Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano

Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano in Brockton, Massachuesetts, on September 1, 1923, Marciano won the heavyweight championship by defeating Jersey Joe Walcott for the title on September 23, 1952.

Rocky Marciano was a champion in civilian life and in the Army, receiving high honors for his achievements in both areas.

Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, Marciano was assigned to the 150th Combat Engineers. He was stationed in Wales where he was involved in operations on the English Channel. The 150th was awarded service stars for Normandy, North France, Rheinland, Ardennes-Asace and Central Europe.

In March 1943, Marciano was drafted into the army for a term of two years. Stationed in Swansea, Wales, he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy. After the war ended, he completed his service in March 1946 at Fort Lewis, Washington.[4]

It was in the Army that Marciano first boxed, starting with unofficial bouts, and working up to junior amateur by the time of his discharge in 1947. After failing a tryout for catcher with the Chicago Cubs, baseball team, Marciano returned to boxing. His record was 49 wins, no losses.

Lobaev Arms SVLK-14S sniper rifle

The newest sniper rifle from Russian weapons company Lobaev Arms is designated to be a most accurate sniper rifle according to the manufacturer. Their latest long-range sniper rifle is called the SVLK-14S. The SVLK-14S is a bolt-action single-shot rifle designed for maximum performance accuracy using .408 Cheyenne Tactical rounds.

The newest Lobaev Arms diamond can consistently hit the target at ranges of 2,000 metres (6,560 feet) and 2,300 metres (7,545 feet). There is no other manufacturer in the world which can match the SVLK-14S for accuracy at long range, Chief Designer Vladislav Lobaev said.

In the military history,  there were numerous snipers including famous ones. They entered the hall of fame as the best of the best, but it’s clear that without great rifles they couldn’t achieve that. Some of the best sniper rifles which were or are still in service are M24, M21 and SR25, manufactured in United States, L42A1 Enfield and AS50 manufactured in the UK and German PSG1.

The SLVK-14S sniper rifle could take the title of best sniper rifle ever made, according to the reports of various weapon constructors. Here is the video of Lobaev Arms SVLK-14S showcase. The presentation was held in Russia’s Kaluga region.

The 5 Most Lethal Weapons in US Military Arsenal

Boeing AH-64 Apache deadliest war machine in history

The ultimate quest has always been about most lethal weapons in the United States military. The list of five most lethal weapons in the U.S. military arsenal is hard to determine because they don’t have a lack of lethal weapons. While some of them are very expensive, other are very complex. We tried to create this list solely on the experience of deployed troops.

1. Boeing AH-64 Apache

Boeing AH 64 Apache - The 5 Most Lethal Weapons in US Military Arsenal

Probably, the best weapon in the United States military inventory is the AH-64 Apache helicopter. It also might sound ironic that a helicopter is the best weapon of the land forces. However airpower is the most decisive factor in the conflicts where the United States military has recently been involved. Most likely that the AH-64 Apache and its variants will remain the most decisive factor on the battlefield for many years to come.

This deadly helicopter is heavily armed with a set of deadly weapons including 30-mm cannon, Hellfire missiles, and state-of-the-art sensors. It has the firepower, speed and range to hit the enemies long before they engage the U.S. ground troops. It proved itself well during the Operation Desert Storm and recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Apache helicopter can easily destroy tanks and armored vehicles or hunt down insurgents.

It’s often used as the ground troops own air support, and they like it because they do not have to rely on the U.S. Air Force, or the U.S. Navy aircraft. And the ground troops appreciate the hell it can create.

2. M1A2 SEP tank

m1a2 sep tank - The 5 Most Lethal Weapons in US Military Arsenal

The M1A2 SEP is a successor to the legendary U.S. main battle tank – M1A2 Abrams. It is designated as one of the best main battle tanks in the world and it is literally a backbone of the United States armored forces. The basic version of M1 Abrams has been around since the 1980s. His showcase was in the Operation Desert Storm during the First Gulf War when it decimated Iraq’s Soviet-made armor. During the years, the M1 Abrams was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq where he was engaged in combat. So far, very few Abrams tanks have been destroyed.

The M1A2 SEP is the latest upgraded version of the tank with improved armor and a number of other improvements to keep this tank among the best ones. It has incredible technology and depleted-uranium armor and with weights over 60 t it is incredibly fast and has a top speed of nearly 70 km/h due to its complex gas turbine engine. Its main weapon is a powerful 120-mm gun which is able to penetrate the armor of the Russian T-90 or the China’s Type 99 tanks.

3. M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer

M109A6 Paladin - The 5 Most Lethal Weapons in US Military Arsenal

The M109A6 Paladin is the current version of the old M109 self-propelled howitzer which was introduced by the U.S. Army in the early 1960s. M109 saw its combat debut during the war in Vietnam and was also used during the Gulf War and during recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This artillery system is featured with 155 mm gun able to reach targets at a range of 30 km (with rocket assisted projectile). The M109A6 Paladin can also fire GPS- or laser-guided Excalibur rounds. On the battlefield, this artillery system takes a back seat. However, it is one of the most devastating weapons of war.

