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OverWatchUSA’s OSF Defense Companies
OverWatchUSA Defense: In the Spirit of the 2nd Amendment, OverWatchUSA includes an armed defense and disaster relief component (OverWatch Service Force or OSF), with the understanding that we will never be the aggressors, but will, when called upon, protect and defend our communities, our Churches, our homes, our families, and our American liberties, to the last man if necessary. OUSA’s Service Force will serve our communities, state, and nation as both a defense force, and as a disaster relief and community service organization.
Summary: Guide to Starting An OSF Defense Company
OverWatchUSA’s Defense Branch is called the OverWatchUSA Service Force. It’s mission is twofold:
- Provide a Common Defense against tyranny, violent threats, and loss of life and liberty. OSF exists to safeguard our families, our communities, our churches, our state and ultimately our nation.
- To Provide an Alternative to Government concerning Disaster Relief and Service. Instead of giving power, authority and responsibility to a state or local government, OverWatchUSA Service Force will provide a well trained and equipped body of manpower ready to stand-to during natural disaster, environmental crisis, or emergencies.
The Local Company Organization
Each Hundred in OverWatchUSA is encouraged to immediately form a OSF company. The first step is to appoint a Captain from within the Hundred.
The Captain is a commissioned officer in OverWatchUSA and as such will be granted the authority to wear the rank of Captain (two silver bars, or two subdued bars). The Captain should be a man that is respected, trusted and known in the community. He does not have to be a veteran, but he must be a good leader.
Each Captain is authorized to appoint a Lieutenant to serve as his second in command of the company, and the lieutenant is likewise authorized to wear the rank of a US Army/USMC First Lieutenant (single silver bar or subdued bar). Additional 2nd Lieutenants may be appointed in a large company and can lead elements as determined by the Captain (platoons or other parts of the company). OSF Second Lieutenants are authorized to wear the insignia of a US Army/USMC 2nd Lieutenant (single gold bar or subdued bar).
The company should be first broken into squads of 3-10 men each. Each squad is to elect a Sergeant as a squad leader. The Sergeant reports to the Captain or the officer assigned to oversee him. Sergeants should be well versed in firearms, good leaders, respected by their squad, and “quick on their feet”. Each Squad should also elect a Corporal to serve as the second in command of the squad. If the squad is split into two during a event or emergency, the sergeant and corporal can each take an element. Sergeants and corporals are authorized to wear the insignia of Sergeant or Corporal from the US Army (three chevrons for sergeant, two for corporal).
This is by far the most simple and flexible organization of a company. It can be more complex, but it is at the discretion of the Captain and may be limited due to the size of a company. Additional positions such as Staff Sergeant, First Sergeant, etc., are promoted at the discretion of the Captain, as is the formation of platoons. Rank insignia is to mirror the US Army. Only men who understand military organization should even attempt a higher level of organization, most of the companies in OSF should be kept simple.
Building the Company
Upon appointing a Captain to lead it, a call to all the able bodied men, and potentially women, within the local hundred to consider joining the OSF company should be made. Not everyone in the OverWatchUSA Hundred needs to be a part of the OSF company. In fact, there may be a majority who aren’t.
Those who are able to join should be able to provide their own weapon(s) and equipment with minimal help. Experience is not necessary, but those with experience should be used to teach other and fill leadership roles. Veterans should be asked to take leadership of squads and other leadership positions.
Once you have your first recruits, your hundred is to communicate the formation of a OSF company to OverWatchUSA and a contact point, preferably the Captain. A rough idea of how many men is a part of the company is helpful, but not required, nor are the names of the men who are members.
If ammunition permits, a basic rifle training day is probably the best first training event to be scheduled. At the very least, making sure everyone’s main weapon is sighted in and ready if called upon is paramount in importance.
OverWatchUSA will have training events scheduled, such as light infantry tactics, medical training, disaster relief preparedness, etc. Members of your company should make every effort possible to make as much of the training as they can or be keeping up their skill on their own initiative.
Training can happen as often as is determined by the company.
Ongoing Support: OverWatchUSA is committed to supporting the local structure and Hundreds. Each State in OUSA has a State Director, and each state is divided into 2 or more geographic areas. These State and Area Staff members are there to provide support and help your Hundred thrive.
Local OSF defense units will work with other OSF defense groups across their counties and states and can come together to handle larger emergencies and disasters. OUSA is committed to building simple but effective structure to support defense units and provide some basic command structure for larger situations.
The National OUSA will be responsible for overseeing staff, providing a level of accountability, updating curriculum and materials, and providing oversight during a crisis. OUSA is led by A President and Vice President, and a Board of Directors.
Responsibilities, Higher Leadership and Cooperation:
The OSF company is responsible for the security, and defense of local OUSA membership within and without of their respected Local Hundred. To safeguard one another’s families, communities, churches, and neighbors.
The Local OSF company captain reports directly to the Hundreds Director, and/or a higher ranked OSF officer if a part of a Battalion.
