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BY: Garret Macrine, CPPLaw Enforcement InstructorMiami-Dade School of JusticePolice Academy In the year 2002, I was just about to graduate from university with a degree in business and entrepreneurship. I was living in Miami the last 3.5 years after graduating from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne PA. I was 22 at the time and looking for a challenge and an adventure, and I wanted to help fight terrorism and be on the front lines. Due to my heritage, I was entitled to dual citizenship with Israel. Shortly after I arrived in August I was given a national ID card...

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BY:TERRILL HOFFMAN We don’t live in a perfect world. Our military is still in action around the globe, and at home even the average citizen has to consider his or her own personal protection. Crimes that were once limited to the large urban areas have now spread to even remote rural communities. It just isn’t an ideal world. The good news is we have companies such as Mission Knives producing products for the times when things go wrong. Mission may not be the best-known knife company, but that’s for good reason. They have been supplying edged weapons to our military’s...

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By: Kevin Estela, Owner/Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education  Winter. If you live in a region that experiences drastic temperature changes, you know what cold weather can do to a person. From the physical response we call “shivering”, to the psychological and logical fear of hypothermia, to the emotional hatred of cold air blowing on your exposed skin or snow going down the back of your neck, winter is when Mother Nature shows her ugly side. Winter doesn’t have to be a time when we hide away indoors and hibernate until spring thaws everything out. Winter is an excellent opportunity...

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By: Kevin Estela, Owner/Lead Instructor with Estela Wilderness Education The U.S. Virgin Islands is a playground for traveling explorers. Remote beaches, clear water, tropical foods, isolation...if these words resonate with your sense of vacation or adventure, you need to look into what these islands have to offer. Furthermore, the USVI is pretty much an extension of the United States with many comforts from home being found throughout the tropical islands. After a crazy summer of travel, training, and writing, I decided to give myself a well-deserved relaxing time in St. John but as you’ll read, even when I try to...

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By: Kevin Estela, Owner/Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education One is none, two is one and three is just in case you lose one of the other two. I believe in redundancy and especially so in prepping. I think if a piece of gear is worthy of inclusion in your loadout, you should probably have a backup in case it breaks, is lost, or becomes unaccounted for somehow else. Think about it, you likely don’t just carry a single fire-starting method when you walk into the woods. What happens when that lighter or ferro rod slips out of your pocket?...

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