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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.

Got the T-shirt....IT ROCKS!!!!

Thanks guys
kelly [omitted]

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!!!

[name omitted]

(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
Bob Miller

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

Most Sincerely,
Bryan P.

Thank you!!!

Your Shirts are the best.


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.

Ed Whiteside

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.


They turned out GREAT!!!!!! Thanks. I will be back for other things.


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


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


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.



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

King's Mountain


December closes down another year and brings the Holidays. It is also a time charged with a lot of emotion. The pressure to take off from work, financial pressures, the pressure to buy presents, the pressure to attend parties and functions, the pressures of family or loneliness for those away or without family and it goes on. The best way to get through this is with a relaxed attitude and look for things to be thankful for. I always think of how things could be worse and that always gives me a better perspective. A sense of humor will also go along ways to keeping you sane.


This holiday season I wanted to share this mostly forgotten story about our founders responsible citizen soldiers who did their duty to help win our freedom and independence, they took care of business and their reward came from God guiding events for the creation of the United States. People ask what and why there is so much going wrong in our country and the only true answer is we have neglected God and his gift of freedom to us. Christmas should serve as a reminder of God's greatest gift of grace in substituting his Son for us that we might be saved and all we have to do is accept His gift to remove the barrier of sin that separates us from him.  


Our fortress is the good greenwood,

Our tent the cypress tree;

We know the forest round us

As seamen know the sea.

We know its walls of thorny vines,

Its glades of reedy grass,

Its safe and silent islands

Within the dark morass.

--- Bryant


                                         KING'S MOUNTAIN

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The close of the year 1780 was, in the Southern States, the darkest time of the Revolutionary struggle. Cornwallis had just destroyed the army of Gates at Camden, and his two formidable lieutenants, Tarlton the light horseman, and Ferguson the skilled rifleman, had destroyed or scattered all the smaller bands that had been fighting for the patriot cause. The red dragoons rode hither and thither, and all through Georgia and South Carolina none dared lift their heads to oppose them, while North Carolina lay at the feet of Cornwallis, as he stated through it with his army to march into Virginia. There was no organized force against him, and the cause of the patriots seemed hopeless. It was at this hour that the wild backwoodsmen of the western border gathered to strike a blow for liberty.


311 iran shipWhen Cornwallis invaded North Carolina he sent Ferguson into the western part of the State to crush out any of the patriot forces that might still be lingering among the foot-hills. Ferguson was a very gallant and able officer and a man of much influence with the people wherever he went, so that he was peculiarly fitted for this scrambling border warfare. He had under him a battalion of regular troops and several other battalions of Tory militia, in all eleven or twelve hundred men. He shattered and drove the small bands of Whigs that were yet in arms, and finally pushed to the foot of the mountain wall, till he could see in his front the high ranges of the Great Smokies. Here he learned for the first time that beyond the mountains there lay a few hamlets of frontiersmen, whose homes were on what were then called the Western Waters, that is, the waters which flowed into the Mississippi. To these he sent word that if they did not prove loyal to the king, he would cross their mountains, hang their leaders, and burn their villages.


Beyond the, mountains, in the valleys of the Holston and Watauga, dwelt men who were stout of heart and mighty in battle, and when they heard the threats of Ferguson they burned with a sullen flame of anger. Hitherto the foes against whom they had warred had been not the British, but the Indian allies of the British, Creek and Cherokee, and Shawnee. Now that the army of the king had come to their thresholds, they turned to meet it as fiercely as they had met his Indian allies. Among the backwoodsmen of this region there were at that time three men of special note. Sevier, who afterward became governor to Tennessee, Shelby, who afterward became governor of Kentucky; and Campbell, the Virginian, who died in the Revolutionary War. Sevier had given a great barbecue, where oxen and deer were roasted whole, while horse races were run, and the backwoodsmen tried their skill as marksmen and wrestlers. In the midst of the feasting Shelby appeared, hot with hard riding, to tell of the approach of Ferguson and the British. Immediately the feasting was stopped, and the feasters made ready for war. Sevier and Shelby sent word to Campbell to rouse the men of his own district and come without delay, and they sent messengers to and fro in their own neighborhood to summon the settlers from their log huts on the stump-dotted clearings and the hunters from their smoky cabins in the deep woods.


311 iran shipThe meeting-place was at the Sycamore Shoals. On the appointed day the backwoodsmen gathered sixteen hundred strong, each man carrying a long rifle, and mounted on a tough shaggy horse. They were a wild and fierce people, accustomed to the chase and to warfare with the Indians. Their hunting-shirts of buckskin or homespun were girded in by bead-worked belts, and the trappings of their horses were stained red and yellow. At the gathering there was a black frocked Presbyterian preacher, and before they started he addressed the tall riflemen in words of burning zeal, urging them to stand stoutly in the battle, and to smite with the sword of the Lord and of Gideon. Then the army stated, the backwoods colonels riding in front. Two or three days later, word was brought to Ferguson that the Back-water men had come over the mountains; that the Indian-fighters of the frontier, leaving unguarded their homes on the Western Waters, had crossed by wooded and precipitous defiles to the help of the beaten men of the plains. Ferguson at once fell back, sending out messengers for help. When he came to King's Mountain, a wooded, hog-back 311 iran shiphill on the border line between North and South Carolina, he camped on its top, deeming that there he was safe, for he supposed that before the backwoodsmen could come near enough to attack him help would reach him. But the backwoods leaders felt as keenly as he the need of haste, and choosing out nine hundred picked men, the beat warriors of their force, and the best mounted and armed, they made a long forced march to assail Ferguson before help could come to him. All night long they rode the dm forest trails and slashed across the fords of the rushing rivers. All the next day, October 16, they rode, until in mid-afternoon, just as a heavy shower cleared away, they came in sight of King's Mountain. The little armies were about equal in numbers. Ferguson's regulars were armed with bayonet, and so were some of his Tory militia, whereas the Americans had not a bayonet among them but they were picked men, confident in their skill as riflemen, and they were so sure of victory that their aim was not only to defeat the British but to capture their whole force. The backwoods colonels, counseling together as they rode at the head of the column, decided to surround the mountain and assail it on all sides. Accordingly the bands of frontiersmen split one from the other, and soon circled the craggy hill where Ferguson's forces were encamped.  


They left their horses in the rear and immediately began the battle, swarming forward on foot, their commanders leading the attack.


311 iran shipThe march had been so quick and the attack so sudden that Ferguson had barely time to marshal his men before the assault was made. Most of his militia he scattered around the top of the hill to fire down at the Americans as they came up, while with his regulars and with a few picked militia he charged with the bayonet in person, first down one side of the mountain and then down the other. Sevier, Shelby, Campbell, and the other colonels of the frontiersmen, led each his own force of riflemen straight toward the summit. Each body in turn when charge by the regulars was forced to give way, for there were no bayonets wherewith to meet the foe; but the backwoodsmen retreated only so long as the charge lasted, and the minute that it stopped they stopped too, and came back ever close to the ridge and ever with a deadlier fire. Ferguson, blowing a silver whistle as a signal to his men, led these charges, sword in hand, on horseback. At last, just as he was once again rallying his men, the riflemen of Sevier and Shelby crowned the top of the ridge.311 iran ship The gallant British commander became a fair target for the backwoodsmen, and as for the last time he led his men against them, seven bullets entered his body and he fell dead. With his fall resistance ceased. The regulars and Tories huddled together in a confused mass, while the exultant Americans rushed forward. A flag of truce was hoisted, and all the British who were not dead surrendered.


