The Father of the American Navy

betsy-ross-flagWhile most Americans are familiar with George Washington and his exploits leading the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones, the “Father of the American Navy” and first American naval hero is less well known.

Jones was born “John Paul in 1746 in a small town on the southwest coast of Scotland, he later added the last name Jones to evade law enforcement upon moving to the United States. Jones began his career as a sailor at the age of 13 and worked aboard several merchant ships transiting the Caribbean. After a mutineer confronted him and Jones killed him in self-defense with a saber, he was forced to flee to the United States.

After the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Jones volunteered to serve in the fledgling Continental Navy. Due to his reputation as a skilled naval captain, he was given command over a small merchant vessel converted to military use, the 42-gun USS Bonhomme Richard (named in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac in French). He used the Bonhomme Richard to effectively terrorize British commercial and fishing activities off the coast of Nova Scotia in the early days of the war.

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Unlike George Washington and the Continental Army who were engaged in a mostly defensive battle against the invading British Army, Jones took the fight to the enemy. His reach extended across the Atlantic Ocean to the British Isles where he captured valuable resources for the American war effort and disrupted enemy supply lines.

At the Battle of Flamborough Head, in 1779, Jones and the men under his command left their permanent mark on United States’ naval history. Commodore Jones led a small squadron of American and French ships on a mission to disrupt British commerce. On the afternoon of September 23rd, the American and French squadron attacked a 41-ship merchant convoy being escorted by the 44-gun Frigate, HMS Serapis, and the 22-gun sloop-of-war, HMS Countess of Scarborough.

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The Bonhomme Richard engaged the Serapis but they quickly found themselves outgunned when their 18-pound guns backfired, damaging their own ship and forcing them to take the remaining 18-pound guns out of commission. Outgunned and outmaneuvered by the Serapis, Jones saw that their only chance for victory was if they boarded the Serapis. The Bonhomme Richard turned and rammed the Serapis after which the order was given to bind the two ships together with grappling hooks. Boarding parties from both ships were repelled by snipers, hand grenades, and with sabers in bloody hand-to-hand fighting.

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During the fray, the Bonhomme Richard’s ensign was shot from its flagpole. Thinking that the Bonhomme Richard had lowered its flag in surrender, the commander of the Serapis, Captain Robert Pearson, shouted over to Jones asking him if they intended to surrender, to which Jones famously replied, “SURRENDER? I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!”

After a lengthy and savage fight, the marines aboard the Bonhomme Richard eventually overcame their foes aboard the Serapis and the British were forced to surrender. Badly damaged during the fighting, the Bonhomme Richard had to be abandoned and sunk, John Paul Jones and his crew took command of the Serapis. The Battle of Flamborough Head and the brave men who fought and died there will forever be remembered by patriotic Americans. It is a testament to the fact that quick wit and tenacity can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

1800’s Neckbeards

In a strange twist, Jones ended his naval career working as a mercenary naval captain for the Russians, fighting the Ottoman Turks in the Russo-Turkish War. After retirement, Jones moved to Paris where he died and was buried. His remains were repatriated by Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 and interred at their rightful resting place at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.

 



1800s Neckbeards

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A neckbeard, much like a fine work of art, takes time, patience, and the masculinity of a full grown male rhinoceros to cultivate. The Civil War era, hands down had some of the most spectacular and panty wetting neckbeards in recorded history; so we are going to provide you with a short list of RE Factor Tactical’s favorite Civil War neckbeards.  

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Before we get started we are going to go over the rules and regulations of having a neckbeard that makes the list. The face must be completely clean shaven with the facial hair starting below the jawline. Basically, it looks like a clean-shaven man with a small animal wrapped around the neck.

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A mustache is acceptable as long as it does not connect to the sides of the cheeks like you would see on a regular beard. A good example would be Ron Jeremy’s caterpillar he has crawling on his face. That is pretty much all of the rules and regulations for a neckbeard, so without further adieu here are some of the best neckbeards that flooded countless basements in the civil war era and kept ladies changing their socks several times a day in the 1800s.

