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Someone handed me a stack of Third Army patches today. These are the patches I'll be sewing on the right sleeve of my uniforms -- my combat patch.

I remember when I first enlisted. Guys with combat patches were thin on the ground. If they had one, they were generally old, grizzled veterans of Vietnam, or in a couple of cases, Korea. Then came Panama, and Haiti, Somalia and the Balkans, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Now, you're pretty much a n00b if you aren't wearing a combat patch.

And yet I keep thinking about those vets I knew, and their patches, and now, I'm sort of joining their ranks. It's kinda cool.

i feel: pleased pleased

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calijirl5150 From: calijirl5150 Date: December 10th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'll be sure to add you to our family's nightly prayers.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 10th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You go, girl! I got to Panama two weeks too late for a combat patch, and when Gulf War I premiered, I was still in Panama, and considered "forward deployed". Had to watch it on TV. Poo.

I really would have given up the beaches and the Strac Club for a combat patch, seriously!

Hooah! (As we know, it's one syllable in the Army. Only jarheads say "hoo-rah".)
tinocherubini From: tinocherubini Date: December 10th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Congratulations and remain safe and well!

My dad has the honor of wearing a patch on his right sleeve (8th Armored Division - yes he's really old LOL) and has the wreath around the rifle on his pin.

Thank you.
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