The victory was complete, and the backwoodsmen at once started to return to their log hamlets and rough lonely farms. They could not stay, for they dared not leave their homes at the mercy of the Indians. They rendered a great service, for Cornwallis, and retired to South Carolina. When he again resumed the offensive, he found his path barred by stubborn General Greene and his troops of the Continental line.


Merry Christmas




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This was made by Michigan Vietnam Vets, but it says it all for every
Vietnam Vet. Share it with a Vietnam Vet or a family that may have lost a Dad, Brother, Uncle, Son, Aunt, or Daughter... (in Vietnam or all the other wars).

I thought they did an excellent job on this. Touching, I suspect in the
future this theme will be shown over and over again for each conflict.
Thankfully the Gulf war vets were welcomed home with honor.

This is one of the better Vietnam videos made by and for Michigan Vietnam Veterans, but I believe all of you will appreciate this. This story could and is retold by 49 other states and territories as well.

If you know a Vietnam Veteran consider sending this link to them.
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The Word Of Truth - Alive and Powerful
By Rev G.J. Rako



The true meaning of Christmas is described in the following poem and booklet written by Pastor Robert B. Thieme Jr. Bob was my Pastor for over thirty years. He was my friend, my mentor, and my source for understanding the Christian way of life. He made the Bible come alive and because of the grace of God and his dedication and unwavering love of the Scripture, the Word lives in me. A gift for which I will always be grateful and one I could never repay. Bob is now face to face with the Lord, and his son, R.B. Thieme III has picked up the guidon and is leading his congregation to the high ground.


The Night Before Christmas

By Robert B. Thieme Jr.

Copyright 1994 All rights reserved First Edition published 1965. 

Reprinted in its entirety with permission from R.B. Thieme Jr. Bible Ministries


'Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the world

A message was preached,

A challenge was hurled:

Believe on the Son

And thou shall be saved!

The road to heaven with His blood

Was paved.

Out of darkness of sin

And despair

God's salvation, the fairest of fair,

Was born in a manger;

No room in the inn.

God in the flesh, He died for our sin.

The angels sang;

The shepherds rejoiced,

Messiah has come!

The message was voiced

By joyous believers both far and near;

Christmas has come!

Immanuel is here!


Christmas celebrates the incomparable divine gift to all mankind; the birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Two millennia ago the Savior appeared, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The babe in the manger would demolish the barrier between depraved humanity and perfect God. He was born to die so that through Him we might have life everlasting.


Unfortunately, today Santa Claus and shopping for presents take priority over the true meaning of Christmas. Exchanging gifts has supplanted our focus from the greatest of all gifts. The eternal consequence of the season is obscured. Only the Bible, God's infallible Word and inerrant Truth, reveals the import of that first Christmas. The Scriptures disclose a meaning far more momentous than the notions and traditions of men, however clever or charming.  


Seven truths recounted in Luke 2:7-20 illuminate the magnificent message of that first Christmas.  


A night of life and death


And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. (Luke 2;7a)


The same [Jesus Christ] was in the beginning with God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:2, 14a)


Jesus Christ is the God-Man, undiminished deity and true humanity united in one Person forever (Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3). Although Christ is eternal God, His incarnation began with His physical birth, as all human life begins. At birth Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes, the garments used to shroud the dead. From the beginning of His earthly life, He was identified with death. The shadow of the cross loomed over Him. In that moment, God proclaimed to the world that Christ's death is more significant than His life.


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


Thirty-three years later the Lord Jesus Christ bore all our sins, past, present and future, when He died on the cross.


Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. (I Peter 2:24a)    


Christmas is not Santa and his sleigh. Christmas is Christ and His cross!


A night of good news


And the angel said unto them [certain shepherds], Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)


The supernatural appearance of the angel rendered these shepherds speechless with fear and awe. But the good news announcing that salvation from God was brought down to man promptly transformed their fear to joy.


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. (Titus 2:11)


A wish for a "merry Christmas" should be a wish for all to know the joy of salvation through faith in Christ.  


The good news concerned the savior, Christ the Lord. All humanity is under the penalty of death; separation from God, because "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23). The proclamation made on that first Christmas announced the solution to sin. The advent of Christ was for the express purpose of saving mankind from the penalty of sin.


Not only did the angel bring the good news to the shepherds, but to all people. There is no exception. Salvation was provided for all. Christ's substitutionary death is an unlimited atonement.


Who gave Himself a ransom for all. (I Timothy 2:6a)


That He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9b)


And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (I John 2:2)  


A night of heavenly worship


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. (Luke 2:13a)


On the first Christmas, the angels in heaven set the precedent for worshiping and praising God. Most people have long since ignored that precedent. True worship is based on a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas, above all, should elicit a personal response to Christ and adoration of Him. No one can enter into the true spirit of Christmas apart from personal faith in the God-Man Savior.


And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16:31)


A night of potential peace


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)


But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)


Whether or not you have peace with God depends on your attitude toward Jesus Christ. God is well pleased only with those who believe in Jesus Christ. Only they are the ones who have peace that cannot be purchased.


Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)


A night of reverent seeking


The shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste. (Luke 2:15b-16a)


These shepherds were not ordinary shepherds, nor were the sheep ordinary sheep. These men were carefully chosen to watch over the flocks from which lambs without blemish were selected for Temple sacrifice. The sacrifices foreshadowed Jesus Christ, the true Lamb of God.


Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot [His saving work on the cross]. (I Peter 1:18-19)


The shepherds were well informed concerning the Old Testament prophecy of the coming Messiah (Micah 5:2). While the angel referred only to the "city of David," the shepherds went immediately to Bethlehem, the predicted birthplace of the Messiah. Their prompt response exhibited not only a knowledge of the Scripture but also faith in God's promise. In contrast, the pious religious leaders of Israel who attended Temple worship three times a day also knew where the Messiah would be born (Matthew 2:4-6), but they lacked the faith to act on their knowledge.  


The shepherds who tended the flocks night and day could not attend Temple worship. Yet the angel revealed the good news to them, not to the religious leaders. Although faithful in keeping the sheep, the shepherds now left those sacrificial lambs to witness an event of the greatest magnitude, the newborn Lamb of God, the Savior of all mankind. They went to


Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29b)


Is Christ more important to you than anything you possess? The shepherds made haste to seek the Savior. Oh, that men would make haste to seek the Savior today!


Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6)


Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (II Corinthians 6:2b)  


And Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37b)


A night of witnessing


And when they had seen it [Jesus in the manger}, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (Luke2:17-18)


People were amazed and astonished when they heard that the Messiah had come. The shepherds made the salvation issue clear.


He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)


No greater joy or experience can come to the believer than to evangelize for Jesus Christ by presenting the Gospel to others.


A night of quiet meditation


But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)


Few people today sit quietly and think intently about the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Mary set the precedent that first Christmas. Will you give a thought to the Savior this Christmas? Or will your Christmas simply be a time of festivity, gift-giving, and excitement? From His birth day came His death day, and through His death day comes our eternal life day.


For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)


Doctrinal Bible Studies


Bible doctrine is the body of teaching drawn from a literal interpretation of the Scriptures. Doctrine serves as the standard for truth. Doctrine is the Christian's spiritual nourishment (Matt. 4:4).


