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Meet America’s Infantry and Cavalry Fighting Vehicle
By SOF Editor

The year was 1981. For many of the Soldiers in the U.S. Army’s infantry branch, their ride into battle was the M113 armored personnel carrier. It was a vehicle that was reliable and simple, but it was horribly outclassed by the Soviet-build BMP family of vehicles, the first of which had entered service in 1966. The previous August, an improved BMP had entered service.


Death of a famous old warrior


SOF joins James Garner fans everywhere in saying goodby to an old warrior. He charmed us for years. On the screen, he played a charming rogue. He perfected roles of courageous heroes and was one of America's favorite cowboys.

Killed "In Action" by a 16 year old Afghani

Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, Of Philpot, Ky. was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

He was on duty with other soldiers, guarding Afghan and U.S. officials attending a swearing in ceremony of Afghan Local Police in Shinwar district in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan near the Pakistan border 27 March 2013. The troops secured the area. Cable was playing with a group of curious Afghan children gathered around. A 16 year old stabbed him in the back of the neck. Reports are that the teenager later joined the extremists.

Cable was due to come back to the Untied States in a few months time. R.I.P. brother.


In this excerpt from the interview RKB did with Maj. Jim Gant that appeared in the June, 2014 issue of SOF, the trouble that the Rules of Engagement and risk-averse REMFs caused is outlined.

In Gant's white paper, "One Tribe at a Time," he maintained, "...that to be successful, the military chain of command had to give the Special Forces teams working with the tribal forces unusual trust and latitude. They needed to be able to hit targets quickly, gaining approval if necessary through a single radio call instead of having to abide by the standard, glacial rules of engagement. They had to fight side by side with the tribal forces, not in segregated teams. They had to be free from burdensome reporting requirements and have greater leeway to spend money to benefit the local communities (this will sound familiar to most Vietnam Green Beret vets)."


What World War II paratroopers can teach us about how to respond to active shooters
By Nick Perna

The rule of LGOPS:
“After the demise of the best airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs on the battlefield. The effect is known as the rule of LGOPS (little groups of paratroopers). This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off, 1-year-old paratroopers. They are well trained. They are armed to the teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the commander’s intent as, “March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you” – or something like that. Happily they go about the day’s work…”
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This is what happened during the Normandy invasion almost 70 years ago during World War II. Over 13,000 paratroopers from American and British units parachuted into France and landed as far as 18 miles from their designated drop zones. The initial plan, which was essential to the success of the overall invasion, appeared to be falling apart. Fortunately, airborne soldiers from all types of units banded together and took objectives such as French cities and key road intersections. The confusion alone caused the Germans all kinds of headaches, tying up much of their manpower dealing with the mayhem the paratroopers caused. Follow-on forces arrived by sea, eventually relieving their airborne counterparts, but not until the paratroopers had seized most of their objectives and had put a significant hurt on the Nazi war machine.

THE DEADLY GADFLY, A Russian Missile

Russia’s Buk Missile System
By Harold Hutchison

17 July a civilian Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed near the village of Torez in Donetsk, an oblast of the Ukraine currently controlled by pro-Russian separatist rebels. 295 died as the plane crashed and burned. Officials fear that Americans may have been on board along with Europeans and some Malaysians. Ukraine accused Russia of being behind the shooting of the plane, downed with a missile, a charge Russia denies. Until now, a lot of surface-to-air missiles did not get much press. That has changed for one in particular, the Russian Buk missile system, also known as the SA-11/SA-N-7 Gadfly and SA-17/SA-N-12 Grizzly.



Douglas Alexander Zembiec Killed in 2007 />

Major Douglas Alexander Zembiec (picutred, left), United States Marine Corps, had already carved himself a legend by the time he died in 2007, being shot in the head by insurgents during an ambush. He was awarded a posthumous Silver Star for saving 25 Iraqi personnel before his death.



Sightmark® is giving away a FREE LoPro Combo™ to one lucky winner ($180 value)! The contest runs July 15 – 18, 2014. MAKE SURE AND LIKE the Sightmark Facebook page for a chance to win then and SHARE their giveaway post to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, and announced @ 4 p.m. CST.

FLIR T75 Advanced Combat Thermal Sight - Long Range

The FLIR T75 Advanced Combat Thermal Sight – Long Range (ACTS-LR) is an uncooled thermal clip-on weapon sight with a low, in-line opto-mechanical profile suitable for modern weaponry with flip-down or removable front sight posts.  The low profile compliments current Rifle Combat Optics (RCO’s) and minimizes height above the rail.  The ACTS-LR provides scene clarity and allows the use of false color to enable rapid target acquisition and firing solutions using a high density, color Organic Light Emitting Display (OLED).

SOF and Barry Sadler


Barry Sadler was an enlisted man and a Green Beret. He was a special forces medic while In Vietnam where he stepped on a pongee stick and was seriously injured.

Barry is best known for having written and sung The Ballad of the Green Berets which was on the best seller list or what ever for several weeks.
Barry wrote a series of novels called Casca, the Eternal Mercenary which were quite popular. He was a friend of Soldier of Fortune. Soldier of Fortune Magazine publisher, Robert K. Brown, a Green Beret in Vietnam hooked up with Barry who became a frequent guest at the notorious Soldier of Fortune conventions in Las Vegas. He performed singing to the conventioneers and of course the Ballad of the Green Berets. He was a favorite.

Barry spent a great deal of time in Central America where he was shot in the head in 1988 under mysterious circumstances in Guatemala City. Soldier of Fortune magazine paid for a medical flight to bring him to the United States but he died from the injury a year later at the age of 49. Enjoy as this never gets old. Click on the links. Watch both renditions as one is to honor the Afghanistan troops


Meet the B-1B
By Harold Hutchison

It is probably the most ignored of America’s strategic bombers. The older bomber is a flying legend, having served for almost six decades, and likely to serve for another two or three decades. The younger bomber is one of the most technologically advanced planes that has ever flown.