SAS Commando Takes Six Taliban Scalps in Vietcong-style Tunnel Fight

British special forces soldier killed six Taliban in pitch-black, Viet Cong-style tunnel fight

 

I never miss a chance to celebrate the death of jihadist scum.

Let’s not forget there are still folks over in A-stan STILL taking scalps and making the world just a little bit safer for the rest of us.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

Military News: USMC Recruiting Stations to Buy Bulletproof Panels

This is goes to prove the old Military adage: “All Military Regulations are Written in BLOOD.” Or in other words, it will always take a TRAGEDY to change things.
#1: Why were Bulletproof Windows and Doors not Standard in the First Place in ALL Recruiting Stations? #2: Why the LONG Delay in  getting this done after Chattanooga?
In reality, I guess we should not be surprised, we now have a Military that forces Military Police  to carry their rifles and  sidearms unloaded with no Magazine inserted while on base, so Security at Military Installations is really not a genuine concern (Until a Tragedy Happens and the cycle repeats itself.) -SF
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The Corps published a solicitation this month for bullet-resistant cubicle covers for roughly 1,500 Marine Corps recruiting centers nationwide.

A year after a terror-motivated mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, left four Marines and a sailor dead, the Marine Corps has begun the process of shoring up recruiting centers against the prospect of similar attacks in the future.

The Corps published a solicitation this month for bullet-resistant cubicle covers for each of roughly 1,500 Marine Corps recruiting centers nationwide.

These panels will be certified at Level 8 or above on the Underwriters Laboratory scale of bullet resistance, capable of withstanding five shots from a 7.62mm rifle lead-core full-metal copper jacket military ball, according to the solicitation. That’s a level of protection far exceeding what many banks and credit unions use for bullet-resistant dividers.

While the initial amount of the solicitation is not specified, Marine Corps Recruiting Command spokesman Jim Edwards said the initial Marine Corps budget for purchase of the panels is $2 million.

“Since the attack in Chattanooga … the review and implementation of force protection measures has been an enduring endeavor for the Marine Corps, Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the other service branches,” Edwards told Military.com in an email.

A Marine Corps recruiting center in Chattanooga was one of two locations on which gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on July 16, 2015. Only seven people were in the center at the time; one, Marine recruiter Sgt. Demonte Cheeley, was wounded in the leg but survived. Cheeley would later receive a Purple Heart medal.

Abdulazeez then traveled to a Navy Reserve center, where he killed four Marines and fatally wounded a sailor.

Edwards said the bullet-resistant panels are only one element of the Corps’ plan to protect recruiters against future attacks.

“The Marine Corps is pursuing numerous comprehensive lines of effort that will increasingly serve to protect our Marines in communities throughout the nation,” Edwards said. “The installation of bullet resisting panels is just one of many efforts; other examples include upgrades to recruiting facility security, concealment, observation, communications, training, and egress options.”

In March, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee he estimated the total cost of adding protection to recruiting centers and training personnel would come to $44 million.

“It’s going to take us some time to get to that; that’s where we are,” he said.

According to contracting documents, companies have until Aug. 11 to submit proposals to complete the work. The panels will be installed nationwide before the end of 2019.

While officials have agreed on a need to move forward with increased security measures for recruiting centers, the military has dithered over whether to arm recruiting personnel for self-defense. While the Marine Corps maintains it does not want to arm its recruiters, the Navy announced this month that it was in the process of installing armed sailors at its own recruiting offices.

“Our more than 1,500 Marine recruiting facilities (of varying design, ownership and management) across the nation require somewhat complex and unique contracting solutions in order to achieve full implementation, which will take time,” Edwards said. “However, our leadership is fully engaged and our mission and Marines remain the priority.”

This article originally appeared on Military.com.

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Veterans News: Why is The VA (and every Other Federal Agency) Buying Guns and Tactical Equipment?

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The Department of Veterans Affairs bought more than $11 million worth of weapons, ammo and other security equipment between 2005 and 2014, according to a report released last month by a nonprofit organization that tracks spending across the federal government.

The report, called The Militarization of America and published by OpenTheBooks, said the VA acquired a variety of pistols — Berettas, Sig Sauers, Lugers — and ammunition, as well as body armor, police batons, ballistic shields, riot shields and helmets, night gun sights, tactical equipment for crowd control and more.

