person participants in.

Past events have featured participants of the Ranger’s air assault during the Grenada Invasion and the last POW rescue attempt of the Vietnam War, Operation Thunderhead.

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that the focus of this year’s presentation will be the Son Tay Prison Raid of November 20, 1970.

Who: The event is once again organized by the Silent Warrior Foundation. Several Son Tay Raiders (up to 8 at present count) and several former American POWs of the Vietnam War will be in attendance.

Why: To raise funds for the SWF scholarship program, and other assistance provided to SOF and other military veterans through the Silent Warrior Foundation and to honor the Son Tay Raiders during the 50th Anniversary Year of their daring rescue attempt.

Where: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ. 7700 E McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

When: 5:00-10:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm, cocktails and silent auction from 5:30-6:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, onstage program begins at 7:00 pm and ends at @ 9:30 pm.

Amplifying information: Many of the auction items this year reflect the focus of the evening’s discussion. Examples of the donated auction items this year include but are not limited to: a smaller detailed recreation of “Barbara”-the scale model planning table used to study the Son Tay POW camp before the raid, as well as a package that includes Son Tay Raid rigged GAU-5 assault rifles and a trip to the range to shoot them in a Huey helicopter provided by Dillon Aero on Sunday, April 26th  with several SOF combat veterans as guides.

Current List of Sponsors:

BCM, TYR Tactical, Dillion Aero, Star Roofing, Swarovski Optik, Winkler Knives, Independence Training , Coatings Technologies, Shamrock Foods, Sanderson Lincoln – Sanderson Ford, HB Fuller, SAP, Magpul, FiberTite, GAF, RMJ Electric, Vortex Optics, Youngs Market, Armor Coat, Timney Triggers, Caspian Arms, Scottsdale Gun Club, Langdon Tactical, Cylinder & Slide

Individual tickets or sponsored tables can be purchased online at www.silentwarriorfoundation.com. Follow the link there for event rates to also stay at the Scottsdale Resort, if you wish.  

You can also follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SilentWarriorSF

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Dave Hall

President, Silent Warrior Foundation

Silent Warrior Foundation

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

FOUNDED IN 2010, THE SILENT WARRIOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND WAS SET UP BY RECONNAISSANCE MARINES IN MEMORY OF THEIR FALLEN BROTHERS.

Originally founded as the Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund, our mission was to awards scholarships to any college-bound person based on direct familial relationship to a Reconnaissance Marine/0321 or Critical Skills Operator/0372, based on academic achievement, and financial need.

However, our mission has now evolved beyond our initial focus. We listened to the military community and our supporters. There has been an alarming rate of Veteran suicides and Veterans requiring assistance. For 2017, our board has decided to focus on our Veterans in need as well as provide scholarships.

Our new mission has grown to encompass support for our Veterans & their Families by providing access to emergency assistance, mental health services, education, and scholarships.

Join us Friday, April 24, 2020 for our 5th Annual Whiskey & War Stories series and fundraiser. Returning to the beautiful Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.

silentwarriorfoundation.com

Lives Saved by Tactical NAV & Enemy Forces Killed or Captured

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Several years ago we showcased Tactical NAV, a Command and Control app for mobile devices.

SSD received this note from the developer.

We are still developing it and are now completely upgrading the Android platform.

Got a Facebook message from a U.S. Soldier today that I thought was worth sending your way. I’m protecting his name due to security concerns, but this happened very recently.

It’s humbling to hear that TACNAV is still making a difference for our troopers in combat – that’s what it’s all about.

 

Glad to hear they are still in the fight.

CEO of Mako Medical Announces Nomination to Represent North Carolina for Hiring Veterans

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Mako Medical has been chosen to represent North Carolina for the Employer Support Freedom Award from the Secretary of Defense

DALLAS, March 6, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Mako Medical was selected to represent North Carolina for the small business category for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, and will now go national selection board. The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Employer Support Freedom Award. The ESGR State Committees review nominations and submit recommendations to advance to the next round in each of these three categories, small employer, large employer, and public sector. A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense’s officials, business leaders, and prior award winners select up to 15 employers’ nationwide to receive the Secretary’s prestigious award.

“From the beginning, we made it a priority to create a workplace that cultivates and celebrates those who continue to serve,” said Adam Price Executive and Director of Logistics for Mako Medical. Adam is also Major in the United States Army Reserves, a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and former active duty logistics officer. “As a brother to a service member, I understand the importance of actively supporting our Reservists and Guardsman so they can focus on their military training as needed and required,” said Chad Price, CEO of Mako Medical. 

In 2017 Mako Medical brought back 140 Soldiers to Louisiana to spend time with their families before they deployed. “Deployments are challenging on the entire family, not just the Soldier,” said Adam Price, who deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2012-2013. “Having one last moment with your family creates a memory that can be used to help you get through a tough time when you are away for so long.” Finding ways to help those that are continuing to serve is something Mako Medical is committed to doing. Mako Medical pays its service members while they are attending annual training, which is an annual two-week obligation for Reservists and Guardsman. Also, service members who have an extended drill weekend that includes a Friday and or Monday are given PTO days for those days missed.

Mako Medical also fosters a small team structure that is very familiar to military structured teams. In the Logistics division, each employee is placed on a team of six individuals. “Having small teams allows us to foster deep relationships, and really have each other’s backs,” explained Adam Price when talking about the team dynamic. “One of the greatest things the Army provides is a support structure of team, squad, platoon and a battle buddy system. We replicate this same model at Mako Medical,” said Adam Price.

TacJobs – Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Multiple Congressmen seek wounded warriors or medically retired veterans for two-year paid fellowships in various offices across the country.

To qualify, veterans must meet all of the following requirements: Honorably discharged, released from active duty within the last five years, terminal pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3, 20% or greater service connected disabilities (waived if you have a Purple Heart). Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program.

Interested veterans should go here.

Protekt

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Protekt is a new company I met during Outdoor Retailer. This veteran owned brand has introduced a line of skin care products. If you’d have asked me about skin care even a few years ago, I’d have looked at you like you had a horn growing out of your forehead. But now, I’ve begin to pay the toll of decades of sun and wind with regular visits to the dermatologist.

It’s best to apply some lotion with UV protection before heading outside, regardless of the activity.

Protekt is launching with four products which utilize non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient. With the exception of the lip balm, they are waterproof for 80 minutes.

SPF 30 Lotion

SPF 30 Clear Sunstick

SPF 30 Tinted Sunstick

SPF 15 Lip Balm

For more info, visit protektproducts.com.

Eighth Order Updated Photos

Monday, February 17th, 2020

There were some complaints about photos when we recently showed Veteran-owned small business Eighth Order’s Gray label line of dress shirts. They listened and shot new ones. Here they are.

Available in four base colors with camouflage piping.

Order yours at www.eighthorder.com.