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Prep For Success

If you had hours to get out, would you like to spend that time finding all your gear? Or securing all your valuables? Millions of people across the country are experience the answer to these questions with Hurricanes, Flooding, Fires and more.

I took a look at my family readiness as I do every Fall. I’m glad nothing happened that necessitated us bugging out. We would not have been ready. As is the case often I train with the gear I have. So one bag had my cook system. Another had my purifier. Another had a sleep system. And the shelter tarp. None of the bags had a flashlight. I pulled them months ago with the intention of replacing batteries. Never did that. And never put them back either.

I’ve since corrected the above deficiencies. I have a few more things to add like maps. I’ve made a list and am fixing these bags.

Prep for success!

Remember this prepping adage: One is none. And Two is one. That’s because if you have one flashlight and it dies. You have none. And if you have 2 and one dies. You still have one.

If you are in the central virginia area there are 2 great places to get geared up. Indian Rock Tactical in Bedford and the surplus guy at the County Line Flea Market near new london.

NOW is the time to prep when stuff is cheap. Guns. Ammo. Magazines. EVERYTHING is so cheap right now.

No point re-inventing the Go-Bag wheel:

75 Bug Out Bag List Essentials


Care Package Update

20170105_101239When the final box arrives we will have put together 42 care packages to soldiers serving in Qatar.

Here is a picture of the latest and final boxed up batch. We are in the process of finding people to adopt a package. We raised a good amount of money and it’s all gone. We also got some food donations to make some more to pack up as you can see here.

Thanks to all who have donated and helped with this effort.

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Captain Worley Sends:

“This past weekend we conducted a squad live fire exercise.  Each day four squads went through a live fire scenario with a full combat load of ammunition for their squad organic weapons, to include their squad automatic weapons, and sim rounds for their grenade launchers.  The scenario required each squad to fire and maneuver over terrain and through obstacles while maintaining a high volume of fire on enemy positions.  Each squad reacted to contact, conducted a hasty attack, reacted to a counter attack, and then broke contact under pressure.  Each squad was assessed on their tactical proficiency, individual soldier skills, and the accuracy of their fires.
Each day four squads went through the event.  Each day the leader of the squad that was assessed as the top performer for proficiency and with the highest number of recorded hits on targets was given a knife with your letter.
Thank you again for your support of the soldiers of the commonwealth.”
From the Soldier’s Platoon Leader
“Thank you for the care package.  It was much appreciated and a huge morale booster for the Soldier.  We awarded it to Hodge for exceptional improvement over the last 5 months.  PFC Hodge is an extremely motivated Soldier who is a trusted rifleman in 1st SQD, and one of our camera operators. He is currently working and studying rigorously for the Soldier of the Month competition coming up.  PFC Hodge has been working very hard on improving his physical fitness as well as his mental toughness, and has made significant improvements since we left in May.  He was very grateful for the package. Thank you again.”
Captain Worley Sends:
“We gave [another] care package to a soldier who became a subject matter expert on a camera system we operate as part of our base defense.  The system allows us to see 20k away and has thermal and night capability.  He is a lower ranking enlisted soldier who displayed superior tactical proficiency and worked above his pay grade to coordinate repairs and training from the contractors who support the system.”
Captain Worley Sends:
“Just wanted to let you know that we gave out the first care package knife last week.  The Soldier who received it was from our 3rd Platoon.  He received the knife for having the best time during the stress shoot for short range marksmanship.  The stress shoot consisted of a 50 meter sprint in full kit (Kevlar armor with all 4 plates plus gear), doing 10 burpees in full kit, and then engaging a sequence of targets from the standing position.
Just wanted to let you know packages are being put to use.  Thanks again for your support.”

VRR National Guard Care Package Program

We met this Thursday at Indian Rock Tactical in Bedford,VA to begin boxing up the 
first care packages what will be sent to the Bedford National Guard Unit serving in Quatar. 
Specifically to Company A 
(Company A,1st Battalion,116th Infantry Regiment,116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)

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Anyone wanting to send items directly may do so to: 

Captain David Worley
C/O: VRR Care Package Program
PO Box 542
APO AE 09898

We have collection/donation locations where people can put items they want to send
100% of the money or donated items will be sent.
Indian Rock Tactical in Bedford,VA

Black Dog Shooting Sports in Forest,VA 

Tonight we packed up 16 boxes to send.

August 6, 2016 – Roanoke HamFest


Fellow Hams:

Please find attached the 2 page flyer for the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest this August 6, Saturday, at William Byrd High School. The times are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM with admission $6.00.The following are the vendors for this year with a new vendor that is an authourized dealer for Icom, Yaesu, and Kenwood radios as well as other products.

Quicksilver Electronics: “Great radio ham products”

KJI Electronics : ” Authourized dealer for Icom, Yaesu, and Kenwood”

ACDC Electronics: “Soder stations & irons, multimeters, New and Used Equipment, connectors, etc.”

HC Baker: “batteries, conectors, inverters, etc.”

Gold Medal Ideas “embroidery, badges, apperal, etc ”

Please notify me ASAP if you want a table inside for planning purposes.
Hope to see everyone this August.

Tom Wilcox, W4TKW



May 14, 2016 – Prepper Festival – New Castle Virginia

A great time every year. The VRR Will be presenting a seminar on “Mutual Assistance Groups: Building Your tribe”

The Prepper Festival is sponsored by the Craig County Business Association and is held on Downtown Main Street in New Castle, Virginia.

Past Prepper Festivals have had as many as 4000-5000 attendees and received rave reviews.

This year we expect an even bigger turnout and the event will include a wide array of preparedness, homesteading and survivalist-related vendors, local artisans, skill-building workshops, product demos, and even a Top Chef-style Prepper’s Cook-Off!

Additionally, live music will be provided throughout the day and a raffle with a large grand prize will be held, as well as door prize giveaways throughout the day. This event is sure to be fun and very informative for all who attend!