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What is Leadership without Salesmanship?
"I would rather
try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he
will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared,
and then he is gone."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leadership plays such a
key role in our lives that I have chosen again to write about it. A
leader must be a good salesman if he cannot persuade the people he leads
to follow he cannot lead.
There are many ways for a
leader to persuade but perhaps the most effective is people are usually
more convinced by reasons they discover for themselves than by those
found out by others. These three considerations are key to successful
- Message - What is it you want them to understand?
- Method - What and where is the best way to get their attention?
- Timing - What is the optimum time to deliver the message?
There are also many ways
you should not use to persuade people and the best advice I can give is
never use a method of persuasion that will lead to distrust or
undermine your authority.
We can learn from the
Carthaginian General Hannibal, one of the great captains in history
understood how important persuasion is and used the power of persuasion
to the fullest. To persuade Hannibal used his knowledge on human
behavior to identify patterns so he would know what to say and do to win
over his Army's confidence. With his ability to identify patterns in
his men's thinking he was able to manipulate and predict the outcome he
wanted to achieve. Hannibal persuaded many different peoples to join him
in his quest to cross the Alps and invade Italy to conquer Rome.
Although he never conquered Rome he did succeed in crossing the Alps at
great cost invading Italy and holding the Romans at bay for 17 years
never losing a pitched battle on Roman soil.
Here is an example from history of Hannibal using the power of persuasion.
This is from The Complete Histories of Polybius - Book III translated by W.R.Paton
Hannibal has just
crossed the Alps with his Army and they had suffered great loss from
attacks and the elements starving, cold and weak, in no condition to
give battle. A Roman force out numbering them more then 2 to 1was
closing on them and Hannibal needs to persuade his men to fight or they
will surely die.
As it was now close on
the setting of the Pleiads snow had already gathered on the summit, and
noticing that the men were in bad spirits owing to all they had suffered
up to now and expected to suffer he summoned them to a meeting and
attempted to cheer them up, relying chiefly for this purpose on the
actual view of Italy, which lies so close under these mountains, that
when both are viewed together the Alps stand to the whole of Italy in
the relation of a citadel to a city. Showing them, therefore, the plain
of the Po, and reminding them of the friendly feelings of the Gauls
inhabiting it while at the same time pointing out the situation of Rome
itself, he to some extent restored their spirits.
He had lost
many of his men by the hands of the enemy in the crossing of rivers and
on the march in general, and the precipices and difficulties of the
Alps had cost him not only many men, but a far greater number of horses
and sumpter-animals (Pack animals). The whole march from New Carthage
had taken five months, and he had spent fifteen days in crossing the
Alps, and now, when he thus boldly descended into the plain of the Po
and the territory of the Insubres, his surviving forces numbered twelve
thousand African and eight thousand Iberian foot, and not more than six
thousand horse in all, as he himself states in the inscription on the
column at Lacinium relating to the number of his forces.
The devise by which Hannibal tried to encourage his men was as follows.
Mustering the troops, he brought forward certain young men from among
the prisoners he had taken while molesting his march in the difficult
part of the Alpine pass. He had purposely, with a view to the use he was
going to make of them, ill-used them: they wore heavy fetters, they had
suffered much from hunger; and their bodies were disfigured by the
marks of blows. Placing them in the middle of the meeting he exhibited
some Gualish suits of armor, such as their kings are wont to deck
themselves with when about to engage in single combat. In addition to
these he placed there some horses and had some rich military cloaks
brought in. He then asked the young men which of them were willing to do
combat with each other, the prizes exhibited being destined for the
victor, while the vanquished would be delivered by death from his
present misery. When all shouted out with one voice that they were
willing to fight, he ordered them to draw lots, and the two on whom the
lot fell to arm themselves and do combat. The young men, the moment they
heard this, lifted up their hands and prayed to the gods, each eager to
be himself one of the chosen. When the result was announced, those on
whom the lot had fallen were overjoyed and the rest mournful and
dejected, and after the combat was over the remaining prisoners
congratulated the fallen champion no less than the victor, as having
been set free from many and grievous evils which they themselves were
left alive to suffer.
The sentiment of most of
the Carthaginians was identical; for looking on the misery of the other
prisoners as they were led away alive, they pitied them on comparing
their fate with that of the dead whom they all pronounced to be
fortunate. When Hannibal had by this means produced the disposition he
desired in the minds of his troops, he rose and told them that he had
brought the prisoners before them designedly in order that clearly
seeing in the person of the others what they might themselves have to
suffer, they should thence take better counsel at the present crisis.
"Fortune," he said, "has brought you to a like pass, she has shut upon
in on a like listed field of combat, and the prizes and prospects she
offers you are the same. For either you must conquer, or die, or fall
alive into the hands of your foes. For you the prize of victory is not
to possess horses and cloaks, but to be the most envied of mankind,
masters of all the wealth of Rome. The prize of death on the
battle-field is to depart from life in the heat of the fight, struggling
till your last breath for the noblest of objects and without having
learnt to know suffering. But what awaits those of you who are
vanquished and for the love of life consent to fly, or who preserve
their lives by any other means, is to have every evil and every;
misfortune for their lot. There is not one of you so dull and
unreflecting as to hope to reach his home by flight, when he remembers
the length of the road he traversed from his native land, the numbers of
the enemies that lie between, and the size of the rivers he crossed. I
beg you, therefore cut off as you are entirely from any such hope, to
take the same view of your own situation that you have just expressed
regarding that of others. For as you all accounted both the victor and
the fallen fortunate and pitied the survivors so now should you think
about yourselves and go all of you to battle resolved to conquer if you
can, and if this be impossible, to die. And I implore you not to let the
hope of living after defeat enter your minds at all. If you reason and
purpose as I urge you, it is clear that victory and safety will follow
for none ever who either by necessity or choice formed such a resolve
have been deceived in their hope of putting their enemies to flight. And
when the enemy has the opposite hope, as is now the case with the
Romans, most of them being sure of finding safety in flight as their
homes are near at hand, it is evident that courage of those who despair
of safety will carry all before it." The object-lesson and the speech
were well received by the troops, in whom they produced the enthusiasm
and self-confidence that the speaker desired, and after commending them
he dismissed them, ordering them to be ready to start at daybreak.
