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  1. I took quick look. The ones I was issued in Jan 2004 at Fort Bragg were dated 10-97. They still had the Panama sole like the jungle boots. I was issued another set in 2007 after the ACU UCP came out. They were dated Oct 2003 and had the vibram sole. They were all great boots by the way. I found them very comfortable.
  2. I have a brand new pair still in the original box. The box is stamped: CAGE 7A945 BOOT, HOT WEATHER TYPE II TAN, HOT, DRY DLA 100-91-C-4021 A 5/91 The boots inside are stamped 11/90. That cage code is for Altama Footwear. I bought them right after the Persian Gulf War which I wasn't mobilized for. I caught the next one in 2003 and got my desert boots issued that time.
  3. Another nice aspect of this uniform is that the 81st Armored Brigade no longer wears that patch. I'm pretty sure that the 2004 Iraq deployment is the first time that patch was worn in combat. They transitioned to a Stryker Brigade around 2015 and as part of the Associated Unit program they now wear the 2nd Infantry Division patch. All of the stateside 2nd Infantry Division brigades are actually subordinate to the 7th Infantry Division because the 2nd ID Hq is in South Korea.
  4. Our reversed 2nd ID patches weren't Iraqi made. The 3rd Brigade 2nd ID commander had them made in the states. They were very high quality. The 1st Cav patch on the uniform posted also looks American made to me. It's too nice for theatre made. After we received our reversed 2nd ID patches, the local shops started making them. Some were really bad but there were some pretty good quality patches for sale at the Mosul Airfield shop. When I asked where they were made they said "the Baghdad factory". I picked up quite a few from there. The early deployments to Iraq were really interesting f
  5. The combat patch is definitely from being attached or OPCON to the 1st Cav. The 81st had a theatre security mission and various elements were sent to different locations. Your Soldier was probably assigned to the 1st Bn 161st Infantry that was attached to the 1st Cav in Baghdad. It was not uncommon in OIF II to see reversed combat patches. When we got ours from the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd infantry Division the Indian head was reversed so it faced forward when worn on the right shoulder. None of the reversed patches were officially approved by the Army. Ours didn't last beyond our dem
  6. I'm fairly certain (99 %) that the wear out date for the khakis was 30 September 1985 along with the OG 107 and permanent press uniforms.
  7. I served in Mosul Iraq in 2004. The only Soldier I saw wearing the CCU who was not part of 3-2 SBCT was BG Carter Ham. He is in the photo posted above right above Rumsfeld. He's wearing a First Corps patch with a Ranger tab over it. First Corps supplied the troops for Task Force Olympia that was the HQ for northern Iraq. This photo was taken right before the 11th ACR replaced Task Force Olympia. He retired a four star general and I found him to be a good, common sense leader.
  8. The issued poncho liner were not treated with any chemicals so they are safe to use. They are a great piece of gear.
  9. Looks fine to me. I was in Iraq in 2004 and spent a month at Fort Bragg to get our DCU's and other gear before we shipped to Iraq. That looks typical of any uniform sewn at one of the many sew shops off base. The color of the thread and the color of the embroidery on the name tape and U.S. Army tape are identical to mine. The combat patch and CIB would most likely have been added overseas but every big base and even some smaller ones had sew shops. A good way to be sure is to turn the shirt inside out and view the areas where items are sewn on the uniform. If they have been on there for
  10. Just a few thoughts. Many are looking to the jump back in Vietnam in 1967 for the combat jump wings which is very unlikely for someone wearing a DCU. However we had several Soldiers in my unit in Iraq that jumped in Panama with the 82nd in 1989. A senior NCO would have served in many units by the time they hit E9. Just because they jumped with the 82nd doesn't mean they have to wear that as their combat patch. In Iraq, at that time, most units were having a combat patch ceremony at around the 90 day mark of a deployment. At that point you could wear the combat patch of the unit you were
  11. Here's one. Not a dress uniform but I have one I've never been able to solve. I have a model 42 paratrooper jacket from WW II. I've had it for about 30 years. In the pocket was a hand written 3x5 index card saying: 507 P.D. Garcia PFC D-Day Holland Bastogne The laundry stamp is: G 1370. I don't know what the P.D. (or it could be O) means. I assume they meant 507th Parachute Infantry regiment. I've tried to figure this one out before with no luck. The jacket was well worn with a 17th Airborne patch on the left shoulder. The 507th was assigned to the 82nd until a
  12. Interesting. I did a three week rotation at the NTC at Fort Irwin Ca. in July of 1991. While there, I noticed a number of the Soldiers stationed there wearing rip stop six color DCUs. I asked them about it and they said they were issued different types of experimental uniforms in an effort too find a lighter weight desert uniform. I'm fairly certain they looked identical to what you have posted here. Thanks for posting these.
  13. This is a horrible idea and a terrible waste of money. The ASU was introduced in 2008. It took over seven years to get one to every Soldier. The wear out date for the Army Green service uniform was just three years ago in 2015 now they want to change it .....again. When I enlisted we had the Army Green uniform. Then in 1993 they changed the color to a slightly different shade of green (AG344 to AG489) and placed pleats on the shirt pockets. So everyone had to go out and buy a new uniform. You couldn't even tell the difference between the two unless you saw the old and new green next t
  14. My brother went through USMC boot camp at Parris Island SC from August-Dec 1977. He was issued two green dominant slant pocket uniforms and two what he called "green sateen" OG 107 uniforms. I don't remember seeing any of the Marines in his company wearing the brown dominant ones. Once he was assigned to his unit I saw Marines wearing a mixture of green dominant, brown dominant, RDF pattern, slant pocket, straight pockets, etc. Including wearing jackets of one pattern and trousers of another. Like others, I have also seen quite a few sets with mixed patterns on the same jacket or trousers
  15. sigsaye is correct. I have an as new 1966 dated pair of black leather combat boots and the laces are the "skinny" braided nylon.
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