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Lock-N-Load Radio is growing! Move with us at a special advertising rate!


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We’re Moving !  Genesis Communication Network – Channel 5 

 Start Date:  August 11th 2014

Time Slot: 8am-10am CST, 7am-9am Pacific, 9am bv-11am EST.

Show Description:  The ONLY Monday – Friday, drive time radio show that is “all things gun related” is moving to a much bigger network and looking for a new advertisers, title and segment sponsors!

With over 100 million gun owners in the US today, LockNLoad has something for everyone. We cover all spectrums of  the world of firearms, including the gun industry, emerging trends, self defense and commentary on the news that  would strip away your  2A rights.   With guests such as the 3D Gun Guru Cody Wilson, Gun Owners of America Exec. Dir. Larry Pratt, Noble Peace Prize Nominee, Dr Jim Garrow, Tactical Training Guru Chris Costa, Psychologist Dr Linda Lagemann and many others, we explore the dynamics of the uniquely American 2nd Amendment and everything that goes along with it!

LockNLoad is your daily dose of blunt truth designed to counter the Mainstream MisInformation Machine!

Known for the last two years as Gun Owners of America program, “Lock-n-Load” is moving to a bigger broadcasting network and will be the opening show before their #1  ‘Alex Jones’ show.   This is a great move for “Lock-n-Load”, as the affiliate list will be expanding rapidly and the advertising rates are planned to skyrocket when both are sold by their inside sales team.  Additionally, I will be co-hosting the segment on “Women and Guns” to reach the growing female gun owner market.

Network Info: GCN has established a very large and loyal following that continues to grow each day. Large companies and small businesses alike benefit from advertising, promoting products, newsletters, and public service announcements. Your Business Will Be Seen And Heard:

500+ AM and FM Affiliate Stations

Globally on Shortwave Radio

XM Satellite Radio

Internet listening options, including:  Live Via Telephone: (605)-562-7700

  • Live internet streams
  • On Demand
  • Program archives
  • Podcast
  • iPhone App via Apple iTunes
  • Android App via Google Android Market

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?    All advertisers that sign on now will be grandfathered in at their current rates. If you have ever wanted to hear your company’s name as the “Studio” which “Lock-n-Load” is broadcasting from…now is your chance!

30 sec Ad spots sell for $75 each with a minimum commitment of one month = $300.

Segment Sponsors will get professional Ads by Eric Rogers,  the voice of “Shark Week” and many other programs.  Ads will run daily on each hour of the show,  as well as,  mentions on each intro and out take, approx. 4x per show and sell for $4,500 for three months – half off the network rate cards.

Title Sponsor is $25,000 for one full year! This is over $10,000 in savings over new rate cards.  They will have their logo on all things “Lock-N-Load”, including the studio name,  professional VO for all Ads,  which will run 8x per show with intro’s and out takes x4, along with  collaboration rights for interviews, product reviews and on-air support for their business goals.

Contact me today for these discounted rates through Aug. 11th!

 

2A supporters dumping Microsoft 365, One Drive, Outlook, and more!


Thank you to writer, Steve Johnson for evaluating all policies and giving us a heads up on the Microsoft products which I will be cancelling as of this moment!

Since 2009 Microsoft’s Code of Conduct has been applied to more and more of their online service. If a service is covered by this Code of Conduct, users of it are prohibited from using it in  “any way that promotes or facilitates the sale of ammunition and firearms” (See bullet point #13).

Almost all of Microsoft’s online services are by now covered under this “Code of Conduct”. These services include Windows Live, Office 365, Microsoft Sharepoint, Bing.com, Outlook.com, Windows OneDrive, Exchange Online, MSN and a number of other services.

The only major Microsoft services this does not apply to is, at the time of this blog post, Skype, Microsoft Azure and XBox Live. I expect Skype will eventually fall under the Code of Conduct.

Windows OneDrive, formally known as Microsoft SkyDrive, is built into Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 for Phones and Windows 8 for Tablets. If you work in the gun industry you should avoid these products. You could wake up one morning to find your account terminated and all your emails, contacts, calendar etc. deleted.

Windows Live powers a number of Microsoft services including Microsoft’s cloud email and cloud Office suite. Windows Live, Outlook.com and Exchange Online power many large institutions including colleges and high schools. Don’t use any Microsoft-hosted email systems to buy or sell guns, unless you are willing to risk getting kicked out of college (especially if you have signed documents agreeing to abide by Microsofts Terms of Use)

If you use Microsoft Office in your gun business, make sure you do not use the Office 365 service to share business-related files.

Here at TFB the only Microsoft service we use is Skype. If Microsoft bans gun-related business over Skype, we will most likely switch to Google Hangouts.

