May 04, 2004

Ribbons, Military, Mine

Rob posted the medals he was awarded while in the Navy, and Wind Rider put up his collection as well. Here are my modest awards, plus a couple of other bits that I'm proud of.

(in the extended entry)

My ribbons, from top left to bottom right: AF Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF Organizational Excellence Award, AF Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, AF Overseas Long Tour Award, AF Longevity Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, AF Training Ribbon.

Check out Wind Rider's post here for an excellent explanation of most of these. I'm not positive that these are entirely up to date.

The first of the Humanitarian Service Medals was recieved for helping out during spring flooding of the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota in the late 1970's. Base personnel pitched in and helped sandbag levees. For an idea of how bad the flooding could be, most of downtown Grand Forks wound up underwater about 10 years ago after the spring thaw.

The second Humanitarian Service Medal (designated by the oak leaf) was awarded for assistance provided immediately following the Flugtag Airshow Disaster.

The Marksman Ribbon was for shooting expert with the M16, the oak leaf was for shooting expert with the .38 revolver. I also qualified with the M60 machine gun and the M203 grenade launcher. Loved every second of it.

The following picture is a closeup of my Security Police badge.

Here is my SP badge flanked by my beret crest (USAF SP's wear a dark blue beret) on the left, and an old-style Strategic Air Command (SAC) fatigue uniform patch on the right. The patch is from the days before everything went camouflage ('subdued' in military-speak).

Finally, a picture of the two other major units I was attached to. On the left is another uniform patch, this time the subdued version of the AF Communications Command. Almost all USAF computer types are part of AFCC. The other, smaller badge, is for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which was my last assignment before getting out. DLA is a joint service command, meaning that all branches of the service have people assigned there.

Posted by Ted at May 4, 2004 12:41 AM | TrackBack

Too bad we couldn't get additional clusters for the marksmanship ribbon. I had the same four qualifications! (That 860 shotgun thing made my bicep black & blue for a month, though!)

Posted by: Tuning Spork at May 4, 2004 02:01 AM

Ah, Grand Forks and the Old SAC crest. Here is a man that knows the answer to the age old question -

How many rivets ARE visible on a B-52!

(For National Security Reasons, don't answer that one, Ted)

Posted by: Wind Rider at May 4, 2004 06:55 AM

Too funny, my husband is at DLA right now.

Posted by: Blogeline at May 4, 2004 09:03 AM

nice. i was in AFCC before it was a major command. back then it was called Air Force Communications Service (AFCS), and we joked that it stood for Alcohol First, Communications Second.

Posted by: chris hall at May 4, 2004 09:55 AM
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