Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!

Thank you all for reading my work. The goal of this blog is to bring like-minded people together. As long as you love weapons, tactics, and America then you have a home here. I hope you can find some camaraderie, knowledge, and hope at this blog. Run from despair. As long as you or I breathe, then there is a hope for a free America. God, family, community in that order. Get right by those pillars and you'll be at peace. You will know there is a future for your kids/grandkids. That is all life is really about. 

Be hard. Stay hard. Happy New Year! Ranger the fuck up for 2021. Let's make 2021 better than 2020. No fate but what we make for ourselves. Let's impose our will, for once. Be the hunter. Think outside the box. Raptor 2, out.


 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Urban Warfare

 


        I do not like reposting other blogs material, but this is an important post from Western Rifle Association. I just started reading this free book on the Chechnya War and I cannot put it down. You see, urban warfare is not just giant cities like Boston, New York, and Miami. No, there are many other smaller cities that, if controlled, can enable the larger, adjacent city to stamp on our individual rights. We are seeing this today. However, if these cities are rebellious and fight back then they can strangle that same bigger city. We saw that in Mahmudiyah, Iraq throughout the Iraq War in the Sunni Triangle of Death. Those battles for the suburbs, such as Mahmudiyah, are urban warfare just the same and just as important, if not more so, than the fight for the prize city itself. 

        It reminds me of the fight for Baghdad. Capturing Baghdad in 2003 was a hard fight, but easy when compared to the rest of the war. As America learned, sadly, capturing Baghdad was only step one. The second step proved almost impossible at times. But we figured some things out. You see, during the surge, our Generals knew that in order to control Baghdad they had to control the beltway around the city because that is how Saddam Hussein was able to do it. Saddam Hussein...sorry, just writing that name was weird. You get the feeling people have already forgotten his name. Who...my sons ask? The Archduke Franz Ferdinand rings a bell here.... Nevermind. Anyway, Saddam knew that if he could control all those minor cities around the beltway of Baghdad, many of which were Sunni allies with his Baathists Party, then Baghdad would be his. So he deployed his Army accordingly. Control the suburbs because the people who work in the city live in the suburbs. And because you control the people who work in the city, you control where they live, in the suburbs. This extends outwards to infinity. It is fractal, in a sense. There is a lesson there somewhere...

        The point of all this is that I think the future physical/kinetic fights will be in the suburbs. Urban warfare will be key. Don't let the big cities control us. Keep the fight local. That means do not push out of your AO (Area of Operations) Please read this link. Learn from history. Raptor 2. out. 

 https://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1289.html


  

Four Generations of Warfare (Mandatory Reading)

Excellent article today by William Lind. If you do not know who he is then find out now. Read and understand how warfare evolves. For more info, get the Fourth Generation Handbook, also by Lind. (Link Here for 4GW Handbook) Finally, read my mission planning post again (link here) after reading this explanatory article on the generations of warfare. You'll understand it better.

Today’s Article on 4GW (Link Here)

https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=482203

War is always evolving. Evolve or lose. You don’t want to lose. Raptor 2, out.



Sunday, December 27, 2020

Shit is Getting Real

 




First, Nashville....I do not know. No one does. Fellow blogger and recovering mercenary/Rakkasan, Big Country, has a few good write-ups on it; I’ll leave it for him to explain. (Link here) I thought the same things, and I hate to be redundant. All we can do is speculate from our own experiences. All I know is that the official story is never the truth- a quick story on this.

          Until recently, I worked for a contracting company in Baghdad. One night we were all sitting around the pool on the US embassy playing Spades (Can I still call it that? Did I commit a racism?) and talking shit as all good men do when nothing is going on. Our ears perked up a few times when we thought we heard a couple of dull thuds in the distance. We laughed and talked about it but otherwise kept playing. It was not 2006 Iraq after all, but much later and even after the war, it was still Baghdad. There was always a boom here or there, but it did bother me this evening for some reason. So, I blocked out the conversation and listened more intently to what was happening in the distance. It sounded like 60mm mortars falling mere miles short of the green zone. I did not like it. I was not playing this turn anyway and something felt off in my gut. All true fighters learn to trust their guts. If something doesn’t feel right, then it’s not right. I think that is somewhere in CSM Don Purdy’s rules.

          CRUMP!!! An explosion much, much louder than the smaller ones I had been listening for went off in the distance. Immediately, we all got up and ran into the compound for our gear just as the embassy alarms sounded. I used the stairs to get to my second-floor room. I never used the elevator anyway, but in this case certainly not. Who wants to get stuck in an elevator during a battle for the embassy? That wasn’t what was going on, but you know, just in case.

          I am a veteran of the Iraq War. I was there during its infancy. I remember the invasion and lawless summer that followed. I remember when the Fedayeen, or Iraqi Special Forces, began to operate after the war. I remember being attacked with the IED/small arms ambush which would be the defining tactic of the war. I was also there for fifteen months during the War’s deadliest year in 2007. I also spent time in Afghan, but Iraq, well, I know what Iraq can conjure up in less time than it takes to boil spaghetti. In Iraq, if you were compromised at all, then the entire city would pile on and mutilate, then hang you. (Link here) (Link Here) Later, they would utilize the same tactics, followed by making you disappear (Link here). I did not fuck around in Iraq. Even in 2019.

