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Hello,

Just wanted to say that I received the Custom Death Head T-Shirts (awhile ago). Your customer service is top notch, and the products are best quality!

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Good Afternoon Sir

Just like to say thanks for an outstanding item # A01092T in which I'll wear it proudly with in the city and most likely piss off civilians ...but oh well

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Dave,

I recieved my order yesterday and was agian very happy with the quality of the merchandise received. I am going to do some research about how to get stuff to the guys in the field. Henry was an A-Team Capt in 69 and got out in 75. I went in in 69 with the 25th inf but was selected for ranger school after my first tour in the Nam. I made it through Ranger school and was in C Company 2nd Ranger Battalion until 1981. I broke my back in late 80 and got discharged in Sept 81.

Thanks for what you are doing.

Be Well,
David

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Romans used the now universal medical symbol cadeuceus as an emblem of peace. Described best in an ancient myth in which Hermes (Mercury) threw his rod between two fighting snakes and stopped their battle, at which point they wrapped themselves around the wand causing instant harmony from hostility... Or so the tale goes...

During Operation Just Cause in Panama, at the Battle for Pacora Bridge; an ODA was Helo inserted to intercept a Panamanian convoy. Well into the action, a pair of Sergeants one of which was the ODA's Combat Medic; chased four Panamanian soldiers in a fire fight onto the bridge. Two of the four Panamanians survived jumping over the bridge in hiding. The two Sergeants found these two snakes in the grass, fired on them and the Medic - instead of a rod, then tossed a frag their way. When all became still, the one sergeant who was a medic went down to patch up the groaning survivor. Later the Medics co-patriots would tease him about the shoot-em-up/patch-em job on the Panamanian... who later forgave the Sergeant for his work.

Our full color stylized, smiling Death Head resplent with Flash and Crest Green Beret, is in front of airborne wings and the medical caduceus. A reminder to the kind of spirit all Special Forces Combat Medics display, during a host of little known actions, of which the incident at Pacora Bridge, is but one of many.

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A bit of History

The potential participation of the Marine Corps in SOCOM has been controversial since SOCOM was first formed in 1986. At the time, Marine Corps leaders felt that their Force Reconnaissance units were best kept in the Marine Corps' MAGTF command structure, and that the detachment of an "elite" Marine Special Operations unit from the Marine Corps would be to the detriment of the Marine Corps as a whole. A reevaluation following the September 11th attacks and the global war on terror, along with new policy established by Secretary Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, caused the Marine Corps to work towards integration with SOCOM. The establishment of MARSOC represents the most significant step towards this goal, and follows the establishment of MCSOCOM Detachment One (DET1), a small Marine Corps detachment formed as a pilot program to test Marine Corps integration into SOCOM and that served under Naval Special Warfare Squadron One. DET1 was disbanded in 2006.

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A bit of SWCC History

Although the history of littoral warfare dates back over 900 years, Special Boat Units trace their origins to the "Brown Water" naval force employed during the Vietnam conflict. Literally starting from scratch in 1965, by the end of their seven years of active involvement this force had grown into three specialized task forces totaling over 700 craft and 38,000 men.

Vietnam Riverine Firefight On 30 January 1967 the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center was commissioned in Mare Island, California, and charged with the mission of providing instruction and functional training for the prospective crewmen of Task Forces 116 (River Patrol) and 117 (River Assault). Training for the prospective crews of Task Force 115 (Coastal Surveillance) was conducted at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California. In the 11-week River Assault Craft training program, sailors were exposed to the special features of joint operations, counter-insurgency, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), and all aspects of riverine warfare. One unit in particular, however, was commissioned during this period to modify, test, evaluate and operate combatant craft in support of Navy SEALs in Vietnam: Boat Support Unit One. Home ported at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, BSU- 1 was a component of the Naval Operations Support Group commanded by Captain Phil H Bucklew, USN, a pioneer of Naval Special Warfare and the namesake of our training center.

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So Others May Live!

When you arrive at Navy SAR (Search and Rescue Swimmer or USCG Rescue Swimmer School, you will be placed in a stressful environment and expected to excel in military education, close quarter living, teamwork, and physical fitness tests (PFT).

According to the SAR Swimmer course syllabus, rescue swimmers must have flexibility, strength, endurance, and be able to function for 30 minutes in heavy seas.

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Comfort, Versatility & Strength

Designed for comfort, versatility & strength, the S.O. TECH's Mission Go Bag fulfills multiple requirements. Can easily be reconfigured as a shoulder bag & with a fold & a snap it converts into a waist / fanny pack that rides below body armor.

Stowing the shoulder straps in the rear pocket configures the bag as a briefcase utilizing stowable carrying handles or as a large vest pouch for front or back using the PALS/MOLLE compatible Flex-tab attachment system (U.S. Patent Pending). These tabs can also secure the bag to a larger pack. A contoured shoulder strap, padded back plate & sleek design with rounded edges provide comfort required for long missions. Thick shoulder straps, reinforced attachment points & large buckles provide durability required in modern combat environments, while economic use of high-tech materials minimizes the bag weight as part of the soldier's load. Logically placed & enlarged buckles & zipper pulls provide ease of operation in stressful operations & inclimate weather.

Ability to Facilitate Numerous Missions

The Mission Go Bag received its name because of its ability to facilitate numerous missions - survival go bag, medical bag, explosive breacher bag, sniper bag, EOD tech bag, tool bag & laptop bag (designer for Military Issue Panasonic Toughbooks and other s of small size). The bag is equipped with a large zippered main compartment & a bellowed zippered front pocket. The main compartment has four draw corded pouches, a flat pouch & and a tape dispenser.

