I deployed with II MEF, Feb. '05 to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
My good friend, Peter Menzies, has been in the sock business for over 60 yrs. Before deploying, Peter gave me 8 pairs of socks.
Although the socks felt great, the extreme heat and other elements resulted in foot problems such as blisters and hot spots. I emailed Peter with these problems and asked him if it was possible to develop a better sock for a specific climate.
Within a month Peter had shipped me a new sock called the "Sand" boot sock. This sock was awesome! It worked so well that I emailed him back and asked if I could get more to hand out to other Marines. The result was Marines ordering more of these socks directly from Peter.
Upon returning from Iraq, Peter and I created a company called "Covert Threads." Our mission was to develop a line of socks along with other improved garments for the Marine, or anyone looking for comfortable yet rugged socks that stand up to the rigors of harsh climates and conditions.
"A Sock for every clime and every place!"
We are even taking this to the next level and making improved products to outfit the USA's Finest. Keep in touch for continual updates.
Sgt. Russ Meade