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Paratroopers with U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, descend to the ground under T-11 parachute canopies during Exercise Spartan Pegasus Feb. 24, 2015 at Deadhorse, Alaska.

The extremely cold demonstration in airborne operations and arctic mobility took place in one of the northern-most territories of Alaska, well north of the Earth’s Arctic Circle. Spartan Pegasus allows USARAK the ability to maximize training resources across multiple units to maintain readiness in a wide array of mission sets across the Arctic and Pacific region.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love

Enforce Tac / IWA 2015 PenCott™ “Shoppers’ Guide”

Hyde Definition seems to be marching steadily on towards conquering Europe with their PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns – at least it looks that way according to this list of exhibitors at the 2015 Enforce Tac and IWA…

S.O.D. Gear

Italy’s renowned S.O.D. Gear was one of the very first high-end, real-deal manufacturers to pick up on the PenCott patterns, and sent them off with some pretty cool dudes to open doors and meet people in some interesting places…  S.O.D. Gear will be at Enforce Tac for the first time this year.



Direct Action

One of the most eagerly awaited appearances at this year’s Enforce Tac and IWA has got to be Direct Action – the new advanced, professional brand from under the umbrella of Helikon-Tex. Enforce Tac / IWA marks the first public unveiling of the full line of Direct Action gear and clothing.  Be sure to drop by and check them out.




A brand that’s gained an outstanding reputation for innovation and high-quality over the past few years, UF PRO will be showcasing their range of superb products – including new items like their Monsoon SmallPac system and Hunter Sweater in GreenZone, and their brand new Striker HT hot weather BDU in BadLands will make its debut at this year’s IWA.



Leo Koehler

Another long time provider of high-quality items in PenCott camouflage patterns, Leo Koehler will be displaying their wares again this year at IWA – visit them at stand number 343 in hall 9.

Leo Koehler Hall 9 Stand 343



The Polish super-company that’s been most active with the PenCott patterns, Helikon-Tex will be showcasing their 2015 line-up at IWA.  Drop by to see what’s new, chat to their crew, and pick up a catalogue (or two).




Polish outdoor gear and backpack manufacturer Wisport will be bringing out several products in GreenZone and BadLands soon.  Drop by their IWA booth to find out more – Hall 9, Stand 344.

Wisport Hall 9 Stand 344



Last, but by now means last (!), the Tacticaltrim booth at IWA will be something of a PenCott Superstore this year.  Not only will they have samples of the full range of PenCott camouflage fabrics on hand, they will also be featuring the first European unveiling of Murdock Webbing company’s jacquard-woven GreenZone webbing, and they will be showcasing the first public appearance of the full range of PenCott camouflage products from Tasmanian Tiger.


Tacticaltrim will also be featuring several special guests and partners on their booth as well – including:


Edelweiss Raid 2015 – Wenn der Berg ruft…

Edelweiss Raid 2015

EDELWEISS RAID is the unofficial World- Championships for Mountain Troops held every year in Austria, sponsored and supported by the Austrian Federal Army, and hosted by the Austrian Army’s 6th Light Infantry Brigade (High Alpine).

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony at Standschützen Kaserne Kranebitten.

As of December 2012, Austria took over the EU lead in terms of mountain training and education.The conceptual term for this initiative is called “Pooling and Sharing (P&S) Mountain Training Initiative (MTI)”.  The Edelweiss Raid competition is conducted under the auspices of this initiative and is designed to be the ultimate challenge for mountain infantry to test their skills and share their knowledge, tactics, tips and procedures with regards to high-alpine, winter warfare.

Swiss team and their gear

The Swiss team sorting out their gear upon arrival.

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Friday Fotos


Sniper Platoon from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment live firing L96 on Bergen-Hohne ranges.

Photographer: Cpl Mark Webster; Crown Copyright


Snipers are most vulnerable when moving between positions, that’s why they travel in pairs.  Here you see the Number 2 patrolling ahead of the Number 1, en-route to their next location.

Photographer: Cpl Mark Webster; Crown Copyright

FRAG OUT! appointed media partner of IWA 2015

Congratulations to our friends at FRAG OUT! magazine – they’ve been appointed as a media partner of IWA Outdoor Classics and Enforce Tac 2015.

Until then, check out the latest issue of FRAG OUT! online.  Features in the latest edition include:

  • HK416A5 in Action
  • FN Minimi Mk3 Gun Pr0n
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Direct Action Gear Behind the Scenes
  • AK Assault Rifle Training Pt 3
  • NFM Arc’teryx Khard Pack Pouches Suite
  • and much more


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