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Old 06-07-2024, 09:22 PM
 
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Old 06-08-2024, 04:14 AM
 
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I flew a desk for several years, so I don't like to talk about admin awards. I do agree with the prior poster though, I love that my college degrees were funded by the government
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Old 06-08-2024, 04:50 PM
 
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I earned all my awards, but the DD-214 is the best.

However, I was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Michael (Aviation).

https://www.quad-a.org/Public/Awards...6-08fc5caddabc
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Old 06-08-2024, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I earned all my awards, but the DD-214 is the best.

However, I was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Michael (Aviation).

https://www.quad-a.org/Public/Awards...6-08fc5caddabc
and you earned your DD-214 too. Thanks for your service and grats on the award.
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Old 06-08-2024, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Southeast Michigan
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When I was stationed in Germany, early 90's, our battalion commander came to our shop and asked if I could make some pins for the weight machines at the rec center. He provided a sample. Basically, it was a 3/8" or 1/2" diameter pin that had a short 90 degree bend on the end. I made a dozen of them. I filed a flat on the side and stamped our company and unit into them. I wanted everyone who used them to know where they came from.

When he picked them up, he looked at them and I could tell that he wasn't happy with the markings on them. He didn't say anything to me about it, but it was obvious that he wasn't happy with it. He thanked me and left.

It wasn't an award, but I took pride in my work.

Hey Colonel Townsend! Suck it!
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Old 06-09-2024, 10:52 AM
 
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army air crewman badge
Same. Mine was awarded when you actually had to participate in aerial flight as a crew member. Now they give the award right out of AIT to any soldier who is in an aviation MOS whether they fly or not.
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Old 06-10-2024, 09:31 PM
 
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The MSM I received after staff duty in the Strategic Air Command Reconnaissance Center in the early 80s doing the staff work to make SR-71 and U-2 missions happen all around the world, sometimes on very short emergency notice or with very squirrelly planning. I loved that job. I actually left work some days saying to myself, "I love this sh*t!"

My director said it was the easiest dec he ever had to write.
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Old 06-14-2024, 02:48 PM
 
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Same. Mine was awarded when you actually had to participate in aerial flight as a crew member. Now they give the award right out of AIT to any soldier who is in an aviation MOS whether they fly or not.
How long ago was that? I graduated AIT in 1988 @ Ft. Rucker. If you are in an Aviation MOS, why not?
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Old 06-14-2024, 10:51 PM
 
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I got mine in 1971. Only when I actually flew as a crew member. I look at it like a CIB. You don’t get it unless you are in combat. They don’t hand those out to everyone after infantry training……….
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Old 06-19-2024, 05:07 PM
 
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How long ago was that? I graduated AIT in 1988 @ Ft. Rucker. If you are in an Aviation MOS, why not?
The award of wings to anyone in an aviation MOS was changed sometime in 2000. Prior to that you actually had to have flight hours. Giving the wings I earned to a flight operations specialist or an air traffic controller pretty much negates the meaning of earning wings. The Army should have come up with a new badge to be given to a soldier simply for graduating from AIT. As it is now, the wings have the same status as a KP button.
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