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C-17 Airdrop Over Afghanistan

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Morale Art On A-2 Bomber Jackets

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A recent article on ‘Collectors Weekly’ details the history and practice of personalized morale art painted on the backs and fronts of many A-2 bomber jackets along with early day morale patches during WWII. You can read it at Collectorsweekly.com – ‘WWII War Paint: How Bomber Jacket Art Emboldened Our Boys’ by Lisa Hix.

America’s Army Motion Comics

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

There’s now an app available on iTunes and Google Play built to view the America’s Army digital comic series. The comics feature sounds, including a musical score, and some limited animation, detailing conflict in the country of Czervenia (FYI, not a real country). The app itself also has some dvd menu-esque features, such as scene select, character bios, and information on Army ranks, equipment, vehicles, and techniques. The first issue is already out, and although there’s an impressive amount of detail and realism in the uniforms, the weapons, and the like (it is military funded, after all), the story could be, well, more entertaining. This also applies to the dialogue which can be comically awful at times; you just have to read it to see what we mean.


Medal Of Honor: Warfighter Military Edition

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Available exclusively through GovX, Inc., ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter Military Edition’ will feature exclusive unlocks, including use of the Project HONOR camouflage pattern, for what can be assumed is for use with either in-game weapons or customizable character models. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of ‘Military Edition’ goes to the Air Force Association, AFA Veteran Benefits Association, Marine Corps Association & Foundation, National Association for Uniformed Services, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Because this is a GovX product, you have to be active duty, reservist, or retired military or a government employee to qualify.

You can pre-order ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter Military Edition on govx.com.

Tippmann U.S. Army Camping Equipment

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Along with their U.S. Army licensed paintball markers, Tippmann also has a line of U.S. Army licensed camping equipment. The two models seen above are the:

Basic Training tent

– 68d 600mm polyester construction
– U.S. Army branded zipper pulls
– 300D Carry Bag
– ACU Camo trim
– Glove Dry waterproof system
– internal storage pockets and gear loft

It measures 80″x50″x38″ with 28 sq. ft. of interior space.

Bravo sleeping bag

– 68d 600mm polyester outer shell and liner with a 3lbs solid polyester fiber filler
– Rated up to 40F
– Hood system w/ draw cord
– Hanging tab and elastic straps for two storage options
– Full length wrap around zipper
– ThermAir insulation
– 185T polyester carry bag

It measures 34″x78″ and fits up to 6’4″.


ANME 2012 – Tippmann Officially Licensed U.S. Army Paintball Markers

Monday, January 16th, 2012


At this year’s Army Navy Military Expo, Tippmann Sports has on display their line of officially licensed U.S. Army paintball markers and accessories. Shown above in descending order are the:

Project Salvo Tactical Edition

– .68 caliber marker
– AR15 style 6 position collapsible and folding stock
– AR15 style shroud with picatinny rails
– 11″ quick thread barrel
– Removable and adjustable front and rear sights
– All aluminum die cast receiver
– Stainless steel gasline
– High performance in-line bolt system
– Quick release feeder elbow

Alpha Black Tactical Edition

– .68 caliber marker
– M16 style 6 position collapsible stock
– M16 style shroud w/ built-in sight
– 11″ quick thread barrel
– All aluminum die cast receiver w/ built-in carry handle
– Stainless steel gasline
– Wide range velocity adjustment screw
– Magazine w/ built-in tool storage


– .68 caliber marker
– 8 1/2″ quick thread barrel
– High performance in-line bolt system
– All aluminum die cast receiver
– Stainless steel gasline
– Four picatinny rails
– Built-in sights
– Built-in foregrip

Alpha Black with Official U.S. Army Camo Tactical Edition

– Same as Alpha Black model, but with Camo finish instead of black

Each marker comes with a bonus training manual on teamwork and strategy.

For more info on these products and others, visit Tippmann.com.

How Not To Throw A Hand Grenade

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Title says it all. According to the video source this is a Chinese Army exercise, which in all honestly doesn’t surprise me that much. To the instructor’s credit, he was pretty calm about the whole thing.

Insane Chinook Exfil

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

While I question the practicality of this particular method of exfiltration, sometimes the rule of cool just has to overtake all logic. More important than anything else, however, is that someone not only recorded this but had the good will to put it on YouTube.

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2011

We here at TFB would like to give our sincerest, most heartfelt thanks to every individual who has served in the Military. From the very first militiamen to the warfighters of today, your sacrifices assure that we continue our way of life, freedom, and liberty. Again, thank you.