           As I climbed the stairs to the second floor and walked through the door, I could not help but notice the young men who were not kitted up and ready to fight. In 2007 guys would be ready to fight. Always. But now, guys I worked with were standing around laughing and joking. It confused me. As I went to my room, I looked out the window to the south of the embassy, over the Tigris River and saw a plume of smoke that climbed several hundred yards into the sky. It looked like the JDAMs that I had seen during past deployments. There was a crowd of men watching the plume out of the window, not geared up. Later, I realized that these guys had been in the military and private military only since 2014. They had not experienced the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I went to my room and put on my gear to get ready to fight.

          But there was no fight. No one attacked the base. The large explosion which I saw as a JDAM was explained to me as an Iranian weapons facility which had caught on fire and blew up (as though they are that incompetent). I said no, that was a JDAM. I recognized the explosion through my many years in the Mid-East, but no one believed me. Every single member of leadership in my private contracting company and the surrounding companies said it was an incompetent weapons facility. I have the skype messages to prove it. I knew it was not. Not with that sound and not with that plume. It was something I knew.

          For two weeks I was told I was wrong. I stuck with my beliefs. In the end I was right. But I had not figured out the country the JDAM originated from. I assumed it was America that had dropped it. In fact, Israel had dropped the weapon. The weapon which leveled whatever their target was. (Link Here) Was it a weapons facility? I have no idea. They lie about everything. I say that because I do not know if it was or was not Iranian. Maybe it was Iraqis that were angry that foreign nations controlled their country. This was 2019. Iraq was a sovereign country. The war had long been over. Even the war against ISIS was over and long gone. My entire chain of command, who reported directly to the Department of State, had lied to me. Oh, and why the fuck was Israel bombing Baghdad again...you know, a sovereign nation?! I never found out. Leadership never spoke of it again and my buddies seemed to forget it. It was kind of weird. But, it was at that moment I realized I was still a tool. I may have been a fifty-dollar hammer instead of a fifty-cent hammer, but I was still a tool. I put in my two weeks’ notice the next day. How can you work for a company that lies to you?

          So, Nashville…I have no idea. And I do not care. It changes nothing. I have no doubt that in the next few weeks news reports will come out which show a “white supremacist” assault rifle owner, lone wolf, troll who the neighbors never knew existed, ex-military, and confirmed racist. It is exhausting. But what do I know? Nothing, but I have a feeling. And I trust my gut.

          What do I know? I know light infantry. Raids, ambushes, sniper operations, Search and destroy, movement to contact, Small kill teams, blocking, screening, these are the light infantry operations. These operations, combined with an ability to survive off an ability to work with the locals, is what made true light infantry. There is no light infantry in the Army anymore. Rangers come the closest today, which is sad because they are now spec ops. Light infantry is something else. It was not that way when I joined in 2000.

          I remember the Airborne units and Ranger units being so neck and neck that we use to pick fights with the black berets. We didn't bow down to anyone or concede. They came up to Alaska (I was in an Airborne unit up there, the 501st) to train and we would fight with them because they were in our AO (area of operations). Second Ranger Battalion. Fuck them. Our squad leaders (Former Regiment Rangers) used to give us days off if we brought back a black beret. The pride of the maroon beret was real. Of course, most of our leaders were former Rangers. My CSM was a former Best Ranger Competition winner who jumped into Grenada. My 1SG was a former Best Ranger Competition winner who jumped into Panama. My PSG was a Ranger who survived the Ranger School where four other Rangers died. (Link Here) My Squad leader was a Ranger who served in multiple Ranger Battalions who got kicked out due to a DUI. My team leader was a Regiment Ranger who lost his job because he got kicked out of Ranger School for arguing with an RI about the weakness of the officers in his squad. Those were my NCO’s. I would have died for them. It is what made me want to join Regiment to begin with. For whatever reason, they became better than us. I think it is because America lost its light infantry mindset. Consider 11B now means all infantry. No 11H or 11M. Light infantry became line infantry. Those are two different classes of warfare. Think of the last post with the Airborne soldier telling the tank to get behind them. That is what America has lost.

           I digress. The point is that I do not know what happened in Nashville. I do not know what is happening in the USA. But I do know that we are being invaded and conquered. One possible VBIED in Nashville is irrelevant in a country that just allowed a banana republic election. I have seen it in Iraq and Afghanistan with more legitimate elections than we have just witnessed. All I know is that the will to defend your land is more important than anything else. Cold hearted denying of refugees of war-torn states is a strength. God created the nations; we should stay divided amongst them or we risk the lessons of Babel. The globalist agenda is obvious and Satanic.

          So, this week I will be talking about what I know. The light infantry. Raids, ambushes, sniper ops, and search and destroy missions with a few real-world stories in between. You see, insurgents are true light infantry. A quick story...I had a buddy who killed a guy that looked exactly like Andre 3000 during an SKT (small kill team) in Afghanistan in 2010. Small kill teams are a vital part of the light infantry...No, I'm not ready for that one yet. Not enough time tonight. Maybe I will tell that story next time; it is a good light infantry story, but not yet. I have already told a bunch in my archives, check them out. I’ll leave it at that for today. Stay hard. Stay true. Never be afraid. Raptor 2, out. 


         

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Be Hard. Be Resolute. Be Uncompromising. Be Unafraid.

 Merry Christmas, all!


 

Do not be afraid. Remember our history. Stay motivated!

