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God Bless Our Snipers

A sniper is an extensively trained soldier dedicated to shooting targets with modified rifles from long distances. A sniper is also skilled in camouflage, infiltration, stealth, and observation techniques. These soldiers are used in a variety of situations in the battlefield, most often as an observer. Since the sniper is skilled in stealth techniques, he is the perfect person to enter into enemy territory to observe and report on the situation, including the size, strength and location of the enemy. He will relay this information to his superiors and gain a strategic advantage over the opposition. Snipers can provide support for the infantry during assaults by concealing himself and removing any enemy who poses a threat. They also have the ability to dismantle an enemy ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 29th, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Yes, Liquid Body Armor

Since the beginning of time, soldiers have been looking for ways to protect their bodies from damage due to weapons. One of the most effective tools is body armor, which is traditionally made from metal plates or thick layers of fabric. While it can be quite effective, modern body armor can usually only protect the torso and head, leaving other critical parts exposed to danger. Scientists and researchers are currently developing a new form of body armor that is much more lightweight and flexible. Amazingly, the new body armor is made from liquid. This sounds misleading, because in actuality it’s not only liquid. The new body armor is similar to a bulletproof vest, in that it’s made from Kevlar. However, significantly fewer layers of Kevlar ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 27th, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military,Liquid Body Armor,Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit,TALOS

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units - Making the Path Clear

The history of EOD units goes back to WWII, when delayed-explosion bombs were creating major problems in Europe. While the US was not yet in the war, we were preparing for that eventuality and wanted to be ready for anything. The job of an explosives expert is to find any explosive device that poses a threat to soldiers or the general public. Once found, they are tasked with neutralizing and disposing of the explosive device until it is no longer dangerous. When possible, EOD units will use a robot or other mechanical device to diffuse the bomb, but occasionally it is necessary to disarm the explosive using their own hands. EOD units are critical to the safety of the US military and innocent civilians, but ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on August 31st, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

US Military - Tactical Team Training

All branches of the US Military have tactical teams: teams that are trained and equipped to eliminate any threat from the enemy in high-risk situations. The Army is no exception. The teams are trained in direct fighting, hand to hand combat, marksmanship, and both daytime and nighttime assaults. These tactical squads are a huge asset to the military and are responsible for eliminating many of the threats to US security overseas. Each squad is made up of several different members, each with a different assignment. The video is a demonstration of a rifle squad, which is lead by a Staff Sergeant. It has two fire teams, each led by a Sergeant. Each fire team has an automatic rifleman, as well as one grenadier, and several ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on August 24th, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

On SEa Air or Land... The US Navy SEALs

This past weekend, the United States military suffered a devastating loss when a Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. The chopper was carrying 22 Navy SEALs, 3 Air Force airmen, a 5 member Army air crew, and a military dog, all of whom perished upon impact. As we remember the great sacrifices made by these soldiers and pray for their families, I thought the blog this week could focus on the amazing work that SEALs do. Established in March of 1961, the SEALs teams were formed as guerilla and counter-guerilla units that were capable of operating on sea, air, or land. The teams were trained in commando warfare, hand-to-hand combat, high-altitude parachuting, demolitions, and foreign languages. Beginning in the Vietnam War, SEALs were utilized by the ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on August 10th, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military
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