Posted on Aug 27, 2018
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A soldier I have that served in my unit during the period of July 2016 to Feb 2017 in Operation Spartan Shield as a subsection to Operation Enduring Freedom. He wants to know if he's authorized to wear the deployment patch for being place in Camp Buehring for his time there. He was authorized his Overseas ribbon, Both GWOT's as well.
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Kuwait is not considered a "combat zone" i served their in 2015 to 2016 and it was a misconception that we could wear deployment patches after 30 days but Buehring, Ali Al-Salem and AJ wasn't considered combat rotations. Now if you had a follow on mission somewhere like say Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq then yes have orders to those locations and subsequently go there in access of 30 days,
then yes.
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Diane Stephenson
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You need to do your homework because it is a combat zone and anyone there gets combat pay like my family member is getting right now today. The IRS even lists it as a combat zone and you do not even have to file taxes on your pay while your there. The Army lists it as A Combat Zone or you could not get combat pay and they clearly do. As of right now today Kuwait is a real true Combat Zone
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SGT S3 Operations Nco
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You are 100% wrong.....Kuwait is NOT listed as a Combat Zone. We get Hazard Pay for MANY assignments, none of which are Combat Zones. And I am 99% sure Kuwait is not tax free as well.
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SGT S3 Operations Nco
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I take back the 100% wrong part. It is indeed listed on the IRS website as a Combat Zone, but the IRS does not designate what the DOD sanctions as a Combat Zone. the IRS does not however list Kuwait as having a Combat Zone tax exclusion.
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SPC Chris Ison
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Shoulder sleeve insignia–former wartime service
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General.
Authorization to wear a SSI indicating former wartime service (FWTS) (SSI–FWTS) applies only to Soldiers who are/were assigned to U.S. Army units that meet the following criteria in subparagraph (1), below:
(1) The following criteria are required for wear of the SSI–FWTS:
(a) The Secretary of the Army or higher must declare the theater or area of operation as a hostile environment to
which the unit is assigned or Congress must pass a Declaration of War.
(b) The units must have actively participated in or supported ground combat operations against hostile0 forces in which they were exposed to the threat of enemy action or fire, either directly or indirectly.
(c) The military operation normally must have lasted for a period of 30 days or longer. An exception may be made when U.S. Army forces are engaged with a hostile force for a shorter period of time, when they meet all other criteria, and a recommendation from the general or flag officer in command is forwarded to the Chief of Staff, Army.
(d) The Chief of Staff, Army must approve the authorization for
wearing the SSI –FWTS.

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Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF): between 11 September 2001 and 31 December 2014, both dates inclusive, for Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Between 9 January 2002 and 31 December 2014, both dates inclusive, for those Soldiers deployed to the Philippines, in support of OEF, who received combat zone tax exclusion and hostile fire/IDP. Between 31 July 2002 and 31 December 2014, both dates inclusive, for
Soldiers deployed to the CENTCOM area of operations in support of OEF who received combat zone tax exclusion and hostile fire/IDP as identified by CENTCOM Command Center–Joint Staff for Personnel and Administration. Between 1January 2008 and 31 December 2014, both dates inclusive, for Soldiers deployed to Djibouti in support of OEF who received combat zone tax exclusion and hostile fire/IDP as identified by Africa Command (AFRICOM) Command Center–Joint Staff for Personnel and Administration. Soldiers who were deployed in the area of operations on training exercises or in support of operations other than OEF are not authorized the SSI–FWTS, unless those exercises or operations became combat or support missions to OEF.

So no, SSI-FWTS ended for OEF in 2014.
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MSG Greg Kelly
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If you have orders sending you to Kuwait and Buerhing was your duty station then you are authorized to wear a deployment patch. Check with the unit would be the best way to find out. If your still not sure look at an LES see if you received hazardous duty pay. Cannot believe Buerhing was there in 17 I went through there on my to Iraq in 05. Feel so old.
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SGT Dismount Team Leader
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Wasn't more of a duty station rather than a "rotation" for 9 months. Shows on the ERB.
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SSG Public Affairs Broadcast Journalist
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Verbal vote down. See SSG above.
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MSG Greg Kelly
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SGT (Join to see) - Like I said you have to check it out. Things change all the time what one person experienced may not be the same now. At one time I know places like Kuwait, and Qatar were getting deployment patches. I may have changed it may not I don't know. And if you don't get the so what bank the cash there will be more deployments. Or if you really want a patch volunteer for a deployment. But remember when you retire or get out all those awards, combat patches, CIB, EIB still will not buy you a cup of coffee trust me. Good Luck
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LTC Program Manager
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In Kuwait now, patches stopped in 2014. No patch unless you head north.
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