OSF is also responsible to be the muscle in Christian community service. Think service projects, helping poor old folks fixing their home, feeding the homeless, filling in the gaps wherever needed.
OSF is responsible for disaster relief, search and rescue, and emergency response.
OSF Companies must commit to helping each other as well, if one Hundred or company needs help, and we are able, we must go to their aid. Providing it does not leave our family or community vulnerable.
When one or more OSF companies work together in an ad hoc manner, it is called a task force. The Captains or leadership present must meet and appoint a “Task Force Commander” for that situation, the highest ranked officer amongst lower ranked officers is by default automatically a Task Force Commander. If a higher rank OSF officer is present, he takes command of the Task Force.
Higher leadership will be created as the number of Hundreds and OSF companies grow. When there are several companies in a county or adjacent county, the companies can form together to create an battalion. If this option is mutually decided upon by the Hundreds, Leadership will meet and vote in a Lieutenant Colonel as Battalion Commander and a Major as Second in Command. Higher leadership structure will be made as needed.
The size of a company does not matter. A company can have a couple squads, it can have 30-40 men, or it can have up to 100-150.
Optional for Local Hundreds:
An OSF Home Guard Company should be formed within a Hundred when able, consisting of the reserve manpower. This means young men aged 15-19, perhaps older men, and even some women. This unit never leaves the area unless the community does. The main OSF company can be used in an expeditionary role in the general area, while the Home Guard Company stands watch while they are away, and assists in purely defensive duties otherwise. The Home Guard company is organized the same as a regular OSF company and led by Captain.
For those who cannot or do not desire to serve in an defensive capacity, OSF can form support units in a Hundred. These folks can man a field kitchen, serve as medics, or form small support groups for supply and logistics. All such groups in OSF can be uniformed as OSF, but are referred to as OSF Auxiliaries. Auxiliaries can be ranked in the same manner as regular OSF.
Uniforms and Equipment
All OSF personnel should wear the OSF patch on their chest rig/plate carrier, hat or on the sleeve of their uniform shirt.
The Standard Uniform colors and pattern for OSF is Green, Olive Drab, Ranger Green or something similar shirt or top, with brown, khaki, or coyote pants or shorts. The reasoning behind this is that it stands out in contrast to most camouflages and lends itself quickly to friend or foe identification. OUSA has OSF patches available for $1.50 each.
Helmets, hats, rigs, plate carriers, boots, are all up to the individual. As are packs and personal equipment.
Every member of OSF should be able to supply food, ammunition, medical supplies and personal needs for 72 hours in the field, all ready to go in a pack. This pack should be able to be grabbed and donned quickly alongside the OSF uniform and gear.
Notes on Equipment:
Notes on Uniforms and Personal Equipment, a list for members. Not required – but encouraged.
Hot climate gear
- Grey or tan colored T-shirt undershirt
- “Coyote tan” / Brown tactical shorts
- Combat or low cut boots
- Boonie hat OD
Temperate climate gear
- Grey or tan colored T-shirt undershirt
- Olive drab tactical/utility shirt, rib stop material, or combat shirt with OUSA patch, unit insignia and rank, clearly identified
- “Coyote tan” / Brown tactical pants
- Combat boots or low cut boots
- Boonie Hat OD
Cold climate gear
- Emergency services rain jacket (high visibility yellow) – for disaster relief only!
- 3 quarter field jacket w/ liner (olive drab or ranger green) standard field jacket, with OUSA logo, and rank clearly identified
- Olive drab tactical/utility shirt, rib stop material, or combat shirt with OUSA logo, unit insignia and rank, clearly identified
- “Coyote tan” / Brown tactical pants
- Brown cap w/logo
- Black watch cap
- Combat boots or low cut boots
OUSA OSF Personal Equipment notes
Firearms: Standardized calibers and types. 5.56x45mm NATO, 7.62x39mm Soviet, 7.62x51mm NATO standard rifle cartridges. 300 Blk allowed, .12 gauge standard shotgun shell. 9mm standardized for handguns. .40 and .45 allowed, as is .38 or .357 for revolvers. Pistol caliber carbines in these chamberings are likewise allowed.
The AR-15 is the standard rifle of OUSA. Secondary is an AKM/AK-47 with a forged trunnion, carrier and bolt. Battle rifles are standard if chambered in .308/7.62x51mm NATO. Scoped rifles are reserved for specialists. 12-gauge Shotguns standard shotgun gauge. Minimum of 6 magazines per man for rifle encouraged. Hunting Rifles and old Military rifles can also be pressed into service if that is all available.
Personal Equipment: Camelbak / Backpack, duffle bag, toiletry bag, Mummy bag, pillow.
Personal tools: Knife, flashlight, lantern, head lamp, Leatherman, first aid kit, IFAK for defensive units, medication, water purification kit / survival straw, axe, folding saw, bayonet/fighting knife.
Note: We understand that some people may not have the standard equipment at first, and may have limited budgets. If so, use the best firearm and equipment you possess for the time being. Talk to your unit leadership if you experience difficulties filling out your kit.
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