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Rogue Ridge RG750 Is Built for Off-Grid Adventure

November 23rd, 2022

Minden, LA – The culmination of years of research and development, Rogue Ridge’s RG750 fat tire e-bike is engineered to take outdoorsmen farther and faster.

Equipped with a 750-watt motor and 13 amp hour battery, the RG750 can last through long rides and power you up steep hills. It can reach up to 20 mph with a range of up to 35 miles and a charge time of just 2.5 hours.

The e-bike’s fat tires easily tackle any terrain from sand and rocks to snow and mud, making it a great fit for backcountry hunting or adventuring in all conditions.

The tech-welded frame constructed of 6061 aluminum weighs 65 pounds and is load-rated for up to 300 pounds. The RG750 features a display for quickly checking current speed, average speed, trip distance, and remaining battery power.

The e-bike comes off-road ready with a rear pannier rack, 48v 2a charger, mud fenders, tire liners, and a 1-year warranty. Available in Mossy Oak Bottomland and three solid colorways, the RG750 is a great value at $3,999.99-$4,199.99.

To learn more about the RG750 and browse the full lineup of e-bikes, visit rogueridge.com.

AFSOC Spark Tank Finalists to Compete at Air Force-Level

November 23rd, 2022

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. —  

Since the inception of Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Commandos have been pathfinders, breaking new ground and laying the foundation for others to find innovative ways to solve problems, some not yet considered.

Spark Tank, an annual, Air Force-wide program that solicits solutions to operational problems, allows Air Commandos to use their innovative and pathfinding spirit to get after Air Force and AFSOC-wide problems. The program is focused on empowering Airmen at all levels by providing a platform to pitch innovative solutions.

Of AFSOC’s 31 submissions, six semi-finalists were selected to compete at the major command level.

The six finalists presented their ideas to a panel of AFSOC senior leaders who selected two to compete at the Air Force level.

“The innovative spirit of our Air Commandos is part of what makes AFSOC so unique, so it’s no surprise to see such a large turnout of great ideas,” said Mr. Donald Plater, AFSOC executive director. “This competition is about recognizing our Airmen and making the Air Force better, so let’s give them our full attention.”

The Advanced Maintenance and Troubleshooting Suite (A-MATS), submitted by Master Sgt. Aaron Cordroch, wing avionics manager for the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group, and Project OREGON TRAIL created by Staff Sgt. Michael Sturtevant, air transportation and aerial delivery supervisor for the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron, were the two finalists.

Cordroch’s A-MATS proposes the development of an information database which will provide access to aircraft data using cyber security monitoring tools. These tools currently provide access to previously unavailable data. This data can be used to significantly reduce maintenance costs associated with replacing parts that are still serviceable and predicting future potential maintenance issues.

“A-MATS will offer more accurate fail data to maintenance technicians, saving thousands of hours in aircraft downtime currently being used to troubleshoot maintenance problems,” said Cordroch. “It will offer more detailed and accurate aircraft historical data, while also providing current system health statuses to allow for enhanced maintenance scheduling and forecasting.”

Sturtevant’s Project OREGON TRAIL aims to create a quick and space-reducing solution for moving pallets and equipment in austere environments in lieu of a forklift.

“Fork-lifts can take 95-man hours to disassemble and reassemble and can also take up five pallet positions plus a pallet needed for fuel,” said Sturtevant.

“The goal is to deliver more mission critical equipment for those down-range who are getting the mission done and to also ensure their safety. If a forklift is down and a mission must go, our people must carry that heavy equipment themselves, and this eliminates that problem.”

“Without our Airmen, we are nothing and this is a stark reminder of how important it is to invest in our human capital,” said Plater. “I appreciate all who submitted their ideas and am truly impressed with the bright and innovative Airmen we have in this command.”

From here, the two finalists will go on to compete at the Air Force level, where a board of innovation and functional experts from Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Management, and AFWERX, a Technology Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), will select the best submissions and compile a slate of Semi-Finalists for presentation to the Semi-Finals board.

If selected, the Semi-Finals board, co-chaired by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and consisting of Vice Chief of Space and Department of the Air Force Executive subject-matter experts, will select up to six to be pitched at the Spark Tank Finals, which are planned to be held in conjunction with the Air and Space Forces Association’s Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colo., in March. 

By Capt Alicia Premo, Air Force Special Operations Command

Code of Silence Releases Verdigre Collection of Hunting Clothing

November 22nd, 2022

Heartland, America – Code of Silence is excited to announce the official release of its Verdigre line of hunting clothing. The Verdigre series, like all gear from Code of Silence, features revolutionary technology that gives hunters the ultimate edge with their camouflage clothing. The most capable gear available for mid-season hunters, the Verdigre collection redefines functionality in hunting apparel.

“Mid-season hunters have never experienced a more capable line of clothing than the Verdigre line from Code of Silence,” says co-founder Ev Terrell. A seasoned vet in the hunting apparel space, Terrell continues, “Verdigre gives hunters something we’ve always been seeking but until now haven’t found, an apparel line that is comfortable and absolutely dead quiet.”

With initial availability in the form of a pant, hoodie, glove, and cap, the Verdigre series is incredibly versatile. These feature-rich garments are loaded with the latest technology without bulk or complication. Featuring a full Fleece-Wool construction, Verdigre offers breathability while active and warmth during colder, still hunts. And above all, it’s dead silent.

Find out more about Verdigre and explore other offerings from Code of Silence at www.codeofsilence.com.

TacJobs – Global SOF Foundation Is Hiring

November 22nd, 2022

Want to work with the best team around?? Global SOF is hiring for four positions, including “Events Manager- SOF Week.” Check out the job posting at the link below.

