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Thread: Tomahawk saves a Soldier's life...from the front lines.

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    Tomahawk saves a Soldier's life...from the front lines.


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    ...just got this today. I have kept the author anonymous for security reasons.

    I could not feel more proud of our Soldiers...they are mission oriented, professional, and most importantly, laying it all on the line to preserve our Freedom.

    MY NAME IS SFC KENNETH X. XXXXX, I AM IN X Co (HEAVY WEAPONS) X/XXX PIR 82 ND ABN DIV. I RECEIVED A TACTICAL TOMAHAWK AS A GOING AWAY GIFT FROM 5th RTB IN JANUARY 0F 2002.

    SINCE THEN IT HAS BEEN WITH ME THROUGH FTXS JUMPS AND A DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. I HAVE USE IT TO PRY LOCKS, CHOP DOWN DOORS, BUST WINDOWS, CUT FIRE WOOD, DIG, AND AS SUBSTITUTE FOR MY ASP BATON.

    ON 18 OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN, I USED IT TO SAVE A FELLOW TROOPERS LIFE. WE WERE CLEARING AN OBJECTIVE WHEN MY #2 ENTERED A CLOSET UNDER A STAIRWELL AND CAME FACE TO FACE WITH TWO ARMED ENEMY. DUE TO THE TIGHTNESS OF THE SPACE, HE WAS UNABLE TO USE HIS M-4, SO HE ENGAGED THEM HAND TO HAND. MY #3 WAS ABLE TO KILL ONE MAN, BUT I COULD NOT GET A SHOT AT THE SECOND, SO I HIT HIM WITH THE HATCHET EDGE OF THE TOMAHAWK JUST ABOVE THE OCCIPITAL BONE. THE TOMAHAWK PENETRATED ALL THE WAY TO HANDLE, INSTANTLY DROPPING THE ENEMY. NO KNIFE SHORT OF A MACHETE WOULD HAVE MADE SUCH SHORT WORK OF A MAN. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SUCH A GREAT BIT OF KIT, AND SUPPORTING THE TROOPS. RLTW.

    XXXXXXX.XXXXXX@us.army.mil

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    Awesome stuff! Congrats, Andy! Thanks for supporting our troops!

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    Hot damn! Great story, Andy! Good to know our boys are using the right tools for the job!

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    Outstanding work on our guy's part.And for the maker of the 'hawk,kudos to you as well for making good solid gear that works when theSHTF.

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    AIRBORNE....ALL THE WAY. Thanks for sharing that Andy. I'm expecting a VTAC from 1skf tomorrow. My days with the 82nd are long over (68-71) but it's good to know the boys are keeping on with it. Keep up the good work on your end Sir and Thanks. Ed C

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    I read this post this morning and continued to think about it all day. I am proud to here about our young men taking care of our Freedom and especially taking care of themselves! Thank you for sharing this story Andy!

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