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The History of the Tuskegee Airmen

Each year we celebrate Black History Month during the month of February in both the United States and Canada. An important group of veterans who fought in the Second World War are the Tuskegee Airmen. Not only were they fighting the German Nazis, they were also fighting prejudice in their own homeland.

After being rejected for air service during World War I, groups of young African ATuskegee Airmenmericans with an interest in becoming pilots fought for the opportunity during the Second World War. African American college graduates were allowed to train at Tuskegee and these men then comprised the Tuskegee Airmen.

After receiving encouragement from the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, they were sent overseas earning an impressive combat record. This was a huge step for African Americans in the fight for civil rights and to show other African American men and women that anything was possible for them. Three of the Tuskegee Airmen Pilots even went on to become generals in the United States Army.

Check out Harry’s for some great Military Memorabilia!

Bug Out Bag Gear – Top Ten Items for Doomsday Preppers

If one of your New Years Resolutions this year was to  start prepping, then take a look at this list of the top 10 items you’ll need to start your collection!

Survival Water Filtration Device

1)    One of the most important items for our body is fresh drinking water. Key for survival packs is to include a water filtration system. This Katadyn Mini Ceramic Water Filter is small and compact which will make it easy to carry and pack in your survival gear backpack.

2)    This Zippo Fire Starter will allow you to keep warm no matter what weather you encounter and it’s small compact size allows you to easily tote it with you in your survival gear pack.

3)    Along the same lines as the Fire Starter, this Survival Blanket will keep you warm on cold nights. This blanket is lightweight, reusable, waterproof, and can be folded to fit in your pack for storage and carrying.

4)    In case of an emergency happening to you or someone you are travelling with, make sure you have a First Aid Kit handy. This Military Olive Drab Large First Aid Kit contains everything you will need in case of an emergency.

5)    Doomsday Preppers often carry some type of weapon for various uses. This 11 Inch Junge Survival Knife Kit contains two separate knives, an 11 in. larger knife and a smaller throwing knife as well as a few other survival accessories. Again, this is compact enough to be stored within your survival pack.

6)    To ensure that you never lose track of where you are, make sure you pack a compass in your survival kit. This Multifunction Solar Powered Digital Compass is great because it can be re-charged using solar power so no matter what you encounter, you will be able to continue using this compass.

7)    Because you will never want to be in the dark, pack a Solar Powered Lantern with you. This Solar Powered Lantern can be re-charged and has two different modes including one that will save energy.

8)    Known for its multitude of uses, Paracord is one of those things you should never leave off of your survival pack checklist.

Paracord

 

Pretty much anything you can imagine, you can use Paracord for including making a hammock, gear repair, decoration, security, belt, boot laces, tying food from a tree, etc.

9)    The Shark Safety Whistle is imperative to a survival pack emitting a loud whistle that will assist you in search and rescue operations as well as outdoor and personal safety.

10) Last, but definitely not least, you will need a tactical backpack that will hold all of your survival equipment. The Rapid 96 4 Day Tactical Backpack has padded shoulder straps, a padded back, and is MOLLE Compatible so extra pouches can be added for additional room.

If you’re looking for any other survival items on your shopping list, stop by Harry’s Survival Gear section, guaranteed to fulfill all of your needs!

Military Acronyms Decoded- Understanding Military Lingo

Being a military wife, I have had many conversations at the dinner table where I find myself asking, “What does that mean again?” a million times. Anyone who has watched a movie based on the military, have friends in the military, or have even served in the military themselves will say that they have the military has it’s own language, made up of many different acronyms.

Having lived on a military base, it’s a wonder I made it home those first few days after I moved there. Lucky for me, they actually labeled secure zones “Restricted area” and there were guards who were quick to point you on your way if you drove to a spot where you were not allowed access. Most places allowed civilians if you knew what the acronyms stood for, NEX also known as the Navy Exchange is a great place for tax free shopping!

Some of these more common military acronyms will help you keep up during your next chat with your military friends.

-AD: Active Duty

-APO: Army Post Office

-AWOL: Absent Without Leave (I think this one is self explanatory, you DON’T wanna go AWOL)

-BDU: Battle Dress Uniform (Working Uniform)

-CO: Commanding Officer (Also known as the “boss”)

-CONUS: Continental United States

-DOD: Department of Defense

-LES: Leave and Earning Statements (Military pay stub, this requires a degree in military language to read)

-MP: Military Police

-OCONUS: Outside Continental United States

-PCS: Permanent Change of Station (Moving time!)

-USA: United States Army

-USCG: United States Coast Guard

-USMC: United States Marine Corps

-USN: United States Navy

If you have a military member to grab a gift for, be sure to stop by Harry’s Military Gifts section!

