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    Post by Mercenary25 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:11 pm

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    U.S. Special Forces soldiers, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, prepare to enter and clear a room while conducting a close-quarter battle drill at a shoot house, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2014. USSF use these drills to maintain and improve skills during joint operations with Afghan forces. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez/Released)

    I have never seen this type of patch before. Shape and tabs are same but interior design is slightly different. Any idea?
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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:41 pm

    Never seen it either, Merc. However, I'm sure it will show up on Ebay in the next few days or weeks.
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    Post by msmith275 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:29 pm

    It looks like it says "Instructor" to me. That makes sense given the evolution of the ANA Commando mission over time. Man, would love to get one of those as I'm really interested in the ANA CDO insignia worn by US SOF. I have gotten a bunch of the different variants now, but have never come across this one. The number 2 man also looks like he's got an interesting patch on his helmet.
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    Post by Mercenary25 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:01 pm

    I haven't been able to find it anywhere. The number 2 guy is wearing "Don't tread on me" morale patch made by Milspec Monkey.
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    Post by msmith275 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:14 pm

    Ah so. Well, that CDO Instructor is going on the BOLO list! I'll send out a capture/kill tasking on it. It's got to be at Camp Morehead but I have got a lot of stuff from there, including pictures of the insides of sew shop, and have never seen it. I will report any success. Thanks.
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    Post by Mercenary25 on Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:35 pm

    I finally found a newest version of Commando patch as shown in photos above.

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    Post by aussie digger on Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:30 am

    Nice addition mate! Am yet to track down this version myself.
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    Post by Plunket75 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:03 pm

    Great thread guys, don't know why I just found it.  Here are some of my Afghan Commando patches I recently picked up.

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    And here is just one of the patch shops I've been buying them from...

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    Post by Mercenary25 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:23 pm

    Those are some sexy variety! Thanks for sharing.
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    Post by aussie digger on Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:02 pm

    Nice additions there!
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    Post by Plunket75 on Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:53 pm

    Here's two more I picked up today...

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    and the display cabinet I got them from...

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    Post by hardflip on Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:14 pm

    Recent additions, one missing though.

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    Post by Nkomo on Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:38 pm

    Here is a used Afghan Commando patch from a MARSOC patch grouping.  You see plenty of new Afghan Commando patches for sale, but used ones don't pop up as often.

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    Post by airborne1968 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:54 pm

    You said it! Used Commando patches are a rare bird. I think I've only found 2 or 3 myself. Tom
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    Post by Nkomo on Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:33 pm

    airborne1968 wrote:You said it! Used Commando patches are a rare bird. I think I've only found 2 or 3 myself. Tom
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    Thanks for the comment. I wonder why used patches are so hard to find? Any idea?
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    Post by Grey Marine82 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:21 pm

    Very nice! Thank you for sharing!
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    Post by airborne1968 on Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:52 am

    I'm thinking so few (this is the key part of it "FEW") were used by American's that most remained in the original owners hands. Being Velcro they just moved it to the next uniform. The Afghan owned patches weren't given up either. The nice new ones are all sew shop purchases. Also, keep in mind the patch didn't come out until around 2007 and was only used by the Afghan's for the first few years so that narrows the window of use even more. Also, the local markets (not the sew shops) were banned from reselling ANA patches ( along with uniforms, boots, and gear) sometime in 2010 which prevented a lot of used patches from entering the collector market. A lot of my used patches came from market vendors who would get them from ANA members because I asked for them and they had to "smuggle" them in to BAF. Tom
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    Post by Nkomo on Sat Nov 01, 2014 6:51 pm

    Grey Marine82 wrote:Very nice! Thank you for sharing!
    Thank you kindly, sir!
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    Post by Nkomo on Sat Nov 01, 2014 6:53 pm

    airborne1968 wrote:I'm thinking so few (this is the key part of it "FEW") were used by American's that most remained in the original owners hands. Being Velcro they just moved it to the next uniform.  The Afghan owned  patches weren't given up either.  The nice new ones are all sew shop purchases.  Also, keep in mind the patch didn't come out until around 2007 and was only used by the Afghan's for the first few years so that narrows the window of use even more. Also, the local markets (not the sew shops) were banned from reselling ANA patches ( along with uniforms, boots, and gear) sometime in 2010 which prevented a lot of used patches from entering the collector market.  A lot of my used patches came from market vendors who would get them from ANA members because I asked for them and they had to "smuggle" them in to BAF.  Tom
    Great information and great explanation. Thanks, Tom.
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    Post by msmith275 on Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:02 pm

    Hi, I was going to post these on my "Afghan Made SOF Patches" thread, but they seem a lot more appropriate to post here. Some great patches and reference photos you guys have posted here!  Great work!

    These are all from the Kabul area - the ones with the gray "loop" velcro rectangles are from Camp Morehead at the commando training base.  I like the one piece versus two piece variants - the different colored borders or letters on the patches.  All are velcro backed except the one piece at the bottom left of the first photo.  

    I choose to include these in my USSOF collection just because there is such complete documentation of the guys wearing all of these.  Our SOF community has a long history of that all the way back to WW2.

    As mentioned earlier in the thread, A.I.D.O. is Afghan Information Dissemination Operations. It starts with a month-long information operations course for commandos at Morehead.

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    Again, the same one piece versus two piece variants - but what I think is neat here is the smaller sized versions along the bottom row. According to a source at Camp Morehead, these are to bring the big patches down more to the typical SSI size of US patches.  

    I put the APU (Afghan Partnering Unit) here as well, but I plan on posting several APU patches as a group later. APU is their Tier 1 SMU.

    Also I love the Ranger variant without the SF tab.  No doubt a 75th RRgt NCO got stuck there as an LNO and said "This is B.S.! We need a Ranger patch!"

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    Post by hardflip on Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:24 am

    Got the last of the three, thanks G!

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    Post by msmith275 on Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:41 am

    hardflip wrote:Got the last of the three, thanks G!

    Very nice!!!! If anyone has any more of this version (Red Patch/Red Tabs) I would be interested in trading as I do not have that variant.

    Good post! Thanks,

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    Post by Zeked on Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:29 am

    Crazy number of variations for all patches in GWOT; a guy could spend a lifetime collecting patches from this war and never get them all. Thanks for sharing!
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    Post by airborne1968 on Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:21 am

    Posted this in another section as well but yesterday I picked these two patches up.  The AIDO tab is connected to the commando patch (all one piece).  They walked into my honey hole and are from a local "trash collector" who brings in mil items he finds around town which the vets (or their family members) throw out. The owner called me about them and I bought them. I don't need two so I'll be listing to trade one for the two different psyop horse patches. Tom

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    Post by aussie digger on Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:52 pm

    Some great additions there! I love the miniature versions!
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    Post by msmith275 on Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:54 pm

    aussie digger wrote:Some great additions there! I love the miniature versions!

    From what I've seen, the minis seem most prevalent on ball caps and helmets, although there are a couple examples I've seen on the chest.
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    Post by aussie digger on Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:58 pm

    Yeah definetly most common on headgear though I remember seeing some on a black jacket and worn on the Velcro on mag pouches. You truly have some great patches there!
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    Post by kriegsmodell on Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:17 pm


    Nice collection Mark!


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    Post by msmith275 on Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:14 pm

    Some recent arrivals!

    Interesting in that these are smaller than I've seen before.  The larger is 80mm, the smaller is only 70mm.

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    Post by Nkomo on Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:23 pm

    Another picture from the collection. MARSOC used Afghan Commando patch.

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