Tuesday, June 19, 2018

MACV-SOG: Forward Operating Base Four (FOB 4)

Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (aka SOG, MACSOG, and MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.
Established on 24 January 1964, the unit conducted strategic reconnaissance missions in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), Laos, and Cambodia; carried out the capture of enemy prisoners, rescued downed pilots, and conducted rescue operations to retrieve prisoners of war throughout Southeast Asia; and conducted clandestine agent team activities and psychological operations.
The unit participated in most of the significant campaigns of the Vietnam War, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident which precipitated increased American involvement, Operation Steel Tiger, Operation Tiger Hound, the Tet Offensive, Operation Commando Hunt, the Cambodian Campaign, Operation Lam Son 719, and the Easter Offensive. The unit was formally disbanded and replaced by the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 on 1 May 1972.

A Forward Operating Base (FOB) is any secured forward military position, commonly a military base, that is used to support tactical operations. They may or may not contain an airfield, hospital, or other facilities, and are generally separate from a main operating base by being temporary stations rather than permanent.

On August 23, 1968, an NVA/VC sapper attack was launched on a SOG compound in Da Nang, FOB (forward operating base) 4. Seventeen Green Berets were killed during that attack—the single largest toll of Green Berets killed in Special Forces history.

The above information provided in part by Wikipedia, The Institute of Heraldry, Global Security, and the official websites of the corresponding units and formations.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Invitation Templates by 3D Insignia & Heraldry on Etsy

A word of warning - this article is pure and shameless self-promotion. The back-story is this… For quite some time I’ve been contemplating an idea of offering my military insignia graphics downloadable and printable in some useful form. Now this idea has finally crystallized. 

Etsy. Downloadable printable invitation templates. We all need them at some point. Promotion. Send-off. Retirement. List goes on. But a good-looking and unique invitation is not easy to come by. This is where my new Etsy shop comes in. You will discover some exclusive designs, not found anywhere else. I started with a few product lines featuring branches of service and one product line (for now) showcasing rank insignia templates for each branch of service. All - instant downloads, and all can be printed on your home printer or at a local print shop. More is coming soon, including law enforcement invites. 

So, whenever you find yourself in need for a great-looking military or law enforcement (coming soon) invite for any occasion - make sure to check my Etsy shop. Custom orders are welcome.

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