What kills me is that one time, I walked into a clothing sales store on an Army post in 1998 and they had all the Army astronaut wing types for sale on the insignia board. I think they were about $8 or 9 bucks each.
Still kicking myself for not buying at least one of each.
That, and being able to buy MoH ribbons at a clothing sales store at Benning way back in the day and not doing so, those are my two biggest, "why didn't I?" moments at clothing sales...
If you want to get an insight on how these were awarded, read Mike Mullane's book, "Riding Rockets" where he went to the Pentagon with a fellow shuttle crewmate from the Navy to each get their wings. Mullane had been a USAF F-4 back seater type.
So, the Navy astronaut got his first, with a reception filled with pomp and circumstance that only the Navy can do.
Then, they go to some USAF general. Mullane wrote that he was treated like he was intruding on the general's time. It was downright embarrassing compared to what the group had just seen from the Navy side. Mullane's wife was yelling the halls how screwed up the USAF was and the Navy folks with him just kept silent in stunned amazement at how the USAF didn't seem to put any importance on awarding the rarest wings they have.
Edited by willysmb44, 18 February 2015 - 03:37 PM.