It is sad to think that the Gun Club @ Microsoft was once a relatively large club. Point and Click no more

– See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/06/16/breaking-microsoft-bans-use-services-promoting-guns/

Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter to receive Medal of Honor


South Carolina resident, Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, the only living military member of Taliban attack will receive the Medal of Honor next month at the White House.

Carpenter threw himself on a grenade while under Taliban attack on a rooftop while on duty in Afghanistan in 2010. His flag came after he was airlifted from that rooftop after being pronounced PEA, or patient expired on arrival, according to a statement he made in a video released detailing a portion of his story.

He was fighting alongside Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, who lived after the attack.

 http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/05/28/sc-medal-of-honor-recipient-others-honored-at-luncheon/9693457/

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If you or someone you know is active duty or a veteran, take advantage of this discount!

 

 

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They can also check out a review that was done on our rifle at www.gunblast.com keyword TAR-15
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Derek Amato’s musical genius is literally one in 7 billion…


As seen on Discovery Channel’s “Ingenious Minds”

Contact us to book a speaking engagement or performance

“Friends and Patriots” do protect innocent Federal Employees!


BROWNSVILLE — A federal judge granted a government motion to drop all charges against a special agent with the Office of Inspector General under the Department of Homeland Security based in McAllen, court records show.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen earlier this month signed an order to drop, with prejudice, charges of conspiracy to falsify reports and falsifying reports against Marco Rodriguez, 41, of Mission.

“Marco steadfastly maintained his innocence in the face of immense pressure from the federal government,” said Michael Rodriguez, Marco Rodriguez’s attorney. “This dismissal is the first step in returning Marco’s good name, which he made for himself over 16 years of exemplary service as a federal agent.”

Marco Rodriguez’s other lawyer, Darrell L. Fun, praised the ruling.

“It was a long and difficult fight for justice in Marco’s case, but in the end the government did the right thing and justice prevailed,” Fun said.

The agent was charged along with his former supervisor, Eugenio Pedraza, 49, of McAllen, who was in charge of the McAllen office of the DHS-OIG.

Pedraza, who is scheduled for trial in March 2014, has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of falsifying federal investigation reports in the wake of an internal FBI investigation and a Washington, D.C.-area grand jury indictment. Pedraza was Rodriguez’s supervisor in the McAllen office of the DHS self-investigative wing, and both men were indicted in early April in Brownsville.

The 31-page indictment names seven cases involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol officials who were suspected of helping drug and human smuggling operations working ports of entry in Brownsville and Pharr.

The Justice Department alleges the scheme was meant to hide Pedraza’s failure to ensure investigations were conducted thoroughly and properly.

Michael Rodriguez said since the charges against his client were dropped with prejudice, federal prosecutors cannot re-file them.

“A dismissal with prejudice prevents federal prosecutors from re-filing the same charges and is a complete and total vindication of Rodriguez,” Michael Rodriguez said.

 

POLL: Jake Zweig, formerly on “TopShot” on Premiere of “Dude You’re Screwed” on Discovery


Last night was the premiere.  Check out these patriots, put to the test!

Jake Zwieg on “Dude You’re Screwed” from the Discovery Channel

Dude You’re Screwed on the RedEye

POLL:  Will Jake Quit?!

DON’T FORGET ABOUT USVC….What A Few Can Do!


DON’T FORGET ABOUT USVC….What A Few Can Do!

We are a Corps of Military Veterans that performing “Hands On” community service with a mission/deployment attitude!

Guinness World Record Holder, US Presidential Volunteer Service Award, 3 time Best Community Service Project in the Nation, and many other local, state, regional, & national awards!
Update: The Hero Home 7 Ground Breaking is being moved to next Tuesday due to weather. See below!

Event 
Saturday, December 14th
Holiday in the Hangar (11:30am – 2:30pm)
TAC Air Hangar
1725 East International Drive Morrisville, NC
Set up: 9am
Event: 11;30am
Strike: 3pm
32 new computers will be given away to eligible children (grades 3 – 12) sponsored by Lenovo
RSVP: http://plancast.com/p/kzgk/holiday-hangar

Mission
Monday, December 16
Shoe Pick Up for Homeless Veterans (9:30am)
Will leave from our Op Center and travel to Nashville NC
Depart: 9:30am
RSVP: http://plancast.com/p/kzqq/usvc-mission

 

Mission
Operation Coming Home
Tuesday, December 17
Hero Home 7 Ground Breaking Foundation Pour (10am)
OCH provides new homes for wounded troops & their families that were injured during combat operations
747 Shoals Lake Drive Fuquay-Varina, NC
Set up: 8am
Event: 10am
Lunch: 11:30am
Strike: 12 noon

