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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
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.
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
When 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.
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
The 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 hill 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.
left their horses in the rear and immediately began the battle,
swarming forward on foot, their commanders leading the attack.
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. 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.
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.
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I thought they did an excellent job on this. Touching, I suspect in the
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Thankfully the Gulf war vets were welcomed home with honor.
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The Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret) IN USAR
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
Out of darkness of sin
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.
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
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.
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.
Doctrinal Bible Studies
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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,
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Tactical Response to Multiple Cell Terrorist Attacks
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
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:
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:
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
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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
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.
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:
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".
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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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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:
- Protective Security Detail (PSD)
- Perimeter Security
- 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 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
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
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
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
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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~ Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist.
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Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a
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~ Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), American president. Presidential message (December 25, 1927).
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"Go forward without fear."
"Nobody ever drowned in sweat"
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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.
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.
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
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life , liberty, and honestly acquired property of everyone.
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IF the evidence clearly indicates that an idea or policy is untrue or
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presented as valid.
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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
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.
mounted warrior is such an iconic image, connected to both our past and
present," Blumberg says. "In a way, it shows the continuity of
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.
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
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.
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.
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.'"
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Martin offered, "Prima donnas?"
Mitchell said, "More as outlaws."
"Outlaws because you're scruffy?" Martin asked.
Mitchell said. "The beards in Afghanistan and the non-standard
uniforms and our sometimes unconventional methods of getting things
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,"
Martin said, "I doubt President Kennedy could have imagined the use to which special forces were put in Afghanistan."
replied, "Riding on horseback, calling in air strikes probably would
not have been it, it would have been tough for him to envision."
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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?
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets get plenty of
acclaim - sometimes too much acclaim. Often it's a case of mistaken
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Not everyone has the skills or aptitude to work in small teams in remote areas with indigenous forces, he said.
WWII Posters Found
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Breaking the Sound Barrier.... Without an Airplane
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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
What were you thinking as you took that step?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 TrainingBy Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
"It uses examples to demonstrate
that terrorists and violent extremists vary in ethnicity, race, gender,
"Training should focus on behavior,
not appearance or membership in particular ethnic or religious
"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
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
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.
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
E.V. Voska: The U.S. Army Captain Who Founded Czechoslovakia
|Capt. Emanuel Victor Voska, U.S. Army|
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.
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
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.
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|
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.
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.
|Capt. E.V. Voska, seated, in Prague, 1919.|
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.
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.
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
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - An Army spokesman says a four-star general
has died of natural causes in San Antonio at age 98.
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.
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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