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  1. My bad! Helmet image was displayed under "CHP helmets". Highway patrol helmets are Blue/Gold. Never watched "CHiPs" BEAR
  2. That is bigger than the Airborne Department Oval.
  3. Medics in an Infantry Battalion wear the same uniform as the Grunts. If they worked in a hospital or a medical clinic then they would wear the whites. My guess would be that this spec 5 works with food service. Since food service personnel must be covered when working in the mess hall then it would make sense that they would be provided with head gear that identifies them as belonging to this battalion mess. The colors of this hat are the same as the colors of the 325th oval and flash.
  4. I guess my vague memory of seeing this insignia at Benning is just the disjointed ramblings of an old fool. So I posted an inquiry about this patch on two sites dedicated to former and current Blackhats (Airborne Instructors). I received 15 responses from former instructors going back to the 60s. NO ONE remembers seeing this patch. Most think it was created by a civilian company to be worn on off duty clothes but there were some guesses about what it could have been used for. One particular theory was very intriguing. All instructors assigned to Ft. Benning are required to go through the Tra
  5. I belong to a couple of facebook groups of old Blackhats. I posted the picture of the oval requesting any knowledge of this oval at Ft. Benning. We will see what they have to say. Wife is undergoing surgery tomorrow to remove her gall bladder so I will be busy next couple of days.
  6. Hi Patches, thanks for the PM. The Airborne Department didn't wear them, they wore the standard light blue oval with jump wings. I do remember seeing this patch on the light blue scarfs and on the side of helmet liners worn by some Infantry School Instructors but I can't say where they worked, it was a big brigade. I don't remember seeing it displayed on hats although they might have it on hats from an earlier time frame before they wore pin-on rank. Not knowing the size of the posted patch, I would hazard to guess that it was displayed on the hat and the wearer put his jump wings on the top
  7. Yes, they were in use before the MREs. My first MREs where in 1984 at Ft. Lewis WA. Before joining the Army I used to wilderness camp in the foothills of the Cascade mountains. I carried "MountainHouse" freeze dried meals for the weight convenience and ease of preparation. When I first ate the LRPs I instantly recognized the taste of the main meal as being a "Mountain House" product.
  8. When I was stationed at Ft. Richardson, AK in the very early 70s, we were issued the brown bag Long Range Patrol Rations as supplements to the standard C-rations. Soldiers would burn high amount of calories in the field in the winter time and C-rations alone would not provide sufficient calories. We would be issued 1 LRP for every 3 C-rations. If hot A's were provided in the field then LRPs would not be given. Each Platoon carried a case of LRPs in their Ahkio for emergencies. Sorry, don't remember the dates on the LRPs because we didn't look, just ate! BEAR
  9. The 101st was part of the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) as was the 82nd, 9th Inf, 24th Inf and a few others. These units were high priority for new gear including the K-Pots and M16A2s. These units had all the new equipment by 1985. I was in Alaska when we changed to the K-Pot in 1987. Keep in mind that combat units were top priority and support units within the same divisional unit were secondary so they may have changed over later. If you remember Grenada, the 82nd had K-Pots but the Rangers had steel M1s.
  10. My impression of your oval is light blue, also. The US Army Infantry school, Airborne Department wore light blue ovals and light blue flashes. This changed when the 507th Inf. became the Airborne Training Cadre in the mid 80s. Hope this helps. BEAR
  11. My impression of your oval is light blue, also. The US Army Infantry school, Airborne Department wore light blue ovals and light blue flashes. This changed when the 507th Inf. became the Airborne Training Cadre in the mid 80s. Hope this helps. BEAR
  12. Since I didn't ID myself I'll now include a picture from almost 20 years later when I was an ROTC instructor. Can you find me?
  13. Yep, we were young and soldiers once! Hmmmmm, sounds like a book I once read. My basic training picture.
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