The $11.6 million in weapons and gear includes $200,000 for night vision equipment, $2.3 million on body armor, more than $2 million on pistols and about $3.6 million on ammunition, the report said. A chart included with the report also shows a variety of training weapons and a night gun scope.

The department has 3,700 law enforcement officers guarding and securing VA medical centers.

The VA didn’t respond to Military.com’s request for comment, though in a Feb. 17 email to OpenTheBooks, the agency described its police officers as “the front line response forces for our facilities” and said its personnel “receive extensive training in active threat response.

“While VA police work very closely with Federal, local and state law enforcement partners, VA police will be the first to have to deal with any active situation and are well trained accordingly,” it stated.

The department is not the only federal agency that has been stockpiling weapons in recent years, presumably against mass shooters and other security threats. The report found that non-military federal agencies spent nearly $1.5 billion on weapons and ammo from 2005 to 2014.

The report states that the IRS spent $10.7 million on guns, ammo and gear over the same period. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.7 million, the Social Security Administration $417,000, and the Department of Education $412,000. The Smithsonian Institution’s arms purchases totaled just over $309,000.

The arming of VA security personnel began in 1996 with a pilot program intended to extend firearms and arrest authority to the department’s 2,393 officers, the report said. Two years later, only 262 department police officers had the authority to carry a weapon and make arrests.

“However, by 2008, the VA officer corps grew to 3,175 and all were authorized to make arrests and carry firearms,” OpenTheBooks’ report found. Currently, it said, the VA has more than 3,700 personnel who may carry firearms and make arrests.

In a swipe at VA over its widely publicized problems with getting veterans in for appointments, the organization said it was “notable [that the arms and equipment] buildup occurred while the VA failed to provide critical care for thousands of veterans who would later on waiting lists.”

In its email to the group, the department said the gun purchases relate to a decision in 2008 to have VA police switch to a different firearm. It did not say what VA officers used before then.

“This change has taken place over time in a phased approach. VA facilities began replacing the older pistol as funds became available and pistol service life limits are reached,” the VA said. “Most of VA facilities have completed the transition to the new contracted firearm, with several still in that process.”

Night vision and other countermeasure equipment were acquired by field facilities to meet their local security and law enforcement needs, according to the department. The VA statement did not detail which facilities required the special gear.

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Military Defense News: After Benghazi, USMC Marks New Approach to Embassy Security in Africa

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Close to the third anniversary of the infamous Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a small detachment of Marines descended on the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali, on the other side of the African continent.

The little-publicized 48-hour operation took about 200 Marines attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa from the unit’s headquarters in Moron, Spain, to a barebones staging location in Senegal.

The Marines then went into Mali’s capital to meet with State Department personnel — including the embassy’s regional security officer, local officials and the Marine security guard detachment in country — assess security and discuss procedures in case of an embassy reinforcement or personnel withdrawal scenario.

It was the first time the task force had successfully executed a “full mission profile” rehearsal of this kind since it established the Senegal staging base and two others in Western Africa in 2014, said Lt. Col. Bradford Carr, operations officer for the unit.

In addition, the experience also marked a milestone in a radically new approach to embassy security that the Marines hope will keep a Benghazi-like scenario from ever playing out at another U.S. diplomatic post.

Carr, who spoke to Military.com at a Potomac Institute lecture following the conclusion of the Marine task force’s 180-day deployment at the end of January, said being able to push troops into Africa and stage them near a “high-interest embassy” ahead of a potential crisis gave the Marines more options and shortened their response time.

It takes about a day to complete the 2,000-mile trip from Moron to Senegal, Carr said. From there, the distance from a staging point in Senegal to Bamako, Mali, is slightly more manageable: less than 1,000 miles.

A briefing slide used by Carr and reviewed by Military.com attempted to give context to the sheer size of the African continent and the distances that crisis response forces may contend with.

For example, the distance from Moron to the Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s western coast is the same as the distance from Washington, D.C., to Moron, the slide showed. And the distance from Moron to the task force’s other European staging location in Sigonella, Italy, is the same as the distance from New York City to New Orleans.

Because of this, Carr said, the Marines of the task force weren’t merely focused on achieving a faster response time to a prospective crisis in Africa. They are also working to develop stronger relationships with State Department personnel at African embassies and with host nation partners.

