Nothing new. I was with the 7th ARCOM in Germany and most of our units wore active duty patches because that was where our jobs were. A unit I was with did the G2/3 Ops for V Corps Rear CP, the 280th Support Center(ROC). We had other units who worked for 1ID, 173rd, 30th Med, out at Graff in the school house, The transportation BN(can't remember which one), we had an intel group who worked with those in Europe. Was a good deal, but not new. I joined in '93 and they were doing it then. The best part was we went to the field a lot and most of the time the Active Duty soldiers didn't know we were Reserve because we were there all the time. I remember many times the surprised looks I got when I said I was Reserve. Also because of what we did we worked together more and better so was better prepared to deploy together.
Leave it to the Army to make something old new again. I'm thankful with the ongoing operational pace we've been under that active army stoped looking down their nose as much as they used to at the Guard and Reserve. Thanks for your post SGM Mikel Dawson!
When I was in Iraq with the Idaho Army National Guard the 116th Cavalry Brigade relieve the 25th ID. we stayed there for 10 months and then the hundred first Airborne relieved us in kirkuk Iraq. This was in 2004 - 2005
I had a great one in 2005. 2/11 ACR deployed under the 155 SAB, a national guard brigade, my company, a guard infantry company, was put under 2/11. They swapped us for a tank company. The tank company was active and under a guard battalion.