Known as “the triple seven,” the 800 men currently assigned to the Special Mission Wing (SMW) have been charged with supporting the counter-narcotics mission in Afghanistan since its inception but have expanded to include carrying Afghan commandos and operators from the elite General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) into and out of combat for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
I think probably the one that stands out the most was being in Somalia in a big gun fight and thinking, We’re done, we’re not gonna make it out of this. I said a prayer and decided to just do the best I can and not be a coward. That doesn't mean you don’t have the pucker factor though. I don’t think you ever get to the point where you know how you’re gonna act in that sort of situation.
Travis Pastrana embraces the ethos that you must be comfortable being uncomfortable, and that permeated through every facet of the day as he constantly encouraged his guests to venture outside of their comfort zone. At 34 years old, with a wife and two children and a career that would be the envy of most anyone, it would be easy for him to relax. But that’s not who he is.
The Valley Boys: How a Lone Special Forces Team is Fighting ISIS in the Remote Mountains of Afghanistan
The lone operator was patiently waiting for his hour-long flight out to combat outpost (COP) Blackfish, located in Nangarhar Province’s Achin District, where the rest of his Special Forces team was deployed. Only 11 kilometers from the Pakistan border, the remote camp is one of the most forward positions the US military holds in the fight against ISIS-Khorasan.
On the other side of the world, former U.S. Army Captain Brig Barker had just made the FBI’s SWAT Team and was looking forward to getting into the fight. Little did he know the fight was about to come to him.
For several months, the surveillance continued, both day and night. Then one Sunday afternoon, they spotted what looked like their fugitive, draped in camouflage.
Jeff Tiegs is a former US Army Delta Force Operator who now works in the shadows to hunt a different kind of terrorist: those who exploit women and girls in the sex trade.
With heavily tattooed arms, a motorcycle vest, red bandana, and long goatee, Jay Dobyns fit the stereotype for the kind of person who would hang around the street-hardened bikers of the Hells Angels Skull Valley Charter. He would peddle T-shirts for the one-percenter motorcycle club, run errands at ungodly hours, and eventually break bread with individuals who wouldn’t think twice about taking a baseball bat to someone’s head.
The Rice Paddy Navy was a scrappy group of river pirates, peasants, coastwatchers, saboteurs, a feared Chinese Secret Service General who ruled with an iron fist, and a reasonably confident US Navy officer accompanied by a team of handpicked sailors and Marines. Described as one of the best-kept secrets of the Second World War, this exclusive spy ring was created over a cup of coffee.
The plan was to prey upon the emotions of German soldiers. Leaflets would be distributed to Germans on leave containing instructions to show up to common places like bars and restaurants wearing a red heart-shaped cutout identifying their membership. If done correctly, a member from the LLWW would approach them and fill the void of a woman’s attention missing in their life.
Programing is equal parts science and art. There is no single program that will work the same for every person. However, when we take into consideration general human physiology, pertinent systems such as neurological, endocrine, and muscular, we can create a base template for an effective regime. From there comes the art of micro manipulations to address an individual athlete's strengths and weaknesses.
Traditionally, the macchiato was a sipping drink that earned its name from labels in Portuguese applied by baristas who needed to differentiate from the espresso. Adding a dollop of milk brings depth to the espresso and lightens the flavor of the drink, thus making the macchiato a more enjoyable beverage.
With over 200 million pumpkin spice lattes sold in the last 10 years, our fall season has turned into a bombardment of unique flavors accompanying our favorite morning beverage.
Delicate swirls of white foam fold together with the dark rivers of the brew, lightening in color as the warm milk fills the space beneath the espresso. Latte art is the painting of the food world; every wrist flick of the steamed milk flows effortlessly into the espresso creating beautiful ribbons of light brown, white, and rich golden hues.
The fat idea is starting to penetrate the coffee, fitness, and health world at the moment. Fad diets like high-carb, low-fat are getting run out of the picture, and Americans are starting to take part in their future by educating themselves on the research behind fat.
When drawing, the holster is smooth and graceful. The holster body covers the entire trigger guard for safety, and the holster is one of the safest I’ve ever used. Just be careful not to muzzle yourself as you reholster, but that’s a concern with most every holster on the market.
That type of carelessness brought us face to face with a stream we could not cross. Attention to detail and the ability to read into nuance are two critical functions of a good navigator. We failed at this. However, another important aspect of navigation is the ability to adapt and self correct.
Through wild jungles and in the face of brutal narco-terrorists, one band of former special operations medics banded together and delivered much needed medical attention to those in need.
The loss of Bethlehem Steel was widely regarded among the local population as the nail in the coffin during Buffalo’s collapse as a longtime industrial driver for the state. It took years for the city to regain its footing, but now the air has begun to clear.
McGough is the only woman among the small fraction of American falconers who hunt with golden eagles. She discovered the sport by chance at age 14 when she came across the book “A Rage For Falcons” by naturalist author Stephen Bodio on a library shelf. She was immediately intrigued.
Nothing changes the one constant worry running through her head: “I’m going to kill somebody one day.”
After enduring several incarnations over the last eight years, the most current edition of the Hopeless Jack culminated in the summer of 2014. It was a year after York came back to the United States after serving overseas in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He eventually separated from the military and started school to become a welder in Orange County, California — but his plans were about to change.
From basement shows and do-it-yourself dates to headlining extensive US and international tours, the musical odyssey of Minnesota-based trio Tiny Moving Parts (TMP) is an inspirational story that proves that with hard work and diligence, anyone can achieve the unthinkable.
The mood is sinister — especially as the lights darken — but there’s a taught electricity in the air, too. It builds and hums before dissipating into raw, unfocused energy that the crowd — standing serried and mesmerised — absorbs and channels back toward the stage, as if through some strange reverse osmosis.