On October 2018 in the presence of the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, was inaugurated the “Blue Light” foundation, born by an idea of our friend Simon Schembri, a Maltese police officer, who was helped by us with the Mission#6 due to the fact that he was injured on the line of duty.
The event was a unique opportunity to raise the attention on how fundamental is the moral support, that even a common citizen can give, to all those who wears a uniform.During the cerimon we spent a few minutes in an interview with the President of Malta to illustrate the activities of Good Guys in Bad Lands.
In Poland, on October 2018, we joint the 3rd edition of the International Bodyguard Conference held by Wodan Security. As for the previous one, the conference was an important event at European level on the Close Protection. The 3rdIBC was full of exchanges regarding techniques, procedures and equipment to be used for one of the most high-risk tasks: the Close Protection. The conference was really interesting in all its aspects, from the professional one to the strictly human one, it was possible to get to know many operators from all over the world. We highly recommend it to anyone working in this field, we hope to see you there next year!
During the World Rhino Day, in collaboration with the friends of PPA – Poaching Prevention Academy, we organized an event aimed at raising public awareness of the protection of African rhinos and to say thanks to those who protect these magnificent animals every day.
At the end of August we took part in the SF-UCS Challenge organized by the friends of the Anti Terror Academy in the Czech Republic. Thanks to this event we had the opportunity to meet many new friends from all around Europe.
Mission n.7 ended last Sunday, with the welcome presence of Dr. Girolamo FABIANO, Questore di Bergamo, at the Poligono Indoor Bergamo the “Steel Challenge” race for the 1st “Giovanni Politi” Memorial, a law enforcement officer who died prematurely during his duty in Florence on February 25, 2018. The Mission was organized in partnership with S.A.P. Milano and S.A.P. Bergamo.
The funds raised will be donated to the “Marco Valerio” project of the Italian State Police Assistance Fund, as adviced by Giovanni Politi’s family, in order to help sons of law enforcement officers who have particular disease
Many thanks to those who participated because, in doing so, they have contributed to support this wonderful initiative; many thanks also to “Grande Armeria Bergamasca” for its big effort to realize this event.
During the end of May and the beginning of June 2018 we organized a mission in Malta aimed to support in a concrete way a Police Officer, Simon Schembri, who, on May, was run over and dragged by a car while he was on duty.
Thanks to the collaboration with many Maltese associations we organized a shooting competition in order to collect money to help Simon Schembri during his reabilitaion.
On April 2018, thanks to the Italian Army 185th Artillery Paratroopers Regiment “Folgore” and Kosovo Force – KFOR, we donated an EAD (External Automated Defibrillator) device to Gjakovafirefighters as a sign of esteem for the daily work done for their community. We want to thank our partners and the whole Good Guys in Bad Lands’ community for supporting this beautiful initiative.
In addition, during our visit in Kosovo, we had the opportunity to touch with hands the extraordinary work done by the international coalition in that part of Balkans; in fact, with the Commander of the CI.MI.C. (CIvil MIlitary Cooperation) unit we visited an hostel runs by an Italian family for orphaned children due to the conflict happened years ago in that beautiful part of Europe.
Milipol is the largest French Defense/Law Enforcement event held every year in Paris. Milpol is the european leading event for homeland security; it is organized under the patronage of the French Ministry of Interior in partnership with the French National Police and Gendarmerie, Civil Defence Service, French Customs, City Police, Interpol, etc. In this edition there were more than 29,939 visitors from 143 countries, 1,005 exhibitors, 161 official delegations from 77 countries and 331 journalists.
Data protection – Information and Communication systems / Economic and Industrial Intelligence / Systems integration / Risk analysis and management / CBRN / Civil Defence / Forensic science services / Law enforcement / Anti-terrorism – Special Forces / Protection of industrial and sensitive sites / Fight against organised crime / Security of public places – Urban Security / Transport security / Port and airport security – Border control / Road safety / Security of financial systems / Prison sector / Oil and gas sector
September 9 & 10, 2017. In Sigonella, Sicily, Instructor Zero has held a “Defensive Pistol lv.1” seminar; guest of honor was Corinne Mosher a famous american shooter, that, with her technical knowledge has increased even more the already high quality of teaching. Instructor Zero is a former italian airborne instructor and he is graduated “Cum Laude” in Investigations and Security. Instructor Zero is also a Certified Security Advisor, Educator, Risk Analyst and a Firearms Instructor; while Corinne has worked at Centerfire Shooting Sports since its opening and has been essential in creating content for some of their most popular classes including Ladies Self Defense and Youth safety classes. The objective of the “Defensive Pistol Course lv.1” was to consolidate the bases of gun defense through self-security so as not to cause collateral damage.
