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WILD BUS RIDE IN THE HIMALAYAS

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.

HOW LONG WILL GENERAL AMOS LAST?

Marine Commandant Calls out Obama, Slams Withdrawal From Iraq
By SOF Editor

How much longer does General James F. Amos (pictured to the left) have as Commandant of the Marine Corps? That could be an open question after the latest statements he has made to the press.

QATAR GOES SHOPPING

Buys $11 Billion in Weapons
By SOF Editor

The Qatari military will be getting a lot of advanced hardware from the United States – as the Persian Gulf nation announced the purchase of a number of advanced weapon systems. The deal, signed at the Pentagon earlier this week, raised some controversy.

AN AMERICAN SPARTAN SPEAKS OUT ON ROE

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.

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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)."

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.

LAOADMASTER'S EYE VIEW!

IRON DOME VS. HAMAS

Stopping the Rocket Threat
By SOF Editor

While Hamas has been firing rockets, a number of them headed for civilian targets are being stopped en route. This is thanks to a new surface-to-air missile system called Iron Dome (IDF Photo, right).

AFFORDABLE .40 S&W FIREPOWER FROM HI-POINT FIREARMS!

Hi-Point firearms are 100% American-made from top to bottom and are very affordable. Hi-Point never makes you choose between reliability and affordability. Each Hi-Point firearm is test fired prior to shipment to ensure proper and safe functioning. The result is high customer satisfaction, and one of the lowest return or repair rates in the industry.

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.

SEE A 707 DO A BARREL ROLL

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.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MALAYSIAN FLIGHT WITH 295 PEOPLE DEAD?

Malaysian Airlines 777 Goes Down Over Ukraine
By Harold Hutchison

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 people went down over the Ukraine earlier today. The airliner, the second 777 to be lost by Malaysian Airlines this year had been flying the passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur.

HALF-INCH FIREPOWER IN YOUR HAND!

The manufacturing ingenuity behind USA based, Magnum Research, Inc. (MRI) has been turning heads for decades. The iconic Desert Eagle has been featured on the Silver Screen, TV and video games, but now, MRI has made it even sexier. Introducing the Mark XIX Desert Eagle .50 AE and .44 Magnum in a new high temperature ceramic Cerakote™ coating called Burnt Bronze.

UNSUNG HEROES: THE MAINTENANCE GUYS

Here are some unsung heroes: The maintenance crews with VMFA(AW)-242, the Bats, keeping the squadron's F/A-18D Hornets ready for action.