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Six Internal M4 Magazine Pouches Creates More Pouch Attachment Space

The Need:
The need for high mobility brought a need for compact chest harnesses as troops found themselves spending hours in HUMVEES. And as medics and grenadiers needed to affix more gear to their vests, we saw an answer in layering.

The Answer:
S.O.Tech developed the internal magazine slots of the Hellcat Chest Rigs to provide more carrying capacity on a compact chest mounted platform. By moving the magazines to internal slots (patent pending), we freed up the front PALS webbing either for the attachment of more magazine / gear pouches or to provide a low profile chest rig with all the magazines laying flat against the body. Our inspirations came from a project with a Ranger Regiment medic who asked us to place magazine slots behind his medical pouch to give him more real estate. We transferred this idea onto a chest harness and found the most effective way to carry rifle magazines into combat.~~The front face of the rig is covered with PALS webbing which accepts military issue pouches. The back is mesh covered forming a map pocket. Internal slots hold 6 GI M4/M16 magazines secured by a pistol holster type thumb break for quick extraction. Thumb break has Velcro to accept standard magazines and magazines with Mag Pul or other extraction devices. Shoulder straps are of wide two inch webbing for wear over body armor or alone, and affix with three large two inch side-lock buckles for quick extraction. Removable bib is sold separately.

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A Message from Dave

Six Stars to
General of the Armies of the United States

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing

Born just before the start of the Civil War on a farm in Missouri to a family of German descent his life bridged the 19th and 20th centuries 1860 - 1948. General Pershing is the only person (while still alive) to be promoted to the highest rank ever held in the United States Army - General of the Armies - equivalent only to the posthumous rank of George Washington awarded in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. It is no wonder why because he was the right man at the right time.




A 105-year-old vet honors a great general in Arlington cemetery

By Lisa Hoffman
November 10, 2006

It was 86 years ago that Frank Buckles, then a young World War I corporal, crossed paths with the greatest general of the time.

At an Oklahoma City reception, Buckles, then 18 and newly back from two years at war in France, caught the eye of Gen. John "Blackjack" Pershing, the commander of U.S. forces in Europe.

The mighty general, a stickler for discipline, summoned Buckles from the throng to compliment his impeccable military demeanor and to chew the fat. It was a moment Buckles has cherished ever since.

On Saturday, Buckles, now 105, traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to Pershing at his simple grave. As one of only a dozen known World War I veterans still alive, Buckles is likely to be the last soldier who served under Pershing to personally honor the historic leader at his final resting place.

In a wheelchair but sharp-eyed, his face rosy and smooth, Buckles wore a half smile but didn't speak during an hour-long ceremony that drew the Army's "Pershing's Own" band, several contingents of veterans groups, and about 100 others.

In recent years, Buckles had mused about making the trip to Arlington to pay his final respects to Pershing, a figure of immense historic stature after WWI. He says he hopes Americans will not forget the general, or the war that molded them both.

"It was a long time ago, now," Buckles said. "A long time."




Buried in accordance with his wishes under a simple white grave stone in section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery near the gravesite of his "Doughboys" from World War I—with his grandsons beside him—Army Second Lieutenant Richard Warren Pershing, killed-in-action in Vietnam in 1968 and Colonel Warren Pershing, III.

As a side note: Doughboys was a nickname for Infantry Soldiers up to and at the time of World War I. No one really knows the origin of this nickname, but I like this explanation the best because everyone knows the Army runs off its stomach and the soldiers rations consisted a lot of fried flour dumplings, so they called them "Doughboys" sort of the predecessor to the present day donut.

General Pershing dreamed of becoming an attorney, but his journey due to finances took him on a far different path, which is often true for most of us as we make our journey through life. General Pershing's life would fill many novels all of which would show him to be a true patriot. So I will only introduce him in this piece and highlight some events or lessons applicable to us today and my hope is that our junior leaders study him further. For he is what I consider to be a text book model of leadership. He was most noted in history for bridging the gap or shepherding the United States into the 20th century.

His legacy was won during World War I. President Wilson—on recommendation from his Secretary of War Newton Baker—who knew nothing of military matters—had one great quality: he stood behind Pershing and trusted him along with President Wilson to do the job from start to finish without any interference.

Never has an American General held so much power.

In his legacy he mentored in a generation of Generals who led the United States to victory in World War II. Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton, George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower and more. When I watched the movie Patton, it reminded me of what I had read about General Pershing—I could see the similarities between them setting high standards, all about business with no excuses, although their personalities were different.

When Patton was a 1st Lieutenant he begged and hounded Pershing to participate in Pershing's 1915 expedition into Mexico to hunt down Poncho Villa. This reminded Pershing of himself when he was a Lieutenant begging to get assigned to see action, which he finally finagled, taking him to Cuba where he met Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders in the famous charge up San Juan Hill. Pershing made an impression on Teddy Roosevelt which Teddy would never forget. For later he opened the door for Pershing to be promoted from Captain to General—unheard of at that time or any time since. So Pershing gave Lieutenant Patton a break. They never got Poncho Villa, but Lieutenant Patton came back from one mission with two important banditos he had killed with his famous ivory handled pistol. Strapped to his car like trophy deer's bagged on a hunt. Pershing was amused.

