From the founding days of America our decsions have been all about one central concept: choice. The choice to leave the bonds of England, the decision to fight both Germany and Japan on two fronts, the choice to never quit, never surrender and never leave a brother or sister on the battlefield. Every merit and decision we have as a people have made in this country has derived from the concept of choice.
Freedom As A Choice!
Let’s face it, the United States who shares much if its history with England from a common language, similar religions and backgrounds did what others had not leading up to its departure from the British Commonwealth and that was to take back the freedom to choose self rule over colonial England rule and tyrrany of an English monarchy. It had to do with choice and choice means the freedom to do so. To think it up, take action and carry that out to its inevitable outcome. In our case the founding of the United States.
Choice comes from military planning!
Let’s face it. A whole lot of British soldiers never went home because the soldiers, guardsmen, minutemen, US Marines and members of the Continental Army decided let’s not stand in a line and fire our muskets at British Redcoats. Instead they made the choice to fire from trees, brush, brambles, in a non-conventional military manner. The British paid the price. Again this was the choice made by the tacticians of our US military down to the individual soldier who would not play by the rules set by others. Instead it was about choosing to fight on one’s own terms.
I for one feel lucky everyday I wake up in a country whose energy runs on the freedom found in the blood of each and every America. Our choices consume who we are and where we go, what we do and because America is the Land Of The Free and without much intrusion does have an environment that allows anyone to rise to achieve their dreams. Again its all about choice. Will I take a left when I should go right? Will I cross the line in the sand or make a comment where others fear to tread. Nothing is perfect but compared to other countries it isn’t bad either. Nothing is as perfect as we want it to be and guess what? You have the choice to make a difference and chnage it if you want to.
From the day your recruiter asked you if you would make the choice to put on the uniform of the United States military and pedge and oath to the Constitution of The United States and its citizens you made a choice. You raised your right hand and you made a choice. Off you went to some bootcamp where professionally trained Drill Instructors took a slimy piece of whale excrement and trained it up to become a fine example of a US soldier, airman, US Marine, US Coast Guardsmen or US sailor. All because of a choice you made.
Battle Rattle! It is about choices.
Why Battle Rattle. Think of all the missions, ops, situations and roles our military takes when combating enemies all over the world? Each situation requires a different set of tools to complete the job and with that choice are made as to what type of gear is needed for the successful completion of those mission. What you take with you is one of the most important decisions you can make in the field.
Years ago Vision-Strike-Wear.Com adopted a similar philosophy when it came to chnaging the terrain called custom shirt design and printing. Fostered on the central concept of providing the tools for their customers they made the conscience decision to not adopt what other military shirt companies had done before them: make shirt they wanted to sell to you. Instead the decision was reached that it was more important that VSW customers have the freedom to choose what they wanted on their shirt and not visa versa. Battle Rattle military shirts was then created and since then a variety of Battle Rattle designs were made with features and options to build a custom shirt from the ground up by its customers.
The bottom line is that it creates a military design that customers can customitize on their own and see the changes on the screen as they select from a variety of options.
What are Battle Rattle Features and Options?
It’s a big list and with at least several designs the number of different options is quite literally in the millions. All branches of the military are covered and one of the most important things also to note is that American cotton shirts are available. The active duty, retirees, prior service, family and friends wanted a place where they could have American made shirts. We responded.
Military Branches Covered!
The Battle Rattle designs from Vision-Strike cover the entire military and every branch. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Within each military branch there are several highly detailed and razor shapr military designs many with a broad level of interest from MOS designs, Navy rate designs such as one for Hospital Corpamen to Coast Guard military graphics that feature Coast Guard Cutters or Jayhawks.
Battle Rattle Graphics!
Army Battle Rattle Designs
Have your Army Rank updated on this US Army Rank Battle Rattle design.
Build a military design for your shirt or hoodie with this Army MOS Battle Rattle design!
Cast fear into the enemy with this skull and crossbones with boonie cover Battle Rattle design.
The desert warrior Battle Design created for our active duty and veterans.
The Airborne Battle Rattle
The 75th Rangers Battle Rattle aka Snake Eaters!
One for the IED experts and Task Force Troy
The Special Forces Group Battle Rattle
Navy Battle Rattle Designs
The Navy Rate and Rank design. Have your chevrons in red or gold displayed on this catchy air, sea and submarine backdrop.
The Sea Is Ours. This US Navy design features the kind of updates we received hundreds of requests for from cover to aviation element updates.
The Jolly Roger Battle Rattle!
A Batle Rattle design for the Minemen and Minesweepers of the US Navy
The Navy Submarine Force Rate design
The Sea Is Ours
Navy Search and Rescue
The US Navy Diver Battle Rattle
Air Force Battle Rattles!