In locations like Mali, where al-Qaeda-linked terrorists killed 20 hostages in a Bamako hotellast November, there’s value in knowing who key counterparts are before disaster strikes.

“Being able to pick up the phone and call the office of security cooperation in the embassy, versus picking up the phone and saying, ‘I don’t know who you are, and you want me to do what?'” Carr said. “The pre-crisis prep is kind of the preferred way to go about it.”

During the task force’s six-month rotation, Marines conducted 17 different theater security cooperation missions with African counterparts in ten different countries, according to briefing materials. They also participated in 62 bilateral training exercises in four different European countries.

At this point, could the task force have reacted faster to the Benghazi attacks and kept Americans from being killed?

The answer remains a nuanced one.

“If that is reported in a timely way and accurate aspects are being captured, we have the capacity to position as directed by [U.S. Africa Command],” Carr said. “Indications and warnings are highly important to that. That’s what I would say keeps me up at night.”

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Cold War Files: A ‘Texas Tower’ Veteran Reflects on Cold War History

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KINGSLEY, Mich. — Each time Victor Rioux sits in a church pew he takes a minute to say a special prayer. He honors the 28 men who died during the Cold War when Texas Tower No. 4 collapsed amid a fierce winter storm.

“I never forget those guys,” Rioux said from his Kingsley farm house.

He makes a point to remember, he said, because not many others do.

Rioux, 76, enlisted in the US Air Force in February 1958 and served on Texas Tower No. 2 from August 1960 to March 1962. There were three towers — 2, 3 and 4 — built off the US’s east coast as radar stations intended to serve as the country’s first warning should there be any threat. The airmen could detect incoming planes at about 300 miles out, giving them about 30 minutes to alert the military before an attack, Rioux said.

“It’s just one of those unique things that happened in our country’s history, but like anything else they fade away into oblivion,” he said. “Most people, if you say ‘Texas Towers’ to them, they have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Each tower consisted of a triangular platform, 200 feet on each side, that stood on three legs. The platform rose about 70 feet above sea level and were topped by three large radar spheres.

Rioux worked as an electronics technician, primarily repairing the high-speed digital data transmitters on his tower. He and his fellow airmen worked 12 hours on, 12 hours off and once did a nearly 90-day stint on the tower. There typically were about 60 men aboard.

“It was like living in a tin can,” Rioux chuckled.

He was discharged in June 1962 as an Airman First Class, but he took a lot of memories with him, many of them tragic. He remembers exactly where he was when he heard Tower No. 4 had collapsed.

Rioux, his wife Janice and his mother were on their way to see him off to another shift when his mother asked if the news she had heard was true. Rioux told her there was no way that a tower could fall; they were large enough to withstand the high winds and turbulent ocean waves.

“We turned on the radio and listed to the news, and by golly it was true. I had to swallow hard on that one,” Rioux said. “I couldn’t believe it. All the guys were lost.”

Rioux and his wife had become close with another couple when they were “on the beach” — what they called being off the towers and on land in Massachusetts. The other couple was about to have their first child in late December 1960 when Rioux’s friend was called back to Tower No. 4.

“He no sooner got on the tower and the commander received a message from the base that his wife was going to deliver that baby. So he got right back on the helicopter and they flew him back,” Rioux said. “That was that last group that left the tower. Talk about fate.”

The tower fell on Jan. 15, 1961, killing 28 men on board, including the commander that sent Rioux’s friend home so he could meet his first child. The tower stood in deeper waters than the others, 200 feet, and had structural issues before crashing into the ocean during a storm, leaving no survivors.

“People don’t realize that even in peace time — or in my case during the Cold War, it wasn’t a hot war — people lose their lives,” Rioux said.

Rioux is now retired from a career in teaching and works part-time as a security officer. He’ll celebrate his 56th wedding anniversary in July with Janice, who he only saw a total of three months in the two years he was on Tower No. 2.

He has collected Texas Towers memorabilia over the years and still is in contact with a few airmen from back then. He worries there aren’t enough people who remember the towers, and he doesn’t want his fallen comrades to be forgotten.

“There’s people who have never heard of these things,” Rioux said. “It would be nice to have at least some knowledge of what we did.”

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