|Posted by Federation Guards on December 8, 2011 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Generals for the We Were Soldiers Game for the 2012 at Tactical Paintball in Hardwood, Texas, has been announce early. They are as follows:
US forces General
Joe R. Pena of Port Lavaca, who was with 1st Bn 7th Cav, 1st Cav Div D Company M-79 Grenadier
PAVN General Mark Ayers of Kee Action Sports will take up the challenge
More news to come as the game gets closer....
|Posted by Federation Guards on August 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:25 am Post subject: SMACK! ! ! !
OK - Now theres a little friendly competion that will yeild someone a prize at the October event, if your big enough to smack talk the Head Ref?????
So, let me hear. Put on your big boy drawers (or under garmets for the ladies) and hit me with your best shot! ! ! !
Again, the winner, as deemed by you all, will get a special award at the game. I will post the best finalists for all to reveiw.
Now - Lets get it On! ! ! !
A Proud Tactical Home Team Member
Source: TACTICAL PAINTBALL
|Posted by Federation Guards on July 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM||comments (0)|
Photos by Nikki Maxwell: Former Deputy Constable Jon Harris, seen here with his police dog “Buddy,” has taken a position as a dog handler who will be helping search for and spot improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.
He’s put his life on the line time and time again as a member of law enforcement. Now Jon Harris is going to bat for our warriors.
Harris, the former Gonzales County Precinct 3 deputy constable who recently switched uniforms to join the Gonzales Police Department as a reserve officer, will be wearing a different kind of uniform starting in mid-July. He’ll be back in military fatigues in the hills of Afghanistan as a civilian dog handler for a government contractor.
“We’ll be searching for IEDs (improvised explosive devices),” said Harris, a combat veteran who retired as a senior Army NCO 14 years ago before getting into law enforcement. “I have four to five weeks of training in San Antonio, then on to Fort Benning, Ga., then to Kandahar protecting the troops.”
Harris said he jumped at the opportunity to contribute to the country’s effort against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan.
“It was time for me to do something new,” he said. “I actually got the call while I was at Gonzales PD interviewing (for the reserve position). With my military background, it was natural.”
Harris will leave his wife in charge of the Tactical Paintball center in Harwood he owns, a center which continues to be among the leading facilities in the country for tactical simulations. Troops from Fort Sam Houston and other facilities have used the center for training.
In his new role, Harris will be learning to work with a new dog as well — his K-9 Cop friend Buddy will be staying here.
“They’ll assign me a new dog, but I have someone who will continue to work Buddy while I’m gone,” Harris said.
He said the call to duty struck a familiar chord with him.
“My wife and I have been around the military all our lives, and my son just went to his first duty station at Fort Hood after graduating from West Point,” he said. “It’s a military family. I’m in better shape now than I was then (in the service) and now I’m headed downrange.”
|Posted by Federation Guards on December 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM||comments (0)|
Posted December 9, 2010 - 9:31am
HARWOOD—It was a weekend filled with poignant moments and memories, both for those who attended — and for those who were there.
The second annual “We Were Soldiers” military simulation paintball game which took place at Tactical paintball here over the weekend carried special meaning this year, because in addition to more than 400 paintball-playing enthusiasts, the event included many of those who actually participated in the La Drang campaign Nov. 14-18, 1965.
As related by Doug Phelps, one of the players in a forum following the event:
“Mr. Vince Cantu came up to me and thanked me for the hard work behind the scenes. I thanked him and with a thousand things running through my head about the game, I began to walk away. He stopped me because he had more to say. I want to share this with you all, because you all played a part in what could be the kindest gift any of us could have bestowed on the Vets. I had to decompress to bring these words to life.
“Mr. Phelps, when we landed, we knew what we had to do. We knew what the other wanted to do to us. And when I was in the observation tent, I began to feel those days pulling me back.”
"I must have had a horrified look on my face, because I thought he was going to tell me that it was painful. He continued,
“Mr. Phelps, when the firefight broke out in Ia Drang, you coldn’t see the bullets. You could only hear them whisk by, and they killed without you seeing them. Focusing on living made you ignore those you couldn’t see, but you never forgot tracer fire. Those paintballs look like tracers.”
“I was convinced now that we really screwed up by having them watch us play paintball. Then he looked straight into my eyes with a stare that I won’t ever forget...
“Mr. Phelps, today I got to replace those tracers with people showing their respects for us and having a good time at camp. I could never repay you for the therapy “
“Guys, I could only nod my head because my mouth didn’t work.”
“This was an historic event in Gonzales County,” noted Jon Harris of Tactical Paintball. The La Drang Valley campaign was made famous by the book We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young by LtGen. (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway. The book was turned into a 2002 movie, We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson.
