USN PH2(AC) served from 82-92
No links to Warren Zevon? Roland? Come on!
Just pull in' your chain, I was just a youngster but I remember Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley reading updates about the deaths of Westerners in Biafra. Sometimes I think we're doomed to repeat our mistakes every generation or three.
3 months, 1 week ago on Biafra, Boko Haram, and the Fiction that is Nigeria
It's like reliving that moment when I found out Rex Kwan do had nothing to do with Dinosaurs all over again...... WTF!!!!
3 months, 1 week ago on Accountability In The Loadout Room: Policing Up Our Own
Having a family member that was a POW during WW2 and having his body recovered from a mass grave; I understand better than most the issues involved. It took more than 57 years for my great uncle,(who was in a clearly marked mass grave with 30 of his brothers,) to be returned to us. On her death bed his mother said to me that I could have been his twin, so I've always been curious about him. It was a relief to finally be able to bury him at home, even though his parents and most of his brothers and sister where long gone.
This is a hard job, but a sacred trust. It's got to be done right, but it also needs some urgency! 50-70 years for repatriation SUCKS!
4 months, 1 week ago on SECDEF Wades Into Mess With Missing In Action Servicemembers
Look at page 8 of this PDF, lays out the irregular warfare doctrine for the USAF:
4 months, 1 week ago on Aviation Foreign Internal Defense (FID): Giving Our Allies An Assist
That really contrasts with this report from General Clark calling to give more real military aid to the Ukraine:
4 months, 1 week ago on US & The Weak Backing of Ukraine Sovereignty
I find myself asking some tough questions lately. And when I find myself in that position I pull up this image and follow the advice of a professional:
4 months, 1 week ago on Episode 88 – 1LT Michael Behenna, Convicted of Murdering Ali Mansur Mohamed
Having been called out to photograph the remaining "grey matter" splashed all over the stairwell of a barracks, I can tell you one major reason the US armed forces does not wish to arm all the men on a post. Separation from family, girlfriends, stress from operations, drunken idiocy, the list goes on and on. FUCK YES WE LIVE IN A "NANNY" CULTURE!!!
I witnessed what it was like to store a personal weapon in the base armory, my Anchutz target rifle was trashed by some anonymous "Ham Handed Buffoon." Guess what, I had to eat that loss. Is it right? Is it Ideal? FUCK NO!
I also witnessed a young E4 going to NJP for storing a family heirloom .45-70 rifle in the barracks. He had just lost his dad and this was a prized inheritance.
Base security officers, and MP's/MA's at least on USMC posts and USN stations are armed on duty, off duty they abide by the same regulations as the other MOS's /NEC's. It has been that way since my time in service; I don't have any good answers, but I like Sean believe that "gun free zones" are an invitation for tragedy.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter To The Editor: USMC Base Policy On Firearms Not Realistic
Very grateful for this update, good point about much of the weapons systems being "locally" produced systems. A number of the regional reports I've read point to the fact that much of what is being used is Syrian or Iranian in origin. The ARES project(http://www.armamentresearch.com/) has some great intel about the small arms from that conflict: http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmin/docs/F-Working-papers/SAS-WP18-Syria-Headstamp-Trail.pdf
I'm curious to see more and more "western weapons systems" but then I remember that Iran bought the G3, M-16, Garand, LAWs, and numerous higher technology systems while a US ally. Thus the "reverse engineering" of Phantom Jet engines, Phoenix type missiles for the Iranian Tomcats and various other systems.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Proliferation of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria
@Coriolanus All I can say......
4 months, 2 weeks ago on FBI Hostage Rescue Team Does Atlanta
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @majrodShit, the Japanese are queing up with tankers at the oil terminals at Bandar Abbas. Despite being a US ally and "supporting" our UN resolution for sanctions. German, French, and British trade goods and tellingly "Luxury" items are available in Tehran. WTF? Syria isn't the sole source provider of Iranian support. There is money to be had, Turkish borders are notoriously porous when money is flashed. There is also a healthy black market of smuggling that IRGC permits because it lines their pockets, and those of the Supreme Ayatollah.
There are no innocents here.
