ANATOMY OF AN IOTV |
March 03, 2009
ANATOMY OF AN IOTV
Name: Michael Brameld
Posting date: 3/4/09
Stationed in: Afghanistan
Milblog: A Year in the Sandbox
“What’s all that crap on your vest?”
I’ve gotten a few emails asking that question now, so I figured I’d post this for everybody. Here’s what I carry on my IOTV ( Improved Outer Tactical Vest):
1. Improved First Aid Kit, or IFAK.
2. 2 x 15 round magazines for the M9 pistol.
3. Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio, or MBITR.
4. 6 x 30 round magazines for the M4 rifle.
5. 2 x 40mm HEDP rounds for the M203 grenade launcher.
6. Strap cutter, for cutting seatbelts or gear in an emergency.
7. This one’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s a SPOON! For digging foxholes and field latrines.
8. Quick-release to separate the vest into 4 pieces for quick removal.
9. Random stuff pouch. Right now there’s an extra set of gloves, a cold-weather hat, some misc cable and a couple 40mm smoke grenades inside.
10. Casio Exilim EX-S10! Never leave home without it.
11. Ear plugs, so I don’t have to listen to whining about broken comm equipment.
12. Photon Proton Flashlight cause I’m scared of the dark.
13. Gerber Multitool.
14. Back to the top picture: one-handed tourniquet.
That's it. Total weight is just north of 60lbs, but the vest is so well designed that it really only feels like 55lbs when you have it on.