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Almost all of us here are video game fans. Don’t get me wrong. That’s why we practice true gun safety because our weapons are the most realistic on the planet. And we don’t joke about the deadliness of war (ok, that last part isn’t always true. Did you see the… oh, never mind.) But seriously, sometimes as far as video game characters go, how would they fare in real combat? Or in this case, would a real person for all intensive characters actually “BE” that video game character in real life? Well, Maj. Brian Chontosh certainly has to be one of the closest things.
A lieutenant at the time in March of 2003, Brian and his platoon found themselves the subject of a heavy ambush while on a routine patrol. With a hellfire of bullets, mortars, and rocket propelled grenades. The enemy troops were using an irrigation ditch as a trench to wage a pretty potent ambush. Brian directed the driver to drive right into the berm, and while Corporal Thomas Franklin provided some cover fire from the 50 cal turret of the Humvee, Brian decided to say, “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum…. and I’m all out of gum.” Okay, that was a line from Duke Nukem, but we like to think he said that right before he charged into the trench with his M16 blazing. And like any great video game character, what do they do when they run out of ammo? They switch to their sidearm and unload it into the enemy until it clicks. And after that, just keep your eye out for a bonus weapon crate you say? Well, maybe not in real life, but Brian did do the next best thing. He grabbed a discarded AK-47 off a dead Iraqi and continued to light up that trench. And when that wasn’t enough, he picked up a loaded and ready RPG, firing off a round down the trench, and taking out yet another group of enemy combatants. And if this entire situation doesn’t embody the entire creed and ability of what it is to be a Marine, I don’t know what does. At some point we still envision Brian dual-wielding 2 AK’s while quipping one-liners.
However, like most real heroes, Brian didn’t consider himself one, giving much of the credit to the support of his squad that kept up with suppressive fire. “It’s ugly. It’s violent. It’s disgusting. I wish it wasn’t part of what we had to do,” he said in an interview. In all Brian killed more than 20 enemy combatants and wounded several others. ” He received the second highest honor a soldier can receive, the Navy Cross, and they don’t just give those to anyone. We congratulate the truly super-human, living video game actions of this Marine. He embodies what it means to be a Marine and an American.
And while real combat is a bloody, nasty affair that we don’t wish on anyone, recreating and simulating a battlefield is a hell of a lot of fun. Do you think you have what it takes to survive a simulated ambush or the chops to execute one of your own? To take down a vehicle with an RPG? Then you should rally your friends, your business, your team, your group, or just your lonesome self and join us to see if you can. Conflict Colorado isn’t just laser combat with authentic military style weapons. We do more than just bring your favorite video game or movie to life. It is a unique experience, and one you can have on the largest outdoor battlefield in the country. Run by vets with combat experience and training, you can have the opportunity to learn from the best. Give us a call or drop us a line. We would love to make your event truly unique.no comment
As our first choice in our new multi-part series Incredible Soldiers, we look at one of the most famous snipers the world has ever known. Even more amazing? She’s a woman. There is a valid argument over women in combat in general, but no one could argue against Lyudmila. With 309 confirmed kills, 36 of which were enemy snipers, some highly decorated, she is arguably in the top 5 of all time. While 309 kills is a lot, and she managed to kill 187 in just her first 75 days at war, her actual total is probably much higher since a confirmed kill must be watched by a third party.
Lyudmila was born in Ukraine in 1916. At the age of 14, her family moved to Kiev, where she worked as a metal grinder. A neighbor boy boasted about his proficiency at a shooting range, so she decided to try herself. She practiced. A lot. She wanted to show that a girl could perform just as well as any boy.
On June 22, 1941 Hitler invaded Russia. Lyudmila Pavlichenko rushed to join the Russian mililtary, but she was denied for being a woman. Even after she presented her marksmanship certificates, she was denied Did she give up? No. After the Red Army realized she wouldn’t just go away, they gave her an audition. The Red Army unit handed her a rifle and asked her to shoot two Romanians that were working with the Germans. “When I picked off the two [with ease] I was accepted,” said Pavlichenko. From that point she was part of the 25th Chapayev rifle division.
Her longest face-off lasted more than 3 days against an enemy sniper. She was wounded several times during her tour, but she was never out of the fight for long. After the war, she became an instructor at a sniper school.
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was also the first Russian soldier to be openly welcomed to the White House. She met with Franklin D Rooselvelt and toured the White House with first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. She became very frustrated with the American media, their decadence, and their sexist questions. She was asked if she wore makeup into battle. “There is no rule against it, but who has time to think of her shiny nose when a battle is going on?” she questioned. She was quoted in Time Magazine in 1942 to say, “I wear my uniform with honor. It has the Order of Lenin on it. It has been covered with blood in battle. It is plain to see that with American women what is important is whether they wear silk underwear under their uniforms. What the uniform stands for, they have yet to learn.”
Lyudmila Pavlichenko immortalizes both patriotism and the desire to be successful no matter what the cost nor what others may think. Her rifle of choice was the Mosin Nagant. It fired a 30 caliber round, held 5 shots, was bolt action and had quite a kick. While the Mosin Nagant was a great weapon at the time, here at Conflict Colorado we have a few different sniper rifles to choose from such as the Russian SVD-Dragunov or the bolt action German Mauser. Man or woman, take one of these outstanding rifles into battle to get your performance certified and earn your sniper badge and the country of origin flag.
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We hope you had fun with figuring out which GI Joe Character you would be. If you missed it, you can try it here. Here at Conflict Colorado, we know that code names are important. They lend to the fun and the fantasy of the adventure. From movies like Top Gun with classics like Maverick, Goose, and Iceman to the entire GI Joe team, like Hawk, Tripwire, Flash, Viper, Firefly, and so many more. Creating a call sign on games like Call of Duty is integral, as well as the XBOX itself. I still remember when the original XBOX was released, running home from work immediately upon release, so I could make sure that I got the one I want. Unfortunately, at that exact moment, I somehow had some Internet issues, and was unable to complete registration. Grrr. I had to settle for a slight alteration later that day, but not too bad.
Tell us what your code name would be.
The military call sign and code names represent a variety of things from platoons, squads, teams, and individuals. Some call signs change, while others have continued for years. With Conflict Colorado’s communication system, it is vital that teams learn to communicate properly to be successful. Here’s an interesting link to some real code names for various units and projects, but not individuals. Chaff Muffin has to be one of our favorites. Military Codenames
So we are curious. Let’s have a little fun. What would your code name be?
Comment on our Facebook page, and with our soon to be available log in capability, you can finalize that code name, so it will be yours with us forever. Yeah, yeah, we know that in the real world, your code name is given to you. But what fun is that?no comment