Galloway, who was serving as a civilian combat photographer at the time of La Drang and continued to ply that trade until 2006, was on hand for this event along with 16 of those who once were soldiers — and young.
The participating honored veterans included:
• Patrick W. Stephenson of Houston, who was a Sp4 with 1st Bn 7th Cav 1st Cav Div, D Company RTO/Como Chief for Company;
• Joe R. Pena of Port Lavaca, who was a PFC with 1st Bn 7th Cav, 1st Cav Div D Company M-79 Grenadier;
• Vince Cantu of Houston, originally of Refugio, a SP4 with 1st Bn 7th Cav, 1st Cav. Div, Delta Company Fort Benning - Bravo Company Vietnam;
• Robert Saucedo of Giddings, formerly of San Antonio, who served with 1st Bn 7th Cav. 1st Cav Div, Delta Company Fort Benning, Ga Bravo Comp Vietnam;
• Juan M Ledesma of Corpus Christi, who served with Charlie Company, 1st Cavalry Division. 1/5 Battalion, Ahn Khe, Vietnam
Delta Company D Ft Benning, Ga.;
• Elias Saul Cuevas, who served with Charlie Co., 1st Bn, 7th Cavalry, 29th Infantry at Fort Benning;
• Joe Rivera of San Benito, who served with Delta Company (Fort Benning);
• Anastacio Lara of Brownsville, who served withDelta Company;
• Arturo Villarreal of San Antonio, who was with Bravo Company;
• Moses Menchaca of San Antonio;
• Armando Guerra of San Antonio, also with Bravo Company;
• Bonifacio Juarez of Houston, who served with Delta Company;
• Felix Woresick of Houston, also with Delta Company;
• Clarence Davis of Houston, who also served with Delta Company;
• Monico Rodriquez of Plano, whos erved with Delta Company;
• Fidel Jimenez of San Antonio, 1st Bn 5th Cav. Delta Company.
For this simulation, participants were divided into “American” and “Vietnamese” camps, with each given specific roles to play and rules of engagement.
The layout includes several mock villages, “fire bases,” and other amenities. some of the past simulations have included a “Raid on Entebbe” and even a spinoff of the sci-fi movie Starship Troopers -- there’s even a leftover paint-spattered “bug” to greet visitors.
The site also features a campground with ample room for both campers and vendors of various paintball equipment manufacturers, as well as a “Post Exchange,” a station to re-fill and check air tanks for the compressed-air paintball guns, even a field mess hall.
For the We Were Soldiers simulation, Harris used several modified trucks and vans as “helicopters” to ferry the “American” forces onto the playing field. The “Vietnamese” forces hopped on a refurbished prison bus and were trucked all the way around the property to enter it from the opposite side.
As combatants were “killed,” they were directed toward casualty staging areas by the game’s referees. They returned to the base camp, and in short order were re-inserted into the game.
|Posted by Federation Guards on December 8, 2010 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:05 pm Post subject:
I think this might impact the way that all of us feel about last weekend...
Mr. Vince Cantu came up to me and thanked me for the hard work behind the scenes. I thanked him and with a thousand things running through my head about the game, I began to walk away. He stopped me because he had more to say. I want to share this with you all, because you all played a part in what could be the kindest gift any of us could have bestowed on the Vets. I had to decompress to bring these words to life.
"Mr. Phelps, when we landed, we knew what we had to do. We knew what the other wanted to do to us. And when I was in the observation tent, I began to feel those days pulling me back."
I must have had a horrified look on my face, because I thought he was going to tell me that it was painful. He continued:
"Mr. Phelps, when the firefight broke out in Ia Drang, you coldn't see the bullets. You could only hear them whisk by, and they killed without you seeing them. Focusing on living made you ignore those you couldn't see, but you never forgot tracer fire. Those paintballs look like tracers."
I was convinced now that we really screwed up by having them watch us play paintball. Then he looked straight into my eyes with a stare that I won't ever forget...
"Mr. Phelps, today I got to replace those tracers with people showing their respects for us and having a good time at camp. I could never repay you for the therapy "
Guys, I could only nod my head because my mouth didn't work. I should have started the thread with this.
I club BP - I club Aristocrats - I club field HATERS. Show up & play, or shut up!
|Posted by Federation Guards on December 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM||comments (0)|
Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:53 pm Post subject: THANKS the American way
I would like to post my most sincere thanks to the Veterans that made this event, thank you very much.
I would like to thank the ref staff for stepping up, allowing others to play.
And a huge thank you to our vendors, the guys who give us all the cool toys to play with.