"The poster is a photograph of a dirty, scrappy, tough paratrooper, PFC Vernon Haught, of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, marching in the dead of that cold, snowy winter with a rucksack on his back. Going to reinforce the retreating American forces in Belgium. His expression leaves no doubt about his determination. He is moving out to go toe-to-toe with the enemy in Belgium. As you look at the poster, it strikes you that nowhere in this photograph do you see a parachute. And you and I both know there doesn't have to be one -- you simply know from the look: he's Airborne.

Under the photo is a quote from PFC Martin, also of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, who during the battle asked a retreating tank destroyer commander, "Are you looking for a safe place?" When the tank commander answered yes, PFC Martin replied, "Well buddy just pull that vehicle behind me -- I am the 82d Airborne and this is as far as the bastards are going." 

--General Henry H. Shelton
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Remarks at the 60th Anniversary of the Airborne
Fort Benning, Georgia, April 13, 2000

It would be great to see President Trump quote this.

Link here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sniper Big Four: Basic Marksmanship

 Learn to Shoot!



Just like working out, you need to practice your marksmanship or it will perish...


The year was 2000. I was 17 and had just signed up to join the Army. I enlisted out of the communist state, I mean Commonwealth, of Massachusetts. I thought I knew everything and had the attitude to prove it. As my Drill Sergeant let me know, many times, I did not- not at all, not even a little bit. Shooting, it turned out, was one of my weakest abilities. As I stated earlier, I grew up in Massachusetts where they did not (and still do not) believe in the second amendment, which is the right to bear arms for any history tards out there. Anyway, I never got to shoot growing up because of the laws in this ungodly state. Due to that, when it came time to qualify (not koalafy) in basic, I shot like shit. I scored a twenty-three out of a possible forty. I couldn’t understand how to apply all fundamentals at once in order to hit the target. I was lining up the sights and praying! It took me a few years before I was able to consistently qualify as expert on the range. But when I finally did graduate US Army Sniper School, I had learned enough about shooting to receive the Top Gun award, also known as best shooter in the class. The more you shoot with the proper fundamental, the better you will become.

After giving that process some thought, there has to be a more efficient way to understand shooting than by years of trial and error. This is my attempt at explaining fundamentals in a way that makes sense without you having to go through my years of trial and error. This is not the only way to explain the fundamentals, and it can be discussed more in depth, but who wants to pore over books of dry shooting techniques? Here are some of the points I find most important.


First, it is important to know that there is no sniper secret to shooting. It is simply the proper application of four fundamentals within the context of the phases of firing. Once you can apply all the fundamentals consistently and correctly, you’ll hit your target every time. With practice, you’ll be able to achieve point of aim/point of impact. This is simply the round impacting on the spot you aimed on the target. I am going to try to make this as painless as possible without any extra sniper jargon, but I feel I will be editing a few extra times. With that being said, let us dive into a few sayings which will help you on the range.


Consistency = Accuracy: Applying your fundamentals the same way every time you shoot will allow you to predict the placement of your round on the target. Even consistently applied bad habits and poor fundamentals will allow you to be accurate. Just know that poor habits may limit your accuracy at the further distance ranges.


Aim small, miss small: This simply means not to aim at the target as a whole. Rather, pick a smaller point of aim on the target. For example, instead of aiming at the chest, aim at a button, or the corner of a pocket, on the enemy's chest. The logic is that if you miss this smaller target, you will still hit your larger one.


Every bullet tells a story: It is up to you, the shooter, to be able to interpret that story. Whether impacted on paper, steel, or watched trace through a scope,the bullet is trying to tell you what fundamental might have been off. Whether you jerked the trigger or had improper cheek stock weld, you have to be attuned to your own abilities enough to speak the same language as your round. Interpretation and application during drills are the only way to get better.   


  1. Body position: Without getting into pistol/rifle/machine gun body positions because we could be here all day, lets us focus on the similarities for all positions. The ultimate goal is a sturdy position that reduces angles, which a recoiling weapon will exploit. You will want as much skeletal structure, or bone support, as possible to support yourself and your weapon. This will reduce any shaking that is brought on through muscle fatigue. Basically, try not to use muscles to support yourself. You want to be as in line with your weapon as possible. Like I stated earlier, weirdo angles will cause your round to be unpredictable at long-distance ranges. You want the bullet to go straight forward and the  weapon to recoil straight back as much as possible. Reducing all possible angles and supporting your weapon with your skeletal structure is correct practice. That being said, do not force unnatural positions which will cause you to shake; that is just plain stupid. Duh...    
  2. Sight Picture: First, always make sure that you are using your sights properly. I only say this because, at one time, I did not, and it showed during basic training. I do not remember if I was taught wrong or simply lacked the focus during the block of instruction. Probably the latter. One thing is clear though, and that is when I finally started to shoot better consistently, I was able to see where I went wrong. In the end, it was a simple fix. I was lining up the front sight way too low in the rear sight. Additionally, because I did not know where to place my front sight, I was never truly consistent, breaking my consistency = accuracy proverb. If you are using a scope, keep a good cheek/stock weld by placing your cheek in the same position on the stock every time. Watch out for scope shadow because that will throw the round off target as well. Google it for more information. As snipers, we usually place some sort of cheek pad with wrap to keep our head placement consistent. We would also use it to bring our heads to proper height so there was no strain. Finally, and this one is most important, if you are using an optic on your weapon, make sure that it is far enough forward or backward so that you are not fighting the weapon as you aim. That will surely cause a miss, and it took me a bit to figure that one out.    
  3. Breath Control: For now, we will focus on one target- not time sensitive. The key for this one is to learn your natural respiratory pause, or the short pause after you breathe out and before you breathe in. While not that big a deal at the shorter distances, when you start pushing out that range, you’ll notice observable improvements. This is part of the consistency equals accuracy adage I will keep jamming down your throat. Finally, do not hold your breath longer than eight seconds. If you hold your breath longer than that, you will start to shake due to oxygen deprivation in addition to your vision being blurred and reduced.    
  4. Trigger Control: This is the hardest fundamental to master. It is also something you can work on while sitting on your couch not really paying attention. (Make sure the weapon is clear, duh). The key is to learn exactly when the trigger breaks on your weapon. The old saying that you should be surprised when you fire a round is false. With practice, you will know exactly how much pressure you should apply for the trigger to break. Dry fires, Dry fires, dry fires...and then some more. As long as you are not practicing with a rimfire, you’ll be fine doing thousands of dry-fires. I try to do 100 per day before or after my workout. Quick tip, when you are resetting the trigger to do another dry fire, practice as though you are correcting malfunction. This will gain some muscle memory needed for that drill while dry-firing. On the range, I will always start with at minimum twenty-five before I start to shoot. It is not a safety thing; it is reacquainting yourself with the weapon you are going to fire so you know when the trigger breaks. To be clear, dry fire, learn that trigger pull so that you are not surprised at all when the round fires. Finally, just like with body position, you’ll want to reduce angles here. When you squeeze the trigger, practice with your finger at 90 degrees instead of a simple curled finger. This will prevent you from accidentally pushing the weapon, which will push the barrel slightly, throwing your round off.    


