Pfc. Jordan H. James, Military Police, 268th Military Police Company from Ripley, Tenn., proudly receives his first combat patch at the 112th Military Police Battalion Combat Patch Ceremony Nov. 12,
2011. Photo by Army Spc. Michele Holcomb
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait (12/30/2011) - The Army Combat Patch is just
one of the things a soldier looks forward to when deploying overseas
for the first time. Wearing a combat patch symbolizes a sense of
pride for soldiers in the 112th Military Police Battalion.
The 112th Military Police Battalion from Canton, Miss., held a
Combat Patch Ceremony for all soldiers who were awarded their first
combat patch Nov. 12.
The history of the combat patch dates
back to the end of World War II, when the wear of the unit patch on
the right shoulder was approved to denote service in combat with
that unit. The combat patch does not only signify serving with a
specific unit during combat, but it symbolizes two things: the
forever connection to the past and the visible statement of shared
commitment, value, pride and hardship.
Although some may view
receiving a Combat Patch as monotonous, others feel it is a big
accomplishment for a soldier in the Army National Guard. “I would
liken it to a military rite of passage for these soldiers,” said
Staff Sgt. Todd Rich, administrative non-commissioned officer for
the 268th Military Police Company from Ripley, Tennessee.
The 268th Military Police Company greatly shares a sense of
pride in their soldiers receiving their first combat patch
because the last time this happened as a unit was in 1990
during Operation Desert Storm.
First Sgt. Keith Luntz
of the 268th Military Police Company said, “When a soldier
earns the right to wear the patch of the unit in which he or
she served in a combat theater, a certain sense of pride and
accomplishment is felt. The soldier, forever linked to his
or her comrades-in-arms, is indelibly changed.“
Army Combat Patch is something as soldiers we anticipate
during an overseas deployment. As we receive our first
combat patch, we accomplish an exceptional feat. Not only as
National guardsmen but as United States Army soldiers.
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By Army Spc. Michele Holcomb
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
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