Special Forces Gear Newsletter - Voice Of The Soldier
Monthly Newsletter March 2010

In This Issue
Dave's Message
Voice of the Soldier
Word of Truth
The Blue Warrior
What Has Really Changed?
Clichés of Socialism
Embroidered Items
Featured T-Shirts
Special Product Coupon
Quotes & Jokes
Sale Items
Featured Tactical Gear
Featured Watches
Tactical Tips
December Sale
Always Remember
Articles
Obituaries
Special Forces Gear Forum
Newsletter Archives
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
Customer Comments
I am a Cpl. in the Army and just returned from Iraq. I carried my shotgun all year on my back in your shotgun scabbard, and it worked great! I was glad to have it around several times, and it proved to be an easy way to keep the shotgun handy for the squad. Thanks for your great product, and for your support of our troops!!

Cpl. C.R. [omitted]
36th Infantry Div.



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Dear Sir, The Falcon Chest Harness finally arrived to me at Camp Taji, Iraq. Thank You! It is now set up for fitting over my IOTV and Battle Ready!!!

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(already the guys are asking who to order one from, so you might be getting a few more requests!!!).



Dear SF company.

Thank-you for sending another t-shirt it looks great the boys in the unit will want one when they see it. I'll be sending them right to you.

Thanks again.

Another happy customer
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When I was stationed at Camp Pendleton I was in Weapons Company 3/5. The unit made us t-shirts with the 3/5 logo/emblem/crest, "Consumate Professionals". I was honorable discharged in 1999 and the t-shirt has been long-gone. I searched a couple of web site to find a shirt with the logo/emblem/crest but there was no luck. It didn't take me long to search this site before I found what I was looking for. When the shirt arrived it was better than what I expected. I love the t-shirt and wear it with pride and often. Thank you SpecialForces.com

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Thank you!!!

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Dear SFG,

Thank you for being so prompt with my order, and the refund as well.

I thought a little constructive thoughts were in order.

The "HRT" boot knife is well constructed. I had to "hone" the edge though, both sides,to get it up to spec.

As for the "GI USMC Combat Knife"......Well, it wasn't really a K-Bar, at least not one that I've ever seen. It read "US", and above that it read "Ontario". No worries though, after I used a ceramic sharpening stone on both the small back edge and the full length edge, I'm quite pleased with them both. Oh, I almost forgot, both were very pretty well balanced.

I'll be purchasing again from you in the near future.

Sincerely,
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Dear Special Forces

I received my order i have to say that is better than i expected! Thank you and you'll hear fom me soon.

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Thanks Folks. As always you have been most polite and professional. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Jack And Melanie Edgar



Steve,

OMG! That looks awesome! Is there any logo on the front? Can I buy these off the website? I'm sure a lot of SWCC guys are going to want these!

Thank you,

Amanda Van Every



Dave,

We love the art work. They are awesome. I'll be ordering mine right after this. Thanks for all the work. I am recommending you guys to all the other battalions and ODA's.

David



Hello,

Just to let you know all items have been recieved, fantastic quality as all ways.

Cheers Andrew and best wishes for the New Year.
 
Dave's Message

The Warrior and Degeneracy


Most all of us have heard this saying "What you don't know won't hurt you" when in fact it is usually the things we don't know which kill us. This is especially true for warriors. A warriors greatest enemy is ignorance.

This month's topic is about degeneracy which is bred from ignorance and arrogance. Arrogance doesn't care and ignorance of degenerate acts does not understand the consequences it brings to everyone. Before I go on I would like to define degeneracy for the purpose of this message as any abuse of responsibility, standards, principals, laws, regulations, freedom, etc. that weakens an individual, an organization, institution, the military and the nation.

In the military a unit becomes degenerate when discipline is lax and standards are not enforced which causes it to loose its combat effectiveness leading to heavy casualties, demoralized soldiers and even defeat. When a nation becomes degenerate it will lose its freedom and prosperity leaving it vulnerable for exploitation from both within and external enemies from without.

Degeneracy is the abuse of freedom that weakens a nation from within. When individual citizens compromise their integrity (loyalty to truth), the national character declines and the quality of life within the nation deteriorates. In prolonged arrogance and ignorance people succumb to an immoral status . . . to passions of dishonor," total disregard for the foundational principals our country was founded and rose to greatness on. They become anti-authority and anti-morality justifying these actions in countless ways bringing on countless unintended consequences to name a few the breaking up of the family unit which I watched growing up in the sixties, by the end of the sixties it seemed a rarity if my friends' parents were not divorced. Also there was rampant crime, violence, sexual perversion, drug addiction and all kinds of activism.

I would like to add that activism has become so prevalent in our nation today that people now accept activism as a norm or sometimes as a good thing. Activism is not objective it is blind with subjectivity and is always arrogant. I would like to point out that activism is never good, nothing in extreme or excess is ever good. We should be on our guard against activism of any kind, because it only serves to polarize people and create conflict. Never be confused by the cause, look at the integrity and character of the people and you will find that the cause will be no better then the people leading it.

"When science becomes a religion the scientist becomes a profit"

One good example is environmental activism especially with the global warming scare. Any one objective looking for the truth can now see that it is being driven by arrogance and ignorance and people are starting to see the evidence of there fraudulent and fabricated claims.

Most forms of degeneracy eventually create different special interest/activist groups with each set out to undermine and destroy the institutions that preserve the freedom in our country. You can fill in the blanks for yourself on the different special interest/activist groups seeking special rights and privileges at the expense of our constitutional rights and a lot out of our pocket books. Some of these groups are small and some big but either way they are disorganized only showing unity in voting for the candidate that they think will support their selfish self indulgence and give them special privileges and rights at the expense of freedom.  These degenerate groups create the ideal opportunity for political or religious tyranny which is usually well organized to step in and take power. A tyrant or dictator will monopolize these degenerate groups as he restricts freedom and tries to takes control of the populace. Degenerate himself, the despot suppresses these disorganized groups by forcing his organized group either Political or Religious upon them and at the same time persecuting the responsible freedom oriented people and Christianity the source and the basis for our constitution and freedom in the U.S.

Degeneracy simply put is living without principle.

Most people today do not think in terms of principle. They look at life entirely from experience seeking some revelation usually for attention by adopting some bizarre ideology or behavior to satisfy their need for attention or stimulation giving them a pseudo form of happiness which never lasts. Lacking principles to guide them they fall prey to false cliches like "do what ever makes you happy" , " do your own thing" , " Number one comes first" ect. We have all heard many selfish false cliches that encourage selfish irresponsible behavior. No true warrior would ever want to go into combat with someone operating under these false cliches but yet they get pushed around and offered as advice and often accepted.

In the military it is easy to fix a degenerate or demoralized unit. All one has to do is restore discipline, high standards, train hard and make personnel changes as necessary as you go. One example that comes to mind for us Special Forces guys who Ft Bragg was named after and for you civil war buffs was when General Braxton Bragg took command of the Army of Tennessee. He made these observations, some units were well drilled and reliable and others he referred to despairingly as "the mob we have miscalled soldiers." But within a month his stern discipline had whipped them into better shape and he was proud of their improvement. As a side note General Braxton Bragg was an excellent administrator and organizer and would have served the confederacy well in that area, but his clumsy and confused manipulation of his forces on the battlefield showed he could organize better than he could fight which unfortunately led to many lost opportunities to destroy the Army of the North. The point here is just because someone can do one thing well doesn't mean he can do other things well.

