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July 2009

FIX BAYONETS!

On 21 May, 2004, Mahdi militiamen engaged a convoy consisting of approximately 20 British troops from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 55 miles north of Basra, Iraq. A squad from the Princess of Wales Regiment came to their assistance. What began as an attack on a passing convoy ended with at least 35 militiamen dead and just three British troops wounded. The militiamen engaged a force that had restrictive rules of engagement prior

ESCAPING THE LAOTIAN COMMUNISTS

The Following account is based on an interview with Paul Lo, who escaped the Communist regime in Laos for fear of retribution on his father who had been a military official working with the U.S. supported government in Laos before the Communists took over. Here is his story as adapted for SOF. I chose to present it as a narrative rather than in an interview format in order to give the tale the greatest impact and continuity.

WELCOME TO COMMIE HORROR

Paul Lo, who escaped Laos after the communists took over, came to our office. I asked him how he had escaped. Lo told his story in his very broken, but good English. (See THE ESCAPE in this issue) Lo is a vivacious, outspoken advocate for Laotian refugees, specifically the Hmong. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a real zest for life in the United States. When the U.S.

A PATRIOT FOR PATRIOTS

Revolvers

Charter Arms is known for their line of self-defense revolvers.

 

THIS LITTLE PIG ATE TOO MUCH LEAD

Well, it didn’t take much of a sales job or convincing by Steve Langford, longtime hunting buddy of SOF and product development manager for Bushnell. “Brown,” he yelled over the phone, “let’s go hunt some pigs!”

 

COMMAND GUIDANCE

Tons of conjecture and so called eye witness accounts have been made regarding the SEAL piracy rescue, but nothing from any of the operational commands, as it should be. While the Commander in Chief clearly maintained a low profile during the hostage event, it is easy to assume he was avoiding direct on-scene contact. That may or may not have been the case; I do believe he was briefed constantly by NCA staff, and perhaps communicated with SECDEF throughout.

FLAK

YES, HE DID BLOW OFF THE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

BULLETIN BOARD

RIGHT TO CARRY WORKS