Mission/Event
Indoor War (Toys For Lil Troops Fundraiser 3pm – 10pm)
USVC ArchAngels & other USVC Veterans vs everyone in laser tag!
Hard Knocks Indoor War 3501 Spring Forest Road Raleigh NC 
RSVP: http://plancast.com/p/l05s/indoor-war

Mission
Friday, December 20th
Turkey for the Triangle/Troops (9am)
1001 Wade Ave, Raleigh NC
Unload and giveaway turkeys to non-profits and US Military & Veterans
RSVP: http://plancast.com/p/kzqo/turkeys-triangleturkeys-troops

CONTACT: 
Andrew Ladner
Executive Director
United States Veterans Corps
919-818-9609
aladner@myusvc.com
myusvc.com

Patriot Tour


Room for 3 more warriors! “WINGS of INSPIRATION” Nov. 11th Lake Elsinore, CA.


save the date (2)

We have room for 3 more wounded warriors to tandem skydive for FREE this Monday!

We are still short $3,000 in sponsors so you must get your self there to participate.  Contact Jill below for referrals.

TYRANY IN DC! Unregistered ammunition and brass casings cause for jail time?


The District of Columbia has lost its mind and is drunk with power!  http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/23/miller-dc-businessman-faces-two-years-jail-unregis/?page=1

MILLER: D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing

By Emily Miller

The Washington Times

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.

The police banged on the front door of Mr. Witaschek’s Georgetown home at 8:20 p.m. on July 7, 2012, to execute a search warrant for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts.”


SEE RELATED: MILLER: D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing


Mr. Witaschek’s 14-year-old daughter let inside some 30 armed officers in full tactical gear.

D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with the police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Police based their search on a charge made by Mr. Witaschek’s estranged wife, who had earlier convinced a court clerk to issue a temporary restraining order against her husband for threatening her with a gun, although a judge later found the charge to be without merit.

After entering the house, the police immediately went upstairs, pointed guns at the heads of Mr. Witaschek and his girlfriend, Bonnie Harris, and demanded they surrender, facedown and be handcuffed.

In recalling what followed, Mr. Witaschek became visibly emotional in describing how the police treated him, Ms. Harris and the four children in the house.

His 16-year-old son was in the shower when the police arrived. “They used a battering ram to bash down the bathroom door and pull him out of the shower, naked,” said his father. “The police put all the children together in a room, while we were handcuffed upstairs. I could hear them crying, not knowing what was happening.”


SEE RELATED: MILLER: D.C. police help get firearms to National Cathedral for event to promote gun control


Police spokesman Gwendolyn Crump would not provide further information on the events in this case.

The police shut down the streets for blocks and spent more than two hours going over every inch of his house. “They tossed the place,” said Mr. Witaschek. He provided photos that he took of his home after the raid to document the damage, which he estimated at $10,000.

The police found no guns in the house, but did write on the warrant that four items were discovered: “One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition,” which was an inoperable shell that misfired during a hunt years earlier. Mr. Witaschek had kept it as a souvenir. “One handgun holster” was found, which is perfectly legal.

“One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition,” which was a spent brass casing. The police uncovered “one box of Knight bullets for reloading.” These are actually not for reloading, but are used in antique-replica, single-shot, muzzle-loading rifles.

This was the second police search of his home. Exactly one month earlier, Mr. Witaschek allowed members of the “Gun Recovery Unit” access to search without a warrant because he thought he had nothing to hide.

After about an hour and a half, the police found one box of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition, one gun-cleaning kit (fully legal) and a Civil War-era Colt antique revolver that Mr. Witaschek kept on his office desk. The police seized the Colt even though antique firearms are legal and do not have to be registered.

Mr. Witaschek is a gun owner and an avid hunter. However, he stores his firearms at the home of his sister, Sylvia Witaschek, in suburban Arlington, Va.

Two weeks after the June raid, D.C. police investigators went to his sister’s house — unaccompanied by Virginia police and without a warrant — and asked to “view” the firearms, according to a police report. She refused. The next day, the D.C. police returned to her house with the Arlington County police and served her with a criminal subpoena.

The Office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia Irvin Nathan signed an affidavit on Aug. 21, 2012, in support of a warrant to arrest Mr. Witaschek. A spokesman for Mr. Nathan would not comment on a pending case.

Mr. Witaschek went to the police station on Aug. 24 at 5:30 a.m. to turn himself in, but was not transferred to central booking until 11:30 a.m., at which time he was told it was too late to be arraigned that day. He spent the night in jail and was released the next day at 10 a.m.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier reserves such harsh tactics for ordinary citizens. When NBC News anchor David Gregory violated the gun-registration law last year by wielding an illegal 30-round magazine on live television, he was not arrested.