The two Armies clashed
with the Romans giving Hannibal his first victory on Roman soil.
usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by
those found out by others." - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
No one can withhold
admiration for Hannibal's generalship, courage, and power in the field,
who considers the length of this period, and carefully reflects on his
movements from city to city, on the difficulties that at times faced
him, and in a word on the whole scope of his design and its execution, a
design in the pursuit of which, having constantly fought the Romans for
seventeen years, he never broke up his forces and dismissed them from
the field, but holding them together under his personal command, like a
good ship's captain, kept such a large army free from sedition towards
him or among themselves, and this although his regiments were not only
of different nationalities but of different races. For he had with him
Africans, Spaniards, Ligurians, Celts, Phoenicians, Italians, and
Greeks, peoples who neither in their laws, customs, or language, nor in
any other respect had anything naturally in common. But, nevertheless,
the ability of their commander forced men so radically different to give
ear to a single word of command and yield obedience to a single will.
And this he did not under simple conditions but under very complicated
ones, the gale of fortune blowing often strongly in their favor and at
other times against them. Therefore we cannot but justly admire Hannibal
in these respects and pronounce with confidence that had he begun with
the other parts of the world and finished in this field.
Hannibal was a great
leader and we often admire his military genius, cleverness, strategies
and tactics but his leadership without persuasion would have amounted to
nothing and history would have been rewritten.
True leadership involves
salesmanship. A leader must persuade his men or people underneath him
to accept his authority. In the case of our military a leader must
skillfully persuade those caught up in the bureaucratic structure to
accept their authority. This is no easy task because somewhere along the
way our country has forgotten the importance of good leadership and has
substituted management, bureaucracy, politics, appeasement,
incompetence all adding up to a system of mediocrity. We have forgotten
that one of the building blocks of our nation was leadership.
There is much debate
about the Father of our country George Washington's Generalship and I
think he did a great job considering he was mostly self taught learning
as he went but despite his lack of military genius he was a great leader
and most of all he had humility which is what enables a person to learn
and Washington learned on the job. Here is an example of Washington
using persuasion at a desperate time for our country.
Washington recrossing the Delaware
A major reason for
recrossing the Delaware had been to establish an emotional base for
recruiting the men whose enlistments would expire with the new year, in
two more days. "My brave fellows," Washington exhorted, "you have done
all I asked you to do, and more than could be reasonably expected, but
your country is at stake: your wives, your houses, and all that you hold
dear. You have worn yourselves out with fatigues and hardships, but we
know not how to spare you. . . . The present is emphatically the crisis
which is to decide our destiny."
About half the men stayed on, and Washington's bold return to New
Jersey was bringing out the local militia. In spite of the fact that a
British column under Lord Cornwallis, much more powerful and more
numerous than Washington's force, was marching towards him from New
York, determined on revenge for the defeat at Trenton.
"Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason." - Benjamin Franklin
George Washington was a
hell of a salesman evident by the way he maintained authority, keeping
the Continental Army in the worst conditions no food, no pay, no
clothes, no ammunition and sometimes no shelter. Fighting not only the
elements but also diseases like yellow fever, small pox and a superior
well supplied British army. He brought victory to the Continental Army
and the United States of America.
Another example of
George Washington using the power of persuasion is after the war the
soldiers assembled at the Capitol demanding making demands for pay and
land promised them some had not been paid for years. They were an angry
mob threatening to revolt and take over the government lead by some of
their senior officers. This is how Washington persuaded them to stop.
went out to stop the revolution that would have surely changed the fate
of the United States. Before he addressed the angry mob Washington
pulled from his pocket something only his intimates had seen him wear: a
pair of eyeglasses. Gentlemen," he said, "you will permit me to put on
my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the
service of my country."
This humble act and
simple statement did what all Washington's arguments had failed to do.
The hardened soldiers wept. Washington had saved the United States from
tyranny and civil discord. As Jefferson was later to comment, "The
moderation and virtue of a single character probably prevented this
Revolution from being closed, as most others have been, by a subversion
of that liberty it was intended to establish."
"Character may almost be called the
most effective means of persuasion." - Aristotle
As you can see without
the art of persuasion Washington and Hannibal could not have
accomplished the impossible against all odds. Always consider these
- Message - What is it you want them to understand?
- Method - What and where is the best way to get their attention?
- Timing - What is the optimum time to deliver the message?
"Persuasion is often more effectual than force"- Aesop
Often Tyrants are
mistaken for having good leadership skill which they do not because
tyrants do not use leadership but rule by fear and the art of persuasion
they use is to appeal to mans weaknesses like envy, greed and
bitterness as opposed to leadership which plays to a man's strengths
duty, honor and integrity. This you should consider evil is most
dangerous when organized so It is the system of organization that keeps
there men in ranks not leadership. Mao tse tung was not a good leader
but he did spin a web based on selfish envy and fear to trap people into
Communism. Once people have given over to communism and made dependant
on the state they are ruled by fear not leadership. Anyone can force
another to do something but it's another matter to persuade people to do
what's right that's leadership.
