Guardsmen Wear @nd Marine Division Patch

January 8th, 2006  

Topic: Guardsmen Wear 2nd Marine Division Patch

""Because they served with the Marines, the local troops now wear the 2nd Marine Division patch on the right sleeves of their uniforms."
(from the link above)0

Guardsmen return from Iraq Unit mourns Tull's loss By BILL SHEA Messenger Staff Writer STORM LAKE - Some military families received their greatest gift of the holiday season Friday night when six Iowa Army National Guard soldiers returned home from Iraq.

The troops from Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery arrived back in Storm Lake almost exactly a year after a departure ceremony launched them on their mission. They arrived at the local airport aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. A little over an hour later, they marched into the high school gymnasium and received a thunderous standing ovation. "I must say it's pretty cool to be back in Iowa," said Capt. Andy Russell, of Spencer, who led the detachment.

The joyous return ceremony was tempered by the fact that one soldier who left with the unit didn't come home alive. Sgt. Greg Tull, 20, of Pocahontas, was killed Nov. 25 when an improvised explosive device blew up next to the Humvee he was in during a mission near Hit, Iraq. Tull was buried Dec. 3 in Indian Mound Cemetery near Humboldt. As the troops stood in formation in the gym, a chair bearing a photo of the late soldier and a folded American flag filled the spot where Tull would have been. "Greg Tull put himself on the line hundreds of times," Russell said. "Greg Tull was a great soldier." "He was a big guy with a big smile and a big heart," the captain added....."
January 20th, 2006  
Hmmmm, there must've been a waiver to allow them to wear it, given that the 1st Marine Division patch was authorized (in some cases). Right from the current Army regs (which, admittedly, might be dated as they are from 03 FEB 2005):

Originally Posted by AR 670-1, Chapter 28, Section 17b(14)
Operation Iraqi Freedom: from 19 March 2003 to a date to be determined, for soldiers assigned to units participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soldiers must have been deployed in the CENTCOM area of operations, or participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom while deployed in Turkey, Israel, and Aegis cruisers. Soldiers who served with the 1st Marine Division from 19 March 2003 to 21 April 2003 during combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom are authorized to wear the 1st Marine Division shoulder sleeve insignia as their SSI-FWTS (Shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service). Soldiers who were deployed in the area of operations on training exercises or in support of operations other than Iraqi Freedom are not authorized the SSI-FWTS, unless those exercises or operations became combat or support missions to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
January 23rd, 2006  
January 26th, 2006  

Topic: 2MarDiv insignia

Here is the 2ns MARDIV Insignia. Sorry I do not know how to make it show without attaching it.

Mod edit: Here you go.