Edwards Air Force Base, California, is mourning the loss of Staff Sgt. Adam Erickson, who was killed in a Sept. 10 training parachute accident, according to the 412th Test Wing.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, commander, 412th Test Wing, said in a wing news release. "Adam touched many lives during his time here and our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and coworkers."

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No matter how prepared you are, disaster can strike at any moment. While most authorities recommend keeping the essentials on hand in the event of a crisis — flashlights, canned food, water, batteries, and the like — sometimes it’s worth having something a bit stronger on hand to deal with things like, say, home invaders or the sudden breakdown of society. That’s why we recommend the Mossberg “Just-in-Case” Shotgun Kit.

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A well-made, consistently maintained knife is one of the most versatile tools a person can own. Whether you are a frequent outdoorsman or a connoisseur of the urban survival landscape, choosing the right knife is imperative. What is the right knife made of, though? For a general-purpose outdoor survival knife, you need a blade that’s ready to go the distance on a variety of tasks. It needs to be sharp enough to filet a fish, yet hard enough to spark a fire with a stone. It needs to be light enough for easy carry, but hardy enough to take a beating.

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I live and work in Manhattan, so I don’t consider myself to be much of an outdoor person. As a kid, I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and went camping every summer, but I have very minimal understanding of how to overcome a situation that is more dangerous than a hurricane. So, here is my attempt to learn some survival skills.

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If you’re looking for that last key item in your bug-out bag, or if you’ve dreamed of rampaging across a post-apocalyptic wasteland like some steampunk viking, this might be for you.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle McNally

Occasionally, someone will ask me for advice on how to pass the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command assessment and selection course, the first step to become a MARSOC Raider, which I did in 2008. These days there is no shortage of reading out there espousing what workouts one should do in preparation to become a member of Special Operations. Fear not, for I will not bore you with another calisthenic/Crossfit/SEALfit/bullshit routine, nor provide false tips on how to save your knees from the countless miles you should be spending with a pack on your back.

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