Just keep my brothers in uniform out of this shit show.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Fifteen
The argument could be made that the success of the First Gulf War led to the dismantling of the US DoD during the Clinton administration. After all, if we can whip these small time threats in such an out of hand manner then why do we need a 600 ship Navy? Or why do we need to forward deploy so much armor in Germany? The "Peace dividend" biting us in the ass yet again. Fuckers never learn.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Thirteen
As a participant in part of operation Sand Flea I can tell you that US forces felt the threat from Panamanian forces. Just ask anyone in country around November /December 1989, we felt like the Panamanians wanted a fight, and we were getting ready.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Twelve
Spin, propaganda, shaping operations, alive and well here in the old US of A! Look at some of the news clippings from the 1840's US war with Mexico and tell me that public opinion isn't shaped by forces inside and outside the US government.
I hope my friends in Caracas are safe 'cause I see a storm coming.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Nine
Gladio, my instincts tell me you and Jack Murphy are sharing intel. Can't wait to see the results!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Eight
@Recon6 @Old PH2My ISP has been giving me fits! Found out our local provider has been in the area for the last few months upgrading the copper wire network to fiber optic. My internet line has been shit for months, plus I've been buried at work. I've been able to stay in the loop via my iPhone but that interface is like trying to bob for apples in a tub of razor blades! My eyes and thumbs are just too old for that shit!
Kerry has done quite a job here, huge Kudos!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Four
Ol' Smedley rears his head!!! Hell Yeah! Serving in the USN from October of 82' October of 92'
I recall much of what you've laid out from first hand intel briefs. The bombing of the Berlin night club via Libyan operatives happened around the same time, shit we were taking casualties from every quarter. Death of a thousand cuts as it where. Bob Stetham hit us hard, like a slap in the face. Beirut was bad enough, first the barracks then Buckley but damn, just flying and you become a target for assassination......
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Seven
I think it's telling to hear a native born Iranian speak of the Shah. My wife and her family are Iranian Christians and all of them speak with a warm nostalgia for the benevolence of Reza Pahlavi. Below is a picture of one of my Iranian in-laws, she worked as a clerk at a department store. We really do forget how Western Iran was prior to 1979. The fact that Reza Pahlavi departed Iran rather than stay in place and slaughter his people is not lost on those who lived through the "Iranian Revolution." The Ayatollah, may he rot in HELL, had no problem slaughtering hundreds of thousands of my brother in law's generation. Fucking butcher.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Six
I had an uncle stationed in England during the 1950's, I think we Americans forget how long it took the UK to spring back from World War II. Rationing continued well into the 1950's, The UK was still fighting colonial wars in Malaysia, Burma, and Kenya. That whole time was a shit show, and my gut tells me they were scrambling to close the barn door before they lost all the livestock. No excuses, they acted in a reprehensible way. Shit Brittan has been giving the shitty end to that region of the world since the time of King George or before. Just look at the Durand line for Christ sakes! The Armenian Holocaust, wouldn't have been nearly so bad if the BEF had actually armed the Christian Generals they where courting. The Raping of the Middle East has a long and storied history in the West.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Five
Shades of Smedley Butler and the Banana Wars. The Dulles Brothers operated much like our 19th century Monopolists, Hell the current Russian oligarchs would feel right at home.
I could argue that the American public has put such a high value on life that it has shaped both military and everyday life here in the US. Look at legislation that covers the gamut from texting and driving all the way to building codes that require levels of fire protection, earth quake protection, even Huricane/Tornado protection. Hell we've become so casualty averse our last couple of wars decreased overall casualties by a factor of more than ten as compared to Viet Nam.
Tired of war? Tired of Risk!
Shit fire, you can't legislate your way into a "garden of Eden" where even the animals won't bite you!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Part Two
Jack I think this generation of Servicemen are no different than any other, we all raised that question. I feel that's one of the quintessentially "American" characteristics. We all question authority to varying degrees. Problem we have right now is, we cant seem to shake loose the rotten fruit from the tree of democracy. Balzac would see our world and feel right at home.