Current job openings include:

• Events Manager – SOF Week

• Partner Relations Manager

• Sales Manager

• Multimedia Coordinator

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Premier Body Armor Announces Long-Awaited Discreet Plate Carrier

November 22nd, 2022

GASTONIA, N.C. – November 21, 2022 – Premier Body Armor is proud to announce the next addition in their concealable product line, the Discreet Plate Carrier. Combined with two of PBA’s ultra-light Stratis plates, the DPC provides rifle-rated protection in a uniquely discreet way.

“Designing a plate carrier that is discreet enough to conceal rifle rated plates, yet robust enough to last, is no easy feat”, said Alex Stewart, President of Premier Body Armor. “But, after several months of R&D, I think we have a carrier that makes the cut and comes packed with capability. The Premier Body Armor Discreet Plate Carrier is extremely light weight, thin, and feature-rich. Six AR mag/medical gear/comms pouches line the elastic cummerbunds and full-field loop velcro covers the front and rear plate pockets. Vertical webbing on the front pockets allows for compatibility with our new MAAP pouch and other standard G-Hook based pouches on the market. I’m confident this carrier will become the rig of choice for discerning protection professionals across the globe.”

The SAPI plate shape accommodates all 10×12 plates including SAPI, Shooter, and Swimmer’s cuts. Vertical, load-bearing MOLLE webbing offers flexibility for accessories, including the DPC’s line of accessories like the MAAP pouch (MSRP $100). The fully adjustable cummerbund includes pouches for full-size magazines, comms devices, or medical equipment. Virtually invisible under a button-down or jacket, this plate carrier is both versatile and concealable. The new Discreet Plate Carrier has an MSRP of just $180.

With an inner mesh liner for breathability and diagonally articulating shoulder position, The carrier is built not just for functionality, but comfort as well.  The durable elastic cummerbund makes the carrier fully adjustable, and comes in a one-size-fits-most size. Add Premier’s rifle-rated plates in the front and back pockets and rest assured you’ll have concealable protection for any mission that comes your way.

Learn more about Premier Body Armor and their complete line of armor at premierbodyarmor.com.

The Pagoda Watch Company Formally Launches

November 22nd, 2022

Although they’ve been conducting business since late last year, the Pagoda Watch Company held a launch party last week at The Bike Shed in London.

Pagoda is a true military watch company, founded near Hereford, England by a retired British military Veteran who was joined by several other British and American Veterans. Pagoda’s watches are made in Switzerland to their exacting specifications.

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AFSOC Hosts Mission Command Summit

November 22nd, 2022

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. —  

Air Force Special Operations Command hosted leaders from the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, the Army Mission Command Center of Excellence, Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, the Barnes Center, and Squadron Officer School at a Mission Command Summit last week to better understand the Air Force’s concept of Mission Command and how it applies to AFSOC.

The summit was co-hosted by Col. Stewart Parker, 492d Special Operations Wing vice commander, AFSOC’s lead wing for education and training, and Col. Eries Mentzer, director of AFSOC Force Development. Lt Gen Jim Slife, AFSOC commander, kicked off the summit explaining why understanding mission command is so critical at this time.

“To deliver the Air Force Special Operations Command we need in today’s increasingly complex and uncertain environments, we must decentralize and empower Special Operations Task Units (SOTU) and Special Operations Task Groups (SOTG) with mission command,” said Slife.

Today’s challenges demand multi-capable Airmen deployed through a sustainable Force Generation model, empowered to take on current and emerging threats. Integrating the culture of mission command makes that model possible.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., discussed mission command as one of the Air Force’s five cultural focus areas at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyberspace Conference in September 2022. Brown identified mission command, force generation, agile combat employment, multi-capable Airmen, and the wing A-staff construct as key cultural shifts essential to deliver the Air Force we need in today’s dynamic operating environment. 

The Mission Command Summit hosted at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, reviewed the definition of mission command to ensure a shared understanding and discussed ways to promote mission command throughout AFSOC. Attendees also discussed barriers the command may face including culture, key behaviors and value systems that must evolve. Additionally, attendees discussed resources needed to deliver a mission command culture aligned with AFSOC’s warfighting functions and competencies, both in garrison and deployed.

Recommendations from the three-day summit were briefed to Maj. Gen. Wolfe Davidson, deputy commander of AFSOC, to deliver at the upcoming Force Development Council hosted by Headquarters Air Force.

“To be survivable in the fight and adaptive in garrison, we must execute mission command’ said Davidson, “To make this possible, AFSOC is committed to delivering the necessary resources. We need command teams at every level to deliver this command culture.”

Col. Mentzer and Col. Parker will reconvene the Mission Command Summit in Spring 2023 to receive feedback from the first Airmen to deploy under the newly fielded SOTG and SOTU Command Teams and review progress on shifting AFSOC’s culture to support and facilitate mission command.

“Pride is the fuel of human accomplishment,” said Slife. “We want to give our Airmen missions—and not simply tasks or functions—for which they can be accountable and proud of succeeding in accomplishing.”

By TSgt Jonathan McCallum, 492d Special Operations Wing

Helinox BLONCHO

November 21st, 2022

BLONCHO is a portmanteau of the words blanket and poncho. It’s also the latest product from camping furniture maker Helinox. Not only that, you’ll get a free BLONCHO with every chair order, now through the end of the year.

Weighing just Uber a pound, it is 39″ x 55″ and reversible.

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BLONCHO Black/Flowline will be added to every order that has a chair. One BLONCHO per order. Offer valid while supplies last, or until 12/31/2022, whichever comes first.