As one warrior to another I will end with this advice. In a marriage the
husband has the legitimate authority, but if he cannot persuade his
wife to accept his authority it is useless. Unfortunately having
authority does not imply the husband has the capacity or the ability to
handle that authority and for you women the first sign of his inability
is when a person resorts to yelling, threatening, coercing, and even
violence. When this happens authority is abused and there is
"We must be silent
before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn
before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must
serve before we can lead." - William Arthur Ward
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Mail From the Battlefield
name is SPC Daniel Tompkins, I am writing you on behalf of 3rd
Platoon.. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 3rd
Platoon, 1-5 Infantry, 1-25th SBCT out of Fort Wainwright Alaska.
are located in a remote part of southern Afghanistan on a very small
platoon size outpost. We are an Infantry Platoon so we do not get the
opportunities as most do to live on larger bases with stores/comfortable
living/etc. Our base only has the basic necessities. We are
blessed however, to have an MWR tent with 4 computers, 4 telephones and 1
soldiers of 3rd Platoon are great guys. Never do they complain about
our living conditions, nor do they get upset when we do make the
"occasional" trips to the bigger FOB's and they see how everyone else is
living. They are hard working, professional individuals, and I do not
think that they get the credit/support they deserve. I am contacting you
to see if there is anyway your company can help to support the soldiers
of 3rd Platoon. Any contribution or even a letter to these guys would
be greatly appreciated and would go a long ways. We appreciate you
taking the time to read this email.
receiving this email we contacted SPC Thomkins, asking if he had
any photographs of his company and his platoon so we could post them in
this month's newsletter. He replied by saying,"there are pictures, but
the people who have most of our pictures are currently at Kandahar Air
Field recovering from wounds suffered during a mission several days
Feel free to write these men and women to thank them
for fighting for our country and our freedoms. And god bless them all.
Viet Nam Veteran Statistics
A little history most people will never know.
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
on these walls is the story of America , of a continuing quest to
preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure
that we call the American dream." ~President George Bush
SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now Deceased.
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by
date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to
believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall,
appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then
resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth
(numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in
1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming
full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side
and contained within the earth itself.
first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth ,
Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on
June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son,
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on
Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..
31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
54 soldiers on attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.
8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school
football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of
Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring
beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado
Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic
camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates
of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service
began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were
all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale,
Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards
apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all
went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three
would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth
anniversary of John F. Kennedy€™s assassination. Jimmy died less than
24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the
enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the
Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the
families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that
these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with
these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives,
sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.
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By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC IN USAR (Ret)
Can Christianity coexist with Islam? Biblical Christianity has
always, and will always coexist with any religion, non-religion or
anti-religion. Unfortunately the converse is not true. Islam
will not peacefully coexist with any of the aforementioned
categories. All peoples (infidels) of the earth must convert to
the slavery of Islam. This conversion to their only true god is,
has, and will be brought about by the sword. This is the attitude
of the Islamo-fascist. We see the results of their thinking
everyday on the news; homicide bombers, snipers, flying airplanes into
tall buildings... Islam is the religion of peace. There will
be peace on earth when all of its inhabitants have bowed a knee to
Islam. Only then will there be peace and this peace may be brought
about by tyranny, brutality, murder, and intimidation. Convert to
Islam or die!
Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, holds the freedom of the
individual to do and believe as he wishes to be a mandate from God, as
long as that expression of freedom does not interfere with the freedom,
privacy, or property of others. God does not force us to accept
His great plan of salvation. However, He uses us to spread the
good news of our so great salvation to the world. At the moment we
become believers in Jesus Christ, God gives us forty things. One
of these forty things is our unique position as ambassadors for
Christ. As ambassadors for Christ we represent Jesus Christ to a
lost and dying world. We are commanded by the living God to tell
others about this free gift of eternal salvation that God has provided
to all mankind. Whether they accept the gift or not is their
business. It is a matter between them and God.
One must ask
who is Jesus Christ. Is He a liar, a lunatic, or was He who He
said He was? To answer this question you have to know what the
Scripture says about Him and what He said about Himself. He is the
great "I am"! When Moses came face to face with the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God commanded him to tell Pharaoh to let His
people go. Moses said "they will ask me your name, what shall I
say to them"? God answered, "tell them that I am, that I am" (Ex
The Jews, for thousands of year's referred to God as "I
am". Jesus Himself also said He was the great "I am" (John 8:24,
58). Indeed Jesus Christ is eternal God, co-equal and co-eternal
with God the Father and with God the Holy Spirit. He became a man,
perfect humanity, born without sin as Adam was created without sin, so
He could fulfill the Fathers plan of salvation (Heb 10:5-7). He is
the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John
1:29). He accomplished this when He became our substitute and died
spiritually on the cross for every sin that was, or ever would be
committed (Rom 5:8, I Pet 2:24). That is why the scripture says,
"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under
heaven that has been given among men, whereby we must be saved, (Acts
4:12). Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no
one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts16:31). There are so
many verses that describe to us who and what Jesus Christ is, and how
through Him we can have a relationship with the living God. Know
the Scripture and you will know Him.
Ambassadors for Christ
present this glorious information to those who are without
hope, and without eternal life. This is a privilege
given to us by God. God is not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter
3:9). No where in Scripture are we told to force our faith on
others. God has provided volition (free will), to all members of
the human race. This means that each of us is free to choose for
or against Christ, never under compulsion or fear of reprisal. The
decision must come from a position of freedom, and privacy (please
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have enjoyed personal freedom in this nation since its inception.
The converts of Islam know nothing of freedom. To them the
freedom itself is evil and sinful and must be destroyed. This is
why they hate us and the west. The only hope for the Muslim is
faith alone in Christ alone. But we can never force this faith by
the sword. It is simply not God's way of grace.
The question is not can Christianity coexist with Islam but, can Islam coexist with Christianity? I think not.
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Stop The Violence
Sgt. French is currently on vacation. Please enjoy this rerun from The Blue Warrior, February 2011.
clichs are abundant "Cluster Cop" killing, "Active shooters", the
"Lone Wolf", "Suicide by Cop" and all the others. These clichs are
catchy and they all attract various authors, articles and training
opinions. I for one am tired of the clichs. I am tired of so many
officers getting shot and brutally assaulted as others try and make
sense of the violence.The Bitter Truth:
is what 20 years of police work has taught me, "evil men do evil
things". I appreciate the call for research to identify the reasons why
the increase in violence against cops is occurring. The problem is it
will take some time if not years to develop and implement. The stone
cold truth of what it will take, if we want this violence to stop starts
in City Hall. The man in the suit running the city will need to start
making those unpopular decisions, a strong back bone, an unwavering
commitment to support the concept of law enforcement, support his
officers and their police departments against the trend of cutting
budgets, layoffs, staffing shortages, and ignoring training &
When the "Suites" in this country make this
transition then our police agencies can get the unpopular bullet proof
glass in the station lobby, issue the unpopular "assault" rifle (as they
refer to them) with every handgun, purchase level III ballistic vests
& helmets for every officer, issue a Taser with every badge, and
stop cutting the training budgets so every officer can get the proper
training. If these starch collars can pull their heads out of the
sand then we can make a serious attempt to reduce the violence against
our uniformed men and women.
