Combat patch ceremony honors ‘Tropic Lightning’

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Jeffrey Watts (left), HHC, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, receives his combat patch from his company commander, Capt. Ericka Mier, during 3rd BSTB’s combat patch ceremony at FOB Finley Shields, Afghanistan, May 27. (Courtesy Photo)

Pfc. Jeffrey Watts (left), HHC, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, receives his combat patch from his company commander, Capt. Ericka Mier, during 3rd BSTB’s combat patch ceremony at FOB Finley Shields, Afghanistan, May 27. (Courtesy Photo)

1st Lt. Denise J. Quigley
3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A combat patch ceremony honored “Tropic Lightning” forces at Forward Operating Base Finley Shields, here, May 27.

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, “Task Force Bronco,” 25th Infantry Division, received and donned combat patches on the right sleeves of their uniforms.

The significance of the combat patch isn’t about adding another piece of cloth to a uniform, but honors warriors who have answered the call of service to the U.S.

“Being able to wear a combat patch is the final touch confirming that I achieved what I set out to do,” said 1st Lt. Blake Dunn, Company A, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT. “I have planned, trained and prepared to defend my country, but being able to wear the combat patch means that I am defending my country.”

The 25th ID patch has been worn since the division fought in World War II; its lineage includes Tropic Lightning combat veterans from the Korean War, the Vietnam War and operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

“I feel a lot of pride in earning my first combat patch, not just any combat patch, but that of the 25th ID,” said Sgt. Ketsarin Panuvong, engagement noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT. “The cultural heritage that ties into the history of Hawaii, even in the shape of the patch being a taro leaf, really shows the true diversity of our great country.”

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