The Air Force Rank Battle Rattle
Air Force Specialties Battle Rattle
Marine Corps Battle Rattle Designs
Your Marine MOS your way!
King Of Battle Battle Rattle Artillery Design
US Coast Guard Battle Rattle designs!
Coast Guard Rate Battle Rattle
Coast Guard Cutter Rate Battle Rattle design
MSST Battle Rattle
Semper Paratus Battle Rattle
240 Years of Freedom and Choice!
When you think about the age of our country and how long we have operated with a heightened sensitivity towards choice once must realize that choice and freedom go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other.
How old is America? Here is an interesting little trivia. Well when you consider the lifespan thus far of the United States can stretch between the lives of only 4 US President’s not as long as you would think. We have been alive and kicking and our military men and women on the line, the fence, outside the wire, in the trenches, on the sea and in the air have been defending our way of life since our birth in 1776. Our military many people who might already know are actually as old as 1775 to include the US Marines and US Navy who share the same birth year and are one year older than the United States.
Just in case you didn’t believe you can go back to the founding of America based on the lives of just 4 US Presidents.
When President Obama was born (1961), President Herbert Hoover was still alive (1874-1964). When Hoover was born, President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) was still alive. When President Johnson was born, President John Adams (1735-1826) was still alive. And just like that, we’ve connected present day to the Founding Fathers. (Source – The Washington Post)
Why Don’t Americans Wear the Liberty Cap? Learn to celebrate your independence from British Royalty and Banking tyranny by donning your “Liberty Cap”! The identifiable symbol for many revolutions and was the key symbol in the US Army featured here. It was prominently associated with rebellion.
This Christmas Santa Clause also Wears the Liberty Cap!
Good ol’ St Nick is also known for sporting a Red Liberty Cap. The Original Santa Claus comes from the Siberian Shamans that use the Amenita Muscaria, a Large red fat mushroom with white polka dots. During these periods of winter the shaman would bring these magic mushrooms to the snowed in Scandanavians. Cabin fever was easily abated with the visions of gum drops dancing in their heads.
Bill Murray donning the Red Liberty Cap in “Life Aquatic”
Its probable the French Revolutionaries got it from the American Revolutionaries who lead the revolt against the brutal military and banking tyranny of the British Empire and Vatican Hegemony. In 1776, the Americans had had enough and in the ancient tradition of the Phyrgian Slaves donned Liberty Caps to represent the American Revolution with the British Royal Empire and The Holy Roman Empire!
This is a brimless, relaxed, cone shaped hat fitting the head. Originally worn by the peoples of Phyrigia a region known as Anatolia in ancient history. Today his region is called Asia Minor. In 1593 Cesare Ripa wrote the book Iconologia recognizing these caps and there history. The Phyrigian cap was worn by slaves of ancient Rome and Greece. Later it was worn for ceremonial purposes. The cap also played a part in the ceremony of the manumission slave. Its connection to Asia Minor is tenuous. The understanding is that the Phyrgian slaves who when freed ould again wear their traditional head wear. Whichever it may be, the Phrygian cap was adopted and symbolised liberty to the libertarians during the Enlightenment. The “Phrygian cap” , French for “bonnet Phrygian“, is generally displayed as a red cap, “bonnet rouge” or Liberty Cap, “bonnet de la Liberte“.
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The Liberty Cap represents SOVEREIGNTY which means that nobody other than God is your RULER. Sover (Super) in Latin means Above. Reign is to Rule Over. Or Above Rule. Above any one else’s Ruler-ship or Monarchy. In the American colonies the Liberty Cap was pervasive in promoting the the rebellion from Britain and birthing of a new nation under God and no other. The Sons of Liberty in 1765 was the first annotation. Later during the American Revolution some soldiers wore knitted red stocking caps with the occasional stitched words “LIBERTY” or “Liberty or Death” along the brim. This style was imbued in the attire of “Jonathan” an allegorical figure of the New England tale.
Liberty Caps were generally atop a Liberty Pole during the American Revolutionary War as a symbol of Freedom. Perhaps it was the “Dangling Carrot” ever chasing what is just out of our reach for it seems we have yet to achieve true Liberty from the evil doers of the British Royal Empire and their Banking Regime. Many coins have the Liberty Cap positioned a loft a pole or hovering behind the head of Lady Liberty where the Limbic brain or the part of the Brain that processes the Care principle. If we don’t care enough we will not stand up to the tyranny upon us! On the right we also see it on the seal of the United States Senate supplanting the fasci in the center. Very powerful symbology here.
