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TACTICAL LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST GENERATION

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.

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HOW LION OF FALLUJAH LEGEND REALLY DIED

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.

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SOF and Barry Sadler

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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

THE LETHAL LANCER

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.

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HOW BAD IS THE VA MESS?

Vet Gets Appointment Two Years After Death
By Harold Hutchison

Doug Chase served in the Vietnam War – one of 2.59 million Americans who did so. In 2011, he had a brain tumor. Later, his wife sought to move his treatment at a VA facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, which was closer to their home. Chase and his wife, Suzanne, never got a response before Chase died in 2012.