by KTBryan on September 20th, 2012


by KTBryan on January 20th, 2012

One lone Marine. Never give up. Never Surrender.

by KTBryan on January 17th, 2012

This movie showcases the best of the best. This is what I write about. SEALs, Spec Ops, action, supsense, a bit of romance. My friend, Rick Corral, used to photograph pretty much everything you see here. His photography kicks serious ass. Check him out on FB. And don't miss the movie...comes out in February.

by KTBryan on November 30th, 2011

One of my favorite movies ever.

by KTBryan on November 30th, 2011


by KTBryan on November 30th, 2011

Over 35 million views. I gotta say, I wish I'd been there.

by KTBryan on November 30th, 2011

Great mix of the old and the new. When I first watched this I wondered where the troops were, so I waited, and then....

by KTBryan on November 7th, 2011

Not sure why it's not called climbing the hell out of a rope. Since I have this in my books, I'm going to post the explanation per Wiki (yeah, yeah I know, it's Wiki...but it's correct, so here it is)

Fast-roping, sometimes known as Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES),[1] is a technique for descending a thick rope. It is useful for deploying troops from a helicopter in places where the helicopter itself cannot touch down.[2] First developed by the British with UK rope manufacturer Marlow Ropes, its first combat use was during the Falklands War. The original rope was a thick nylon that could be used in a manner akin to a fireman's pole. The special ropes used today are braided (plaited), which results in pattern on the outer circumference that is not smooth and so easier to grip. Originally, the first man would hold the rope for the next man, who then replaced him; however this has been phased out.

It is quicker than abseiling (rappelling), although more dangerous,[2] particularly if the person is carrying a heavy load, because the rope is not attached to them with a descender. The person holds onto the rope with his gloved hands and feet and slides down it. (The British method advises not to use the feet as this can make the descent for following personnel more dangerous because boot polish or the leather of the boot can make the rope extremely slippery.) Several people can slide down the same rope simultaneously, provided that there is a gap of approximately 3 metres (9.8 ft) between them, so that each one has time to get out of the way when they reach the ground. The rope must be thick, typically 40 millimetres (1.6 in) diameter, to prevent it from being wildly jerked about from the rotor blast of the helicopter. It is essential to wear gloves, as sliding down a rope generates great heat from friction.

Fast roping onto a ship can take approximately 30 seconds, and is used when a rapid build up of boarding forces is required.[2]

by KTBryan on November 5th, 2011


by KTBryan on November 5th, 2011

Yes, it's an ad by the Navy. Still...it's got good info.


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