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This is my Class A uniform when I retired. Towards the end of my career, I couldnt even count the number of times I wore this on one finger... They've gotten away from inspections and such... When I was stationed at fort Carson from 99-04, we had weekly inspections whenever we weren't deployed. The three years I spent in Germany, I wore my class A uniform one time, between 04 to 07, and I didn't wear it at all between 07 and my retirement in 08. It's sad really, especially since they went to all the trouble to make soldiers look more corporate in their uniforms, only to not have them wear it hardly... just another cost the Soldier is forced to shoulder for nothing in my opinion.

 

Wayne

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Don't have many pictures from back in the day but here's a few.

 

My Ranger School Grad picture from December 1981.

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AT Section B Co. 2nd Ranger Battalion, summer 1983. Taken near Range 60 on Ft. Lewis. I'm on far left (just in the picture not politically!!!).

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Ranger Department Cadre during training mission in Bermuda 1988 or 1989.

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mach1derful
I got to keep mine, when I demobbed, CIF told me they didnt want it back, and my unit didnt want it because it wasnt on their books.

 

Not bad, not bad. Glad you got to keep it. Fort Benning CIF is run by some pretty picky civilians. Although MG Ferieter looked into the massive amounts of complaints leveled against them. He had two soldiers draw equipment, then had two different soldiers turn in the same equipment and the CIF personnel rejected a bunch of gear saying it was dirty, when in fact it was gear they didn't know they had JUST issued the same TA-50 the day before.

 

I gave or sold off all my uniforms. I'm sure I'll regret it later, but some soldiers from my platoon and friends needed acus and all more than I needed to stuff them in a bin in the attic. But I like some other members personal displays and Latewatches old school ranger pics!

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I got to keep mine, when I demobbed, CIF told me they didnt want it back, and my unit didnt want it because it wasnt on their books.

 

 

Yippers. Same when I retired. After bouncing back and forth between the unit and CIF , I finally said fuggit. If I am clear, give me my stamps and let me move on!! Which they did, and I did. With both ACH's :thumbsup: Also kept my GW1 kpot as I have shown, thanks to surplus stores!

 

Loving all the pics here btw. But I sometimes look at mine, and sigh.... what happened to that young and studly guy?? A far cry from the broke di*k, FOG I am becoming :crying:

 

mpguy, I think it is mandatory to have your pic taken under the Swords. I have yet to come aross anyone who was in or even near B'dad who HASN'T done so, lol.

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This is my Class A uniform when I retired. Towards the end of my career, I couldnt even count the number of times I wore this on one finger... They've gotten away from inspections and such... When I was stationed at fort Carson from 99-04, we had weekly inspections whenever we weren't deployed. The three years I spent in Germany, I wore my class A uniform one time, between 04 to 07, and I didn't wear it at all between 07 and my retirement in 08. It's sad really, especially since they went to all the trouble to make soldiers look more corporate in their uniforms, only to not have them wear it hardly... just another cost the Soldier is forced to shoulder for nothing in my opinion.

 

Wayne

 

 

Very nice! What years were you in?

 

-Ski

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Very nice! What years were you in?

 

-Ski

 

My Service spanned from 1980 to 1989 in the Ohio National Guard, and from 1989 to 2008 on Active Duty... You hit that reup point and you begin flipping coins... after awhile, you do it because you've been in too long to quit... but trying to get enough time to retire. I'm short a service stripe on the sleeve... and I'd never had to wear it at my last duty station so the patch doesn't represent my last duty station either. The IMCOM patch was from Germany (USAG Franconia and USAG Schweinfurt). My last duty station was Fort Hood with the 89th MP BDE.

 

I began my service with the OG-507s, was authorized to wear ERDLs during the transition to the BDUs, Spent annual training 1987 wearing OG-107s (they dropped off the authorized list in Oct of that year and that is the only uniform I dont have pics of me wearing!), I wore four different iterations of the BDUs from the original firetraps, elvis collars, and on into the no flap versions, Chocolate Chips and the follow on DCUs, and on into the ACU to finish up my career.