"Give me men who can shoot and salute."
- General Pershing, WWI

In 1917 the United States entered into World War I. We were not prepared in fact the Regular Army had about a grand total of 25,000 men spread through out the U.S. and certain parts of the world. There was no Divisional organization except for the hastily scratched up 1st Division which had no training. There was no reserves to speak of except for some officers training camps where one had to pay his own way including food, uniforms, transportation and incidentals. There was no American Expeditionary Force to command. Prior to this time we operated off the Johnny get your gun strategy or come as you are. The U.S. did not believe in having a large standing army for fear that it would gain power and could be used against the people not to mention mobilizing a large standing Army at that time was tantamount to declaring war by any country perceiving it as a threat. That was soon to be changed because of World War I and with the roll the United States was destined to play in the world.

"We came American. We shall remain American and go into battle with Old Glory over our heads. I will not parcel out American boys."
- Pershing on keeping the AEF together as a fighting force

Pershing was facing the most difficult task of his career. He had the unbelievable job of producing a completely organized Army within a short period of time. Our small Regular Army had never trained on a massive scale before and the French and English tried everything they could to take control of our troops and use them as fillers into their Armies. Pershing stood his ground and the President stood behind him. The Americans would only fight under our flag and his command or they wouldn't fight at all. The US was never a formal member of the Allies but an associated power. Pershing had accomplished the near impossible: whipping an ill prepared American Military into an effective disciplined fighting machine and leading it to victory. Pershing was responsible for training and mobilizing an Army reaching strength of 1.8 million by the end of War I in 1918 all this was accomplished in little over a year's time. The speed with which Pershing mobilized and fielded the troops was part of Germany's downfall. They had miscalculated the time it would take and were caught off guard in deploying their U-boats to stop our troop ship carriers. This feat he accomplished masterfully and it served as the model for the future mobilization for World War II which again we were unprepared for.

The U.S. Army under Pershing's command turned the tide on the Germans. Pershing—not favoring the trench warfare tactics employed at that time—ordered the use of frontal assaults, which had been discarded by that time by the British Empire and French commanders as too costly in lives of their troops;. To the astonishment of the Allies, the dispirited Germans broke and ran when the Americans came running, and the AEF (Allied European Forces) suffered the lowest casualty rate of any army on the Western Front. (Most of its deaths were due to disease.)

The Germans now realized they were beat. An Armistice was proposed against the wishes of General Pershing—he pleaded for two more days to crush the Germans forcing them into unconditional surrender—but the French and English wouldn't give it to him and the Armistice was accepted allowing the Germans to return to their country with their Armies and weapons intact. Pershing knew that if they didn't finish the job the Germans would be back and he was vindicated with the advent of World War II. A lesson we should never forget. In war there can be no substitute for victory and finishing the job.

Prophetic Words

"We never really let the Germans know who won the war. They are being told that their army was stabbed in the back, betrayed, that their army had not been defeated. The Germans never believed they were beaten. It will have to be done all over again...."
- Pershing in 1923 on the prospects of another war

America's success was credited to Pershing rightfully so. He became America's most celebrated American leader of World War I. Pershing was not popular amongst his men for he was relentless and expected a lot from them, which is the way wars are won. But for his successes he won popularity throughout America, and gave America the respect and credibility it deserved throughout Europe and the world entering into the 20th century. Any good leader knows that they are not there to win a popularity contest only to do the right things which is where the saying "it is lonely at the top" comes from. But one thing I think all leaders should never forget no matter their style is to always command respect—which Pershing did.

"A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops."
- Gen. John J. Pershing

Among his many legacies he left the United States was the skillful way he dealt with the Moros, the Muslim terrorists of the Philippines. The Moros were incomprehensible and lost to any and all basic decency and humanity—they believed in polygamy and slavery. They filed their teeth to points, chewed betel nuts so that their saliva was blood red, were ferocious pirates who preyed on the weak and honest, while all the time murdering and enslaving Christian Filipinos. Through it all they used horrifying weapons. Like many Muslim tribes today, they had no government beyond shifting allegiances to tribal chieftains living in bamboo shacks set a few feet above the ground, (which were littered with waste). Chieftains or Sultans as they called themselves, usually ruled no more then a few hundred souls in each tribe leaving no strong central authority. In this world murder was lightly regarded. Girls were sold at birth for later delivery. They knew nothing of the freedom, honesty and liberty fought and won in the United States.

Conversion to Islam had come around in the 1380's and from Islam, Moros believed that to die for their faith was glory and they were armed with weapons so sharp they were capable of severing a body from shoulder to hip with one stroke. They carried these weapons with them and rarely hesitated to use them.

Along with the defeat of Spain in the Spanish American War the United States kicked the Spanish out of Cuba and the Philippines and took over the Philippines as a colony. During the Spanish rule of the Philippines many Philippines were converted to Christianity which was the main cause for unrest in the Filipinos. The invading Muslims, due to their religion, took on a predatory posture towards the Christians to put it mildly. All though the Spaniards claimed all the territory of the Philippines the Moros (Muslims) had their own territory and the Spanish were not strong enough to defeat them. But they were now to encounter the power of Americans from 1899 to 1913.

On 17 August 1899, Pershing was ordered to Manila, the Philippines, to report to the Commander of the Eighth Army corps for duty. On 1 December, he was assigned to the Department of Mindanao and Jolo. In cleaning up the Moro insurrectionists, Pershing, as Adjutant General of his Department, was in active service from 27 November 1900 until 1 March 1901. He participated in the advance up the Cagayan River to destroy the stronghold of Macajambo. The expert handling of these expeditions was noted even in Washington: Secretary of War Elihu Root, the father of the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, in 1903 said on record to D. Avery Andrews: "If your friend Pershing doesn't look out, he will find himself in the Brigadier General class very soon."

On 2 February 1901, Pershing was made a Captain and was transferred to the 1st Cavalry. In August of that year, he was ordered back to the U.S.

