Hurricane’s surviving, natural disasters.

Either way surviving natural disasters are hard, they are hard to decipher where your going to get hit, they are hard, when they pop up out of know where, but there are many things I’ve learned through my work through natural disasters to potentially help those who are out there. Lets start with story time.

During The Hurricane, A flat bottom boat holding two twin 250’s was screaming with the wind or gong with the peak of the waves…. (his wallet showed he was a crab fisherman in Alaska, ((Captains License)) Bystanders reported he started to make a 45 degree turn to the 130mph wind. When he realized he wasn’t going to miss the truck he made a quick 90 degree turn. With a 130 mph wind, and being fat bottom it skidded across the water, started to list and then airborne over the truck (with the witnesses.) the props according to the witnesses were running full spin. and the engines were hitting “rev max” (Im not a boater, terms don’t mean much to me. I do know a flat bottom boat holding twin 250’s would scream with a 130mph tail wind. Naturally the props broke off and started hitting people spreading people right left and center.

What does that have to do with hurricane preparedness? nothing… just don’t get your dumbass caught in one! Floridians ride them out because they are FloGrown. and the state is only a few hundred miles wide so its going to skip right over the state, and go into the gulf. or, like hurricane Irma run up the state, sadly due to poor forecasting the people ran from the storm to the place it was going. The state had not put into place legislation like Texas where a “State of Emergency” is declared prices on goods deemed quantified for life sustainment they can not raise prices. In fact they are going after three business’.

What do I do? If you have a natural disaster, leave, if you can. If you have to shelter in place, have survival blankets

The Brown Out, No I’m not talking about your pants when the first shell lands; North Korea, and Counter Culture.

RIP SSG AARON BUTLER, 19th SFG, Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr.
In war you find your self to near misses, you see the video of the of people taking shots in the body armor, or ballistic helmets, being in the military it is a series of near misses and eventual hits. 

Bringing us to North Korea, The Dictator of the Peoples Republic Of North Korea. Threatening Guam, Why threaten the one Island that is majority; Military, not just military but stealth medium attack bombers. This is not Connor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather. It is like my son against the UFC heavy weight champion. Especially when China backed off. Kim Jung Un is going to be sitting there with his finger off the button, I don’t feel like we our out of the clear until after 9/11 Kim Jung is a historical individual. 

Counter Culture, when were not understood; we go out, get a piece a of paper that says were smart, and we still do not fit in. We are the guys working a day job to fund the night and the weekend fun. So imagine a guy sitting at his desk with his appendix carry, and he can shoot the Barret, 50cal, and everything else you can think of, think of. When Saturday comes they go and put in work, keeping there shooting skills sharp. Just want to do hood rat shit with there friends…. #Counterculture 

The Ole Bait and Switch….

Now Amazon is pulling the plug on your relationship if you complain to much or return to much stuff. Some people found a lot of loop holes in there system and exploited them and some just did not know and returned things, and had know clue that there complaining. Sometimes its good to cut the cord on a relationships that complain to much, however; Amazon has there floor set up to box C12 could be a Diamond ring boxed up and C13 could be a box of rubber dog shit. You could be thinking yes my diamond ring is on PRIME?!?! YES!!!!! when a box of rubber dog shit out of hong kong shows up, don’t complain about it. It will count against you and you may get your prime pulled.

For those who are in the military this may sound familiar. The guys who are in the military “Old Timers” look at the military are generally the Older Gen-Y’s the guy’s with all the rank. Some guys may call them the “Crusty NCO’s” but you don’t get to E-9 or O-6 and up with out earning it, with out leading the best of the best. People are calling it the “New Army”. 

Is it the New Army? or is it the make it work for you Military? I have a close close friend that left the military at the end of his enlistment. He tried to go  WOFT but was told flat out he stood  better chance from the outside. The Military lost an NCO so that he could ETS and return to the Army to become a pilot. Some would consider that self serving, some would consider that, filling the needs of the Army, He is now apart of the 160th. I would say he bettered the Army.

I’ve heard its the “Me-Me-Me” Army. Although I would say individuals exploiting the “Loop-holes” throughout the military that allow men and women to better there career to shatter through the glass ceiling (essentially) when a PFC can push through and bust through the Warrant officer ceiling or Officer Ceiling and retire as an Chief 5 or O6 or a even… as long as soldiers live the soldier creed and the rest of the creeds within the DOD and cleanly promote them self and climb the ladder I have no problem with the “ME-ME ME DOD”

The Great Stale Mate know as the US Military…

I have run across a lot of people through out my career that have hit there “BOILING POINT” or there “FUCK IT” point. The US Military is good for that. “hurry up and wait” SOF is not immune from all of it. Waived off Jumps because we waited to long and the winds picked up, training evolutions paused at camp rudder because lightning strikes are too close. etc. I have run across a few stories where the people them selves are going to guest blog with me. These people took a down grade of rank and position for the betterment of the military. 