One might ask why I am making a correlation between the military and the nation in regards to degeneracy. My answer is this:

The law of humanity is the cornerstone of the military art. There can be no other laws or principles apart from it. If you want to judge the validity of any military doctrine, ask yourself first: "How does the doctrine relate to the law of humanity?"

The human heart is the seed from which conflict grows, and regardless of the difficulty, we must learn to deal with moral factors in both the art and science of war.

As you can imagine it is much easier to rehabilitate a degenerate unit in the military then a nation that has become degenerate.

For a nation that has become degenerate it takes a great shock to wake the people up and bring them back to reality and the truths of principles. These shocks come in the form of natural disasters, economic hardships, attacks on our nation causing war, the list goes on. Sometimes the people wake up to the reality of what they are doing wrong or the people around them are doing wrong and return to the reality of principles that have stood the tests of time. Sometimes a nation is stubborn and continues on the path of destruction. Of course unlike a military unit that can be turned around in months a nation takes lots of time, how much time who knows, but definitely we are talking years instead of months in comparison. That was why my previous message was on staying power.

"Degeneracy can be fun but it's hard to keep up
as a serious lifetime occupation..."  ~unknown


Degeneracy falls into basically two categories dividing people into two groups one group tends toward lasciviousness which loosely translated would be to give in to lusts, self indulgence, immoral forms of behavior like drunkenness, adultery, drug abuse, ect. which generally this crowd I find easier to get along with then the next type which are self righteous legalistic types which think they know what's best for everyone else. Although the lascivious group may be easier for some of us to get along with they both end with the same bad result degenerate behavior causing loss of freedom and making our country vulnerable to power mongers.

"From experience, we know that human beings do not always act in accordance with right and justice. Injustice in government undermines the foundations of a society. A nation, therefore, must take measures to encourage its members along the paths of justice and morality."

~Unknown

To prevent degeneracy of our nation we must start with ourselves and in the home. Parents are responsible for teaching principles, values, self discipline and preparing their children to become responsible adults. When parents neglect their responsibility to their children not only do the children suffer but they unleash monsters into society that affect the nation as a whole.  

President Ronald Regan had this to say about families in his 1981 inaugural address:

"Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families-not government programs-are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved. . . . We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them."

Degeneracy comes in many forms and is constantly on the attack. One day you're in peak physical shape and the next month you have let yourself slide or your making progress on a diet over a period of months and in a few weeks gained all that weight back. Life is a constant struggle like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs that's why we have to be strong recognizing when we're headed down and start that tough ascent back up. There's no holding still in life either your going backwards or your going forwards.

I will close my message with this quote of wisdom.

"Those who have no sense of right, reason or religion, have a natural propensity to make use of their strength to the destruction of such as are weaker than they." ~Thomas Jefferson

HOOAH

- Dave

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Feedback from Newsletter Poll

Question: Let us know what you think about this month's message
 
Dave, Once again you came across. In the past three days I discovered that my PSA had skyrocketed. My VA Doc said I almost, for sure, was a candidate for Prostate Cancer. I was sitting around wondering if my family would be better off without me right now. Then I read you message. THOUGHT! THINK! These are words I have learned to live by and now i was ignoring them. Thanks for reminding me the power of the most powerful weapon we possess. Our mind.

George
Dave,
Again you delivered an amazingly needed message. I admire that you see how the same principals lived by a soldier are essential to my life today. The message you wrote coupled with the Truth message - What an awesome combination. This month's newsletter was a true blessing.

Rebecca
Thanks Dave, for articulating what all warrior's, (active and SEMI-retired), of those qualities that enable and ENABLED us to survive on the "battlefields" of life. Keep those words of wisdom AND experience coming. Today more than ever in our nations history "WE" need to be reminded of that which has sustained us.

Hoorah - Non Timebo Mala
One word: Fantastic
 
Les
So true so true
Everett (SGM ret)
I love reading your Word. Christ is the only answer and I'm glad to see you tell it like it is. Especially last months word about how Jesus wages war and we are his warriors. I'm tired of people looking at Christians with this turn the other cheek, weak knee mentality. We are warriors and fighters. Thanks again for your words and willingness to stand up. Semper Fi, because Jesus is "Always Faithful"
 
Aaron Smith
hey Dave, just want to say your message was very inspiring.I totally agree with your peice about patience, without it your in trouble right from the beginning.

James
I believe you made a point with the message but I feel that 2 things can also be incorporated into your message that separates the SF warrior from generic soldiers...........common sense smarts, and determination!! without determination SF warriors are just warriors but add in common sense smarts and the foe better watch out. One doesn't have to be brilliant to be in SF but he has to be determined and have street smarts...Even the soldier who is not the best runner or the one who can\'t do 20 pull ups can be a special solider if he is determined and understands his limits but can push through those limits when the regular soldier doesn't understand the process. I was that soldier 20 years ago, never in great shape but could hump a ruck all day, not in the fastest time but could shoot with the best of them and understand how to accomplish missions and achieve the desired end result. So it is my opinion that a special forces soldier is a special person in his own right who can accomplish the mission not because he can run sub 6 minute miles or have the washboard stomach but a person who is determined to get the mission done with the abilities he possesses....

Gordon

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A Sad Situation

Navy Seal Arraigned

Navy Seal Arraigned

It would be interesting to create a poll with these two photos and have people guess what's happening. 

I suspect that most would never assume anything close to the real story. It appears to be a joyous homecoming, a reuniting of mother and son. The truth is not so heart warming. 

The lady in the picture is the mother of an American that was ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq . Her son was murdered. His body was dragged around in the streets of the city, then burned and hung from the upper trusses of a bridge. The murderers gathered to celebrate and have their photos taken with the trophy.

The young sailor in the picture is one of the Navy SEALs that later captured the leader of the band of terrorist butchers and brought him to justice.

If the story ended there, it would still be an acceptable feel-good, good-guys-win story. Unfortunately, that's not the case - this Navy SEAL is facing criminal charges. 

Because, somewhere along the timeline of his capture, the terrorist murderer suffered a school-yard fat lip, his captors are now being charged with nothing short of war crimes and facing discharge and imprisonment.

So, instead of celebration of justice served and heroes honored, these photos record betrayal, compounded mourning and the effects of a corrupting sickness.

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The Word of Truth

By Rev G.J. Rako

LTC (Ret)

IN USAR

 

 Serving God or Self


A long time friend of mine wrote the following to a missionary.  I thought I would reprint it for you.  The doctrine is sound, and the subject matter is timeless.  It must be understood if we, as Christians are to fulfill the plan of God for our lives.  This is a former Sergeant First Class, Special Forces soldier.

There are two basic approaches to service for God. The goal of both should be Unity of the Spirit and the faith, Eph.4:3-13. A house divided against itself cannot stand, Mk.3:25.The first and most popular, and by far delivering the most converts is that one which demands moral reformation. It usually starts with a dedication of one's life to God. This is then followed by a commitment of the life to service. All this is achieved by subjecting one's will to God's by a series of decisions on the individual's part that will make them more acceptable to God and His service. The removal of sin from the life combined with the study of doctrines as taught by C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, or other great leaders becomes paramount in growth for service. Finding the right mentor to disciple one becomes an important goal. Prayers become very intense and the desire for forgiveness for failures to overcome sin causes most to strive harder to clean up their life so as to achieve a new level of spirituality and righteousness.