4A: Follow Through: This is a vital, yet not often taught, part of your fundamentals. It is important enough that I want to give this one its own category, even though it is part of trigger control, so we will call it 4A. To be able to achieve point of aim/point of impact at the maximum effective range of a weapons system, proper follow through is imperative. Proper follow through is achieved by the act of continuing to pull the trigger back until the weapon has completed its cycle of function and comes to a complete rest. Practice during dry fires so that it becomes second nature.


4B: Trigger Reset: Similar to the importance of follow through, trigger reset is just as important. We will call it 4B. Now that you have fired a round using proper fundamentals does not mean you get to throw your finger off the trigger in a mini celebration simply because you are proud of yourself. Once the weapon has come to a rest, slowly release the trigger until you feel the metallic click of the trigger rest. It feels the same as when you release the trigger after a functions check. Now you are ready to begin your fundamentals for the next round.


Remember to start slow and the increase in speed over time. Consider the saying that slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Shooting is something I do as much as possible because it places me square in the present and away from all worries. In that moment, as I apply even pressure on the trigger, waiting for it to break, I care only about a few things in life- my eye, the rear sight, the front sight, the target, my point of aim, and applying the rest of my fundamentals. The more in the moment one is, the less they tend to worry about the petty nonsense that seems to only hold us back. Plus it keeps you alive, always moving and thinking, and listening to the feedback the round is telling you. Being on the move allows your brain to remain active, which helps you solve problems. Aristotle used to give classes while walking, and Steve Jobs held meetings similarly.


Finally, it is important to remember that your shooting abilities will rust and begin to perish the more you ignore them. You must be ready for the fight when it does come to you; it inevitably will. The utopian bubble that the United States has been immersed in will eventually pop. It already appears to started in Europe. How is this any less than an invasion of a sovereign nation? The answer is that it is not. If history is any indicator, which it always is, it will only continue as long as the people allow it to continue. Once they lose faith in their government institutions, because the government fails to properly protect its citizens, the people will defend themselves. The sad part is that it is the people who believe in open borders who will have blood on their hands. Instead of merging into one unidentifiable culture in which every one is happy, the groups will keep dividing, form tribes, and war against each other. It is evident throughout world history with famous examples being the Reconquista in Spain and, more recently, the European conquering of the Americas. In the end, remember to stay in shape, shoot often, start a family, and form real relationships with like-minded individuals in your community. It is the only true way to get American strong again.

This was meant to be a brief lesson. There are certainly much more and better techniques. These are simply the keys which I always remind myself. Let me know if any of these tips will help you at the range. A friend of mine, when asked how he was able to shoot so well, responded by always saying, "I try to aim for the middle". If you have any more questions, simply ask...


A War Hero: First Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard

Warrior of the Day: Jimmie E. Howard


How many people have ever heard of the Battle of Hill 488 in Vietnam? I sure had not. I thought I was well versed in ever major battle of Vietnam, from the Ia Drang to Hamburger Hill and on through Operation Lam Song, when 4th Infantry Division went on the offensive into Laos. I have read all about the SOG Teams conducting ambushes and prisoner snatches on Ho Chi Minh Trail and LRRP teams being the eyes for every Army Division in country. I was even inspired to become a sniper myself from the stories of Carlos Hitchcock, Chuck Mawhinney, and Adelbert Waldron III (and of course Tom Berenger in the movie, Sniper). So, imagine my surprise when I heard of a battle that fought was by 200-400 North Vietnamese against a mere 16 Reconnaissance Marines and two Navy Corpsmen? And the Marines won! It tells me I need to read more about Marines in Vietnam.