Mr. Nathan also gave Mr. Gregory a pass, writing that prosecuting him “would not promote public safety.”

Mr. Nathan, who is unelected, showed no such leniency to Mr. Witaschek. In September 2012, the attorney general offered Mr. Witaschek a deal to plead guilty to one charge of unlawful possession of ammunition with a penalty of a year of probation, a $500 fine and a contribution to a victims’ fund.

Mr. Witaschek turned down the offer. “It’s the principle,” he told me.

To increase the pressure a year later, Mr. Nathan tacked on an additional charge in August of illegal ammunition from the first, warrantless search. Mr. Witaschek chose to accept the risk of prison time by going to trial instead of pleading guilty.

The firearms laws in places such as the District of Columbia, Chicago, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey do nothing to reduce violence, but merely infringe on the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding.

However, if these laws are going to be enforced, the police and government must treat everyone equally.

The charges against Mr. Witaschek should be dropped.

Emily Miller is a senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).

“Patriot Games” Official Invitation & Sponsor Call Out info


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Sponsor info, Agenda and Teams Register here:  http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?EventID=2139007241

“Patriot Games” – Tactical Laser Tag


1st Call for Sponsors of the “Patriot Games”!

OCT. 20th at the PA National Guard aka. “The Armory”

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Planning an interactive tactical laser tag challenge and networking party during the week of the IACP Conference in Philly.  If you are SWAT, industry buyer or vendor and would like to join us…please contact me asap!

Theme is “Philadelphia-Home of Liberty!”  Tactical and patriotic theme offering the best of Philly food and interactive entertainment!   Additional proceeds will be donated to LAWEEF.org supporting families of the fallen and specialized tactical training for law enforcement.  A commercial grade video production available to sponsors.  Official flyer will follow shortly!

Another radio interview today. Listen in to what’s going on with Friends and Patriots!


American Heroes Network Radio – 8/13/13

Jill’s Interview Today at 11:00am EST and then Radio

Archived on: http://americanheroesnetwork.com

Look for MMO at the IL Warrior Summit!


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English: Soldier Field 2006 NFL game kickoff Chicago Bears vs San Francisco 49ers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midwest Military Outreach (MMO) is a proud sponsor of the Illinois Warrior Summit at Soldier Field in Chicago on August 12, 2013!  MMO connects Service Members, Veterans and their families to the resources they need to transition to productive civilian life.  MMO’s offices are located in the historic Cedar Rapids, Iowa Veterans Memorial Building.

Midwest Military Outreach was the connecting agent working with multiple corporate partners to achieve Level 4 contributor status at the 2013 Illinois Warrior Summit.  MMO’s corporate partners for this event include: ConAgra Foods and Fashion Delivers who donated in-kind product, The Salvation Army and JM Swank who donated warehouse space to store product, and CH Robinson Trucking, JRRW Transport and Penske Trucking who donated the transportation.

MMO was able to connect the right corporate partners and private sector logistics experts to achieve 29,000 pounds of in-kind donated product with a total retail value of over $250,000.00 for the 10,000  Service Members, Veterans and their families attending the 2013 Illinois Warrior Summit at Soldier Field.

MMO worked closely with Robert Malnik, Founder/Chairman of the Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (I-SAVE) Foundation, who coordinated the details for the Illinois Warrior Summit.  Partners to make this event a success from the Soldier Field end include: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Chicago Park District and World Sport Chicago.

The 2013 Illinois Warrior Summit connects 10,000 Service Members, Veterans and their families of the Midwest Region with resources in the areas of: benefits, education, employment, housing, legal, disabilities, health, family, children services and faith based organizational opportunities. Over 200 organizations will be present and working together to unite the community and create awareness of resources that promote successful transition to civilian life.

http://www.midwestmilitaryoutreach.org/

SUPPORT SEAL FAMILIES WHILE THEY PROTECT OURS ON OCT. 5TH!


COMING UP FAST …..  OCTOBER 5TH!  GET YOUR TABLES NOW!

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Hello All,

I wanted to update you on how the entertainment and speakers are lining up for our October 5th event at the Balantyne in Charlotte, NC.

