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Dave,
My husband worked with the men who went down. He was in the Fire base with them for almost nine months. He came home not quite two weeks prior to the tragedy. Thank you for recognizing the Spec Ops community loss. And the My Hero Wears a Green Beret went over quite well when he got off the bus.

Thank you again,
Kari

The intent was clear, Do whatever we could to help save lives and ease the suffering of those who survived. We approached our mission with a sense of purpose and accomplished what set out to do"

Marine Col. John Shook, 2nd MEF and commander of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force St. Bernard, named for the Louisiana parish that would become the focus of the Marines' efforts during Post Huricane Katrina Releif Efforts

"'Tis not the badges that you're earnin', Its the knowledge that you're learnin', That will comfort Ye and save Ye, When Old Neptune starts 'a churnin'."

Wise U.S. CoastGuard adage

"I am grateful for the small part I may have played in allowing my children to be born free and will continue to serve the cause of freedom so that my grandchildren and those that follow can continue the blessings of liberty and justice... I was just doing what I could to help the country."

Colonel Eric Orsini (USA ret) who joined the Army for a one-year stint in 1941, then kept finding reasons to stay with the government retiring in 2005 at age 87 with 64 years of service under his belt: 30 years of it in uniform, and 34 as an Army civil

"The PJ": Air Force Special Operations Command's para rescuemen, also known as "PJs," are the only Department of Defense specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional rescue operations. PJs are the ideal force for assisted survivor recovery. A pararescueman's primary function is as a personnel recovery specialist, with emergency medical capabilities in humanitarian and combat environments. They deploy in any available manner, to include air-land-sea tactics, into restricted environments to authenticate, extract, treat, stabilize and evacuate injured personnel, while acting in an enemy-evading, recovery role. PJs participate in search and rescue, combat search and rescue, recovery support for NASA and conduct other operations as appropriate. Pararescuemen are among the most highly trained emergency trauma specialists in the U.S. military.

PJ's continue to deploy so "That Others May Live" whenever they are called to help resolve Combat search and rescue and equally important their valiant eefforts during the aftermath Rescues of HUricanie Katraina and RITA in The Gulf states iof the U.S.A.

"[Many] Others have lived" here, back home, because they are a "special force" of rescuing second to none!

THANK YOU PJ's

Pararescue - #A02215

"Bold decisions give the best promise of success. But one must differentiate between strategical or tactical boldness and a military gamble. A bold operation is one in which success is not a certainty but which in case of failure leaves one with suffici ent forces in hand to cope with whatever situation may arise. A gamble, on the other hand, is an operation which can lead either to victory or to the complete destruction of one's forces... If you know the battle is lost, then a gamble may be worthwhile..."
~Erwin Rommel

WHEN TRACKING MAN or BEAST... Study the [tracked] imprint carefully, fix all details in your mind and if need be write them down, sketch it, measure it, not only the step but the distance between them as well. So that if you run into other tracks that cross yours, you still find it back.

In a firefight, the patrol leader, with the assistance of the APL, must constantly redistribute ammo and give encouragement to his men. This means crawling under fire from position to position, inspiring the men, and insuring that each has a constant supply of ammo. Some men fire more often than others. If the enemy is hitting you on the right then your men on the right will expend ammo faster than those on the left. You cannot just move every one online because the enemy could flank you, or come around behind. Amidst the roar, fury, and smoke of combat, good leaders distinguish themselves by this type of conduct under pressure. Some leaders rise from the most unlikely places in the "ranks". A good patrol member must always be ready to take command when the PL /APL is unable to do so (dead or wounded). The patrol leader must always display unselfish courage so that when he does go down, Pfc Joe Rag Bag will step forward, and do as he has seen his leader do under fire.

Put Your Bomb Tools
at Your Finger Tips!
(tools not included)
Leg rig for crimpers, tape, cap box, knife, cutters, light, multipliers. This large tool rig is elongated to hold a covered pouch for a firing device.

SKU: #STBTR-L
Weight: 2.00 lbs
Dimensions: 9.5 x 10"
Price: $95.00

Bomb Tech Tool Rig

We Serve to Help You SURVIVE!

Citizen Soldiers, Professionals and Volunteer Patriots alike... here ye, here ye! Thy enemies within said you were not ready for the task, though your actions of being a unique "special force." Though, in the last two natural disasters you have proved your critics wrong again!

So the Mexican Army raised a flag on U.S. soil for the first time since the Alamo... and the Canadian Navy is currently steaming to the Gulf Coasts with troopers since... when ever. And Sean Penn did stand guard with a shot gun in the French Quarter - but make no mistake: it is you, the Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Coastguardsmen, Cop, Fed or Contractor who - as chaos caused a few local cops to leave their post - you and the armed and prepared citizen soldiers did not!

Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and wars more recent, told Guardsmen trying to force evacuations - "No way!" And you the Guardsmen by and large realized that the same U.S. Constitution you share with every U.S. citizen is why you did not force those to leave.

