2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
oldiers of 4th Infantry Division held a combat patch ceremony at Patrol Base Mahawil in the Babil Province.
The Troop C, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers deployed to Iraq in September, however, the ceremony was delayed until they fell under their current unit: the 172nd BCT, based out of Schweinfurt, Germany.
“The combat patch symbolizes the brotherhood of veterans. Our Soldiers will wear it and know that they’ve been tested and know what they’ve accomplished. I’m glad they can wear them and be proud of what they’ve done,” said 1st Lt. James Guglielmi, platoon leader, Troop C, 1-10 Cav. Regt. He comes from Tampa, Fla., and this is his first deployment and combat patch.
“It gives esprit de corps and pride to me now that I have my combat patch. This patch allows me to show others that I’ve done something I am proud of: I’ve deployed, and I’ve been to Iraq,” said Pfc. Charles Ford, cavalry scout, Troop C, 1-10 Cav. Regt.
Ford, a history buff, said he feels like he is a part of the heritage of deployed veterans, honoring those who fought for America throughout the country’s history.
The patch also reminds him that the American military could not accomplish their missions without all the supporters back home.
“We’re supporting them as just as they’re supporting us. We really appreciate all the positive encouragement,” said Ford, who comes from Portland, Ore.
Even those who already wore a combat patch said that receiving a patch with this unit means a great deal to them, as individuals and as a team.
“The combat patch is a symbol of their commitment to their fellow Soldiers, unit and country and for their honorable service in a combat theater,” said 1st Sgt. Robert Ferguson, Troop C, 1-10 Cav. Regt.
“They’re the hardest working group of guys I’ve ever worked with,” said Ferguson, who comes from Roanoke, Va. “They’re definitely “Steadfast and Loyal,” he concluded, stating the division motto.
By Sgt. Rodney Foliente