Security in Muqdadiyah

Murdoc’s been away from civilization (meaning places with broadband internet access) all day. But here’s a picture to calm you all down a bit:

U.S. Army Sgt. Kenny Alicea, left, and Pvt. 1st Class Baker Hunter, both from Charlie Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, provide security during an operation in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, Nov. 19, 2006. Soldiers from the 6-9 Cavalry have partnered with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Iraqi Army Brigade to defeat insurgent groups operating in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Lawree R. Washington Jr.) (Released)

Does anyone notice anything a bit unusual about the soldier on the left?


  1. You mean besides the 1st Marine Division combat patch? Not terribly common, but not at all unknown. I’ve known two Army officers who came to the Army after being in the Marines, one in Force Recon. They both came to the Army because they wanted to be Green Berets. I’ve also known soldiers who went from the Marines to the Army for the simple reason that they didn’t like sea duty.

  2. Hmm there was an argument years ago about that. Reference the ribbon authorized for Marines serving combat tours. Last time I paid attention to it the wearing of a Marine patch was verboten but the ribbon was allowed for class A wear. Of course it’s been just a few years :)

  3. The FN M-249 SAW gunner seems to be sporting the same patch on his right arm, although it’s barely visible in the enlarged pic.

  4. The 1st Marine Division combat patch was what I was getting at. I know it’s not earth-shaking. But you don’t often see it, that’s for sure. I had already chosen to post the picture when I noticed it, so it gave me a bit of a ‘hey, look at that’ moment. And, to JD’s remarks, I had heard about the flap but wasn’t sure what the correct ruling on it was. It’s still discussed, as far as I can tell, thought I imagine that there is an ‘official’ answer to the issue.

  5. Yeah… just finished reading Mobile Guerrila Force – which is about a Green Beret operation in Vietnam. A few of those guys were prior Marines and Navy.

  6. The Marines don’t authorize wear of the combat patch. The Army has no such restrictions. So an Marine who serves in combat, then leaves the Marines and joins the Army, is authorized to wear the patch of the Marine unit he served with in combat. This would also, technically, apply to Navy and USAF personnel, as well.

  7. I notice the soldier on the right doesn’t seem to like the elbow pad in its normal location at the moment. Perhaps it keeps him from elevating the barrel high enough, or it’s uncomfortable when rested on.

  8. Unfortunately, the Air Force doesn’t allow it’s troops, who’ve served with Army units, to keep wearing the combat patch once they’ve left the AOR and returned stateside. It’s one of the AFs dumber ideas.

  9. Um…actually, army personnel that have served ‘in theatre’ for the proper amount of time, and were attached to a marine unit are eligible to wear that unit’s patch as a ‘combat patch’. I know of at least 20 soldiers here at my unit that received the authorization to wear that same patch after having been ‘attached’ to a marine unit.

  10. The SGT on the left fought with the Marines in Fallujah during OIF II while assigned to First Cav. They are authorized to wear the patch and not uncommon.