(Then) Staff Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard was the Marine in charge that night. It was the summer of 1966, early in the Vietnam War, for conventional troops anyway. Both sides were still feeling each other out. Learning each others strengths and weaknesses. It became apparent, however, that the NVA, still green against American Marines, were not ready for this fight. Any attempt to articulate the courageous actions of this man or his steadfast leadership in the face of overwhelming odds will fall embarrassingly short. So, here are a few excerpts from an excellent article I found about the battle. It is told through the eyes of Ray Hildreth, a veteran of the fight who does not hold anything back. Read the whole article yourself and then get the book (Link here). You will be absolutely astounded by the courage of these American men. Hell, it might even inspire you to start your own team of small, hard men. After all, this book, a window into the not-too-distant past, shows us how steadfast, courageous, disciplined, and masculine men used to be. It also shows us what one great leader, SSG Jimmie E. Howard can inspire his men to achieve.

On to the story (Link Here).  

Of the seven recon teams Sullivan planted around the high rim of Hiep Duc Valley on June 13, Staff Sgt. Jimmie Earl Howard’s 1st Platoon—16 Marines and two Navy corpsmen— drew the most isolated site, deep inside enemy territory on top of a 488-meter (1,600-foot) barren knob. Known as Nui Vu Hill, it was marked as Hill 488 on the Marines’ maps. Beyond the hill lay nothing friendly, all the way to Laos.

Nui Vu dominates the surrounding terrain, overlooking farmers’ huts and a number of small villages in the broad floor of the valley below. Less than 75 feet across at its widest point, the hill from above is shaped like a lopsided three-bladed propeller. The only cover is a boulder, about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle with the top chopped off, at the upper base of the north blade. Grass, knee-high and thick down from the crest, grows short and patchy on the top.

After reaching the top of that same hill in 1966, Sergeant Howard and Lance Cpl. Ricardo Binns, who acted as second-in-command, had established a defensive perimeter, designated fields of fire and zones of responsibility and assigned fire teams. Ready to provide artillery cover was a firebase of 105mm howitzers on heights at the end of the valley toward Chu Lai and another battery of 105s to the south at Tien Phuoc.

By mid-June, the valley was crawling with enemy drifting toward the coast between Da Nang and Chu Lai. At night, lines of blazing torches marked their progress through the valley. Even daylight did not deter them, so accustomed were they to having free rein.

The enemy had learned of 1st Platoon’s presence on Hill 488. At about 2200 hours, a U.S. Special Forces detachment patrolling two miles north of Nui Vu spotted hundreds of NVA and VC marching toward the hill. The detachment radioed Howard.“There’s at least a battalion, and they look like they mean business.” Sergeant Howard placed his men on 50-percent alert and designated the Big Rock as the rally point for a final defensive line if it came to that.

Hoang Minh Tien was a fresh lieutenant and leader of the Viet Cong 31st Platoon, Bien Minh Battalion, 2nd Division. Before June 15, he had seen no combat action. His platoon had been on the march for 90 days, infiltrating from North Vietnam down the Ho Chi Minh Trail and into the Hiep Duc Valley. The Americans had to be shown how deadly it was to venture into the valley, and his orders were to wipe out the U.S. Marine recon post on Nui Vu Hill, no matter the cost. His superiors told him the fight would be over quickly.

I will leave it right there for the real hero to tell the rest of his story.

Before I get to Jimmie E. Howard’s Medal of Honor Citation, I just wanted to relay a thought. Throughout the book, Ray Hildreth keeps mentioning how much he looked up to his Platoon Sergeants leadership. You see, this was not SSG Howard's first venture into the flames of war. It appears our hero of the day had earned himself a Silver Star during the Korean War. You will learn about the why and how when you read the book. But all that experience, along with a group of good men, led to SSG Howard leading what was perhaps the most decorated unit in American military history. His men loved him, and he loved his men. And that is it, right there. To be a good leader you must have good followers, or people who can put aside their ego’s and own ambitions and allow themselves to be led. To run the most effective unit that you can, you must have both. It is a ying and yang thing.

Good followers are hard to come by in this day of snarky comments and feminine behavior from both genders, especially men. That conduct is expected of females, but American men….(anger rising)…I digress. Anyway, I do not want to tarnish these men of honor by discussing the weak men of today. Those eighteen men of that reconnaissance Platoon, all men of course, looked up to Howard. They listened, took initiative when needed, but Howard was the guiding voice they needed to last the night. No doubt he would say he needed them more. The result was a platoon that defeated a battalion of NVA troops in their own backyard. The platoon received one Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, Thirteen Silver Stars, and eighteen Purple Hearts; yes, every single one of these warriors were wounded, six being killed in action. Truly inspirational.

What a story. What a fight. Read about this military history. As much as you can. Think of it like repetitions. Events tend to be similar and there is a vast number of lessons to be learned in books like this. But, damn…What happened, America?

