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Hey guys,

With this bash I aim to represent a "salty" Special Forces Master Sergeant with his green beret and his insignia, so I chose as a setting a "capabilities demonstration" for some VIPs visiting 3rd Group's home, down at Ft Bragg NC in the 2011/12 timeframe.

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At this point in time he is a Team Sergeant, the senior enlisted leader of ODA 3225, one of the teams belonging to the Crisis Response Force Company (previously named Commander's In Extremis Force-CIF) of this Group.





As has been mentioned before, the CRF companies are like regionally focused mini "Delta Forces", just a notch down from their big brothers in CAG, with assaulting, sniping and special recon as their primary duties, in which they also train other nations Tier-1 units.

This way they can establish close relationships in a number of countries and are well versed in the peculiarities of their area of responsibility (Central Asia for 3rd Group).







But what's his personal story?

Master Sergeant… Aaron :) grew up in the Ranger Regiment as a "bat boy" and gradually made his way to the high speed Ranger Recon Detachment (part of the Regimental HQ at that time) with which he served in combat during the early GWOT.

So, he is proudly wearing on his right shoulder, the Ranger Regiment "scroll" from his old unit, above his current CIF "team patch."



Later on, he volunteered for Special Forces training, passed with flying colors and worked his way up to the CIF ODAs, considered the "varsity teams" inside SF since you have to pass additional selection and training to become a member, including the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC).

As part of 3rd Group he had several combat tours in Afghanistan, has seen the "Elephant" up close and personal for a number of times and has received his share of medals.



On his left shoulder he is wearing the Special Forces patch with the "triple canopy" over it. That's how the three "tabs" signifying that he is both Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces qualified, are unofficially called. His subdued rank insignia-in multicam camo background- is attached to the front of his vest.



 

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Re: 3Rd SFG (A) Crisis Response Force, ODA 3225 Team Sergeant-VIP Demo Ft Bragg

Although he is very obviously in superb physical condition, (the KP muscle 'athletic" body was chosen for this very reason), time has passed and rank is going to do what the various combat and training injuries could not.
This assignment could be his last at the tip of the spear, before he heads up to a Company or Battalion Operations NCO position, or to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School as an experienced training Senior NCO.

Since this was just a demo mission and he is "meeting and greeting" with the VIPs (probably US Senators that control the DOD purse :) ) he is proudly wearing his green beret with the 3rd Group beret flash. His shemagh, although not an authorized item stateside, is a touch of personal "flare" he knows the VIP visitors are going to appreciate as part of the SF spirit, even if his CO grumbles a bit about it....



His load out signifies that he was leading an assaulter team, during the demonstration and is very personalized in typical SF fashion.

He is wearing a privately purchased LBT 6094 Plate Carrier in Mulitcam, instead of the standard SF issue RBAV and MBAV, with an LBT battle belt and an assortment of newer and older pouches.

His weapon is the Mk-17 7.62 battle rifle with the short CQB barrel, an AAC suppressor and the EGLM Grenade Launcher attached to it. On his back he carries the DBT assaulters pack with special pouches for Flash bangs, rifle magazines and straps for breaching equipment



But the VIPs usually want to see and learn about the tools of the trade, so here he is giving them the low down on the main weapons CIF is using for CQB and sniping, from the Mk13 Mod 5 .300 win mag, for long range targets (in this case equipped with a 3-20X Schmidt & Bender Scope) to the short barrel Mk18 carbine, for CQB.





Lastly, a short briefing to the VIPS on the breaching and clearing equipment from the more or less sophisticated explosives to the old fashioned sledge hammer, together with helmets, NVGs and other equipment.






PARTS LIST


Body: KP Athletic
Head sculpt: SS USMC 2nd MEB in Helmand (Aaron Eckhart)
Green Beret: Custom made by Banjoman1000 on ebay
3rd group Beret Flash: www.patchesofpride.com,
Ballistic glasses: Unknown
Shemagh: BBi
Radio set: U-94 PTT for MBITR Radio X 1 (all from DID SBT set)
Comtac PTT For MBITR Radio X 1
Multiband InterIntra Team Radio (MBITR) speaker X 1
TK-5400 Portable Radio X 1
Crye AC Uniform, MC : SS (75th Ranger)
Custom shoulder patches and rank insignia: www.onesixthscaleking.com
Gloves: Soldier Story
Oakley LSA Assault Boots: SS SF FAMCON