Our Key note speaker will be Ken Robinson. Bio Attached and link to intro video below

Our MC will Kim Dozier author of Breathing the Fire. She is a correspondent for the Associated Press, covering intelligence and counter-terrorism. She was stationed in Bagdad as the chief reporter in Iraq for CBS News for nearly three years prior to being critically wounded on May 29, 2006 in a IED explosionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberly_Dozier
Our SEAL Community family speaker will be Suzanne Vogel who founded NSW Kids and heads up our kids program.http://nswkids.org/staff.html
We are also planning on having a wonderful little girl whose father was a SEAL killed in action sing our national anthem
As for entertainment
We will have some Navy SEALs parachute into the Balantyne golf course carrying a massive US flag and large individual banner for our sponsor. Many of the Charlotte news agencies will be present so this will be great exposure for our key sponsor.Along with the USO who will be there to perform we will have the band Badhorse a well known country band with a song currently in the charts. Here is a link to a great song they have about deployed fathers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8N733yvJdc&feature=em-share_video_user

John David Kahn has also agreed to perform his hit song American Heart.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIlqy8siV5g
I am pretty excited about the lineup. We have a comprehensive event website being put together as we speak and will have done hopefully by the end of the week.
I have also attached the Save the Date Flyer and the Sponsorship Flyer.
Thank you all for your participation and please forward this and all other collateral on to anyone you think may want to get involved or attend.
V/R
John Wolf Galt

CEO
SEAL- Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
John@seal-nswfamilyfoundation.org

619-865-9394– mobile
619-344-0344 – office

www.seal-nswfamilyfoundation.org
 

Casting call for Steve Austin’s “Broken Skull Ranch” trailer


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Stephanie’s Garter Holster – Coming Soon!


Kevin Jackson and Joe the Plumber team up with the “Colorado Buck” show to help combat wounded


Shout out for corporate sponsers interested in funding and product placement on the popular “Colorado Buck” Hunting show.  They will be filming a combat wounded veteran on an Elk Hunt with these two conservative clowns!  Its going to be a great time for a deserving veteran, but we need your help to meet all expenses. In kind support for air travel, needed as well!

Remember when I booked Chris Kyle on an Elk Hunt a few months before his murder? He told me afterwards it truly inspired him to continue helping vets through these types of recreational activities and we know thats exactly what he was doing when he died.  Hunting trips are LIFE affirming and I will keep up the work to find funding for them, in Chris’memory. 

YOU can help heal a hero AND get your company brand or product seen by millions of viewers on TV!

Now thats a PR plan everyone should get behind!
Contact me for more details: jill.trammell@gmail.com

Two amazing VALUES for advertising budgets! Minimum of 100 million anticipated TV viewers!


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Two fighters grappling in a mixed martial arts event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have an advertising budget between $5,000 and $50,000…DO NOT MISS THIS!

This is not a charitable endeavor…this is the real deal that would cost you MEGA BUCKS through a media buying agency.

I’ve got two (2) TV PRODUCTION advertising opportunities with anticipated minimum viewership of of 100 million people and the chance to be a part of history!

One is in the MMA market which is a perfect cross over for the firearms and accessories industry.

The other is for a historical documentary that will be highly anticipated, as there is already an unfinished documentary of the same subject being replayed often.  A competing network with the same type of show has over 15 million viewers per week, on the subject matter!

Give me a call if you understand VALUE for your advertising budget!

NDA’s are needed for more information.  Call Jill at 239-273-4783

UFC VIP EVENT: Making a Wounded Warfighter’s Dream Come True!


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THIS IS JEFF.  His story was brought to my attention from Wounded Vets.org and when I learned he was using MMA as his coping mechanism for dealing with his PTS….it was time to make a few calls!  The result was totally unexpected and obviously meant to be!    

 Hooters hooked us up with all VIP passes for the Jones vs. Evan’s fight in Atlanta.   I quickly found sponsors for expenses.  Much appreciation for the airfare provided by Soldier Water of Tampa and Wounded Vets.org for hotel.  

Jeff had the time of his life meeting his UFC heroes, but when they learned about him…the respect was more than mutual.   

This is the article written by my friend Howard Altman, Sr. Military writer for the Tampa Tribune.  Thanks Howard for documenting his story!  