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Neckbeard number one is business up top, and Amish down below. He has a clean shave on his face,  and what resembles a rich widow’s well-groomed house cat on his neck. The beard looks to be at least six inches long, well maintained and as white as snow. This classic neckbeard took months, maybe even years to get to refine, and yes I know what you are thinking, the carpet probably match the drapes.

 

 

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Neckbeard number two is much shorter, much darker, and less kept. The photo resembles a mug shot which was probably taken after he was caught stealing your Great Grandfather’s girl. This neck beard sporting meat titan was sliding into dm’s way before it was cool, this was done by having his servants deliver formal requests to ladies asking to court them. After knocking the dust off it, he tossed them a shiny nickel, ordered them a carriage and sent them on their way.

 

 

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Neckbeard number three is a much bushier continuation of his hair that includes sideburns and wraps completely around the face. He chose this style of beard because it softened the grip from ladies thighs whilst he wore them like scarves. This beard is well rounded and reminds us of a giant pack of cotton balls. You will notice if you look closely that his hair swoops under his glasses and flairs out like a judge’s wig to remind you that he is the law of the land, and indeed running shit.

 

 

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Last but not least, neckbeard number four is the only contestant that offers unlimited mustache rides to the thirsty ass wenches of the 1800s. His unruly neck beard denotes that he lives a rugged and fast lifestyle. He engaged in questionable activities with even more questionable women. Don’t let his hipster, good guy glasses fool you, if you crossed him he would empty a revolver in you and then run off with your baby’s momma.

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We understand after reading this and seeing the pictures of these neck bearded Demi-Gods that you probably feel inferior and want to start growing your own neckbeard as fast as humanly possible. Please remember that growing a neckbeard comes with very serious and sometimes fatal consequences. You will be attacked at random by hordes of women trying to ride your precious life-giving war hammer, and claim their spot next to your throne after giving birth to your mighty neckbearded war babies. These neckbeard thirsting trollops will stop at nothing to get your pure and precious neck bearded seed and will get it by any means necessary.

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Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills 31 and Injures over 80

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Via multiple news sources

On January 10th a Taliban insurgent wearing a Suicide Vest (SVEST) and a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) detonated near the Afghan Parliamentary Building in Kabul, killing 31 and injuring over 80 people.  The attack began with the SVEST detonation near a van followed with a VBIED detonation after Afghan police arrived on scene.

An Afghan Police spokesman said the attackers targeted Afghan Intelligence Officials.  Officials believe both Afghan Intelligence personnel and civilians are among the dead.

This is the bloodiest attack in Kabul in recent months.

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The U.S. Military is sending a Marine Task Force Back to Afghanistan

Jan 3, 2017 0 Middle East - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan P. Olson with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to set up a security perimeter after exiting an MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron-165, while forward deployed to the Middle East, Dec. 26, 2016. Marines with 3/7 compose the ground combat element, to include the dedicated TRAP force, for SPMAGTF-CR-CC within the Central Command area of operations, spanning 20 countries. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is currently forward deployed to several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Thompson)
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Middle East – U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan P. Olson with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to set up a security perimeter after exiting an MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron-165, while forward deployed to the Middle East, Dec. 26, 2016. Marines with 3/7 compose the ground combat element, to include the dedicated TRAP force, for SPMAGTF-CR-CC within the Central Command area of operations, spanning 20 countries. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is currently forward deployed to several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Thompson)

The U.S. Military announced that they will be sending a 300 man Marine TF back to Southern Afghanistan this spring to help fight again the Taliban’s annual spring offensive.  The Task Force will primarily operate in Helmand Province and is expected to undergo a 9-month deployment.  The military anticipates this to be an ongoing rotation.

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USMC Lt. Gen Beyler stated, “Afghanistan remains a dangerous and dynamic environment, and our aim, training and advising the Afghan forces, is to preserve and build upon the gains they’ve made. Marines will face risk in this new assignment.”

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According to the official release “Task Force South West, made up of Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force and led by Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, Jr., will train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police.”

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While the Marines haven’t been to Helmand since 2014 it is a well-fought area for the corps.  It’s unclear as to how much their position will include actual field operation, however, it’s likely they will see some of the tougher fighting this year.