Once they have eliminated enough socially condemned sin and learned how to express love to those around them, they believe that those who are lost will see that they are living by a superior standard, and that God will now be able to use them for His glory. One of the goals in this reformation is that others may see this new life in them and realize their own hopeless condition. The purpose is to make one's life so attractive that others will desire to be like them. In this way they will attract others outside the faith to salvation. This will also set an example for those in the faith that if they strive to overcome and turn from their sin, they too can become beacons of light in a dark and sinful world. If that person, who is already in the faith, desires and is ready to dedicate his life, he can now be discipled. The purpose in this is to bring that person to spiritual maturity where he can found his own ministry, and become a dynamic leader.  Being a personal example requires tremendous effort and discipline. This problem can be eased if one finds a mentor who has already achieved a high level of Spiritual maturity.         

To this group a major emphasis in one's ministry should be in convincing the lost of the sovereignty of God, that they are sinners, and that they will not be saved until they realize that they are lost. The lost are convinced by being told, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death." Then, when fear has done its work the lost are given hope by telling them what a sinner "you" once were, giving them the vision of how they too may have victory over sin. Sin is a major issue to this way of thinking because if one does not turn from sins one will pay for them in the lake of fire in hell for eternity. There is victory when they feel sorry for their sins, promise to try to stop sinning, and dedicate their life to Jesus, or ask Jesus to come into their heart, and make Him Lord of their life.  At this point begins your discipleship. This along with the praise and worship services with contemporary music is in essence the most popular approach to soul winning in the church today.

The second and most Biblical approach to service stems from several verses. "We have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God, I Cor.2:12." Act.17:25-27, "Neither is He served by human hands (Jn.16:1-11), as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things," II Pet. 1:3-4. Coll.2:6, "Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him." Rom.1:19-20, "That which is known about God is evident within them (Ecc.3:11) for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made so that they are without excuse." If man does not desire to know God, he is free to suppress the truth, Rom 1:18. However, if they have a desire to know God He is not far from each one of us, Act.17:27. He only desires that we touch (trust) Him, Mk.6:56.

What prepares a person for service has caused much disunity in these two groups. To the religious person it is a shock to learn that God does not need him. He does not need us to do things for Him, or help Him in any way. A false god needs humans. In Islam Allah desires that his followers die and kill for him. Our God needs nothing from us. We on the other hand need Him, and His name is Jesus. We by faith become the children of God. All that our Father desires is faith in Him so that through His Word we can grow to love Him (Who is love). We are to serve Him because we love Him. He has placed each of us here at the perfect time and in the perfect place for His purpose and our happiness, Act.17:26. Eph.2:10, we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand.

Other issues are, what must the unbeliever do to be born again? Is sin internal?  is what you think where sin dwells, or is it external where sin is committed? Pv.23:7, Mt.5:21-28?  Are there mental attitude sins, or only overt sins? Can a blind man with no arms and legs still sin? Anything not of faith is it permissible or is it sin? Rom.14:23? Does God spank? Ps.39:11.

This second group would say to the lost," There is a God in heaven and He loves you very much, and His name is Jesus Christ." The emphasis would be totally on Jesus and what He did for them on the cross. The issue would be believe or trust in Him or perish. They would also teach that striving is a form of works, Ps.46:10. As for sin they would go to, I Jn.2:2, which states, "He Himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world." In the matter of the sins of the believers they would rely totally on what the Bible teaches in Heb.12:5-9. This is the promise from their new Father that God will discipline His own children. The emphasis would then be on the free gift of eternal life and the perfect righteousness which is from God, Phil.3:9, Eph.2:8-9, Jn.3:16, II Cor.5:21, Jn.5:24.

Since all sin was paid for on the cross, the issue with the unbeliever is faith in Jesus, Jn.3:18. Sin fighting with the unbeliever is a waste of time and is totally the wrong emphasis. The problem of sin in the life of the believer will be solved as a result of the discipline of God on His own children, Heb.12:5-9. Growth as the result of learning the Word of God will change the manner of sin, but the believer will never be without sin as long as he possesses his old sin nature. Love becomes the motivation for the elimination of sins, it is also the motivation to know Jesus, and His Word. Telling others about Jesus is a result of knowing Him and unless the lost person is sent to them one should not cast God's pearls before swine, or keep throwing their net on the wrong side of the boat, Jn.21:3-6.  To illustrate let us look at, James 1:24-27,

But the one who looks
  1. intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and
  2. abides by it (the law of liberty),
  3. not having become a forgetful hearer (remembering) but an effectual
  4. doer, this man will be blessed, Is.30:18, 40:28-31, 56:15, Ps.41:1-3,
  5. in what he does. If anyone
  6. thinks himself to be (holy or spiritual) religious, and yet does not
  7. bridle his tongue, Mt.7:6, he gives what is holy to dogs and casts his pearls before swine, but deceives
  8. his own heart. The heart is how you think. When you deceive yourself you are close to either a trip to the funny farm, getting a job in government, or doing something for God that God did not tell you to do, I Sam.13:8-14, Lv.10:1-2, Gen.4:3.
  9. This man's religion is worthless. God's Word falls like rain on two types of believers, Heb.6:7-8, those that produce fruit and grain, therefore gold silver and precious stones or on false teachers who produce thorns and thistles, Jud.9:14, which are worthless, and will be burned, I Cor.3:10-21.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. When we take on the thinking of the world it stains us. When we try to combine religious view-points with the grace of God, the Greek word that comes to mind is "miaino." This word is found in Heb.12:15. A word meaning, you have just had a chamber pot full of liquid shit dumped on your nice clean white toga. A reminder that all our righteousness is like filthy rags in God's eyes, Is.64:6, and that our ways and our thinking is totally different from God's thinking and His ways. Is.55:8-9.

1st, let's look at the law of God. Gal. 3:23-25, But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed, therefore, the law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. Why? Because now according to Jn.16:7-11 we have the Holy Spirit to convict the world and us of sin (the sin of unbelief which is the birth bed of all sin) of righteousness (looking to Jesus, Heb.12:2) and judgment, II Cor.10:5, for believers, the judgment seat of Christ. As for the unbeliever there is the Great White Throne, where they will be judged according to their deeds, not their sins which were paid for on the cross, because without the righteousness imputed from God all mans deeds are filthy and must be burned. Without the free gift of righteousness and eternal life the person also must perish, (be burned), Rev.20:11-15. Why? because of unbelief, Jn.3:18, Jn.5:24, Rom.8:1.

2nd The law of liberty is a higher law which requires a deeper love than Mat.22:37-40. Which is: You shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depends the whole law and the prophets. In Jn.13:34-35, Jesus kicks this law up a notch when HE commands, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." We are told that our goal is love, I Tim.1:5. I Cor.13:1-13, gives us a description of love. I Cor.2:9, teaches that God has fantastic things prepared for those who love Him. We cannot accomplish either this kind of love or these commands in the power of the flesh. It is absolutely impossible in the thinking of the natural man. This is why we must be born again, and why we are able to walk in the Spirit.

3rd, Now the Lord is the Spirit (II Cor.3:17) and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and the opportunity to know as much of God as one desires Jn.3:34. Gal.4:9-10, How is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days, months, seasons, and years. Gal.3:3, Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? We walk in the Spirit by looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, where it is possible to bring every thought into captivity to Jesus, disregarding the past while giving thanks in and for all things. The one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, Rm.4:5.

4th To define the law of liberty look to, Jn.8:31-32, "Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him. If you continue in my Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Jn.14:6, Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." Jn.17:16-17, They are not of this world, even as I am not of this world. Set them apart in the truth; Your word is Truth. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, II Cor.5:21. We are set apart in Christ at the moment of faith in Christ.