Army hero turns to ring to battle PTSD

By HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune
Published: May 19, 2012
Updated: May 19, 2012 – 5:20 PM
HUDSON –HUDSON In a 22-foot-diameter octagonal cage where kicks and punches are exchanged, Jeff Collins finds an escape from his pain.Stalking his opponent, eyes fixed with concentration, Collins doesn’t think about the soldiers who died beside him in an Iraqi firefight. He doesn’t dwell on what might have been if post-traumatic stress disorder hadn’t forced him from the Army.Jabbing, ducking, swinging his feet in a roundhouse kick, his thoughts don’t swing to the day his father killed himself in his house.Here at Extreme MMA, a mixed martial arts academy run by an affable redhead from Massachusetts named Paul Mello, Collins allows his brain to think only about his training for an upcoming match in Orlando.Mello built the gym in the middle of his father’s junkyard, Hudson Salvage.It’s where Collins, 33, found salvation.”Mixed martial arts has saved me,” he said.* * * * *Jeff Collins, construction worker, became U.S. Army Sgt. Jeff Collins in July 2007 after returning from a tour in Afghanistan with the Florida National Guard. Collins enlisted after his job with a concrete pumping company ended.Just as he received news that his first wife was filing for divorce, he was selected to be the “tip of the spear” on a mission to go after an al-Qaida leader. The man had massacred the family of a U.S.-friendly militia member in Diyala province, and Collins was tasked with kicking in the door on a payback raid.He picked three guys — Pfc. Zachary Nordmeyer, Cpl. Michael Mayne and Spc. Michael Alleman — to be on his team.

“I knew they were reliable,” said Collins, sitting on a chair in his Holiday home. “I knew they were the best of the best.”

In the early hours of Feb. 23, 2009, Collins and the rest of his platoon, a couple dozen men, boarded choppers heading for the target. The raiding party entered the compound, but there were no insurgents, just an old man and a few women, Collins said.

A Predator drone overhead captured a different scene. The drone operators saw men run into the courtyard but not out.

“We knew they were there,” Collins said. “We just didn’t know where. The old man said no one was here, but he was lying to us.”

Nordmeyer saw something that didn’t look right. He picked up an ax and began hitting the ground. An indentation opened up, then a small hole.

Collins, who had a powerful flashlight attached to his M-4 combat rifle, pointed the barrel into the hole, his interpreter next to him.

“I flipped on the light,” said Collins, “and then an instantaneous ba-pow.”

An insurgent in the hole had shot the interpreter in the head.

Two holes opened up on each end of the courtyard, Collins said. Insurgents with belt-fed machine guns popped out and began firing.

“We were stuck,” Collins said. “It was a meat grinder. They were shooting the place up.”

Lt. Hans Rohr, the platoon leader, was shot in both hands. Just before getting to a mud wall for cover, Nordmeyer was hit.

“I went to go get him,” said Collins, “but it was just bullets, a wall of bullets. I remember telling him, ‘Hold on a minute; I’m going to come get you.'”

But the enemy gunfire was too fierce.

“He got shot two or three more times,” said Collins, crying at the memory. “I just felt helpless. I was this big bad NCO that ruled with an iron fist, and everyone looked up to me. I was the go-to guy. I couldn’t help him.”

Enemy bullets began piercing the mud wall. Then the insurgents began lobbing grenades.

Mayne was killed. Minutes later, Alleman was dead, too.

Collins, alone now, kept firing. He remembers killing an insurgent who raced toward him but hesitated a second too long.

“I went through five 30-round magazines,” he said.

Eventually a quick-reaction force arrived and rescued Collins, but not before almost killing him. A truck crashed through a wall, the bumper hitting his head.

Collins ended up in a truck with the other rescued soldiers. The men cried and hugged.

One of those men was Rohr, now a captain stationed in Hawaii.

“I was very concerned for his mental health,” Rohr said. “He was very, very traumatized. “I told the medics, ‘Make sure someone keeps an eye on him. He is not OK.’ ”

* * * * *After the firefightthe Army career that Collins loved essentially was over.

“I didn’t finish my tour,” he said. “I started getting panic attacks, and they sent me to a combat stress unit.”

He spent time in psychiatric units in Germany and Bethesda, Md. Finally, an Army medical board decided he no longer could serve. Collins was devastated.

“I didn’t want to get out of the Army,” he said. “I would still be in right now if they would let me.”

About the same time, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in the courtyard. At the ceremony, a general came up to Collins and said he saw the firefight on a video captured by the drone.

” ‘You are one hard son of a bitch to kill,’ ” Collins said the general told him.

* * * * *Before returning home to Holiday, Collins was kept for observation at an Army post-traumatic stress disorder center in Washington State.

“They wouldn’t let me go back home,” Collins said. “I was too unstable, having outbursts and anger. They were afraid I was going to go home and kill my ex.”

When he first got home, Collins went through a “partying stage” and then withdrew. But in December, he met a woman on an online dating site who would become his second wife.

Andrea Collins said she didn’t know anything about what happened in that courtyard in Diyala province until about a month after they started dating, when the new couple hosted a party for a cousin departing for Afghanistan.

“He drank too much, pulled a gun on himself and said he wanted to be with his boys,” Andrea Collins said. “I sent everyone home, and he laid on the floor and spilled his guts.”

Opening up did not change things for Collins.