 

Wayne

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mpguy80/08
Yippers. Same when I retired. After bouncing back and forth between the unit and CIF , I finally said fuggit. If I am clear, give me my stamps and let me move on!! Which they did, and I did. With both ACH's :thumbsup: Also kept my GW1 kpot as I have shown, thanks to surplus stores!

 

Loving all the pics here btw. But I sometimes look at mine, and sigh.... what happened to that young and studly guy?? A far cry from the broke di*k, FOG I am becoming :crying:

 

mpguy, I think it is mandatory to have your pic taken under the Swords. I have yet to come aross anyone who was in or even near B'dad who HASN'T done so, lol.

 

Yeah... Everyone goes and takes pics under the swords... I REENLISTED there. This was duing OIF 1, August 23rd, 2003. After the reenlistment, two Kiowas hovered in and were taking pics of each other... I got a few as well... Amazing shots of the Kiowas framed by the swords...

 

Wayne

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Great stuff Wayne. I also did my Basic (D-7-1) at Ft. Benning in 1980.

 

 

Wow!! You were at Sodemy Church too!!! B-10-2 Vangaurd to Victory!!!!!!!

 

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Forward Area Support Team Bravo, 8th ID Division Support Command

 

Baumholder, Federal Republic of Germany, 1982

 

As one of our members referred to it, standard OG-107 "pickle suit" worn by me and a few thousand of my closest friends!

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Wow!! You were at Sodemy Church too!!! B-10-2 Vangaurd to Victory!!!!!!!

 

lol

 

Actually D-7-1 was in the Estate Section of Sand Hill ;). I didn't get to Harmony Church until Ranger School.

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Nice photo there Desk Sergeant! Remember me....Tanner from MPI? Didn't know you collected too! How's retirement? Where are you now? I went to Wiesbaden where I'm still working investigations... hit me up sometime!

My ACU jacket from my last year before retirement, and Early BDUs, Fort Knox, 1983. Note the M1 Pot and the M16A1...

 

Wayne

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pwmiraldi67
Actually D-7-1 was in the Estate Section of Sand Hill ;). I didn't get to Harmony Church until Ranger School.

 

Oh my bad, I thought sand Hilton didnt come around till 1985. Have you been back lately?? they tore it all down and moved alot of the original buildings and the church outside the grounds of the new museum, which is awsome!!!

:)

 

paul

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mpguy80/08
Nice photo there Desk Sergeant! Remember me....Tanner from MPI? Didn't know you collected too! How's retirement? Where are you now? I went to Wiesbaden where I'm still working investigations... hit me up sometime!

 

YES! I remember you!!! I retired back home to Cincinnati Ohio to help take care of my parents. Dad was really sick, and with my brothers scattered to the four winds, Mom really needed the help. I've collected since I was a kid, but lost most of my collection in one of my early moves in my career... I wound up getting into reenacting after I retired. I'm taking part in a big event for the troops this weekend in Middletown Ohio. I'll be setting up an 82nd Airborne display myself, but will be in charge of the reenactor area. Retirement is going well. Good to hear from you!

 

Wayne

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stingerwooten

Here are my uniforms that I've worn throughout the years;

 

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My Woodland camo BDU's. Notice the US Flag is under the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service (SSI-FWTS), per the old regulation.

 

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Modified DCU's. Note, these are the winter version, therefore the material is much heavier then the usual summer version. The collar is also bigger, and protects the neck better from the harmful effects of the sun. These DCU's have a bit of history, going way back to 1997 when I was issued them for a deployment with my Patriot battery to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I wore them once again, when I deployed to Iraq in 2004. While there, I had them modified. If you look closely, all the patches including; rank, nametape, US Army tape, SSI, SSI-FWTS, and the American flag are all attached by velcro. These were easily removable to make them 'sterile' when we went out on patrols. The sew-on Combat Action Badge was made 'in-country'.

 

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My last utility uniform (ACU's) that I wore before I was medically retired in 2006.