Pershing then applied for transfer to the 15th Cavalry that was taking up its station in the Philippines. The request was granted, and he served in various departmental roles until 11 October, when he took charge of the post at Iligan.

There, Pershing won the confidence of and made friends with a few Datos from the north of Lake Lanao. He learned the Moro language well enough to converse with the Moros.

After LTC Baldwin had advanced to Lake Lanao, captured Fort Padapatan, and founded Camp Vicars (named in honor of LT Thomas A. Vicars, who was killed during the attack on the Fort),Captain Pershing was sent to the camp. He acted as Intelligence Officer an on 30 June 1901 and he succeeded LTC Baldwin as Commander of Camp Vicars, the Colonel having been made Brigadier General.

On 28 September 1901, after numerous attacks had been made on the outposts of Camp Vicars, Captain Pershing began the first of a series of four campaigns against the Moros. On the fourth one, he completely circled Lake Lanao, a feat never before accomplished by a white man, and the victory was decisive.

After three and a half years of active service in the Philippines Pershing was ordered home in June 1903. Before his departure, a movement was carried out among the officers of the Army to have Pershing made a Brigadier General as due recognition of his services and his demonstrated military ability. This movement was carried out by men best fit to judge Pershing's worth as a General Officer: Major Generals Davis, Summer, Murray, and Wood: Brigadier Generals Sanger, Burt, and Pandal.

While Pershing was back in the U.S. the situation grew worse in the Philippines and in October 1909 General Pershing returned to the Philippines to take charge of the Moro Province as Military Governor. Under his leadership, the hostile Moros were disarmed through peaceful methods when possible and when not he unleashed the greatest displays of force a Military Commander could and laid the foundation for peace to be completely restored by 1913. He again through his leadership had brought an end to that conflict that would last 50 or more years. Only to take us by surprise today. Another forgotten lesson in our history we should remember.

The tactics he deployed there makes me think that General Petraeus had studied Pershing and the Philippines because what little I have read of the surge has some similarities to Pershing's tactics. Pershing knew how to divide and conquer the Moros which he performed brilliantly with little loss of life to his soldiers. Pershing demonstrated flexibility by not approaching the situation with the Moro's through understanding them before committing his tactics. He recognized their tribal ways and disregard for a strong central authority so he approached the individual Sultans one on one where he could win their respect and cooperation holding them accountable for their peoples actions—he was able to define friend from foe thus dividing the enemy allowing him to take military actions against those who opposed him (without losing the support of the Sultans he had won their cooperation from). Some of our Commanders in Iraq have employed similar tactics at the risk of their careers due to political repercussions that could be perceived as usurping the authority of the new central government of Iraq.

General Pershing was not without adversity in his life he lost his wife and two daughters in a fire when they were staying in Presidio while General Pershing was at Ft. Bliss directing the patrolling of our borders. His youngest son Warren survived and Pershing made the tough decision of sending him to his Aunt where she raised him. Warren was never far from Pershing's mind. General Pershing through personal tragedy and much adversity in his life including health issues fighting malaria and more never wavered in his duties and performance with great personal sacrifice, making him one of our truly great patriots and his legacy should never be forgotten.

"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."
- Gen. George S. Patton

Read more about John Joseph Pershing's Biography

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Feedback from Last Month's Newsletter

Question: what do you think about Tolerance and Principles of Establishment?

Dave; It was great talking to you at the c-co 3rd/12th re-union and this last letter is so right on. The DL said it best and it has been my experience that the so called most tolerant ie: dems are the most intolerant of any deviation from their marching orders. I fear for our country save for the SF folks and their tolerant actions of kill them all and let God sort them out. Hope to see you at the next CB chapter meeting.

- Chuck




Question: what do you think about Tolerance and Principles of Establishment?

Answer: ISLAM IS A VIRUS

- Edward




RE: The Word of Truth

Very well written Dave , I like the fact that you use the BIBLE to back up your thoughts . I agree tolerate but NO comprimise . Do you have a regular website or blog that I can suscribe to?

- Miles




RE: Tolerance and Principles of Establishment?

Spot on. Simply put, there is no excuse to surrender our culture because some who want freedom but are unwilling to fight for it [not UNABLE, but unwilling]. The ideals of our country are fundamentally Christian but nowhere did or should the Founding Father's to the Senate/House EVER force in any way Christianity on people.

However, if one is unwilling to be Truthfully Tolerant, then one does not belong in this country.

English is THE language of the Constitution and therefore the country. Learn it: every Italian, German, Japanese immigrant from WWII on had to. Give up your roots? Never. SHARE them not shove them.

The politicians who cater to the loud minority serve no one but htemselves at the cost paid by the many: but they who keep silent get the government that they deserve. SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE.

Governments who do not support the Family Unit unravel History's Civilization Glue. This country has fallen in tothat self destructive spiral/trap.

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From a Chaplain in Iraq

Recently attended a showing of "Superman 3," here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until about three-quarters of the way through the National Anthem the music stopped.

Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year- olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments; and everyone would sit down and call for a movie. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.

Here, the 1,000 Marines continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again. The Marines continued to quietly stand at attention. And again, at the same point, the music stopped.

What would you expect to happen? Even here I would imagine laughter, as everyone finally sat down and expected the movie to start.

But here, you could have heard a pin drop. Every Marine continued to stand at attention. Suddenly there was a lone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a thousand Marines, finishing where the recording left off:

"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

It was the most inspiring moment I have had here in Iraq . I wanted you to know what kind of Marines are serving you here.

Chaplain Jim Higgins on 5/14/07.

In Iraq , north of Baghdad




A Joke...

