Right Arm Patch

by Kelly from the Path on December 24, 2010

In the Army, we wear different patches and ribbons to denote certain experiences, accomplishments or achievements earned through service. On the left sleeve, we all wear the “Unit patch” of where we are currently assigned. (The more correct term is “Shoulder Sleeve Insignia”, which, because we love acronyms, becomes the “SSI”). The right SSI is reserved for recognition of past service deployed in a combat zone. If you don’t have a right arm patch, you haven’t deployed to a combat zone. If you’ve deployed to several, you can alternate wear of any you are entitled to, but only wear one at a time..

Because I am currently delpoyed in a combat zone, I am wearing the same patch on both arms.

Here is what my patch was designed to signify:

Symbolism: The star represents a vision of unity for the seven peoples of Iraq (Sunni, Shia, Kurd, Turkoman, Assyrian, Yazidi, Armenian),leading to a more secure, prosperous and free future for Iraqis. The crossed scimitars of the insignia recall the partnership between Multinational Forces and Iraqi Security Forces essential to bringing a democratic way of life to Iraq. The palm fronds symbolize peace and prosperity for a new nation. The colossal statue of the Mesopotamian human-headed winged bull recalls the rich heritage of Iraq and underscores strength and protection for the people of Iraq.

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