Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Paracord Projects

"Each time a knot is made it is to remember our fallen heroes. The colors represent the deployment colors and the button is to represent the uniform we wear. The clasped bracelet resembles the circle of friends that is never broken"

-Author Unknown

Also called parachute cord serve as the suspension lines of parachutes. They are usually made of nylon - the same material used in ordinary ropes - but are specially constructed to make them tougher, thicker, and less prone to tearing and rotting.

Paracord can and is being used to make bracelets, anklets, key chains as well as a variety of protection tools. The meaning of the paracord bracelet is up to you. It can show your support for our troops, a favorite sports team, a personal cause or even your favorite colors..... 2 weeks ago one of our salespersons and her children participated in a NEDA Walk, once they arrived her 9 year old daughter saw that the colors representing the event were light blue, she immediately thought of making Paracord bracelets to help support the cause. All ages are picking up on the concept.

As you search in Google, you'll find dozens of projects that are being created using paracord. You'll also be able to go to Youtube and see many tutorials to help create different products.

Be inventive and creative with any paracord project. Try to match your project with an event or cause. Lastly, don't forget if you ever need some rope, you'll have it right on your wrist.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Salute to Our Troops by the NFL

At Rothco, two of the things we love most of all are the U.S. military and NFL football. Obviously, as a company that has provided gear to soldiers for decades, we have a steadfast and heartfelt belief in those who defend our country's freedom and the sacrifice they and their families make. At the same time, we looooooove NFL football. In fact, just for fun, we have a pool around the company as to who can pick the most games right each week. I'm also a New York Giants season ticket holder and most everyone here has a favorite team be it the Giants, the New York Jets or one of many out-of-town teams.

With that in mind, it's quite heartening to see the support the NFL has shown for our troops. Back at the beginning of the season, at the first Monday Night Football game, the New York Jets paid tribute to our armed services  by having 200 servicemen and women unfurl a huge American flag over the field.

This month, in honor of Veteran's Day, all 32 NFL teams will be honoring our armed forces in one way or another. The first ever NFL-Tillman Military Scholar will be honored at the Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday, a partnership between the NFL and the Pat Tillman Foundation. 

Lastly, here's a tribute by the Bleacher Report to NFL players who have served their country overseas. It includes all-time greats like Charlie Joiner, Ray Nitschke, Roger Staubach and Otto Graham.
The Rothco family would like to take this time to thank all of those who have served our wonderful country. We are forever in your debt. Hope you enjoy the games this Sunday.

John Ottaviano

P.S. For those interested in finding out more about Pat Tillman, there is a new movie entitle "The Tillman Story" that is out in theaters now. Here on Long Island, you can see it tonight at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.

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Friday, November 05, 2010

Rothco helps "The Biggest Loser" get Combat Tested by the U.S. Marines

This past Tuesday on NBC one of TV's most popular shows, The Biggest Loser traveled to the U.S. Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton where they received rigorous training my Marine Corps instructors. While there, they did some extreme marching, participated in Marine style physical training, woke up each day at 5 am and finished off with a Marine Corps obstacle course.

Below is a video of the contestants first arriving at Camp Pendleton and making their first extensive hike through the base:

All in all, the 11 contestants held up quite well given the demanding conditions. Part of the reason for that may have been the rugged Rothco Battle Dress Uniforms the contestants wore that were supplied by Rothco partner Vermont's Barre Army Navy. The Biggest Loser participants wore both our City Camouflage and Sky Blue Camouflage military fatigues as well as Rothco Fatigue Caps, Web Belts, Cushion Sole Socks and Thermals. Despite all the rigors the contestants were put through, their Rothco uniforms held up throughout the week of training. Even Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels got into the act wearing military physical training gear and ranting at their teams like drill sergeants.

Here Rothco's Battle Dress Uniforms are put through the ultimate test, a Marine Corps obstacle course:

Rothco military clothing is tough and combat tested, but it's not just for military use. It makes great workwear, outdoor and adventure clothing and even athletic wear. Rothco partner Pure Power Boot Camp use Rothco's Vintage Paratrooper Fatigues to outfit their "recruits". Whatever you plan on using them for, Rothco's military, outdoor and fashion clothing is combat tested and ready for extreme adventure.

Good luck in all your athletic pursuits and adventures!! See below for more pictures from the episode.

John Ottaviano




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