5th Gal.5:1, It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. I Pet.2:15, For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond slaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, and honor the king, (Obama & Pelosi).

6th To abide comes from Jn.15:1-12, where it means to be in fellowship with God by means of I Jn.1:9, and Ps.66:18, both tell us to keep all sin confessed to God at all times. Confession opens the door to walking in the Spirit, Gal.5:16. It is also a reminder that He tells us His way is easy and His burden is light, Mt.11:28-29.

7th We are to remember Jesus, as it says in I Cor.11:24 When He had given thanks, He took the bread and broke it and said, "This is My body which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." The Jews looked back to the Exodus, we look back to the Cross and Jesus. We cannot remember who we do not know.

8th An effective doer is one who understands Is.26:12. Lord you will establish peace for us, since You (God) have also performed for us all our works. Ps.46:10, Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Pv.3:5-7. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. Do not be wise in your own eyes. In Jn.21:3, the disciples caught nothing on their own after fishing all night, in 21:6, their catch was fantastic and beyond abundant at the direction of Jesus. If we will wait on the Lord, He will send those to us who will listen to the good news about Jesus. He expects us to be awake when they arrive. Awake sleeper and arise from the dead (the world's secular and religious system) and Christ will shine on you, Eph.5:14, I Tim.5:6.

9th What shall we do that we may do the work of God? Jn.6:29, This is the work of God that you believe in Him who He has sent. Rom 11:17, we are but wild olive branches grafted in to produce oil, oil which is used for healing, light, and food. II Tim.2:14-16, as a worker (water-boy) who does not need to be ashamed, accurately (passing out the water of the Word in the desert of this world) handling the Word of truth. We can only handle the word of God accurately in fellowship to do otherwise is to become a spiritual bully and a legalistic pimp.

We must always remember Rom.14:4, "Who are we to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls, and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Rom.15:20, our job is to tell those around us that there is a God in heaven and He loves us very much and His name is Jesus Christ. We are to do this everywhere except where Christ is already named, so that we will not build on another man's foundation." There are plenty of lost people waiting for the gospel, so it is not our job to criticize, correct, or improve upon the work of another believer. We are commanded to keep our eyes on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which we have learned, and turn away from them.

Therefore, in unity, let us not judge one another, but rather determine this, not to put an obstacle or stumbling block in a brother's way, Rom.14:13. There are many approaches to the service of God, none of which are absolutely perfect. Jesus is perfect, His Word is perfect, so we point others to Him. We do not make an issue of ourselves because He is the vine, we are the branches we can do nothing without Him, Jn.15:1-12, Ps.37:34, Ps.127:1-2, I Pt.5:5-10.

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Situational Awareness
in
Tactical Environments

Understanding how to manage situational awareness while responding to patrol runs or in swat operations can greatly maximize your chances for success. Situational awareness is one component of what I refer to as the "Strategic thinking triad".

The "Strategic Thinking Triad" consists of:
  1. Situated cognition
  2. Cognitive thinking skills
  3. Situational awareness
Situational awareness is defined in the Army field manual as "Knowledge and understanding of the current situation which promotes timely, relevant and accurate assessment of friendly, competitive and other operations within the battle space in order to facilitate decision making. An informational perspective and skill that fosters an ability to determine quickly the context and relevance of events that are unfolding."

So how does this play out for the uniformed officer or swat cop? In the context of SWAT operations, situational awareness refers to the unit's ability to determine the relationships of the factors, such as perception, comprehension and projection that are present and form logical conclusions concerning threats to the SWAT team, and its mission objectives.

In a simpler form, situational awareness is a process our minds go through for just about everything we do. For example, when you're involved in a high-speed chase you are cognitively processing numerous pieces of active intelligence simultaneously. As the chase continues you react and act upon the decisions you make from that information. For example in a high-speed chase you may process information such as:
  1. The info that dispatch is conveying to you over the radio about the car and suspect
  2. The orders your command officers are providing over the air
  3. Your conveyance of information relevant to the chase to the dispatch center
  4. The speeds you are chasing the suspect
  5. The intersections and signals you are approaching and passing
  6. Officer safety concerns and others
In this chase scenario your ability to process various and numerous pieces of active intelligence is your "situational awareness". Some officers have a natural ability to manage their situational awareness and some officers can be trained to a high level.  

Lets say you have responded to an incident where a fellow officer has been shot on a traffic stop. You walk up to the scene and emergency personnel are doing CPR on him. The wounded officer is obviously dead but he is still shipped off to the hospital for the slim chance that he may be saved. The sounds of numerous screaming sirens echo in your head. You walk around looking for signs of the criminal that committed this violence.

Witnesses start to approach you and provide a suspect description and the direction he fled from the scene. As you speak with these witnesses you realize you have a crime scene to manage however, there's a cop killer out there on the run.

Your focus turns to suspect identification and you pillage through what appears to be the suspect's vehicle. When you come across some information in the vehicle you contact the communications center for intelligence.

The radio chatter starts to increase and a lieutenant arrives. Your request for information on the suspect yields a name with a violent criminal history. Shortly after another lieutenant at unknown location announces over the radio that a witness observed the suspect you developed enter a home only a quarter mile away from the crime scene.

Not much longer a third lieutenant arrives at the scene of the street where the suspect was possibly observed entering a home and he requests SWAT to respond to that house. As a swat cop you free yourself from the crime scene and respond to that home. 

Once you arrive there you notice there isn't a tactical command center identified. You approach the lieutenant requesting swat and he is standing in an open field, next to the target location, talking with other executive command and the deputy chief. You note that they are in clear view of the house and you locate some cover as a few other swat cops arrive.

The lieutenant that appointed himself in charge of the scene approaches you and orders you to form an ad-hoc entry team from the small amount of personnel that are available to you. He also advises you that only one witness thought she observed the suspect enter the home and he doesn't think the suspect is in the home. You then think to yourself that you're wasting valuable time at this house so you prepare the ad-hoc entry team of five officers to clear this objective so you can move on.

You and your team then approach the home to clear the objective. All of a sudden the lieutenant that requested you to conduct a clear operation advises you that the suspects wife has just arrived at his location and she has informed him that her husband called her just moments ago and he indicated he was in the home, armed and not going back to prison.

The lieutenant then orders you to clear the objective immediately. At that moment it dawns on you that this lieutenant, whom isn't the tactical commander doesn't have the authority to coordinate and order a tactical response.  However, you feel committed to this operation because a cop killer is within reach. Also, you become troubled due to the tactical protocols not being followed such as the lack of intelligence, scouting reports, inner perimeter control, counter sniper support, use of chemical munitions and no attempt at negotiations.

You decide however to proceed and your ad-hoc team quickly conducts a tactical intervention into the objective and shots ring out. The entry team point man falls to the ground with a single shot to the head. You neutralize the suspect with a volley from your primary weapon. 

Your team extracts the obviously deceased point man, whom just the previous evening was celebrating his sons second birthday.

You then announce over the radio of the situation inside the objective. As you stand over the deceased suspect you start to realize what had just occurred. Thoughts of guilt start to overwhelm you as you realize the number of swat tactics that were not deployed. You realize that you allowed your "situational awareness" to become fogged by the emotional stress and miss management of this tactical operation. 

In this scenario properly managing your situational awareness could have produced better results. The key to success is to slow your response to a speed in which you can process the data. Imagine yourself standing in the middle of the bits of information. You must prioritize each bit and then process it. When you process each bit, rely on training, experience and what you know is the correct course of action. Then don't hesitate to act upon your decisions. 

Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French 

 

Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company andfounder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge www.DetroitSWATChallenge.com . Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com , and his column is the"SWAT Operator".

Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.

 
What Has Really Changed?

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What Has Really Changed?


Why it is important ­­to you that your
Company should make a profit

 
Forty years ago the typical American worked 10 hours a day for $2. The employers made a profit. Even then some people screamed that the profit was wrong. If they had abolished it, what follows would never have happened, and wages would still be $2 a day.
 
Employers invested their profits in better and better machinery which enabled the worker to produce more. Out of this greater production the worker got more. The employer still made a profit, which he continued to invest in still better machinery which continued to increase each worker's production, out of which he continued to get higher wages.
 
The average American wage has gone from $2 for a 10-hour day to $9 for an 8-hour day, all in forty years, giving the American worker by far the highest standard of living in the world. It would never have happened if American business had not had profits to invest in continuously better equipment for its workmen.
 
The day this process stops in a factory, progress stops. Competitive factories continue to progress: new equipment bought out of profits improves their products and reduces their cost. Soon the first factory is making no sales: without sales there can be no production and no jobs at all.
 
A great labor leader knew what he was talking about when he said, "The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit."    
 
IWO...TO?

This month's post modern apologist-liberal-bravo-sierra-item-of-disgrace... perhaps of all time, is how on this 65th Aniversary of the Marines defeating the Japenese  at Iwo Jima  the Japenese Government  formally reverted the island to its old name of "Iwo To" in 2006. Both "to" and "jima" mean island in Japanese but to every Marine and Sailor who was there, the name of "Iwo Jima" carries the symbolize of all the pride that was in the U.S Marine  and Sailor who was there... So "Tell THAT to the Marines[...and Navy UDT] who were there!!"

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"We're living in a 'pornocratic world,' where sex is everywhere, in thoughts, words, images and deeds. This is leading more and more young people into unconventional sexual practices."  ~ Micheal Fize, British Sociologist

"...[H]e  stood in the place of all the men who served in the Great War."
~ Dorthy Babcock on her late Husband, Jack  Babcock the last Canadians standing for a genereaton who served in died in World War I

Clichéof Socialism

Clichéof Socialism


"The more complex the society,
The more government control we need"
 
ARGUED A COLLEGE PRESIDENT at a recent seminar: "Your free market, private property, limited government theories were all right underthe simple conditions of a century or more ago, but surely they are unworkablein today'scomplex economy. The more complex the society, the greater is the need for governmental control; that seems axiomatic."
It is important to expose this oft-heard, plausible, and influential fallacy because it leads directly and logically to socialistic planning. This is how a member of the seminar team answered the college president:
 
"Let us take the simplest possible situation-just you and I. Next, let us assume that I am as wise as any President of the United States who has held office during your lifetime. With these qualifications in mind, do you honestly think I would be competent to coercively control what you shall invent, discover, or create, what the hours of your labor shall be, what wage you shall receive, what and with whom you shall associate and exchange? Is not my incompetence demonstrably apparent in this simplest of all societies?

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ON IWO:

"Iwo Jima is a unique place in the history of the United States,It was not the bloodiest fight in the Pacific campaign, it was not the most operationally sound, not the longest and arguably not the most important. But Iwo is burned into our national psyche in a way that no other battle in U.S. is."

~said Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway  at the 65th anniversary Ceremony on Iwo Jima, March 3rd 2010

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"After the flag went up on Suribachi, we were all glad, because we knew eventually we would not be having much fire from Mount Suribachi...But in these bunkers, pillboxes as we called them, and in the trenches, they could spring up any time after you."

~Former U.S Marine Lloyd Owens  who was a Marine during Iwo Jima commenting on the 65th Aninversary of raising the flag on  Mount Suribachi
 
"You could hear, all of a sudden, just this spontaneous roar from the Marines on the ground down at sea level fighting. They had spotted flag and they were just so excited by what they saw, they started screaming and cheering and yelling and hollering.  It did so much for the Marines on the island to see their flag on top of this monstrous Suribachi."

~Raymond Jacobs, a Marine with 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment remmbering what he saw When the flag was raised on Iwo Jima, 65 years ago --During a ceremony At U.S. Marine  HQ on the 65th Anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima - Febuary 22, 2010

"...It it occupies a place in the Corps' history like no other battle, as a result of the determination, courage and sacrifice of the men who fought there... Marines today hold the Iwo Jima standard as the 'gold standard'. The incredible legacy that has been provided to our Corps drives us and inspires us. It has had a tremendous and lasting impact on our Corps."

~Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James T. Conway
 
r HowardON  Col. Robert Howard
 
"To us, he is much more than an oil painting in a museum or a hallway...This particular man was unique in special forces history and it is through his efforts in no small measure that this regiment's fiercewar fighting reputation was built. He was our personal hero, our standard-bearer. Well done, sir. May you rest in peace."

~said Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) commanding general of the late great Col. Robert Howard.

"We need to guard the word 'hero' and make sure it's not overused, because this man is without a doubt a true hero.."

~ said Sergeant Maj. (Ret.) Lowell Stevens, who served with he late, great Col. Robert Howard in Vietnam.

"Let us not ask God (why) when men such as Robert Howard died, but let us thank God that men such as Robert Howard lived."

~ Col. Michael Kurilla, 75th Ranger Regiment commander
Holcomb Gold

"When they raise the flag and play 'The Star-Spangled Banner' for your son, well, that's pretty cool. He's the best!"

~ said Steve Holcomb Sr., his voice choking at the thought,  of his son USA 4-man bobsledder Driver and Army  National Guard Sgt. Steve Holcomb, WHO no one can argue, made made the USA  4 man Bobsled team win a gold medal At the Vancouver Olympics. Who in the bobsled world, no one can argue.

"One always looks at other countries, [in continents] such as Africa, and says 'how terrible.!' But now we are living this. We are experiencing delinquency. [We need to be] protecting our own homes and the things we have."

~ Carmen Sedian,  Santiago Chile  Quake surivor

"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier."

~Kipling
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Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the"MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern.  Secretary of the Army John McHugh made that announcement Feb. 19, after the service conducted a rigorous four-month evaluation of various uniform patterns to determine what could best protect Soldiers in Afghanistan.

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The 5.56mm SOST round, formally known as MK318 MOD 0 enhanced 5.56mm ammunition will be the Marines 1st choice use for more lethal ammo in Afghanistan while cousin - MK319 MOD 0 enhanced 7.62mm SOST ammo,  maybe  the SOCOM first choice soon...

The Marine Corps is dropping its conventional 5.56mm ammunition in Afghanistan in favor of new deadlier, more accurate rifle rounds, and could field them at any time. The open-tipped rounds until now have been available only to Special Operations Command troops. The first 200,000 5.56mm Special Operations Science and Technology rounds are already downrange with Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, said Brig. Gen. Michael Brogan, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command. Commonly known as SOST rounds, they were legally cleared for
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Afghans Rediscover The Lee-Enfield
[Courtesy:  www.Strategyworld.com]

Afghan traditionalists are changing the way the Taliban fight. This can be seen by the increase in the use of sniping by the Taliban. In the last year, NATO units in southern Afghanistan estimate there has been a 25 percent increase in sniping incidents. This is not seen as a major danger. NATO troops wear protective bests and helmets that can stop bullets fired at long range, making it very frustrating for the Taliban shooters trying to hit a distant target in a vulnerable spot.

