Alaska Guardsman mauled by bear while on LandNav : This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here

The Washington Times reports that an Alaska National Guardsman was mauled by a brown bear protecting her cubs while he was on a land navigation course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson;

via Alaska Guardsman mauled by bear while on LandNav : This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here.

Not The Duffel Blog. There’s critters out in the woods.

When we did land nav in Hawaii, we were issued 3 rounds of live ammo, just in case.

Jonn tells us the soldier is in stable condition and recovering.

9 thoughts on “Alaska Guardsman mauled by bear while on LandNav : This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here”

    1. According to the article I read in the Washington Times, yes, he was wearing it. Obviously, the bear wasn’t properly briefed.

  1. Were wild pigs the concern in Hawaii?

    FMJ 5.56 isn’t the most effective bear deterrent. Large caliber wheel guns, 12ga shotguns with slugs, carbine length rifles are much more typical carry up there. If they were going to issue for bear protection up there I’d hope they would issue better ammo and consider a shotgun.

  2. Latest is that the soldier’s “protective gear” i.e. K-Pot, and LBV protected soldier more so than if he hadn’t the gear on. There was acknowledgement that he had his weapon but with no ammo. After the mauling the soldier blew a provided emergency whistle to alert exercise cadre and medics which actually was a plan that worked!!

    1. You know what else makes a lot of noise that could alert cadre and medics? A firearm.

  3. If I were posted to AK, I’d buy myself a Desert Eagle in .50AE and I’d have been wearing it. My alarm would have been from the rounds going down range.

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