 

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My set of Dress Blues that I wear on special occasions. Note, these are the original style enlisted Blues not the current ASU.

 

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Pic of me in my old Class A's, taken way back in 1995 after I returned from a deployment in GTMO Bay, Cuba. Note, we still wore the Garrison Cap.

 

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My current VFW Blazer that I wear on occasion for military functions.

 

Hope you all enjoy!

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I don't have any pictures of me but how about my oldest son. Serving in Afghanistan. OK I know you all thinking whats an AirForce guy doing in ACUs. Supply line can't get Air Force clothing to him and he's a EWO assigned to the Army and they want him to blend in. Robert

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I don't have any pictures of me but how about my oldest son. Serving in Afghanistan. OK I know you all thinking whats an AirForce guy doing in ACUs. Supply line can't get Air Force clothing to him and he's a EWO assigned to the Army and they want him to blend in. Robert

 

 

Robert,

 

That's one for the books and a JPEG I'm going to save. USAF in Army ACU's? It will likely make a purists head spin 30 years from now :)

 

Best,

 

Pete

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Oh my bad, I thought sand Hilton didnt come around till 1985. Have you been back lately?? they tore it all down and moved alot of the original buildings and the church outside the grounds of the new museum, which is awsome!!!

:)

 

paul

 

I have been back to Benning each December for the last 5 years for the Ft Benning 3 Gun Challenge Match. The old Ranger School buildings are long gone but, the 5000 area where the Ranger Training Bde is currently located is right around the corner.

 

I agree that the new Infantry Museum is awesome. It's pretty wild to go to a museum and see things that belong to guys you actually know. Must be gettin' old.

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Sgt_Rock_EasyCo
B-8-1... Harmony Church... Down my CIF. Haven't been there for years. I went there for the Infantry Mortar Platoon Course (IMPC) back in 87 and ran into one of my old Drills... was a great experience.

 

Wayne

 

LOL, I did mine at B-8-2 in Harmony Church. My Brother came through while I was there and he was assigned to A-8-2 in the barracks right next to mine. I'll have to drag out my uniforms. I had to recreate them because they were so taken apart.

 

Boot Camp Picture 1982. Steel Pot, M16A1 and BDU's

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Pope AFB BDU TDY jump Hollywood Style

Experienced Trooper

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Cold War Soldier

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DutchInfid3l
Robert,

 

That's one for the books and a JPEG I'm going to save. USAF in Army ACU's? It will likely make a purists head spin 30 years from now :)

 

Best,

 

Pete

 

Happens quite often actually. Especially now with the Air Force airmen doing more In Lieu of taskings for the Army.

 

INDIVIDUALS AUTHORIZED: BATTLEFIELD AIRMEN (TACTICAL AIR CONTROL PARTY, COMBAT CONTROL TEAM, PARARESCUE, BATTLEFIELD WEATHER) AND AIR LIAISON OFFICERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE ACU WHEN DEPLOYED TO A CONTINGENCY THEATER WHILE OPERATING WITH, ATTACHED TO, OR IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF AN ARMY OR SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT WEARING THE ACU. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE ACU WHEN TRANSITING TO AND FROM THE DEPLOYED THEATER. AIR FORCE INDIVIDUALS ARE PROHIBITED FROM WEARING THE ACU AT HOME STATION OR DURING TRAINING/EXERCISES CONDUCTED OUTSIDE OF A CONTINGENCY THEATER.

 

