November 2015 Notes

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November FTF will commence on the 22nd at 1300 at a location TBD.  Topics will be finalizing next years training schedule and presentations of the few special projects that are in the works.

October FTX was changed to a FTF on short notice by our C.O., Eric, and when we all arrived on site we found out we were all being treated to a surprise steak dinner.  Absolutely the least amount of grumbling all year.





We did discuss the table-top exercise conducted at the Fall 2015 PATCON over at Brocks at the beginning of October, and how the lessons learned from that exercise can be applied to our exercises.  There are many,  but then that’s what practice runs are for.  And that’s why they make those little notepads you’re supposed to be carrying around all the time.



3x5 rite in the rain notebook



There is, of course, much going on around the Patriot Community this time of year.  We’re not the only ones making plans for next year.  One of the most pressing is what to do about the unrestricted foreign invasion from several corners of the world.  The current estimate of 200,000 undocumented “refugees” from Syria, along with another 800,000 illegal immigrants from Central America and Mexico is only supplemented by the 1.5 million people brought in thru normal channels with H-1B temporary work visas.  This is undoubtedly too many people, too fast, and certainly sets up the Balkanization of America.  All brought to you by our buddies on The White House Task Force up in Washington.  Back in April, while you were busy with taxes, they published “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents”.  You probably didn’t get your copy, so there’s one over in Guides and Manuals section on the sidebar.  Essentially, The Powers That Be have concluded that there is a better return on investment when all the (illegal/undocumented) immigrants are brought in and displace the current residents like me and you.  The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) is one part of that plan and CISA (Cyber Information Sharing Act) is the other.  Together, this will severely limit information sharing via the internet within the Patriot Community and quite likely result in the many common sites we now rely on shut down by the DHS/FBI.  If only we had a private e-mail server managed by Platt River, we would be immune from prosecution as the case seems to be for Hillary Clinton, former SecState.





So make the time to visit Radio Free Redoubt  and then we’ll figure out if we can do something similar to the Cryptoparty of The Order of The White Rose out in Renton, Washington on 5DEC.  TOWR also has a  series of articles, of particular interest is Tradecraft for Patriots

And for some very insightful words on Report Formats for Recon Patrols, NCScout over at Brushbeater’s website has been  writing a lot lately on subjects we can really use.


Worth reading now while you still can.







October 2015 Update

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—  UPDATE  —

FTX at T.A.N. postponed to following weekend, 30-31st, due to seasonal scheduling conflicts for several members.  Hope this great weather holds up just a little longer.

October 2015 Notes

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October FTX will commence at 18:00 on the 23rd at Training Area North.  We will be working on Small Unit Tactics for Rural Ops.  Then practice Recon Ops for some sand table work.  And of course, Radio Communications and  Hand Signals. Bring your gear.


There is a story over at Bush Beaters on how to make a good quarter wave ground-plane antenna, suitable for deploying up here at Test Area North.  Pretty sure we already got all the parts sitting in a junk box around here somewhere. Will make a good weekend project.

Might need to work on how to make a fire to keep warm with, since we are expecting our first frosts this month.



Winter Camp Fire


Was hoping to have pieced together the AAR for Patcon 8, but will have to wait till after FTX, just so we don’t leave anything out.  Already planning for Spring 2016 Patcon next May.





One big thing this past month is from our buddies up at DHS  warning of  a risk for U.S. persons travelling to fight ISIS.”  Not that there isn’t already  Dept of State issued travel warnings to just about every other spot in the Middle East.


So much for bluffing your way thru Zvartnots International Airport  in Yerevan, Armenia, with a few  really poor Russian phrases.  Then sneaking thru 400 miles of southeastern Turkey towards Sari Kani, just inside Syria, and the 712 Highway to Kobani, picking up your forwarded gear along the way.

But if you do get stuck and pinned down in that frequently blowed up gas station outside Tell Abiad remember, the emergency phone number for the U.S. Embassy in Amman Jordan is  +962 (6) 590-6500.  The Czech Republic Embassy in Damascus is handling all consular services for U.S. citizens still in Syria.





September 2015 Supplemental


The Appalachian Redoubt is our backyard, and there are many fellow Militia groups within the region.  We have made contact with less than half and listed only a few as “Neighbors”.   There are just a few groups that currently are working on their outreach programs, in an effort to link up with the other groups and attract new members at the same time.  Many of them have a good training program and a cadre of capable members.  Between reading this story at Western Rifle Shooters and this one from Oath Keepers, you get a little look into how good some of this training can get.







