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Hello Ryan / SFG,

I received the OP Vest on Friday, which completes the order I placed about six months ago. It's too bad it took that long, and that I wasn't very well informed about order status even in response to e-mails. However...

Ryan, I appreciate the effort you took to contact me, find out about stuff, then manage to discover the black vest tucked away upstairs. Thanks very much for your attention. And...

The OP Vest may be one of the best pieces of gear I've ever purchased. I've only tested it for one day, but it fits well, carries a lot of gear, distributes various loads comfortably, and allows for full range of motion with arms and shoulders. It fit well over t-shirt, light layers and bulky jackets. With a web belt secured to the vest, even more stuff can be carried comfortably. A small to medium backpack fit very well worn on top of the vest, and still allowed full movement. I was able to get in and out of a car while wearing the vest, without too much trouble adjusting it for comfort while driving. Sturdy construction and seams. I might reinforce the shoulder strap at the shoulder buckle, where most of the downward force is, but otherwise, the vest looks like it will handle harsh conditions and wear.

If I had known the quality of the vest when I ordered it, and you told me "yes, but you'll have to wait six months for it, I would have said "no problem, it's worth the wait."

Thanks for getting to it, Ryan. It looks like the manufacturer, SOTECH, does not even have the item listed on their website any more (I may have to check more closely...). Maybe you got me one of the last of the breed!

[name withheld]

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Wear over the shoulder, as a backpack or handle carry. All straps stow away when not in use. The flight Bag is constructed of ripstop nylon, the same material used to build skydiving rigs. The lining is foam-backed taffeta to hold the bag's shape, insulate and protect the items inside.

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The Need:
Troops need a heavy belt to hang their holsters and pouches on without bowing and sagging. Some want a belt that is flexible and comfortable and others want them rigid to support the weight of a sidearm.

The Answer:
We have created a new line with a wide variety of belt styles to fit everyone's needs. And for those we overlooked, we will custom build to suit their specs. The belts are constructed of Type 13 webbing, MS22040 forged steel buckles, and sewn with parachute thread.

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.

A Message from Dave

THANKSGIVING

Everyday should be Thanksgiving

Webster's New World Dictionary defines Thanksgiving as a formal expression of thanks to God.

As we enter the Holiday Season in these troubled times of our nation it is important to revisit the origin of our holiday Thanksgiving. My objective is not to give a detailed history but to focus on the Spirit and true motivation of how Thanksgiving became a National Holiday. Throughout our history of Thanksgiving celebrations, it was always about giving thanks to God for freedom of religion, independence and the creation of one of the freest nations the world has known;

One nation under God, the United States of America

The tradition started with the Pilgrims who sailed to this country in 1620 aboard the Mayflower. They were originally members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect) to escape religious persecution. They arrived in Massachusetts in late November which later led to the date we picked to celebrate Thanksgiving. After looking for a suitable landing they chose Plymouth Rock. They began building hasty shelters unprepared for the starvation and sickness of a harsh New England winter, nearly half died before spring. Yet persevering in prayer and assisted by the Indians, they reaped a bountiful harvest the following summer of 1621. The grateful Pilgrims then declared a three day feast to thank God and to celebrate with there Indian friends.


Pilgrim William Brewster holds a Bible as the Pilgrims pray for a safe journey as they leave for America from Delft Haven, Holland, on July 22,1620

Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving in these words:

"Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling [bird hunting] so that we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as... served the company almost a week... Many of the Indians [came] amongst us and... Their greatest King, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought... And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE... FAR FROM WANT."

Now moving forward, George Washington having lead the Continental Army against all odds and hardships to victory in our war for Independence and then presiding over the writing of our Constitution and Bill of Rights and again called to duty…now to serve as our first President and father of our nation. George Washington had witnessed the grace of God and the role God played in the creation of the United States. He then proclaimed the First National Thanksgiving Day under the Constitution.

In the following proclamations I have only given excerpts taken from the originals to save time for my readers but you will find by reading the whole proclamations it only furthers my claims.

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.


G. Washington (his actual signature)

Now moving forward again.

Lincoln's original 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation came spiritually speaking – at a pivotal point in his life. During the first week of July of that year, the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. Four months later in November, Lincoln delivered his famous "Gettysburg Address." It was while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he committed his life to Christ. As he explained to a friend. When I left Springfield (to assume the Presidency) I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life. I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.