To my Americans, thank you: Warthogs, Donkey Punch, Freelancers, Hellions, Opfor, Blacklist, Foxtrot, Alter Ego, SOAP, Gange Green, Technostorm, Weapons of War, Loyalty, NPP, Hotshots, and more... You all were amazing.
Charlie, Bunny, Xscout, DragonLady; You call kept our lines strong. Charlie and DragonLady, you kept our perimeters firm. Xscout, you kept patrols moving. Bunny, you took control of the LZ with the fresh meat coming in and directed everyone accordingly.
You all protected me through the entire conflict, I never did die. Not to a shot, and especially not to a barrel tag as they promised.
I did attempt to call Broken Arrow this year, but the bonus or ability it enabled did not come into play, so therefore it did not happen; they can try again next year.
The real vets gave us Americans the best compliment ever, they said that the way we portrayed our initial deployment was dead on accurate as to how they did it. Way to go Americans.
To those that won the awards that Bunny and I have been working on for months now, you deserved them. You portrayed your parts correctly and were amazing. I hope you all display them proudly.
Xray, thank you for bringing some of the extra's to the field like Joe Galloway, the vets, and the band.
I will remember this event as I remember last year's event. See you all on the field.
Lt Col Hal "SPYRO" Moore
Senior Captain team Loyalty
Handycapped is an unreliable loader.
"Pain heals...chicks dig scars...Glory, glory lasts forever."
|Posted by Federation Guards on November 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM||comments (0)|
This is the list of actual living vets from the We Were Soldiers war, attending the We Were Soldiers game at Tactical Paintball set for December 3-5, 2010. This includes the world reknown author of We Were Soldiers..Once and Young
UPDATED LIST OF VETS:
1. Sp.4 Patrick W. Stephenson ****
1st Bn 7th Cav 1st Cav Div
D Company RTO/Como Chief for Company
Commander both at Ft. Benning and Vietnam
2. PFC Joe R. Pena ***
Port Lavaca, Texas
1st Bn 7th Cav, 1st Cav Div
D Company M-79 Grenadier
3 SP 4 Vince Cantu ***
Houston, Texas (originally from Refugio, Texas same hometown as Joe Galloway)
1st Bn 7th Cav, 1st Cav. Div
Delta Company Fort Benning - Bravo Company Vietnam
4. Robert Saucedo ***
1st Bn 7th Cav. 1st Cav Div
Giddings, Texas(originally from San Antonio,Texas)
Delta Company Fort Benning, Ga Bravo Comp Vietnam
5. Juan M Ledesma ***
Charlie Company C
1st Cavalry Division
1/5 Battalion, Ahn Khe, Vietnam
Delta Company D...Ft Benning, Ga.
Traveling From: Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
6. ELIAS SAUL CUEVAS WIFE ORALIA R. CUEVAS ***
VIETNAM----CHARLIE COMPANY----1ST. BATTALION---7TH CALVARY
29TH INFANTRY------IN FORT BENNING
7. Joe Rivera ***
San Benito, Texas
Delta Company (Fort Benning)
8. Anastacio Lara ***
9. Arturo Villarreal ***
San Antonio, Texas
10. Moses Menchaca ***
San Antonio, Texas
11. Armando Guerra
San Antonio, Texas
12. Bonifacio Juarez ***
13. Felix Woresick
14. Clarence Davis
15. Monico Rodriquez
16. Fidel Jimenez
1st 5th Cav.
San Antonio, Texas
General Nguyễn Hữu An
|Posted by Federation Guards on November 18, 2010 at 2:47 PM||comments (0)|
An updated post:
Tactical paintball in Harwood Tx. Presents The Annual We Were Soldiers With Special Guests DEC 4th and 5th 2010
WE WERE SOLDIERS TOO
DEC 3RD - 5TH 2010
Register online at Tacticalpaintball.com or call 830-540-4200
**PREREGISTRATION ENDS NOV 29th 2010! Register American or NVA just come out have a good time and enjoy the game!
**JOIN HUNDREDS OF SCENARIO AND SPEEDBALL PLAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IN THIS EPIC BATTLE. Register today We are 2 weeks out from this awesome event.
**Concert from the Warrior Spirit Band Saturday during the Dinner break after the Muster.
**The Special Forces is coming in to do a huge display and Reenactment.
**There is a very good possiblity of live huey Chopper in this event.
Registration by nov 29th is $100 this includes 1 case of Premium paint (Marbs and/or Premium Gold), Camping for the entire event, Tshirt, All Event Air, Entry into Prize package, Dinner on Saturday, Entry into an epic 26 hrs event with a Muster and Special Vet Ceremony on Saturday.