A golden Liberty Cap appears on the seal of the State of New York the original capital of the United States of America. The latin phrase beneath translates to “The Figure of Liberty Proper”. Her hair is is unkempt and adorn with pearls, azure gown, sandals, cincture around the waist, fringed gules, a mantle of the last depending from the shoulders behind the feet, the dexter hand a staff adorned by a Phrygian Cap Or, a sinister arm holding and supporting the shield of the dexter chief point, a Royal Crown by her sinister foot rejected.
A Liberty Cap also appears on the state flags of New Jersey and West Virginia. It is predominant on the US Army Seal! Also painted on many murals within the US Capital in Washington D.C. like the Apotheosis of George Washington and artifacts with the same for Benjamin Franklin.
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The figure here is detailed in the painting “Telegraph” in the US Senate by Constantine Brumidi personifying America wearing a Liberty Cap. However the Liberty Cap is commonly associated with the revolution of the Americas from Great Britain it not shown worn. Its either an isolated symbol or on top of a Liberty Pole or shaft. The one here shows it colored as an American Flag. Another shows it on a pole crossing a fasces. This design is from an envelope during the American Civil War. It was to be featured in the painting in the US Capital authorized in 1855 called the ‘Freedom triumphant in War and Peace” but was rejected by Jefferson Davis , then the Secretary of War, and demanded a Roman helmet be used in its place.
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The Liberty Caps around the world
During the American Revolution the only European country to aid was France. The Liberty Cap was also used by the French Revolution that lead to teh beheading of the Royals! I guess someone wanted some heads to roll;) The French Revolutionary Army donned the Liberty Cap as seen here in this illustration of a Marienne. It was documented in 1789 but hte cap became popular in the Spring of 1790. It was worn by the Liberty Goddesses and Nation prior and became a part of the uniform of the sans-culottes. King Louis XVI, on June 20th 1792, donned a Liberty Cap when pressed by a large crowd that had stormed the palace of Tuileries. Later the Liberty Cap was placed on the mitre of the fleeing Archbishop of Paris.
By 1793, members of the Assemblies of Paris were obligated to wear a Liberty Cap and accepted it as a national symbol placing it on the French Seal of the State of the Republic and to replace the Fleur-di-lis on milestones. The cap was definitely considered an important icon. Here is a postcard with a large red Liberty Cap portrayed. It is identified with more extreme revolutionaries and as been subdued during periods of stability when the French Government discouraged any uprising or disturbing the apple cart. Under the Consulate regime the capped Liberty was replaced by a less provoking Minerva helmet as well as ALL public monuments. Take a clue!
Pictured here is a painting called “La Liberte guidant le peuple” – Liberty Guiding the People, by Eugene Delacroix and is currently hanging in the Louvre in Paris. Here Lady Liberty is brandishing the French tricolore Flag and wearing a red Phrygian Liberty Cap. Inspired by the insurrection of July 1830 in Paris ending the last king of France, Charles X, forcing him to abdicate and was replaced with the “King of the French” Louis-Phillippe.
During the 2nd Republic, rebellions caused the provisory government to add a Liberty Cap on the white stripe of the French tricolore Flag in February 1848. Then the cap disappeared again from the flag and the seal then was reestablished as a national symbol during the 3rd Republic.
The liberty cap continues to be worn by Marianne, the female illustration of the French Republic; however solely generally. Her bust, that adorns town halls of France, generally sports a rather less revolutionary jeweled headdress. She wears a awfully discreet cap on the new French brand shown higher than.
A cap is visible on the 1989 one hundred monetary unit coin shown on the proper. till 2002 the cap appeared, in conjunction with the Cross of French region, on the brand of a rightist French organisation referred to as Rassemblement pour la République (RPR), the neo-Gaullist party of Jacques Chirac. the brand isn’t any longer used, maybe attributable to the pardonable tendency to ascertain it as as a unshapely parrot. (The parot’s “eye” is truly a blue, white and red decoration.)
Elsewhere, the Liberty cap was incorporated into the image of the late eighteenth century Irish revolutionary movement called the Society of the United Irishmen. It additionally carried over to occupant revolutions of the decennium. The cap appeared on Mexican coins through the late nineteenth century into the middle twentieth century (including the previous eight Reales coin). Today, it’s featured of the coats of arms, national flags or seals of Central American country, Central American country, Colombia, Republic of Paraguay and Cuba. In Argentina it seems not solely on the national arms and flag, however additionally those of the military and navy, on presidential flags and therefore the flags of provinces together with Corrientes, Jujuy, Mendoza and urban center. As within the US, the cap invariably appears to feature on high of a stick, instead of people’s heads.