The basic M109 self-propelled howitzer has been upgraded a number of times. The U.S. Army have already ordered the latest version of the Paladin designated as M109A7. First deliveries are planned to begin in 2015 and full-rate production should commence in 2017.

4. TOW anti-tank guided missile

humvee TOW mounted - The 5 Most Lethal Weapons in US Military Arsenal

The Russians probably have the best anti-tank missiles but the United States military is not a loser either. The TOW anti-tank guided missile is still deadly after nearly 45 years of service where it proved itself as a very effective weapon. The TOW anti-tank missiles were responsible for many destroyed tanks, mostly Russian-made. It was introduced during the war in Vietnam.

The TOW missiles are typically used by various companies for heavy anti-armor work but still the TOW is able to knock-out even the most protected tanks. The TOW missiles are mounted on various U.S. Army vehicles, such as the HMMWV, M2, and M3 Bradleys APCs. Also, the U.S. army has an M1134, a dedicated anti-tank missile carrier, based on the Stryker.

Despite it was introduced to service before 45 years, TOW development continues to this day and new versions appear. There are TOW’s as top-attack missiles, that explode above the thin top armor of the tank. Also, there is a bunker-busting version of the TOW missile system, that is used against buildings and fortifications.

5. M2 heavy machine gun

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Browning M2 heavy barrel machine gun

The M2 heavy machine gun is probably one of the most known and the U.S. Army’s best weapons. Designed by the famous John Browning towards the end of World War I and entered service with the U.S. armed forces in 1933. The M2 heavy barrel machine gun has seen action during countless wars. Until recently, the standard infantry version, that was also used on armored vehicles, tanks and helicopters were the M2HB.

The M2 is remarkable weapon proved to be extremely successful during his service. It proved as highly effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles, boats, light fortifications and helicopters. Despite it is more than 80 years old, the M2 heavy machine gun is still in service.

Field Guide For Beginners: The Essential Extras

Field Guide For Beginners: The Essential Extras. 9

This guide is intended for those that are about to join the military of their choice. If you are currently an active or former service member, feel free to sound off with any suggestions in the comments.

Below are some of the best things you can take to the field, whether going  downrange or for a simple training session, the following items will make your time that much more enjoyable. Keep in mind some items may be forbidden by your respective military, especially if you are still in basic training. These items are not absolutely necessary, and you can live without them, but having them will make your time more enjoyable. Special-Ops.org takes no responsibility for punishment or damages incurred by following any of the tips in this guide.

1) Jerky.

Jerked meet is amazing. It tastes great, and because its preserved, it can last quite a while even after the package has been opened, its fairly light weight and often very easy to compact, so it’s a breeze to stuff into an empty pouch or within the crevices of a  backpack. Furthermore it is high in protein and salt and low in carbohydrates, which makes for a great mix of essentials ingredients you need while training in the field.

2) Head lamp.

Flashlights are important, but often require the use of a hand to hold them while digging through your pack to find a change of underwear, or better yet beef jerky. A head lamp will stay in place on your head and allow you to utilize both hands. Its important to get a headlamp that will give you red light , and if possible blue light, as these are much harder to spot from long distances and will still allow you to see whats directly in front of you. Furthermore red light won’t bother those sleeping around you as its not as intense as white light.

3) Multi-Tool knife.

While your army might provide a bayonet or Ka-Bar, it’s still important to have a personal utility knife that will provide essential items such as pliers and a screw driver, as you will inevitably need to use these things at some point or another during your service. Especially useful when adjusting the sights on your gun.

4) Pain-Killers

Make sure you are not allergic to any of the drugs mentioned within before taking them. Do not bring your dads prescription Percocet or Vicodin to boot camp – no. However, simple over-the-counter pills like Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen (names may vary by country) are usually A-OK in most armies, and bringing a few of these with you to the field will help quell a headache or other pain in a pinch. Medics don’t always have these with them and even when they do, you might still have to wait several hours to receive one. Please respect your countries and armies individual rules with regards to the usage of pain killers. Bonus Point: Liquid-Gels are fast acting, but they tend to melt when kept in very hot conditions, so they are not the best option while training in hot weather.  Pro tip: Always keep a few of the above recommended pills in your pocket, tied in a small plastic bag,  when going on long marches, as you might roll your ankle and be forced to continue marching.

5) Rolling Tobacco.

Smoking is bad, but if you must smoke in the field, bring roll-your-own tobacco. Roll your own tobacco is extremely easy and lightweight to take to the field. It also tends not to smell as strong as regular tobacco. A typical 30g pouch of tobacco is rated to provide 100 cigarettes. To get the same number you would need 5 packs of smokes which would take up valuable room in your bag, and are easier to crush, especially as soldiers are prone to tossing packs on the floor and lay on them to get some rest.

6) USB Battery Charger.

On the rare chance you are allowed to bring a phone or iPod to the field with you, for personal use during free time, a portable charger will be your best friend. These chargers are small, light weight, and often hold enough power to provide anywhere from 1 – 5 full recharges (based on mAh size – a 2500 mAh charger will often be enough to provide at least one full recharge) and as an added bonus they are often quite cheap.