Thanks for setting the stage so to speak.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Syria Report: Foreword by Jack Murphy
No matter how much I try, I'm that guy that always falls off the boat. Spent many a cold wet day Duck hunting with Dad. Nothing will get your attention like a set of waders full of near freezing water, once the current gets you it's all about trying to get back topside for some air! Looks like a solid pick!
5 months ago on Mustang – Military Personal Safety PFD
I love my old H&K, built from a demilled parts kit. Right now it's wearing a surplus wooden stock, I love the feel of a wooden stock. Parts aren't too expensive, surplus mags vary wildly in price so shop around!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The CETME/G3 Battle Rifle
It's not like his head got "canoed" or one of the boys whipped out a tomahawk and cut off his junk........
I recognized the references in Direct Action but was hoping I was wrong. Fuck....
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Why The White House Hasn’t Released Photos Of Osama bin Laden’s Corpse
I've been ass deep for so long It's nuts. Just had to drop this little gem I cooked up months ago with Photoshop. Gotta Run, but hope y'all have a laugh with it! A bit crude but it makes a point, Damn near prophetic.....
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Ukraine, Politicians and BERKUT: An Open Road to Civil War in Ukraine
@MR151Oh, I thought it was our favorite "BADASS" Dale Comstock doing a little "consulting."
6 months ago on Autodefensas Reach Agreement With Mexican Government
Eric, you can't post this enough. Thanks man. The movie is "just right," the sounds are what I had running through my head. Pete Berg, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, wish I could meet each of them and personally thank them for the good work they did. I think Marcus did a great job getting this story as true to his vision as possible. BZ to everyone involved!
7 months ago on The Lone Survivor Was Not Alone – Neither are you
This is one of the better quick guides Force12 has posted. Keep them coming! Those older ones from the SOFREP main site would be a great re-post too!
I hope y'all can make this a regular posting! Two daughters, Krav Maga more than 45 miles away, so I appreciate all the help you've got to give!
7 months ago on Women’s Self Defense Basic #2
I love the small form factor of the DSLR, Nick, have you ever tried on a Steady-cam rig from the 80's? We would have killed for a Go-Pro and digital stabilization! Love my Manfrotto too! I've played with Final cut, awesome tool! I'm stuck with CS5 on my old 8 core Mac Pro tower, salivating over the new MacPro "cylinder." Keep the Photo porn coming! I'll be cleaning my old Bronicas and checking out my bellows on the Toyo View, let your fotogeek run amok!
7 months ago on The Cameras and Gear Behind the GROM Series
Some of what is on my reading "pile" notice the white book near the bottom just above the Lincoln biography. Kipling is one of my go to authors, a little gung-ho but "classic."
What you can't see are the two volumes of Moliere plays and two bindings of Italian decorative iron. Pays to stay well rounded, the distraction helps keep you from too many nightmares.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Captains Courageous: Christmas Day 1968, Spike Team Idaho
One Charity that I give to regularly is USN & USMC Relief, they provide emergency loans to families that are in need. The big item I see missing is the "gap funding." What happens when one of our servicemen dies and he has a sick youngster still back in the states? College funding for our veterans survivors, wives and children. Just someone to hold a hand and help with all the paperwork. There are so many things we can do, that often just fall through the cracks.
8 months ago on UPDATED: SOUND OFF: What Should Military Charities Be Doing?
I read the initial reports and braced myself for the worst. Since my great uncle first told me about his involvement in the early development of the Osprey's terrain mapping radar, I've paid special attention to all news about the platform. Arguably the Osprey needs more armament for self protection, but that will always be a problem. If they had been riding H-53's or H-46's that FROG might have died.
I for one love the Osprey. Sending good men into a shit storm is no way to make friends. FUCKIN' A glad as Hell the guys got out with as little damage as possible!
Oh, remember to share the love brothers and sisters! After all it's that Yuletide season!
8 months ago on West Coast-Based US Navy SEAL Injured In South Sudan During CV-22 Insertion
I served with guys that would get all misty eyed about the AD, so I can understand the love for the Warthog. Personally I thought the Navy was kinda cooky for trying to do light attack/CAS with the A-7, but at that time the USAF was using the same platform. I don't see any good answers for this, Embraer's Tucano and the Texan both look like nice light attack platforms. But neither one is as tough in the fight as an A-10. I've mentioned this old beauty before, ever heard of the Convair Charger? Designed just for COIN, it's original wing span permitted landing between phone poles on a two lane road. Just look at the load out below:
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Buzz CAS-Kill: Who needs A-10s?
