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True Grit – An Interview with Tim “Nailer” Foley of AZBR

OCTOBER 7 2014 SASABE ARIZONA- Nailer stands the morning after an operation at his campsite.

There are giants among us. Men and women of true grit that put themselves before those that would seek to do our country harm, like a shield wall. Much like the reluctant anti-heroes in the pages of a Louis L’Amour saga, they do so at great sacrifice to their personal lives. Tim “Nailer” Foley, of the Arizona Border Recon is just one of those giants. In my own personal journey to help restore our great republic I have met the full spectrum of folks. From those that look to tear down and cause strife among the movement to those that talk a great game but never really engage. Then there are those that have done so much that I feel compelled to step up my own game so that I can count myself amongst these doers. It has always been a personal philosophy of mine to try and surround myself with excellence, that I may rise to the level of those around me. There was an axiom that we used all the time while training MMA at the fight gym, “Steel sharpens steel.” When I look for the men and women that would sharpen my own steel I look for people like Tim.

The story of Tim’s stand starts out back before the 2008 crash when he was building high rises. He was the man that the architects handed blueprints to. Running crews of 150 workers, he was living the American Dream. Then the crash of ’08 hit. Like so many other Americans, the floor fell out from under him. He went from making $85,000 a year to collecting $12,000 a year from unemployment. Wherever he searched for work, everywhere he searched for work, he was met with the new economic reality rearing its ugly head. The only work to be found was elusive, at best, paying $10 to $12 an hour, and it was never anything permanent. The more he looked into the situation the more he found the jobs he and other unemployed citizens were looking for had already been taken by illegal aliens who were willing to work for much less. The job market had been saturated.

After this realization, he decided to head down to the border himself to try and take some direct action to help stop this situation. At first, he literally lived out of his truck, locking himself in at night and not getting out no matter what he heard. During the day, he attempted to scout out the paths that the coyotes and smugglers were using. After some time he heard about a group of people with similar interests that gathered nearby. Together, they rented the only house in the area with a roof that wasn’t leaking, however, within 6 months he was the only one left. This is not an easy way of life. It takes grit. On his own, he decided to stay the course and continue alone.

Tim has a military background, having served with the 82nd Airborne as a combat engineer. The vast majority of the skill sets that are needed in this operation, he had to learn on his own. He tells folks that come to volunteer for these operations that it’s great if they have previous military experience, but that they will need to forget what they have been taught and be ready to learn anew as this operation is totally different. He has over 75 cartel scout locations GPS’d and at any given time they have four scouts watching Tim’s residence so they can better coordinate avoiding the AZBR patrols. It is a continually evolving game of cat and mouse. Those that may be interested in participating need to be willing and able to learn any new skill sets on the fly. He is always evolving his tactics. Tim tells me about one of the his favorite, newer tactics to keep their actions hidden from the scouts, a rolling dump, as he calls it. He starts with a truck of patrol members that drive into a cartel scout’s blind spot, while there, the members jump out of the vehicle as the driver continues on as if moving to a different location. This is but one way they can slip the scout’s surveillance.

One of their primary goals is to go after cartel scouts because if you can take them out, then the cartels will be running blind for awhile. Tim calls the scouts “Drug Traffic Control, sitting up high.” The mountains surrounding the this border area range from 4,600 to 5,600 ft., and the scouts prefer these vantage points that give them 200+ square mile view allowing them to see anyone coming into the area for an hour before they get there. Couple this with how border patrol works on shifts and you can see just what an advantage this can be for the cartels.

According to the mainstream media and our federal government, there is nothing to worry about at our southern border, that everything is well in hand. Unfortunately, the average American buys into this lie. The ugly truth is that things are so much worse than we can imagine. In border town after border town the cartels have put the question, “Plata o plomo?”, “Silver or lead?”, of the local government and law enforcement. It seems that the vast majority on the American side are answering silver. We are seeing a epidemic of mayors and sheriffs being busted for narco drug trafficking and money laundering.

I will be writing more on this subject as I continue with a series of articles and videos focusing on our border crisis. In this interview, we go into much more, discussing how people can give their support to the Arizona Border Recon, and how they can apply to be a part of an operation. I run into good people all the time that would like to be a part of an operation where they can make a difference. I would encourage you all to look into supporting the Arizona Border Recon and doing your part to walk tall, and find your own grit!

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Jason Van Tatenhove


Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.