For many years, doctrinal Bible classes taught by R. B. Thieme Jr., have provided daily spiritual food for his congregation. Doctrinal books like the one above and tape recordings of his classes are available without charge or obligation. A Doctrinal Bible Studies catalogue will be provided upon request



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Tactical Response to Multiple Cell Terrorist Attacks


Today's officer is burdened with more than ever before. Not only do we face the tasks of the past we have the new challenges of the future. It took a mass murder at high school and a decade of training uniformed officers how to properly respond to an active shooter. Today we know that a terrorist attack using small unit tactics in our country is very possible. The 2008 Mumbai attack and the Beslan siege are indicators of what we in law enforcement should prepare for. Beslan and Mumbai taught us several in which we should prepare for and some experts say those attacks were merely dress rehearsals for what's to come in the United States.


Lessons Learned:

We know that these two terrorist incidents were successful in the minds of the terrorist because they were able to obtain maximum exposure from their objectives. What they do and how they do this is the key for preparation and response by law enforcement. These extreme soldiers of Jihad will plan to cause a high number of casualties to gain attention. They will use their victims as pawns to demonstrate their ruthlessness. Mumbai taught the India national police that they were not prepared for such an encounter. The question is are we?

What to expect from a Multiple Small Cell Terrorist Attack:

A multiple small cell terrorist attack will require a combination of personnel from all operations of your police agency to assist the initial responding officers. There will be most likely, multiple attacks in your city, multiple shooters and open air engagement. The objective of law enforcement is to provide a swift and overwhelming response to interrupt the deadly actions of the attackers.


Preparation is Key:

Most of us have trained in active shooter response. Various tactics have proven successful from the small squad tactics to the single officer response. All have their advantages and disadvantages. Mumbai and Beslan have provided a glimpse to a bigger problem for American Law Enforcement. Multiple terrorist cells using military tactics to combat their adversary. These cells will be a challenge as they are well armored, carry many rounds, have multiple and various weapons, explosives, and worse of all willing to fight to their death for their cause.


MACTAC is a great foundation for getting law enforcement prepared for battling such an extremist adversary. What you will find throughout the MACTAC concept is that it is built for the uniformed officer but as tactical officers we must embrace the concept and be relieved that we now have increased our tactical forces by many. Most tactical officers in this country are uniformed officers waiting for that swat call out. This is actually an advantage as we respond to a multiple cell attack. Tactical officers will lead the uniformed officers in a coordinated counter attack, as well trained leaders and experienced combat fighters. Departments should consider what many agencies have done and that's to allow that tactical officer to work the streets in their tactical uniform and gear, carry all of their tactical equipment in their squad cars as he or she patrols the neighborhoods. Designate tactical patrol vehicles in your patrol fleet and have them on the streets every hour of the day. Your tactical officer or patrol officer can take patrol runs and reports all day with that vehicle and nobody would know the wiser. These officers are responsible for a patrol sector but their vehicles will have the necessary equipment to battle a hardened and fortified enemy. Items like breaching tools, ballistic blankets and shields, flash-bangs and extra ammunition are available in these vehicles. The explosive breachers have the capability to patrol with pre-made explosives ready to gain entry into any location, all this equipment while taking dog bite reports sounds crazy, until that terrorist visits your high school or local mall. This time they won't kill themselves when the cops arrive. This time the first responding officers that have been taught to enter an active school shooter incident solo will have a big surprise and his hands full.


As you can see the tactical officer working the streets will be a valuable commodity if the multiple cell attack occurs. Their knowledge and experience will help them access the tactical situation and will aid them in determining the proper tactical response. They will be able to recognize a hostage situation from a multiple cell attack or a barricaded gunman and the lone active shooter. Those of you tactical officers that are not familiar with the MACTAC concept seek out the training and then share it with your agency. Any small town with a mall, large hotel or sporting venue is most likely to be attacked as you will appear the most vulnerable to a terrorist.


MACTAC for the Tactical Officer:


Here are some basics on the MACTAC concept:



To further develop the officers basic skill in tactical response to major incidents to a proficient level that will make officers immediately deploy a strike team or squad to locate and neutralize a threat and to further prevent violent acts of terrorism.



To rapidly assemble and deploy using basic tactical movements. Demonstrate working knowledge of field tactics and critical thinking skills. Learn tactical definitions and expected responses. Learn urban terrain and close quarter battle tactics. Understand the implementation of the 4 A's, "assess, announce, assemble, act". Understand the four C's, "contain, control, communicate, co-ordinate".


Know when to respond:

Multiple deadly force incidents occurring simultaneously or concurrently, or attacks involving explosives, high powered weapons, IED's, or a large scale hostage siege, and it is an on-going and dynamic incident.


Immediate Goals on Scene:


1. Stop or interrupt the deadly actions of the assailants.

2. Establish on-scene command of the incident.

3. Gather and disseminate accurate and timely intelligence about the incident for situational awareness.

4. Establish perimeter control.

5. Protect vital structures.


Do not over-deploy your resources: 

MACTAC coordinates the entire response to the first incident in preparation for follow-up incidents. These secondary incidents may be entirely aimed for the responding police units lured en masse to the

scene by the first incident. Or the first incident may be intended as a distraction for the "real" attack, draining emergency resources away from what will be one of the follow up attacks.

Perhaps there may be multiple, simultaneous, serious attacks further confusing responding command. Deploy the resources necessary at the first incident, but don't over-resource the response.

This will allow for other resources if needed when concurrent attacks begin.  


Small squad tactics:

The use of "bounding over watch" for tactical movements. Bounding overwatch is used when contact is expected. The purpose of bounding overwatch is to deploy prior to contact, giving the squad the ability to protect abounding element by immediately suppressing an enemy force. In all types of bounding, the overwatch element is assigned sectors to scan and cover while the bounding element uses terrain to achieve cover and concealment. The bounding element avoids masking the fires of the over watch element; it never bounds beyond the range at which the over watch element can effectively suppress likely or suspected enemy positions. Small tactical squads can employ either of two bounding methods, "alternate or successive".


Alternate Bounds:

Covered by the rear element, the lead element moves forward, halts, and assumes over watch positions. The rear element advances past the lead element and takes up over watch positions. This sequence continues as necessary with only one element moving at a time. This method is usually more rapid than successive bounds.


Successive Bounds:

In the successive bounding method the lead element, covered by the rear element, advances and takes up over watch positions. The rear element then advances to an over watch position roughly abreast of the lead element and halts. The lead element then moves to the next position, and so on. Only one element moves at a time, and the rear element avoids advancing beyond the lead element. This method is easier to control and more secure than the alternate bounding method, but it is slower.


Violence of action:

Gaining and maintaining physical and psychological momentum is essential! Understanding that the conclusion to a multiple cell attack will not be an arrest but a total elimination of enemy forces. This concept may not sit well for some officers and their apprehension to get into the fight may become a burden to the success of the counter attack. These officers will work best on the perimeter.


You tactical officers it's your duty as professionals to take the lead when a small cell attack occurs. Whether you like it or not, no matter what your department operational guidelines state, when you arrive to a scene were total chaos has ensued your peers and supervisors will be looking to you for leadership. Don't get taken by surprise, your tactical team should be the first for MACTAC training. Then lead your uniformed officers into combat with the confidence needed to end the violence.


Barricaded or Locked Entry Doors:

For many years now, well before the Virginia Tech incident, I have been instructing officers attending our active shooter training to use their squad car as a breaching tool when you find doors locked and or chain locked so that entry can't be gained easily. John Giduck showed our team this tactic many years ago and we practiced it and filmed the results. A squad car can push most commercial and industrial door frames from their support. All it takes is a slow push from the car's front bumper and you're in. Once you are in you may elect to position the car, if there is room in the corridor, as some cover as you exit the vehicle. Turn your overhead lights and sirens on. This will accomplish two things, it will alert the terrorist of your presence and it will give the victims a direction to run for safety.


