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With Seconds to Spare, This Soldier Saved a Woman Trapped Inside a Burning Car

by Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry, Massachusetts National Guard STERLING, Mass. – Specialist Ryan Leger finished his drill with Massachusetts National Guard’s 110th Maintenance Company, and his wife picked him up. As they were driving home, they noticed how nice the sunset looked. His wife, Courtney, a photographer, wanted to stop …

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Smuggler Abandons Toddler Along River: ‘We Got There in Time,’ US Border Agent Says

This scenario plays out so often, our sources inside the Border Patrol tell us they watch for it closely and act quickly. In this incident from last spring, a one-year-old Guatemalan child was abandoned along the Colorado River in Arizona. As shown in the video below, a smuggler brought the …

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WATCH: Coast Guard Rescues Leo the Dog

Call it a pawsome recovery. A dog named Leo fell from a 300-foot cliff in Oregon earlier this year. It didn’t look good for Leo, since he was injured, and the tide was rising. A rescue crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria quickly responded and arrived on scene, …

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Grizzly! A Life or Death Encounter In the Yukon

One of the rules in the Yukon Territory is that hunting guides must always be within hearing distance of their hunters. This is a good rule, as we soon shall see.  It was the first day of an early September expedition when hunting guide David O’Farrell brought an archery hunter …

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WATCH: Coast Guard Hoists Stranded Boaters to Safety in Night Rescue Mission

Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans were told late at night on May 3 that two boaters were overdue to return from an outing. The two had last been known to be on the water aboard a 23-foot recreational boat. The watchstanders launched a search, and found the disabled vessel. Rescue …

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Wilderness Tracking in Arizona: A Mission Along the Border

by Heath Hansen “I sent the grids; we’ll be heading out by noon on Thursday,” Tim Foley informs me over the phone, before I hit the road. Foley is a grizzled former paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division, and leader of the volunteer group Arizona Border Recon (AZBR). For more than a …

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Rescue at Sea: Americans Tossed Overboard During Fundraising Effort to Help Fellow Veterans

They call it the world’s toughest row, one that brings voyages to remember – especially this one, for a team that encountered high waves during their 2022 expedition. That’s when an All-American team of four military veterans were rescued after their boat capsized during a 3,000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge. Fight …

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At Fort Bragg, We Trained Under Special Forces Legend Nick Rowe: ‘S is for Survival’ 

by Martin Kufus Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from  Plow the Dirt but Watch the Sky, a memoir by Martin Kufus, a former editor at Soldier of Fortune. This chapter shows Martin’s experience at the Special Forces SERE Instructor Qualification Course, where he encountered the legendary Col. Nick Rowe – …

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A Nuclear Blast Would Bring Hell on Earth: Blinding Light, Searing Heat, and Intense Winds

The degree of hazard depends on the type of weapon, height of the burst, distance from the detonation, hardness of the target, and explosive yield of the weapon.  by Susan Katz Keating Russian President Vladimir Putin again raised the specter of nuclear war this week when he announced that his …

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Shooting on the Move: Tactical Training That Saves Lives

The benefits of training to shoot while moving. by Gary Paul Johnston Traditionally, cops have been trained to shoot while standing still. By now it should be pretty clear where this is going, and going should be the name of the game when the going gets tough. When I became …

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