This shift in tactics is largely a reaction to the better training, and weapons, of U.S. and NATO infantry. Afghans, and especially the Taliban, consider themselves great warriors. But they are getting tired of being defeated every time they get into a firefight with the foreign troops. Worse yet, if the Taliban stay put during a fight, the damned foreigners bring in a warplane that drops a smart bomb or two, bringing an inglorious (for the Taliban) end to the action.

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Then some of the young guys remembered grandpa decrying the decline in marksmanship years ago. Back before the Russians showed up, in the 1980s, the best an Afghan could hope to have was a World War II, or World War I, era bolt action rifle. These weapons were eclipsed in the 1980s by full automatic AK-47s and the RPG rocket launcher. The young guys took to the AK, and the thrill of emptying a 30 round magazine on full automatic. Not bad for a brief firefight, and suddenly hardly anyone, except a few old timers, wanted to use the old bolt action rifle.

What was not noticed much outside of Afghanistan, was that this shift in weaponry brought to an end a long Afghan tradition of precision, long range shooting. Before the 1980s, this skill was treasured for both hunting and warfare. When doing neither, Afghan men played games centered on marksmanship. One, for example, involved a group of men chipping in and buying a goat. The animal was then tethered to a rock, often on a hill, and then the half dozen or so men moved several hundred meters away and drew lots to see who would fire in what order. The first man to drop the goat, won it. Since Afghanistan was the poorest nation in Asia, ammo was expensive, and older men taught the young boys all the proper moves needed to get that first shot off accurately.

During the 1980s, Saudi Arabia spent billions of dollars to arm Afghans with all the AK-47s and ammo they could use, and they used lots of it. But rarely for target practice. Compared to bolt-action rifles like the British Lee-Enfield, the AK-47 was much less accurate when one shot at a time was fired. The old timers, or a few young traditionalists, kept their Lee-Enfields, and made themselves useful picking off Russian soldiers at long distances, on those rare occasions where that was needed.

The Lee-Enfield is one of the oldest, and still widely used, rifles on the planet. Over 17 million were manufactured between 1895 and the 1980s. While there are more AK-47s out there (over 20 million in private hands), these are looked down on by those who use their rifles for hunting, or killing with a minimum expenditure of ammunition. The 8.8 pound Lee-Enfield is a bolt-action rifle (with a ten round magazine) noted for its accuracy and sturdiness. The inaccurate AK-47 has a hard time hitting anything more than a hundred meters away, while the Lee-Enfield can drop an animal, or a man, at over 400 meters.

There are millions of Lee-Enfields still in use throughout India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and even Iraq and other Persian Gulf nations. These are largely World War II leftovers. In the early half of the 20th century, the British gave out millions of these weapons to allies, or those being courted. Noting the accuracy of the Lee-Enfield (.303 caliber, or 7.7mm), the locals came to prize the rifle for hunting, and self-defense. There are still many gunsmiths throughout the region (and at least one factory in India) that will refurbish century old Lee-Enfields to "like new" condition. Ammunition is still manufactured, with the high quality stuff going for a dollar a round, and lesser quality for 25 cents a round. These rifles sell in the west for $500-1,000. The Lee-Enfield will carry on well into the 21st century.

One place where the Lee-Enfield found lots of fans was Afghanistan. There, the Afghans had been introduced to rifles in the 19th century, and they treasured these weapons. This was particularly true with the introduction of smokeless powder rifles in the late 19th century. Many Afghans were still using black powder rifles well into the 20th century. But once Lee-Enfields began show up in large numbers after World War I (1914-18), no one wanted the larger, heavier and less accurate black powder rifles (which always gave off your position, with all that smoke, after you fired a round.) Now, wealthy drug lords are buying expensive hunting and sniper rifles for their militias, but so far, the Taliban Snipers appear to be using grandpa's old Lee-Enfield.
 
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IWo 45

Iwo Jima veterans back atop Suribachi 65 years later
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UDT Frogmen Blast & Recon Prior to Marine Landings on Iwo

Recon Combo

The horrendous battle for Iwo Jima commenced, with vigor, nine days before the first Marine landed on her black ashen beaches by the,'Naked Warriors'of USN Underwater Demolition Teams(UDT), forerunners of today's SEAL teams.

Iwo was not the UDT's first operation - not at all --  but it was certainly one of the baptisms by fire which would  forge the lore of American combat swimmer- 'naked warriors' or frogmen as they would there-and after be called.

By February 10th 1945,  A flotilla of small gunboats carrying Marine observers and UDT Frogman swimmers were to approach the island and provide direct covering fire  for the advance reconnaissance...

These courageous warriors, were required to wade ashore and obtain samples of beach sand. Invasion planners needed firsthand
assurance that both track and wheeled vehicles could drive over the volcanic ash of Iwo's foreboding shoreline.

These floating gunboats, classified as LCI (G), were armed with a rocket launching system, 40 and 20 mm cannons and .50-caliber machine guns. Tiny and thin-skinned, the boats took the savage brunt of the island defenders' rage.

Of the original 12 boats, nine suffered heavy damage and one was sunk. The butcher's bill was significant - 40 percent of the men engaged became casualties, and 43 seamen were killed in the Feb. 17 operation.
Nine boat captains  would be awarded the Navy Cross, and one captain earned a Medal of Honor.

While the gunboats kept the Japanese large guns occupied, the swimmers were cast into the surf by the ''waterbug" landing craft, LCI. The frogmen avoided mortar and small-arms fire by ducking underwater as they swam into the beach...as Naked Warriors wearing only trunks, fins, a face plate and a knife( and sometimes a pistol). One diver's account simply stated:
''Bullets drifted down like falling leaves."

Amazingly, all but one of the combat  swimmers returned safely.
And they all  proved to be a great assist to invasion planners and to the Marines who safely splashed ashore.

On 10 February 1945 after intense rehearsals Underwater Demolition Teams # 12, # 13, # 14 and # 15 left Ulithi together with transports and ships of the fleet. Each UDT Team consisted of 50 men each.

On February 16th, the team had it's first glimpse of the foreboding specter that was Iwo Jima . To the men it appeared as only a few miles of ash, with Mt. Suribachi staring down, defiantly challenging any one to touch its beaches. The BULL attempted to steam in close enough for the team to spot yellow 1 and 2 beaches, but the shore batteries quickly responded, forcing her to keep a safe distance.

The advance group arrived off Iwo Jima on 16 February 1945 and the APD's circled the island at 2500 yards that date making observations to aid in final operation planning.

Platoons 1 And 3 Take To Their BoatsThe Underwater Demolition Teams under command of Commander Underwater Demolition Teams, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, Captain B. HALL HANLON, USN, was assigned the task of making reconnaissance missions on the eastern beaches at 1100 and on the western beaches at 1630 on 17 February 1945 (D-2).

On the morning of February 7th (1) platoons 1 and 3 took to their LCPR.s ready to reconnoiter their respective beaches.

The plan was for the capital ships to lay down heavy fire on the beaches, then have 3 LCI(G)s launch rockets at 1500 yards, move into 1000 yards, form a line and continue to fire as the LCPRs sped in to 500 yards to drop swimmers.

Unfortunately, the 3 LCI(G)s were promptly blasted out of commission.