Anyway, Attention to Orders (Link here):

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. G/Sgt. Howard and his 18-man platoon were occupying an observation post deep within enemy-controlled territory. Shortly after midnight a Viet Cong force of estimated battalion size approached the marines' position and launched a vicious attack with small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire. Reacting swiftly and fearlessly in the face of the overwhelming odds, G/Sgt. Howard skillfully organized his small but determined force into a tight perimeter defense and calmly moved from position to position to direct his men's fire. Throughout the night, during assault after assault, his courageous example and firm leadership inspired and motivated his men to withstand the unrelenting fury of the hostile fire in the seemingly hopeless situation. He constantly shouted encouragement to his men and exhibited imagination and resourcefulness in directing their return fire. When fragments of an exploding enemy grenade wounded him severely and prevented him from moving his legs, he distributed his ammunition to the remaining members of his platoon and proceeded to maintain radio communications and direct air strikes on the enemy with uncanny accuracy. At dawn, despite the fact that five men were killed and all but one wounded, his beleaguered platoon was still in command of its position. When evacuation helicopters approached his position, G/Sgt. Howard warned them away and called for additional air strikes and directed devastating small-arms fire and air strikes against enemy automatic-weapons positions in order to make the landing zone as secure as possible. Through his extraordinary courage and resolute fighting spirit, G/Sgt. Howard was largely responsible for preventing the loss of his entire platoon. His valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit served to inspire the men of his platoon to heroic endeavor in the face of overwhelming odds, and reflect the highest credit upon G/Sgt. Howard, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Naval Service.




Saturday, December 19, 2020

A War Hero: Robert L. Howard

           I am sick of living in a weak, feminine society. So, today I present to you one of America's finest warriors no one has ever heard of, one Col. Robert L. Howard, (Ret). He is, perhaps, America' s most decorated soldier. He is my Airborne Ranger in the Sky. Who is yours in these times? Man the fuck up, or as he would say, ranger the fuck up. Because the America he grew up in is dead. Time to fight for it or men like this will never be remembered. Attention to orders...


 

RECON COMPANY AT COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRAL

          In 1968, Robert L. Howard was a 30-year-old sergeant first class and the most physically fit man on our compound. Broad-chested, solid as a lumberjack and mentally tough, he cut an imposing presence. I was among the lucky few Army Special Forces soldiers to have served with Bob Howard in our 60-man Recon Company at Command and Control Central, a top secret Green Beret unit that ran covert missions behind enemy lines. As an element of the secretive Studies and Observations Group (SOG), we did our best to recon, raid, attack and disrupt the enemy’s Ho Chi Minh Trail network in Laos and Cambodia.

UP THERE WITH AMERICA’S GREATEST HEROES

          Take all of John Wayne’s films—throw in Clint Eastwood’s, too—and these fictions could not measure up to the real Bob Howard. Officially he was awarded eight Purple Hearts, but he actually was wounded 14 times. Six of the wounds, he decided, weren’t severe enough to be worthy of the award. Keep in mind that for each time he was wounded, there probably were ten times that he was nearly wounded, and you get some idea of his combat service. He was right up there with America’s greatest heroes—Davy Crockett, Alvin York, Audie Murphy, the inspiring example we other Green Berets tried to live up to. “What would Bob Howard do?” many of us asked ourselves when surrounded and outnumbered, just a handful of men to fight off hordes of North Vietnamese.

           To call him a legend is no exaggeration. Take the time he was in a chow line at an American base and a Vietnamese terrorist on a motorbike tossed a hand grenade at them. While others leaped for cover, Howard snatched an M-16 from a petrified security guard, dropped to one knee and expertly shot the driver, and then chased the passenger a half-mile and killed him, too.

          One night his recon team laid beside an enemy highway in Laos as a convoy rolled past. Running alongside an enemy truck in pitch blackness, he spun an armed claymore mine over his head like a lasso, then threw it among enemy soldiers crammed in the back, detonated it, and ran away to fight another day.

          Another time, he was riding in a Huey with Larry White and Robert Clough into Laos, when their pilot unknowingly landed beside two heavily camouflaged enemy helicopters. Fire erupted instantly, riddling their Huey and hitting White three times, knocking him to the ground. Firing back, Howard and Clough jumped out and grabbed White, and their Huey somehow limped back to South Vietnam....

Read the whole article here....

His medal of Honor citation...(Remember that he was nominated for two others before this one.)

CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Howard (then Sfc.) distinguished himself while serving as platoon sergeant of an American-Vietnamese platoon which was on a mission to rescue a missing American soldier in enemy-controlled territory in the Republic of Vietnam. The platoon had left its helicopter landing zone and was moving out on its mission when it was attacked by an estimated two-company force. During the initial engagement, 1st Lt. Howard was wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade explosion. 1st Lt. Howard saw his platoon leader had been wounded seriously and was exposed to fire. Although unable to walk, and weaponless, 1st Lt. Howard unhesitatingly crawled through a hail of fire to retrieve his wounded leader. As 1st Lt. Howard was administering first aid and removing the officer's equipment, an enemy bullet struck one of the ammunition pouches on the lieutenant's belt, detonating several magazines of ammunition. 1st Lt. Howard momentarily sought cover and then realizing that he must rejoin the platoon, which had been disorganized by the enemy attack, he again began dragging the seriously wounded officer toward the platoon area. Through his outstanding example of indomitable courage and bravery, 1st Lt. Howard was able to rally the platoon into an organized defense force. With complete disregard for his safely, 1st Lt. Howard crawled from position to position, administering first aid to the wounded, giving encouragement to the defenders and directing their fire on the encircling enemy. For 3 and one half hours 1st Lt. Howard's small force and supporting aircraft successfully repulsed enemy attacks and finally were in sufficient control to permit the landing of rescue helicopters. 1st Lt. Howard personally supervised the loading of his men and did not leave the bullet-swept landing zone until all were aboard safely. 1st Lt. Howard's gallantry in action, his complete devotion to the welfare of his men at the risk of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.



