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  1. I am in no way an expert but the whole jacket looks very disjointed to me. Someone who pays money (it's not a lot, but it's money) to have an insignia embroidered strikes me as someone who is very meticulous about his appearance. So the embroidered wings on the wrong side seem a little bit inconsistent with the sloppiness with which the US Air Force tape is sewn on - notice that it angles up from the pocket in contrast to the other examples shown, which are sharply aligned with the pocket. The USAF tape appears to be sewn on with khaki colored thread, as is the rank insignia on
  2. I'm pretty sure the CIB is never authorized on USAF uniforms. AFAIK some Army badges are authorized on USAF uniforms but I don't think the CIB is one of them. The direct-embroidered Senior Parachutist badge on the wrong side is problematic but I notice that both the CIB and the USAF tape are sewed on in a very sloppy fashion. Now, having said all that, have I seen non-regulation stuff in the field? Sure, enough that I wouldn't necessarily say that is 100% put together. I mean, the "farther you are from the flagpole" - that is, the further you are away from a garr
  3. Yes, I'm pretty sure that was his jeep. I see the name of a PFC on the windshield but no other names, so I'm guessing the name on the windshield was the name of the driver.
  4. Thought I'd share another item from my father's military service. This is the disc that was carried on Border Patrol jeeps when Dad was in the 11th ACR from 1960 - 63. It was given to my dad as a going away gift when he left Germany. What's cool about this is that I also have a picture of my Dad with the disc. See the attached photo, taken at the Rhornbach border camp some time in 1960 or 61. Unfortuntately there's not enough detail in the photo to know if this is the same disc but from the irregular shapes of
  5. Curious if anyone has advice on how to protect/preserve an old guidon (for those not familiar with the term, a guidon is a flag that designates a company-sized unit.) The guidon in question belonged to my father, who passed away in March. It was his old Troop (what they call a company-sized unit in the Cavalry) from 1960. I believe it was given to my dad around 1961 and was probably framed in 1963 when he returned from Germany. He was in G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, based in Landshut, Germany. Here are some photos of the guidon. As you can
  6. 6 color DBDU was commonly issued to troops deploying to the MFO (Multinational Force Observer) duty in the Sinai Peninsula going all the way back to the early 1980's (( think the first rotation was in 81.) The reason they aren't commonly seen is because they were always "organizational issue" items that were issued to troops just before they deployed and had to be turned in as soon as the units returned from OCONUS. So you rarely (if ever) saw them in garrison.
  7. I would say from my cursory view that the proportions of that jacket just look off to me. The upper pockets look way too small and/or the gap between the bottom of the upper pockets and top of the lower pockets is too large. I wore a medium-long too and mine don't look like that.
  8. So I have a question about ERDL: As I understand it, the pattern itself goes back to the end of WWII, but when did it first appear on issued uniforms? Everything I'm seeing seems to be ~1967 or so. Is that right? Or were there ERDL uniforms issued before that?
  9. They need to make the headgear the soft pleated garrison cap (WWII and post WWII style), not the stiff "conehead" cap of the Army Green uniform. Not only does it look better, it's cheaper and easier for soldiers to take care of.
  10. The local tailor shops "in theater" sold all manner of patches: Reversed patches, customized patches, even "parody patches." I'll dig out mine - they took the logo of my brigade (115th Field Artillery) which is the Wyoming "cowboy" image (cowboy riding a bucking horse - also seen on Wyoming's highway signs, university, etc) and replaced the horse with a camel.
  11. Not sure, we were in Kuwait the whole time so the only things we had to fight were the heat, the dust and boredom.
  12. 81st BCT (WAARNG) was deployed the same time I was in Kuwait. We actually had about a dozen 81st BCT guys attached to my unit (HHB 115th FA Bde, WYARNG.) We were there basically all of 2004, arrived in late January and redeployed to CONUS in mid December of '04. This included the first big "surge" when the 1st Armored division troops were pulled out of Iraq and then within a few weeks they were ordered back. Some of them had made it all the way back to Germany when they were notified that they were returning to the sandbox for another 3 months. Needless to say, th
  13. Having deployed to the sandbox a couple of times I'll hazard a guess as to what happened: 3rd ID at Fort Stewart, GA is one of the units that has had a "desert mission" since the end of the Gulf War (when it was the 24th Infantry division. 3rd ID in Germany was deactivated and then 24th ID was reflagged as 3rd ID.) In the mid-90's, "desert tan" nametags were not widely available so the regulation at that time stated that soldiers would wear the green subdued nametags and US army tapes on the DCU. Units that deployed to the Middle East all the time (CENTCOM units and some SF uni
  14. I concur with Rakkasan. Unlike WWII when uniforms were often turned in, repaired and then reissued to another GI, in the modern military it's rare that BDU uniforms would be reissued. So most likely the "ghost" patches you see are patches that this aviator had when he was in a previous unit. Depending on one's MOS (Military Occupational Specialy - IOW their "job" in the military) uniforms can last for 6 months or 6 years. My job (intel analyst) had me working in an office in garrison but in the field I was often doing things like stringing concertina wire and camouflage netting
  15. AFAIK the Sapper tab is only available to soldiers who have a Combat Engineer MOS. Many aviation warrant officers are prior enlisted (in fact, I'd guess most are.) So likely this aviator was an enlisted combat engineer before he went to WOCS and flight school. I don't see how an aviator could (or would) earn a "sapper" tab as an aviator. Not sure when the Sapper tab was approved, but IIRC it was some time in the late 90's. It was in the early 2000's that Warrant officers started wearing the branch insignia of their actual branch (prior to that, all Warr
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