After an Army General dies and enters the pearly gates, God takes him on a tour. He shows the General a little two-bedroom house with a faded Army flag hanging from the front porch. "This is your house General," God says happily. "Most people don't get their own houses up here."

The General Looks at the house then turns around and looks at the one sitting on top of the hill. It's a huge, beautiful two-story mansion with white marble columns and little patios under all the windows. Marine Corps flags line both sides of the sidewalk and a huge Marine Corps Emblem hangs between the marble columns.

"Thanks for the house, God," the General says, "but may I ask you a question? I get this little two-bedroom house with a faded Army flag, and that Marine up there gets a mansion with Marine Corps Emblems and Marine Corps flags flying all over the place. Why is that?"

God looks at him seriously for a moment and then replies, "General, that's my house."




War Casualty Stats - You will be surprised

Why has the media not complained before the Iraq war? These are some rather eye-opening facts:

As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics:

Annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2004:

1980 2,392 1989 1,636 1998 826
1981 2,380 1990 1,508 1999 795
1982 2,318 1991 1,787 2000 774
1983 2,465 1992 1,293 2001 890
1984 1,999 1993 1,213 2002 1,007
1985 2,252 1994 1,075 2003 1,410 -- 534*
1986 1,984 1995 1,040 2004 1,887 -- 900*
1987 1,983 1996 974 2005 919*
1988 1,819 1997 817 2006 920*

* Figures are Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom fatalities only

Does this really mean that the loss from the two current conflicts in the Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during Mr. Clinton's presidency? Were we at war?

Now, are you confused when you look at these figures?

Especially look at 1980, during the reign of President "Nobel Peace Prize, Jimmy Carter" himself, there were 2,392 US military fatalities.

What this clearly indicates is that our media and our liberal politicians pick and choose, and they tend to present only those facts that support their agenda driven reporting.

Another fact our left media and politicians like to slant is that these brave men and women losing their lives are minorities.

Wrong again - The latest census shows the following:

European descent (white) 69.12%
Hispanic 12.5%
African American 12.3%
Asian 3.7%
Native American 1.0%
Other 2.6%

Now, the fatalities over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom are:

European descent (white) 74.31%
Hispanic 10.74%
African American 9.67%
Asian 1.81%
Native American 1.09%
Other 2.33%

These statistics are published by DOD and may be viewed at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf.

This lists casualties back many many years...

 

Word of Truth

Lord of the Armies

The Word of Truth

By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret)
IN USAR

 

When I think of General of the armies, the highest rank in the U.S. army, I always think of Jesus Christ. One of His many titles is the Lord of hosts (armies) Joshua 5:13 Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” 14 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain [Commander] of the host[armies] of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15 The captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. II Sam 6:2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. He is royalty, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the Lord and savior of all mankind (those that accept the free gift of eternal life). Acts 4:12 There is no other name under heaven, given among men whereby, we must be saved. The rank of General of the armies implies great leadership, and military expertise. There is no greater leadership in history than that of our Lord, now, in the past, or in the future.

I often hear ignorant Christians say we should be more Christ like as they wave anti-war banners or hold all night vigils protesting an execution of a murderer. Warfare and capital punishment are Biblical commands. Both preserve the freedom of a national entity. Both are legitimate and encouraged. We should be more Christ like. But to accomplish this great task we must first know what Christ was, and is like. We learn from John 1:1-3 that Jesus Christ is eternal God. He is the creator of the universe, and He became a man. He lived a perfect life, went to the cross, and bore our sins, providing our so great salvation. I don’t know about you, but I could not have accomplished any of these great feats. Be more Christ like? O.K., what else is Christ like? He commanded the army of Israel on many occasions to kill every man, woman, child, and animal Duet 20:16. Other times he told them to kill all but the little girls Num 31:17-18.He holds the greatest record in personal combat for killing the enemy. He killed 185,000 Assyrians while they slept Isa 37:36 (how unsporting). The King of Kings and Lord of Lords will come back to earth at the Second Advent and kill millions of soldiers arrayed against Israel and all unbelievers on he earth Rev. 19:11-21. If you want to be more Christ like you can never forget that He is perfect righteousness and absolute Justice. Pray for the United States to reinstitute the draft. Maybe we will be prepared for war for the first time in our history. Rejoice when you hear of the execution of another murderer. These attitudes reflect the righteousness and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now you are begging to be more like Christ.

The Bible has a great deal to say about warfare, and military preparedness. It is no accident that both the Old and New Testament of the Bible are packed with military metaphors. The military is an honorable profession. The Jews learned very early in their existence that evil nations would try to enslave them or completely annihilate them (sound familiar? the more things change, the more things stay the same).The Lord of the armies instructed them to learn war. As their king, the Lord of the armies He insisted on universal military training.Today, we would call this the draft. Israel’s first draft totaled 603,550 men twenty years old and older Num. 1:1-46.

 

Please note, God did not instruct Moses to draft women. Women in the military in the same units as men and in combat zones are an extension of the femin-nazi’s agenda to emasculate men. And to elevate themselves to heights heretofore only Satan has dreamt. Unfortunately, we have what we have and until young officers learn the Word of God, speak their mind fearlessly (moral courage), and grow to be senior officers we will have to live with the status quo. I have no personal problem with women wishing to serve their country. However, the separation of the sexes is necessary, women having a female chain of command, and men having a male chain of command. Most would be more comfortable with this arrangement. Of course, the PC police would never allow it.