Dictate the Outcome:

The first responding officers on scene will dictate the course of how the terrorist attack will unfold. The first minutes of the response are critical. Officers must quickly assess the situation, assemble into contact teams and advise dispatch of their intentions. If your assessment indicates there is an ongoing murder of innocent victims or the beginning of a hostage siege, contact teams should disrupt the deadly actions of the terrorist cell. The situation will be chaotic and information will be limited but you tactical officers must take action based on the best available information available to you at the time.

Hesitation could result in a missed opportunity to control and dictate the momentum of the attack. Contact teams may be involved in counter assaults, rescues and support or protection operations. The first command officer on scene must position their forces into effective positions to stop the assailants. They will evaluate resources and identify support and rescue operations and then assign these missions as needed. These responsibilities may fall on you tactical officers or uniformed command may seek your advice.    


Watch your Six:

Mumbai and Beslan taught us another valuable lesson; don't rule out an attack on your police station or responding forces before they get to the first incident. This will prove difficult as my experience is that no matter what city you patrol, when something big happens we all go! This is fine if there is only one attack because then we have the necessary resources to take on these extremists. However, It will take a command officer with foresight and a back bone to stop an over commitment of resources and reallocate them for further attacks. If you tactical officers recognize that they are leaving themselves vulnerable by over-deploying share your tactical wisdom with somebody that can make the corrective action.


Flex Teams:

Flex teams should be organized as soon as practical at a rally point and await further instruction. Officers should configure into four officer contact teams. Supervisors should assume command of one squad consisting of three contact teams. The first contact team assembled is responsible to establish perimeter security around the rally point deploying rifles, shotguns, etc. More than one security team may be needed dependingupon the size of the rally point. Flex teams could also be lead by a tactical officer until they are required to configure with their tactical team.


Assess, Announce, Assemble and Act!

These four words provide a basic operating platform for the responding officers.


Assess. Responding officers must rapidly assess the situation to determine the nature of the threat and what measures should be taken to attempt to stop, or control, the life threatening actions related to the incident.


Announce. After the initial assessment, announce what you are seeing to dispatch personnel and responding officers. The radio broadcast should include the nature of the incident, what resources are needed, anticipated number of officers and all other pertinent information.


Assemble. Once the situation has been quickly assessed and properly announced, officers must rapidly assemble in a safe location, configure into contact teams and respond. The teams must respond in a coordinated effort using tactical concepts, such as "bounding over watch" as directed by their team leader or the Incident Commander.


Act. All officers and supervisors must act in a coordinated effort to make contact with the attackers, restrict their ability to maneuver, deny avenues of escape, and stop their deadly behavior, while being mindful of the possibility of a counter-attack.  


Tactical Combat Care:

Tactical Combat care is critical when responding to a multiple small cell terrorist attack. Paramedics won't be following you into combat and TEMS, (if available) can't be everywhere at once. You must have some basic life saving skills that can save your life, a buddy's life or an innocent civilian's life. The necessary skills are simple to learn in an 8 hour training day. Soldiers are learning these skills in basic training now and it is believed to have greatly increased battlefield survival.


Skills such as:

Tourniquet, use which can stop a severe hemorrhage from a leg or arm. A severe laceration on your thigh or a gun shot in the same location can bleed out in less than five minutes. That means you're dead when a simple Tourniquet, put on by yourself in combat could have stopped the bleeding and saved your life.


Tension Pneumothorax, occurs when a collapsed lung causes pressure to build up inside the chest cavity, which then compresses the heart causing it to stop. Tension pneumothorax can occur when you are shot in the chest. I know most of you tactical officers wear body armor but I doubt your body armor stops rifle rounds from an AK-47. That's most likely the weapon your adversary will use against you and if your buddy survives a shot in the chest he/she won't have but a few minutes to live if her/she develops a Tension Pneumothorax. A needle decompression can stop this wound from becoming fatal. TEMS officers won't agree that you should perform this procedure but if our soldiers can do it so can you! Obviously proper training is mandatory before performing any of these life saving tactics.


Sucking Chest Wound can occur to an officer when a bullet opens a hole in the chest wall, entering the lung, causing it to collapse. Sucking chest wounds require an immediate application of an occlusive dressing. A simple chest seal pre-manufactured or handmade with tape, applied within minutes of the injury can prevent another easily treatable battlefield wound from becoming fatal.


Airway Compromise, an injury that can be treated with a simple insertion of a "Nasopharyngeal Airway Tube". A very simple procedure that can be fatal in just a few short minutes if left untreated.


These are the main components of tactical combat care. A very small amount of first aid equipment will be needed in your "go-bag" or you can purchase kits already pre-assembled for your use. These kits aren't much bigger in size than your gun holster. You should seek out training from a reputable trainer. There are only a handful of trainers out there providing tactical combat care so you may find my newly published book "The Police Tactical Life Saver" from Loose Leaf Law Publications a very helpful resource for all the skills needed to save your life in combat when medical professionals aren't there to provide advanced care. You can get the book at their website at www.looseleaflaw.com or call them at 1800-647-5547.  


Fight to Win:

Tactical decision making and proper use of tactics will dictate the outcome of a multiple small cell terrorist attack. As tactical officers you will be looked upon for leadership and in that moment let all your experience and training prove to the terrorist that he picked the wrong town to pick a fight with!


Stay safe,

Sgt. Glenn French 



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".

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.

Warrior's Wisdom

Warriors Wisdom


With all his regard for Napoleon's maxims, Jackson was no slave to rue. In war, circumstances vary to such an extent that a maneuver, which at one time is manifestly unsound, may at another be the most judicious. The so-called rules are never binding; they merely point out the risks which are generally entailed by some particular course of action. There is no principle on which Napoleon lays more stress than that a general should never divide his force, either on the field of battle or the theatre of war. But, when Jacksonmarched to Mc'Dowell and left Ewell at Swift Run Gap, Jackson deliberately divided his forces and left Banks between them, knowing that the apparent risk, with an opponent like Banks, was no risk at all. At the battle of Winchester, too, there was a gap of a mile between the brigades on the left of the Kernstown road and Ewell on the right; and owing to the intervening hills, one wing was invisible to the other. Here again, like Moltke at Koniggratz Jackson realized that the principle might be disregarded not only with impunity but with effect. He was not like Lord Galway, 'a man who was in war what Mollie're's doctors were in medicine, who thought it much more honorable to fail according to rule than to succeed by innovation.'

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Combat Survival

Employing Force Protection at Home

By Jason Hunt


How do we prepare for a home invasion? How can the skills we train be utilized to not only protect us at home, but also while we travel and operate society? Force Protection Skills offer a realistic approach that bridge the gap between simply knowing self defense moves and applying them and related disciplines to daily life. Force Protection is a Security concept which means the protection of personnel,  equipment and supplies, during deployment in hostile areas, areas afflicted by natural disaster and the associated chaos that inevitably follows such disaster.


There are three main elements to Force Protection:

  1. Protective Security Detail (PSD)
  2. Perimeter Security
  3. Convoy Security

Force Protection is often not applied to the homestead or even to daily civilian life. However, by doing so, one may find out how well they are prepared to deal with life threatening or emergency situations at home and while they're out and about. For example in a Protective Security Detail, whenever a member of any workforce is required to travel from one place to another within a hostile environment, the need for PSD teams or Protective Security Detail teams arise.