By Abraham Lincoln the President of the United States of America

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward Secretary of State


Gratitude

Most of us recognize and appreciate gratitude and gratefulness in others but we often fail to understand the importance of being grateful in our personal lives and of the great past of the United States. Gratefulness comes from humility one of mans greatest qualities but probably least desired. It is no wonder that mans best kept secret is humility for it cuts against the grain of everything that is bad. Humility is the key to truth and reality and without it we go through life blind.

Humility demands true greatness and all the characteristics that go with it.

To mention a few: teach-ability not just in school but in life.

It takes courage, great courage to face the truth or to see your true self in the mirror.

Selflessness to put others first, to do what is right or honorable ahead of yourself, an important leadership trait--

But with Thanksgiving coming I wanted to focus on being grateful.

Most of us have heard that everyday should be thanksgiving, but how many of us practice being grateful or even give it a second thought or have concentrated on that concept.

As a soldier most of us have had many rough experiences and out of those experiences we have been humbled to appreciate things we take for granted. For me they were countless, for instance, the want for food brought me to a point where I never dreamed of steak dinners any more, because a can of dog food would have made me happier than the best Thanksgiving meal I ever had.

No water made me grateful to fill my canteen from a mud puddle.

The cold made me content with just the thought of a warm dry place.

I remember how I learned to deal with hardships. My sergeant would always say it could be worse and after awhile I began to use that as a way to go through the hardships of being a field soldier and then I added humor to that concept and things became much more bearable. I even began to enjoy them in a way that is hard for me to put into words—but I think it was because it made me tough and I appreciated things more and look more for the good in things instead of the bad.

It opened up my eyes for a short time…how quickly we forget. I found happiness in the simplest of creature comforts, sleeping in a bed, a glass of water, things that I took, and most take for granted. Although I have been talking about extremes—gratefulness should always be a part of everything in our lives.

Maybe you have not gone through extreme tests of character, but we have all lost something that we only appreciated after it was gone, maybe a girl friend, wife, financial standing, the list is endless and at that moment of loss it humbles us to see the reality of what we had, and only then do we get it.

The solution to this is being grateful.

Every day is Thanksgiving and we should all practice being grateful. The reward for this is an inner peace that prevents self-centeredness from taking hold in our lives.

As I look at our nation as a whole, we have no appreciation for our forefathers and what they fought for and what they fought for was: "One Nation Under God" –to bring freedom and prosperity that no nation has ever known.

We have become a nation of selfish ungrateful people proceeding in ignorance of what made our nation great.

This day I challenge you all to concentrate on the true meaning of the holiday "Thanksgiving" our forefathers set aside, and practice being grateful everyday.

Hooah!
Dave Thomas

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A Forwarded Email

Class act. Must have been one hell of a platoon sergeant.

This was one of several notes found at the Vietnam Memorial recently.

 



 


FRIENDS ARE BORN, NOT MADE

This is a poem being sent from a Marine to his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you'll see a letter from him to his Dad at the bottom. It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but ALL of our troops.

 

THE MARINE

We all came together, both young and old

To fight for our freedom, to stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil, we stand our ground,

And we protect our country - From all terror around.

Peace and not war, is what some people say.

But I'll give my life, so you can live the American way.

I give you the right to talk of your peace.

To stand in your groups, and protest in our streets.

But still I fight on, I don't bitch, I don't whine.

I'm just one of the people - Who is doing your time.

I'm harder than nails, stronger than any machine.

I'm the immortal soldier, I’m a U.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes, and leave from your home.

Fight for the people who hate you, with the protests they've shown.

Fight for the stranger, Fight for the young.

So they all may have the greatest freedom you've won.

Fight for the sick,

Fight for the poor

Fight for the cripple,

Who lives next door.

But when your time comes,  Do what I've done.

For if you stand up for freedom, you’ll stand when the fight's done.

 

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps

USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF




Hey Dad,

Do me a favor and label this "The Marine" and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US ; I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn't that long and I don't have much time anyway. You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in His inaugural speech.

"When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it."

Well, now I know. And I do. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do.

Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing,

I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

Aaron

Please let this marine (and all our military) know we care by passing his poem onto your friends even if you don't usually take time to forward mail...do it this time! Thanks,

If this touched you as much as it touched me, please forward it on. Let's help Aaron's dad spread the word...

FREEDOM isn't FREE. . . . Someone pays for you and me.

