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November 11th, 2015

Victims, Marines, and Veteran's Day...
 
 
Today is the day we honor the sacrifice and service of all veterans for their willingness to pick up the sword and shield of our nation. When we look at nearly every other nation on earth, they have been invaded, usually conquered, or severely debilitated by attacks and spend fortunes recovering. Veterans have ensured that Americans have never had to suffer that fate, and they continue to do so today. When we look at our instruments of national power, Australia has more diplomats then the United States. Right or wrong our position in the globe is provided by our economic prowess, which is guaranteed by the force that the Department of Defense is capable of deploying. Thank you to all who have risked everything to maintain the freedoms we all enjoy!
 
  I was out with my son on our morning walk (although he still rides in the stroller). This morning’s distracted driver was able to slam on the brakes just before entering the crosswalk, when they finally noticed the 6 foot tall 200lb guy with a stroller standing on the curb with a walk sign in front of him… It used to upset me but now I just feel sorry for the guy. His inability to pay even nominal attention to his surroundings is exactly what criminal’s prey on. He is simply a victim waiting on a crime. Personal safety isn’t about responding, it’s about developing the habits that reduce the potential of being a victim in the first place. Security isn’t a theory or state of being; it’s just a set of fairly straightforward habits.  I hope to see many of you expanding your toolbox of productive habits in the personal security workshop series on December 11th.
 
  Lastly, Marines are a strange lot. They celebrate the birthday of their organization with more fervor then their own on most occasions. The birthday of the Marine Corps was yesterday. I was fortunate to yesterday, for the third year running, be  on the range with clients. Seeing people take the time to master the defensive skills the Marine Corps paid me to learn is about the best way I can think of to celebrate what the Marine Corps provides our nation. And then, I went to have beers and sushi with SEALs of all things… Cats and dogs living together, etc… Regardless - Happy Birthday Marines!

Stay Safe and have a great week!
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Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics

As gun ownership and concealed carry steadily rise throughout the United States, more people are seeking information on finding the training and the tools to best prepare themselves for personal defense.  While there is no shortage of literature provided by gun and ammunition manufacturers, there are too many variables to unequivocally cite a single gun and ammunition combination which is the best or most effective for all shooters in all circumstances.  This article will discuss Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics in order to provide the information to help you determine what may be “best” for you.Read more »

 

Resilience: The Key to Personal Security

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When we look at business, psychology, or sociology the concept of ‘recoverability’ is a key component in measuring the health and effectiveness of an organization, an individual, or a society. In dealing with unpredictable or unexpected events, the most successful organizations, people, and societies are those able to adapt and create novel solutions to novel circumstances. Elements of the successful actors are creativity, commitment, confidence, experience, and talent but in the case of shocking events the most common term for this collection of traits is resilience.

The black swan is the typical example of a completely novel event. European explorers had never seen a black swan, as that genetic mutation did not exist in Europe, and it had never even been considered. In 1697, when Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Australia, it was something completely novel.Read more »

Terminal Ballistics – Part II

Terminal Ballistics - aegis academy - Howard HallWelcome back to the second and final installment in the Terminal Ballistics series, which will also complete the Ballistics Series.  In Terminal Ballistics I, we covered key terminology and highlighted the common goal of hunters, law enforcement, and home defenders… to incapacitate game animals or felonious assailants with as few shots as possible.  We also covered the two methods that bring about incapacitation: a well aimed shot to the Central Nervous System (Medulla Oblongata or the upper spinal cord) and severe blood loss. In this article, we will cover projectile characteristics, best practices, and conclude the series. Read more »


Shotgun Breaching 101

Aegis Academy - Shotgun Breaching - Gun Safety ClassMembers and readers, if you have noticed a trend toward more tactical shotgun articles lately, you are correct. We have discussed at length the ability to use the Shotgun as a weapon and the ability to add accessories such as lights and extra ammunition quite easily. For a relatively inexpensive weapon, it has great versatility and firepower. For close quarter type engagements, the sheer kinetic energy it delivers without most of the over-penetration problems found with many other weapons, makes it THE weapon of choice for home defense. As we move to the use of the shotgun as a ballistic tool, it becomes even more apparent that having a properly equipped shotgun at your home makes you and your family safer and more prepared for any and all eventualities. Now, we will discuss the importance of knowing how to use shotgun breaching techniques that can be useful in emergency situations. Read more »

 

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Throw Back Thursday (November 2014):

A Veteran's Reflection on Veteran's Day

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Today, as our Nation pauses to honor its veterans, some Americans are enjoying a day off of work… some are cashing-in on some internet and retail sales presumptuously named after the federal holiday… and others are actually reflecting on what this day means to our Nation and her veterans.  While I don’t claim to speak on behalf of all veterans, I’m not soliciting for any charity or cause and I’m not prodding anyone to go out of their way to “thank a vet.”  After 20 years of serving our Nation, however, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts on Veteran’s Day from the perspective of just this one veteran.  I believe the veteran’s story is a compelling one that is worth sharing… for our veterans are both a product of and protector to the families, schools and communities that raised us.  In the following paragraphs, I will tell you about the history of Veteran’s Day, a very brief history of the American Veteran, and share an inter-generational message among veterans.