Didn't occupation forces in Germany have continued assymetrical attacks from die hard Nazis until the early 1950's? Despite becoming our "friends" a small element still caused issues. Iran would be no different.
9 months ago on Dealing with Iran—Turning Enemies into Allies
Marrying into a Christian Iranian family and becoming exposed to the greater Iranian Expat community here in the US, I've come to the realization that the first generation Iranian immigrants are very "Russian." 1st generation Iranian immigrants have an idealized nostalgia for Iran. But there is no amount of Nostalgia that will cover their repugnance for the "Elite" Theocracy that rules Iran. The sanction regime has only recently began to have real effect. You want a I-phone? You can buy it in Tehran, a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The latest bootleg DVD or Bluray? The Black market that has been in place for the last 30 years has only lined the coffers of the ruling elite. All thanks to ineffective UN Sanctions. Our allies that have been buying oil from Iran continuously since the beginning of sanctions have done nothing more than encourage and fund these elite families. The average Iranian does not view the Average American as a threat, they see our government as a huge threat. Iranians do not view our government as being representative of us, they separate it from our views. Dealing with the Iranians, we need to maintain that effective pressure on the Elites. Our nations are more similar than is comfortable for most Americans. Oh and just a personal insight, Iranians carry grudges like an Appalachian Moonshiner. I think the Sicilians learned about Vendettas from the Persians.
To this day I still must regularly download pictures and video to clear memory from my wife's phone! You're just beginning, enjoy every minute!
9 months ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: First Lessons
It's a real shame we didn't have much info coming into the US at that time. I was just a young college bound kid at the time, I remember the info/spin the US media put on S.A. and Rhodesia. I'm grateful for Dan's work, it is definitely filling in some of the details. The thing I recall from the region during the mid to late 1970's where the atrocities the Frelimo forces committed. Systematic rape and torture of entire villages, kinda got my attention. Wish I had known more at the time.
9 months ago on Africa Lost Chapter 6: The Rhodesian SAS Part 5 – The Cockleshell Heroes
Our first must have been holding on to something, she did not want to come out! 12 hour delivery, the Doc used a suction cup like device to grab her head and pull her out! Guy nearly fell off his stool! Time for a bunch of choices, Blake you're well prepared, but it still ain't easy. Again, love and prayers for your family!
9 months ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: Day Zero
I don't think it's the height, so much as it's the ground. My sister in law lent us her video, watching her on the tower made me smile so hard my face hurt! How did you get along with the mud?
9 months ago on War Stories: My First FTX
There's a reason Squids like Gyreens, when it comes down to it, we've got each other's backs. Look forward to reading this; again Pete, excellent work to be sure!
10 months, 3 weeks ago on A Look At “Operation Red Wings”
It's intriguing to me that the discussion has almost totally been about specific weapons systems and not the core issue of killing by any means. Arguably when our State apparatus executes a criminal it is using a chemical weapon, since we find firing squads, hangings, and electrocution to be "inhumane." When the Russian Federation troops used chemical weapons against the Chechens that held a Moscow Theater Hostage I heard no "Cry and Hue" from the UN Security Council.
Strictly speaking killing anyone is immoral, even if we think they deserve it. Long a go I made my choice about that, and I find comfort in knowing that when I'm judged by my fellow man or by my creator I can stand tall. Threats should be met with all the force within your ability to deliver, what would be immoral is not using that force to defend/protect the innocent. "Collateral Damage" is brought about by forcing innocent bystanders into proximity of the fight, a choice generally made by the insurgent. The responsibility for all deaths due to "collateral damage" can logically be given to the insurgent forces. Though that is a tough argument to make with Drone warfare.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Morality of Killing
@YankeePapa Seem to recall articles about UXO being found in France from the 1870's Franco-Prussian War. Farmers regularly turn up all kinds of nasty.
Think about the anti-mining conventions and the toll across Asia and Africa from long buried mines. Totally random amoral killers, so the general consensus is that weapon system should be pulled form military stores. Yet the US, China, and Russia are non-signators and refuse to divest military stores of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines.