Intense Enemy Fire

The fire from the beach was so intense that swimmers were dropped at 1500 and 1000 yards. The water was cold and an unexpected 2 knot current was flowing around Mt. Suribachi forcing the swimmers to expend additional energy.Team # 12 conducted reconnaissance of Red 1 and 2 beaches (1000 yards) on the eastern side and Brown 1 and 2 beaches on the western side. Swimmers were dropped from LCPR's 500 yards from the beaches with pairs of swimmers covering approximately 100 yards of shore line before returning to be picked up by the LCPR's. Swimmers were equipped with mine detonating devices and made careful observations of the approaches and shore line. The information was prepared in the form of charts and dispatches and turned in to higher authority to be relayed to the approaching landing force.

During the reconnaissance mission on the eastern beaches, the fire support ships LCI(G's) drew heavy machine gun, mortar and rifle fire which took a heavy toll of personnel manning the LCI's. One Underwater Demolition Team # 12 officer, Ensign Frank JIRKA, USNR, a UDT frogman assigned as observer aboard the LCI(G) 466, lost both feet as the result of a mortar hit on the bridge.A.E. ANDERSON, CM 1c, a swimmer was listed as missing in action.

Iwo Landing
The Japanese Are Aware of UDT.

By now the Japanese were aware of UDT and at Iwo Jima were ready
with pattern mortar fire. This is devastating to swimmers, but they endured,
completed their mission and returned with the vital information the Marines required.

Difficult To Offload Troops

One very inportant factor emerged... while no obstacles were encountered, the underwater beach grade sheared off so severely that this, coupled with
a tide surge of 3 feet would make it difficult for landing craft coxswains to keep their boats steady while off loading troops and supplies. This was to eventually become one of the most deadly and difficult problems of the invasion.

Killed In Action

All swimmers returned with two suffering minor wounds, this in spite of heavy rifle, machine gun and mortar fire. One officer, L.C. Yates Lt. Jg.was killed on board LCI(G)-449.  Mr. Yates was to observe and assist in controlling the teams operation, but his ship took a direct hit on the bridge where he stood.

White Beach

That afternoon platoons 1 and 2 reconnoitered "White Beach" 1 and 2 on
the western shore. All returned safely having encountered rifle and machine
gun fire.

BLESSMAN APD-48

On February 18 at 2120 a Kamikazi crashed into the BLESSMAN APD-48
which carried UDT-15. Exploding in the starboard mess hall, it took a
heavy toll in casualties and death. Lt. "Bruce" Onderdonk, the commanding
officer of Team 14 was on board at the time and fortunately had just left
the mess hall when the plane hit.

First Waves Guided In By UDT

Ist waves  guided

On the 19th D-Day,  two officers and four enlisted men from UDT 12 reported to PC-578ready to guide in the first eight waves of assault landing craft to hit yellow 1 and 2... also Blue Beach 1 which had been assigned to Team 15 originally. They led the first waves into Red beaches while other officers were assigned to Control Boats in an advisory capacity. From D+1 to D+9 Underwater Demolition Team #12 was assigned to the Senior Beachmaster and engaged in clearing the eastern landing beaches of wrecked craft, LCPR's, LCVP's LVT's, LCM's, pontoon barges, ect.The team was detached and departed the area D+3 heading for Ulithi via Guam.

IWO JIMA...Toughest Assignment

US Mex

Without a doubt, Iwo Jima was the team's toughest assignment, particularly clearing the beaches after D-Day, constantly exposing themselves to enemy fire, they persevered to the end. Iwo matched 75,000 marines against 22,000 Japanese.

Both fought valiantly. The U.S. suffered 25,000 casualties while only 1,083 survived. Of a total of 353 Medals of Honor awarded during World War II, 27 were awarded for action at Iwo Jima, 13 posthumously.

Had the Underwater Demolition Teams not been there, the carnage would have been horrendous.

Hearty "Hoo-yahs!" to all Frogs who work if only ever so slightly eased the Gyrenes pain!

[Combined excerpts from 'The Daring Reconnaissance Marines', Apr 13, 2007 , by R. Loring in Leatherneck Magazine  and  http://www.sid-hill.com/top/udt14/udt14-1a.htm]

Iwo Always

...AND REMEMBER THIS FOOD FOR THOUGHT: At the just completed 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada , it seems Norway,  a nation of about 5 million peopple just walked away with 23 Gold medals. Their Skiers and Biathletes are undoubtedly the best in the world...

Bjorden combo

Could there be something in their heritage linking sport
and survival skills to Military operations?

US Mex

US Mex

...Some of  of us winter warriors would have to agree with that premise.
[See February 2010 Special Forces Newsletter for details]

Articles
 
Iwo  Mem D C65 years later: Iwo Jima vetera were honored at commemoration of battle the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Feb 19, 2010.

In February 1945 the United States launched its first assault against the Japanese at Iwo Jima, resulting in some of the fiercest fighting of the war.



taliban V dayCaught in the Open: A Firefight with the Taliban

"Medic!" Bullets cracked through the dry grass. "Medic!"  "Who's hit?" someone yelled. The American soldiers were pinned down in a ditch Sunday, bodies prone in the mud.  "I don't know!" another voice shouted in the din of gunfire. A U.S. soldier was down, shot in the chest by an insurgent near the besieged Taliban stronghold of Marjah.

A Canadian soldier in the same patrol took a bullet in the front of his helmet, right where the center of his forehead was, like a bull's-eye. He was stunned, but unhurt.
 

combat diversDiscovery Channel to Document Combat Diver Qualification Course

FORT BRAGG, N.C.  (USASOC News Service, Feb. 22, 2010) -The Discovery Channel will begin shooting a documentary based on the Combat Diver Qualification Course Mar. 7 at Key West Naval Air Station, Fla.

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Bobsled

Former Guardsman Leads U.S. to Winter Olympic Bobsled Gold

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 TeelaMilitary Olympians: Soldier Takes 9th in Biathlon Sprint

Had he not missed 2 targets he would have likely medaled.

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Marines in Marjah Focus on Sniper Threat

Following the deadliest day yet for coalition forces seeking to drive the Taliban from the town of Marja in southern Afghanistan, U.S. Marines took aim Friday at the threat posed by insurgent snipers.  Surprisingly accurate fire by Taliban marksmen, together with intricate webs of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has slowed the progress of the offensive, now in its seventh day.

Commanders say key goals are being met, but acknowledge that clearing operations will probably take weeks.

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blackwaterUS Representative Grayson Rescued by Blackwater During Niger Military Coup

Rep. Alan Grayson, the outspoken Florida Democrat, has been a big critic of several military contractors, especially Blackwater, the company now known as Xe.

But last week, Grayson, on congressional business in Niger, found himself in a dicey situation when violence broke out and a coup was underway. Grayson could hear the gunfire from a nearby building. After a stay at the U.S. Embassy, Grayson was able to catch a flight, arranged by the State Department, out of Niger to Burkina Faso, from which he returned to the United States.

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Norwa MJKUse of special forces in custody dispute sparks 'scandal' and 'diplomatic crisis'.

A bitter custody dispute involving a Norwegian woman and her ex-husband, a former Moroccan sports star, led to the use of Norwegian special forces to spirit the couple's children back to Norway last summer, reported newspaper VG over the weekend.

Now the entire affair is setting off what some are calling a "scandal" involving three Norwegian government ministries and an alleged "diplomatic crisis" with Morocco... Opposition politicians in the Norwegian parliament are demanding a full investigation into how two specially trained military officers got involved in what the Foreign Ministry claims was a "private" operation to get the children out of Morocco and back to Norway, where their mother has a court order granting her custody...

