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American Tomahawk Company, LLC

12509 93rd Street Ct. Anderson Island, WA 98303

Phone 877 557 5200

American Tomahawk Company

Press Release

U.S. Army issues 21st Century American Frontiersman axe as part of standard issue breaching equipment for combat forces.

Washington STATE, July 23, 2003: Beginning in August 2003, the United States Army will begin providing its infantry squads' with breaching kits featuring an ATC Vietnam Tactical TomahawkTM. The ATC-VTT is an exceptionally versatile hand-axe used for non-explosive breaching operations, egress, excavation, extraction, obstacle removal, and a multitude of standard and specialized infantry / armor combat related tasks.

The American Tomahawk Company, LLC of Washington State (ATC), a specialty manufacturer of modern hand axes, has commercially sold thousands of its Vietnam Tactical Tomahawk hand-axes to U.S. Armed Services Personnel for almost three years. The ongoing Global War on Terrorism in theatres like Afghanistan and Iraq quickly became the company's real world proving ground for its product's practical capabilities in the hands of US ground forces , including Special Forces and special operations personnel. "The American Tomahawk

Company enjoys a rich history with the efforts and accomplishments of our Armed Forces dating back to the Vietnam War," says American Tomahawk Company President, Andy Prisco. "We are extremely proud of our product's preferred status with America's finest warriors...warriors who are carrying our tomahawks from Baghdad to Kabul in the knowledge that no better utility tool exists on the planet."

The acceptance by the Army of the American-made Vietnam Tactical TomahawkTM is part of a new program known as the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI). The program is meant to equip soldiers with modern, innovative equipment they want and need to do their jobs. According to Andy Prisco, many US soldiers have been purchasing his company's tomahawks commercially using their own limited funds, but now the Army will provide the tomahawk as part of its standard "Breach Kit".

For Release 9 a.m. EDT, July 23, 2003


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