ID the symbol on this painted ACH

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    ID the symbol on this painted ACH

    Post by airborne1968 on Sat May 25, 2013 6:16 pm

    Does anyone know which unit used this helmet? I picked it up near Bragg but the seller had no info on it.

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    Re: ID the symbol on this painted ACH

    Post by Mercenary25 on Sat May 25, 2013 7:16 pm

    Nice salty lid!
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    Re: ID the symbol on this painted ACH

    Post by Darktrooper on Sat May 25, 2013 9:26 pm

    Its the Greek Letter Lambda, lower case.


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    Re: ID the symbol on this painted ACH

    Post by airborne1968 on Sun May 26, 2013 5:47 pm

    Darktrooper, Thanaks for the lead. I did some research and found the elements of the Greek language referred to as the Bactrian language and used by the Kushans. It is an Iranic language spoken in what is now Afghanistan.

    The territorial expansion of the Kushans helped propagate Bactrian to Northern India and parts of Central Asia. Sites at which Bactrian language inscriptions have been found are (in North-South order) Afrasiab in Uzbekistan, Kara-Tepe, Airtam, Delbarjin, Balkh, Kunduz, Baglan, Ratabak/Surkh Kotal, Oruzgan, Kabul, Dasht-e Navur, Ghazni, Jagatu in Afghanistan, as well as Islamabad, Shatial Bridge and Tochi Valley in Pakistan.[u]

    Note the underlined places are in the North central and central parts of AFG. Some of these provinces are in RC East, Capital, and South where the majority of US troops serve. This still doesn't help me out but the helmet could be ANA military and possibly a SOF element because it is an ACH vs PASGT or Indian PASGT which are issued to the majority of the ANA.

    Still researching...
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    Re: ID the symbol on this painted ACH

    Post by warloch on Sun May 26, 2013 9:30 pm

    Or the guy liked the lambda because of the reference to spartans. Or perhaps he was a fan of half-life 2. heh heh.
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    Re: ID the symbol on this painted ACH

    Post by airborne1968 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:09 am

    I brought the helmet to a 20th Group guy who confirmed the type of helmet and the symbol were used by Village Stability Coodination Cell (VSCC)- East and North personnel in Afghanistan.  He is more than certain it belonged to and SF dude because the symbol (associates to the Spartan / warrior) and set up is similar to the way his unit set them up during their time in AFG 2009 -2011. 

    Now to find a picture of the symbol in a wartime photo.

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