PSD Leaders are trained in six primary skill sets that are required of all protection details:


Protective Escort, Protective Driving, Close Quarters Combat, Communications and Counter Surveillance, Counter/ Anti-Terrorism, First Responder / Tactical Medic. Each of these primary skill sets should be developed and/or enhanced by everyone and applied to their individual homes and property.


Protective Security Details applied at home


We all need to understand protective escort methods- how we can walk with our wife/girlfriend or families through a dark alley, across a darkened yard, a crowded city block or potential riot and keep them safe. If our car broke down on the "wrong" side of town, would we be able to confidently get ourselves and anyone with us to safety. We all need to understand how to drive defensively, how to lose a tail, how to follow someone that may have kidnapped a family member. We must all learn how to fight hand to hand be it for the purpose of escape or survival; we must all have back up sources of communication and/or counter surveillance such as solar or battery powered radios, extra cell phone batteries, or even laptop batteries or mobile internet capabilities. We should all learn how to respond to a terrorist whether the threat is personal (in front of you) or interpersonal (a city away); we need to understand methods of countering the attack and also recovery from a potential attack. And of course, everyone needs to be trained in basic first aid and life saving CPR skills- which would include giving stitches (sutures)!


All of these skills require some basic research and training to implement, but when done, they assist in providing around the clock security, ensuring that your family could operate in a safer environment.


Convoy Security applied at home


Whether your convoy is carrying personnel (wife and kids) or supplies (groceries), force protection services assist in the safety of the entire convoy. Taking planned routes, coupled with defensive driving skills will ensure that your vehicles get through to where they are needed. Many local police departments offer courses on defensive driving and there is certainly enough information available online to gain basic skills in this area. Learn the skills, practice them, and teach them to your family.


Static Site / Perimeter Security applied at home


The effective provisioning of perimeter security involves much more than simply placing a few 'guards' or night lights on a fence line... true perimeter security incorporates the following elements:


An Entry Control Point, IED (Threat) Search - to search vehicles and frequent building/ area searches, Quick Reaction Force to react as necessary to any situation requiring use of force, Mounted and Foot Patrols - to observe, detect and deter incursion by any unauthorized party and Command Center Personnel - to coordinate the entire security mission from a central command post.


Taking this again back to the home, it is wise to have an Entry Control Point on your property and home- a place that is the most likely to get a visitor. This could be your driveway, front door, etc. Whatever the case, it should be an entry that YOU can control. Can you gate off your driveway at night? Can you bolt your front door?, etc...


Threat searches would include those bumps in the night- if your control points are secure, what are the next most likely areas of access to the property, home, room, etc. A quick check before bed or quick check in the night ensures security; this would be the same as a foot patrol around the house. Strategically placed motion lights will assist you in conducting faster sweeps of the property in low light situations. If the light is one, you know there was recent movement. What if there is a breach? Can you react quickly from being woken suddenly at 3am? Do you have to scramble to arm yourself or is something at hand for quick access? If your family safe?


Does your family have a designated area to go to in case of an emergency situation at home- a command post from which to reorganize?


These topics are important to one's overall survival preparedness and defensive capability. There is now a daily increase in violent crimes against the homestead. Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Home Invasions and Arson are all on the rise- be it due to the tanking economy or just the state of world affairs, now is the time to learn these skills- before you need them- so you'll have a better shot at personal and family security in the times to come.


About the author: Jason Hunt is the chief instructor for Kentucky River Outdoor & Survival School and president of Frontier Christian University. You can visit him online at  www.kyriver.net  


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"This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone."
~ Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist.

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world."
~ Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), American president. Presidential message (December 25, 1927).

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."
~Benjamin Franklin

"Go forward without fear."
~Abraham Lincoln

"Nobody ever drowned in sweat"
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"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog"
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"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat...You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs - Victory in spite of all terrors - Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."
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"We believe in presenting both sides."


YOU HEAR IT EVERYWHERE. "We believe in presenting both sides." That concept is endorsed by the overwhelming majority of persons who arrange the education and information programs for colleges, service clubs, discussion groups, business organizations, and others. They believe in presenting the case for socialism along with the case for the free market. Challenge them and they will reply: "Objectivity and fairness demand that we present the arguments for government ownership even though we ourselves don't believe it."


Do objectivity and fairness demand that they present the case for coin clipping? They say no. Then why do they arrange for speakers and teachers who endorse the monetization of debt? After all, the device of monetizing debt is merely a modern arrangement of the old idea of clipping coins.


Objectivity and fairness aren't the real reasons a person arranges for the presentation of both sides. The primary reason is this. The person hasn't made up his own mind!  He doesn't arrange for a defense of coin clipping because he himself has repudiated the idea of coin clipping. He arranges to have the case for monetization of debt presented because he himself hasn't yet repudiated that method of financing government.


Objective persons have repudiated the idea of astrology, slavery, alchemy, witchcraft, and the divine right of kings. They no longer believe that the earth is flat. Therefore, no objective person can, in good conscience and fairness, be responsible for having those ideas presented as valid. In like manner, if a person has rejected the idea of government ownership and government controls, advocates of those ideas won't be on any programs over which he has authority.


When a person voluntarily arranges for the presentation of socialistic ideas along with free market ideas, you may be sure of this: He hasn't completely repudiated socialism, he hasn't completely accepted the idea of the free market and of government restricted to the equal protection of the life , liberty, and honestly acquired property of everyone.


Here is a truism: IF the evidence clearly indicates that an idea or policy is untrue or evil. No fair and objective person will voluntarily arrange to have it presented as valid.

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Agenda: Grinding Down America

The Agenda - Grinding America Down 

What Has Really Changed?
What Has Really Changed?

The bigger the government the smaller the people


EVERYBODY -- labor union member, farmer, veteran, shipowner, road builder, importer, sheep herder -- everybody seems to want special "benefits" from the government. So they demand help, and get a law or regulation. That requires a bureau to enforce it, taxes to pay for it.


That is how Washington bureaucracy has grown to more than 2,000,000 and taxes have grown ruinously high.


Laws and regulations are written by government employees, and Americans are being drowned in laws they don't understand, bureaus they can't grasp, taxes they cannot afford.


Self-reliance (another name for self-respect) is like a muscle --  unused, it soon becomes flabby. Our enemies know it, count on it. That is why every time we ask Government for something instead of doing it ourselves, we surrender, we lose, another bit of America.


Unconventional Work

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In a 2001 press conference, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld trotted out a photo of American Special Forces soldiers on horseback in Afghanistan. That image of Task Force Dagger became an early representation of our adaptation to the unconventional warfare we'd just engaged in.

Among the millions of Americans struck by the image was sculptor Douwe Blumberg.  Nine months after seeing the photo he'd produced an 18-inch-tall bronze sculpture of a Green Beret riding and an Afghan horse.

Nearly ten years later, on this past Veteran's Day, an 18-foot-tall, 5,000-pound replica of Blumberg's horseman was paraded down Fifth Avenue in New York City with members of the team depicted and the artist in tow. It's the first publicly accessible monument dedicated to Special Forces, and its final resting place will be overlooking Ground Zero.

There's also a chunk of the World Trade Center embedded in the base of the statue. But in more ways than just a Green Beret using a horse as transportation, the statue represents the kind of war we've found in Afghanistan.

"The mounted warrior is such an iconic image, connected to both our past and present," Blumberg says. "In a way, it shows the continuity of unconventional warfare."

The continuity of unconventional warfare, in the case that this statue represents, doesn't begin with the attacks of 9/11. And when the last US Regular pulls out, that will probably only be the official end of war in Afghanistan for the US.

In Afghanistan, where war has more or less been a part of life ever since humans there organized themselves, riding horses into combat has been a fairly regular occurrence. Neither is foreign intervention new to the area.