7) Baby Wipes.

These are extremely important towards maintaining good hygiene while in the field. Baby wipes offer a simple, comfortable way to clean yourself off after doing your business in the field. They are also great for cleaning ones feet.

Incredible footage of BES bank robbery in Lisbon

Two armed robbers, reportedly illegal Brazilian immigrants, who held a pair of hostages for around eight hours, were shot by GOE marksmen in a Banco Espírito Santo (BES) branch at 72 Rua Marquês de Fronteira, Campolide near the centre of the capital on August 14, 2008. The two men first held six hostages and the situation escalated when the pinned guns to the heads of two bank employees as they moved towards the exit of the bank in a bid to get into a getaway vehicle parked outside the bank.

That was the moment when Grupo de Operações Especiais – GOE sniper were given the order to shoot the assailants. One of the robbers died on scene while the other was taken to the hospital. In the second when he assailants were shot by police snipers, the two captives fled from the bank to safety. Both hostages were unhurt but shaken after their ordeal.

In total, three shots were fired, two by the GOE officers and a third by the surviving robber, who fired his gun into the air as he fell after being shot. However, one of the hostages said this week she was surprised and somewhat dismayed that no psychological assistance had been provided for her.

Robber Nilton Sousa was shot dead while holding a sack containing the money in one hand and a gun with the other. He was killed with a single sniper shot by Grupo de Operações Especiais marksmen. The other robber suffered a bullet wound to the cheek. The wounded hostage-taker, Wellington Nazaré, was taken to Lisbon’s São José Hospital in handcuffs where after surgery he tried to escape, but his escape was stopped.

In taking their decisive and deadly action to terminate the hostage situation, Portugal’s Public Security Police (PSP) acted with “competence, dedication and heroism,” Lisbon’s minister stated. It later emerged that the minister himself had given the “shoot-to-kill” order once negotiations with the would-be robbers, who had a bag containing €98,000, broke down.

The wounded robber, Wellington Nazaré spent some time in Portugal prison after he recovered and then was deported to Brasil.

The story of Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi

Who was Glen Doherty, SEAL killed in Benghazi? 2

On September 11, 2012, diplomatic mission in Benghazi come under attack, US Ambassador to Lybia John Christopher Stevens and three other American citizens died while several were wounded. One of the Americans killed in the line of duty was the former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty. A security and surveillance contractor working for the CIA, and it was supposed to be his last assignment. He worked for the CIA’s Global Response staff in Libya on Sept. 11 last year when the call for help came. He was in Tripoli while the call for help came from the diplomatic mission in Benghazi — a “consulate” in name only.

“Greg, Greg, we are under attack,” were the last words from Ambassador John Christopher Stevens to his deputy Greg Hicks over the phone from Benghazi office shortly after the attack began around 9:30 p.m.

“If you don’t get here we are going to die,” the radio operator at the tactical operations center in Benghazi pronounced on the radio from the improvised consulate.

Glen Doherty was part of the quick reaction force consisting of eight U.S. military or former military that left Tripoli in the rush to help rescue the Stevens and his colleagues at the consulate. His task was the same as the task of the 21 CIA personnel at the CIA annex one mile from where Ambassador Chris Stevens’ and the others came under attack.

The quick reaction force sent to Benghazi left Tripoli at about midnight local time, after chartering a local plane for the rescue. There were no U.S. air assets in Tripoli, and the team had to go on their own. Doherty and the rest of the team sent to help arrived at the CIA annex at 5:15 a.m. after being delayed for several hours at the Benghazi airport by the Libyan security forces. The CIA annex, a fortress-like compound with several buildings, is where the American citizens in Benghazi had retreated and the body of State Department official Sean Smith had been brought after the initial attack. At the time, Chris Stevens was still missing.

Immediately upon arrival, Glen Doherty joined Tyrone Woods, another highly trained former Navy SEAL, on the roof of one of the buildings at the CIA annex. Within minutes, mortars were fired on their position leaving both, Doherty and Woods killed.

In the video broadcasted by Fox News, Glen Doherty was shown in the compilation video made by his friends from the outtakes of an NBC series that he worked on in 2009. The series, The Wanted, was a reality show that involved looking for war criminals around the world.

Glen Doherty provided security and surveillance for the show’s production team as it chased in one case a well-known financier of the 9/11 attacks through the streets of Hamburg. He talks about the car chases and how he managed to stay awake on stake-outs and discusses his impressions of his friends Adam, Roger, and Scott, whom he protected on those shoots. The video compilation is being shown with the permission of Doherty’s mother, Barbara, to provide insight into who Glen Doherty was and why the nation should honor his service.

Glen Doherty’s Libya assignment was supposed to be his last for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He had been offered a more suitable job in the private sector that would have allowed him to get out of the line of fire. Glen told his future employer that he had one last job to do. That job was in Libya. On September 11, 2012, his last assignment was in Benghazi.

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