If that somewhat cryptic title has left you a bit confused, let me explain…
Italian tactical clothing and equipment company SOD Gear dropped a bit of a bombshell on Facebook today when they posted this photograph of Craig Sawyer rockin’ their Spectre Shirt and Para One Trousers in PenCott-GreenZone camo :
Don’t know who Craig “Sawman” Sawyer is? How’s this for a bio:
• U.S. Navy SEAL (SEAL Team One & DEVGRU)
• Combat Veteran, decorated for “Heroic Service”
• Counter-Terrorist Operations Expert
• U.S. Marine & SEAL Advanced Sniper Instructor
• U.S. Federal Air Marshal & Manager
• High-Threat Mobile Security Expert
• Hand to Hand/Combat Fighting Expert
• International Experience in 54 Countries
• Extensive Cross-Training w/World’s Top Units
Craig has also featured in the History Channel’s “Sniper: Deadliest Missions”, been an expert commentator on several news stories, and is a regular in-house shooting coach on the History Channel’s popular show “Top Shot”. Craig also works as a technical expert advising Hollywood films and TV show – check out his website: www.tacticalinsider.com
But, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it turns out that Craig had several more photos on his Facebook page – including these shots with his buddy Dakota Meyer rocking PenCott-Badlands!
In case you’re not familiar with the name Dakota Meyer – let us fill you in a bit… On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer learned that three U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman were missing after being ambushed by a group of insurgents. Meyer charged into an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and under enemy fire. He eventually found all four dead and stripped of their weapons, body armor, and radios. With the help of some friendly Afghan soldiers, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted. During his search, Meyer “personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded, and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe.”
On November 6, 2010, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos told reporters during a visit to Camp Pendleton, California, that a living Marine had been nominated for the Medal of Honor. Two days later, the Marine Corps Times, an independent newspaper covering U.S. Marine operations, reported that the unnamed individual was Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, citing anonymous sources. CNN confirmed the story independently two days later.
On a final note, the eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that the cut and style of the jacket / anorak that Dakota is wearing in the first photograph doesn’t match up with the style of either SOD Gear’s Spectre Shirt nor their Operator Field Parka… That’s becuase its a new sniper suit specially-designed by SOD Gear – and we’ve received an exclusive sneak peak preview of it!
(Photo copyright 2011 SOD Gear.)
All we can say is, it doesn’t get much more awesome than that – does it? Actually, we can say a bit more than that – we think that SOD Gear have done a tremendous job here, and Hyde Definition must be extremely proud (and humbled) to featured in the company of two such awesome guys. And to Craig and Dakota we say a loud and resounding airborne “Hooooah!!” and the sincerest of heart-felt thank you for your service and dedication to duty. In fact, words aren’t even close to being enough…
UPDATE: For those of you keen to know when SOD Gear are going to be selling all of this PenCott goodness on their website, the word is that it’ll be online in January – and Tango Down are also reportedly going to be carrying SOD’s line up in the US as well.