WEAR POLICY: INDIVIDUALS WILL WEAR SUBDUED NAMETAPE / US AIR FORCE TAPES (FIVE INCHES IN LENGTH AND WORN IMMEDIATELY ABOVE AND PARALLEL WITH THE TOP OF THE SLANTED CHEST POCKET FLAPS), MODIFIED GORTEX JACKET RANK INSIGNIA (CENTERED ON THE FRONT HOOK AND LOOP-FACE PAD OF THE ACU COAT), OCCUPATIONAL / AERONAUTICAL BADGES, AND FLAG / SHOULDER-SLEEVE INSIGNIA (SAME METHODOLOGY AS THE DIRECT SUPPORT ARMY UNIT). ALL ITEMS WILL BE AFFIXED TO THE UNIFORM USING HOOK AND LOOP (VELCROED). INDIVIDUALS WILL WEAR TAN BOOTS AND T-SHIRTS. IN ADDITION TO THE KEVLAR HELMET AND APPROPRIATE BERET, INDIVIDUALS MAY ALSO WEAR THE SAME ACU PATROL CAP, ACU SUN HAT, OR MICRO BLACK FLEECE CAP AS THE ARMY UNIT THEY ARE IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF IS WEARING. FOR OUTER GARMENTS, INDIVIDUALS MAY WEAR PARKA, COLD WEATHER (GORTEX JACKET WITH ACU UNIVERSAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN), TROUSERS, COLD WEATHER (GORTEX WITH ACU UNIVERSAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN), AND APPROPRIATE BA ISSUED ACCESSORIES (E.G KNEE PADS, ELBOW PADS, ETC.). WHEN BODY ARMOR IS WORN OVER THE ACU, INDIVIDUALS WILL AFFIX NAMETAPE AND MODIFIED GORTEX JACKET RANK INSIGNIA USING HOOK AND LOOP.

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Okay, neat idea. I am taking it a step further with a family group photo.

I am the little dude left bottom in the stay-press fatigues. Desert BDU are my youngest son's(USMA '98), MP, Dep. PM at Camp Doha. Jungle BDUs are the oldest son(USMA '96), 1st SF, ACUs: psuedo daughter (USMA '01) MI, Afghanistan.

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I guess I'll have to drag out my uniforms so that there's a least some semblance of representation from the Navy.

 

Nice displays.

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Getting everything out was a pain in the arse but I did it.

 

Miscellaneous headgear, jump boots, leg boots, and stuff

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Inside of period helmet. We went to the Kevlar Brain Bucket but I turned mine in.

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Map of the Southern tip of Grenada. Long after we got there.000_1443.jpg

 

Jungle Fatigue

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Green Field Jacket M65

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Ok, I got some splaining to do. I thought that the Recondo Arrow was kinda dorky

so I thought a Recondo Tab would have been more motivating. I put this Jungle

Jacket together for laughs and grins but obviously never wore it as it was not close

to regulation. I got some ribbing for putting it together so I tucked it away in my

duffle bag as a novelty. I'd about guarantee that I'm the only jackass from the 82nd

Airborne of the time period with one of these. As dumb as I was, I think I ended up

being brilliant because it's one of a kind. Don't freak out about the Foreign Jump

Wings- Airborne Divisions often held foreign jump wings jumps. I jumped with the

Germans and British and we exchanged wings. It wasn't that big a deal unless you

got certain types of wings. Everyone and their momma went to Panama. Good

school but it was only super difficult if you were stationed there (I hear)

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Class A's have been put back together after disassemble over the years. I did two

stints before getting out. Most of the schools were "been there" schools which all

troops end up going to. The 82nd was one of the few that authorized the wear of

non DOD school patches, badges and such. They justified it as a motivating factor

for guys. To tell you the truth I would have traded all the non schools for the chance

to go to Ranger School but at the time they did not offer slots to Division personnel

unless you were PCS'ing to the school or had a legitimate reason for the school. In

the interim we went through the 18th Corps Recondo School, which wasn't easy

either but it was a pale version of the Ranger School.

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Some posters

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Here is my LAST UNIFORM SHIRT upon my RETIREMENT in 2001, with 23 years, 3 weeks, 9 days.

 

Man, "WHAT A RIDE" it was...

 

Thanks As Usual, :salute:

 

Adam

 

 

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Here is my LAST UNIFORM SHIRT upon my RETIREMENT in 2001, with 23 years, 3 weeks, 9 days.

 

Man, "WHAT A RIDE" it was...

 

Thanks As Usual, :salute:

 

Adam

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Fruit Salad. SSM, BSM, PHM etc.. Been there, done that!

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