First line gear

LBT battle belt, MC: ΖΥ Τoys NSW sniper set (inner belt repainted Coyote)
Double pistol pouch: unknown (repainted Coyote)
E&E pouch, MC: SS USAF PJ Type B
Flex cuffs
BH Serpa Level III Light bearing Autolock holster: Playhouse SF CJSOTF-A
Glock 17 pistol: Playhouse SF-CJSOTF-A
BH Night ops Xiphos NT weapon light: Playhoyse SF-CJSOTF-A

Second line gear

LBT 6094A Plate Carrier, MC: SS USAF PJ TYPE B
LBT 7.62 mm insert Pouch: SS USAF PJ Type B
2x triple 40mm pouches: Merit accessories set (repainted CB)
Medical Pouch, MC: SS USAF PJ Type B
2x DBT 7.62 single SR-25 pouches: Old TS(?) pouches (repainted CB)
Smoke grenade pouch MC: SS USAF PJ type B

Third line Gear

DBT Battle lab Removable assaulters' panel: SS EODMU-11 (repainted CB) modded with inserted hydration bag and tube

Primary weapon

FN MK-17 (SCAR-H), caliber 7.62 mm, with 13 inch barrel and AAC suppressor: SS (SF FAMCON)
FN EGLM 40 mm grenade launcher (SS USAF PJ Type C)
*The EGLM pistol grip part was replaced by a 3D printed direct attachment module (designed by our fellow members Delusional and General Sam), painted FDE
EOTECH EXPS holographic sight
EOTech G33 3X magnifier
AN/PEQ-15A Dual beam aiming laser device
GL aiming sight
Insight M3X weapon light (SU-233/PVS)
Dual button remote switch

Equipment Presentation

M-110 Semi-auto Sniper Rifle with Leupold MK4 3.5-10X40 (E&S)
M4 MK 18 SOPMOD Block II with EOTech Holo sight (modded DAM M4 with SS ACS stock)
M4 SOPMOD II 14.5 inch with M-203 Grenade Launcher, ACOG RCO 4X with DR Red Dot
MK-13 Mod 5 .300 Magnum bolt action Sniper Rifle with 3-20x50 S&B scope ( both E&S)
MK-17 16 inch barrel with SpecterDR 1.5-6X scope (SS PJ Type B rifle with E&S scope)
MICH-2001 helmet with AN/AVS 9 NVGs (SS SF FAMCON)
OPS CORE FAST Helmet with NVG-15 (SS)
Manta strobe
V-lights
M-112 Demolition charges packaged (from onesixthscaleking.com)
Strip charge (Soldier Story)
Strip charge pouch (BRA Toys)
Breaching Tools (Bolt Cutter, Halligan Bar, Hammer)
Blackhawk Dynamic Entry Tactical Backpack
Blackhawk Dynamic Entry Monoshock Ram
DBT Battlelab breaching tools holder/tube (SS EODMU)
Remington 870 breaching Shotgun (SS FBI HRT)
Various grenades and distraction devices
Chem Lights

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This is it gents, hope you enjoyed it! :)

As always your comments and feedback are warmly welcomed. Thanks for looking :thanks
 

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Re: 3Rd SFG (A) Crisis Response Force, ODA 3225 Team Sergeant-VIP Demo Ft Bragg

Great job love the figure and the accessories!!!
 

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Re: 3Rd SFG (A) Crisis Response Force, ODA 3225 Team Sergeant-VIP Demo Ft Bragg

This has come a long way from Sergeants Muldoon and "Doc" McGee, who did the demonstration in "The Green Berets". Muldoon in particular, would have loved to get his mitts on all of that hardware. Very impressive, tigerstr.
 

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Re: 3Rd SFG (A) Crisis Response Force, ODA 3225 Team Sergeant-VIP Demo Ft Bragg

ohhh ! this came out wonderful ! great job !
Thanks Sam, really glad you enjoyed it :)

Great job love the figure and the accessories!!!
:thanks man, picking and lining up the "tools of the trade" was some extra fun with this bash

This has come a long way from Sergeants Muldoon and "Doc" McGee, who did the demonstration in "The Green Berets". Muldoon in particular, would have loved to get his mitts on all of that hardware. Very impressive, tigerstr.
Thanks PD, glad you liked it! When I started planning for this figure I had in my mind the old school Gabriel Demonstrations (named after James A. Gabriel, the first SF soldier killed in Vietnam)

And as you point out one of the oldest style demos was finely depicted in the famous movie "The Green Berets"!

