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Virginia schoolboy Will Thomas launched Operation Hawkeye following the loss of thirty U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) warriors and a military working dog on 8.6.2011, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign EXTORTION 17, was shot down in Afghanistan in what remains the largest single-day loss of life in Operation […]
1. Don’t quit- We have all met the guy who went to “insert Special Forces Selection, BUDs, INDOC, Ranger School, etc. here” and made it all the way to the last day but got hurt. Or the friend who apparently got selected but decided it wasn’t for him because his […]
Every combat troop should know the proper techniques for calling for fire. However, this is something that often goes untrained and put to the wayside due to time constraints and lack of funding. We have decided to put together a quick call for fire tutorial that can act as a […]
Marz Tactical Plate Carrier Review RE Factor Tactical is proud to announce the addition of the Marz Tactical Plate Carrier to our product line and we can’t be happier with the user feedback thus far. The Plate Carrier is one of the best we have seen to date and our […]
When going on deployments it can be difficult to maintain physical fitness. As it turns out many soldiers use this opportunity to pack on some lbs and gorge themselves on pop tarts, monster energy drinks, MREs and just about every other crappy food that the US Military likes to provide […]
Search the internet and you will find thousands of blogs and web pages regarding body armor, plate carriers, level III this and armored piercing that, but many people don’t know what it all means. So, we have put together a small guideline to use when researching the various types of […]
Within the planning process of a military operation, there are several key steps that must be accomplished before being able to activate the mission. The WARNO or Warning Order is one of these key steps that vary in time, detail and method of delivery depending on Mission, Enemy, Terrain, and […]
Here’s the standard procedure for calling in a UXO report. LINE 1 — Date-time group discovered: (Command policy will dictate Local or Zulu time). LINE 2 — Reporting Activity (UIC / Unit designation). Location: mandatory eight-digit grid: (include: landmarks, reference points, or street addresses). LINE 3 — Contact Method: Radio […]
NATO 9 Line Line 1: Location of Pickup Site (Grid or latitude/longitude) Line 2: Frequency & Call Sign At Pickup Site Line 3: Number of Patients By Precedence Urgent (Non-Surgical)- evacuate within 2 hours Urgent-surgical (All Trauma)- need immediate Surgical Care Priority– evacuate within 4 hours Routine– evacuate within 24 hours Convenience– evacuate […]
The Military Date Time Group (DTG) format is used in everything from operations orders to airlifts and is essential for every service member to know. Understanding how to put together a DTG format correctly is imperative. Military Date Time Group Example Date Time Group is traditionally formatted as DDHHMM(Z)MONYY An […]
We have received a lot of questions from customers and friends on how to give back to those who have sacrificed themselves in the defense of our nation. Below are a few charities that we recommend for anyone looking to help out those who have given their all. Military Charities: […]
In today’s battlefield, the operator is faced with the task of maintaining a level of fitness that requires strength, endurance, and flexibility. Operators must be able to scale walls, carry a 250lb casualty and run in full kit up the mountains of Afghanistan and be able to recover fast enough […]
Step 1: Conduct care under fire and TCCC Step 2: Determine the number of patients by type Step 3: Contact MEDEVAC channel Step 4: Using 9 Line MEDEVAC format call-in MEDEVAC. The first 5 lines are most important when calling in a MEDEVAC, the other 4 can be relayed when […]
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