The 60,000 U.S. military forces on the ground in the hurricane decimated Gulf Coast region are carrying out President Bush's priorities - saving, then sustaining lives - before getting to the tasks of recovery and reconstruction, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sept. 6 during an interview on Fox News Channel.

Rumsfeld, who traveled to the region Sept. 4 to observe operations firsthand, addressed the "enormous effort going on down there" as 1,800 members of the 82nd Airborne Division and more than 1,600 1st Cavalry Division troops were joining the Hurricane Katrina relief operation.

This brings to 18,000 the number of active-duty forces committed to the mission, in addition to almost 43,000 National Guardsmen, U.S. Northern Command officials reported today.

An additional 5,400 active troops and 1,400 National Guard members are expected to flow into the region within the next 24 to 48 hours, DoD officials said.

Together, these forces are conducting humanitarian, search-and-rescue, evacuation and security missions, officials reported.

Rumsfeld said the Defense Department provided assets to support the effort "as rapidly as humanly possible" after being asked to do so and had taken steps to ensure it was prepared for a quick response.

"I would go so far as to say we were leaning so far forward that we were actually moving things and pre-positioning things well before we were ever asked for them," he said.

In another new development, USS Tortuga was positioned pier-side in New Orleans, where its crew is now conducting evacuations, distributing food and water, and transporting support troops, NORTHCOM officials said.

Tortuga is among 27 ships - 20 Navy and seven Coast Guard - now on station in the affected region. USS Whidbey Island delivered six floating bridges to replace those destroyed in New Orleans. In addition, USS Grapple is on station to support salvage and clearing operations in cooperation with the Coast Guard, DoD officials said.

The hospital ship USNS Comfort, capable of treating 250 patients, is scheduled to arrive Sept. 9, DoD homeland defense officials reported today.

In addition, 360 helicopters, half active duty and half National Guard; and 93 airplanes, 70 active duty and 23 National Guard, are also supporting the operation.

Joint Task Force Katrina (Forward), currently at Camp Shelby, Miss., is slated to relocate to the USS Iwo Jima within 24 hours, officials reported.

DoD officials reported these additional operational highlights today:

  • DoD has provided extensive search-and-rescue, evacuation, and medical support, flying more than 5,200 sorties to date, evacuating 75,000 people, rescuing more than 14,000 people, evacuating 7,500 patients by ground and more than 2,500 by air, and treating more than 5,500 patients.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers closed the 17th Street Canal levee breach in New Orleans and began pumping operations Sept. 6. Corps staffers are now working to open the city's pump station number seven.
  • Mortuary affairs specialists are expected to arrive today at Camp Shelby to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency process the deceased.
  • The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here is providing a specialized DNA team to help identify fatalities.
  • An Army element arrived at Camp Shelby equipped with airborne and ground loud speakers to assist with evacuation operations.
  • DoD provided 1,500 mobile radios and technical support to be used by officials in Mississippi and Louisiana.
  • Six installations are providing support as transportation staging areas for ice, water and medical supplies. Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is serving as DoD's central collection point for supplies donated by foreign countries.
  • Military Sealift Command contracted for one passenger ship to provide lodging for disaster victims and response personnel.
  • FEMA has ordered 21 million individually packaged military rations.
  • Field hospitals are providing 745 beds: 360 aboard USS Bataan, 260 aboard USS Iwo Jima, and 25 at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
  • Ten Department of Health and Human Services Federal Medical Shelters, each with 250 beds, have been located at DoD installations. Two shelters are at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; four at Fort Polk, La.; and four at Meridian Naval Air Station, Miss.
  • The Air Force established one of three tent cities to be constructed at the airport in New Orleans.

See http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2005/katrina/news/

For more noble and great tales of our fine brothers and sisters in uniform have proved to this Green Beret that U.S. Military is a truly unique and Special Force.

Bravo Zulu to you all!


Right Handed Rig
with Optional Belt Hanger


Pistol Flap

Ground Pounder Thigh Rig

Ground Pounder Holster built on S.O.Tech Claw Rig thigh plate. Will not shift around on leg. Removable flap, triple retention, large autos, lined, spare mag pouch. Belt disconnect extra.

The Need:
Why go with a low ride? In a panic situation, a human naturally drops his hands to his thighs to draw. So, even though a belt draw is faster in a premeditated draw, your hands will naturally go to your thighs first in most gun fight situations. This leaves us needing a fast and smooth holster that will anchor itself to the thigh.

The Answer:
The Pistol Thigh Rig (PTR) is a triple retention holster secured to the stable Claw Rigc to provide a smooth, secure, versatile and comfortable holster. The stitching of the holster to the contoured Claw Rig holds the weapon securely to the thigh. This prevents the butt of the pistol from bouncing.

Removable pistol flap (optional with PTR) is secured by Velcro behind the grip for protection and retention while breaking brush. The retention strap routes through the front of the flap and it can be held up and out of the way by Velcro during tactical situations.

Ground Pounder Thigh Rig

The US Air Forces' air superiority is equaled only by their incredible support and rescue efforts. Afforded to those they fight for back home as they diligently work to deliver relief to the Gulf Coast states during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita...