Friday, December 18, 2020

Mission Planning

 



          Lately, many people have been asking me what type of plate carrier they should buy. There seems to be some sort of revolutionary spirit rising in this country, but I cannot quite put my finger on it. Anyway, I always follow their question with one of my own, what do you plan on doing with it? Like every other tactical or strategic decision, whether you wear a plate carrier depends on METT-TC. This is a concept which the current military cannot understand. They know how to analyze, but not in the current situation.

So, what is METT-TC? METT-TC is an acronym that stands for mission, enemy, terrain, troops available, time, and civilians on the battlefield. The acronym is used to help commanders remember and prioritize what to analyze during the planning phase of any operation. Let us break this down further to how a current military leader thinking in the second generation (2G) of warfare might analyze each letter in the acronym and compare it to how a fourth generation warrior (4GW) might be thinking.

                Mission: What is the purpose of the operation and the commander’s intent?

                (This is the generally the same in fourth generation warfare (4GW), but it is decentralized so that it is not hierarchical. For example, Al Qaeda’s mission was to free Iraq. It was up to their low-level fighters and individuals to figure out how. This made it so there was no head of the snake to cut off. No leaders=no targets. Especially for people who consider themselves as important as the media, speaking of which…)  

                Enemy: Who is the enemy? What are his strengths and weaknesses? What weapons do they have? What are their numbers? What are their capabilities? Are they motivated? Do they have high morale? Research and recon here are your friends.

                (In 4GW, the media might be a way more important than any physical enemy like ANTIFA. In this scenario, if the media is more important than they would arm their troops with cell phones due to their cameras. This could potentially be everyone. Cell phones in the hands of useful idiots are more important than rifles because of the spin/propaganda…until the battle goes kinetic anyway and men’s hearts harden. This is where we are. Also, as we saw in the Sandmann case, the camera works both ways. Think outside the box. Like the colonists did when they dressed up like Native Americans and threw tea in the harbor. Imagine what conservatives could do if they dressed all black as ANTIFA and did…)  

                Terrain: Where is the fight? Historically this has meant the physical terrain of the battlefield. Are you fighting in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or the humid, jungles of Vietnam? During a kinetic fight, Commanders will use the acronym, OAKOC for a more detailed analysis. OAKOC stands for observations and fields of fire, avenues of approach, key terrain, obstacles, and cover and concealment.

                (In 4GW, the fight is everywhere in every space occupied. It is at your work, online, at the grocery store, It is all encompassing and exhausting so pace yourself, get off the social media that is toxic. Additionally, on a physical battlefield an Army might conquer hills or cities to win a war as in WWII. But what happens when an enemy view the cultural high points as hills to be won, like in 4GW? A long war which captures “hills” of Academia, the media, politics, Hollywood, etc. and then uses those hills to direct propaganda (machine gun fire/mortars) down at the regular citizens in order to demoralize and take over, whoever that is or might be…)

                Troops available: This does not just stand for how many troops you have available. What are your troops capable of? Consider the Ranger big five in this category and how well your troops are trained in them: marksmanship, medical, mobility (how quickly your troops can deploy and maneuver) physical fitness, and small unit tactics. What is their morale?

                (In 4GW, the Ranger Big Five is still very valuable. However, you can use your strengths in one to offset the others. For example, in an insurgency we used to react to single shot rifle fire as sniper fire. It did not matter if it were accurate fire or not, a single rifle shot could stop our movement for quite some time. It was a big deal. The ability to blend back into the sea of people hid the fact that the shooter might not be able to hit the broad side of a barn or could run 100 meters without passing out. The will was there to take the shot and that was all that mattered. That was in a kinetic 4GW fight. In the current situation of information warfare, you will be faced with the omnipresent news reports about how any resistance is futile and we are always losing. Think about this one carefully.)  

                Time: Yes, this is easy, time available. But think all time. Movement times, planning times, rest times, resupply times, battlefield prep times, etc.

                (Time is not the same in the different generations. Iraqi time during our occupation was different that American time. Iraqis were there before, during, and are there now. They could operate as slow as needed, hence the low intensity conflict. An IED here, a sniper attack there, a raid on the police here, and mortar attack there will inflict a slow stream of casualties. Death by a thousand cuts is real.)  

                Civilians of the battlefield: This is one that was added in my lifetime and it is important due to the moral side of warfare. Who are the people on the battlefield you might interact with? What are their mindsets? What is a normal day of life for them? How might they be exploited to further the mission.

                (The local population is everything in 4GW. What they will tolerate will allow you to operate. What they do not tolerate, well, the city will come down on them. I was there in Lutafiyah in 2003 when the city came down on a Spanish Special Forces Team which had been compromised. It was not really in the news but only one soldier survived. The rest were, tortured, mutilated, and killed. Here isthe link for the operation we launched a week later. The point is to win the mob. If you control the mob, you control your objective/mission, but only if you value the people. In the US, present day, the media controls the mob. That should tell you the mission.)

                That is a brief run down on METT-TC. Getting back to the question that I have been asked a thousand, million times of what type of plate carrier to purchase? Well, that is METT-TC. You will have to ask yourself these questions. What is the mission? Are you an imperial soldier clearing rooms or are you an insurgent where speed is security? Who are you and what are your strengths and weaknesses? Who is the enemy? In what environment do you operate? Are you a welder by day and sniper by night like in an insurgency? Or are you a professional soldier in a foreign land trying to install democracy on a people who do not want it? Who are the people around you, freedom lovers or communists? Christians, Moslems, or atheists? All valid questions and worth addressing.

