Ship repair, it's what I do.
That is some crazy ish.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Psychosis of Boredom
Excellent glimpse behind the curtain without becoming sensationalist. I really enjoyed it! Nice job, Jack!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Cults of Special Operations
Lots of love to both teams! Chi-town is on the verge of becoming a dynasty team.
3 months ago on New International Affairs Writer: Eric Jones
Couldn't disagree more with the title of this article but couldn't help but to agree with the body and meaning of it. I, too am outwardly disgusted by "Memorial Day Sales" and am too often confronted with people who confuse this with Veteran's Day.
That said I do celebrate it. I celebrate the lives of those who paid the ultimate price so I could have the security and freedom to have BBQ with those that I love the most. That is absolutely worth celebrating. Apologies if you umbrage to that but how my grandfathers did it and it will be how son and grandchildren do it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Memorial Day Is Not A Celebration
Firstly, I love that you quoted Richard Simmons and loved how jarringly true his words are.
Secondly, just amazed at the web this guy has wove for himself. To be honest, I think that most of us here would consider it an honor or at the very least a great opportunity to shoot the shit over a couple of brews with you folks. So suffice it to say that this guy is is fucked in the nugget.
You've got my support. Roll him up like 'Pvt. Pyle' in FMJ... Speaking of which; Pat, remember when you get the courtroom version of a SOFREP throat punch, what Snowball told Pyle after his sock party: "It's just a dream..."
Silly bitch, work gets you paid. Not drinking beer with buddies...
3 months, 1 week ago on Actor Pat Kilbane Sues SOFREP
Throat Punch candidate... You guys should see if he wants to do a podcast with you (doubt that he has the fortitude). Another great article Loren. You mauled him!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Reply to “10 Reasons Not to Vote for a Veteran”
"Tobie Ojczyzny" an apt and beautiful pledge. It's the spirit and the people that articles like this celebrate, that are truly inspiring. I will never be Polish but I will always love the nation and it's people for the kindred spirit and bond that we Americans share with Poles; a love of liberty and life.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Military History: Polish Army Day
You should check out Norman Davies. Especially his book about the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Masterful.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on For Thee, My Country: The Last Of The Cichociemny
Coincidentally, my son's name is "Jakub" and so his diminutive is "Kubus". It jumped out at me as I read your article and you listed Gen. Starba's aliases.
Well written tribute to this larger than life warrior. If at all possible, will you continue to explore the patrons of GROM and the unit's historical lineage? So very interesting. Zajebiscie, kolego!
Stoked to see what's coming through the line, Loren. Thank you for your service and for adding even more value to SOFREP.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Army SF Writer: Meet Loren
AW, you *always* ask that question. Can't tell if you have a need for hookers or a need to help hookers but it makes me laugh. Everytime.
4 months ago on The Reason Behind NATO’s Reluctance to Intervene in Ukraine
Yeah, it's great for blue printing potential builds. Glad I could be of some assistance.
5 months ago on How to Build an AR-15: Beginner’s Guide
Look up "Gunstruction". It's a design site where visitors can virtually construct rifles to their liking. It's pretty damn cool!
I've built only six (two of which are mine) but with each build your able to develop shorthand techniques and functional improvements that make the hobby as fun as shooting the rifle itself. I wish you both good luck!
@ArcticWarrior @majrod@LadyHWThat's fine and when we default on our debt to them, then what? Wanna get paid? Molon Labe fuckers... Apologies for the language but their (the Chinese) posturing is laughable and tiresome at this point...
6 months ago on Soviet REUnion: the Power Play Behind Putin’s Invasion of Crimea
Draven(think I spelled that correctly), I don't know about a Fireman rating but I know that Gunner's Mate does weps/fire control (shipboard) and DC-men do "damage control" which includes fire fighting amongst other duties.
6 months ago on The Unintended Consequences of Navy SEALs In The Media
@hlconrad4(MAFIA) Great review and accurate as well!
