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#1 DaddyDog

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 02:53 PM

A few years ago I purchased a large quantity (truckload) of desert combat uniforms and other surplus.  

I began looking at the uniforms just now and found a common jacket that I believe belonged to US Ambassador Martin L. Cheshes.  

Looks like it was never worn and the laundry tag was probably placed there after name tapes were sewn on.

 

I guess somehow this ended up in DRMO along with uniforms of soldiers at the time.  I had no clue what "POLAD" meant so I looked it up HERE

 

Martin L. Cheshes (1939–)

Career Foreign Service Officer
State of Residence: Georgia
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Djibouti)
Appointed: November 22, 1993
Presentation of Credentials: January 19, 1994
Termination of Mission: Left post on July 30, 1996

 

 

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#2 riflegreen297

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 04:17 PM

POLADs are senior State Department officers (flag-rank equivalent) detailed as personal advisors to leading U.S. military leaders/commanders to provide policy support regarding the diplomatic and political aspects of the commanders' military responsibilities.


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#3 manayunkman

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 07:28 PM

That’s incredible!

Great needle in a haystack find.

#4 Ewart

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:20 PM

Wish I had a truckload of DCU's to sift through. 

 

Though really you don't want this DCU and you want to send it to the other side of the pond don't you?

 

Cracking piece, thanks for sharing. 



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:50 AM

To clarify, POLAD is the acronym for “Political Advisor”. Fairly rare as described by others - in major commands, there is usually only one POLAD.

#6 Brian Keith

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 06:11 PM

Great piece! I wonder what would have happened if Patton had had a POLAD in his office. OH, never mind, Patton would probably have shot him.

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