The Kfir Brigade (Hebrew: חֲטִיבַת כְּפִיר), also known as the 900th Brigade. is one of the most recent Infantry Corps regiment s in the Israel Defense Forces. It is part of the the Central regional command. They are k nown as the “rulers of Judah and Samaria.”
Kfir 900 Brigade is the youngest division in the IDF; it was formed in the late 2005. The «90s Battalions were founded in the 1990s to carry out special operations in the Judah and Samaria and Gaza and as an accompanying force to tanks in wartime. During the second Intifada it was decided to merge the battalions into one brigade to serve as designated infantry battalions that would serve in fixed areas. On December 6, 2005, the brigade was formally established with the 90s Battalions unified into a single, regular service brigade.
There are 6 Battalions in theDivision
Nachshon Battalion 90
The Nachshon Battalion patrols the Tul Karem and Kalkilya territories.
Shimshon Battalion 92
Shimshon Battalion was re-established in 1997, which combined the “Pine” and “Ashbel” infantry companies — operating at that time. The battalion served for a long time in the Gaza Strip, where they destroyed dozens of terrorists, made arrests and protected the communities in the Gaza Strip. Famous for their continuous protection accompanied by many casualties — of the Netzarim settlement. The battalion is currently in charge of the city of Bet Lechem.
Haruv Battalion 93
The battalion was re-established in 1995, and its name is derived from the the legendary Special Forces Charuv brigade. The battalion is in command of the city of Sh e cem. In 2003, the battalion received a medal of honor for their successful operations in Samaria.
Duchifat Battalion 94
The battalion was re-established in 1990 as a result of the Oslo Accords, it is named after the Special Forces Duchifat Battalion which was part of the historical Harel Brigade connected with the establishment of the state. The battalion was among the forces that arrested the high profile terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
Lavi Battalion 96
The battalion was established in 2001.The Battalion is in charge of the Mountain South of Hebron a particularly problematic area.
Netzach Yehudah (Formerlythe Nahal Haredi Battalion)
Netzach Yehuda is the first ultra-Orthodox army battalion. The battalion is responsible for the Jordan Valley and recently the city of Jenin.
Acceptance to kfir
There is no “Gibush ” (tryout) for the Kfir Brigade. Acceptance is determined by availability and request
Profile combat (82 and over).
Length of service required for Machal
Tour of duty includes counter-terror operations, arrests of Palestinian militants, patrols, manning checkpoints and regular security activities.
Area of Tour of Duty
Tul Kerem, Jenin, Hebron, Bet Lehem, Scem, Ramallah, Kalkiya, Jordan Valley, Gaza.
A few days after arrival to the division’s training base, one can tryout for Special Forces “Oketz” or “Lotar”
Basic training includes 4 months of basic training class 05 rifleman and two months of advanced training class 07 rifleman. Basic training focuses on the principles and foundations of the rifleman with unique emphasis on individual training. Basic training takes place at the Cfir training center in the Jordan Valley. The course takes the recruit through marksman classes, basic field navigations training, open space warfare training, helicopter deployment training, special weapons and physical fitness training,krav maga as well as general education classes Advanced training lasts an additional 3 months and is conducted in the field for the most part. Through 13 weeks of training the recruit goes through close quarters battle training, guerrilla warfare, hummer training, APC training, grenade training and of course parachute training. Throughout training, the recruits begin to take part in some of the regular security tasks around the brigade’s bases and throughout Israel’s borders. At the end of advanced training the men qualify as class 07 riflemen. At this point of the training long marching exercises are a part of the norm and in advanced training the terrain becomes evermore engaging and challenging. Being an airborne brigade, Joint military exercises between the brigade and the IAFare also held. Close quarter training takes place over a week spent mostly in the field practicing breaching techniques Advanced training ends with a fully equipped 50 — 90 kilometer march after which the graduates are awarded their prestigious camouflage berets at a festive ceremony held with the graduate’s families and other honored guests.
After completing advanced training, soldiers join the various battalions to continue training and tour of duty.
Camouflaged and white striped
Spotted Beret, brown boots, pin Warrior battalion, regimental badge.
History Day 2012-2013
The Scott City 6th graders are involved in History Day this year and are doing a great job. History Day is a difficult but entertaining project. This year the topic is: A Turning Point in History. The students could select from one out of five categories to present their project. These include creating a website, producing a documentary, writing a paper with a thorough discussion of a historical event, making an exhibit that coupled fact with visual examples to enhance the understanding of a topic, and acting out a hand written script in a performance. The students started working on this in October and completed it midway through January. During this time, research was done on the computer, in the library, and at home. The winners of the individual exhibit were Chloe, Hope, and Jonathan. Group exhibit winners are Courtney and Olivia, Charli and Danielle, and Paige and Rylee. Winners of the documentary are Gabe, Garrett, Sam and Kolbe. Website winners are Xavier and Dylan, and Eli, Will and Greg. Ms. Porch said, ‘History Day is a very interesting project. It is a lot of fun to see how students bring all of the information together and create their projects’.