6 months ago on …Coming Soon to a Team Room Near You…
SEAL76: There is a lot to be said for not getting caught. Ignorance is bliss. However, when a person is caught doing something that can be detrimental to themselves and the institution that they represent, they need to own it. Frankly, I could care less that our warriors party. Great! Those cats really need to blow off steam and I trust them to do it however they wish. I just think that it's disingenuous when there are former SOF personnel spinning a different narrative of SOF life that is based on how they want the civilian public to perceive them and how they really are: people. Just people with flaws and hang-ups just like us. My main hope is that there will be a better set of resources for our guys who have fallen down the bunny-hole because amping up on meth and coke is no way for anyone to live their life. I've been there before and I see people still at it. Accountability and trust is a cornerstone of the military/civilian relationship and by no means is civilian culture absolved of blame.
I don't have your guys' background in terms of thinking tactically but I do know that wrestling and chess are to Russians what baseball and poker are to us. Meaning that before the match even begins the Russian will be several steps ahead, already developing a dynamic situation into several possible outcomes. Enter the Ukrainian situation.
6 months ago on Ukraine, Politicians and BERKUT: An Open Road to Civil War in Ukraine
Unfortunately, the Visegard have limits to their influence and power as well. They might be able to dabble in a little economic and political subterfuge but anything more than that would not go well in the long term.
It is an excellent series and that was a great read. Bravo Zulu!
6 months ago on An Idiot Abroad and Cultural Awareness
First thing that came to my mind was the camouflage equipped in the protagonist's suit from the game 'Crysis'. Truly far-out... man.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Future of Stealth in Special Operations
Bloody outstanding story!
6 months, 1 week ago on War Stories: Round Splash – “Delta” Takes One for the Team
So will that be the red or blue pill? Welcome to the Matrix.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Real House of Cards
That's what she said...
6 months, 1 week ago on Govt. Hackers, Console Cowboys, The Tech Model Railroad Club & The Dark Web Part 1
Coriolanus: Waaaaaiiiittttttt... Are you saying that the TSA is not effective??? Say it ain't so!
I f-----g love this guy. Being a complete idiot when it comes to IT and the sort, it kind of feels like the Wizard of Oz is showing one how the game is played. Outstanding write up!
I needed to frame that last post in a hypothetical context. I saw that statement DK, I hear you. However, the Russian gov't also insist that Katyn was perpetrated by fleeing Nazis. I don't put a lot of weight in what they tell the rest of the world. Call me "jaded"...
6 months, 1 week ago on Ukraine, Politicians and BERKUT: An Open Road to Civil War in Ukraine
All is well, brother. Just enjoying the amazing posts by you guys and gals!
6 months, 1 week ago on The Unintended Consequences of Navy SEALs In The Media
This works out greatly for Russia if they can create an Eastern Ukraine vs. the Western Ukraine. Sure they want to influence all of it but half has worked out for them just fine in the past. Leaving the EU and IMF to fix the western part of Ukraine makes their lives easier. Eat the pie, leave the crust.
Funny how that works... Learning something new.
6 months, 1 week ago on Security Forces – Not SOF, but Impressive Still
Just a thought but I think that the axiom "I am not a role model" while true, is also a pretty lazy way to rationalize shitty behavior. I'm a role model for my son and his friends (his friends' dads are role models for my son as well) and have also been party to some pretty shit behavior. I will have to atone and explain that some day. I don't believe that such highly-trained and disciplined men should be any different. That said, free will is a Hell of a thing.
Any thoughts regarding Lt. Cmdr. (RET) Michael Walsh's book "SEAL!"? He had some pretty interesting criticisms of Demo Dick (I enjoyed Rogue Warrior a lot) and was curious as to where this divide originated. He was of the mind that SEALs were so specialized to begin with that Marcinko's method was unnecessarily antagonistic towards the rest if the community and naval service. I've just always been interested in this.
That book was AWESOME!!! I thought that maybe Nadeesha was counter-surveiling Deck for Bill or that Nikita was going to "disappear" in Syria. Loved it!
