"AKA KOA" SP 17
"To give back to the Recon community in an homage to Magpul’s history, we designed the AKA KOA line of apparel. AKA KOA is the nickname given to Alpha Company 3rd Recon Bn (USMC Hawaii) by its Commanding Officer, Kent Bradford, in the late 1980s. Loosely translated, it means “Shadow Warrior” in Hawaiian. While it was intended to symbolize the military capability of the unit, it fast became the call sign for Alpha Company’s other skill set, making the most of the Hawaiian island lifestyle during the off hours"
AKA KOA was the brainchild of Richard Fitzpatrick, the founder of Magpul and former Recon Marine. Noelle worked directly with Richard to create three items that best represented his time in this Specialty Marine unit. A portion of the proceeds from this collection when to the USMC Reconnaissance Foundation., which provides assistance to active and retired Reconnaissance Marines in need and their families.
Photographs by Jake Blick