United States Military Branches

History of the Military Flight Jackets

The historic flight jacket was born back in September of 1917 when the United States Army established the Aviation Clothing Board. Sometimes referred to as a bomber jacket or bombardier jacket, the typical flight jacket has high wrap around collars, zipper closures with wide thick wind flaps, snug cuffs, and waits. Some are even fringed and lined with fur. The purpose of the flight jacket was to keep pilots warm since the airplanes then had open cockpits where the pilots were exposed to wind and the elements. Military Pilots wearing Leather Flight Jackets

Though the flight or bomber jacket began as a jacket made specifically for military pilots, they have since progressed into a fashion trend that is still popular today. Harry’s has quite a few for you to choose from that we think will keep you warm during the next few winter snow storms.

The Alpha B-15 Flight Jacket is a classic flight jacket with an economical price at $103.88, made tough to battle the harsh elements. Pick one up today in Black, Navy, or Sage Green. If you want to spend a little more money, we have a beautiful ALeather-CWU-45-P-Flight-Jacket-Blacklpha Leather CWU 45/P Flight Jacket for $336.00. This bomber jacket is made from premium cowhide leather that is stylish and warm, styled after the classic US Air Force CWU 45/P flight jacket and features a genuine leather embossed Alpha Velcro Patch.

If you have a child looking to make a fashion statement, pick up a Kid’s WWII Aviator Flight Jacketwith a classic design from the WWII era with a leather-like outer shell. Kids WWII Era Flight Jacket

Ultimate Survival Gear, The Zombie Apocalypse Continues

By the looks of it, we have all survived the Mayan Apocalypse without any problems, so now we can all go back to waiting for our favorite world ending event; the zombie apocalypse! With everyone’s favorite zombie show, The Walking Dead, off the air until February, we thought we would give you your zombie fix with a list products to complete imgresyour zombie apocalypse survival kit and make you the ultimate zombie killing machine.

To start out the list, we all know that everyone imagines themselves looking like a bad a$$ when the zombies rise ( myself included), so you need to have the perfect zombie apocalypse outfit on hand. A basic military BDU pant is a good choice due to the functional design, including several pockets to store your extra ammo. Don’t worry ladies, these pants also come in pink camo so you can still have a touch of femininity during Tactical Vestthe zombie invasion. A tactical vest is also a smart choice. All of the pouches allow you to keep all of your gear close to your body and easy to access. Throw on a moisture wicking t-shirt on underneath and you’ll be good to go. Another great option would also be a leather jacket. Tough and durable, leather may help prevent biters from getting to your skin. What you have on your feet is also important. I suggest a tall leather boot.

As far as zombie weapons and zombie tools, guns are typically the most efficient, but not everyone has access to guns and some do not even want guns in their Machetehouse. So here are some creative, yet effective alternatives. The Parang Machete is a great choice for those of you who don’t mind getting close to the walkers. The ergonomic handle has a comfortable, textured grip so the chance of slippage when your swinging the machete through the air is greatly reduced. The SOG Tomahawk is also perfect to have during the rise of the dead. Not only can it be used to destroy zombies, it can be used for other purposes like chopping wood and it can be attached to your belt.

In addition to all of these items, Harry’s also has a number of survival items like food and water rations, first aid kits, emergency blankets, and more that are all practical items to have around the house in case of a more likely emergency, but would still be great to have in case of the zombie invasion.

All of these items will help make you look like and feel like the ultimate zombie killing bad a$$, but it’s up to you to summon your inner warrior to get the job done.

 

What’s Under the Tree for your Soldier? Christmas Gift Ideas for Military Members

Are you still searching for a gift for your soldier? Well, look no further; Harry’s has you covered. We carry such a wide range of products; you’re bound to find the perfect gift! Some of our favorites include the Seirus Original All Weather Black Lightweight Glove. This glove is perfect for the cold weather coming our way! It’s a slim fit glove that keeps cold out and keeps hands warm. At $34.99, this is more than affordable.

Another option for this Christmas is going to help your soldier keep time; The Smith and Wesson Tritium Soldier Military Watch. With the ability to read time in low light conditions (even in total darkness), resist water up to 100M/300 feet, and featuring a scratch resistant mineral crystal face, this watch is a great buy! This watch is on sale right now for $89.95!

Watch

If your soldier is handy, either on the job or off, you may want to consider a multi-tool like the Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool. This is on sale now for $46.99 and is made of 17 different tools! The best part is that it is a full size tool that can be closed to a compact size of 4 inches long that can easily fit in a pocket. Some of the tools on this multi-tool include pliers, screwdrivers, and wire stripper. While you’re on our website, be sure to look around, we’re sure you will be able to find many more great gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Get the Best Tactical Pants for You

Tactical pants are cargo pants all grown up. More than just pockets, tactical pants are designed with functionality and durability in mind. Whether you are military, law enforcement, or a paramedic, you have probably had your eye on a pair of these amazing pants. What sets these pants apart from regular cargo pants? What features should you look for? Harry’s Army Surplus is here to give you the information you need!24/7 Cotton Tactical Pants

The first thing most people notice are all the wonderful pockets. Tactical pants are designed with use in mind, so there are many different pockets in all sorts of configurations. There are places for your cell phone, wallet, knives, flashlights, tools, pretty much anything you need there is a pocket for it.