Yesterday the three-day course on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, organized by Wartems USA, ended. The course was held in Rome, Italy, in collaboration with Ian McDevitt, author of “Tactical Medicine”, with 30 years of experience, of which 15 in the United States Army as “Combat Medic” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Africa, and 15 in SWAT Team. Ian McDevitt has also been recognized and certified as “Best civilian T.C.C.C. Instructor” by Operational Group Delta Force.
From the 1st to the 3rd of September, seven students took part in the study and in the practice of the most advanced paramilitary rescue techniques, simulating a wide range of interventions from stab wounds to the explosive ones.
The course was designed for people who works in High Risk Environments as Law Enforcement, Close Protection, Firefighters and Military operators; but successful for anyone who is mindful of their survival and that of their family members, given the continued terrorist attacks perpetrated at the expense of civilians, or road accidents, earthquakes, etc.
Good Guys in Bad Lands: A story of loss, hope and honor!
Read the moving story of loss and hope behind this project! What “Good Guys in Bad Lands” do… and why they deserve your support! Over 500.000 followers on Facebook share their love, respect and support for the “Good Guys in Bad Lands”, now!
A very special story of loss and hope! It all started in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan. Rocco Pacella returned from an unfortunate mission where he has lost a squadron mate while another fellow soldier got seriously injured during a firefight with insurgents.
Some people may would have retreated themselves into hate and despair after such a traumatic event but not this soldier.
Instead, Rocco was asking himself what he could do for the ones in need, for the soldiers who left families behind, the ones who have to returned wounded or haunted by traumatic experiences.
Tested by this strong experience, Rocco created one of the first military related fan-pages on Facebook dedicated to the memory of all missing soldiers all over the world.
How a great idea grew into a worldwide movement Rocco’s page has become a window into the social media world and is created to bring the web population the attention to the respect and dutiful appreciation towards these “Good Guys” deployed: the Good Guys in Bad Lands. Quickly the page was able to initiate and promote charity projects for veterans, their families or military personnel in need.
The idea grew, and the „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ logo became a honored and widely used signal within the military community around the world.
Today „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ is an established institution of charity and unites all military „good guys“ who are doing their duty in „bad lands“.
The lack of support for veterans in Europe Honestly, support for military veterans is not a widely established quality within the European Union.
Yes, there is a system of social insurances, public help and basic welfare for military veterans in Europe but it often does not meet the specific needs of wounded or traumatized soldiers.
We should always remember: Soldiers are human beings who sometimes have gone through hell on earth and very traumatic experiences.
Many of them are spending endless hours, days, month, sometimes even years away from their homes and families for what we believe in as a free and democratic European society.
Unfortunately, in Europe there is often still a lack of sympathy, empathy and honor for those who take the duty of service and put their life into the line of fire for our values of democracy, human rights and freedom.
Sometimes, a little respect, a little love, a genuine honoring of the burden soldiers have to take every day and all around the world for our security and freedom – these little gesture will often do more healing than any social insurance system.
That is why „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ is such a great idea and helpful institution for the needs of veterans and military personnel.
The core idea of „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ is able to deliver both to soldiers and veterans: access to charity AND the honoring of what soldiers do and may have gone through for all our life, values and security.
Some “Good Guys” love the idea and the values of this unique movement so much that they honor all good guys, all fallen brothers and all men of honor and duty with a tattoo of the “Good Guys”-logo on their body:
A true testify that the brotherhood of “Good Guys” really exists in a tangible way through this kind and many more manifestations of affection around the world and through all kinds of military units!
The “Good Guys” Charity Missions The main project of „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ is charity: promotions, cooperations, sponsorships and the sale of goods with the „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ logo are helping to proceed funds to noble causes, such as support of departments, to the families of fallen soldiers and post-war traumatic shock patients.
The first „mission“ of „Good Guys in Bad Lands“ was able to rise 3,000 Euro in donations to provide a defibrillator and First Aid Training to 12 military operators of the 185th Military Regiment Paratroopers of Bracciano, Italy.
The second mission was able to raise 3,000 Euro to buy a high-pressure cleaner fort he „Folgore“ Regiment of Pisa.
The third mission donated a DAE device to the Multifunctional Training Complex of the „Lustrissimi“ Folgore Brigade.
The fourth mission was a national solidary race in favor of the Italian Police Department. The event had 127 participants in support of Mario Vece, the Artificial Police Officer (Florence, Italy) who was seriously injured during a vicious attack on the last New Year’s Eve. But Mario decided to pass the funds to little Leonardo, the son of Mauro Di Ceglie, a fellow of the Police of Rome, who has been fighting a serious illness for two years. A decision that excited all participants
This is what „Good Guys“ do, maybe in some “Bad Lands“, maybe under the worst circumstances“, maybe far from home, and maybe just around the corner.
There are fare more „Good Guys“ than there are „Bad Lands“ and therefore there is hope and the precious grace of honor for all of us.
Update: September 2017 “Good Guys in Bad Lands” will become an international ONLUS and everyone is welcome to participate and support this project.