An Over Glamorized
Profession:Another concerning observation is that the latest generation
grew up watching the popular television series "COPS" and other police
shows. It seemed like the 90's glamorized police work. That isn't
necessarily bad however; a generation of kids grew up watching these
cops always winning their battles. This generation may have volunteered
for this job with a clouded perception of an over glamorized profession.
In the 70's and 80's men and woman took the oath when pay was horrible
and it was cool to hate the cops. These men and woman volunteered
because they truly wanted to fight evil. Today we have a mix of the two
wearing the badge. Some do it for the glamour and some do it to fight
the good fight. The glamour cop; you know who you are, you don't wear
your vest, you avoid training like the plague, you post yourself all
over the social networks in uniform, you never volunteer for any
specialty assignment because its more work, you drive slow to calls were
you might get hurt as other cops go flying past you to watch your
partners six. You are doing yourself a disservice and most importantly
you are endangering other cops. Do us a favor, remove yourself from the
Warrior ranks and find a more suitable profession.Situational Awareness:
you're responding to patrol runs or simply speaking to a citizen, a
heightened state of situational awareness can greatly maximize your
chances for survival. This alone won't stop active aggression however;
your reaction to an attack plays a key role in the outcome. When an
officer loses the heightened state of situational awareness they are
more vulnerable to attack. Simply because making correct tactical
decisions when confronted with an assault requires you to process
through the OODA Loop. That may only take a fraction of a second
however, that may be all your adversary needs to strike first. At a
minimum, that state of mind can contribute to factors, which could lead
to a violent attack. Let's face it; an officer that appears unsure of
himself and timid most likely has a greater chance of being
assaulted. When you respond to a domestic situation
you gather as much information as possible before you arrive, you wait
for back up, you grab your baton, check your Taser and enter the home
with your hand on your gun. When you speak to the involved parties, you
stand in a combat stance, speak with authority, watch your partner with
your peripheral vision, and your hand grips the pistol grip and readies
to unlock the retention strap in a split second. If you don't do these
things, you are whom I was speaking of earlier.We have programmed
ourselves through training to react this way at a domestic call. This
type of response is a heightened state of "situational awareness". When
you leave that domestic call you may drive down the street and park in a
parking lot to type your report and you then let your heightened state
of situational awareness dissipate. Just about that time some dude
approaches your cruiser and it appears he needs directions. You roll
down the window and ask the guy "how can I help you"?
every time it's a non-confrontational conversation. However, you grew up
watching those television shows and you never saw a guy pull a gun out
of his pocket to murder the unsuspecting, willing to help cop, so you
just sit there unprepared for a possible attack and answer the mans
questions. That could be your last conversation. You must maintain a
heighten state of situational awareness in all you do when wearing that
uniform. When somebody approaches my cruiser to speak with me my first
instinct is to jump out of the car as quickly as possible, if I have
enough time. If that's possible then I will speak to the individual as a
professional. What that individual doesn't know is that I am in a
combat stance, my hand is on my gun and holster ready to draw, I am
watching his hands and eyes. I am in a heightened state of situational
awareness. If you don't have time to get out of the cruiser place the
car in drive and put your foot on the brake, draw your handgun and place
it in your lap, and watch the hands and eyes of the person talking with
you constantly because it's the hands that will harm you. Not a perfect
situation that you're facing but so often these predators are ambushing
us when we least expect it. That's what makes them so hard to prevent.
These are only two examples of many possible scenarios that could occur
on the street. Don't get me wrong this idea of a constant heightened
state of situational awareness won't stop a person from attacking you
but they may think twice about striking if they feel they may lose the
fight. Even if they do strike, there's no doubt in my mind that you're
in a better position to respond and that will increase your chances to
survive the battle. No matter if you're in a coffee shop or taking a
suspicious person report, this state of heightened situational awareness
needs to embody your every move. The military has done extensive
research on situational awareness and they train our soldiers to great
lengths. It's pretty obvious if you're a combat soldier in a war zone
you better be dialed in with a great sense of heightened situational
awareness or your dead. How does that differ from the everyday duties of
the uniformed cop? The recent past has taught us that evil men will
attack us in coffee shops, at the front desk of the police lobby,
sitting in your cruiser typing a report and every other non threatening
task we do an a daily basis. Accountability:For the past several
years the suits have cut the training and equipment budgets to the point
of laughable proportions from a cop's perspective. The problem is they
haven't walked a day in our shoes and beans are beans to them. Mayors,
City Managers and City Councils all talk the talk but behind closed
political doors policing in America is run like a business. That may be
one of the greatest contributing factors in this equation and I hope
these studies include these factors into their million-dollar research.
If you agree that we must conduct ourselves tactically like a combat
soldier but with a professional response and a courteous smile then the
policy makers need to stop running police departments like a commercial
business and run it for what it is. The military runs their branches of
service like the war machines that they are. They are well equipped,
well trained and have great resources. Leave it to us to walk that
Thin Blue line of violence and professional police service. We
are peacekeepers that are willing to combat evil men at the expense of
our own lives. We don't do this for glamour or money. It's hard to
verbalize to a sheep the inner calling we feel when we chose this
profession. This is why they will grieve with us when an officer is
murdered but behind closed doors they are so willing to neglect their
duties to provide us with money, equipment, training and other
No matter how much
money or training you throw at this problem of increasing cop violence
the reality is if an evil man wants to ambush you he will. He has the
greatest advantage at his disposal. He has the element of surprise. Evil
men know police are reactive to confrontations. The way to minimize
this advantage is a heightened state of awareness and preparation.