  1. Tim is a great man, And I would be willing to join up, but I live in northern Cal (100 miles south of Oregon but I have been going down to Jacumba hot springs and there is only 16 members staged there.

    1. 1st Cav, I would strongly recommend that you make contact with Tim. He relayed to me that he often has many others that participate in various operations that also come from all over California. Maybe you could connect with them and go together. I know that they have some upcoming operations that will be pretty important. You never know you might be able to really help them out.



      1. hey tim im 80 years old spent 4 years in navy 55to59 I can t stand what is going on in 1959 I married a Nazi german girl. god, the stories I was told obummer
        is another hitler young kids today say they heard of ww11 god , no wonder this sicko is getting away with all he is anyway , if I can help thru sending e-mails or something im here for ya’ll

        god bless AMERICA

    2. You must be near me somewhere. I just signed up and am excited for the first mission. We should hook up and carpool.

  2. I would like to learn how to start a group to watch the NY/Canada border too. Some of it is bordered by private land and we know illegals are entering from there too. Many of them are middle eastern males who may be part of a larger threat.

    1. I would suggest you might start by setting a CPT team and make the border watch a part of that. The reason being that there are lots of existing information and others that are a part of the CPT initiative that can help guide you in the set up process. Where as there is not really any information on setting up a border patrol group. You may also try emailing Nailer directly. He mentioned in the interview that he tries to respond to every communication he gets with in a day or two. He may be able to help you formulate some plans.


    2. I wish you great success in forming an effective group….
      as a 71 year young grandmother, Idon’t think I’d fit! LOL

  3. Having been part of the Minuteman Project in April 2005 in AZ and October 2005 in TX, I believe what this man is doing is a thankless and dangerous job, one that our gov should be doing (isnt and hasnt), that said, it was then that I realized we had been sold out, even after Sept 11th 2001, nothing from our fearless sellouts, Godspeed Mr Foley and be safe!

    1. Hello Daniel, I too was part of the MMCD, doing recon nationwide, and much in Maryland. Former U.S.M.C.. Can’t handle the high temps anymore, but would like to give Tim Foley a big pat on the back for his Cartel Land movie role, and hope to converse with him at some point, but am sure he’s up to his ears with this shit. At least we have Trump now.

  4. If Tim could email me with needs, financially,. I am disabled and certainly not able to do much physically but would like to do my part.

    1. Let’s here it! I’m in Az and I see first hand the great things he does. This guy is a straight shooter and one of the good guys.

      1. Dave, I have too. This guy is all about personal agenda and donations. You might want to check out the Stolen Valor sites also. He and his buddy, Blaine Cooper (whose Facebook profile pic shows him as part of the AZB, are discussed in depth there. Stewart is familiar with Blaine Cooper from Bundy Ranch. The ‘real’ border operators think this guy is a joke.They work for a living to finance their own ops and do not spend most their time seeking personal recognition. He may have had good intentions initially (or maybe not but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt) but lost sight of the mission when he started making it about HIM and not the issue. Those of us that have been deeply involved & active on the border for 10+ years have seen guys like him come and go, leaving the rest of us to clean up the messes & negative publicity they leave in their wake…..Chris Simcox, Jim Gilcrist, Robert “Lil Dog” Crooks et al. All I’m saying is the author should have done some research and vetted him prior to wrapping him in undeserved credibility. He’s gotten alot of mileage out of the platform he got from OK. I hate to see folks send scarce resources to someone that uses a critical issue to support themselves by using it to solicit donations. The “Silent Professionals” won’t seek personal recognition or ask for donations. They just DO IT. People here are smart enough to do their own research and make up their own minds about him, don’t rely on my comments.

  5. Tell “Nailer” I’d like to help him in his surveillance of the border. I can bring whatever supplies of food & water he might need. I also have a weapon & ammo if needed. Does he have a refrigerator? If he does, I can bring beverages & food to keep cold if needed.
    Jason, I can help Nailer. Give him my message.
    Semper Fi, marineseabee

  6. Has anyone ever tried their application process . I get warnings everytime I’ve tried that their site is trying to steal my info.. plus I’ve never gotten a response to the emails I’ve sent them…just a bit concerned

  7. We spend as much money or more on transportation and entertainment for Obama as we do on Border Agents. If we are going to have so many illegal aliens being hired by illegal employers, perhaps we should end the unemployment it causes by putting armed guards every 500 yards on the Border 24/7. That turns out to be about 28,000 new jobs to cover 1951 miles of Border.

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