6 months, 1 week ago on Direct Action: Epilogue
So happy to hear this. Samruk vs LS: Let's get ready to rumble!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on …Coming Soon to a Team Room Near You…
@Recon6 @HugeFan6, you make me smile brother!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Navy SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams: Warriors below the Surface – Part Two
Damn fine work, gents. As always the hardest work pays off in the best possible ways. Bravo Zulu!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Producer Jan Wellmann of JW Endeavor Acquires New York Times Best Seller, Benghazi: The Definitive Report
That was so much fun to read. Thank you.
Guy Fawkes... IRA... religious extremism... terrorists... Yep, that's pretty much what I get from this.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Remember, Remember the Fifth of November
Couple that with the recent developments with incorporating technology into human bodies and you've got a party. Halo and the Avengers is a lot closer than I thought. Crazy...
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator
I would add Battlefield 4, GTA 5, and BioShock: Infinite to that list. That's just me, I enjoyed those games.
Don't forget Kinnect, headsets or other nifty accessories that will make current games more enjoyable. Pretty much a safe back up if the gamer in your life has all of those games on Sam's list.
And get a Gift Receipt, ya dig?
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers
I'm looking forward to what folks have to say about the NexGens as I'm one of those guys that waits for the bugs to get worked out (and the reduction in price after demand stabilizes) before I buy a new console.
I do like Microsoft's approach. It seems to me that we're beginning to see the foundation, by which console makers and software developers are going to breach the divide between PC and console gaming. Perhaps Alienware joins the fray.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Xbox One – In Your Own Words
Can you imagine the level of fatigue and difficulty that UDT units supporting 'Overlord' had? One would assume that WW2 era dry suits would be less than ergonomic.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The Father of Navy UDT/SEAL Teams: Draper Kauffman, Part 1
Alright, Chief. You sold me and have my vote. I like your vision and ideas. I would respectfully request that should your views change one way or the other that you make it known and explain it to us, your constituency. That said, I'm re-signing up my 10 year dormant NRA membership because I believe in you and feel that you will do your absolute best to follow through on your promises. My grandfather was a SCPO and he always did what he said, I wouldn't expect anything less from a man of your credentials and reputation. Go get 'em!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
LOL... "wrapping your lips around the communal water “schlong” and sucking out a
sip of water mixed with some bits and pieces of nachos and churros." Beer shot through my nose, good thing that it was cheap beer.
10 months ago on Geigerrig – Finally a pressurized hydration system
Awesome... the pic too. Surfing is hard enough as it is, hard to imagine doing it with any form of loadout but leave it to you Frogmen to find a way. I laugh thinking about me trying to surf with my AR strapped to my butt, but hey man, let that froggy flag fly!
I completely agree with you though about how an "enabling" device dedicated to any "art form" can be both liberating and yet restrictive. Like you said, and I paraphrase: If you're new to the sport and want to "get in" then its better that you snag a board(a used one is best for beginners as it allows you to change your mind without a huge financial investment) and get some lessons from a reputable and capable instructor.
You write really well, Eric. All you cats do(including the commentors) really well at conveying what you're thinking and the intent is always clear. I love the site, keep it up!
10 months ago on Wave Jets – Spec Op Surfboards
That is a very neat trick. Thanks for the simple "How-To" there, Paul!
Sidebar: Anyone ever wonder when Anna is gonna pose in Playboy?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on How To Hide a Text File in a Digital Picture
10 months, 3 weeks ago on K-9 Nutrition: An Interview and Bite Work Demo with Mike Ritland and Rico
I agree about the French press. Not at all helpful. That's why I like this idea here that you mentioned. The irony here is that I don't drink coffee but my wife and friends all love so I make it when we go out camping. Makes me popular and useful. :-)
11 months ago on Drip Coffee – DIY Camping
Excellent opinion piece, I agree completely. I am guilty however of not practicing for long periods of time. I can see the deterioration everytime too.
11 months ago on Skill, the best part of your gear