Assuming that everybody you come into contact with may be a potential
threat can help you recognize an ambush before it occurs. The Future:
time passes and theses studies draw their conclusions more cops will be
assaulted and murdered. The Suits will sympathize with our cause as
they offer support but behind closed doors they will continue to think
of schemes to save money at our expense. The great articles of
fact-finding will be published and the officer's tactics and decisions
will be scrutinized at great lengths. We will be required to be even
greater super heroes than that which is already expected of us. Once I
sought a legal opinion from an attorney regarding an officer involved
shooting. After months of being delayed he finally responded with "It's
taken me a long time to research this so I could get this correct. I
want the officers to have the correct answer". Although his intentions
were noble my reply was laughter, and then I said "funny, you got months
to get this right and my officers had seconds". This is the super hero
world we work in and when it costs us our life the clichs, finger
pointing and studies are abundant. Here is the simple truth "evil men
roam this earth and evil men do evil things". In the end, when time has
passed nothing will have changed except, that the Peace Keepers will be
ready to battle evil on our own terms.
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
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.
A good leader must delegate authority. If he doesn't and
something happens to him and he is gone. He will leave a mess because
people cannot carry on without him. But if he does prepare his
subordinates by delegating authority he will leave them in a position
to carry on without him.
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Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the early 1950's,
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Fitness is a topic we
don't really talk about when thinking of survival and preparedness. I
suppose for good reason, we have so many other topics on our minds;
fitness ranks lowest on the list and is most often overlooked. I hear
all the time about people's plans to bug-out and make a go off grid in
the woods with nothing but what they can stuff in their backpack. I've
mentioned before that if you're not used to carrying around a 50+ lb
pack, you're certainly not going to make it far on your way out to the
woods. Add to the fact you'll most likely have to trek across creeks, up
and down steep hillsides and no doubt traverse some other obstacles.
Functional Fitness should actually rank high on our list- if we can't
perform the tasks and carry the equipment we think we need, then what's
the point in the plan we currently have? Functional Fitness
focuses on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in
real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an
idealized posture created by a gym machine.
While you may have had
the best bench press of your life yesterday, you could still throw out
your back picking up your briefcase today. We must train in ways that
force us to adapt to our real lifestyle and or survival plan. "Conventional
weight training isolates muscle groups, but it doesn't teach the muscle
groups you're isolating to work with others," says Greg Roskopf, MS, a
biomechanics consultant with a company called Muscle Activation
Techniques who has worked with athletes from the Denver Broncos, the
Denver Nuggets, and the Utah Jazz. "The key to functional exercise is
integration. It's about teaching all the muscles to work together rather
than isolating them to work independently." So what's an example of a
functional exercise? Think of a bent-over row; not the kind of row you
do on a seated machine, but the kind you do leaning over a bench,
holding the weight in one hand with your arm hanging straight down, and
then pulling the weight up as your elbow points to the ceiling,
finishing with your upper arm parallel to the ground. "That's an
exercise that will build the muscles of the back, the shoulders, the
arms, and because of its nature will really work your whole body," says
exercise kinesiologist Paul Chek, MSS, founder of the Corrective
High-performance Exercise Kinesiology Institute in California who has
advised the Chicago Bulls and the U.S. Air Force Academy. "Compare that
motion to a carpenter bending over a piece of wood, a nurse bending over
a bed to transfer a patient, or an auto mechanic bending over to adjust
your carburetor. Anyone doing a bent-over row will find a carryover in
things you do in normal life."
In like manner, we
as preppers, survivalist, and zombie hunters, whatever term you like;
must utilize functional skills that allow us do things like pack water,
carry a bug-out bag, carry a rifle and ammo long distances, flip over a
heavy box or crate, climb a tree or rope, etc. When you work out, get
out of the gym and into the woods. You can create all the gym equipment
you'll ever need with a log and a backpack full of rocks and a little
paracord. I have a 200lb log, picked up from the local sawmill that I
use to workout with quite often. I lift one end and curl it, then press
it with one arm, then just pick it up in a rowing manner. I have also
placed it across my chest and practiced lifting it off of me after I was
exhausted from a sparring session against a tree and I've paid under it
and bench pressed it. It takes practice to deal with a round log like
that, but due to its cumbersome nature you'll notice an increase in
accessory muscle response and development. I've also walked the hills
with a backpack full of rocks and taken the same pack and used it for
curls and triceps pressing when I rigged up some paracord over a branch
and used a strong stick as a curl/press bar. You can also work your
abdominals with the same set up.
But, before you
venture out, start out with some simple bodyweight exercises. You may be
able to leg press 500lbs but can you do a one leg bodyweight squat?
Probably not... This is why we find ourselves getting injured doing the
most mundane tasks; we don't have core stability and we're not used to
our muscles working together for function. Don't try to go too fast, the longer you've been away from exercise, the more time it takes to build your body back up.
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|THE FAWN AND HIS MOTHER|
YOUNG FAWN once said to his Mother, "You are larger than a dog, and
swifter, and more used to running, and you have your horns as a defense;
why, then, O Mother! Do the hounds frighten you so?" She smiled, and
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God who gave us life gave us liberty.... Can the liberties of a nation
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Clichs of Socialism
Churchill wrote, "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of
ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal
sharing of misery." Likewise, celebrated American leftist Norman Mailer
conceded, "The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher
level." But will Americans be able to resist the indoctrination of the
contemporary Left's propaganda machine?
"Don't you want to do anything?"
use good psychology when they depict themselves as champions of
political "initiative" and "action." They know that both attributes
still demand the respect and admiration of descent people. Therefore, in
the name of action and progress these self-styled activists denounce
the friends of freedom and individual enterprise for their "negative"
attitudes and "do-nothing" policies. "Don't you want to do anything?" is
a common retort that aims to stymie all objections.