This maybe reflects a change in the  Oath Keepers relationship with militias, or the militias’ relationship with the Oath Keepers.  Maybe both.  But most of those Militiamen in this picture, taken in front of the Oath Keepers helicopter, were at the Oath Keepers Summit at  Gilbert Creek, WV,  at the end of last month.  The relationship might have just been embryonic then, and still tenuous.  This is quite a remarkable development and shows perseverance does produce results.  Professionalism  can oftentimes open doors like nothing else can.


September 2015 Notes

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September FTX will commence at 1800 on the 18th at Training Area North.  This will be a whole weekend to get everybody back into the field and try out all that new gear you accumulated over the summer.  That means you need to repack your gear and oil up those firearms before coming out.  We will be hitting Rural OPS pretty hard the next three months so your gear needs to be ready.  Big items on the list are Small Unit Movements, Hand Signals and Land-Nav.  So Bring your compass, your notebooks and your good boots.  There is a lot of work to get done.


And during the summer, Dan Morgan has been continuing his training story, The Patrol.  Up to Chapter 7 now.  They are just about seven klicks west of the Appalachian Trail heading west-south-west across the ridges. Written so well, you’ll feel like you’re right there crossing the creek with them.  Links to the individual chapters down near the bottom on the Sidebar.  Read them as a training exercise, because that’s what they are.

Here’s the whole map.

nc_wayah-bald 1957 map for part-6



Another training site.  Pulse Fire Arms interestingly enough, has  a package course of on-line study designed just for groups that need a progression of training leading towards the defense of a neighborhood or community  Group access to these training modules on their website is  only $1800 a year for 18 men.  After completing that series of courses, there is the on-site 5 day training.  $3500 might be a bit pricey, but it is pretty much an “everything in one spot” training course.  Haven’t seen anything else covering this wide a spectrum of training with a single focus.  Not sure how much training someone can absorb in a such short training span without a good deal of prior background training.  And Practice.  There is the training manual, Unit Tactics Necessary To Defend A Neighborhood Or Community, that might be a good place to start looking at what their training might have to offer.







AAR Oath Keepers Summit, Gilbert Creek, WV, 29AUG.

The Oath Keepers hosted a weekend summit on Community Preparedness Teams over the weekend of 29 and 30AUG held at a fairly remote site near Gilbert Creek, West Virginia.  (USGS Wharncliffe Quad Map).   Location 17 203 583 or 37.5684 N  81.9022 W.   Approximately 150 people from a dozen different states in attendance.  Approximately 30 Militiamen from seven states also in attendance.

And when they say “Summit”, they mean summit.  This is the Ohio Valley Minutemen  sign directing you to the Militia camp site.  Elevation 1640 ft ASL.

Summit Morning


And not a very good photo of the Militia Campsite.


Militia CP Gilbert Creek


Photo of  Militia members heading up to stage area just before the arrival and speech of Oath Keepers.

Heading up for Speech



And the Oath Keepers preferred mode of transportation.



Oathkeepers Huey





The Oath Keepers flyer on Community Preparedness Teams.


Oathkeepers CPT Flyer 1B


Oathkeepers CPT Flyer 2B



The highlight of the event, for the Militiamen anyway, was the midnight patrol along the one mile  perimeter road around the stage and camping area Friday .  Several of the campers noticed and called in to the Oath Keepers that we made them feel uncomfortable.  The next day, after the Oath Keepers speech, we mingled with the discussion groups to assess their views on the Community Preparedness Team concept.  A good majority of them favored the CPT concept and would welcome the Oath Keepers training .  A few  said they didn’t see the Militia as a viable source of training because we were so far away.  Might have won some hearts and minds.  Public relations can be a tad difficult sometimes.



Video of the speech  (38 minutes) at the Oath Keepers Summit is up on YouTube.  Watch it while you can.  Looks like things are going to ramp up and maybe get dicey this fall.





August 2015 Supplemental

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Fire Team Delta Goes Squirrel Hunting

Fire Team Delta Goes Squirrel Hunting


Traditionally, everyone goes on holiday during August. Shops and offices close.  People quit answering the phones.  Things in general slow down and everyone gets a little break.  But that was back then, and this is now.  Nobody gets a break.  Nothing slows down.  No rest for the wicked, nor the pure.  There is a difference between not having much patience for meaningless events that are purposeful distractions and just not having the luxury of wasting precious time on anything that isn’t producing better skills and improving our positions.  Urgency isn’t the right word, but it’s close enough.


