In the News

Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve?

“Rape and murder were common, children forced to become soldiers and turned against their own families, and a usual punishment for opposition the amputation of your hands or arms. “Short sleeve, or long sleeve?” asked the militia men as they raised their machetes. When I went to Sierra Leone as a reporter in 2000, the […]

Never Underestimate the Power and Determination of a Woman!

Recently, CNN decided to have their Senior Law Enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes, some might call him an “expert,” comment on how he thought there […]

The Answer

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie

 
Tomorrow is a school day. Parents across the nation will once again send their children into the care of others, all the while suppressing the stress and fears that their child may fall victim to […]

By |February 18th, 2018|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Texas, Guns, & Faith – By Hoyt Ellspermann

Today we have a guest author –  friend, student, and aspiring Instructor, Hoyt Ellspermann!

I’m a fan of information, as well as discussion about all things. So, here is an interesting take on the Texas church murders Hoyt penned this past week. Enjoy!

-Frank

Lots of opinions shared in tweets and glib remarks about guns and faith due […]

By |November 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

Mass Casualty Response – Beyond Las Vegas

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age” – Colin Powell

On August 3rd, 2017, two Fortress Staff Instructors and myself attended a seminar titled Preparedness for, and Response to, Urban Mass-Casualty Incidents, presented by IDF Reserve Colonel, Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD.

For two hours the good Colonel, […]

Huntington Beach OIS

“The media is no one’s friend. That goes double for social media.” – Frank Sharpe, Fortress Defense.

Friday (9/22/17) morning a Huntington Beach, CA, police officer was involved in a daylight shooting outside of a local 7-11 store. By 9:30am a 26-second video taken by a bystander was uploaded to Twitter.

Here is that video, as posted […]

By |September 24th, 2017|In the News, Instructor Notes, police, Uncategorized|0 Comments

America Rescues Itself

“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

Clean up has now begun in Houston from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, as well as in the entire state of Florida due to Hurricane Irma. All things considered, the loss of human life […]

By |September 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Liberty, Politics|0 Comments

Training?

“The people you inspire will go farther than the people you impress” – John Farnam
Over the past 30-days there have been a plethora of news stories regarding gun owners – well meaning, I’m sure – doing stupid things with firearms, as well as a large number of clean defensive uses of guns. Of course, all […]

Spare Some Change?

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great. – Edward Coke
 

This week Manchester, New Hampshire, police issued a statement to the public requesting they not give money to panhandlers as doing so may contribute to death by overdose to the very person they think they’re helping. In the past year Manchester has experienced […]

By |June 10th, 2017|In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

London – Rinse, and Repeat

Qu’ran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

 
Sunday, May 21st, at 10:45pm UK time, a lone Jihadist suicide bomber detonated a device outside Manchester Arena, murdering 22 people and injuring another 50+. The majority of the casualties […]