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US Army: “Scorpion W2″ pattern becomes OCP (Operational Camouflage Pattern)

In what Soldier Systems Daily brilliantly refers to as a “drive-by announcement”, the Army has released the first official photos of the new “Scorpion W2″ camouflage pattern – on a Friday pay-day, after duty hours, in the summer…

Along with the photos also comes the confirmation that the official name for the pattern is OCP (Operational Camouflage Pattern), which is coincidentally (and confusingly) the same acronym that the Army applied to MultiCam when they adopted it for use in Afghanistan as “Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern” (OCP for short).

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So, now the waiting is over, the speculation is over, and the Camouflage Improvement Initiative will soon be just another R&D project that ran aground on the shoals of the Army’s acquisition process…

World Ranger Day

Today is World Ranger Day.  World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

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World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 54 member associations of the International Ranger Federation, by the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF.The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.

Marking this year’s World Ranger Day, the IRF and International Union for Conservation of Nature have noted that more than half of Ranger deaths over the past 2 years have been caused by poachers, and have jointly issued a call for a tougher stance against wildlife crime globally.

 

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Leapfest XXXI: International Familiarization Jump

Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.

The Familiarization Jumps conducted on Tuesday 29 July 2014 provided the international paratroopers an opportunity to learn about the procedures and equipment used by U.S. Airborne Soldiers.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rocco Caputo, assigned to the 56th Troop Command, Rigger Section, talks to a group of British and New Zealand paratroopers about the MC-6 parachute during Leapfest Airborne Competition July 29, 2014, in West Kingston, R.I. Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austin Berner/Released) Public Domain

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rocco Caputo, assigned to the 56th Troop Command, Rigger Section, talks to a group of British and New Zealand paratroopers about the MC-6 parachute during Leapfest Airborne Competition July 29, 2014, in West Kingston, R.I. Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.

Staff Sgt. Caputo talks to a group of British paratroopers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austin Berner/Released)

Staff Sgt. Caputo talks to a group of British paratroopers.

Two Italian paratroopers assist one another as they put on the MC-6 parachute for a Familiarization Jump. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austin Berner/Released)

Two Italian paratroopers assist one another as they put on the MC-6 parachute for a Familiarization Jump.

Staff Sgt. Justin Kelley, assigned to Charlie Company, 1/143rd Infantry (Airborne), assists two German paratroopers as they put on the MC-6 parachute.

Staff Sgt. Justin Kelley, assigned to Charlie Company, 1/143rd Infantry (Airborne), assists two German paratroopers.

Two New Zealand paratroopers prepare to 'cute up for their Familiarization Jump.

Two New Zealand paratroopers prepare to ‘cute up for their Familiarization Jump.

Two Canadian and two South African paratroopers rig their MC-6 parachutes.

Two Canadian and two South African paratroopers rig their MC-6 parachutes.

Sgt. Mike Lessing, assigned to the 165th Quartermaster, Detachment 1, assists an Australian paratrooper.

Sgt. Mike Lessing, assigned to the 165th Quartermaster, Detachment 1, assists an Australian paratrooper.

LEAPFEST XXXI officially kicks off Saturday morning, 02 August 2014 – I will once again be on site to bring you a report and loads of photos.

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All photos above by Sgt. Austin Berner, U.S. Army

D3O gets Royal recognition

D3O, the British smart materials specialist, has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception. The company attended the celebration for winners of Queen’s Awards, because of delivering six years of strong performance in international trade.

D3O was named as a winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April after demonstrating growth both in absolute sales, and in the percentage it exports: an increase from 62% in 2007 to 88% in 2013. The result of the unprecedented growth and strong export sales – which grew 34% in 2013 alone – is that this year the company will see revenues of £8.5m.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a special reception at the palace for 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners, and Stuart Sawyer, D3O’s Chief Executive Officer and Phil Sheriff, the Materials Development Manager were invited to represent the company.

Bastille Day Parade 2014

“Bastille Day” is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called Fête nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July).

The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.

The Bastille Day Military Parade is the French military parade that has been held on the morning of 14 July each year in Paris since 1880.  Previously held elsewhere within or near the capital city, since 1918 it has been held on the Champs-Élysées, with the exception of the period of German occupation from 1940 to 1944 (when the ceremony took place in London under the command of General de Gaulle).

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The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, where the President of the French Republic, his government and foreign ambassadors to France stand.

This year some troops marched in WWI uniforms (to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI – seen here flanking airborne soldiers of the Troupe de Marine fresh back from operations in central Africa.

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President Hollande also invited detachments of troops from 72 other countries to take part in the parade and attend as guests this year.

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