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Leapfest 2019

Leapfest is the largest, longest standing, international static line parachute training event and competition. Conducted by the Rhode Island Army National Guard, the purpose of Leapfest is to promote international camaraderie and Esprit de Corps among Airborne Soldiers, while also showcasing the capabilities of the Rhode Island National Guard. Paratroopers are...

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Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Commando Regiment conducted counter-terrorism training in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart in May 2019. The training was part of the Mars series of exercises used by the 2nd Commando Regiment’s online hostage recovery/counter-terrorism company to build capacity in its role as Tactical Assault Group—East (TAG–E). TAG–E...

More Laser Lore: from the Crimson Trace blog

Laser sights are the subject of much discussion and (dis)information. This, unfortunately, can keep people from using a visible laser sight to its fullest advantage: or prevent them from using one at all. Crimson Trace (related articles archived on Shooting Illustrated here) recently set out to correct that by increasing...

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Once only talked about behind closed doors with industry insiders, DARPA's Subterranean Challenge is now getting real, and going (somewhat) public! In just a few weeks, from August 15-22, 2019, eleven teams in the Systems track will gather at a formerly operational mine in Pittsburgh and watch as their machines...

New Helmet Covers from Agilite for Team Wendy EXFIL Series

Agilite has released the first, full spectrum Team Wendy Covers on the market to provide full NVG and other accessory management. There are two cover types, Ballistic and Bump, the Ballistic covering all Exfil ballistic versions including those with the new Rail 3.0. The Bump version covers all Team Wendy BUMP...

Air Commandos Conduct Special Operations Aircrew Rodeo

A total of six U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II aircraft and seven crews from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, which falls under the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, came together over a four-day period to conduct a conduct MC130J rodeo competition July 8 – 11, 2019. An Air...

GGP320 Slides from Grey Ghost Precision for SIG P320

Wallace, Idaho based Grey Ghost Precision has announced the release of their newest product line: aftermarket slides for the SIG P320 platform. These new slides are described as sharing “…the same precision engineering as the GLOCK aftermarket slides that GGP has been manufacturing for the past two years.” Dubbed the...

NATO and Partner SOF in Black Sea Region for Trojan Footprint 19

Approximately 1,400 special operations and armed forces from 10 nations deployed across host nations Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania June 10-21 for U.S. Special Operations Command Europe’s exercise Trojan Footprint 19. [caption id="attachment_6092" align="aligncenter" width="640"] A Bulgarian Special Forces soldier throws a smoke grenade to mark his position for extraction to...

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Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron from Oklahoma City and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman AFB, Missouri during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina,...

US Army Astronaut Rockets Into Space On Apollo 11 Anniversary

Astronauts from three different countries blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday July 20, 2019 – the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – heading for the International Space Station. On board were Colonel Andrew Morgan of the U.S. Army, Russian Air Force Colonel (retired) Alexander Skvortsov of...