The Phrygian Cap before it became a Liberty Cap
Before the Phrygian cap came to symbolise freedom or revolutionary fervour, it had another message within the west. it had been an emblem related to the east. so it appears to own been worn by arange of peoples within the Balkans and peninsula. Macedonian, Thracian, and Dacian military helmets all had forward inform tiptop maybe mimicking Phrygian caps.
The Phrygian cap may be seen on Trajan’s Column, worn by the Dacians, and on the Arch of Septimius Severus, worn by the Parthians. Roman poets routinely used the term “Phrygian” to mean Trojan. In Greek art, the Phrygian cap served to spot Paris as a Trojan – and then positively not a correct Greek. The mosaic on the correct shows mythical being sporting a Phrygian hat. The cap additionally seems on murals in an exceedingly fourth century Thracian topographic point at Kazanlak in fashionable Bulgaria.
The Phrygian cap was worn by the god Mithras – shown on the correct. He was a Saviour god within the adherent Persian tradition supported the Zoroastrian faith.Mithras was a forerunner of the Saviour-god Hebrew United Nations agency borrowed Mithras’s halo, his birthday and his temple on the Vatican Hill in Rome, however not his Phrygian hat. identical headgear conjointly options on the heads of the 3 Magi in previous depictions of them – marking them as being from the east, like this depiction (above left) from a church in pitched battle. The name Magi denotes Zoroastrian clergymen from Persia.
Liberty Cap Mountain Peak
Liberty Cap is a granite dome in Yosemite parkland, California, USA that lies at the northwestern margin of the Yosemite park. It lies adjacent, to the north of American State Fall, on the naturalist path. It rises 1,700 feet (520 m) feet from the bottom of American state Fall to a peak elevation of 7,080 ft (2,158 m). A smaller, mesa-like dome referred to as Mount Broderick stands forthwith adjacent to cap.
Liberty Cap in Coins
Liberty Cap – Head Facing Left (1793)
Liberty Cap – Large Head Right Facing (1794)
Liberty Cap – Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797)
American Legend Paul Bunyan wore the Red Liberty Cap representing the freedom of the new frontier!
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Not every day do you get a chance to serve in the most technologically advanced military branch in the United States arsenal but when you do you are part of the United States Air Force! The youngest of the military branches and recognized as a leader in the the tech that commands the skies from the heavens above to the land below you are part of an incredible team.
Why The Blue Falcon?
The falcon is a predator. Blue is the color of the sky and the last thing you want to experience is a bird set on your 6 to devour you so the Blue Falcon seems rather appropriate given the nature of its breeding and what it was designed by nature to do!
“A falcon is any one of 37 species of raptor in the genusFalco, widely distributed on all continents of the world.Peregrine falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), making them the fastest-moving creatures on Earth. Other falcons include the gyrfalcon, lanner falcon, and the merlin. Some small falcons with long narrow wings are called hobbies, and some which hover while hunting are called kestrels. The falcons are part of the family Falconidae, which also includes the caracaras, laughing falcon, forest falcons, and falconets.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Red Liberty Beanies Mean Freedom!
The United States Air Force has supported, defended right along side of her sister military branches since its inception. With respect to its ties to American Freedom a red beanie, in modern times the red beret, has been worn since the founding of this country. The red beanie is a sign of freedom and wearing it ties us to our forefathers and the creation of America!
Filling The Void!
One often hears about the heroism of the Green Berets, the US Navy SEALs, Airborne, Marine Force Recon but little is ever discussed of a few very important specialties that are found within the US Air Force Arsenal. Who are these specialists and what are they called?
Combat Control Teams (CCT)
A the red storm is rising in the east these special operators are retrieving downed pilots and stranded special forces working behind enemy lines. Help these Airman open their chutes and reach the ground safely! Pararescue is a game that will take you to the field and hon your skills rescuing downed pilots.
The United States Liberty Bell first rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, also known as Independence Hall, summoning citizens and listeners to the first ever public reading of the Declaration of Independence, then read by Colonel John Nixon in 1776.
The Liberty Bell
There may be no singular icon in American history that portrays with both imagery and sound the call to Liberty as America’s Liberty Bell!
“Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.
The first is a Bible verse taken from the book of Leviticus 25:10 and it reads, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” This first inscription was appropriately engraved into the Liberty Bell because in the biblical verse directing preceding verse 10, the Bible references “the fiftieth year.” Coincidence? Probably not.
The second inscription that is on the Liberty Bell are the words “By order of the Assembly of the Province of Pensylvania for the State House in Philada.” Yes this is the exact spelling that is used on the Liberty Bell and no it is not a typo. It has been said that in the Constitution the state of Pennsylvania the state’s name was spelled like so “Pensylvania.”
The final inscription are three words centered on the front of the bell, and they are: