Posted on Mar 6, 2016
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Maybe I don't understand the two badges properly. But why do I never see them worn by pilots?
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I was hoping another AVN WO would chime in, but I guess I can. The FOD reason is definitely the top reason aviators don't wear the pin on wings. Some don't wear sew on since we turn flight suits back in. However, personally, if you are an aviator in an aviation unit, everyone is an aviator. I've been told by senior enlisted folks that badges are meant to be a morale boost for enlisted folks. I've always noticed those with jump wings, assault wings, CABs, aviation wings all stacked up felt an overwhelming need to wear their resume. Pilots really don't need to wear their resume. They just walk up to the aircraft, get in, and fly away. That's all the resume one really needs.
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CPL Joseph Elinger
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CW4 Juan Morales
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Served in Artillery, & Mechanized Infantry units.
I TOTALLY understand.
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CPL Joseph Elinger
CPL Joseph Elinger
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CW3 (Join to see) Your teamstes matter & so does the mission.
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CPL Joseph Elinger
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CW2 Fred Baker We wore Nomex in our Tracked Vehicles
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CW2 Jalistair B
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True, but if you remember back to the old ABDU days pilots did wear their resume. We stopped because the badges were no longer sew ons.
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CW2 UH-60M Pilot
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ASU's though, your going see it. They make sure of that. Especially them Apache' aviators. ;D
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Michael Lapp
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CPT Carlos Santillan - Haha Thats Funny
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SGT Debra Jahnel
SGT Debra Jahnel
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My roomies & I couldn't tell if the guys in the Apache (hovering outside our barracks windows at Ft Campbell one morning in 1983) were wearing theirs or not - we didn't even have our glasses on yet! ROFLMFAO!
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SPC Frank Rolon
SPC Frank Rolon
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Never saw any Apaches in Campbell back in 83, only Cobras
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SGT Bud Mullins
SGT Bud Mullins
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In the early 60's I attended Load Master School but never received any crediatability for the school even though I later had to load the C130's with all our equipment. Later in Civilian life I became a pilot and flew many years for the CAP.
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SFC Senior Small Group Leader (Ssgl)
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They wear they aviator badge unless its not seen on. Then they remove the pinned badge while around the aircraft due it being a FOD hazard
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MSG Loren Tomblin
MSG Loren Tomblin
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I suppose all that is for safety reasons. Losses clips can sink ships. I was always pissed because I could not smoke a cigarette when were got on the Hueys for an assualt. Everyone has a story to tell. lol
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CW2 Jalistair B
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No, most pilots don't wear badges even when not on the flight line. When the sew on badges disappeared with the ABDU pilots stopped wearing them.
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CW2 Jalistair B
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CPT John Scott - Ah yes! The flight suit is long gone for the army. When I first started flying in 2001 you could use either a flight suit or the ABDU. If you used the flight suit we all had that same name patch. For the ABDU you would sew your name, army, rank, and badges onto the uniform. Once that went away the ACU and subsequent issues simply had a velcro name, rank, and army tab for the uniform. If you used badges you had to use the plastic pin on badges. Almost nobody would use those and for those who did you had to remove them before flight.
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SSgt Robert Jarvis
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SPC Cesar Freytes - My son was a Cav Scout. They wore their Stetson's at every event (not in the field). I don't know of any Cavalry Commander that would prohibit the wearing of a Stetson. They even wore them at the ceremony when the entire unit deployed.
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