Register online at Tacticalpaintball.com or call 830-540-4200.
This Game has players coming from all over the Country to play and VETS from all branches of the Military going to be on hand. Several Surviving vets from Vietnam war will be on hand.
Have you Ever played a Scenario event? Come to this event and you will not be disappointed!
Live Explosions, Flashbangs, Pyro's, and much much more will be going on during the Game!
**The VFW from all over is coming in as well as the USO. This game will have National press coverage.
Register online at Tacticalpaintball.com or call 830-540-4200.
**This Event is sponsored by Tactical paintball, BT Paintball, Kee Action sports, Designer Paintball, HammerHead. Paintball mart.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tactical Paintball re-enacts “The battle for LZ-XRAY, Ia Drang, Vietnam”
Guest Speaker: World renowned author and war correspondent Mr. Joseph Galloway. Special Memorial Service and Muster conducted by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.
Take a journey back to 1965 and join us to re-create one of the most pivotal battles in Vietnam. Tactical Paintball welcomes paintball players from around the country to be a part of history. Visit those who fought in the battle of Ia Drang, Vietnam, pay tribute to their sacrifice, and be a soldier on the field to bring home Victory!
Harwood, TX – December 3rd- 5th, 2010 – Tactical Paintball is the definitive MILSIM paintball experience destination in the USA. Take playing paintball to the next level and join hundreds of the best and upcoming paintball players in the country. Learn what happened that faithful November, 1965, and how our troops were cast into a battle for their lives. When the hunter becomes the hunted, only your skills will keep you in the game. Don’t miss the most immersive game play of Ia Drang, Vietnam, with live Helicopter drops, termite mounds, and pyrotechnics. This game will have you wondering if you are playing paintball, or if you were just dropped in the midst of hostiles from 45 years ago.
The battle begins December 4th, at 10:48am and continues until December 5th, at noon. After fighting for hours, we will take a dinner break and meet Mr. Joseph Galloway, and listen to him give a heart felt speech about the valor and sacrifice of young soldiers on both side of the fight; those whose lives were changed forever. Watch the VFW pay tribute to the soldiers with a special Memorial ceremony. Then back on the field for a night fight where lights and sounds will leave you fearing the enemy is just around the corner. And they are…
“We are proud to produce this one of a kind event that honors our Vets and gives people of all ages a chance to walk in the footsteps of our brave soldiers, and at the end of the day, celebrate the fact that we are only playing paintball” Retired Sgt. Jon Harris, owner of Tactical Paintball.
With almost 20 years of tactical operations from SWAT teams, to Rapid Deployment military, my experiences are real world. Many times the situations I was thrown into could have had much different outcome (for me) had I not been trained and prepared and most importantly, been with a team that knew what they were doing. We all knew what each other would do and that made for a very formidable force. It is my goal to bring these techniques to paintball players around the World, and allow them to leave with confidence and fun memories of our events.
Tactical Paintball: 1-830-857-4101: http://www.tacitcalpaintball.com
12590 FM 794, Harwood, TX 78632
Team Foxtrot Scenario Paintball
|Posted by Federation Guards on November 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM||comments (0)|
We are proud to announce that just off of their tour, the Warrior Spirit Band, will be coming to Tactical Paintball to play during the We Were Soldiers event at Tactical Paintball on December 3-5, 2010. They are non-profit group of wounded soldiers who play music. Give them a warm welcome and visit their website.
WARRIOR SPIRIT BAND:
SSG(ret) Paul Delacerda
President / Drummer
Warrior Spirit Music Inc.
A Texas Non-Profit Corp.
Original source thread: http://www.tacticalpaintball.com/newforum/viewtopic.php?t=6145
|Posted by Federation Guards on October 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM||comments (0)|
No Longer Alone & Unloved
Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:33 am Post subject:
Now that the press release has been completed, it has been sent to:
The USO - National Press Corp. is coming to cover the event!
ESPN Radio - PSA
Associated Press (distributed to every newspaper company in TX)
Fox Austin/San Antonio - Television broadcast!
XM radio - Live streaming broadcast
All Military Bases in Texas are posting the press release within their base newsletters.
Here's the press release and poster listed on a good friends paintball site:
Consider signing up soon!
Question to Xray:
the media outlets you listed...are they going to be there for the game or broadcast plugs for the event before game on
Answer by Xray:
Both, Fox News will be broadcasting two weeks before the event a morning drive segment. USO & XM/ESPN are to be there for onsite broadcasting.
General Nguyễn Hữu An
I club BP - I club Aristocrats
Note: Source of the original thread can be found here: http://www.tacticalpaintball.com/newforum/viewtopic.php?t=5334&start=45