The Story of Gear Up


Gear Up's Start

Gear Up Surplus has been a staple in Brevard Country for 10 years now. Founded by Lela Smien Hatoum, a Killeen, Texas native who is the granddaughter of a World War I Veteran and daughter of a World War II veteran. Gear Up was able to get it’s start thanks to Charley Smien (Lela’s father) who successfully owned and operated several military surplus stores in the Fort Hood area.

In addition to operating several surplus stores, Charley was also a staple in his community. He developed relationships with his customers and gave back as much as possible. His legacy continues to live on through Gear Up Surplus and his values remain ingrained.

New Beginnings

In December 2018, Gear Up was taken over by Amer Hatoum, son of Lela and grandson of Charley. Since that time, Gear Up has grown in a variety of markets, completely rebranded and has dug their roots even deeper in both the local community and the military surplus, tactical gear and survival market. Gear Up continues to grow with their online presence shipping all over the USA and hopes for store expansion. 

Mural Paying Tribute

In 2020, Gear Up added a beautiful new mural on their newly painted building. A mural that pays tribute to our armed forces, first responders and local community. The mural has become a new staple and stopping point for visitors who pose for selfies and pictures with the beautiful design. 


Since Gear Up’s beginnings, we have catered to both active and retired military servicemen with an array of military issued and replicated products. In addition, Gear Up has a strong relationship with local law enforcement, Security Guards, JROTC, Sea Cadets, Fire and EMT.

Products within the store also cater to Air Soft/Paintball, Survivalist, Boy Scouts, Campers, Hunters, Tactical Gear enthusiasts and many more people from various walks of life. Although a military surplus store at its core, Gear Up has grown and expanded into the tactical and survival/outdoor market in order to serve a variety of niches online and in store.


That growth has now been extended to the web, where customers can support a small business at their convenience, with online ordering. As a thank you for the support, customers are now offered the ability to sign up for the brand-new loyalty program in the store. This program accumulates points for every dollar spent and provides customers coupons and discounts for their loyalty.

Thank You for the continued support of a small local business!


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Lela and Charley

Charley, Wife Eva and President George W. Bush

Charley in Front of One of His Surplus Stores


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