Our friend from Soldier Systems dropped me a line to give us a head's up on his latest post on the Asymmetric Warfare Group's equipping initiative to select troops in Afghanistan. He asked that we cross post it here for our readers to review.
Basically, the way I understand it, the AWG has been looking at off-the-shelf items primarily from the mountaineering and custom tactical community to lighten the load of the average Joe in combat environments like Afghanistan. Everything from boots to buckles, the AWG's list is impressive.
My colleague Matt Cox at Army Times has written about some of this, but I'm not sure he had the space to include all of the items...but in this Internet age, we can.
There have been numerous questions floating about the equipment chosen for the Armys Asymmetric Warfare Group fielding of a battalions worth of lightweight COTS equipment to the 4th ID for their current deployment to Afghanistan. In an effort to dispel any rumors, we got a list of the equipment issued but have removed sensitive materials including any references to armor.
SmartwoolMens Sport NTS Crew T-ShirtMens Sport NTS BottomMens Microweight NTS Crew Long Sleeved T-ShirtMens Microweight NTS Long Underwear DrawersMens Microweight NTS TeeMens Microweight BoxerSocks PhD Outdoor Light CrewSocks PhD Outdoor Medium Crew
ArcteryxKnee Caps (Green/Grey)
MerrellMens Chameleon EVO Mid Gore TexWomens Chameleon ARC Mid Gore Tex
AsoloMens Fugitive GTXWomens Stynger GTX
SuuntoM-3 DL Handheld CompassWrist Watch GPS X10
GarminETREX Vista HCX
PetzlHeadlamp TACTIKKA XP
SurefireWeapon Light M600C (kit)
AimpointOptic Micro T1 w/ Larue mount
Mountain HardwearPhantom 45 Sleeping bag
NemoGoGo Shelter, Olive Drab
Mystery Ranch3 Day Assault Packs w/ Bolsters
Read the rest of the list HERE...