Word of Truth

The Word of Truth

Thanksgiving

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

 

The most important holiday in November to many Americans is Thanksgiving, and therefore many think of a four-day weekend. Others imagine the beginning of this great country and still others reflect on the sacrifice of our founding fathers. Many who read this newsletter remember the Marine Corps birthday and more importantly Veterans Day. The common thread is the appreciation of so many blessings that we enjoy and the gratitude toward those who sacrificed to provide those blessings. We have freedom because the men of the military spilled their blood on battlefields all over the world. Freedom is not free; freedom is the direct result of the payment of a price, and that price is none other but the blood of the American fighting man. The ultimate sacrifice by so many of our nations greatest young men in wars since the inception of this country was purchased with their lives. By their sacrifice, we enjoy the many freedoms and benefits we have today. Our Lord Jesus Christ said truthfully, "No greater love hath a man, than that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). How much greater is the one who dies for the millions of his countrymen he does not even know?

Unfortunately, some of the people in the United States have the attitude of bitterness, jealousy, and complaining. They are so focused on themselves they cannot see the many blessings they too enjoy. They can only identify perceived problems and angrily blame others. The list of their so-called problems and those whom they blame is too numerous to mention. For these sorry "victims" of the government, big-business, social evil, jurisprudence, and their own friends, family and neighbors there is no gratitude. To them, I say, "grow up and take responsibility for your own lives."

Rom 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

The problem with most of these people is that they think more highly of themselves than they ought to think. Their problem is arrogance, which is manifested by their self-centeredness. This self-centeredness always blames others and produces a victim mentality. They are always looking for someone else to solve their problems. If they are poor, they want the government to give them money. If they are ignorant, they want the government to send them to school. If they have less than you do, they cry foul, and want the government to take your prosperity away and give it to them.

True thanksgiving is an attitude of gratitude. This attitude appears only when we stop thinking of our selves in terms of arrogance. When we think of others and what they have done for us, we begin to appreciate them and their sacrifices. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, gratitude comes from an understanding of who and what Jesus Christ is, and what He has done for us. When you understand this everyday is Thanksgiving!

Rom 5:6-11For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

This passage speaks volumes. We were helpless, hopeless, and useless to save ourselves to have a relationship with God. In the fullness of time Christ, who being eternal God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit agreed to become true humanity and go to the cross as our substitute. He died instead of us. Because of His unique sacrifice, we can now have eternal life and a relationship with the living God! Faith alone in Christ alone is the only way of salvation. He accomplished this so great salvation while we were yet sinners. This means we could have absolutely nothing to do with the process. We can take no credit. This is grace. Christ did the work we get the benefit. We, through a simple act of faith in Him have been justified (God imputed His Righteousness to us at the moment we believed in Christ), and reconciled to God in Him.

Eph 2:8-9 for by grace you have been saved through faith and that (salvation is) not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9 not as a result of works, so no one may boast.

Grace is seemingly the most difficult concept for people to grasp. We just have to find a way to take the credit. You cannot take the credit in grace. God does the work we go along for the ride. In fact, many pastors are confused about the issue of grace. Satan the ruler of this world is opposed to grace. He as a super genius invented "religion" to deceive mankind into thinking that man could some how through his good deeds gain Gods favor. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mankind is fallen and totally separated from God. We were born with a sin nature and Adams original sin was imputed to that sin nature at the moment of our birth. If that is not enough, we have our own personal sins, anyone of them condemns us to death. We must see ourselves in the mirror of the Word of God; we are totally depraved ( Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?) and worthy only to be judged. The judgment of course is death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Once you receive the gift of God, (salvation by faith in Christ) and begin to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then you will begin to have the attitude of gratitude. This attitude will invade every part of your thinking and you will become thankful for everything. No longer will you focus on yourself and your problems. Instead, you will be focusing on the Lord Jesus Christ and His incomparable grace. Every day will become Thanksgiving.

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Our Flight Bag is modeled after the bags Air Force fighter pilots use to secure and carry their Headgear. Infinitely adaptable to civilian life, off-duty pilots use their helmet bags for personal travel, as gym bags, soft briefcases and to stow gear.

Wear over the shoulder, as a backpack or handle carry. All straps stow away when not in use. The flight Bag is constructed of ripstop nylon, the same material used to build skydiving rigs. The lining is foam-backed taffeta to hold the bag's shape, insulate and protect the items inside.