These arguments are wholly fallacious. Their premises must be rejected
and their conclusions corrected. In reality the call for action is a
manifestation of individual lethargy and inertness. It is tantamount to a
call for government action rather than individual initiative.
The advocate of foreign aid who depicts in dark colors the misery and
suffering in foreign countries does not mean to act himself when he
demands action and initiative in this field of social endeavor. He does
not mean to send CARE packages to starving Asians and Africans. And he
does not plan to invest his savings in the socialized economies of
India or the Congo. He probably knows rather well that his investments
would soon be consumed, squandered, and confiscated by governments that
are hostile to capital investments. And yet, he calls on his
government to waste billion of dollars of the taxpayers' money.
The advocate of more abundant and better housing does not mean to use
his own funds to provide low-rent housing. He, himself, does not want
to act; he calls on the government for action. It is the government
whose initiative and action he would like to employ and the people's
tax money he proposes to spend. He, himself, probably is a tenant
complaining about high rentals but shunning the tasks and
responsibilities of house ownership. He is probably aware that the
returns on apartment house investments are mostly meager and always
jeopardized by rising taxes and government controls. Therefore, he
prefers safer investments with les worry to him, and yet, for better
housing conditions clamors for government action and spending of tax
advocates of "better education" are clamoring for more state and
federal aid to education. They are convinced that better education
depends on additional spending of government funds. They want new school
buildings, more classrooms, modern equipment, and transportation, and,
above all, higher teacher salaries. Since individual effort seems so
minute in their grandiose schemes of spending, they fall on the
government as the bountiful source of limitless funds.
The apostle of rapid economic growth does not advocate personal
initiative and action. He does not mean to offer his own effort and
thrift toward economic growth. It takes more than $15,000 in savings to
create an additional job. Even more savings are needed if the job is to
be more productive with higher wages and better working conditions. In
his personal life the growth apostle probably is spending nest month's
income on consumption, relying mainly on charge accounts and
installment loans. He, himself, does not save the capital that is
needed for economic growth. His call for initiative and action is
merely a call for government expenditures financed with the people's
money or through inflation.
This analysis clearly reveals why
the friend of freedom and individual enterprise is often denounced for
being "merely negative." The terms "positive " and "negative" are
relative to given points of orientation. Whoever opposes socialism and
all its encroachments on individual initiative and action is
"negative" in the eyes of socialists. But he is unwaveringly
"positive" when freedom is the criterion of orientation, because
freedom is his positive concern. His life is filled with initiative and
action. H. F. S.
This is why the quest for "initiative" and "action" must be seen as a
quest for government action. When seen in proper perspective, the
question, "Don't you want to do anything?" actually means "Don't you
want the government to spend the people's money on foreign aid, housing,
education, economic growth, and so forth?" It means in many cases,
"Don't you want socialism?"
|What Has Really Changed?|
What Has Really Changed?
Camp Striker end of state transition to the GOI and the IA is now
complete. The Iraqi Army is now in complete control of Camp Striker and
FOB Cropper on the VBC. Striker was the largest transit hub for Iraq .
The "Sizemore Stables" named after Gunny Sizemore was established in
2003 and has housed over 7.5 million Service members, supporting over
seventy-two FOBs and bases. The Stables were a historical landmark and
although it no longer exists, the remnants of "Sizemore Stables" will
be interned in a museum at a site yet to be determined. The signing
over ceremony took place in the Striker Mayor Cell conference room
yesterday. Fittingly, Gunny Sizemore was the last American to leave
Soon as sign over, @ that time Iraq General pause for short while and
ask for Iraq Troops to Stand there positions; Troops were issued there
weapons; they then took control of Camp; As we were leaving Iraq Troops
very nicely greeted us and let us out of Camp Striker for last time; A
very beautiful memorable experience, Iraq 3/star General got up from
meeting table came over to Ms Natali and I hug us and told us Thank you
for this good beautiful turn over, did two different walk threws during
signing before being able to leave, things and places they wanted to see
and explain once again; and of course wanted us one more time to
explain where and how keys control works and where they were;
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An old soldier who won't fade away
Obama is outclassed and outsmarted by retiring Gen. Petraeus
David H. Petraeus closed his phenomenal 37-year Army career this week
with a joint review at Fort Myer in Arlington. Service members from
every branch were present, and flags of all 50 states fluttered in the
breeze. A substantial crowd had come to hear the general's farewell
address. Many were classmates from the West Point Class of 1974, smartly
attired but enthusiastic and occasionally whooping like they were
cadets. Others were people with whom he had served over his storied
career, whom he recognized from the dais during his speech. The morning
was sunny and clear, and the general was his usual affable, ebullient
remarks, Gen. Petraeus recalled the days when he entered the military,
when the Vietnam War was winding down and the armed services were being
pared down to the "hollow forces" of the 1970s. "The Army I joined as a
second lieutenant had suffered enormously," he said. "In the wake of our
involvement in Vietnam, our Army and much of our military were
grappling with a host of very serious challenges." The senior leaders
who first wore the uniform in those dark days were not discouraged. They
began their careers with a sense of mission. "I know I speak for many
when I say that we came away from that period vowing to never let our
forces get to such a point ever again." Through his efforts, and those
of countless other visionaries in and out of uniform, the hollow forces
were transformed once again into the finest fighting force in the world.
Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presided over
the ceremony with William J. Lynn, deputy secretary of defense. Notably
absent were Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, whose former position
as CIA director is Gen. Petraeus' next assignment, and President Obama.
Their non-appearance did not sit well with some. "Obama should have been
here," a warrior who served under Gen. Petraeus told The Washington
Times. "And he should have invited [former President George W.] Bush.
The general saved their bacon. Twice.
has forgotten that in 2007 we as a nation had said, 'OK, we are going
to lose Iraq.' And President Bush said, 'Well what if we win?' Petraeus
rode into town and assembled an extraordinary team. His personal drive,
his charisma, his optimism, his can-do spirit, all of that is what gave
us hope that we could in fact turn Iraq around," our source explained.