Feel free to post any ideas, concerns about individual bills and thoughts others can use when writing their legislators. Remember, when writing politicians, use plain, simple English written at an 8th grade level. Remove the emotion and keep it very short or you will lose their attention. Five hundred one paragraph emails are far more powerful than 50 long winded diatribes that no one will read! Read More...

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Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes:
Charles E. Wyckoff 

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Sergeant Charles E. Wyckoff, US Army

Distinguished Service Cross (Awarded Posthumously) — For actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Charles E. Wyckoff, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 3d Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division. On 6 June 2007, Sergeant Wyckoff distinguished himself as a Rifle Team Leader in combat operations during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While engaged in close combat against determined enemy forces, Sergeant Wyckoff left his covered position without hesitation, to force the other members of his team to take cover. Sergeant Wyckoff revealed his position and fatally engaged two insurgents to save the lives of his platoon. Sergeant Wyckoff’s bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division and the United States Army.


Each week we recognize a hero from a different service so we never forget their actions and dedication to this country.
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The More You Know:

Travel Security in South Africa

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Do you know how to stay safe and secure while traveling to the country of South Africa?

The risk of violent crime to visitors travelling to the main tourist destinations is generally low. The South African authorities give high priority to protecting tourists and tourism police are deployed in several large towns. Most cases of violent crime occur in the townships. Consult a reliable tour guide if you visit a township.

  • Incidents of vehicle hi-jacking and robbery are common, particularly after dark. Keep to main roads and park in well lit areas.
  • There are frequent incidents of car windows being broken and valuables taken while cars are waiting at junctions. Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Due to thefts at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you should vacuum-wrap luggage where local regulations permit. Keep all valuables in your carry-on luggage.
  • There are particularly high levels of crime in the Berea and Hillbrow districts of Johannesburg and around the Rotunda bus terminus in the Central Business District.
  • Be particularly vigilant in Durban’s city centre and beach front area.
  • Keep to main roads and avoid driving at night when visiting Northern KwaZulu Natal and Zululand, as there have been incidents of hi-jacking and robbery, particularly on isolated secondary roads.
  • Be vigilant on the approach roads to and from Kruger Park where there have been cases of car hijacking.
  • Avoid isolated beaches and picnic spots. Don’t walk alone, especially in remote areas. Hikers should stick to popular trails. There have been violent attacks on hikers and tourists on Table Mountain. Take care in quieter areas of the Park, especially early in the morning or just before the park closes.

And now you know!

 
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Veterans Helping Veterans: How Two Marines Helped An Injured Marine Vet Shoot Again

Veteran-Shoots-Again-Aegis-AcademyToday is Vetaran’s Day. Today is set aside to honor those that have served, and are serving, our country in the United States Armed Forces. Yes, “thanking” a veteran is something you should do today; but, taking it a step further and thanking a veteran with your actions is also something you can do. Whether it is making a donation to a reputable charity that helps to service wounded veterans and their families, or sitting down with your kids to write thank you letters to service members deployed away from their families — there are countless ways that you can say “thank you”. It really is the least we can do for these men and women that have given so much.

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Mom is Shot, but Defends Home Against Invaders — While Breastfeeding!

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A combat medic in the National Guard, Semantha Bunce had had some basic firearms training, but could never have imagined having to use her training while she was at home breastfeeding her fourth-month-old son. Last week, however, when her home was broken into by armed intruders she found herself in just such a situation. While feeding her infant son, she heard the intruders enter the home and once they spotted her they quickly began shooting at her. Mrs. Bunce reacted quickly — she grabbed her own firearm and shot back.

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Two American Contractors Killed By Ex-Jordanian Cop

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Early on Monday news broke that two American contractors and one South African were killed when a former Jordanian police officer, who had recently been fired, started shooting at a special operations training facility. The facility, King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center, is located near the capital city of Amman. During the incident two other American contractors and four Jordanians were wounded. The suspect was shot and killed by Jordanian security officials.

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Violent Man with Hammer is Shot by Neighbor

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A rather wild story is coming out of the suburbs of San Diego, California today. Reports are indicating that a 28-year-old man went on a violent rampage in the Scripps Ranch community on November 5th, 2015, which ultimately terrified and confused many of the neighbors who witnessed the crazed event. The suspect, who was un-named in reports, began smashing the windows of his neighbor’s cars around 7:00 pm that evening. He then followed by attempting to attack several people with a knife.  Reports indicate that this violent rampage took place on the street of his parents’ home.  Responding law enforcement officials believe the suspect had a nervous breakdown of some sorts, noting that “He was running around with a hammer beating on cars and arguing with neighbors.” Yeah, that sounds like a nervous breakdown “of some sorts” all right! 

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