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The Need:Troops need a heavy belt to hang their holsters and pouches on without bowing and sagging. Some want a belt that is flexible and comfortable and others want them rigid to support the weight of a sidearm.

The Answer:We have created a new line with a wide variety of belt styles to fit everyone's needs. And for those we overlooked, we will custom build to suit their specs. The belts are constructed of Type 13 webbing, MS22040 forged steel buckles, and sewn with parachute thread.

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

"Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts."

Cicero




"DAS DICKE ENDE KOMMT NOCH!"
Translation: "IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE!"

From the U.S./ Canadian World War II First Special Service Force or Black Devils Death Card left on dead German corpses leading them to be nicknamed "The Devils Brigade"




"Eternal Father, Faithful friend,
Be Quick to Answer those we send,
In Brotherhood and Urgent Trust,
On Hidden Missions Dangerous,
O' Hear Us When We Cry To Thee,
For SEALs in Air, on Land and Sea..."

U.S. NAVSPECWARCOM specal verse of the 23rd Pslam




"...One of Michael's fellow SEALs did make it off the mountain ridge -- he was one of Michael's closest friends. Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell of Texas, author of a riveting book called "Lone Survivor," put it this way: "Mikey was the best officer I ever knew, an iron-souled warrior of colossal and almost unbelievable courage in the face of the enemy."

President George Bush On the occasion of presenting the posthumous Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SPecial Warfare, 14:22 hrs. EDT October 22nd 2007

Obituaries

Special Forces Soldier killed in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 30, 2007) — An Army Special Forces Soldier was killed Oct. 29 as a result of an improvised explosive device strike while conducting a combat patrol in the southern Afghan city of Kajaki.

Maj. Jeffrey R. Calero, 34, was fatally wounded when he encountered an IED in the course of conducting a dismounted route clearance of a “choke point” during a combat reconnaissance patrol and resupply convoy. He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha detachment commander assigned to, ODA-2132, Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Springfield, Mass.

Calero, a native of Puerto Rico, earned his commission as an infantry officer after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1995. He served six years on active duty before joining the U.S. Army National Guard. His first assignment was with the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea as a rifle platoon leader and executive officer for 1st Bn., 506th Infantry Regiment. He also served as a rifle platoon leader and headquarters and headquarters company executive officer at 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia. Calero left active duty in the 2001 and joined Co. C, 1st Bn., 20th SFG (A).

Calero is survived by his father and mother, Raymond and Roselle Calero both of Queens, N.Y.; brother, Dennis Calero; sister, Irene and sister, Joyce Crespo and three nieces, Amelia, Lauren and Claire.


Former Trojan Swimmer Joe Curreri Dies While Serving In Philippines
Was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines.

Former USC swimmer Joe Curreri, a Staff Sergeant and Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash., died in an accidental drowning incident at Siet Lake while deployed to the Southern Philippines region near Panamao, Republic of the Philippines. He was 27.

He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines. This was his first deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Curreri was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore. He was a four year varsity letter winner in swimming and founded his high school water polo team. Upon graduation from high school, Curreri attended USC. While at USC he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and was a four-year varsity letter winner in swimming.

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Nolan A. 'Sue' Herndon, 88; one of Doolittle's Raiders

His was the only plane to land in the Soviet Union after the strike on Japan. He later said he thought destination was planned from the start, to allow scouting of airfields and to test the Soviets' resolve.

Nolan A. "Sue" Herndon, a member of the Doolittle Raiders who was held captive in the Soviet Union after participating in the audacious bombing run on Japan that gave Americans a much-needed morale boost only four months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 88.

Herndon, who was a navigator-bombardier in the Army Air Forces, died Oct. 7 of pneumonia at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn-VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., his family said.

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Gibert Bourgeaud - Alias 'Bob Denard,' 78; of the French "Les Affreux - The Horrible Ones" Mercenary battled communism throughout the second half of the twentith century.

Bob Denard, a mercenary who staged coups, battled communism and fought for French interests and his own across Africa for more than three decades, has died, his family said. He was 78.

Denard died Saturday in the Paris area, said his sister, Georgette Garnier. No cause of death was given, but he had suffered from Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular problems.

A fervent anti-communist who had worked for several dictators and monarchs, Denard was among a group of post-colonial French mercenaries known as "les affreux" -- the horrible ones. He said he had the backing of the French government, but was never given official support.