Lumberjack Commandos

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The most elite fighting force in the world. They go in Felling Axes and Crosscut Saws hot and run on nothing but flapjacks and pure testosterone. Trees of the world, prepare to meet your maker.

First Cav Gets Its Dork On

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Here’s what COB Adder looks from the outside on a bad day in 2009:

Here’s what it looks like on the inside, on a good day, when some of the Americans start getting their dork on:

Let’s be clear: no one is bagging on them for getting their dork on. WE get our dork on. We’ve been to the Inn of the Welcome Wench. We know our way around the Little Keep on the Borderlands, that Bree Yark isn’t nice and that you can’t trust Brian Van Hoose. That’s when we’re not trying to get the Leeroy Jenkins title, or collecting bottle cap currency.

It might be a little weird, being a junior enlisted man playing a role-playing game with a Captain as your “narrator” or “Dungeon Master” or “Game Master” (whatever), but hey – at least you’re slinging dice. Beats mind-numbing boredom (and getting shot at).

Frankly, we wish we could get in on a consistent game that played twice a week…though not enough to go back to the desert again.

Read the whole story of the First Cav and their fantasy gaming.

Army Issues Warning On Rabies

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


I assume the same goes for all fluffy, adorable mammals, not just those of the feline variety. Also, not the best use of Photoshop.

10 Technologies for Future Wars

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Not Haldeman’s Forever War (which you should read) or Randle/Cornett’s Seeds of War (which you might also like to read) nor even Robert Frezza’s A Small Colonial War, which is a damn military science fiction masterpiece and ought to be read by anyone whose studied Rhodesian or Israeli counter-insurgency…no, this is technology necessary for future war as defined by National Defense Magazine. They include:

1. Faster, Safer, Quieter Helicopters

2. Weapons that don’t kill

3. Inventions that Lighten the Soldier’s Load

4. Ultra-light Super Survival Dune-buggies

5. Unmanned Mini-Submarines

6. High-Speed, Bulletproof Power Boats

7. Anytime, Anywhere Communications

8. Robots That Think for Themselves

9. Cheap Liquid Fuel

10. Persistent Wide Area Surveillance

Read the entirety of the article over on National Defense Magazine. It’s pretty kewl.

2011 Military History Weekend – Williamsburg, VA

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

I’m currently at the Military History Weekend Show held in Williamsburg, Virginia at the Crown Plaza hotel. There’s plenty of military collectables and literature up for grabs, and activities including a WWII boot camp and model building for the kids.





World War II In Photos – A Retrospective In 20 Parts

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

‘World War II In Photos – A Retrospective In 20 Parts’ is a collection of photo essays on In Focus with Allen Taylor of The Atlantic. Each essay features 45 photos relating to subjects such as Operation Barbarossa and the North African Campaign. The essays were relased each Sunday, starting on June 19th, with the final four still to come until the 30th of this month.


Jtech Japanese Woodland Camo Sale

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Jtech is currently having a 20%-off sale on a selection of their nylon tactical gear in Japanese SDF Woodland camouflage. The sale ends October 2nd, so get yours while you still can.

Jtech – Japanese Woodland Camo Sale

Prince Harry The Action Figure*

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Hornby, a UK-based model company, is set to release a collection of eight 3-inch figures depicting British troops in Afghanistan along with various vehicles including tanks and helicopters. Interestingly enough, one of the troops being modeled is Prince Harry. More specifically, a famous picture of him on patrol in Helmand Province in 2008 is being used as the basis for the figure. Although his uniform and equipment will be featured on the model, his likeness will not. The collection will be available in February, 2012.


Original Story- Express.co.uk

*This figure does not feature Kung-Fu grip

First Warror Zone Opens In Fort Riley

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The Warrior Zone, which opened August 26th in Fort Riley, Kansas, is a 25,000 sq. ft., $10 million multi-purpose facility entertainment facility developed for use with the base’s personnel. It features 68 computers for gaming and general use, dozens of game consoles hooked up to 55-inch flat screen televisions, pool and poker tables, a 75-seat snack bar, full bar, theater and large conference room. A covered patio is also available outside with grills and a large fire pit. It looks like a great place to kick back and relax, and it also seems to be a great success; they’ve already extended the hours on Fridays and Saturdays to 0100.