"And by September of '07, the progress had been dramatic enough that it
became common knowledge to the American people that things were turning
around in Iraq. Eight months earlier, a lot of people, including Obama,
wanted to tuck tail and have another Vietnam."
not all. "Here is the guy who saved our reputation as a nation.
Seriously, who's missing this? And then he went to [Central Command] and
was doing great things. And Obama asked him to take a functional
demotion and go back to Afghanistan and save our bacon again," we were
told. "To leave his family, to step down from a regional command, to
take on that burden. And he said yes, and he did it. Petraeus was the
right guy at the right time, he answered the call, and now he's being
yanked out before we're ready, just like the troops are being yanked out
before Afghanistan is ready."
what's the reason for the White House about-face? "They are sending him
to the CIA to keep him quiet during the 2012 election. It shows how
small and scared they are. He is an honorable man, he has never
expressed political ambition. But they saw him as a threat. He is an
independent thinker, the finest military mind of his generation," our
source posits. "What he suffers from is that he is more excellent than
almost anyone he meets, to include the president. The troops love him.
Strong people surround themselves with the most excellent people they
can find, even those brighter and more capable than themselves. Weak
is a shameful indignity in how this hero was treated. "The president
couldn't find the time in his schedule, nor could the [defense
secretary] find the time to look him in the eye and say thank you in
person," this warrior told The Washington Times. "It's one thing to say
'we support the troops' and trot out your first lady to do that, but
this is where it counts. It would have been an appropriate gesture to
come here to recognize the professional and personal sacrifice of this
extraordinary man. It would have been the dignified thing to do."
The hero remained above it all. The cannons boomed and the crowd cheered and Gen. Petraeus stood smiling in the sun.
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A soldier shares his post on a lawless border
said Tuesday that an American drone fired two missiles at a house near
the Afghan border, killing three people. Just last week U.S. officials
accused Pakistan of supporting terrorists who cross from Pakistan into
Afghanistan to fight American troops.
One of the reasons U.S. troops are fighting in Afghanistan after nearly ten years is the lawless border with Pakistan.
CBS News correspondent Willem Marx visited the region, and reports that the enemy finds it easy to operate there.
Lieutenant Andrew Brundson, from Boulder, Colo., climbed up to visit
his men at a tiny outpost overlooking the border that separates
Afghanistan from Pakistan.
want to be here. I want to be on the edge of it. I want to be where
the rubber meets the road. I want to be on the border," Brundson said.
men, with the 172nd Infantry Brigade, are searching for an enemy they
can rarely touch. The enemy uses Pakistan, just over the border, as a
haven to recruit, rearm and regroup.
CBSNews.com special report: Afghanistan
times, if a man slips across the border, though we could pursue him,
though it's within our weapons and the capability of our men, it's not
what we do because this is the border region. We try, as much as
possible to stay on our side of it," Brundson said.
American soldiers may be the only ones "staying on their side." The
border is unmarked, mostly unguarded. The tribesmen on both sides are
Pashtun - one culture, one language.
us it's a matter of finding a needle in a haystack, finding where they
are coming in across the mountain range. We have to make sure that
when we see them we can identify that they are indeed insurgents and
not just a nomad goat-herder moving across the border," Brundson said.
few days, the militants fire rockets at the U.S. base. The Americans
fire back. But most often the enemy escapes to safety in Pakistan.
Lieutenant Brundson knows people back home debate this war, and he told
people question it. I hope they continue to do so. I question it myself
and when I question it I come to the conclusion that this is an
important thing to be doing. This is an important place to be. This is
something that is worthy of my efforts, this is worthy of the risks my
men are taking," Brundson said.
is risk taking we can't see from here, such as strikes by U.S. special
forces and CIA drones. But in these vast mountains, with outposts few
and far between, the enemy moves easily across a border only the
Americans choose to recognize.
Service Members Say the Medal of Honor Is Too Hard to Get
Written by: Robert F. Dorr on September 26, 2011
Throughout the U.S. armed forces today, many feel that too few service members are receiving the nation's top award for valor.
Medal of Honor, in past wars a symbol of the selflessness and valor of
American service members, has been mostly missing from America's
twenty-first century conflicts. Only ten Medals of Honor have been
awarded for action in recent conflicts - six for Afghanistan and four
for Iraq. The nation awarded 464 Medals of Honor for actions in World
War II, 135 for the Korean War and 246 for Vietnam. On Oct. 7, 2011, the
war in Afghanistan will enter its eleventh year, making Afghanistan the
United States' longest war if the length of U.S. involvement in Vietnam
is measured from Aug. 7, 1964 to January 1973.
officers, historians and observers cite several reasons for the small
total today. Although large numbers of troops are committed overseas
(about 180,000 in both Afghanistan and Iraq), the number who fight in
close-quarters combat is comparatively small and consists mostly of
special operations forces. In Iraq, roadside bombs, also called
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are responsible for about 60 percent
of U.S. casualties. "You can't distinguish yourself by fighting back
against an IED," says retired Army Col. Fred L. Borch, an authority on
awards and decorations.
But even allowing for today's brand of
warfare being different, service members believe that extraordinary acts
of valor are taking place that warrant the top award and aren't getting
it. The main reason, they say, is that the process has become complex
and intimidating. Many recommendations never get made because it's
simply too hard.
"Say you're a commander in the field," said a
senior officer in a special operations unit. "Your captain comes running
up to you and says, 'I've got this kid who just displayed the most
extraordinary bravery I've ever heard of.' The captain hasn't looked up
the regulations yet but he's got his award-writing pen out, ready to go.
That's when you have to tell him the facts of life."
'Not Worth It'
going to say to that captain, 'Look. You want your guy to get
recognition? A Silver Star is a serious award and it can be approved
right here in the AOR [area of responsibility]. But if you want a
service cross award or a Medal of Honor, it has to go to Washington. And
it can take forever.' Nine times out of ten, your captain is going to
shrug and say, 'Oh, hell. We'll just put him in for the Silver. It's
just not worth it.'"
