Uncle Sam's Misguided Children are getting a new, reinforced pack frame, eventually, theoretically, perhaps! Which is good, because as 2nd Marine Division’s small-arms yogi, Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Wade, quickly demonstrates in his newest Gunner Fact or Fiction video, you could bend the crap out of the old standard-issue pack frame with the lightest of efforts. (They also don't handle the cold very well, it turns out.) But how's the new gear hold up to Wade's punishment? Reader, I am so glad you asked.
What punishment, you ask? Nothing crazy, just dragging it at high speed behind a Jeep Rubicon; running it over with said Rubicon; and dropping it in a loaded pack from a cherry-picker… repeatedly.
That's when the Marines grab their AKs.
Even after eating a couple dozen rounds of 7.62, “The... pack… won,” Wade grudgingly admits. "You can still wear this thing, after all that. It’s still usable."
So, what? You're going to stop trying to wreck that thing now? Hell, no. "Gunner, you know what they say," Zickefoose jokes. "Nothing is Marine-proof." Let's just say that the pack loses eventually, but believe me, you're gonna wanna watch how.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.