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February 2015

DTG: 120220DFEB13 (Northeastern Afghanistan) This world would appear completely alien to the average man or woman; it is enveloped fully in a dark haze of greens and greys and there is an incessant high-pitched whining noise that prevents any semblance of normal speech communication. Upon the cold air there is a smell of petroleum mixed with dust and metal. You look up to see the MH60M crew chief turn and hold up both of his gloved hands. With spread fingers he yells “TEN MINUTES!!!” ……..The doors of the aircraft slide open inviting in a torrent of bitterly cold air that immediately creates a burning sensation on your face as you slide forward into the open door and let your legs hang in the 138mph wind. The fast rope bars get extended with the thick braided ropes coiled in their release straps. The crew chief taps you on the shoulder and you look up to see the signal for “SIX MINUTES!!”……. You check your equipment from head to toe, ending with a final ch eck of your short nylon tie-in; followed... Read more →


1). Fight focused not gun focused: I spoke those words in the early 2000s. Like many contributions, others grab on to them and pretend to have invented them. The point was to illustrate the objective in the fight – kill the adversary. This was a counter point to the desire to fix the weapon when the bad guy (target) was within reach. You see the concept illustrated in the 2005 video (and it was in VHS) Close Range Gunfighting. I run out of ammo in my Glock 17 and immediately drew a J-frame and continued firing. When the 38 was dry, I dropped one of them and pulled a 5” folder and cut the target in half. Focus: Kill the adversary, NOT fix the gun. 2). Shoot them to the ground: Another concept “adopted” without attribution. The phrase was first uttered by Marc Fleischmann of SIS fame when discussing a gunfight where the good guy basically butchered the bad guy to death with 15 rounds of 9mm. I liked it and adopted it to signify the value of volume of... Read more →