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Air Force Establishes Significant Evolution in Foreign Area Officer Career Field

January 19th, 2021


The Department of the Air Force announced Jan. 15, the opportunity for U.S. Air Force officers to voluntarily transfer into an internationally-focused core career field beginning spring 2021.

Since 2005, the Foreign Area Officer program has organized and trained select Air Force officers to be language-enabled, culturally astute, and operationally relevant regional experts.

More than 800 officers are currently certified as FAOs, filling a critical role in providing essential support to the National Defense Strategy by engaging foreign military leaders and government officials to build partner capability and capacity.

The restructuring of the FAO program is part of the Air Force’s broader reorientation toward great power competition. The recommendation that emerged from an Air Force cross-functional team’s year-long study was to establish the FAO career field as a strategic core career field while retaining operational relevance.

Until now, the Air Force FAO program operated as a secondary career field, alternating assignments between FAO and the officer’s core Air Force specialty code, or AFSC. This presented a key challenge in managing FAOs as strategic assets.

“Focusing FAO development on International Airmen skills and experiences, rather than challenging officers to hit milestones in two career fields, is more important than ever to increase awareness in our current strategic context with both our allies and partners and in the joint community,” said Kelli Seybolt, deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs.

This strategic core career field will now be a Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs-managed AFSC, 16F or 16Z, to better cultivate professional development with a strategic international perspective. Within this new core AFSC, FAOs will be poised for more efficient utilization to meet Air Force strategic needs and will compete for promotion advancement within a single developmental category of professional FAO peers.

Continued operational relevance will be achieved through “FAO-minded” Intervening Operational Tours in each FAO’s original AFSC that sustains the various operational skillsets of each specialty and enhances Air Force strategic international engagement interests within those fields. It presents an increased return on FAO investment to provide deepened regional expertise and requires less in terms of training, sustainment, and manpower to support FAO development. Restructure of the FAO program, and increased primary emphasis in FAO development, will reduce the required inventory for FAOs from other AFSCs by approximately 30%.

“The United States Air Force FAO career field has been improving tremendously over the past decade,” stated Col. Lawrence E. Pravecek, FAO career field manager. “With the changes in the officer promotion system, now is the perfect time to take the next step in managing the development of our international experts. The choice to request transfer into the FAO Core AFSC will be a personal decision. All of us volunteered to serve, and now we ask for volunteers to help build a new AFSC that is tailor-made to provide the internationally-minded officers that our nation needs.”

For those already certified as FAOs or in the FAO training pipeline, applications for transfer to 16F or 16Z as their new core AFSC will begin early 2021. At that time, all eligible personnel will receive a direct email from the Air Force Personnel Center announcing the opening of the application window and providing directions to submit their applications online. FAOs who do not volunteer to transfer will remain in their current AFSC, while maintaining 16F as a secondary AFSC.

Air Force Reserve Component members will be notified by the AF Reserve or Air National Guard regarding ARC-specific processes. For questions/feedback, send email to the FAO Program Workflow Box at SAF.IAPA.IAS.Program.Workflow[email protected].

For FAO resources, visit www.milsuite.mil/book.groups/air-force-ias.

For ARC programs, visit www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/arc-international-affairs-specialist-program.

By Jill Marie Diem, Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs

NOD’s Nest by AXL Advanced

January 18th, 2021

The NOD’s Nest™ is a helmet and night vision storage solution that provides protection for your night vision optics utilizing the shell of your helmet as protective storage space. This eliminates the need for bulky hard-sided cases when traveling, storing, and utilizing your NV and helmet. The NOD’s Nest™ provides a low profile solution that is small enough to be stored in your back pocket when not in use.

The NOD’s Nest™ will secure around any standard-sized ballistic, bump or carbon helmet, including attached helmet-borne communications and signaling equipment.

The internal placard provides secure retention on any binocular or monocular night vision system.

Designed by @NN_Concepts and manufactured by AXL.

Princeton Tec – BYTE Tactical

January 18th, 2021

Princeton Tec’s BYTE Tactical offers 200 Limens in four modes: White Spot high and low along with Red high and low.

It’s powered by 2 AAA alkaline or lithium batteries. Expect up to four hours on high.

Offered in Coyote, Black and MultiCam.

Coming April 2021 from www.princetontec.com.

New PenCott Camouflage Patterns from Hyde Definition and 0241Tactical

January 18th, 2021

If you follow PenCott Camouflage on social media, then you will have recently seen pictures of two new patterns that were developed with North American environments primarily in mind.

The patterns are DevilDog™ and LeatherNeck™, and are both 4-color variations of the standard PenCott pattern geometry. They were named after popular nicknames for US Marine Corps members, due to the fact that the founder and CEO of 0241Tactical is a USMC veteran.

DevilDog™ is specifically oriented towards high plains, scrub desert, dry bush land, and similar types of terrain with light, sandy soil and sparse vegetation.

LeatherNeck™ on the other hand is designed for more temperate terrain that has a significant amount of brown tones – such as pine forests, mixed woodland with reddish soil, and so on.

Developing new pattern colorways during a period of lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation required some flexibility and creativity in the approach we took – not the least because all the work had to be done virtually between team members in the UK and US.

Our starting point was to analyze existing military patterns that have proven effective in North American environments – such as AOR-Universal, MARPAT-Temperate Woodland, CADPAT-Intermediate, Scorpion W2, etc. – comparatively analyzed within the specific types of environments we wanted to address. With this data in hand, we worked up a palette of potential colors, plugged them into the PenCott geometry, and then worked through numerous color combinations to down-select to a shortlist of pattern variations. Using extensive picture-in-picture analysis we ended up with a pattern colorway for each that seemed to be the best option – and also worthy of the names.