Personally I understand the reasoning, but explain that to a Cambodian, Laotian, or Vietnamese kid that has his leg blown off while working his family rice paddy. Until we can successfully invent an IFF system that enables lethality only for legitimate targets we will have "collateral damages."
Thank you so much for this on the ground report. Back in 1990 my wife arrived in Athens as a refugee from Iran. The hospitality of the Greek people has always been a subject that our family promotes. I personally have visited the Greek mainland and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It's a shame what has happened across the EU. From Portugal to Greece the Continent has seen a rise in the public profile of these xenophobic minorities. Brandon Webb has said it time and time again, to paraphrase: "any extremist ideology is a threat." How I wish folks could stop blaming each other for compounded failures, and move towards an agreed upon course for solution.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Greek SOF Coup d’état?
I'm curious to know if any links have been substantiated between Al-Shabaab and the Iranian Qods Forces? Since Khartoum seems to have close dealings with the Iranians we can surmise they already have a presence in the region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/10/20121029223348264150.html
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Terrorism Update: Al Shabaab Maneuvers for Relevance in Kenya
@dickftr A good many of the "Golden Horde" converted to Islam, you'll find Muslims from the Urals across Siberia and to the Coast. ; )
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Russian Special Operations in Dagestan: The Other War on Terror
We use a modified Carver Matrix as an annual site inspection tool. We review each commercial contract for physical, online, and attacks against company reputation. The modern Security Contractor needs to look at the whole "presence" of his customer to be able to "tune" his product. You snooze, you loose!
I agree some of the analysis we've read here on SOFREP verges on the edge, but I also know none of our writers or regulars would make information available that is not open source. Love your writing Blake!
10 months, 4 weeks ago on CARVER Matrix
I've thought about it for the past decade; and this is reminiscent of your earlier post about the Rainbow 6 unit, are we working on a military exchange program with the Russians? We regularly exchanged aviators with the Luftwaffe and the Israelis back in the 80's and early 90's. Would not a similar program work to the advantage of all involved, just look at how the training programs for Foreign Officers has aided us through out South America and even in Egypt.
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @majrod I see the fellows chimed in about the polymer debate. Sean, I carried steel frames for many years, all makes and models. When I finally bought and repeatedly used a polymer gun I turned a corner. Don't get me wrong I've owned some nice slightly customized carry weapons, but it's like comparing a bottle of Johnny walker Black to a nice 25 year old Macallan's. A quality item but the top of the line has just a bit more that makes it worth the price. Personally I've never been able to get my H&K USP .45 to double feed, stove pipe, or refuse to cycle,(except using rubber practice rounds.) Weak hand manipulation, gloved hands, I've tried any number of training scenarios. The poly guns really are worthy of all the hype, if you buy from a well respected maker, but you know that. Firing a .45 from inside a vehicle will make your ears ring for a couple of days, don't ask.
11 months ago on MARSOC & The 1911: Tack Driver On the Range, Rusty Paperweight in the Field
It's a shame about the Rucks, that Image of Jack blowin' smoke is AWESOME! Much respect, and I hope y'all have great weather for the fun!
11 months ago on Last Call for Team Schlitz Tunnel to Towers 5k
Jeff, thanks for your hard work, always appreciate another eye on things!
Anyone vetted by the Iranian council of experts is nothing more than a puppet for the real power players. IRGC, Qods Force, and the Council of Experts are the guys with all the money and power, they aren't having any problems selling oil to our Asian friends who seem to give the UN Sanctions only the passing nod. Stangle the cash flow to the top of the food chain in Iran then we'll see some policy changes. The people of Iran have experienced economic issues,(inflation, fuel shortages, joblessness, shortage of imported goods,) since the war with Iraq began back in the early 80's. The people of Iran have suffered and held up very well despite all UN sanctions. You can always get a DVD player, satellite dish, or the latest cell phones and computers, via the nefarious black market.
We need to get our supposed allies on board with sanctions, they do work if all the holes are plugged.
11 months ago on Iran’s Puppet President: Meet Hassan Rouhani