We’ve existed as a group for nearly ten years now, under one banner or another till we raised our own banner, and we’re doing okay.  The next three FTX’s we will be focusing on Rural Ops, even though all of you know that means more Land-Nav and Field Camp Skills mixed with a little Patrolling and Recon work.  (insert groans here).   Spot Reports and COMMs exercises get a little boring when all of you are so proficient.  But after all, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?


Defensive Training Group has an article made just to order to remind everybody why we do the basics over and over.



“The basics must be dealt with prior to going a bit more ‘high speed’, because it’s literally the foundation upon which your team will learn and perform.  A solid foundation helps ensure solid performance when it counts.”



When you see the logic behind this, you you’ll know why officers in the Marine Corps  still study a one hundred year old story called “The Defense of Duffer’s Drift”.  The control of a  strategic river crossing is the scenario, and Small Unit Tactics and Techniques are developed in the course of this 80 page book  in the style of “Groundhog Day”.  The day’s events are reviewed and improved upon, day after day, and eventually go thru a lot of bad decisions until arriving at a plan that succeeds.  PDF here.  Narrated by a British officer during the Boer Wars around 1900, it could just as easily be today in Afghanistan, or Somalia, or Syria, or North Carolina.  The book is a bit drawn out to demonstrate several points of strategy and tactics.  We would just use the sand table, kick around some “what-ifs” and probably come up with the same solutions.  But it all comes down in the end to having these basic skills down pat so when we are faced with a challenging situation, it can be broke down into familiar looking chunks and handled successfully.





What we really, really, really, don’t ever want to do is make a long chain of bad decisions like those three men down towards Charlotte.  Five counties worth of Police Officers and Sheriffs, along with the FBI and DHS Agents finally reeled in these guys after infiltrating and grooming them for six months, and all they really did is talk about doing things.  They have been arrested and charged with “conspiring to commit” because they talked about their fear of martial law and how the government was acting unconstitutionally in many areas even though they didn’t really have a coherent plan.  This is covered pretty well over at Radio Free Redoubt.


If you want a good short read about government over reach, here is the link to the original posting of “The Pig Trap“, from April of last year.  The little story leading up to the telling of The Pig Trap story is equally worthy and maybe even sound familiar.  And when the FBI informants come around again to ask if you want to learn about making your own explosives from scratch, just…. say…… “NO!”


So gather up your gear and get ready for three FTXs this fall.  We have some Group Gear that is available as needed.  And yes, we’re on live, rain or shine.  You think Fate will call upon you at a time of your choosing?


Fire Pit Echo

Fire Pit Echo





August 2015 Notes

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August FTF will begin at 1400 on the 16th.  We’re making good progress with Land-Nav and Comm equipment.  And this month we’re going to work with  on that some more.   We’ll need both those skills (and more) for exercises in Scout Operations and SPOT Reports next month.    Hope to see a few completed IFAKs during September FTX.





Oathkeepers has just notified us, via YouTube, that they have an Appalachian Regional Meeting on the schedule for the last weekend in August ,  the 28th thru 30th.  The event is to be held somewhere in West Virginia territory.  More details as arrangements get finalized.  One of the big topics for discussion will be how to set up your Community Preparedness Team.  They have a lot of background articles and a few videos on their site.  All good discussions without hype or buzzwords.  Go look now.






Upcoming 88 Tactical SERE Class —  11November.  Tekamah, NE.


Traditional SERE is categorized as Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape.   However,  88 Tactical classifies their courses as Survive, Endure, Respond, Excel to better prepare those citizens who seek a survival foundation to build upon.



Civilian SERE Level 1 Objectives:
• Principles of evasion
• Camouflage techniques
• Communication protocols
• Land navigation
• Bushcraft
• Foraging
• Firemaking
• Intro to bunker survival
• Improvised shelters
• Rural water purification
• Off-grid medical care
• Weapon handling skills
• Live-fire drills

Two days, $600.  And yes, there is a Level 2 Class





Over in Tennessee, there is an ammunition factory set up and operated by disabled vets.  Vet-Made Ammunition makes reasonably priced ammo in your favorite calibers.  Tested recently by our friends at BreachBangClear, who gave it a pretty good review here.



Civilian Close Combat

 And Max Velocity, up in West Virginia, is starting his new Civilian Close Combat Course starting this month, and once every month thru December.   A two-day weekend course aimed at home defense training with  those people who are most likely to be with you in that situation.  The $400 course will run you thru 100 rounds for your pistol and 1000 rounds for your rifle.  And home defense is a good way to put your square range training to practical use.



Homework for the Month:

A reference book for us all.  Should be another one on the “Required Reading” list.  (and you thought you had the summer off!)



ISBN  9780967175928

ISBN 9780967175928



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