Faremo called any "private jobs" by special forces "unacceptable."... Brodtkorb told newspaper Aftenposten over the weekend that her client, Anne Cecilie Hopstock, only had contact with a former Norwegian police officer named "Petter" who helped her mount an "operation" to transport the children from the embassy in Morocco back to Norway. It was "Petter" who reportedly had contacted the two Norwegian equivalents of Navy SEALS.

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r HowardDenver Foundation, Pentagon help vets return to Iwo Jima

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BulletinINTEL:
 
U.S. Federal Agents to Help Mexico with Intelligence on Drug Cartels

As a wave of killings continues along the Texas-Mexico border,  U.S. officials are planning a stepped-up role that will include U.S. intelligence agents working more closely with newly trained Mexican federal units, U.S. and Mexican officials said.  But officials from both countries stressed that any joint effort would be limited to sharing intelligence and would not be patterned after U.S.-Mexico operations in the 1970s and 1980s, when agents from both countries worked in tandem to pursue the most dangerous drug trafficking kingpins.



Are Pakistans Top Spooks Finally Playing Ball?

News that Mullah Baradar, the Taliban's top military commander, was captured in Karachi, Pakistan, has touched off major speculation about what it all means for the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  "A major coup," says the U.K. Guardian.  "Huge news," says Democracy Arsenal's Michael Cohen. Even the ever-skeptical Joshua Foust suggests In a profile last year, Newsweek reporter Ron Moreau depicted Baradar as the operations chief for the Taliban - the man who hired and fired the insurgency's commanders and shadow governors.

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Profile: Mullah Baradar - Father of the Roadside IED

Regarded as brilliant and charismatic, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the second most powerful figure in the Afghanistan Taliban.  The military commander who is said to have developed the Taleban tactic of planting "flowers" - improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - along roadsides has been described by terrorism experts as even more cunning and dangerous than Talebansupreme leader (his old friend) Mullah Omar.

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New policy authorizes social media access, with caveats

WASHINGTON (USASOC News Service, March 1, 2010) - Attention all Facebookers, Twitter tweeters and YouTubers: a new Defense Department
policy authorizes you to access these and other Web 2.0 platforms from non-classified government computers, as long as it doesn't compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites

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LANDMARK SUPREME COURT  2nd Ammendment CASE:

Macdonald

McDonald v. Chicago Oral Argument Transcript

Link to Supreme Court .pdf file for full transcript of oral arguments presented in McDonald v. Chicago. Read Oral Arguments
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Chicagoans hope stories will help overturn gun ban
 
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Supreme Court seems ready to extend gun rights to cities, states

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a landmark gun rights case that could apply the Second Amendment's right to bear arms to both cities and states.
 
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Supreme Court protects gun rights, fails to restore greater freedom
 
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Gun industry closely watching Supreme Court case California gun laws that might be vulnerable to challenge:

Assault-weapon law:
Bans certain types of weapons categorized as assault weapons; bans some weapons by name and also includes prohibitions on certain features, such as magazines holding more than 10 bullets. Gun owners say may of those features are cosmetic only.

Safe handgun laws:
Requires handguns to include safety features, such as an indicator that shows when the gun is loaded and a mechanism that prevents the gun from being fired when the magazine is removed. Gun sellers say that's limited the number of gun models they're able to sell.

Concealed weapon permits:
Some states say law enforcement agencies "shall issue" concealed weapon permits, while California says jurisdicions "may issue" them at their discretion. In many California counties, including Los Angeles County, it's rare for officials to issue such permits. Gun rights advocates say that's capricious and infringes on gun owners' right
 
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What Do the Supremes Think of Chicago's Gun Ban?
By John Lott - FOXNews.com

If the government can't protect its citizens, a majority of the Supreme Court appears to believe that people should be allowed to defend themselves.

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Does the Second Amendment Apply Outside the Home?
 
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[..And the following article is  reflects the scary propnents of liberal elities viewpoint  on what maybe the  final out come from the case...]

The Liberal Case for Gun Control Doesn't Get Far in the Supreme Court
Ben Adler

"The McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court case, argued on Tuesday morning, was a good opportunity for liberal advocates of gun rights to present their case in briefs. But they probably won't win the decision. In fact, there is not a single justice that will necessarily side with them...No strict constructionist can be convinced that citizens have a right to self-defense that applies to states despite not appearing in the Constitution and never having been recognized by the Supreme Court, while an explicitly stated right to bear arms does not...Thus, the more expansive incorporation of rights at the state level that Gura and his allies were pushing looks highly unlikely to succeed. My money is on the court applying the Second Amendment to states but reaffirming that the state has broad powers to regulate guns and only some gun rights may be protected, and possibly only in the home. It also strikes me as possible that if the liberal wing of the court can pick off one conservative, they will back Chicago." 

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Obituaries
Bab Mem
Photo: Dot Babcock, center, widow of Canadian World War I veteran
John "Jack" Babcock, surrounded by Canadian military officers after
Saturday's memorial service for her husband.

Credit: Jesse Tinsley / Spokesman-Review A colorful, fitting tribute

Jack Babcock, who died in Spokane at 109, was Canada's last veteran of World War I

"The passing of Mr. Babcock marks the end of an era,'"
~Said Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper says of the
veteran, who was 15 when he joined
the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916.


Family, friends and some Canadian dignitaries gathered in Spokane, Wash., over the weekend to honor John "Jack" Babcock, Canada's last soldier from World War I, who died Feb. 18 at 109.

Babcock died in Spokane, where he had lived since 1932. At a memorial service Saturday, Gen. Walter Natnczyk said Babcock captured the spirit and courage of the 650,000 Canadians who fought in the Great War.

Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Jean-Pierre Blackburn presented Babcock's wife, Dorothy Babcock, with the Canadian flag that was flying over the Canadian Parliament building the day he died.

Babcock was born July 23, 1900, near Kingston, Canada, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Regiment [part of the Canadian expeditionary Force] when he was just 15, lying about his age.

The complete story about the memorial service from the Spokane Spokesman-Review  found here:
 
 


HaigGeneral Aleander Haig remembered as soldier-statesman
 
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Medal of Honor recipient memorialized at Bragg ceremony

US Mex

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 22, 2010) -
A man who was among our nation's most revered and
decorated veterans was memorialized in a ceremony
Feb. 19, on Fort Bragg. 
 
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War hero, Ranger honored with memorial service
 
RH jr and Kurilla Ranger

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Courtesy of The Bayonet, Feb. 22, 2010) - Current and former Army Rangers gathered Wednesday, Feb. 17,  at the Ranger Memorial on Fort Benning to commemorate Medal of Honor recipient Col.(R) Robert L. Howard.


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WW I  BABLAST MAN STANDING...

"Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!" he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
 
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.
 
Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.
 
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.
 
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honor the charge they made!
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred! "

US  Mex~The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson, 
 
This poem which inspired the 15 year old boy Jack Babcock to join the Canadian Military in 1916 for WW I, is an ode to he, the last man standing for that nolble allie of forces known as Canada's World War I generation.
 
Though he would also later  from 1920 to 1924 join the U.S. Army; and in his last years denote how he did not deserve any special remeberance  for having not served in combat with either service, he will always  be remebered as the last man standing for Canada's Military historical living link to the Great war. and a testament to an entire generations of patriotic free men who have awent off to that war for both selfless reasons and a spirit of adventure -- all of which Tennyson would sum up in his prose.

This is for you Jack Babcock forever young  and all the Jack Babcocks lost to "the Great war"  and all of them to follow whereever they may be...
 
Farwell oh noble Canadian and American Son... farewell!

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