In 2006, when George W. Bush was president
and only one Medal of Honor had been awarded in this century, Joseph A.
Kinney wrote in the New York Times: "For reasons I can't fathom, the
Pentagon top brass don't feel that our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan
are especially meritorious." Kinney also wrote: "If President Bush
awarded the medals at roughly the same rate [as in Vietnam] more than
two dozen would have been bestowed by now." Five years later, twice as
much time having elapsed, the total has gone from one to ten.
writers cite Marine 1st Lt. Brian Chontosh as a hero who deserves
higher recognition. As a platoon commander on March 25, 2003, during the
invasion of Iraq, Chontosh became caught in the kill zone of an ambush.
Without hesitation, he directed his Humvee directly at an Iraqi machine
gun position, then dismounted and attacked the enemy trench, emptying
his M16A2 rifle and 9mm pistol of ammunition, then twice picking up
discarded enemy AK-47s to continue his attack. He then grabbed up an
enemy rocket-propelled grenade launcher to finish his counter-assault.
He single-handedly killed 20 Iraqis and wounded several while clearing
200 meters of trench line. Chontosh, who is now a major, received the
Navy Cross, but has become a folk hero in the Marine Corps, and many
Marines believe that he should receive the Medal of Honor.
Americans in uniform have excelled on the battlefield and may deserve
higher recognition. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a
June 28, 2005 battle in Afghanistan that produced the highest award for
Lt. Michael P. Murphy, believes every member of his four-man team should
have received greater recognition. After cold-shouldering Army Capt.
Will Swenson, a participant in a Sept. 8, 2009 firefight that secured
the top award for Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer, the Army has now
reversed itself and is considering Swenson for the Medal of Honor.
law, any person can nominate someone for the Medal of Honor. But much
more is required than just writing a paragraph or two. The rules are
spelled out in Department of Defense Awards Manual 1338.43, and they
impose a colossal burden on the person making the nomination.
a minimum," the manual dictates, a recommendation for the top valor
award must be prepared in two copies and be "housed in a three-ring
binder of appropriate size with an organized table of contents." It must
contain "forms, narratives, witness statements, graphs, diagrams and
pictures" that are "clearly legible and visible." The justification for
the award "must be specific, factual, and provide concrete examples of
exactly what the person did, how well he or she did it, what the impact
of benefits were, and how he or she significantly exceeded expected duty
"The process is unbelievably complex, if not
daunting," says Borch. "The intent is to ensure that only the most
deserving personnel are awarded the Medal of Honor, but the unintended
consequence of it is that it takes a long time to get a nomination for
the Medal of Honor to the president for his approval. For example, when a
soldier is nominated for the MOH, there must be sworn statements, maps,
diagrams and much detail attached to the recommendation for the award.
All this takes a lot of time and a lot of effort and requires someone
who can write well and express themselves clearly."
Borch said it
routinely takes two years or more for a Medal of Honor recommendation
to be processed. The requirements for submitting a recommendation can be
viewed at this site:http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134833vol1.pdf
Americans, including some veterans' groups, have urged Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta to launch a review of the Pentagon's awards
process to bring it in line with previous wars. It appears to be time
for Panetta to do exactly that.
MEDIA ADVISORY: 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
BRAC journey ends, Dedication of new Headquarters and Complex
AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.(USASOC News Service, Sept. 27, 2011) -
The U.S. Army's 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) will hold an
invitational ribbon cutting ceremony at their new headquarters
complex at 9 a.m. , Friday, Oct. 14.
Col. Antonio M.
Fletcher, the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) commander, will host
the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the Group's arrival
and the commencement of operations at their new location.
The 7th SFG (A) moved from Fort Bragg to Eglin AFB to comply with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.
ceremony will be held on Meadows field, which is directly in front of
the Group's new 68,500 square foot command headquarters. The
entire cantonment sits on a 350 acre site which houses 43 facilities
with a combined approximate one million square feet.
At 10 a.m.,
immediately following the formal portion of the ceremony, the public
will be welcomed into the cantonment area where they will have the
opportunity to tour the facilities and view live demonstrations by the
7th SFG (A) Soldiers. There will also be various static displays
of vehicles and the state of the art equipment used by the Special
Beginning at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Group
would like to welcome everyone to join them for lunch in their new state
of the art dining facility; the price per person is $4.25.
7th SFG (A) is one of the Army's elite units specializing in
unconventional warfare. Their willingness to accept the danger,
isolation and hardships inherent to their mission helps define Special
Forces. Their dedication to task is expressed in the Special Forces
motto: De Oppresso Liber- To Free the Oppressed.
MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the ceremony must contact the 7th
Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office at (850)
Amazing Technology: Watch an Armored Combat Vehicle Go...'Invisible'
Earlier this month, the Blaze brought you BAE systems ADAPTIV "invisibility cloak." Today we have learned additional details of this remarkable technology, and have some new photos to share.
As we first announced a
few weeks ago, this cutting edge technology allows a vehicle to become
invisible to the naked eye - as well as infrared and other radar
more amazing- ADAPTIV not only makes a vehicle or fixed
installation disappear- it can alter itself in real time to mimic
surrounding foliage, or entirely reshape its form. An Armored Personnel
Carrier can shift to look like a pickup truck on radar, for example.
ADAPTIV vehicles also have the capability to electronically mark themselves to avoid friendly fire incidents.
Now, here are some of the newer photos that show what the technology looks like on the outside:
According to the description on BAE"s website, ADAPTIV works by:
lightweight hexagonal pixels which are electrically powered by the
vehicles systems. The pixels are individually heated and cooled using
commercially available semi-conducting technology. The hand-sized
pixels are made of metal, so that they can sustain physical impact and
provide defence against enemy ordnance."
As we showed you in the past, here is what you would see on infrared before a tank turns on its Adaptiv coating.
And here is what you would see, or not see, after:
Check out the full video of ADAPTIV in action here, courtesy of BAE Systems:
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