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    Post by MyZone Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:39 pm

    An active duty 82nd Airborne guy I know brought this back last year. He would not sell it, but let me take pictures of the uniform.

    Any input or info is welcome....

    Thought I would share,
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    Post by HoovieDude Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:53 am

    To think I had a whole conex full of these at one time! And it isn't an Airborne shirt really. Never figured out why, but a good majority of the MOI and MOD forces utilize the wings. All of my guys did, and I can guarantee that they weren't Airborne Very Happy
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    Post by MyZone Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:48 pm

    Good to know when he tries to sell it to me again....Thanks
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    Post by HoovieDude Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:59 pm

    No problem. I will dig up some pics to show you in a bit.
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    Post by HoovieDude Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:16 pm

    Here are a few samples of them being worn. These were all MOI folks. Some wore the stylized version as you can see in the first photo..

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    Post by Mercenary25 Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:57 pm

    Cool photos, hooviedude!
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    Post by zvez Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:13 pm

    Yep, it seems like any iraq soldier certainly from pics, wore the jump wings and special forces patch regardless of specialist qualification.

    Hooviedude, the patch on the pic of the soldier in woodland, he's wearing the "lion brigade" patch, it's a parachute, lion's head and iraq flag on each side where wings would be. I've never heard of a designation for the unit but think they were in 8th Iraq Div. Do you have a unit designation for them?


    Their's a similar version with a wolf's head.

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    Post by John Brown Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:29 pm

    zvez wrote:Yep, it seems like any iraq soldier certainly from pics, wore the jump wings and special forces patch regardless of specialist qualification.
    Do you think that's akin to the U.S. Army making the black beret army-wide issue, so that everybody could feel "special"?
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    Post by zvez Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:38 pm

    I think, as someone mentioned in another thread. When starting a new army from the ground up, giving out highly regarded or "impressive" looking insignia is a cheap way to build esprit de corps. This is exactly what transpired when the soviet union broke up and myriads of units were created, often by unit members.

    The wings and the birdhead patch are a holdover and virtually identical to the ones worn in the Hussein regime. Also, it's my understanding these patches can be picked up at the tailor shops so the troops can "tart up" the uniform a bit. I suspect it's getting more controlled now tho, as newer photos show pretty standardized insignia, but they still seem to use lots of the "novelty" patches (like swat, and para)

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    Post by HoovieDude Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:22 pm

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    Hooviedude, the patch on the pic of the soldier in woodland, he's wearing the "lion brigade" patch, it's a parachute, lion's head and iraq flag on each side where wings would be. I've never heard of a designation for the unit but think they were in 8th Iraq Div. Do you have a unit designation for them?


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    Zvez, not too sure about IA. These guys were the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade of the 1st Special Police Commando Division in Baghdad at the time. They used the Lions Head insignia then, but the organization as a whole is now known as the National Police. Also worked with the 3rd BN in Samarra, but cannot recall what insignia they might have used. Will have to look at more of my pics. I have a couple of the patches at the house for the 1st BN.
    In the last Pic, the guy in the MARPAT looking uniform is from last year, and he was a member of the MOI Security Command.
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    Post by zvez Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:24 am

    Exc Hoovie,
    Thanks for the info.
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    Hooviedude, the patch on the pic of the soldier in woodland, he's wearing the "lion brigade" patch, it's a parachute, lion's head and iraq flag on each side where wings would be. I've never heard of a designation for the unit but think they were in 8th Iraq Div. Do you have a unit designation for them?


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    Zvez, not too sure about IA. These guys were the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade of the 1st Special Police Commando Division in Baghdad at the time. They used the Lions Head insignia then, but the organization as a whole is now known as the National Police. Also worked with the 3rd BN in Samarra, but cannot recall what insignia they might have used. Will have to look at more of my pics. I have a couple of the patches at the house for the 1st BN.
    In the last Pic, the guy in the MARPAT looking uniform is from last year, and he was a member of the MOI Security Command.
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