Please browse our Air Force and My Hero T-shirts - odes to these great and valiant saviors of the sky!

Air Force T-shirts

Bomb Tech's Tool Rig
Wrist / Leg

Regular Price - $78.50

SALE PRICE - $65.00

View Details - #STBTR-W

Our Bomb Tech's Tool Rig - Wrist / Leg is professionally designed by S.O. Tech, and accommodates the most common EOD tools.

We started with a design from Major Russ Hart (Ret. USMC) of REST Corp and sat down with the local bomb techs at an IABTI meeting to refine it. The outcome is a thigh rig based on S.O. Tech's Claw Rig (patent pending) and has pouches and retention straps for crimpers, dikes, pliers, screwdrivers, folding pliers tools, Surefire 6P, cap box, shims, electrical tape and a large utility knife (up to an M9 bayonet.)

Each tool is secured by a hook and loop strap for a custom fit. All models can accommodate the belt hanger adapter (sold separately). The basic version (BTR-B) is a compact unit that can be worn on the side or front of the leg. It is secured by a single leg strap and holds all of the tools listed above.

Features:

  • 1000 Denier DuPont Cordura Plus fabric, double layered.
  • 138 weight bonded nylon parachute harness thread.
  • Strength rated nylon webbing and tapes
  • American name brand plastic and metal fasteners (Duraflex, ITW Nexus, ACW, etc.).
  • Velcro™ and Rip and Grip™ mil spec hook and loop fastener.
  • Closed cell foam.
  • Heavy weight woven elastic.
  • Edges bound by double stitched nylon Type 3 seam tape
  • Stress points anchored by double stitching, bar tacks, and box X's.

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20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Patrol New Orleans with Local Police

The 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and National Guard work with local New Orleans police to locate people stranded by Hurricane Katrina.

Scenes include servicemen and police patroling flooded streets, civilians pulling a raft full of belongings, servicemembers taking a canoe out on patrol, and people being evacuated by helicopter. Walking interviews with Maj. David Butler, aeromedical physician assistant, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Staff Sgt. Reichenberg, 20th SFG (A); Sam Palumbo, New Orleans Police Department.

Video Story: 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Patrol New Orleans with Local Police

Air Force Rescue Personnel Prepare to Depart Gulf Coast Region

Active-duty and reserve-component rescue airmen are "staging to depart" after spending the past five days supporting Hurricane Rita rescue missions along the Texas-Louisiana border. The airmen returning home are a part of about 800 troops, 91 aircraft and 31 "equipment packages" the Air Force provided to rescue efforts.

Airmen from the active-duty 38th, 48th and 58th rescue wings and the Air Reserve's 920th Rescue Wing, participated in search and air-rescue missions after Hurricane Rita came ashore Sept. 24.

Air Force Rescue Personnel Prepare to Depart Gulf Coast Region

Like Baghdad on the Bayou

"It's absolute chaos," Col. Timothy Tarchick screams into his satellite phone, straining his voice to be heard over the thump-thump of Coast Guard and military helicopters bringing more and more desperate souls. "Its not safe here. I've got 1,000 people who have been dropped here. We're out of food, and they're starting to get tense. I've got women separated from their children. We have no medicine. We need security. It's like fricking Baghdad here. You have got to take control of this."

TIME: Like Baghdad on the Bayou

Air Commandos Build Bonds with African Country

A select team of combat aviation advisors from the 6th Special Operations Squadron here deployed to the edge of the Sahara desert to conduct a joint exchange training exercise with the fledgling Niger air force in August.

Because the 6th SOS has been to Niger numerous times, the air commandos better understand how to adapt to living and working in one of the world's poorest countries. The team requires very little outside support and leaves a very small footprint in the local area. The air commandos are culturally and linguistically trained to earn the respect of partner-nation citizens and military forces.

Air Commandos Build Bonds with African Country

New Navy SEALs Undeterred by Recent Loss of 11

Mario Romero was in the middle of training to be a Navy SEAL when he heard about it: the largest loss of life in a single mission in the 40-year history of the elite force of Navy commandos.

Eleven SEALs had died in Afghanistan three were part of a Special Forces unit that disappeared June 28 in the mountains of Afghanistan, and eight were aboard a helicopter shot down by Taliban guerrillas while attempting to rescue the unit.

The most SEALs killed in a single incident in Vietnam was five.

"We were all feeling anger and sadness," said Romero, 22. "But it also inspired us, made us motivated, driven to get over there."

New Navy SEALs Undeterred by Recent Loss of 11

Naval Special Warfare Comes Through at Crunchtime

When flooded roads prevent the use of cars or trucks, shallow-draft river boats become the best option for getting around. The men of Naval Special Warfare who use them for river training in Stennis know that the Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R) does many things well. The craft, specifically designed for shallow waterways, is primarily used for the insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs in hostile territory. But in the days following Hurricane Katrina, the SOC-R has taken on a different mission, a lifesaving one.

Naval Special Warfare Comes Through at Crunchtime
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