Tactical pants are constructed to take a beating. Reinforced stitching and bar tack stitches help ensure the pants don’t rip easily. Bar tack stitches are used to strengthen stress points, preventing tears and rips in pockets or seams. Gussets are triangular shaped pieces of material sewn into places like the crotch to improve fit and movement. Areas of heavy wear such as knees and seat are usually double reinforced to reduce wear and tear. A few pants come treated with Teflon™ to prevent staining from coffee, water, or even blood.

Harry’s Army Surplus has a wide selection of tactical pants from Propper, Tru-Spec by Atlanco, 5.11, Tact Squad and more. Stop in or check us out online!

 

5 Tips on How to Keep Feet Dry this Winter

Feet sweat. It’s a fact of life. It’s normal. Nevertheless, you want to try to keep your feet as dry as you can. Damp sweaty feet are not just uncomfortable, they can lead to problems such as Athlete’s Foot and painful sores. Excessive moisture in socks and boots combined with body heat creates the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, bacteria that can cause nasty foot odors or even Athlete’s Foot. Too much dampness in socks can cause feet to slide around in boots, causing blisters and painful callouses to develop. Luckily, your team at Harry’s Army Surplus has scrounged up some good intel on quick, easy ways to combat the sweat!

  1. Wash Feet Daily. Give the dogs a good scrubbing every day with some antibacterial soap. Wash twice daily if sweat is excessive.
  2. Dry Feet Completely. Really get in there, dry in between those toes. Don’t skip this step! You don’t wanWigwam Sockst to bring any moisture into your boots. Use a hairdryer on a cool setting if needed.
  3. Use Foot Powder. Sprinkle on the bottoms of feet and in between toes. There are a lot of choices out there, but we don’t recommend cornstarch based powders; when they get moist, they can gum up and leave a gross paste in your toes. Harry’s has military grade foot powder available in store. Drug stores have good options, such as Gold Bond or Dr. Scholl’s.
  4.  Chose The Right Sock. Don’t go for cotton. Cotton will absorb sweat like a sponge and keep it trapped on your foot. You’ll want a good wool sock or synthetic moisture wicking material. Wigwam makes some wonderful socks that we love.
  5. Let Boots Dry. Boots and shoes need at least 24 hours to sufficiently dry out. Rotate your footwear and don’t wear the same boots 2 days in a row, if you do your boots will never dry and will get really funky fast.

With winter coming up fast, this information is just as valuable as in the hot summer. Dry feet are happy, warm feet. Wet feet trap cold, giving rise to cold weather injuries like frostbite. Come visit Harry’s Army Surplus and keep those feet dry and comfy!

5 Awesome Uses For Paracord

Paracord, 550 cord, whatever you want to call it is amazing! This survival cord is so versatile, you can use it for just about anything. You can use the cord whole, or pull the strands out of the sheath and use separately. There are dozens of uses for this military cord.  Here are a few of our favorites.Paracord

  • Gear lashing/tie down
  • Tent/shelter building
  • Boot laces
  • Fishing
  • Sewing/repairs

What are some of your favorite uses for paracord? Leave a comment and let us know! Harry’s Army Surplus has paracord in many different colors and patterns in both nylon and polyester. Come on in and check it out, or visit us online!

Why Dog Tags Are So Popular

More than just a cool fashion trend, dog tags are an important means of identification for military members. Before uniformly printed tags started showing up in the United States around the 1900′s, soldiers would print their own identification on paper or other items worn on the body to assist in identifying them in case of the unthinkable. Dog tags have two main purposes; identification of fallen soldiers, and important medical information in case the soldier is unable to speak or unconscious. Nowadays, tags usually follow a five line format:

  1. Last NameDog Tags
  2. First Name, Initial
  3. Social Security/Service Number
  4. Blood Type
  5. Religious Preference

 

Dog tags are a great way to express yourself even if you are not in the military. Favorite quotes, beliefs, song lyrics, or anniversaries are just a few of the things being printed on tags. Harry’s Army Surplus offers personalized dog tags. Four lines with 16 characters per line, letters, numbers, and the symbols - , . / with the option to add silencers on a ball chain with smaller second chain. Your imagination is the limit on what you can print. If you are in the Metro-Detroit area, you may choose to pick up your tags in store. Order some dog tags and express yourself today!

 

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