Dakota Meyer Medal of Honor recipient (youngest ever) Dakota L. Meyer (born June 26, 1988) is a former United States Marine and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan. He is best known for being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal, on September 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He is the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first living U.S. Marine in 38 years to be so honored. After completing training to be a U.S. Marine, Meyer deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, in 2007, as a Scout Sniper with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. He gained national attention for his actions in Afghanistan during his second deployment in Kunar Province with Embedded Training Team 2-8. On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Meyer learned that three U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman were missing after being ambushed by a group of insurgents. He charged into an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and under enemy fire. Meyer eventually found all four dead and stripped of their weapons, body armor, and radios. With the help of some friendly Afghan soldiers, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted. During his search, Meyer "personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded, and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe." When U.S. President Barack Obama's staff called Meyer to set up a time for the President to inform him that his case for the Medal of Honor had been approved, Meyer was working at his construction job and asked if they could please call him back when he was on his lunch break, which they later did. Dakota then returned to work. Steve Reichert One Mile Kill Shot – Black Friday! – Documentary on the History Channel, Military Channel, and many others. Steve Reichert currently specializes in integrating upcoming technologies (things that don’t yet exist) with current special operations requirements (things they need now). Most of his time is spent thinking outside of the box, listening to folks in the industry say it can’t be done, then finding a solution to the unsolvable problem. Prior to his current position at ASO3, Steve founded Tier 1 Group (T1G), a defense related company which provides specialized services and training to the U.S. Government & other agencies. T1G is backed by one of the world’s largest and most respected private equity firms. Steve grew the company from a start-up to an industry leader in 3 years, served as T1Gs CEO & BOD for five years. Steve proudly served 12 years in the Marines, receiving a medical retirement after taking an IED blast on his last trip to Iraq. As documented on the History Channel, in the early morning hours of April 9, 2004, a Marine sniper and his spotter crawled on top of an abandoned oil storage tank in Lutafiyah, Iraq. Their mission was routine as they covered their squad’s patrol movement through the small town during the Arba’een pilgrimage. As it turned out, it was also a mission that will go down in the volumes of Marine Corps history. Staff Sgt. Steve Reichert, a 25-year-old scout sniper with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and Medfield, Mass., native, was recently awarded one of the Corps’ top medals, the Bronze Star with a combat ‘V’ for valorous action. During this particular mission atop the oil tank, Reichert settled himself in a very exposed position -- though he was able to prop up a few steel plates on some sand bags. He and his spotter occupied that position knowing they were extremely vulnerable to enemy fire. “I didn’t really think about it at the time,” said Reichert. “But when we heard the fifty cal. rounds impacting the oil tank we took what little cover there was.” As the patrol moved toward the town, Reichert observed a dead animal located in the patrol’s path. It was then when he recalled his training in enemy tactics, techniques and procedures for improvised explosive devices (IED) and made radio contact with the patrol leader to redirect. The patrol leader radioed back to Reichert and confirmed his suspicion that two wires were leading out of the dog carcass. “We encountered IEDs daily,” said Reichert. “The IED that the squad came up on was in a dead animal, and with my spotting scope I could see the slight reflection of the wires coming out of the animal. But despite the squad’s preventive measures, a routine situation turned treacherous. A rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, was fired at the Marine patrol and seconds later enemy machine gun and small-arms fire pinned them down, according to Reichert. The Marines couldn’t effectively engage the enemy machine gunner on the rooftop of a nearby building so they radioed to Reichert on the oil storage tank. He took one shot and missed, then made the proper wind and elevation calculations to make his mark. A moment and a trigger pull later, Reichert took out the gunner. In the after action report, the platoon leader made a remarkable account, that Reichert made the shot from 1,614 meters – approximately a mile away. His accuracy was the deciding factor in the outcome of the firefight. Soon after, a few insurgents began to climb a set of stairs on the backside of the building where the firefight was taking place. Reichert aimed into the brick wall where he thought the men were and fired. All three of the men dropped. Reichert’s armor-piercing round penetrated the wall and killed one man -- possibly wounding the other two with bullet and brick fragmentation. “I was concerned about my Marines making it out of there in one piece,” said Reichert. “And at the same time I was loving life. I was outside of the gunmen’s range, but they were within my weapon’s range. I guess I could compare it to shooting ducks in a barrel.” But the parlor game atmosphere proved to be more difficult than he may have expected. “I could see that the two Marines got separated (from the platoon) and saw that a small group of insurgents were maneuvering into position to ambush the Marines. Once they stopped moving I shot one; the other two ran.” Reichert looks