“I felt ripped off because the Army took my job away,” he said. “I was bitter.”

One day in March 2010, Andrea Collins came home from work and found what looked like shredded paper all over the house.

“I had gotten drunk and shot the house up, all the pillows, shot holes in the wall,” Jeff Collins said. “I probably shot off 40 or 50 rounds.”

The next day, Andrea Collins took her then-boyfriend to the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, where he was put on more than a half-dozen medications.

But he still drank, often a case of beer a day. He ballooned to 250 pounds.

And he kept getting hit with bad news. His parents’ 32-year marriage dissolved and his dad fell into an alcohol-fueled depression. Collins’ downward spiral continued.

Then one day, the man who ran his PTSD group at the VA made a suggestion.

Try martial arts.

* * * * *Collins went online and found Extreme MMA in Hudson.

He approached Mello in July 2010, told him about his past, that he was there on doctor’s orders.

“I instantly clicked with the guys,” he said. “The camaraderie reminded me of the military.”

He stopped drinking, began training. Four months later, he entered his first tournament and won gold.

“That tournament changed my life,” he said. “I felt like I was a winner again. In the Army I was a winner. I was the best at what I did. When I got out, I had no purpose. I just wanted to die.”

After winning, Collins decided to live. He dropped 60 pounds. He entered four more tournaments, coming in first or second each time. He and Andrea married.

“I was transformed into the soldier I used to be,” he said.

The resurgence didn’t last . On Dec. 14, while sitting at home, Collins heard a loud “pop” coming from the room where his daughter, Savannah, stayed during visits.

His father had committed suicide.

“I pretty much lost it,” Collins said.

He started drinking again. Quit training. Ballooned back up to 230 pounds. Stopped answering his phone.

Then one day in April, his 7-year-old daughter asked him a question that might have saved his life.

Daddy, why don’t you fight anymore?

“She used to go to the tournaments and watched me win,” Collins said.

Collins went back to Extreme MMA and once again threw himself into training. In a few weeks, he competed in an April tournament in Orlando, taking second place.

The weight started to come off again. The drinking stopped.

Collins still has issues. Loud noises startle him. Something as innocuous as a garbage bag in the road will cause him to veer into oncoming traffic. But for the most part, his life is back on track.

Which is why he wants to tell his story.

“I want other veterans out there dealing with this to know that I have PTSD,” Collins said. “PTSD does not have me anymore.”

* * * * *With Mello yelling instructions, Collins practices his technique for the upcoming tournament in Orlando.

“He looks pretty good,” Mello said.

Collins is confident he will do well. To show why, he lifts up his sweat-drenched T-shirt to show off the tattoo underneath.

“Hard To Kill” is inked across his back, just below his shoulders.

It is, he says, his motto.

“I am a survivor,” he said. “The other guy doesn’t stand a chance.”

Tampa Tribune News: Special forces, businesses help each other out


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Special forces, businesses help each other out

By Howard Altman

It began less than two months ago as a brainstorm to help special operations forces veterans and raise awareness among local business leaders of what operators do in the field.

Have active-duty and veteran Air Force Special Tactics Squadron members, Green Berets, Marine Special Operations Command members, Rangers and SEALs teach local business leaders how to shoot machine guns and other weapons, then lead them in a competition.

Golf tournaments? Fishing derbies?

Been there, done that, says Scott Neil, a recently retired special forces master sergeant who came up with the idea. Neil, who used to train special forces members on how to shoot in urban combat situations, wanted to offer the amateurs “the same environment used by Green Berets and SEALs to test each other.”

For Neil, the event, called Shooting With SOF, was a natural for several reasons.

As a former senior enlisted adviser to the director of the Interagency Task Force at U.S. Special Operations Command, Neil was used to bringing disparate groups together to work toward a goal.

Coming on the heels of the anniversary of the demise of Osama bin Laden, the curiosity factor about special operations forces remains high.

Then there is the cool factor.

“People love to tell their buddies stories,” Neil says. “I did something you didn’t.”

After the concept was signed off on by a group of Neil’s fellow SOF veterans, including David Scott, a retired Air Force major general who served as deputy director for Socom’s Center for Special Operations, word quickly and quietly spread through the special ops and business communities. People offered to help. Without any advertising or media coverage, the teams quickly filled up.

“It was all achieved by word of mouth,” says Neil.

Shooting With SOF will not only give business leaders a chance to see how special operators work, Neil says, but it will also give special operators a chance to learn how to become successful in civilian life.

Paralyzed veterans will also get a chance to shoot, Neil says, thanks to Be Adaptive, which makes hunting and fishing equipment for the disabled. The company has a wheelchair device that allows a paralyzed shooter to use a blow tube to fire a weapon.

