New Addition: Wellco Boots

Wellco Boots

Wellco Boots

Looking for a boot that comes fully equipped for any terrain? Meet Wellco.

Wellco Boots are the latest addition to the military boot selection at Patriot Surplus and it’s credo pretty much sums it up: There and Back. These boots are made to go anywhere.

The company first got its start making Jungle Boots for the US Army in 1965. A bit later, in 1991, the Wellco Desert Boot was selected by General Schwarzkopf as standard issue for troops deploying in Operation Desert Storm. Not too shabby for boots that have braved terrain ranging from the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan.

Today, Wellco Boots is one of the most respected lines of military gear in the world. Each pair is designed with superior construction in mind so that there’s never a question of durability. Plus, each boot is made for maximum durability to take you into the heat of the battle and back again without missing a step.

Wellco makes boots for on the job, on the battlefield, and on the force with military, uniform, and work options to choose from. At Patriot Surplus, we carry a wide selection of Wellco Boots, ranging from classic Hot Weather Jungle Boots to Chemical Resistant Work Boots, to meet the needs of your job, no matter what your uniform.

Equip yourself with a solid pair of boots from Wellco. Patriot Surplus has your pair ready and waiting.

Putting Together Your Warrior Dash Battle Uniform

Marine Corps Shirt: WE FIGHT WHAT YOU FEARThe Warrior Dash isn’t an event for the faint of heart. If your heart pounds at the thought of beer and turkey legs and your adrenaline rushes at the sound of your boots splashing through the mud, then you’re most certainly ready to prove yourself as a warrior.  Want to learn more about the race? Check out the Warrior Dash website for details and to see if there’s an event near you.

In a nutshell, it’s a hardcore obstacle race that challenges your physical and mental ability. You’ll slog through mud, jump through fire, and hurdle over barricades. At the end, you get a free beer and food. What’s not to love?

At Patriot Surplus, we have (almost) everything you need to prepare for your run through the course. Here are some essentials to suit up with for your next Warrior Dash:

  • Ass Kicking Boots. You know what we’re talking about. These are boots that can stomp fear and crush just about any terrain you may encounter. The Warrior Dash course is thick with mud, tree branches, rocks, and yes, fire. Choose something durable and lightweight that you can run comfortably in, like a pair of Belleville Kiowa Multicam Combat Boots or another pair of lightweight boots from our selection. Don’t want to go for boots? A pair of broken in running shoes will do.
  • A Comfortable – but Tough T-Shirt. This isn’t a day at the park. It’s a filthy, sweat, hot mess of an event that tests the mind and the body. Push yourself to the limit, comfortably, with a surplus military tee or other lightweight t-shirt from our selection. Want to show off your years of military training (and strike fear into the hearts of the competition)? Try one of our military printed tees.
  • Slick Eyewear. Mud, dust, foliage…it’s all going to be in your face in the race, so make sure your eyes are protected. Go with a pair of G.I. Type Sun, Wind, & Dust Goggles. Or, if you want a bit more style and attitude, there’s always a pair of Aviator sunglasses. That’s right, Top Gun. You’re ready for anything.
  • Your Best Beard. We don’t sell these, but here’s a best beard award. Really.

Don’t want to go the traditional route? Some Warriors who participate in the Dash dress up as war heroes, gladiators, or Vikings. It’s all in good fun, and hey, it’s your call on what you want to wear.

When you check in and pick up your packet on the day of the Dash, you’ll get a race bib with safety pins, a chip timer, a t-shirt, a Warrior Helmet, and any extra helmets or eye black that you’ve purchased. You’re going to get filthy when you run, so wear clothes or a costume that you don’t mind getting muddy.

Also, bring a change of clothes with you. Trust us on this one.

Marine to Receive Medal of Honor This Month

The United States Marine Corps received some big news. Marine sergeant Dakota Meyer will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Afghanistan. The 23-year old Columbia, Kentucky native fought through enemy machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades to help in the rescue and evacuation of more than 15 wounded Afghan soldiers. The scout-sniper also helped to recover the bodies of four American service personnel in this terrifying incident, which occurred on September 8, 2009, in a remote village located in the mountains, after hours of firefighting with Taliban militants.

Sergeant Meyer’s heroism will be celebrated this month when President Obama awards him with the Medal of Honor on September 15. He will be only the third living recipient – and the first living Marine – to be awarded this distinguished award for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

As quoted in the LA Times:

“Sgt. Meyer embodies all that is good about of nation’s corps of Marines,” said Commandant Gen. James Amos. “He is a living example of the brave young men and women whose service, fidelity and sacrifice make us so proud.”

But Meyer has declined to consider himself a hero. “I didn’t do anything more than any other Marine would,” he has said. “I was put in an extraordinary circumstance and I just did my job.”

Bing West, a former Marine and former assistant secretary of Defense detailed Meyer’s bravery in the book, The Wrong War. West writes that Sergeant Meyer “dominated the battlefield” by targeting and firing rifle and machine gun rounds into enemy positions throughout the rescue attempt. At the time, Sergeant Meyer was only a corporal. Today, he is part of the inactive ready reserve of the Marine Corps Reserve.

It’s an amazing honor. Sergeant Meyer – we salute you.