                 So, in the end I guess I must answer. I am a retired soldier. I fought against a light weight, determined enemy who ran circles around us for years. They did not wear body armor. They barely wore anything. The ones we killed and got an up-close look at them were wearing a vest with maybe 4-5 AK magazines and a few grenades. They knew the importance of speed in a fight against the empire. I knew the importance of speed against me. Speed and stealth. Get a job, blend in, operate out of the shadows. I do not have any body armor and I never will. And that I guess is my final point. Raptor 2, out.


     


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

This

 Because fuck you:

    And be ready for a cold hard winter. I do not understand why our people of privilege's would sabotage themselves. They have it good. They have it better than I would even dream. Yet, for whatever reason I am their enemy. Do they not know that a weak, feminine society will enable Napoleon's, Hitler's, and Stalin's to fill a vacuum? That is what theirs is. Weakness and tolerance.

    I am a man of the rucksack. I do not want for possessions. I do not want for material nonsense. I live a hard life filled with discipline. I wake up early, go to work building better structures than 99% of the world. Then I go home, and I spend my nights being a father to four children. All this from a four-tour combat vet of the Afghan and Iraq wars.

    The truth is I just want for my kids to grow up in a world where they are not oppressed. Where they are not the minority. I always ask people if they believe that minorities should have their own countries, of which they do, and I agree they should. They say yes. Then I ask if white people should have their own countries. They say no. I do not understand these people. They are not dumb, yet they seem to have no idea what will happen in a world where a nation does not stand up for its people. You get Rhodesia. Where, most ask? Research.  

    I know what will happen. They will expect men like me to save them. But I am a good man. What happens if it is evil men who fill the vacuum? Or men who lose? Like Rhodesia. What happens if everyone is not equal? What happens if woman suck at combat? So here is a question. If women, or woman of color are America's future, then what happens when these women face an Army of real, hard men? Who do you think will win? Politics aside, why are there weight classes in combat sports? Why are there no female football teams?

    The truth is America is broken. We no longer walk in the light. We used to have anchors of truth that was Jesus and God. We no longer know truth. And when you no longer know truth you have been judged. and the judgement is this:  

    For God So Loved the World

    16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should     not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,     but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not     condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the     name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world,     and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who     does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be     exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his     works have been carried out in God.”

    Be ready. Because evil will keep pushing. If you walk in darkness, you live in darkness and hide from light. I do not want war. I do not want rumors of war. But you know the deal. I am in the light. And I stand with God and Jesus. Do not lose hope because we do win in the end. Jesus had only twelve. It has carried him over 2000 years.

    So, what do you want? Money? Beauty? Fame? Time? Or a future for your children in their own country? The choice is yours. Raptor 2, out..

Thursday, December 10, 2020

A New American Rangers?

Consider modern warfare and this blog post:

http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2020/12/random-thoughts-on-sporty-times.html

Are those some new standing orders to follow? How much havoc could one dedicated Ranger team create in an area the size of a state following those rules? Anarcho-tyranny cuts both ways and the times, well, they are a-changing (as someone famous once said). Especially if one knows the AO (area of operations) and the people, inside and out. I guess it would be multiple states if you live in the Northeast. We used to call it METT-TC in the military

METT-TC are key factors to consider as you plan your mission. Mission, enemy, time, terrain, troops, and civilians on the battlefield. Buy the Ranger Handbook and study in order to apply to the tactics on the above link. CNN doesn't think spicy times are coming. Cuomo, a pampered, rich fuck who has never sacrificed anything a day in his life mocks Rambo's quote, "live for nothing, or die for something". 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVUVHgsWA8s&t=3s
  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6uNt6h3_bM

The best part of his rant is when he talks about how ridiculous the quote is. Maybe. Most Veterans would disagree with that statement. After all, it takes a lot of sacrifice to serve your country, something this gay retard wouldn't understand. However, do you have any doubt he would, or has, championed Colin Kaepernick? Its the same fucking thing, only it is the left conquering.


Is anyone else so fucking ready for what is coming? Fuck these people. Fuck their cushy lives. Fuck everything about them. Wait until they have to go without food or water or power for only a couple of days. They will fucking eat each other. Just remember, keep your emotions in check and stay the gray man. Recon for weak points and attack only when you have the advantage.

The American Ranger has always been at the cutting edge of battle throughout American history. But, we also know the 75th Ranger Regiment will not be jumping in to save your city. Indeed, an imperial force isn't even the historical norm for Ranger forces in the US. It is only in the last 80 years that there have been dedicated Ranger units in the Army. Before that they were partisan/militia forces who knew their AO's so well they could become ghosts. Mosby, Marion, Morgan, Rogers, Church, they were all innovative, partisan forces who were hated by the elite of their times. But they knew their people. They instinctively knew METT-TC. Ambush and disappear. Snipe and disappear. Raid and disappear. They could blend into the sea of people in their city and then hit the supply lines passing through even while building chairs all day. They developed their own missions and had the will to complete them. Against all odds. That is the real warrior. Make your Ranger team of men you trust who have gone through hard times with you. Even if you have to invent those hard times. Take your team 10 miles into the woods for a week and survive off the gear you think you need. Walk five miles a day. Be creative. Get fucking hard! That is the true believer. Ill leave you with a quote that used to be written on the US Army Sniper School gym wall. I don't know who wrote it, but the times are coming when men will need to live by it.