With the colors and names established, artwork was sent to 0241Tactical’s digital printing partner in the US and a small trial run of each pattern was printed on ripstop polyester material. The results can now be seen in the form of anoraks, neck gaiters, and beanie hats being offered through 0241Tactical.

With these garments now going out into the real world for field evaluations, we will be able to validate if the colorways are correct or need tweaking before being released for licensing and/or full production with other partners as well. 0241Tactical will also be able to provide various digitally-printed fabrics, such as 500D Cordura® nylon, in the DevilDog and LeatherNeck patterns to other makers as well.

Beyond these new patterns, look out for an expanded offering of GreenZone® fabrics and partners to come in the first half of 2021. We will also be expanding the MetroPolis® offering with webbing and 500D nylon, as well as additional product partners too. And lastly, Helikon-Tex and Direct Action will continue to expand their WildWood® product offerings this year as well.



FN 509 Family Expands with Concealed Carry Compact Model

January 18th, 2021

(McLean, VA – January 18, 2021) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the FN 509 Compact, joining the ranks of the FN 509 family of striker-fired, 9mm pistols. This new configuration delivers the same reliability and high-performance of the FN 509 family in a compact, highly concealable package.

“The FN 509 Compact model compliments the Compact MRD, equipped with our patented optics-mounting system, and offers users an all-new concealed carry option in the FN 509 family,” said Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC. “The low-profile carry sights with high-visibility front sight make this an ideal choice for professional and civilian CCW users.”

The FN 509 Compact, designed to meet the needs of today’s concealed carry users, has been refined for deep concealment with low-profile rear blackout iron sights. A high-visibility front sight aids in low-light target acquisition. The snag-free sight set combined with the included 12-round and 15-round magazines, ensure a discreet and high capacity choice for everyday carry. With two interchangeable backstraps and advanced grip texturing, users benefit from the proven ergonomics of the FN 509 family, in a more compact and concealable package.

To learn more about the FN 509 Compact or other FN 509 pistols in the family, please visit www.fnamerica.com or find a retailer near you.

TNVC & Night Goggles Inc vSHOTT 2021 Day 1 Tonight!

January 18th, 2021

January 18, 2021, The Worldwide Web

Presented by Tactical Night Vision Company and Night Goggles, Inc. and sponsored by B. E. Meyers & Co., Ops-Core, Optics 1, Lightforce USA, Safariland Group, Weapon Outfitters, CORE Survival, Blue Force Gear, Liberty’s Defense, and Emerson Knives, we are proud to be kicking off our virtual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoors, and Tactical Tele-event starting today at 8:00PM Eastern, 5:00PM Pacific and will be streaming at tnvc.com/vshott

Registered participants will receive e-mailed promotional pricing, discount codes, and other vSHOTT Specials not available anywhere else, including a Grand Prize on Friday of a TNV/PVS-14 with an Elbit Systems of America Gen. 3 Thin Filmed White Phosphor along with a Nocorium NVG Camo Wrap and TNVC Mohawk MK1 Gen. 2 of choice!* As well as many other great giveaways from our sponsors!

Day 1’s giveaways will include great gear from Safariland, Ops-Core, as well as discounts and vouchers for TNVC’s Night Fighter Training Program. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BELOW TO WIN AND RECEIVE PROMOTIONAL PRICING AND DISCOUNTS:


Our first ever vSHOTT will feature new product announcements, as well as educational featurettes, livestreamed interactive panel discussions with TNVC and NGI Staff and Special Guests such as Chris Sizelove from Blue Force Gear, and a Live Virtual Circle Bar!

Day 1’s programming will be focused on Range and Training Tips brought to you by the TNVC Training & Education Staff, as well as Don Edwards from Greenline Tactical. We will also be debuting a brand new episode of TNVC: Night Fighter featuring Jon Dufresne from Kinetic Consulting as well as some new training offerings from TNVC’s Night Fighter Program.

You can register for vSHOTT at any time (including during the stream), however YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY 5:00PM ET, 2:00PM PT each day to be entered for that evening’s drawing (only one registration is necessary to be eligible for all giveaways and promotions for the week) and receive that day’s promotional materials (via e-mail, so check your “junk” folders if you don’t receive them).

Register and watch: TNVC.com/vSHOTT

*open to U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. only subject to verification and ITAR

Sneak Peek – SIG P320MAX

January 18th, 2021

SIG SAUER is participating in SHOT Show On Demand and offered this sneak peek of the P320MAX. Based on the description, it looks like an out of the box competition gun, complete with optic and extra magazines.

The SIG SAUER P320MAX is a 9mm striker-fired pistol optimized for competition at the highest levels, specifically in the Carry Optics division. The pistol is built around the TXG tungsten infused heavy XFULL grip module with a flat skeletonized trigger. The SIG Custom Works P320MAX slide was completely redesigned with custom wrap-around serrations for ideal side and top manipulation and is fit with a 5” match grade bull barrel, one-piece stainless steel guide rod, and both a 14lb. and 12lb. 1911-style recoil spring, allowing for an easily customized shooting experience.  The pistol comes standard with a SIG SAUER Electro-Optics 6MOA ROMEO3MAX, and 4EA 21rd Steel Magazines…enough for any competition set-up.

Coming soon from www.sigsauer.com

Revision’s Laser Eyepro Available for Immediate Shipment

January 18th, 2021

Revision’s LazrBloc FT-2 advanced laser protective eyewear is in stock and available for immediate shipping for anyone seeking laser protection against green, blue and violet laser hazards. To learn more about Revision’s LazrBloc product offering, visit www.revisionmilitary.com.

Revision has extended the 45% discount on select laser kits – visit this link and use promo code BLUELINE45until January 31, 2021.