back at his mission as a learning experience – not only for him, but for others who follow in his footsteps. “I’ve learned a few lessons in life that I think helped me along the way,” said Reichert. “Never quit, no matter how tough life can get.” Jim Gilliland Longest Confirmed Kill in Operation Iraqi Freedom with a 7.62 Rifle I was born in Haleyville Alabama and grew up in Double Springs Alabama. I went to Winston County Elementary and Winston County High School where I played Foot Ball, Base Ball, Track, Basket Ball, and participated in the High School Rodeo Association riding Bare Back and Saddle Bronc. I was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish in Bankhead National Forest and Smith Lake. Joined the Army in 1996 – He served in the 3d Bn of the 75th Ranger Regt as an Indirect fire Infantryman (Mortar Gunner), Forward Observer, Sniper, Spotter, RTO, Team Leader, and a Squad Leader. He later deployed twice to Afghanistan with C company 3/75 as a Squad Leader where he participated in the highly televised night combat Airborne Assault in the Helmand providence on 19 Oct 2001. Jim went on to instruct at the NCO academy for 18 months before being assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. There Jim selected and trained a Sniper Section from scratch in 2004 and deployed for one year as a Sniper Section Leader. Jim’s sniper section was recognized as the best Sniper Section in Iraq in 2005 by the Joint Chief Counter IED Task Force. Jim is accredited with taking a record successful single shot engagement with a 7.62 rifle. Jim was then assigned as a Ranger Instructor at the Mountain Phase of the Army’s Ranger school for three years as both tactics and mountaineering instructor. Following that, Jim returned to the 3d ID and completed his second tour in Iraq as a Platoon Sergeant leading a quick Reaction Force and counter IED/Post blast section Leader finishing his time in the 3d ID as a First Sergeant. Jim was then selected to serve in the Soldier Requirement Division, Small Arms Branch as the Senior Enlisted Adviser and Branch NCOIC. In this role Jim was directly involved in the selection, refinement and development of all future Army small arms. Jim was promoted to Master Sergeant on 1OCT12 and currently serves with the 2-29 IN BN, and is working in the S3 office awaiting a 1SG appointment Awards and decorations; Matt Jacques Recognized on Trigger Time TV as a Leading World Expert Firearms Instructor Matt delivers over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience within the United States Marine Corps and two civilian Police agencies, as well as exercising his talents as a Sniper. He possesses documented leadership ability, proven instructor capability and strengths in complex problem solving, decision making and written and oral communication. He was an instrumental part of a team responsible for the research, development and training of weapons systems manufactured by FN. Matt conducted new equipment training for new systems to members of the United States Special Operations community involving the SCAR program and other systems. He also wrote the test plans, compiled and recorded data and instructed training for the weapon systems built by FN to include M249 and M240 medium machine-guns. Matt was responsible for the assembly, system completion and accuracy testing for the FN SPR sniper rifle systems. Scott Waddell Nuclear Security Weapons Expert, former USMC Firearms Instructor, NRA Instructor A Former United States Marine who was attached to 2nd Marine Division where he served as a Firearms Instructor and Instructor of Water Survival, the very core skills every Marine needs. After completing his tour in the Marine Corps, he began training for a career in Law Enforcement. It was during this time that he was exposed to the Nuclear Security Sector, an event that radically altered his career path. He has been in the industry since 2005 where he provides both advanced firearms training, as well as defensive tactics. He places a special emphasis on mental preparation development for officers who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the public from Radiological Sabotage Scott is also the founder and President of Guardian Training, LLC, a North Carolina based company that specializes in numerous training disciplines including: Basic/Advanced Firearms Training, Concealed Carry Handgun Training, CPR, OC, and ASP Baton; just to name a few. He is dedicated to providing the law abiding citizen with the knowledge and skills needed in order to protect themselves, loved ones, and even you as a citizen. Chris Daidone Nuclear Security Weapons Expert, Former USMC Scout Sniper An honor graduate from Marine Corps basic training and Certificate of Commendation recipient for his performance at the School of Infantry, Chris joined 2nd Battalion 8th Marines in 1997 as a machine gunner. Realizing this as a mere stepping stone, he volunteered andeasily negotiated Scout Sniper indoctrination and was immediately sent to Marine Corps Sniper School. Chris received both his Hog’s Tooth and the title Marine Corps Sniper, all prior to his one year mark in the Marine Corps! Chris went on to provide sniper support for numerous operations primarily based in South America and West Africa. He is best known for his efforts spent in Ecuador where Chris rewrote their entire sniper doctrine; followed by a complete training package to ensure both compliance and competency. In 1999 Chris received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his performance and dedication. His Marine Corps career concluded as anInstructor for the School of Infantry in support of combat operations during Enduring Freedom. In 2009, Chris turned his focus to the civilian sector and their protection from radiological sabotage, where he currently provides both consultation and training for the nuclear industry. Chris is also the founder and President of Citizen Defense Solutions, LLC, a North Carolina based company dedicated to providing the law abiding citizen with both the knowledge and tools to protect and preserve family, friends, other citizens and our 2nd amendment rights.