The Green Beret is riding a "Lokai" horse that shows "Tersk" breeding. Which means the horse is full of Eastern European blood brought in with the Soviet Union to Afghanistan in the 1980s. A few horses weren't all the Soviets lost there, and it's safe to say there was little they would call conventional about war there.

Though Blumberg's statue, which is called De Oppresso Liber (Latin: To liberate the oppressed), depicts merely a blink of the experience, the statue is accurate.

All you need to know about making the work accurate is that members of Task Force Dagger were in the shop with Blumberg. The last thing they were going to let happen was an inaccuracy in the gear. It's no secret how those guys feel about gear.

Doug Stanton wrote a New York Times bestseller called Horse Soldiers about the team, its mission, and its use of horses. He walked down 5th Avenue with Blumberg, the team, and the statue on Veteran's Day this year. And he is well convinced of the statue's accuracy.

"The proof is stand there with the guys as they admire it," he says, "and hear them say, "Yeah, he got it right.'"

311 iran shipBlumberg went to Fort Campbell and met with the team. Always excited to see a civilian tell their story to the rest of the world, the team was standoffish and quiet at first. But once Blumberg convinced them of his commitment to getting it right, he couldn't get them to shut up. They sent him saddles they had brought back after their tours, they shipped him their lockers of gear, they gave him photos that he wasn't allowed to copy or show anyone else.

And he only had six months from the time the military commissioned him to complete the statue before Veteran's Day.

"We must have set some kind of record with only six months to make it," he says. "It took a lot of people and a lot of overtime hours and a lot of work to get it done."

But the diligence and the sweat and the overtime hours have produced a long-standing symbol of the service and sacrifice of the Special Forces.

"It personifies the unconventional warfare skills and martial prowess those young men," says Max Bowers, who was a Battlion Commander of the mounted teams. "It captures forever a moment in time when only those men could do what their nation asked."

Green Berets celebrate 50th anniversary

The Green Berets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their famous name and namesake attire: The U.S. Army Special Forces were created in 1952, but it wasn't until 1961 that President Kennedy officially instituted the colorful cap that gave them their name.


But initially, it wasn't necessarily a place of distinction to be part of the special forces. Before Kennedy showered them with his glamour, special forces were the black sheep of the American military, as CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.


Col. Mark Mitchell told Martin that, even today, that belief may remain. He said, "To a certain extent, after ten years of conflict, there is a perception, I think, that we are outsiders -- more as outlaws sometimes."


Martin offered, "Prima donnas?"


Mitchell said, "More as outlaws."


"Outlaws because you're scruffy?" Martin asked.


"Yeah," Mitchell said. "The beards in Afghanistan and the non-standard uniforms and our sometimes unconventional methods of getting things done."


However, Mitchell told Martin after Kennedy traveled to Fort Bragg and awarded them their distinctive green berets, things changed. "It makes a big difference having that, the support from the commander in chief," Mitchell said.


Martin said, "I doubt President Kennedy could have imagined the use to which special forces were put in Afghanistan."


Mitchell replied, "Riding on horseback, calling in air strikes probably would not have been it, it would have been tough for him to envision."


As one of the first Green Berets into Afghanistan after 9/11, Mitchell rode with local Afghan fighters, calling in air strikes on Taliban positions. They almost made it look too easy.


Mitchell recalled, "I think that we were all surprised, especially, I mean by December we were installing a new Afghan government and it may have created a false sense of security. I don't want to second-guess our national leadership, but I think it did, did appear almost too easy at some point."


We all know now it wasn't easy, either in Afghanistan or Iraq, where special forces were also first in -- hunting for Scud missiles in the western desert -- and will almost certainly be last out.


Currently, there are 14,000 Green Berets, about a 30 percent increase since 9/11. When you add the Army Rangers, the Navy Seals and the Delta Force, there are 60,000 Special Operations Forces in all -- the equivalent of four or five divisions of unconventional soldiers.

On "The Early Show," co-anchor Erica Hill asked if the special forces are being relied on more heavily these days as purse strings are tightened at the Pentagon.


Martin said, "They can score spectacular successes like the bin Laden raid, but they can't win wars single-handedly. Col. Mitchell will tell you special forces could not have overthrown the Taliban without the 15,000 Afghan troops fighting along with them. At the end of the day, you still need troops to seize and hold enemy territory."


Special Forces equals Green Berets. Got it?

(AP)  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets get plenty of acclaim - sometimes too much acclaim. Often it's a case of mistaken identity.

All special operations forces tend to get called, incorrectly, "Special Forces," and many in the military are trying to borrow their job description: training foreign forces to fight America's enemies overseas.

In a climate of shrinking budgets, the Green Berets are branding themselves as the go-to force for counterinsurgency that can do the job with fewer troops than conventional forces.

As the Pentagon divvies up money and missions, the Green Berets want to make sure their job isn't handed to someone else.

It's not that the Green Berets don't have their hands full. Some 87 percent of the deployed force is in the general area of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Pentagon has ordered their 8,500-strong force expanded by 1,000 over the past four years because they are so much in demand, Brig. Gen. Ed Reeder, the Special Forces commander, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

But sometimes, they feel less than appreciated, especially when just about everyone gets the name wrong.

"Special Forces," means specifically - and only - Green Berets, as some Green Berets will tell you through gritted teeth.

Yet since the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this year, even the commander-in-chief has used "special forces" to refer to all special operations forces - from SEALs to Army Rangers to Air Force Special Operations troops. Many inside the Pentagon don't know the difference.

That's partly why dozens of Green Berets, current and former, descended on Washington, on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the green beret itself - a distinctive part of the uniform that now serves as a nickname. They laid a wreath at the grave of President John F. Kennedy, who helped make Green Berets a permanent part of the U.S. military landscape.

The Special Forces were established in 1952, but Kennedy approved the namesake cap in 1961.

Kennedy saw the Green Berets as key to his battle against communism, using "unconventional warfare" - teaching local forces to overthrow the local government or leader, fighting alongside them to provide expertise, intelligence and logistical support.

When the U.S. responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Green Berets were the first military forces deployed, Reeder said, together with CIA operatives. They provided Afghanistan insurgents firepower, direction and intelligence to help unseat the Taliban in just 43 days.

More recently in Afghanistan, Green Berets employed their other skill of "foreign internal defense," in this case by helping the local forces support the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

That fit into the larger strategy of protecting the local population and fostering local government. While popular mythology credits the creation of counterinsurgency strategy to now-retired-Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, Green Berets will tell you they have been practicing it for decades and doing it with fewer forces.

The Green Beret small-footprint counterinsurgency is being discussed as a possible exit strategy for the White House as it seeks a way to shrink the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. The Green-Beret-designed program to secure remote Afghan areas - called Village Stability Operations - is being touted as the way to keep the Taliban out, with far fewer U.S. troops.

But everyone from Navy SEALs to Marine Corps special operations forces have been pressed into service to man the village outposts after getting a one-week crash course in the Green Berets' model of fighting alongside local forces. Green Berets get years more training in language and combat.

The Pentagon's top officer, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has even said the practice of training and working with local forces should be farmed out to regular troops.

"What frustrates me is when people say (regular) troops could replace special operations, and it would be cheaper," said retired Special Forces Col. David Maxwell, who now teaches at Georgetown University's foreign service school.

Not everyone has the skills or aptitude to work in small teams in remote areas with indigenous forces, he said.

