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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:24 pm

    It isn't every day that I get to add something obscure to the collection, but today two items arrived that I consider to be in that category.


    I'm sure some of you saw these for sale on Ebay. I was the only bidder on both items and I think that may have been because people didn't know what they were


    From what I understand, the toy Afghan Commando soldier and the stocking cap/toboggan were items that were given out to civilians by the Afghan Commando AIDO (Afghan Information Dissemination Operations) as a way to ingratiate themselves into the hearts of the local populace. It was a type of "hearts and minds" campaign.


    From what I understand, the toy soldier was given out to children in order to promote a positive image of the Afghan Commandos to them. The soldier has a large Afghan Commando patch on the left sleeve, a Commando knife on the belt, and an M4 carbine (somewhat stylized). It is also wearing the maroon beret of the Commandos. I have seen one other of the Afghan Commando toys and it was at Ft. Bragg and was not for sale at the time.

    The stocking cap/toboggan has direct embroidery on it and has the station number of the local AIDO run Commando Radio in Kabul.


    Here is an article about the Commando Radio:
    Link:    https://www.dvidshub.net/news/55842/promoting-truth-with-commando-radio

     Here is an article about the Afghan Commando AIDO program:
    Link:     https://www.dvidshub.net/news/56006/aido-commandos-ready-inform-afghan-populace


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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:26 pm

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    Photo By Master Sgt. Gloria Wilson | Two U.S. Army soldiers move antennas during the move of Camp Morehead's Commando radio station to its new facility Aug. 31. In addition to a physical move, the radio station installed new equipment that increased coverage in Kabul from 25 percent to 100 percent. The expansion of coverage allows the radio station to reach more people with music, Commando updates, and important news.
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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:27 pm

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    CAMP MOREHEAD, AFGHANISTAN
    08.31.2010
    Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson
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    A U.S. Army Special Operations soldier confirms that Kabul's Commando Radio is broadcasting off the right frequency, 95.1 FM, at Camp Morehead Aug. 31. The radio station, which has taken steps to increase popularity, listenership, and effectiveness, is an important asset for disseminating information to Afghan people.
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    Post by Zeked on Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:34 am

    Well Arch if it is unique it seems to find you! I had not heard of these so thanks for giving us the back
    story. Will accent your display nicely!
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    Post by Bagman6 on Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:13 pm

    I don't know man, that uniform looks like a put together!! Very Happy Very Happy


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    Post by Nkomo on Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:49 pm

    Zeked wrote:Well Arch if it is unique it seems to find you!  I had not heard of these so thanks for giving us the back
    story.  Will accent your display nicely!  

    Thank you kindly, sir.
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    Post by Nkomo on Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:50 pm

    Bagman6 wrote:I don't know man, that uniform looks like a put together!!  Very Happy Very Happy

    I know what you are saying. That Commando patch is awfully small. Very Happy
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    Post by Zeked on Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:00 pm

    You know what tops it off though is the knit watch cap with Commando on it and the FM dial location!
    The more I think about it the more it makes me smile. Seriously they got hats made with their radio
    station logo on it as swag to give away; that is so American.
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    Post by Bagman6 on Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:13 am

    Zeked wrote:You know what tops it off though is the knit watch cap with Commando on it and the FM dial location!  
    The more I think about it the more it makes me smile.  Seriously they got hats made with their radio
    station logo on it as swag to give away; that is so American.  

    You know I'll bet they had to be the 5th caller or name the members of Led Zeppelin or something like that.


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