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  • (Titanium Watches) These watches are darker in colour than silver watches or stainless steel watches. The strong, corrosion-resistant metal takes its name from the Greek Gods, the Titans, and titanium is a durable metal well suited to modern daily life.
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SSG Brandon K. Wooldridge
SSG Brandon K. Wooldridge
Army amputee wants to pick up where he left off By William Cole The Honolulu Advertiser SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, EAST RANGE — The eight Charlie Company soldiers, wet and muddy from low-crawling through brush beneath ironwood and eucalyptus trees, gathered in a semi-circle for the training "after-action review." The fire teams had taken turns advancing against an "enemy" observation post in the woodsy undergrowth, with a cacophony of blank gunfire ensuing when contact was made. "Movement techniques were good. Only thing I saw was communication," said Staff Sgt. Joseph Stalinski. "Always gotta hear that voice — team leader's gotta talk to you." Spc. Brandon Wooldridge bears another distinction from combat: His left leg ends six inches below the knee. From there down, it's carbon fiber and titanium that's sheathed in his black combat boot. Despite that, Wooldridge's movements and appearance are pretty much indistinguishable from other soldiers, and that's how he wants it to stay. Ten months after the 24-year-old's calf was blown off in a firefight and doctors amputated his lower leg, the Schofield Barracks soldier is back with his unit, and his goal is to stay infantry. "I'm supposed to be able to do that. That's what I'm pushing for," he said. "My medical board's in November. Hopefully, they'll let me stay." The North Carolina man, who decided to make the Army his life and career at the beginning of the deployment to Iraq, detoured onto his uncertain odyssey on Nov. 13, 2004. The 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry "Wolfhound" was in a three-Humvee convoy in the northern tip of the Sunni Triangle, about 40 miles southwest of Kirkuk, when he and fellow Schofield soldiers came under heavy fire. "There was a lot of stuff they had fired. A few (rocket-propelled grenades). Some people said there might have been a roadside bomb. Lot of heavy machine gun fire," said Wooldridge, who has been in the Army for three years. Manning a M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon in the open-backed Humvee, Wooldridge remembers first taking cover, and then quickly returning fire over the makeshift armor hung on the wooden side rails of the vehicle. "Down and up, down and up (we fired). I remember looking down and I watched one of the rounds ricochet, and we had been talking about it before — that (the improvised armor) ain't gonna stop nuthin'. It did," he said with a laugh. REALITY OF WAR He's not sure what hit him. He believes it was a rocket-propelled grenade blast. Whatever it was, it tore out his calf. "I had never broken nuthin', but it felt like my leg had been broken, because I could feel my foot, but I couldn't move it," he said. In a hospital in Kirkuk, he cussed out the doctors, but then gave in to what they said had to be done. Soldiers like Wooldridge are an increasingly common reality of the United States' now-four-year war in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Iraq alone, 7,350 U.S. service members have been wounded in action and returned to duty, and 6,770 have been wounded but not returned to duty, according to the Pentagon. Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is considered the military's premier facility for amputees, and Wooldridge went through rehabilitation there. Tripler Army Medical Center has treated seven Hawai'i-based amputees. Three soldiers with leg or foot amputations who are receiving outpatient care want to stay in the Army, Tripler spokeswoman Margaret Tippy said. Wooldridge is the real-world version of TV soldier Bo Rider in FX's "Over There," who is single-minded about returning to his unit after losing a leg in Iraq. "(The show is) exaggerated, but I suppose so," Wooldridge says of the comparison. "It's a TV show. I understand it has to be entertaining." Service members with disabling injuries used to be automatically turned over to the Department of Veterans Affairs. But with advances in medicine, technology and rehabilitation techniques, the military says it is making every effort to return willing service members to duty. "Americans would be surprised to learn that a grievous injury, such as the loss of a limb, no longer means forced discharge," President Bush said during a visit to Walter Reed in December 2003. FACING LONG ODDS Despite those words, returning to the front lines can be a long shot. Fox News reported in March that of roughly 200 service members who had amputations as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan, only eight had been approved for return to active duty. "Right now I believe my chances are 50/50," said Wooldridge, a married father of two. "I don't know of any other enlisted soldier (and amputee) who has stayed infantry. There could be, but I don't know of them." Wooldridge, an unassuming man who looks you straight in the eye when he talks and is known by fellow soldiers as a quiet but determi
Review: CRKT M16-13
Review: CRKT M16-13
The CRKT M16 tactical knife is one of the best EDC knives I've ever carried. The pivot is smooth with no snags and the flipper is just fun to use in deployment of the blade. Pictured here are two versions the M16-13M (Military) and the M16-13Z (Zytel handle). Both are nearly identical except for handle material and weight. They both feature the AutoLAWKS system that transform the knife into a virtual fixed blade when in the opened position. These come razor sharp from factory so watch your fingers! There are a ton of different variations of this model in particular which includes a Firemen red handled, Police tactical, titanium handle and various others. The blade choices include tanto and spearpoint in a plain and partial serrated options. The aluminum handle of the Military pictured here is slightly lighter and thinner than the Zytel handled version. The Zytel handles are also slightly thicker giving the handler a better hold in some cases and it's not as smooth as the aluminum or the titanium versions. But expect to pay more in price for the latter two versions. The blades do come in a bead blasted or TiNI coated. The thumbstud is virtually useless in opening the knife so plan on just utilizing the flipper. With a slight wrist flick the blade will come out smoothly and lock up solid with absolutely no blade play up, down, left or right. The clip unfortunately is only configured for right handed tip down carry unlike the larger M21 which can be reconfigured in all four positions. The one downside, and this is just my opinion, is that the overall design of the knife is very "scary" looking for some people because of the switchblade like shape. So be careful where you pull this out in public. Only one side is sharpened while the other is a false edge. The knife is very comfortable to hold onto and will not allow you to slip up into the blade due to the nice finger choil that doubles as the flipper. It features excellent skeletonization which lightens the overall weight. If you have medium to small hands the tail end of the knife is relatively pointed for a non lethal attack if you so choose. Great knife! Blade length 3.5" Blade steel AUS8 Liner lock with AutoLAWKS system Prices vary depending on model from 25-100$

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