One gentleman is Former Army Captain Now SGT Pokorny, formerly CPT Pokorny, was an infantry officer.

Ive also been following the story of an officer who essentially resigned her commission to get to where she wants to be, her IG handle is Fionaheloise. She commissioned to be a Military Police, LT FioanaHeloise had to resign her commission to become a Warrant Officer so that she could fulfill her dream of doing the investigative work.

Brandon Webb, Chris Osman takes on “Red Circle”,”Among Hero’s”, and the rest of stolen valor.

Chris Osman is an amazing designer, he does some awesome work with motorcycle’s, easily accessible bags, and other as sundries, by the way he was apart of Naval Special Warfare. Essentially he is a SEAL. (ret)

IG: _chris_osman_designs

He has been taking to Instagram to call out people who are “Stealing Valor” Im going to piss off a few people here but its not hard to steal valor or as the new term comes “borrow valor” -coined by Havock Journal. Combat it is real real easy to have fish tails especially when it comes to the early days before we all had camera’s/helmet cams/ etc. It is when you refuse to come back to center, you refuse to say eh it docent matter how many fish we caught as long as we left better people”

Brandon Webb that he never fired a shot in anger in the war on terror, he hid behind the same award that was issued to the entire platoon. Those awards and commendations are considered “unit” citations. For those who are unaware, there are “Unit” Citations within the awards and commendations and there are personal awards/citations. Chris has pointed out that his “combat experience” and the basis is based SOLELY on a unit citation. As Chris says “Essentially every single person in the platoon got this citation” This is essentially a same citation that could be earned by a Seabee in Afghanistan. It does not insinuate combat. You call it implied valor, or even borrowed valor.

This is all stemming from a the release of his new book “Among Hero’s” that oddly enough was released on Memorial Day Weekend. The book recalls a close friendship with eight service members who later went on and were killed in battle. It seemed like a good idea at the time, however; at time of print brandon has made zero mention of proceeds going to them. Making you believe that he is going to profit off the loss of SOF widows grief. Anonymous calls were made to various stops of the book signings that heading warning that trouble was brewing, these warnings were not headed and not trouble has come: Hello Trouble…

Green Team…

Any group that joins JSOC is forged in through the hell that is Green Platoon/Green Team. you work your arse off just to get in. It depends on what branch and what group your trying out for. I have found through out my career going through “Two Pipelines” you would think one was enough punishment, but the second was the one I retired from and it was the most rewarding by far.

Going through Green Platoon for the 160th was by far my favorite assignment. You spend six weeks of hell although there is hell and there is purgatory. I had already been through Ranger school (not the 75th ranger regiment) all those guys who say your not a ranger because you did not belong to the 75th relax I went for a leadership school. However I did go all the way through with no recycles. Suck it Batt Boys! Im kidding… Compared to Ranger School Green Platoon was difficult but I had developed a mantra, “as long as you made it through today you can make it through tomorrow” “You made it did everything they wanted today, you can do it all again” and my personal favorite “Your not a quitter, you’ve never quit anything since a mile long swim when you were 14 don’t start now, quiting is embarrassing”

I swam the required 500m swim on the first day. My dad watched me swim, I had never swam that far before, I don’t remember saying this, but my dad said you looked at me tired and worn saying “I was going to finish or they were going to pull me from the bottom”. I worked up to my mile swim on the last day. and the day before I had the devilish “cross chest carry” that as I started working as a lifeguard, getting more and more certifications the BSA was the only one that taught it the, American Red Cross, YMCA deemed it unsafe and better the patient go under than rescuer and the swimmer. I guess better one than drown than two, but I suppose if it is your loved one it is not to risky. Any of us that have had any kind of dive training swim training etc. know what the panicked mind can do, however; look at the Coastguard…. they don’t quit. Neither do I. If I can rescue I guy who outweighed me by over 100lbs had ten years on me and almost a foot and swim him 25m just about anyone can. He did not want me to get my lifeguard. He was going to drown me, I say to you Mike… you made a man out of me at 14. thanks for that!

Ridiculous movies with asinine martial arts…

Im here to tell you that shit exists. It is frightening when it is you against more than three or more other people.

However; the military has developed SOCP, which has turned into a conglomeration of multiple forms of martial arts. Take for example Chief Special Warfare Operator Byers. He was number two man through the door, in which his number one man was mortally wounded, his NVG’s were were knocked everywhere he landed on the “objective”, the individual adjacent to him. Was a hostile target after he readjusted his NVG’s and he engaged him in hand to hand combat while keeping the objective covered. On exfill with the objective secured the individual worked his life away to keep his team mate alive. It is rare that actions such as these are awarded the Medal of Honor to the nations top teams, our lives are not as valuable as others in the results military.