View Full Version : Custer Battles

08-05-2004, 07:31 PM
Hello all. I'm looking for Operators that have worked with this company. Or, anyone that has any information about the company. I've seen some stuff on the net via google searching, but would rather speak to someone with personal experience.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


karl johnson
08-06-2004, 12:28 AM
Everyone in my company, excepting me, has worked at CB.


They lose people daily due to bad managment and sending people on unsafe runs. Unless you are using them to get into the country and immediatley jump, avoid them. The place is dangerous enough without that sort of managment issues.

08-06-2004, 03:04 AM
I worked for them.

Short answer - stay away, stay alive. They are a company where the owners are literally getting rich off of the blood of the employees.

email me if you need more specifics.

08-06-2004, 05:38 AM
I went to Grad school with one of the principles...

In short, his story about his experience changed everytime I saw him. First he was SF, then got injured at Ranger School, then got cut at Selection,etc.

As Karl said,run away. They're about to have some serious legal problems as well.

08-06-2004, 02:04 PM
Damn...thanks guys I appreciate the input. Everyone that's had anything to say about them hasn't had anything good to say. That's damn frightening. Anyone in here know any recruiters for other companies? Trying to get into this biz, but with a reputable company.

08-06-2004, 02:27 PM
The only reputable ones I know are Blackwater and Vance International and Crucible. Vance does EP work and of course Blackwater is doing a lot in Iraq.

09-12-2004, 06:15 AM
Don't know if anyone is still paying attention to this thread, but the public radio show called "This American Life" did a whole radio show with American contractors in Iraq and about half the episode was spent with Custer Battles guys.

I was offered a job with them, but I heard too many rumors about them and I figured where there's a lot of smoke, there's go to be at least a small fire so I passed (and went to grad school instead. Same level of stress I figure ;)

The link to the story is http://www.thislife.org/ and do a seach for Custer Battles. The story was called something like "I'm from the private sector and I'm here to help."

09-14-2004, 12:10 AM
With a name like "Custer Battles" no one can ever sue you for misleading advertising...

Really, why on earth would anyone choose a name like that?

09-14-2004, 07:04 AM
It's the name of the two principles.

Gabriel Suarez
09-14-2004, 07:40 AM

For what its worth, I got a note from Alan Brosnan (mass mail type thing) about possible positions. Here it is below. I don't know the company, but Brosnan is a reputable good guy.

From: Alan Brosnan [mailto:teestrng@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 8:22 AM
Subject: Immediate Response

To All:

USIS is in need of SWAT instructors for immediate deployment to Baghdad. Please email your resume or curriculum vitae to Al Reynon at USIS - email address - al.reynon@usis.com and also cc liz.logan@usis.com before Monday.

All questions need to be directed to USIS and not TEES.


Alan Brosnan
Director - TEES Enterprises

09-14-2004, 12:03 PM
Brosnan is a good guy--I met him several years ago for some training. He seems to be a straight-up guy, but I don't know anything about this company.

09-18-2004, 03:29 PM
Triple Canopy is one of the best companies to work for, my buddy has nothing but great stuff to say about them and they pay well and provide good gear and vehicles.

Greg Walker
10-15-2004, 06:15 PM
Strongly recommend passing on these folks -

Contact Blackwater, Triple Canopy, SOC-SMG, EODT, DynCorps, USIS, and a host of other firms currently conducting security operations in Iraq and who are well considered, well organized, adherents to safe and sound practice, and in concert with U.S. embassy / military and Iraq government goals and objectives with respect to such operations.

10-15-2004, 07:30 PM
the name custer battles comes from the owners

________ custer and ______ battles (to clarify)

10-17-2004, 03:15 PM
I decided to pass on the offer from CB after all the negative feedback that I've gotten about them. I did get an offer from Dyn that I took. Just waiting for the paper work to be done and I'm outta here.

Thanks guys for the info, I really appreciate it. anyone know where I can get a good plate carrier for a decent price?

Greg Walker
10-18-2004, 10:55 AM
I did three tours of Iraq as contractor - one with the military during the war -

My last tour I went with Tactical Tailor's new plate carrier with specific equipment attachments (pistol holster, radio holder, accessory pouches, M16 mag pouches).

The carrier was designed by 19th GRP special forces operator then in Afghanistan. It is very comfortable for desert environment (heat), and for wear in convoy escort / PSD applications (driving / providing mobile protection).

I had mine cut roughly 1/2" larger both front and back so I could wrap my hard plates with soft plate armor (to pick up spaulding more efficiently) and it worked just fine. I wore this rig daily for nearly six months this last go-around - of the previous rigs I've carried - and the previous two were excellent in design and manufacture - the Tactical Tailor rig was the best.

Recommend you call TT at their store in Tacoma, Washington, and ask for their production manager or the owner - refer to the Afghan plate carrier (new product) and feel free to use me as reference - TT is great outfit in all respects.

DynCorps is good outfit with plenty of work - be safe and good fortune.

Greg Walker

10-19-2004, 12:06 AM
Greg Walker,

thanks for the info. I'm going to go to their lakewood store tomorrow and pick up the gear I'm looking for. Another buddy of mine working for Dyn in Afghanistan turned me on to them as well.


Greg Walker
10-19-2004, 03:58 PM
Jay - good choice - be safe - G