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Breaking the Sound Barrier.... Without an Airplane

 Joe Kittinger is not a household aviation name like Neil Armstrong or Chuck Yeager. But what he did for the U. S. space program is comparable.  On Aug. 16, 1960, as research for the then-fledgling U. S. space program, Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger rode a helium balloon to the edge of space, 102,800 feet above the earth, a feat in itself.

Then, wearing just a thin pressure suit and breathing supplemental oxygen, he leaned over the cramped confines of his gondola and jumped--into the 110-degree-below-zero, near-vacuum of space.  Within seconds his body accelerated to 714mph in the thin air, breaking the sound barrier.

After free-falling for more than four and a half minutes, slowed finally by friction from the heavier air below, he felt his parachute open at 14,000 feet, and he coasted gently down to the New Mexico desert floor.  Kittinger's feat showed scientists that astronauts could survive the harshness of space with just a pressure suit and that man could eject from aircraft at extreme altitudes and survive.

Upon Kittinger's return to base, a congratulatory telegram was waiting from the Mercury seven astronauts--including Alan Shepard and John Glenn.   More than four decades later Kittinger's two world records--the highest parachute jump, and the only man to break the sound barrier without an aircraft and live--still stand.   We decided to visit the retired colonel and Aviation Hall of Famer, now 75, at his home in Altamonte Springs, Florida, to recall his historic jump.

FORBES GLOBAL: Take us back to New Mexico and Aug. 16, 1960.

Joe Kittinger:   We got up at 2 a. m. to start filling the helium balloon.  At sea level, it was 35 to 40 feet wide and 200 feet high; at altitude, due to the low air pressure, it expanded to 25 stories in width, and still was 20 stories high!

At 4 a. m. I began breathing pure oxygen for two hours.  That's how long it takes to remove all the nitrogen from your blood so you don't get the bends going so high so fast.  Then it was a lengthy dress procedure layering warm clothing under my pressure suit.  They kept me in air-conditioning until it was time to launch because we were in the desert and I wasn't supposed to sweat. If I did, my clothes would freeze on the way up.

How was your ascent?

It took an hour and a half to get to altitude. It was cold. At 40,000 feet, the glove on my right hand hadn't inflated.  I knew that if I radioed my doctor, he would abort the flight. If that happened, I knew I might never get another chance because there were lots of people who didnt want this test to happen.

I took a calculated risk, that I might lose use of my right hand. It quickly swelled up, and I did lose use for the duration of the flight.  But the rest of the pressure suit worked.   When I reached 102,800 feet, maximum altitude, I wasn't quite over the target.

So I drifted for 11 minutes.  The winds were out of the east. What's it look like from so high up?   You can see about 400 miles in every direction.  The formula is 1.25 x the sq. root of the altitude in thousands of feet. (The square root of 102,000 ft is 319 X 1.25 = 399 miles)

The most fascinating thing is that it's just black overhead--the transition from normal blue to black is very stark.  You can't see stars because there's a lot of glare from the sun, so your pupils are too small. I was struck with the beauty of it.  But I was also struck by how hostile it is: more than 100 degrees below zero, no air.  If my protection suit failed, I would be dead in a few seconds.  Blood actually boils above 62, 000 feet.

I went through my 46-step checklist, disconnected from the balloons power supply and lost all communication with the ground.  I was totally under power from the kit on my back.  When everything was done, I stood up, turned around to the door, took one final look out and said a silent prayer: "Lord, take care of me now." Then I just jumped over the side.

What were you thinking as you took that step?  

It's the beginning of a test.  I had gone through simulations many times--more than 100. I rolled over and looked up, and there was the balloon just roaring into space.  I realized that the balloon wasn't roaring into space; I was going down at a fantastic rate! At about 90,000 feet, I reached 714mph.

The altimeter on my wrist was unwinding very rapidly.  But there was no sense of speed.  Where you determine speed is visual--if you see something go flashing by.  But nothing flashes by 20 miles up--there are no signposts there, and you are way above any clouds.  When the chute opened, the rest of the jump was anticlimactic because everything had worked perfectly.  I landed 12 or 13 minutes later, and there was my crew waiting.  We were elated.

How about your right hand?

It hurt--there was quite a bit of swelling and the blood pressure in my arm was high.  But that went away in a few days, and I regained full use of my hand. What about attempts to break your record?   We did it for air crews and astronauts--for the learning, not to set a record.

They will be going up as skydivers. Somebody will beat it someday.   Records are made to be broken.  And I'll be elated.  But I'll also be concerned that theyre properly trained.  If they're not, they're taking a heck of a risk.


The following was written  by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled  trees, Christmas trees.  I don't feel threatened.  I don't feel  discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it
.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that  there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu .  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.  
I don't like getting  pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting  pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in  God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no  idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. 
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God ?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 
In light of the many  jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. 

My Best Regards,  
Honestly and respectfully, 
 Ben Stein

The Enemy is Inside the Wire:
Shariah Front Groups Now Oversee Fed's Counter-Extremism Training
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

What would have happened if, during the Cold War, Soviet intelligence had been responsible for training Americans charged with countering communist aggression?  Surely, we would not have defeated the USSR. Perhaps, instead, Kruschev's boast that his nation would dance on our graves would have been realized.

It should, therefore, be profoundly alarming that, today, the Obama administration is entrusting to agents of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or Ikhwan in Arabic) the responsibility for approving who and what is used in "countering violent extremism" training for our military, law enforcement, intelligence personnel.

The use of the term "countering violent extremism" (or CVE) is, of course, the first clue that the enemy is inside the wire.  That euphemism is the term Team Obama allows to be employed in lieu of phrases that actually describe the nature of the principal enemy we face at the moment: Muslims who engage in holy war- jihad- to compel the rest of us to submit to the totalitarian, supremacist political-military-legal doctrine they call shariah.

"Countering violent extremism" is problematic for reasons beyond its lack of clarity about the threat.  It also explicitly excludes a facet of the menace posed by shariah that is at least as dangerous to an open, tolerant liberal democracy as the violent sort of jihad: the stealthy insinuation of this doctrine in ways that are non-violent or, more accurately, pre-violent.

The Muslim Brotherhood specializes in this sort of covert warfare, which it has dubbed "civilization jihad." Its skills were honed during decades of operations under a succession of hostile Egyptian governments. Now that the Brothers have achieved- with no little help from President Obama- the overthrow of the last of these under Hosni Mubarak, their true colors are becoming evident.  Ask the Coptic Christians who are now being massacred by the putatively "non-violent" Ikhwan.

Make no mistake: Stealthy civilization jihad is every bit as toxic and has precisely the same goals as the sort of holy war we have come to associate with murderous hijackers and suicide bombers of MB spin-offs like al Qaeda.

We know, for example, from evidence introduced uncontested by federal prosecutors in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terrorism-funding trial that the Brotherhood's mission here is "a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying... Western civilization from within... by their hands [read, ours] and the hands of the believers so that G0d's religion is made victorious over all other religions."  We also are on notice that the MB has a five-phased plan for achieving this mission in the United States; the first four phases are stealthy and pre-violent.

Which brings us to the alarming guidelines recently promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security for countering violent extremism training. Under the heading "Trainers should be expert and well-regarded," the DHS directs that a "prospective trainer's resume be "check[ed] with knowledgeable community leaders."  Unfortunately, it appears that, as far as the Obama administration is concerned, such "leaders" are exclusively those associated with organizations that the federal government and the Muslim Brotherhood itself have identified as Ikhwan fronts.

