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COVER STORY
A “Fun” Story about a Hero
You have probably all heard about a great American hero and MOH recipient in the War on Terror, Sgt. Dakota Meyer. But here Lt. Col. Freddie Blish, USMC (Ret.) recounts an anecdote about Meyer.
By Robert K. Brown

AMERICA AT WAR
ONE HADITHA NIGHTMARE ENDS
The Haditha incident started with an IED attack, and ended within minutes. The aftermath lasted six years and became a nightmare for Marines falsely accused of a massacre.
By Harold Hutchison

DUSTOFF CREW EARNS AIR/SEA RESCUE AWARD FOR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN
An Army medevac crew’s heroism in Afghanistan is recognized by the Army Aviation Association of America.
By Sgt. Amanda Jo Brown, Army.mil

SEAL CHRIS KYLE: AMERICA’S MOST LETHAL SNIPER, PART II
Former SEAL Chris Kyle discusses some of his engagements in an extract from his book, American Sniper, including one in which insurgents tried to use beach balls.
By Chris Kyle

FEATURES
SO. CAL SHOOTERS CUP SUPPORTS WIA GREEN BERETS
Chapter 78 of the Special Forces Association held a shoot to help raise money to support wounded Green Berets.

A FORMER MARINE AND VIETNAM VET BECOMES A MERC
The Rhodesian Bush War was the mercs’ last hurrah, when men donned a “Be a Man Among Men” T-shirt or at least strutted the attitude; when they sold their belongings and bought a one-way ticket to war; when mercs were welcomed like long lost relatives; when they walked down the streets armed to the hilt and onlookers admired their gear; and when political correctness was a cuss word
By Dr. Martin Brass

USAMU PROVIDES ADVANCED MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING
US Army Marksmanship Unit personnel help train designated marksmen who are headed for the front, enabling the troops to reach out and touch the Taliban at the squad level.
By LTC Scott Wales

PROVING GROUND
RWC Named Exclusive Izhmash Importer At 2012 SHOT Show!

SHOT SHOW 2012
SOF gets a look at the latest and greatest gear from Rock River Arms, Kendrick and HallMark Knives, and Original SWAT, Altus, OPSGEAR, SPEC-OPS, Maxpedition, CampCo, Safety Harbor Firearms,
TNV, and Only Long Range!
By Dr. Martin Brass

SPANISH LEGION CREATION AND TRADITIONS
The Spanish Legion is often overshadowed by the more famous French Foreign Legion. However, as Richard Lucas shows, the Spanish Legion is no less elite, and has its own traditions and legends.
By Richard Lucas

THE KEL-TEC PMR-30
Kel-Tec has been known for its subcompact self-defense pistols. Now, the company has unveiled a plinker with a little punch in the PMR-30!
By Gary Paul Johnston

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
No Sex, Many Lies, One Videotape, and a Soldier’s Unnecessary Death
By James Simpson

FLAK
Is That Finger on the Trigger?; Meeting RKB; Photo?; Press Freedom; America in Danger; American Sniper

BULLETIN BOARD
Marines Train Afghan Snipers; Another DOJ Lapse?; Is the Navy’s Ship Naming Messed Up?; Obama to Cut Nukes by 80 Percent; Obama to Target Second Amendment in Second Term?

TERRORISM SITREP
Canada Scraps Registry; Obama Guts Defense Budget; American Missionaries Murdered in Mexico; India Buys Rafale; Nigerian Jailbreak!; EU Eases Burma Sanctions; Monk Burns Himself to Death in Tibet; Argentina Whines about Brit Sub Deployment; Underwear Bomber Gets Life; Iran Threatens To Cut Oil to EU
By Dr. Martin Brass

COMMON SENSE
Shocked and Surprised
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)