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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.


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).


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.


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

Prometheus Design Werx — live on Facebook

You’ve heard the rumors, seen the teasers, wondered if it was more than just a dream….

Well…. its for real, the legend is back!

Patrick Ma and his crew launched the official Facebook page for Prometheus Design Werx today.  The website is still just a holding page, but the Facebook page is starting to show and tell more about what PDW is about, and what to expect from them in the weeks and months ahead.


In Greek mythology, Prometheus, meaning “forethought”, is a Titan, a culture hero, and a trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay.  In the myth, he defied the gods and gave fire to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization.  Prometheus is also known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind.

Meanwhile in our world; Prometheus Design Werx crafts exceptional, multi-purpose, performance equipment and accessories to outfit the distinctive individual for uncommon adventures, self reliance, and challenges off and on the grid. The company’s guiding principles are to learn from the past, look to the future, and build for today.

Make sure you go over and give them some “LIKE” (and don’t forget to select the ‘Get Notifications’ option when you do).

Spotlight on SOFIC 2014

The Special Operations Industry Conference and Exhibition – commonly referred to simply as SOFIC – is one of the year’s “MUSTS” if you’re in this industry.  I was there for only one day this year – due to my ‘day job’ – but as usual our friends at Soldier Systems Daily covered all the latest news and developments from the exhibition in depth.

Also in attendance this year were our friends from Guns & Tactics Magazine – thanks to them for capturing these great shots of US and international SOF elements in action during the capabilities exercise they put on, right in front of the conference center in downtown Tampa.


Check out the rest of Guns & Tactics highlights of the show here.

“Ice Station Zebra” – For Real?

Maybe its a case of life imitating art, but at any rate – the US Army also seems to have remembered that it has a mission in the far north as well.

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Check out the recent story in The Army Times for more…

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