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JANUARY 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER FEATURE
JUST A DUMB INFANTRYMAN
The famed Wiley Clapp recounts his experiences as an infantryman during the Vietnam War.
By Wiley Clapp

AMERICA AT WAR
THE QUIET PROFESSIONAL
Dick Meadows was a legend among the Green Berets. Alan Hoe describes one of Meadows’ action-packed patrols in Vietnam.
By Alan Hoe

KILL BIN LADEN
John Weisman is best known as the co-author of a number of Rogue Warrior books. He decided to get the real scoop on the death of Bin Laden, sifting through all the innuendos, claims, conflicting facts to get to the bottom of the Bin Laden raid.
By SOF

A BRITISH MERC, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, AND A FIREFIGHT
British mercenary and former legionnaire Jerry O’Brien decided that after finishing his five and a half year tour in the French Foreign Legion, he needed to go kick ass somewhere. So he headed to the Rhodesian
Bush war, the war of the mercs. There he met up with two Americans and the Soldier of Fortune team that had gone to Rhodesia to witness the fall of the Ian Smith Government and report as the tyrant Mugabe stole the elections. Both Jerry and RKB were itching for a firefight. They found one.
By Dr. Martin Brass

FEATURES
AUSSIE SAS SNIPER WHACKS TALIBAN
An Australian sniper describes combat in Afghanistan against the Taliban in what would be some of the biggest engagements for Australian forces since the Vietnam War.
By Rob Maylor

TNVCʼs REVOLUTIONARY RFR
Let’s get one trainer’s identity right. Here is a follow-up on SOF’s December feature on Tactical Night Vision Company and how it took civilian night ops live!

THE ULTIMATE SWAT SIDEARM: SPRINGFIELDʼS XD(M) 5.25!
Springfield’s XDM has earned many honors, but one measure of its quality and the level of trust the operators have in it is shown by its adoption by SWAT teams across the country.
By Bob Pilgrim

THE NOREEN BAD NEWS .388 ULR
The .338 Lapua Magnum is a potent sniper cartridge, and was used in the world’s longest sniper kill. Now, Noreen adds a new twist – creating an AR15-type rifle that fires this deadly cartridge!
By Gary Paul Johnston

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
Recon by Fire – RKB’s Thoughts
By Robert K. Brown

FLAK
Our Employees; Dear RKB; My Tax Dollars; What’s the Difference?; Lenin’s Takeover; Court-Martial the FDOs?; It Never Stops; Defending HSUS

BULLETIN BOARD
The United Nations Stinks; A-10 Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross; Counting on Luck in Libya; Open Carry Banned in California; Irish Judges Shed Wigs; Wrong Award on the Headstone

SOF WARRIOR SALUTE
Combat Search and Rescue Executes High-Risk, Dynamic ANA Rescue
By Staff Sgt. John Wright, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing

TERRORISM SITREP
Putin’s Death Squads, We Will Hunt You Down in Somalia, U.S. Special Forces to Uganda, Iranian Attack in US Foiled; Clinton and Iranian Strongmen Duke it Out with Heated Words; Turkish, Kurd Fighting Heats Up; Pakistan, United States to Part Ways? Mexico Drug Violence; Honduras Murder Rate Climbing to Record High; Turkish Parliament Okays Cross- Border Raids; Kenya Chases Al-Shabab into Somalia

COMMON SENSE
Friends and Enemies
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)