For more pictures of projects (now updated with winners), visit the History Day Photo Gallery.
Anonymous Bully Report
If you wish to anonymously report an instance of bullying, please use the following link and fill out the form. Scott City Anonymous Bully Report
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So nearly 2 years ago one of my customers (I do apologies, but I can’t remember her name for the life of me, and the message has been long since buried) put me in touch with the Metropolitan Museum of Art about making a modern interpretation of the worlds oldest twenty sided die.
This die was originally collected by Reverend Chauncey Murch, who found the piece while serving as a Missionary in Egypt between 1883 and 1906. It was originally crafted some time during the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. putting it at towards the end of the Ptolemaic Period. Upon Reverend Murch’s death the die was purchase by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1910.
Originally the die was crafted from Serpentine which is a semi precious stone that ranges in tone from brown to green and is a source of both magnesium and asbestos. Serpentine gets its name from the green scaly appearance in serpentine’s natural form. Serpentine is used extensively in gems and ornamental work. When polished it has contains cloudy patches interspersed among clear regions.
Remember how it’s a source for asbestos? Yeah no chance I’m working with that stuff in my shop. So instead this weekend I noticed Fluffy had cut up a ton of architectural grade soap stone blanks for something else he was working on, and for some reason it sparked a memory of this old project. So, Fluffy’s blanks went missing and I fired up the CNC’s then I set about figuring out what those funny symbols were, which was something that had been giving me fits off and on for the past 2 years and was one of the reasons this project languished on the back burner for so long.
You see the MMA has the symbols listed as the first 20 letters of the Greek alphabet. And while that is mostly true, it’s not quite right. As you can see in the first photo on this page diamond-shaped symbol that is NOT in the Greek alphabet. And if you look in the photo below of the die in the walnut box you will see there is a ‘C’ shaped letter that is also NOT part of the Greek alphabet. After a bit of searching, the ‘C’ shaped letter turned out to be Coptic in origin, and was the Coptic equivalent of the Greek letter Sigma. But for the life of me I could not find a letter in either Coptic or Greek that was the same shape as the diamond-shaped letter in the first photo. The closest thing I could come up with was Sampi which is the outdated Greek symbol for 900. But it just didn’t look right, and the MMA says that it should be one of the first 20 letters of the Greek alphabet. But it’s not a Coptic nor Greek letter.
So for a very long time I was stuck there. The only remaining letter in the first 20 letters of the Greek or Coptic alphabets that remained unaccounted for was the letter Alpha, and it just didn’t fit. And then I stumbled across, this photo on this page. Then after a few more beers and even more poking though the recess of the internet, I finally figured out that the mystery symbol turned out to be a stylized geometric representation of the Coptic Alpha .
But why would the MMA say these were the first 20 letter in the Greek Alphabet, when there were 2 symbols that were most definitely Coptic in origin? Well after a bit more research I discovered the answer to that question lies in the time period in which this die was crafted. Coptic was the latest form of the Ancient Egyptian language, however during the 2nd and 3rd century B.C. the Egyptians began transitioning to the Greek system thanks to a small encounter with Alexander the Great. Though the details of that encounter are a bit out of the scope of this post, it’s still pretty neat to see some of the greatest events in Antiquity become apparent in the symbols on the world’s oldest d20.
Armed with a more complete view on how the world’s oldest d20 came together. I set out to complete a modern emulation of this small bit of gamer history. While the original die was most likely not used for gaming, but instead created as an exercise in contemporary geometry. After all the platonic solids were first studied by the Ancient Greeks around 360 B.C. Most notably by Plato, for whom they are named, and Theaetetus who was the first to describe them mathematically.
The Artisan Dice version of this particular dice needed to be a gaming piece. To that end, you’ll notice that the letters on our version all face the same direction as they would on our normal N+1 style d20s. I’ve also set the font in a more modern serif style of the Greek/Coptic Alphabet. Where as the original was set in an overtly geometric type.
That left only one small problem. What do we call this thing? “The modern emulation of the world’s oldest twenty sided die”, is a bit of a mouth full to say the least. So after going back and forth with the minions, some of whom were still upset about some missing soap stone blanks, it was decided that the die should be called a Ptolemaic d20, to pay tribute to the era in which the design was originally crafted.
Customize Your Dice
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