The great General’s in our history are worth studying and appreciating.We can learn from great men such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jonathon Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Pershing, Patton, and too many more to mention who displayed extraordinary leadership traits.Nevertheless, in the end, Jesus Christ controls history. Our priority as Christians must be the assimilation of the Word of God. The principals of leadership are clearly delineated in scripture. The promises God has provided will stabilize your soul in combat. Deut 20:1,3-4 When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God who brought you up from the land of Egypt is with you. Hear, Oh Israel, you are approaching the battle against you enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to deliver you. Jesus Christ, the Lord of the armies is the only one truly worthy of awe and worship. He is the one who has provided everything we would ever possible need (logistical grace) in war or in peace. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

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When you arrive at Navy SAR (Search and Rescue Swimmer or USCG Rescue Swimmer School, you will be placed in a stressful environment and expected to excel in military education, close quarter living, teamwork, and physical fitness tests (PFT).

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Romans used the now universal medical symbol cadeuceus as an emblem of peace. Described best in an ancient myth in which Hermes (Mercury) threw his rod between two fighting snakes and stopped their battle, at which point they wrapped themselves around the wand causing instant harmony from hostility... Or so the tale goes...

During Operation Just Cause in Panama, at the Battle for Pacora Bridge; an ODA was Helo inserted to intercept a Panamanian convoy. Well into the action, a pair of Sergeants one of which was the ODA's Combat Medic; chased four Panamanian soldiers in a fire fight onto the bridge. Two of the four Panamanians survived jumping over the bridge in hiding. The two Sergeants found these two snakes in the grass, fired on them and the Medic - instead of a rod, then tossed a frag their way. When all became still, the one sergeant who was a medic went down to patch up the groaning survivor. Later the Medics co-patriots would tease him about the shoot-em-up/patch-em job on the Panamanian... who later forgave the Sergeant for his work.

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Marine Special Operations - Victoria per Scientiam

A bit of History

The potential participation of the Marine Corps in SOCOM has been controversial since SOCOM was first formed in 1986. At the time, Marine Corps leaders felt that their Force Reconnaissance units were best kept in the Marine Corps' MAGTF command structure, and that the detachment of an "elite" Marine Special Operations unit from the Marine Corps would be to the detriment of the Marine Corps as a whole. A reevaluation following the September 11th attacks and the global war on terror, along with new policy established by Secretary Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, caused the Marine Corps to work towards integration with SOCOM. The establishment of MARSOC represents the most significant step towards this goal, and follows the establishment of MCSOCOM Detachment One (DET1), a small Marine Corps detachment formed as a pilot program to test Marine Corps integration into SOCOM and that served under Naval Special Warfare Squadron One. DET1 was disbanded in 2006.

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SWCC - Truth, Justice, the American Way ...and Fast Boats

A bit of SWCC History

Although the history of littoral warfare dates back over 900 years, Special Boat Units trace their origins to the "Brown Water" naval force employed during the Vietnam conflict. Literally starting from scratch in 1965, by the end of their seven years of active involvement this force had grown into three specialized task forces totaling over 700 craft and 38,000 men.

Vietnam Riverine Firefight On 30 January 1967 the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center was commissioned in Mare Island, California, and charged with the mission of providing instruction and functional training for the prospective crewmen of Task Forces 116 (River Patrol) and 117 (River Assault). Training for the prospective crews of Task Force 115 (Coastal Surveillance) was conducted at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California. In the 11-week River Assault Craft training program, sailors were exposed to the special features of joint operations, counter-insurgency, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), and all aspects of riverine warfare. One unit in particular, however, was commissioned during this period to modify, test, evaluate and operate combatant craft in support of Navy SEALs in Vietnam: Boat Support Unit One. Home ported at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, BSU- 1 was a component of the Naval Operations Support Group commanded by Captain Phil H Bucklew, USN, a pioneer of Naval Special Warfare and the namesake of our training center.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE V-RING: The rigger's belt has become popular as an emergency rappel seat because of the forged steel V-ring built into the belt. While the belt is strong enough to support a man's weight, we want to point out that this is not the use we intend it for. The ring can be useful when a sniper lying on a slippery rooftop or a troop on a chopper skid ride needs a point to clip into a safety line. And when hooking into an approved climbing/rappelling harness, it will not hurt to pass the carabiner through the V-ring for that extra ounce of security. But for those who want to use this belt as a rappelling seat, please realize that while the belt around your waste is stregth rated, there are no leg straps and the only thing holding the belt to your waste are your belt loops (and we have yet to see a pair of pants that come with strength ratings). If the belt does not separate and end up in your armpits, you will at least have the wedgie of a lifetime.

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Quotes & Jokes

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

- Helen Keller


We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

- Helen Keller


"[Back in 1962]... HALO jumping basically entailed flying to 12 or 13,000 feet, free-falling to 2,000 feet, opening your canopy and riding to land in approximately 30 seconds or so..."

- Retired Army Major Joe Andrzewski recalls making his first HALO jump at Fort Bragg, N.C., back in 1962.


"...It [is] necessary to prepare for the worst... and the worst is war."

- Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, on commenting about Iran in September 2007

 

World News and Articles

Animosity in the Alps

By William Underhill and Tracy McNicoll
Newsweek International

In peaceful Switzerland, xenophobia is thriving.

Oct. 1, 2007 issue - The image is simple but striking: three white sheep stand on the Swiss flag, while a fourth-a black one-is booted away. The caption: "For greater security." But the message is hotly debated. The Swiss People's Party (SVP) which put up about 200,000 copies of the poster in the runup to the October parliamentary elections, says the poster promotes the party's plan to deport foreigners convicted of crimes. Others say it promotes racism. Andrew Katumba, a naturalized Swiss with a Ugandan father, now standing for parliament as a Social Democrat, says "the symbolism is awful and unacceptable."

