The 1st Annual K2 Solutions, Inc Working Dog Competition brought together law enforcement and military to showcase their skills while benefitting the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument. View the results and pictures.
November 21st, 2013 we remember the 43rd anniversary of Operation Ivory Coast, the Son Tay Raid, in which 56 US Army Green Berets, led by US Army Colonel Arthur D. “Bull” Simons, undertook a raid of the Son Tay Prisoner-Of-War camp in an attempt to rescue 61 American POWs thought to be held at the camp. Watch this video featuring CSM(R) Joseph Lupyak who talks about his participation in the Raid.
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K2 Solutions, Inc. Hosts 4th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Golf Tournament
Participants Rally to Raise $148,000 for the Cause
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (October 28, 2013) – On Friday, September 6, 2013, K2 Solutions, Inc. hosted its 4th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) Golf Tournament at the Country Club of North Carolina. During this year’s event, $148,000 was raised for this important charity, which provides scholarship grants to the children and families of Special Operations Warfighters killed or injured in the line of military or training duty. K2 has hosted this 10-year old tournament for four consecutive years, resulting in the total donation of more than $395,000 to the Foundation which translates into full college tuition, books, room and board as well as a computer and printer for four children. This annual tournament signifies one of the major charitable events conducted by K2 in support of its military and local community.
Dalia Munoz was the guest speaker for this year’s tournament. Ms. Munoz, a Fayetteville native, is the daughter of SFC Pedro Munoz, a 7th Special Forces Group Soldier who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2005. As a SOWF scholarship recipient, Ms. Munoz was able to attend Davidson College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and a minor in Spanish in May 2012. She has served as an Executive Director of the non-profit Honor the Fallen Foundation from 2010 to 2011 and is currently working as a Special Forces Language Training Test Score Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton. Later this month, Ms. Munoz will join the SOWF as a Family Services and Financial Aid Officer. In addition to Ms. Munoz, SOWF Gold Star Wife, Connie Piper attended the lunch and awards ceremony. “The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is committed to providing a college education to the children of Fallen Soldiers. K2 has made the commitment to help commemorate the ultimate sacrifices these Soldiers and Families pay by helping with causes such as SOWF,” shared Dave Whitmire, K2 President and Chief Executive Officer.
SOUTHERN PINES (Oct. 3, 2013) — Twenty years ago today, American Forces engaged in the one of the largest Special Operations Raid since Son Tay. The Battle of Mogadishu would last two days and our forces would suffer almost 100 casualties, some of which would be captured on video and televised around the world. We have veterans of those two days among us here at K2, and more of us lost friends and comrades during the battle.
We invite everyone to honor the heroes we left behind, those who fought along side them, and those who lost their loved ones. We also invite you to take the time to read the story about K2's Vice President of Logistics Business Unit, Rick Landreth’s personal experience in The Battle of Mogadishu. His story shows true meaning behind heroism, as he faced two days of fighting a graphic battle that resulted in many casualties and many more wounded. Rick Landreth is the definition of a true American Hero, and we are so proud and fortunate to have him in our K2 family.
The Diplomatic Courier (Sept. 20, 2013) — Considering the drawdown from two major ground engagements that have lasted the U.S. military (USMIL) over a decade and the related budgetary pressures on resource allocation, the nature of USMIL activities in the years ahead has already begun to reveal itself. As the U.S. continues to shift from high-visibility, heavy presence interventions to more refined capacity enhancement initiatives and surgical direct action missions, the military will need to rely less on brawn and more on craft. Fortunately, the USMIL has been carefully cultivating Special Operations Forces (SOF) for decades that are perfectly suited to counter the challenges that lay ahead.
How SOF is Different
After decades of development, criticism, growing pains, and myriad silent successes that the general population will likely never hear about, SOF's value has been proven repeatedly (and more publicly) since 9/11 than ever before. As one veteran commented, “[SOF are] less than 5 percent of the people, and less than 5 percent of the budget, but they did 60-70 percent of the work in Afghanistan.” While some may disagree with this assessment, it is undeniable that SOF’s specialized skill sets have proven to be appropriate tools in the asymmetric and counterinsurgent warfare styles of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jim Bourie, former U.S. Army Green Beret and strategy consultant with Toffler Associates, explained, “The toppling of the Taliban by a handful of SFODAs [Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha, or the basic element/team of SF operations] partnered with the Northern Alliance sent shockwaves through the conventional military. Now [significant engagements] could be won with 50 men and airpower.” This changed policy makers’ minds about the strategic value of SOF forces, and encouraged increased integration of SOF use in broader operational planning.
John Christian, VP of the Special Operations Business Unit at K2 Solutions, Inc. and a 30 year Army/SOF veteran, explained SOF’s appeal in these less conventional war fighting environments: “The inherent creativity, flexibility, and adaptability within these elements make them fundamentally different than conventional forces. It is this level of creativity, flexibility, and adaptability of the personnel required for the missions assigned to SOF elements [that] make SOF fundamentally different.”
Wounded Warrior Finds His Home at K2 Solutions, Inc. Canine Training Center
SOUTHERN PINES, NC (August 9, 2013) – One of K2 Solutions Inc’s newest hires, Matt Godwin, had planned on a life-long career in the US Army, never imagining a path that would lead him to being hired as a multi-purpose canine trainer with a US Defense Contractor. But this native of Boone, NC and proud father of one had to re-imagine a lot after a catastrophic injury in December, 2011 forced him to leave Afghanistan and the military “medically unfit for service.” Fighting for his life and his identity, the next months saw Godwin in and out of surgeries, clinical nerve studies, never-ending physical therapy, and ultimately into the Army-run Warrior Transition Battalion, whose mission is to support soldiers in their transition from military to civilian life.
Godwin, who felt he still had more to give in service to his country, was introduced to K2’s Director of HR, Mike Hinkley, at a Fort Bragg job fair and credits Hinkley with facilitating the process that allowed Godwin the chance to continue to support the US warfighter by training multi-purpose canines.
From May 2012 through July 2013, Godwin was still active duty military but apprenticing at K2 through the Warrior Transition Program. By the time he had fully transitioned out of the military, he had more than earned his Trainer 2 distinction as a full-time employee of K2 and was hired immediately. “I was initially terrified knowing I had to come out of the Army,” says Godwin. “My identity was totally taken away until I came to K2. I have earned the respect I get here and that feels good. I can walk into a room with my head held high, knowing the dogs I train are going out to do the job I no longer can.”
WASHINGTON – The Korean War, which began June 25, 1950, with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea, officially ended July 27, 1953, a day now officially recognized as Armistice Day. The signing marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. Learn more about this important time in history through an American Forces Press Service special report at http://www.defense.gov/home
The 2013 Special Operations Warrior Foundation Golf Tournament is currently full and registration is now closed for the event. We would like to thank all of our 2013 sponsors for their support and are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 6th at The Country Club of North Carolina for a great day of golf for an even greater cause!
Latest Military Tech displayed at Tampa Conference
May 17, 2013 (The Tampa Tribune) This week, more than 6,000 delegates convened in Tampa for the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) at the Tampa Convention Center. Here’s a look at some of the military technology that was on display.
SOUTHERN PINES, NC (May 9, 2013) K2 Solutions, Inc. announces its presence at the 2013 SITDEF Conference in Lima, Peru this May 15-19. K2 will attend the International Defense Technology Exhibition and Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF) alongside partner organization ADS, Inc. and will be found in the ADS booth. SITDEF exhibitors and attendees interested in learning more about K2 are encouraged to stop by our booth. We look forward to providing you with information regarding our capabilities in security and defense as well as discussing opportunities for teaming partners.