Prior to deploying to the Afghan Pakistani border, we were each issued a SureFire Helmet_Light. During one of our patrols in a remote village near the border, my platoon stopped to talk to some elders about the security in their village. I was pulling security at the 12 o'clock position, and, after a few moments, many of the villagers started coming out to talk to us. Before long there were about 50 people around us, talking to my platoon leader. Suddenly, an insurgent in the crowd came up behind me and swung a sickle at my neck. The force of the impact knocked me to the ground. For a second I didn't realize what had happened, but I felt a throbbing pain in my neck. The insurgent immediately dropped his sickle and disappeared into the crowd. It took about two seconds before the entire crowd dispersed in all directions.
After the medic bandaged my neck, I realized my SureFire Helmet Light had been cut in half. The force of the blow had been enough to slice through its tough polymer body. If I hadn't been wearing that light, I'm confident things would've been a lot worse for me. That little Helmet Light saved my life then and there, and continues to protect my colleagues while they're out conducting nighttime missions. Thank you, SureFire, for making such an outstanding product.
FOB Connolly, Afghanistan