SurvivalCache is owned and operated by Forge Solutions, LLC.
Meet the SurvivalCache Team:
Scott – Scott has been thinking about survival since the time he was a kid. Growing up in Northern California Scott spent much of his time in the mountains near his home. After High School Scott joined the Marines and served for 5 years in a Marine Recon unit. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps he attended a West coast college where he studied science. After college Scott got the military bug again and decided to try out for the Navy SEALs. He completed BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Course) and spent 7 years with the SEAL teams including leading SEAL sniper teams in Iraq. Scott is also Nationally Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and trained as Tactical Combat Casualty Care First Responder. Scott founded Forge Solutions, LLC in 2007 and has since worked on Executive Protection and Personal Security Detail (PSD) contracts in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Scott’s focus is sustainable/clean/green energy, reusable products and primitive skills applied to modern situations and how they help you survive in troubled times.
Read Scott’s article on “The Best Survival Carbine”
Joel – Joel has been thinking about TEOTWAWKI before Michael Stipe formed the band R.E.M in 1980 and penned the song “The End of The World as We Know It.” Joel grew up in the Midwest where his father and grandfather always preached to him about self reliance and being able to live off the land. Joel stayed in the Midwest for college where he was a Div I swimmer and school record holder. After college Joel joined the US Marine Corps where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains hunting, hiking and mountain biking or near the ocean scuba diving and sailing. Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping for survival situations. Joel also has an interest in Bug Out Vehicles that require no fossil fuels such as Sail Boats and Mountain Bikes.
Read Joel’s article on “Survival Debate: What is the Ultimate Survival Vehicle”
Mark – Mark graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in biochemistry and completed graduate work in international commerce and policy at George Mason University in the Washington DC metro area. Mark is a former Marine recon team leader, Marine officer instructor at The Basic School and Marine Infantry Officer. He is an avid outdoor adventurist and survivalist. Mark has lived and traveled all over the world with the Marine Corps. He has raced multiple marathons and triathlons. He is currently training for his first ultra-marathon and next Ironman triathlon competition. Mark coaches triathletes, swimmers, and crossfit athletes. When Mark is not working or coaching he is preparing for his next endurance race or spending time with his family.
James – The outdoors has always been a part of James’ life. Many days were spent exploring and living in the deserts and mountains of Arizona while growing up. In these places survival is not a trivial skill; it is essential. After college, James made the decision to become a Marine, and wanting to challenge himself further, became a Marine Infantry Officer. In this occupational specialty, he experienced every clime and place; from the icy wilds of Alaska, to the wet, near-impenetrable jungles of Southeast Asia. These experiences allowed James to be adaptable to not only surviving, but flourishing in austere and unfriendly environments. Twice James served in combat in Iraq as a Company Commander in the Western Euphrates River Valley (Fallujah), at the time perhaps the most unfriendly environment on the planet. James has attended Marine Combat Diver Course and Airborne School allowing him to work within the Marine Corps’ Special Operations Community (MARSOC). James’ current position with Forge Solutions requires travel to Africa, one of the most underdeveloped regions in the world, where the majority of the continent’s population survive on less than a dollar a day. It makes even the most accomplished survival expert wonder, “Could I live like that?”
Read an article by James “Murphy’s Laws of TEOTWAWKI”
Jimmy C – Jimmy C was an infantry marine in the USMC and USMCR for six years until he was honorably discharged for a disabling injury that would keep him performing his duties further. Never before an outdoorsman, Jim began a life learning about and working towards self sufficiency using old world practices. After seeing the collapse of structure security after 9/11 and Katrina, combined with the the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Jim decided to get prepared as best as he could to take care of his new family and himself for what may lie ahead. Jim has stockpiled years of food, water, ammunition, and is developing a survival network in his community in order to ensure the survival of his family. His goal is a community that will thrive in any economic collapse, power grid failure, nuclear fallout, or some other catastrophe that will require people to fend for themselves when the structure falls again.
Mike – Mike has a diverse background incorporating a wide variety of experiences. He is originally from New Mexico and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with minors in mathematics, economics, business management and environmental waste management. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, Mike decided to enter Officer Candidate School in the United States Marine Corps. In September of 2004, Mike deployed as a rifle platoon commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served 7 months in the Iraqi theater. In December 2005, Mike volunteered to deploy back to Iraq as a part of Military Transition Team (MiTT) as a embedded military adviser. In 2006, Mike was 1 of 4 Marines living, sleeping, eating, and fighting along side an infantry company in the Iraqi Army. During 2006, Mike accompanied the Iraqi Army on over 200 combat foot patrols. In addition to the numerous other medals Mike has received, he has also been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he sustained in an ambush that year. Mike was routinely published in US papers and was responsible for the content of, Lessons from MiTT Advising for 1st Iraqi Army Division For Pre-Deployment Training and Relief-in-Place Preparation a Marine Corps publication for embedded advisers. Mike’s survival passion is water from his days as a civil engineering student. In addition to testing the latest filtration systems, Mike has also devised backyard do-it-yourself filtration methods for survival situations.
Read Mike’s article on “A Real Emergency Fund”
Mr. Smashy – Weapons and Ammo
Since I could hold a rifle I was taught marksmanship, and have shot competitively at different levels and in different events throughout my life. I’ve fired and maintained a variety of small arms, with a focus on US service rifles. Growing up, I’ve always been taught self reliance, and my experience as an adult has only reinforced this. I strongly believe in having a family emergency plan and preparedness in general.
Read Mr. Smashy’s Survival Shotgun Series
Josh – Books and Basics
Josh – I am a Boy Scout and an avid outdoorsman. I specialize in knives (and other cutting implements), various knots & lashings, traditional skills such as blacksmithing & woodworking, Bushcraft and fire starting. I am in the process of outfitting an operational blacksmith/wood wright shop for use as an instructional aid and as a home for my hobbies of knifemaking, woodworking and leatherworking.
Josh’s book reviews cover every aspect of survival: Back to Basics, When All Hell Breaks Loose, and The Survival Handbook. Josh has also written the following articles: Survival Gear Review: SureFire LX2, Three Tier Survival Kits, 5 Types of Machetes and How to Use Them, and Understanding Axe Types.