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List of Active Duty/Veteran Discounts You Might Not Know About

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We all like discounts and free shit so we set out to find some solid companies out there who offer some solid discounts to active duty and or veteran personnel.  Please note that some of the discounts may change from the time this blog is written so be sure to check with the company for further details.   If you are out shopping don’t be afraid to ask if the store offers any military-related discounts, you might be surprised who actually does.

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If you know of any other discounts please be sure to add it in the comments below so we can help grow the list!

1: RE Factor Tactical-  We offer 15% off to Active Duty Military Personnel, Law Enforcement Personnel, and Emergency Services.  To qualify, please create an account using your official government email address.  Once complete email info@refactortactical.com and we will adjust your account to receive the discount.

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2: National Park Service– Offers free entry with a valid Active Duty ID.

3: Banana Republic- Offers 20% off to all Active Duty and Veteran personnel.

4: Verizon– Offers 15% off to  Active Duty Service Members

5: Chick-fil-A– Offers 10% off to Active Duty Service Members (varies by franchise)

6:  Lonestar Stakehouse- Offers 20% off every Monday and 10% off every other day to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

7: Hard Rock Cafe- Offers 15% off to Active Duty Personnel.

8: Cabelas– Offers 5% off to Active Duty, Reserve, Retired and VA Personnel.

9: Footlocker- Offers 20% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

10: Lowes– Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

11: Nike– Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

12: Dick’s Sporting Goods- Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

13: Bed Bath and Beyond- Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

14: Apple– Offers varied discounts to Active Duty and Government Personnel.  Ask for their federal program.

15: AT&T– Offers 15% off to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members.

16: Home Depot– Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

17: Proof Research Barrels- 25% off to all Active Duty and LE personnel.

18: Brass Flags– 7% off to all Active Duty Military, Fire, EMS and LE personnel.

19: Manta Defense- 20% off to all current or former Military, LE, FED and EMS personnel.

20: RMJ Tactical- $65 off all axes and tomahawks for LE, EMS and Active Duty Personnel. $35 off for Veterans personnel.

21: Sarge’s Shooting Bags- 25% off to all Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMS, Fire and LE Personnel.

22: Lantac USA– Offers 10% off to all LE personnel.

23: AZ Guns- Offers a variety of price breaks to Active Duty Military, LE and Federal Employees.

24: Fox Group Tennessee– Offers 20% off to all Active Duty Military, Veterans, LE, Fire and EMS Personnel.

25: California Emergency Prep- 10% off to all EMS, Fire, Active Duty Military and LE Personnel.

26: Madison Fight Science Gym- Offers free 20 hours of training to all Active Duty Military and LE personnel.

27: Strip Gun Club, Las Vegas– Offers 10% off to all Active Duty Military and LE Personnel.

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NOTE: It is against DoD policy to scan, copy or send your CAC Card for any reason other than official government business.   If a company asks for a copy of your CAC Card you should ask for confirmation via other means.  If you copy your DD214 don’t forget to black out your Social Security Number.

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First Female Infantry Marines to Join the Ranks

Pfc. Julia Carroll, 18, native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, 25, native of Coral Springs, Fla., two of the first three female Marine graduates from the School of Infantry-East's Infantry Training Battalion course.
Pfc. Julia Carroll, 18, native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, 25, native of Coral Springs, Fla., two of the first three female Marine graduates from the School of Infantry-East’s Infantry Training Battalion course.

On January 5th, 2017, three female Marines will make history by being the first to join Marine infantry Battalions.  The three female Marines will be headed to 1st BN, 8th Marines and will take on the roles of Rifleman (0311), Machine Gunner (0331) and Mortar Marine (0341).

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Capt. Philip Kulczewski stated:

“The Corps applauds the time and efforts of those Marines who volunteered.  As we continue to move forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that the men and women who earn the title ‘Marine’ will be ready, and will provide America with an elite crisis-response force that is ready to fight and win.”

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The three female Marines were the first to graduate the USMC School of Infantry and are part of the USMC’s push to fully integrate females into all combat fields.

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While it is unclear with President Trump will continue the push for women in Special Operations and Combat positions, the military is still moving forward with full integration.  Arguments continue to run for and against a fully integrated force.

Do you think females should be fully integrated into all fields of the military?

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