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Bud Ekins, 77; iconic stuntman did the motorcycle jump in 'The Great Escape'... Doubling Steve McQueen's character based on famed OSS operative Jerry 'Dagger' Sage

Bud Ekins, a pioneering champion off-road motorcyclist and a veteran stuntman who doubled for Steve McQueen on the famous motorcycle jump in "The Great Escape," has died. He was 77.

Ekins died Saturday of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, publicist Paul Bloch said.

A 1999 inductee of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Ekins was one of the first Americans to compete in the World Championship Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe during the 1950s. And by the mid-'50s, he was the top scrambles and desert rider in Southern California and had been district champion seven times.

His friendship with fellow motorcyclist McQueen, whom he helped teach off-road racing, launched Ekins' career as a movie stuntman.

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"I never lost a night's sleep over it," Paul Tibbets, pilot who bombed Hiroshima, dies at 92

To the end of his days, Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. believed that dropping the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima was a justifiable means of shortening World War II and preserving the lives of hundreds of thousands of American servicemen who military experts said might have died in a final Allied invasion of Japan.

For Tibbets, the pilot whose bombing run unleashed the devastating explosive force and insidious nuclear radiation that leveled two-thirds of the city and killed at least 80,000 people, there was never any need to apologize.

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He twice served in the Army, during World War II and then the Korean War. He commanded two battalions, one of them integrated, and was Executive Officer for five artillery battalions before leaving active service in 1957 as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves... none of that compared to his greatest accomplishment; Kicking the German’s ass: John Woodruff, 92; the 1st black athlete to win gold at 1936 Olympics in Berlin has died...

John Woodruff, the black American runner who won the 800 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the face of Adolf Hitler and his "master race" agenda, has died. He was 92.

Woodruff, the last surviving gold medalist from that U.S. team that included the legendary runner Jesse Owens, died Tuesday at an assisted living center near Phoenix, said Rose Woodruff, his wife of 37 years.

Nicknamed "Long John" for his nearly 10-foot stride, Woodruff was a lanky 21-year-old freshman at the University of Pittsburgh with just three years of competitive running under his belt when he sailed to the racially charged scene in Berlin.

On Aug. 4, 1936, he won the 800 meters using one of the most astonishing tactics in Olympic history. Boxed in by the pack of runners, he literally stopped in his tracks, then moved to the third lane and passed everyone to win the race in 1:52.9.

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President Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy

On Monday, President Bush said, "The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that a President can bestow. It recognizes gallantry that goes above and beyond the call of duty in the face of an enemy attack. The tradition of awarding this honor began during the Civil War. And many of those who have received the medal have given their lives in the action that earned it. Today, we add Lieutenant Michael Murphy's name to the list of recipients who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

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World News and Articles

Papers show Churchill's Cabinet battles

By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer

LONDON - Winston Churchill had bitter disputes with his Cabinet during the Cold War about building the hydrogen bomb and conducting private diplomacy with the Soviet Union — even threatening to resign at one point, declassified documents showed Thursday.

The aging British prime minister threatened to quit in 1954 in order to quell a revolt by Cabinet ministers, angered at his high-handed leadership style, according to Cabinet notebooks released by the National Archives.

The details are in Cabinet Secretary Sir Norman Brook's notebooks covering the year 1954.

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ANSF, Coalition forces kill several Taliban fighters in Oruzgan Province

USASOC News Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Courtesy of CJTF-82 Public Affairs, Oct. 30, 2007) – Afghan National Security and Coalition forces killed several Taliban fighters, and captured three additional insurgents near Tarin Kowt village, Oruzgan Province today.

The combined force was conducting a reconnaissance patrol when Taliban fighters engaged them with small-arms fire. ANSF and Coalition forces returned accurate small-arms and machine gun fire, quickly putting the enemy on the defensive. The insurgents attempted to break contact and moved into a nearby compound.

The insurgents reengaged friendly elements with large volume of small-arms fire. The ANSF and Coalition forces patrol employed effective small-arms and close air support, killing several Taliban insurgents and wounding three others during the engagement. The three wounded fighters were treated by Coalition medics and turned over to the ANSF.

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Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled

By Thomas E. Ricks and Karen DeYoung

The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.

But as the White House and its military commanders plan the next phase of the war, other officials have cautioned against taking what they see as a premature step that could create strategic and political difficulties for the United States. Such a declaration could fuel criticism that the Iraq conflict has become a civil war in which U.S. combat forces should not be involved. At the same time, the intelligence community, and some in the military itself, worry about underestimating an enemy that has shown great resilience in the past.