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Major General John K. Singlaub Receives the William J. Donovan Award(TM)

VIENNA, Va., Sept. 24 - Major General John Singlaub, USA (Ret.) received the William J. Donovan Award(TM) in a ceremony held on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at a ceremony hosted by The OSS Society at the Sheraton Premier Hotel in Vienna, Virginia. Admiral Eric Olson, commander of the United States Special Operations Command, presented the William J. Donovan Award(TM) to Major General Singlaub.

The OSS Society awards the William J. Donovan Award(TM) to an individual who has rendered distinguished service in the interests of the democratic process and the cause of freedom. The goal of this award is to honor a person whose courage and commitment to country and freedom exemplify the life and public service of General Donovan. General Donovan's remarkable lifetime of service includes being the only person to receive our nation's four highest awards -- the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Award, and the National Security Medal.

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British Special Forces Kill Nine Kidnappers in Italian Hostage Rescue Mission

Elite British commandos killed at least nine kidnappers in a dawn raid to rescue hostages held in Afghanistan.

Crack troops from the Special Boat Service led the mission to save two Italian intelligence officers from a hide-out where they had been held by tribesmen for 36 hours.

As they came under fire, the captors tried to execute their hostages, leaving one with serious head and chest injuries.

No British servicemen were injured in the joint operation with Italian special forces yesterday.

Praising the operation, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said: "It was a heavy defeat for the kidnappers and should serve as a warning."

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Kidnapped Italians sprung by UK elite forces

Sayed Salahuddin in Kabul and Nick Pisa

TWO Italian soldiers kidnapped in Afghanistan were freed on Monday during a raid by British special forces-led troops.

The Italians were wounded during the raid to free them in south-western Farah province and were taken to hospital, the Italian defence ministry said one was seriously injured, with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Both men went missing two days ago in neighbouring Herat province.

An Italian military source in Rome said: "This was a complex operation, with the British troops leading the way."

"The hostages were located with the help of Italian intelligence sources and the building in which they were held was under surveillance for 12 hours before the attack was launched," the source said.

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2 Italians rescued, hurt in Afghanistan

By ALISA TANG, Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan - Italian special forces rescued two captive Italian military personnel from a militant convoy in western Afghanistan early Monday, killing at least eight kidnappers, officials said. Both kidnapped Italians were wounded in the raid.

Elsewhere, ambushes and gunbattles killed at least 28 other people, including 12 government employees and police, even as President Hamid Karzai said his government was working for peace talks with Taliban supporters amid the worst violence in six years.

Among the dead were two soldiers serving with Spain's contingent and an Iranian serving as their interpreter - all killed in a land mine explosion, the Spanish defense minister said. Three were seriously wounded, he added.

The two Italians, their Afghan driver and translator had been missing since Saturday when they were last seen at a police checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat province, police said.

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'Cowboy' aggression works for Blackwater

By MIKE BAKER, Associated Press Writer Mon Sep 24

RALEIGH, N.C. - For all its high-profile failings and its reputation for "cowboy" aggression, the secretive security company Blackwater USA has never failed at its primary mission in Iraq: Protecting State Department diplomats.

Not one diplomat has died while being guarded by employees of the politically connected company based in the swamplands of northeastern North Carolina. Experts say that success - combined with the murky legal world in which Blackwater operates and its strong ties to Republicans - has allowed the company to operate with impunity.

"You can argue about the methodology and say it's negatively impacting relationships between the Iraqi government and citizens and the U.S. But if you get right down to the terms of the contract, they're tasked with protecting U.S. diplomatic personnel. They've done that," said Scott Traudt, operations manager for Cohort International, a Lebanon, N.H.-based competitor.

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Green Berets Get New Top Warrant Officer

After six years on the job, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lawrence Plesser handed over his responsibilities as the U.S. Army Special Forces Command’s chief warrant officer to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Roy Tolbert.

The change of responsibility took place Friday inside the Maj. Gen. Robert G. McClure building on Fort Bragg, N.C., during a ceremony in which Plesser also was awarded a Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and achievement.

"The history of the Special Forces warrant officer program is significant, and it has been a success," USASFC commander Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko said in a press release. "Plesser has been a big part of that success."

During his tenure, Plesser advised seven Special Forces commanders and was instrumental in placing senior warrant officers at the Special Forces battalion and group levels, the release said.

He oversaw the quality and growth of Special Forces warrant officers since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

After graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1977 as a weapons sergeant, Plesser was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

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US snipers 'bait' Iraqis: Report

WASHINGTON (AFP) - At the urging of Pentagon experts in special operations, US military snipers operating in Iraq are "baiting" Iraqis by scattering items like detonation cord, plastic explosives and ammunition and then ambushing and killing those who pick them up, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The newspaper said the classified program was described in investigative documents related to recently filed murder charges against three snipers who are accused of planting evidence on Iraqis they killed.

"Baiting is putting an object out there that we know they will use, with the intention of destroying the enemy," Captain Matthew Didier, the leader of an elite sniper scout platoon is quoted as saying in a sworn statement.

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Tech wonders on homeland security horizon

By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are facing a brave new world of post-September 11 technology marvels that could soon find their way into billions of dollars of projected homeland security spending.

Gee-whiz know-how - from swarms of tiny airborne sensors to ever-sharper satellite imagery -- is being developed by companies chasing potentially lucrative federal, state and local deals to address 21st-century security threats.

Already in use are such things as infrared cameras with built-in brains that capture license plate images and match them in milliseconds to police records of vehicles of interest to the authorities.

Such license plate recognition systems, fixed and mobile, already are stopping criminals in cars in New York City, Washington D.C. and 23 states, according to Mark Windover, president of Remington ELSAG Law Enforcement Systems, which is marketing its product to 250 U.S. police agencies.

