I started a journal at grad school (2013-2016) to help collect my thoughts and record my emotions since I thought I was loosing my mind half the time…I could barely relate to anyone at school or in my life, so writing became my escape…at times it seemed like my journal and computer were the only people that understood me. I love going back and reading the journal and seeing how much I have changed for the better. I have always been hesitant to share these notes, but I have decided its time to let people in on the transformation This was on the first page. “I wanted to win medals. No matter how much I fought the urge, I was just a human being at heart. I wanted to be recognized for the intense sacrifice, the lack of sleep, the danger, the anger, the time away from my wife and family. I wanted a medal that could not be earned by deploying to a super-base. Being a Green Beret was supposed to be enough…I was a “Quiet Professional”. However, you have to look at why you become a Green Beret. You wear a Beret and tab that distinguishes you from your peers. In Afghanistan, you grow your hair long, grow a beard, wear whatever works - further distinguishing yourself. Being a Green Beret means setting your self apart from the pack internally and externally. So why would it be any different when it came to medals? Distinguish yourself even further amongst our country’s elite soldiers. Its possible that I am the only Green Beret that ever cared about medals and recognition, but I doubt it.” Now at the age of 34, after some seriously humbling life events I realize that serving the country as a Green Beret and working with the best this nation has to offer is all the “recognition" I ever need from my time in the military. Picture taken in 2010
To say I’m honored & humbled by this would be an understatement.
I received this package today from a close friend (brother) who’s on a year long deployment with multi-agency / multi-force Special Operations Team mission on the Global War on Terrorism.
For obvious reasons I can’t disclose his name or his specialty. But I can tell you he’s an incredible young man, who loves his Country & is one of the best in his field.
The flag was recently flown during one of their Special Operations Combat Missions. The holster was made by a local leathersmith in Afghanistan; it’s made from camel hide. The craftsmanship is excellent.
Please keep him & his team in your thoughts & prayers that they all return home safely.
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The Toronto Police Service utilized an OLAES® Bandage to save the life of a 13-year-old girl who had been stabbed and slashed in an attack and was bleeding profusely from her neck when officers arrived. A team of officers from the #PublicSafety Response Team worked together to turn what would have been Toronto's 93rd murder victim of the year into a heroic event with the victim in stable condition and recovering. The cardiovascular surgeon at the hospital said, " ... a very large part of the reason that this girl survived ... is due to the fact that she was so well managed by the officers and paramedics who found her and then delivered her to the ER still awake and alert with blood loss reduced to the minimum possible in the circumstances."
We are proud to support these officers and the work they do in the field.
Chief Karen Comstock on why she opened up the doors to the #chino Police Department to host a MAGNUS session earlier this year. The success of that course was a direct reflection of Chief Comstock’s selfless desire to improve the lives of LEO’s within her department and participating departments throughout the state of CA. Bravo, Chief—you are MAGNUS! #magnusmovement#selfless#visionary
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"The will to survive." What does that mean to you? To possess a positive mental attitude and to maintain 98.6°. During training, we not only physically push our bodies to the limit; we also push our mental capacities beyond what is comfortable to most. A huge motivator for a lot of us is the fact we do this so that others may live and return with honor. We never forget our fallen brothers and sisters KIA/MIA and learn the lessons from our former POW's.
During the winter months attending Air Force combat survival school, you will find yourself in a "static" camp learning valuable tools and lessons to survive in austere conditions.
To prepare for this, SERE Specialists in the field training flights build "quad pods" at selected camp sites. Draped over the top of the quad pod is a full emergency C-9 canopy spread out to help keep ashes from spreading, to keep the rain from pouring down and snow from piling up while instructing.
Wednesday, December 5, marked the fifty-fifth anniversary of the activation of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Formed after President Kennedy's historic visit to Fort Bragg in 1963. Since 2001, 3rd SFG has been fully engaged in operations supporting the War on Terrorism and embodies the ongoing commitment of ARSOF to defeating Transnational Terrorism across the globe.
The distinctive four-color flash of 3rd SFG represents the four SF groups who provided Soldiers in 1963 for the unit's activation at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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Oregon’s Secretary of State this month approved language for a ballot initiative that would make psychedelic mushrooms legal among licensed therapists.
The ballot initiative would make it legal for licensed people to produce, administer, and possess psilocybin mushrooms. It would also reduce criminal penalties for possessing it. Psilocybin is a Schedule I drug, defined as one with no medical use and the high potential for abuse. Possession of psilocybin mushrooms is a felony.
In recent years, some researchers have argued that psychedelic mushrooms may in fact have the potential to treat depression and anxiety. A NYU study showed they reduced those conditions in cancer patients. Other studies have shown the potential to treat alcoholism and other addictions. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University recommended last month that psilocybin be reclassified as Schedule IV, which would qualify it for medical use.
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My Roland(Fauxland) Special. Not a true Roland because it has an ARC compensator and TLR-1 instead of the original KKM and X300, but theres something about the way the comp and light match up that I like. Had my TF 300 warrior brother do a cerakote job for me on it. Still a work in progress. I got further plans for it.
I learned a lot about compensators and red dots on pistols with this build. Comps will make a uber reliable glock ammo picky. But the more powder you feed them, the more they work. Being able to sling 124gr +P hollowpoints like its regular loaded 115gr is pretty awesome. There's definitely a learning curve on red dots. I wouldn't put one on a handgun until you're trained enough to present the weapon with iron sights aligned most of the time and your muzzle control is solid. But, red dots make moving and shooting and distance shots much easier.
If you're a shooter with a good skill base and want to see how you fare with some different equipment, seriously consider building a Roland Special. Its quite an interesting weapon system.