SurvivalCache Writer Interview: 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.

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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.

How does Mike answer 17 Survival Questions?

1.  Please describe your Every Day Carry?
Suunto X-Lander, Spyderco Pacific Salt, Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact .40 cal, Spare Mag, Sparkie Firestarter

2.  Favorite Bug Out Pistol?
Taurus Judge 3″ Magnum

3.  Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol?
Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact .40 Cal

4.  Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine?

5.  Favorite Rifle or Carbine?

6.  Favorite Shotgun?
Stoeger Double Barrel 12 Gauge Coach Gun, if SHTF – I will chop it and make it look like Mad Max.

7.  The amount of food you have at your house?
6 month supply

8.  Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag?
Map & Compass, Wiggy’s Sleeping Bag & Bivvy, Emergency Fishing Kit, Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife, 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells, Signal Mirror

9.  Describe your Bug Out Location?
South by Southwest – remote hunting cabin

10.  Describe your Bug Out Vehicle?
Jeep Wrangler

11.  Describe your Bug Out Bag ?
GraniteGear Chief Patrol Pack – Coyote

12.  Favorite home defense pistol?
Taurus Judge 3″ Magnum – “Because a .45 Cal Long Colt sends a strong message.”

13.  Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun?
Stoeger Double Barrel 12 Gauge Coach Gun – “You rarely need the second barrel.”

14.  Favorite Survival Book?
The Survival Handbook

15.  Favorite Survival Type Movie?
Night of the Living Dead (1968 – classic)

16.  Survival Knife?
Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife “Is there another knife out there?”

17.  Survival Tools in your kit?
Leatherman, Petzel Headlamp, MSR Stove, Saber Cut Survival Saw