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U.S. Special Forces Obscure in Iraq

By Anne Garrels

U.S. Special Forces are the undetectable side of the war in Iraq, but is being used more and more in the fight against Sunni and Shiite militants. Iraqis complain some units often use excessive force, killing innocent people. Regular U.S. military units are often uncomfortable with their methods.

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Super-strong body armour in sight

By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News

A new type of carbon fibre, developed at the University of Cambridge, could be woven into super-strong body armour for the military and law enforcement.

The researchers say their material is already several times stronger, tougher and stiffer than fibres currently used to make protective armour.

The lightweight fibre, made up of millions of tiny carbon nanotubes, is starting to reveal exciting properties.

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American, French sailors team up to train

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer Redente, Headquarters Marine Corps

DJIBOUTI (Nov. 05, 2007) -- Marine Heavy Helicopter Battalion 464 assisted Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians and French naval special forces during a Helicopter Rope Suspension Training session on a flightline at a French camp in Djibouti Oct. 22.

The purpose of the HRST session, also known as fastrope, was to train side-by-side and evaluate each of the services’ capabilities.

Being deployed to Camp Lemonier has given HMH-464 the opportunity to train with the French prior to this fastrope exercise. The combined operation also serves as a measuring stick to how well they know their own mission requirements.

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Homosexual Sex "Immoral" and Should not be Condoned in Law - Outgoing US Military Chief

By Hilary White

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Homosexual acts are immoral and have no place in the US military says the United States' most senior military chief, General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In March Pace, a Catholic who is to retire this week, raised a storm of controversy when he told the Chicago Tribune in an interview, "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts." The general said his views stemmed from his personal upbringing where he was taught that some types of behaviour are immoral.

He did not believe "the United States is well-served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."

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The Right to Sit at a Desk

By Author Unknown

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked, “Ms. Cothren, where’re our desks?” She replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earned the right to sit at a desk.”

They thought, “Well, maybe it’s our grades.”

“No,” she said.

“Maybe it’s our behavior.”

She told them, “No, it’s not even your behavior.”

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The Right to Sit at a Desk

By Author Unknown

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked, “Ms. Cothren, where’re our desks?” She replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earned the right to sit at a desk.”

They thought, “Well, maybe it’s our grades.”

“No,” she said.

“Maybe it’s our behavior.”

She told them, “No, it’s not even your behavior.”

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The Truly Special Forces of Behemoth 1930s U.S. Navy Martin Mars Water Bomber uses 60 Year Old Never Bettered Technology To Drown Soutern California Fires

By Jennifer Delson

Lake Elsinore: One of the last remaining models of the largest flying boat ever mass produced was expected to take off from Lake Elsinore today to fight California's raging wildfires.

Brought from Canada to help in the firefighting effort, the Martin Mars JRM III was expected to take off from Seaport Boat Launch at Lake Elsinore before noon today, headed first for the Harris fire in San Diego County, said Wayne Coulson, whose company, Coulson Flying Tankers, owns two Martin Mars JRM III planes.

The aircraft carries 7,200 gallons of water, enough to cover an area of four acres. The aircraft was loaded with a mix of water and Thermo-Gel, a material that helps expedite firefighting.

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Aussie Special Forces commander pays tribute to SAS soldier

By Jennifer Delson

The Commander of the Australian Special Forces has paid tribute to fallen SAS soldier Sergeant Matthew Locke, whose body has been returned to his family in Perth.

Sergeant Locke was on duty in Afghanistan last week when he was shot in the chest by Taliban fighters. He died shortly after.

He was the third Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan since the start of the war there in 2001, and the second to die in less than a month.

His body was flown to the Pearce RAAF Base north of Perth today, where a closed ceremony was held with the soldier's wife, young son and colleagues.

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Is The U.S. Betraying Our Bataan POWs?
"They Should have Their day in Court"

By Jennifer Delson

Tears suddenly fill Lester Tenney's eyes. "I'm sorry," he says. "It's been a long time, but it's still very hard sometimes to talk about." All I can do is nod dumbly. Words fail me as I listen to the horror he is describing.