"Seventy percent of all criminal activity can be tied to a vehicle," he said. "Had to get there, had to go home."

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Giuliani, Bloomberg disagree on guns

By SARA KUGLER, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - In the political shootout over gun laws, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, one presidential candidate and one potential presidential candidate, fire a lot of shots without hitting each other.

Giuliani, the former New York mayor, recently told the National Rifle Association he supports a measure that blocks access to aggregate gun trace data, a law that his successor, Bloomberg, long has targeted for repeal.

Mayor Bloomberg on Monday sidestepped a chance to criticize Giuliani but said the measure, known as the Tiahrt amendment, is "something that is not in the interests of people who want to be safe in this country."

"It's an outrage," he added.

Since last year, Bloomberg has headed his own national antigun campaign, which has made him the NRA's enemy No. 1. The effort includes his unsuccessful attempts to strip the Tiahrt amendment from a federal spending bill.

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Lois Maxwell

Canadian-born actress known for her role as the lovelorn secretary Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films

In the early 1960s, her career bogged down in British second features, Lois Maxwell suffered a personal blow when her husband, Peter Marriott, had a serious heart attack. They had two small children and she needed work to support the family. After badgering producers she was offered a part in the first film adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

Making her screen bow in Dr No, Maxwell’s Miss Moneypenny was the attractive, lovelorn secretary of Bond’s secret service boss, M, and usually the recipient of flowers when Bond called in at M’s office. Almost inevitably she would tick Bond off for being late, while harbouring romantic designs on him that were never reciprocated.

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Iraqi, US forces raid military academy

(Reuters) 26 September 2007

BAGHDAD - Iraqi and US special forces raided Iraq’s military academy in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday and arrested people suspected of murder, kidnap and supplying weapons to criminals, the US military said on Wednesday.

‘The individuals detained had allegedly used security personnel to murder, kidnap and conduct attacks using improvised explosive devices and EFPs (explosively formed penetrators),’ spokesman Major-General Kevin Bergner said.

Getting Iraqi police and army units trained and equipped to maintain security is a key challenge for US forces in Iraq and one of the factors likely to determine when it can scale back troop numbers.

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Snatched: Israeli commandos nuclear raid

Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv, Sarah Baxter, Washington, and Michael Sheridan

ISRAELI commandos from the elite Sayeret Matkal unit almost certainly dressed in Syrian uniforms made their way stealthily towards a secret military compound near Dayr az-Zawr in northern Syria. They were looking for proof that Syria and North Korea were collaborating on a nuclear programme.

Israel had been surveying the site for months, according to Washington and Israeli sources. President George W Bush was told during the summer that Israeli intelligence suggested North Korean personnel and nuclear-related material were at the Syrian site.

Israel was determined not to take any chances with its neighbour. Following the example set by its raid on an Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak 1981, it drew up plans to bomb the Syrian compound.

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VPC Releases 'License To Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime'

Texas Handgun License Holder Offenses Include Murder, Rape, More

WASHINGTON - June 12 - A new study released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) shows that Texas concealed handgun license holders have been arrested 5,314 times since the concealed handgun license law went into effect -- an average of two and one-half arrests every day from Jan. 1, 1996, until Aug. 31, 2001. Texas has a "shall issue" concealed carry system, in which an adult (21 or over), is issued a license that allows them to have a handgun on or about their person as long as it is not visible or discernible through ordinary observation after they meet specific, objective criteria.

According to "License to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime," from Jan. 1, 1996, through Aug. 31, 2001, there were 41 arrests for murder and attempted murder by concealed handgun license holders in Texas. "License to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime" discusses the dangerous ramifications of concealed carry legislation and details the arrests of 11 concealed handgun license holders subsequent to licensure for the crimes of homicide, attempted homicide, and aggravated kidnapping. Arrest data is regularly accepted as a valid measure of crime, reflecting law enforcement response to criminal activity, and is used by agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its Uniform Crime Reports (UCR).

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Tactical Tips

Noble Warriors – Don’t park in the same place twice – like ever!!!

"The IEDs and EFPs arrive already assembled thanks to our Iranian contacts. The Americans came each day to patrol the same area; we buried an IED where they usually parked their vehicles. We saw three killed, but they acknowledged only one of them." says Ahmed. By day Ahmed works for an Iraqi security company and by night fights the "American occupier" in his Baghdad neighborhood as part of the "Special Groups" - secret Shiite cells that wage acts of "terrorism" in Iraq with the financial and military backing of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards units.




Concealment the SBS way

As seen (or not, actually) in the barren landscape of the Falklands and the rolling hills of Northern Ireland, the technique of digging expertly camouflaged hides into the ground allows an SBS recon team to disappear from view whilst keeping a furtive eye on the enemy.

The turf is carefully removed and a hole big enough to hold 2- 4 men and their equipment is excavated. The slabs of turf are then attached to a chicken wire roof which covers and conceals the SBS men beneath. An expertly built hide can keep a recon team hidden for weeks, right under the nose of the enemy. During the Falklands conflict, Argentinean patrols sometime passed within meters of SBS and SAS hides.




Room Entry & Clearing

Getting into a room containing friends and foes and engaging the right targets and covering all angles, all in a matter of seconds, is a demanding challenge. Room entry is always done in teams, with each member given a specific arc of fire and path through a room. When clearing a room, each operator must not only shoot the terrorist but also avoid hitting hostages or other team members. This requires extreme levels of concentration and discipline which is why the techniques are practiced over and over until they become second nature.




Demands of Kidnapper & Chinese Release Negotiations

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