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DEPLOYED: “Hello my Name is Bob, and I am a Rip It Addict”

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We all know that guy who wherever he goes, he has an energy drink. But have you ever seen this on a large scale? Anybody who has spent time in the sand box has, it is called mass Rip It addiction. It is a weird phenomenon, either you never tried one or are shaking in a corner with one in each hand.

I was first exposed to this evil on my first deployment, these little innocent looking 8oz cans in the galley. We used to walk to the chow hall with empty back packs just so we could load up. Just thinking about it makes me itch and twitch.

We would grab a bite, and then walk to the cooler. We then would clean out the cooler of Rip It. My ruck would weigh 30lbs in Rip It’s alone. Many times we got chased by chow hall staff for cleaning them out. At one point I was knocking back 18 a day, how my heart didn’t explode I will never know.

The best part is they are free. Yup, you don’t have to pay a dime for all the heart popping goodness of Rip It. The thing is they don’t taste that great,  and they don’t even give you energy, they just make you awake.

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DVM D.A.R.T. – BOX OF HATE RAFFLE WINNERS!

Thanks to everyone who helped up raise money for D.A.R.T. during our BOX OF HATE raffle. And the winners are:

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~Michael D. – AK BOX OF HATE

AK

~Eric D. – AR BOX OF HATE

AR

Brett G. – BLADE BOX OF HATE

BLADE

I have spoken to all the lucky SOB’s – Congrats guys, your Boxes are on da’ way to you!

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MOBILE SCOUT SCHOOL – HOUSTON TEXAS JULY 25 to 27th

—-NOTE:  The HOUSTON TEXAS JULY 18 to 20th Class is Full – This is the School for the following weekend—- 

MOBILE SCOUT SCHOOL Class #002 – HOUSTON TEXAS JULY 25 to 27th – Friday Evening Until Sunday Evening 

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Long Range Desert Group in WWII

The Mobile Scout School is a modern update on the legendary LRDG (long range desert group). Lead Instructor James Price has combined the skills he learned as a Civilian Contractor Senior Mobile Team Leader in Iraq with the original LRDG skillset.

Mobile teams in Iraq operated much like their WWII LRDG cousins, but they used today’s modern equipment and tactics. In a nutshell the Mobile Scout School is a wilderness and urban survival, expedition camping, team tactics, Hostile Environment Mobile Team and 3rd world operations hybrid class.

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Lead Instructor James Price (Pictured Right) in Iraq while working as a Mobile Senior Team Leader

Who should attend the Mobile Scout School?
You don’t have to be a Security Contractor in some far off 3rd world dump to attend, the same things you learn at the Mobile Scout School translate to any person who wants to be prepared in today’s unsure environment.

Domestically having the skills that will enable you to travel over long distances and get through almost any circumstances on the road is not only an appealing one, it is a necessity these days. Hurricane evacuations, overland trekking, remote law enforcement, and just normal everyday driving – the Mobile Scout School is for the individual with a prepared mindset, you will leave this course with the knowledge and confidence to face whatever lies down the road ahead.

And if you are planning to work or travel in a 3rd world country having these skills will prepare you for the challenges of operating in a non-permissive environment. That could be just driving in the back country in Cambodia or rolling down the roads in Afghanistan. Domestically or internationally you will be able to employ what you learn in the Mobile Scout School in any environment to survive.

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Traffic jam during Rita evacuation

In the Mobile Scout School you will learn:
-Mobile Scout History
-Mobile Scout Vehicle Selection
-Equipping a Mobile Scout Vehicle
-Medical Equipment Selection
-Mobile Scout Equipment
-Mobile Scout Weapons
-Team Member Designations
-Operating in Permissive and Non-Permissive Environments
-Mobile Scout H2H and Knife Fighting
-Living on the road on a Mobile Team
-Mobile Operations Survival
-Securing Camp
-Tactical Vehicle Convoys
-Downed Teammate Recovery
-Mobile Team Immediate Action Drills
-Communications and Navigation
-Q&A with Lead Instructor James Price
-The class will end with a Force on Force exercise testing all of the skills you have learned

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KNIVES: Hardcore Hardware Australia

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LFT01 Tactical Tomahawk

 

Last week two boxes suddenly showed up on the doorsteps of DVM HQ USA and DVM HQ Bangkok simultaneously, as if they were delivered by an Australian SAS Regiment on a highly coordinated mission.

Always suspect of unexpected boxes here in Southeast Asia, I paid a massage gal from a parlor down the street 200 Baht to vigorously shake my box up and down just in case it was a bomb from one of my ex-wives.

Fortunately for Ms. Yum-Yum, no boom (well, not yet), so I tore open that box (get your mind out of the gutter pervert) to find some bad ass pieces of killing steel from our friends at Hardcore Hardware Australia.

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SURVIVAL MINDSET: Dealing With FUCK-UP’S

No need for crying here – just move on

How often do things ever go PERFECTLY in a venture? Rare, if ever, right? Do you know we can learn from f-ing up? We can learn A TON The chaos, friction, and the most assured probability of mistakes being made in the Red Zone is a tremendous learning opportunity if you survive it.

Your first order of business is to always fight through whatever gaffe takes place. This is not as easy as it sounds on paper. Seemingly simple matters tend to become wildly complex in the field. Too many contractors and adventurists tend to dwell on the mistake in front of them and lose the immediacy demanded in combat or crisis to recover in swift fashion.

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MEDICAL: Ottowa Ankle Rules – Are you hurt or injured?

Dude, Just walk it off its not that bad

In a wilderness survival or tactical environment how can you tell if you’ve sprained or broken an ankle?  The distinction may seem minor, but the implications are dramatic.

In a wilderness environment it means the difference between wrapping the ankle and the patient can walk out, or immobilizing the limb and carrying the patient out.

Tactically, the distinction is the same, but instead of having another shooter, you have a casualty.

So here is a field expedient method to determine if an ankle is broken or sprained.  It called the Ottowa Ankle Rules.

(This isn’t completely fool-proof, so use some common sense.  If the patient’s foot/ankle is obviously deformed then it’s safe to assume it’s broken and don’t let the patient put any weight on the foot.)

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MILITARY: Comfortable or complacent?

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Working as a sailor in the Military aviation business you get comfortable in some pretty crazy places. Being 20 feet from a thousand pound propeller spinning at 13 thousand rpm. Or wedged in a microwave sized area three feet deep with electrical wires all around you. Hell, with the military in general you work in some less than favorable conditions. Problem is you get too comfortable. Eventually you get complacent and shit turns into a shitstorm. You work those lines near death, and you start to lose the fear. That fear can be double edged. Too much or too little and bad decisions get made.

Complacency is part of our everyday lives. You want proof? Look at your daily drive to work. How much goes into auto pilot? Are there moments where you cannot remember going from one stoplight to the next? You get so wrapped up in your head all else blurs by. My favorite example of complacency is cell phone zombies. I have witnessed the zombie horde bang, crash, and fall in the streets because of facebook. These are great examples of shit that kills people. The reports of the driver never saw the person in the street he ran over, but was answering a text. The person who swears their attacker came out of nowhere but was nose deep in snapchat.

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TACTICAL GEAR: Making Bacon in Full Kit

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Mmmmmm… I LOVE THE SMELL OF BACON AND BURNING VILLAGES IN THE MORNING!

One of the first things I had to figure out when a young James P. started contracting in Iraq was setting up my “kit” of armor carrier, rig, mag pouches, IFAC and a bunch of other crap I had never carried before. At that point in my career I was not in the tactical gear world and had pretty much never even owned anything ‘tactical’ except a black CamelBak. So when I had to buy a full load of kit I basically ordered a bunch of cool looking shit I saw online.

Two weeks later I got a big ass box that puked out the entire Blackhawk! catalog onto my hooch floor in the IZ. After putting every pouch I bought on my super cool SWAT vest I pretty much ended up looking like a Coyote Tan Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. My kit was also so poorly placed I could not even scratch my junk. I ended up fighting my kit on every mission for the next two weeks until I adjusted everything.

Like most people who have never been deployed to a war zone where they would have to wear full kit, I thought it would be all yelling “follow me lads” and burning villages when wearing all my ninja slick gear. I suppose I had fantasies of going from battle to battle pulling mag after mag while rescuing white women from the clutches of Ray Ban wearing dictators.

Nope, not even close – Even if you were on a mobile team running the most dangerous roads in the world like I was, in reality 99% of the time you are wearing full kit you are doing glamorous stuff like; frying eggs in oil for breakfast next to a Land Cruiser, buying 83 gorditas at Taco Bell on base because half your guys don’t have an MNFI badge or sitting in a truck trying not to fall asleep.

So if you are setting up your first all-out full kit I have the following suggestions:

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HEALTH and FITNESS: Survival of the Fittest

 

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Welcome to the gym in Fuckanistan

A large part of the audience here at DVM consists of individuals that are in positions requiring physical and mental preparedness for the rigors of dangerous situations. Often times in any aspect of life, fitness is dismissed from the daily regiment. Whether it be an issue of time or lack of equipment, fitness will often get tabled for the Xbox.

You may be located at various ports of call that may not have the traditional gym environment to work on a max bench press or a new personal record of treadmill. I am hear to tell you that your fitness does not require that type of pursuit.

I am a big believer that the best piece of fitness equipment is what nature gave all of us; our own bodies. That said, fitness pursuits do not require an equipment-laden, lycra-uniformed mega-gym (i.e. Bally’s and the like).

You only need a pair of sweats, a Tshirt, sneakers (preferably Nike [sorry, shameless product plug]), and you own imagination as far as the types of body weight exercises you can perform.

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TACTICAL TRAINING: Everyday Urban Vehicle Tactics

We break vehicle skill sets into two types, high threat driving, and vehicle tactics. High threat driving is everything you do with the vehicle while it is in motion. Vehicle tactics, the focus of this article is everything you do around a stationary vehicle.

The majority of us spend a great amount of time in and around vehicles, but for some reason don’t train enough around them. In the last year between military contracts, and during my own courses I have seen around 500-700 people do the same number of wrong things over, and over again. Let’s take a look at them.

First of all, vehicles, even when up armored, are poor fighting platforms. They are intended to be able to soak up rounds as you drive away from the threat. Which brings us to the first point: Your best option when it comes to vehicle is to use them for their intended purpose and put distance between you and the threat.

At all times, when you are by yourself, or with friends loved ones, you need to be aware of your surroundings, and always looks for holes to drive through if the need arises. Identify drivable terrain, which we define as anything you drive through or over without disabling your vehicle.

The next thing is to keep windows up and doors locked, during force on force scenarios we have to instruct the students to not do one or the other. Because with the windows up, and the doors locked, the chances of an occupant being attacked are slim. Couple this with movement and the chances of something happening in transit are very low.

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