On April 9, 1942, Tenney, a 21-year-old Illinois National Guardsman, was one of 12,000 American soldiers who surrendered to the Japanese at the tip of Bataan Peninsula, which juts into Manila Bay in the Philippines. Ill-equipped, ill-trained, disease-ridden, they had fought ferociously for nearly five months against overwhelming odds, with no possibility of help, until they ran out food, medical supplies and ammunition.

As prisoners of war, Tenney among them, they were taken to a prison camp by the Japanese army on what became infamous as the nine-day, 55-mile-long Bataan Death March, during which 1000 of them perished. The atrocities they suffered have to some extent been revealed. But what happened afterward--when they were forced into inhuman slave labor for some of Japan's biggest corporations--remains largely unknown. These corporations, many of which have become global giants, include such familiar names as Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Kawasaki and Nippon Steel.

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Tactical Tips

10 Tactical Tips:

How to approach a suspicious person

Police work requires a close combination of skill and instinct. Let's think about best practices for approaching a suspicious person.

Urban Warfare Search and Detain Tactics, apply the same methods BUT OT an even greater degree of readiness for action yet requiring a restraint and splitsecopnd decision making which is even greater than employing such tactics in a law enforcement only role.

1 - If dispatched or directed by a citizen, get enough descriptive information so you approach the right suspicious person.

DANGER: You might decide to approach the wrong person and focus in too tightly completely missing the actions of the actual suspect.

2 - On approach to the suspicious tango or perp alone or with a partner, plan your bailout routes before they're needed. Usually there is a best way to go IF you plan ahead.

DANGER: With no preplan you often put yourself in a structural corner, overpowered or out-gunned with no place to go.

3 - Compare the tango or perp's stature and appearance compared to yourself and partner.What are the officer/subject factors: age, height, weight, strength, gender, observed skills, as well as clothing style, agitation or animation level.

DANGER: Assuming everyone is the same and missing real physical clues indicative of the suspects abilities or intentions.

4 - While many police officers are taught to "watch the hands." This is fine, however, in a tactica combat zone you need to watch everything else as well especially in regard to his being a diversion to a more deadly incident he is setting up.

DANGER: Hyper-attention to the hands alone blinds you to other things. Rather, watch the PALMS of the hands where weapons and contraband are held and activated.

5 - When approaching the suspicious person, realize from your own personal experiences that weapons carried on the person create asymmetry of the body. It may also affect the movement and gait of a subject.

DANGER: Ignoring or rationalizing why a person limps or keeps his hands in his pockets. Know that concealing a weapon for the untrained is an awkward thing to do. Look for the signs.

6 - Once you have begun closing distance on this person and he knows your intentions, you must be ready for his reaction. It may be that he will now choose to pull a gun rather than try to keep it balanced in his droopy waistband, confident you must know he has the a weapon.

DANGER: If drawn upon within reaching distance, you cannot out-draw the suspect. You must attack the weapon system to protect yourself. This usually consist of an application of the G.U.N. System that includes "grabbing" the weapon or hand holding the weapons, "undoing" the weapon from the hand(s) holding it, and "neutralizing" the threat by rendering the subject unconscious or, if possible, disengaging, drawing your firearm, and being ready to make a deadly force decision.

7 - When you have a partner, be sure to approach on two very different angles.

DANGER: When you walk up together you are presenting one target consisting of two officers. Try contact/cover as a recipe for field interviews. One officer contacts or speaks the other officer flanks out and covers you weapons in postion safetys off.

8 - If there is any indication of shots fired, gun play or weapon use, one of the two troopers must have a firearm out and ready to activate.

DANGER: The covering trooper must have his weapon at port arms ,in a ready postion but not premept an reaction BUT NOT lead to a fire incident intiated by the bad guy.

9 - Everyone draws weapons but it turns into a non-shooting situation. Someone must go hands on and apply handcuffs.

DANGER: Control tactics especially handcuffing while holding a firearm is dangerous and could result in an unintentional discharge injuring / killing you, your buddy , the subject, or an innocent bystander.

10 - Remember that in dealing with a suspicious tango or perp having one or both of the officers behind cover reduces the chance of the subject trying to take you out and, if s/he does draw and fire, you are better able to avoid being shot.




Words of Wisdom

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. John Steinbeck

  1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you.
  2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
  3. I carry a gun 'cause a cop is too heavy.
  4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
  5. A reporter did a human interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him, "Why do you carry a .45?" The Ranger responded with, 'Because they don't make a .46"
  6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.
  7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'
  8. Beware the man who only has one gun. He probably knows how to use it!

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