Some more info about an early 80s Gabriel demo, here , just in case you would like to take a look :)
 

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Killer work George, especially on the displays. All you need are some slack jawed civilians and a kid with an ice cream cone to complete the look.
 

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Kudos!
I truly appreciate and enjoyed your presentation, a fine example of thoruogh research and a great way to share very useful information!
Thanks.
 

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Your dedication and respect to this hobby of ours never fail to amaze us, bud.
Hey man, that's quite a compliment! :thanks :thanks

Killer work George, especially on the displays. All you need are some slack jawed civilians and a kid with an ice cream cone to complete the look.
Thanks bro, glad you liked the set up. I'm afraid in that particular occasion, it was just Senators and their aides together with some big army brass :lol

Kudos!
I truly appreciate and enjoyed your presentation, a fine example of thoruogh research and a great way to share very useful information!
Thanks.
Thank you for your kind comment :thanks Very happy you appreciated the bits of background info. Have to say that research is a BIG part of the kitbashing fun for me.
 

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Have to say that research is a BIG part of the kitbashing fun for me.
I also very much enjoy that part too but I find it difficult to find complete and reliable sources: I'm presuming keep track of all the fast changes in setups, weapons and uniforms and what not is a difficult task for anyone willing to organize and stay up to date with the information i.e. I remeber I saw a photo on-line with some SF operators in Afghanistan wearing tigerstripe uniforms (the original Vietnamese design) with multicam vests and pouches, but now I cannot find that picture anymore... At the moment I came to the conclusion that especially regarding SF operators you never know what they gonna use on the field.
 

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Killer bash, bro!
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it man! :thanks

I also very much enjoy that part too but I find it difficult to find complete and reliable sources: I'm presuming keep track of all the fast changes in setups, weapons and uniforms and what not is a difficult task for anyone willing to organize and stay up to date with the information i.e. I remeber I saw a photo on-line with some SF operators in Afghanistan wearing tigerstripe uniforms (the original Vietnamese design) with multicam vests and pouches, but now I cannot find that picture anymore... At the moment I came to the conclusion that especially regarding SF operators you never know what they gonna use on the field.
Yes its difficult indeed. Because load outs change so much and so fast these last few years. I have been following developments in the SOF world for the last 30+ years, and i think I forgot more than I remember by now :)

A good starting point though are the Osprey Publishing "Warrior" and "Elite" even the "Men At Arms" series of books, depending on what you are looking for.
For details on modern SOF I would suggest checking out some serious Airsoft/milsim and gear junkie forums.

Modern SOF have much more leeway to wear what they want/need, but I would say that if things continue the way they have lately, soon a Multicam uniform of some sort, will be the order of the day for any SOF bash, US or international.
 

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I love that you not only source accurate gear, but you provide accurate context for your projects as well. It seems you use it as inspiration and guidance almost and hold yourself to that high standard. I admire that you treat the contextual relevance as an equally important "ingredient" in your projects. Thank you, tigerstr. This is great work!
 

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Excellent bash. I especially like the pictures of the Sergeant and the weapons and gear presentations.
 

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I love that you not only source accurate gear, but you provide accurate context for your projects as well. It seems you use it as inspiration and guidance almost and hold yourself to that high standard. I admire that you treat the contextual relevance as an equally important "ingredient" in your projects. Thank you, tigerstr. This is great work!
Thanks for the very flattering comment buddy, :thanks You probably explained it better than I ever could :lol :lol

Although I don't usually go for the represantation of a single photo referenence, (I find this a bit boring) , accuracy/realism (and context is an essential ingredient here) is something I constantly strive for in my bashes, So its good to know my 1/6 comrads appreciate the effort :woohoo

Excellent bash. I especially like the pictures of the Sergeant and the weapons and gear presentations.
Thanks for your feedback PV, really happy you enjoyed the whole thing. :thanks
 

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Thanks Mark, the 3D designed/printed under slung EGLM on the MK-17 short barrel rifle gives this bash that extra "touch" I was looking for :wink

Keep up with your 3D magic :drool
 

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Hey, merci Axirun, really happy you like the whole thing mon ami :)
 
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