The DHS guidelines also direct that "training should be sensitive to constitutional values."  To that end, it requires that "federal, state and local government and law enforcement officials organizing CVE training...review the training program to ensure that:

    "It uses examples to demonstrate that terrorists and violent extremists vary in ethnicity, race, gender, and religion.
    "Training should focus on behavior, not appearance or membership in particular ethnic or religious communities.
    "Training should support the protection of civil rights and civil liberties as part of national security. Don't use training that equates religious expression, protests, or other constitutionally protected activity with criminal activity."

In other words, Muslim Brotherhood-associated individuals are being afforded the opportunity to veto the use of trainers who might actually understand the nature of the danger its operatives and organizations pose to our country. And those who are allowed to train are not permitted to focus their students on the actual threat emanating from a subset of the Muslim community.  Rather, they must promote the notion that there are really no indicators in belief or nationality that can help the authorities apply limited security resources in a sensibly prioritized manner.

Some try to excuse this behavior as nothing more than being "sensitive," "tolerant" or "politically correct."  The danger is that shariah-adherent Muslims regard such conduct as submissive- and, according to their doctrine, they are obliged to redouble their efforts to, as the Koran puts it, make us "feel subdued."  That means more violence, not less.

That prospect becomes all the greater when one adds into the mix the presence of government officials who are themselves tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and/or its shariah doctrine - including in senior positions in the White House, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.  Such individuals are products of and greatly facilitate the Brothers' influence operations and contribute greatly to our failure to date to recognize, let alone counteract, them.

If we would not have won the Cold War had the KGB been able to call the shots here, we surely will not prevail if we allow the Muslim Brotherhood to do the same in the struggle against today's totalitarian ideology, shariah- a doctrine some have dubbed "communism with a god."  Congressional oversight is urgently needed to prevent that from happening.

E.V. Voska: The U.S. Army Captain Who Founded Czechoslovakia

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Capt. Emanuel Victor Voska, U.S. Army

There seems to be a rule somewhere that any time a nation's founding fathers are depicted in a group photograph or painting, they're required to adopt a certain gravitas in their expression to help convey not only the momentousness of their deed, but also their own stature as serious men, such as future generations might look up to.

Such seriousness is very much in evidence in an old photograph of the first Czechoslovak National Council, taken presumably at the time of independence in 1918. Nine men, three in uniform, the rest wearing the formal dress of the day; stiff-necked, high collars, pince-nez spectacles, mustaches, some florid, some pointy, stare in the general direction of the camera, but not into it, and none of them smiling.

Except for one.

He stands in the very center of the group, behind two seated officers whose uniforms are much fancier than his, which is darker and seemingly without any identifying insignia. He stares directly into the camera, an almost imperceptible smile on his lips, like he knows we're there, looking at him across a gap of ninety-plus years. He smiles like it's a secret he's sharing with us, like he's someone who knows all about keeping and sharing secrets.

    Then you see the narrow, leather strip of a Sam Browne belt coming diagonally down from his right shoulder, and then you notice that on the other there are two gold bars. That's when you realize that what this man is a captain in the U.S. Army.

His name was Emanuel
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In this group photo, Voska stands at center, in U.S. Army uniform, just behind the right shoulder of Czechoslovakia's first defense minister, Vaclav Klofac, with hat off. Wikimedia commons
Victor Voska, and besides being a U.S. Army officer and a founding father of Czechoslovakia, he was also one of the greatest spymasters of the 20th century. Today, almost no one remembers him either here in his adopted country or in the two republics that came from the one he played such a heroic role in helping found.

At the time of Voska's birth in 1875, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was on its last legs.  Emperor Franz Josef had already been on the throne twenty-five years and still had another forty left to go. The Czechs, Slovaks, Serbs, Croats, Bosnians and other subject nations were growing increasingly restive under his imperial rule and the emperor relied more and more on his vast networks of secret police informers to quash any dissent.

    Trained as a stone sculptor, Voska would have, under normal circumstances, spent his life in his native Bohemia, except that something he said got picked up by an informer and passed on to the police, who paid the young man a visit. Voska decided it was time to leave and seek his fortune in America.

Though he arrived with only a few dollars in his pocket, within a few years he had become a wealthy, powerful businessman. Using his own funds, Voska traveled tirelessly all over the world, connecting himself with thousands of Czechs and Slovaks living overseas, who, though outwardly loyal to the Empire, shared his dream of a Czechoslovak nation. From them he began building vast spy networks that stretched not just all over the globe, but even into Austrian diplomatic service.

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Capt. E.V. Voska, seated, in Prague, 1919.
When World War I broke out in 1914, Voska, having already received the blessing of President Woodrow Wilson, put his networks to work for the British, where they scored a number of important coups. With Voska's help, they smashed German efforts to supply weapons to Irish nationalist groups, both in Ireland and the United States, and a similar operation to start an anti-British revolt in India. Voska also uncovered spy activities by the German Ambassador in Washington and caught an American journalist doubling as a German agent.

When the United States entered the war in 1917, Voska was promptly given a commission as a captain and sent to Russia. His real mission was to make contact with the more than 60,000 Czech and Slovak soldiers who had switched sides after being captured by the Russians. Though some were fighting for the Czar, most were on the sidelines, self-organized into an army whose loyalty was to a nation that didn't yet exist. Now with Russia teetering toward revolution, Americans needed to know how the Czech Legions might play into the equation. Voska smuggled into Russia Thomas Masaryk, the Czech leader and President Wilson's personal friend, who urged the legionnaires to stay out of the upcoming turmoil. Nevertheless, events overtook them and the Czechoslovak Legions found themselves embroiled in a war against the Bolsheviks. By the time they'd fought their way home via Siberia and San Francisco, Czechoslovakia had become a nation and Voska was already in Prague helping set up the new government.

Back in the land of his birth, Voska settled down to a quiet life in a farming town. But then fascism started rearing its ugly head in Germany a few miles away, and before long, he was running Czech anti-fascist activities in Spain, working with anyone, including Czech communists, who'd join the cause. When the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, Voska was one of the first Czechs that the Nazis arrested. Somehow he managed to escape to America.

    Soon he was back in uniform, this time as a colonel. Voska spent the war in Turkey, overseeing American intelligence operations there and in the Balkans. When the war ended, Voska returned to Czechoslovakia and again tried to live the remainder of his days in peace. Again, it was not to be.

In 1948, the Communists staged a coup and took over Czechoslovakia. For two years, they didn't bother Voska, because he was someone many of them knew personally and admired. But then Voska was arrested and put on trial for treason. Even though he was now an old man of 75, he fought hard against the charges, arguing that being then an American citizen, nothing he might have done could have been considered treasonous. Voska spent the next ten years in prison. Some satisfaction did come during show trials, when a number of the same communist leaders who had persecuted Voska were themselves tried and executed for treason. What clinched their guilt were old letters found in Voska's files showing that they had met with him to discuss anti-Franco operations in Spain.

In 1960, the communists finally released the 85-year-old Voska, but he died, a free man, a few days later.

Army says oldest 4-star general has died at 98

(AP)  FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - An Army spokesman says a four-star general has died of natural causes in San Antonio at age 98.

Spokesman Don Manuszewski says retired Gen. Ralph E. Haines Jr. died Wednesday at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Manuszewski says Haines had been the oldest living four-star general.

Haines was vice chief of staff of the Army from 1967 to 1968. He also served as commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and the III Corps at Fort Hood.

A 1935 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Haines served 37 years in the Army.

Haines was a strong advocate for moving the U.S. Army South's headquarters from Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Sam Houston in 2002. He's also credited with starting a training program for noncommissioned officers in the 1960s.
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