Original story: blackanthem.com

Recycled Uniforms For DoD

Monday, August 15th, 2011

In accordance with a 2009 presidential executive order, the Senate has directed the Defense Department to look at uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles and other “formerly used consumer material”. The 2009 policy’s goal is that 95% of all new government contracts for items other than weapons be products or services that are “environmentally preferable.” This can take the form of nontoxic alternatives, products or procedures that don’t deplete the ozone layer and presumably granola-eating manufactory staff with a penchant for hugging trees.

Apparel made of recycled material is not new. The uniform company Cintas has been making hotel and casino staff uniforms of recycled bottles and apparently has a whole line of such recycled couture. Sports uniforms in South Africa have also been made from bottles retrieved from Japanese and Taiwanese landfills. Though it’s doubtful soccer players there must worry too much about IEDs, or need FR clothing, one hopes allowances would be made to keep military uniforms from melting onto a grunt’s skin.

Though it’s not widely known, the uniforms of some specialty units (like the Mobile Infantry) have been made from recycled soda bottles for years. Their MREs are all made of Soylent Green, too.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has asked DoD to report in time for items to be considered as part of the 2013 budget.

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Coalition Forces VS Taliban and Insurgents Chess Set

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Jeffrey Train, former Master Corporal in the Canadian Army, came up with this series of chess sets, which showcase either American, British, or Canadian forces against Taliban or Iraqi Insurgents. Both sides feature the various classes of pieces in their own unique ways. For example, the American forces have ‘American Assault Soldiers’ for pawns, ‘American Heavy Gunners’ for knights, the World Trade Towers for Rooks, ‘American Snipers’ for Bishops, the Statue of Liberty for a Queen, and either George W. Bush or Barack Obama as the king. The chess sets can be purchased from Hedwig & Sergeant Major (click the image above) in these configurations:

Canadian VS Afghanistan Taliban Figures
American VS Afghanistan Taliban Figures
British VS Afghanistan Taliban Figures
American VS Iraqi Insurgent Figures
British VS Iraqi Insurgent Figures

A portion of the sales goes towards Canadian troops to help fund fun-runs and provide food for events in Afghanistan.

Hat Tip: The Star

Special Forces Prepare For Possible Terror Attack At Rugby World Cup

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Members of the SAS and Counter Terrorism Tactical Assault Group working with armed police in Auckland are holding anti-terrorism exercises in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, held in New Zealand this year. Exercises include scenarios such as a bombing and kidnapping, and are being performed in locations including Papakura, Ardmore and Mercer. This allows the forces to test their skills in an environment in which they would be used. Due to the secretive nature of Special Forces, the exact location of the operations are unknown.

original story – nzherald.co.nz

Today Is The 67th Anniversary Of D-Day

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Operation Neptune is the largest amphibious invasion in history, where over 160,000 allied Troops, 5,000 ships, and 13,000 aircraft supported the operation to secure the heavily defended 50-mile Normandy coastline. The term ‘D-Day’ refers only to the first day of the operation, which started June 6th, 1944. While over 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded in taking the beach, which was divided into five sections: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, a remaining force of over 100,000 Allied Soldiers survived to continue the invasion. Operation Neptune was the first stage of Operation Overlord, the codename for The Battle Of Normandy, which kicked off the invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe during WWII by Allied Forces.

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes The Armed Forces

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

“Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes The Armed Forces” by Bathroom Reader’s Institute is packed full of interesting trivia about all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces throughout history, as well as other military related information. Topics including the origins of the KA-BAR fighting knife, the construction of the Pentagon, the truth behind MASH, and more are organized into easy-to-read sections, with lengths varying from one page to ten or more, based on how lengthy a story you’re willing to read at any given time. As is the intention, it’s great reading material while in the bathroom, although the information is so interesting you may end up reading it everywhere in your house. In that case, an extra copy or two might not hurt.

Kit Up! Interviews Dale Dye

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Movies like Platoon and Saving Private Ryan and series like Band of Brothers and The Pacific are known for their portrayal of the gritty realism of war. This is largely in part to Dale Dye and his company Warrior Inc. Dye, a former marine with several tours in Vietnam, served as both an infantryman and combat correspondent. This experience led to his career as a consultant for and actor in various Hollywood war movies, including the aforementioned Platoon, which has been released on Blu-ray today, May 24th. To showcase this event, Kit Up! interviewed him about his career and experiences in the military and Hollywood.

See the interview here.

Major Flashbang Training Fail!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Norwegian troops with G3 variant rifles were training when the throw man doesn’t quite make it with his flashbang. This is exactly the kind of thing training is for, and hey, they got a good laugh out of it. I know I did :).