It all starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bad Monkey, a new bar in Ybor City run by Scott. From there, the shooters will travel by limo bus to the Teneroc Shooting Sports range in Lakeland. After the competition, shooters will head back to the bar for awards, razzing and perhaps an adult beverage or two.

The inaugural Shooting With SOF benefit supports three charities:

  • The Green Beret Foundation, which provides financial resources, immediate-need supplies, caregiver assistance, and educational scholarships to wounded or ill Army Special Forces warriors and their families. www.greenberetfoundation.org
  • TAMCO Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. www.tamcofoundation.org
  • Black Dagger Military Hunt Club, providing peer-to-peer hunting and shooting opportunities for military men, women and family members. www.blackdaggermhc.org

Though the shooting slots are filled, anyone wanting to make a contribution to the charities or meet the special operators can attend the Cigars and Cars event at Jaguar of Tampa, 320 E. Fletcher Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday or show up Saturday night at Bad Monkey Bar, 1717 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City.

For more information. about Shooting with SOF, go to www.shootingwithsof.com.

Press Release: Shooting with SOF event, May 12, 2012 Tampa, Fl.


Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact: Jill Trammell May 7, 2012                                                               (239)273-4783

Veteran & Community news – On the heels of the anniversary of the takedown of Osama bin laden, there will be a shooting event. “Shooting with SOF” – Special forces legends and local celebrities team up with a grateful community to provide a day of high intensity shooting matches and special adaptive shooting devices that allow our severely disabled wounded veterans the ability to participate

Date: May 12, 2012

Time:  11am – 6pm

Location: Bad Monkey (1717 E 7th Ave) in Ybor City and top notch range facility.

 

Shooting with S-O-F (Special Operation forces) community fusion and charity event was organized by Scott Neil- a recently retired senior enlisted advisor to USSOCOM and counter terrorism training subject matter expert. Scott literally helped write the Army’s current weapons training standards utilized by our modern military. The event will benefit; Green Beret Foundation and two local Tampa veterans charities, the TAMCO Foundation and the Black Dagger military Hunting Club in order to raise funds for their programs that assist in integration of combat wounded OIF/OEF warriors.

(Tampa, FL)   The Shooting with SOF shooting event will be held Saturday May 12th from 11am to 6pm.  The event will kickoff at retired Major General Dave Scott’s new establishment, the Bad Monkey in Ybor City. The Bad Monkey is a former Navy SEAL call sign and is a Special Operations themed establishment. The participants will be transported to an exclusive shooting range where they will compete and have fun shooting exotic weapons. The exciting range matches will showcase Special Operations Forces (SOF) legends, such as Scott Neil and friends, as well as, other well known patriots who have served their nation in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global operations.

These Green Berets, SEALS, U.S. Army Rangers and Special Operation Marines will be teamed with local businesses, celebrities, and community leaders in a high intensity competitive shooting match, using special weapons and tactics.  A special pre party with early arrivals will be held at the regularly scheduled “Cars and Cigars” event at ELDER JAGUAR.  Local high performance vehicle dealers gather with Special Forces Motorcycle Club to view their newest custom bike and sidecar, along with the best cars our community has to offer.

Of special interest is the firing range dedicated for severely injured and disabled veterans assisted by special adaptive shooting technology provided by Be Adaptives, which can assist disabled war fighters… even quad amputees, to perform the shooting skills they previously enjoyed.  This type of “shooting sports re-integration” provides our wounded heroes with camaraderie from a grateful community and is a unique feature of this dynamic shooting event.

The entire day is made possible through the generous support of sponsors such as General Dynamics, Elder Automotive Group, as well as corporations involved in adaptive sports technology, special operations support, and patriotic business leaders.

Following the event and mission debrief, scoring and additional fundraising functions will be enjoyed to include a silent auction with a variety of products and services, including National and International simulated Special Operation adventures for purchase.  Festivities will continue at the Bad Monkey, which will be open to the public immediately following the post event mission debrief.

Please contact Jill Trammell of Patriot Promotions at (239)-273-4783 to arrange for exclusive interviews and video coverage.

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Special Forces Motorcycle Club Custom Bike and Sidecar at Elder Jaguar Thursday night at 6pm for the regular “Cars and Cigars” event with local high performance vehicle dealers and early arrivals for the SOF shooting match.

National and International simulated SOF Adventures at Auction by: Patriot Promotions and the All Veteran Parachute Team led by  Mike Elliot, Former Golden Knight and skydiving legend with over 9000 jumps!

 

Wounded Warrior doing what he loved to do before his injuries.  Special adaptive equipment will be provided at the range for their enjoyment.