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March 2010

54 HOURS OF VALOR

First Lt. Rebecca M. Turpin received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device at Combat Logistics Battalion 3’s Warriors’ Field on 4 September for her actions under enemy fire during the battalion’s last deployment to Afghanistan, October 2008 to May 2009.

 

MARINES INVESTIGATE INSURGENTS’ UNDERGROUND HIGHWAY

UNDERGROUND TALIBAN

Some people go cave exploring for fun, but when there is a possibility of stumbling on explosive materials, an armed enemy or a nasty surprise they’ve left to be triggered in the dark, it’s about as far from fun as you can get.

WARRIOR’S RAGE

Late in the afternoon of 26 February, 1991, barely 24 hours after more than 50,000 soldiers of Iraq’s Republican Guard Corps began their withdrawl from Kuwait and Southern Iraq, the two lead cavalry troops of “Cougar Squadron,” the 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, charged out of the sandstorm during Operation Desert Storm and caught it in the open desert along the north-south gridline of a military map referred to as the “73 Easting.” Taken by surprise, defending Iraq

EXECUTIVE OUTCOMES: AGAINST ALL ODDS - FIREFIGHT WITH UNITA, Part One

In 1992, the Cold War had ended. However, in Africa, things were starting to heat up as tensions held in check by the Cold War began to boil over. In other places, the Cold War was going out with a bang – not a whimper. Angola was one such place, where UNITA [National Union for the Total Independence of Angola], under Jonas Savimbi, refused to participate in the 1992 elections and tried to seize control.

HOW CHAVEZ LOST HONDURAS

THE START OF A CRISIS

WHY ARE WE FIGHTING?

Recently, a chain e-mail surrounding a proposal by a Vermont State Representative by the name of Fred Maslack has been making the rounds. This e-mail resurrected a story that will be ten years old later this year. The idea: Make non-gun owners in the state of Vermont register with the state and pay a $500 fee.

 

TARGET: FIVE-SEVEN

5.7x28MM

The weapon allegedly used by Nidal Malik Hasan in the Fort Hood shooting has been in the headlines before. But the story begins long before it hit the headlines. In fact, the story of the Five-seveN starts in 1990.

THE THIN BLUE LINE AT SEA: THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

LONG HISTORY

If there is a single force that is in action 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it is the United States Coast Guard. It not only is on call 24/7, but it is also tasked with a wide variety of missions that take it from the fresh and salt waters of the United States to the front lines of America’s wars.

THE WILD BUNCH TESTS THE LATEST GEAR IN THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY

Once again, the “Wild Bunch” gathered in the high country of Colorado, near the small town of Maybelle. Some came to hunt, some to get the hell out of the too-many-people urban areas, but all participated in discussing how to postpone the demise of Western civilization in general, and that of our great Republic in particular for the year. As well as evaluate and discuss new gear, work out new small arms, generally hang out and maybe just maybe harvest an elk or two.

COP TALK: Go to "L"

One of the greatest pitfalls for law enforcement officers is the crossfire, or taking positions that put them in the line of fire of other officers. Officers with only a few years on the job have done it hundreds of times. We all have, but avoiding crossfire takes only a little forethought, along with some roll-call training in order to put it into practice.

 

FIGHTING WITH LIGHT

Brute force, or as trainer Tom Benge says, “cubic inches” can make a big difference in a fight. But if your assailant is more versed in martial arts than you or the fight is blade- or projectile-based, you may be making a trip to the E.R. or worse. However, if your assailant can’s see you, he or she will have a much more difficult time harming you, especially if you don’t remain in the same place.

COMMAND GUIDANCE

Interview with Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association

SS: What is the Montana Firearms Freedom Act?

 

FLAK

ON CONTRACTORS

BULLETIN BOARD

NEW FIREPOWER FOR THE MARINES

TERRORISM SITREP

UNITED STATES SURGE IN AFGHANISTAN! Obama sends troops, but shorts McChrystal by 10,000 after dithering for three months. FLIGHTS DISRUPTED? Incidents in Atlanta and Denver lead to speculation of “dry runs” for new attacks.