Here are some 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) patches from their 2008 deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. This image was taken in November 2008 by a USAF photographer. Members of the 75 EFS deployed from the various units of the 23rd Wing located at Moody AFB, Georgia.
On the pilot’s right shoulder (left side of the photo) is a desert version of the 75th Fighter Squadron’s official patch. Unlike some other squadrons, the 75th did not use the deployed unit’s designation with the words “Expeditionary” added. The patch is fully embroidered with a cut edge. This patch or a version very similar were worn by the 75th on other deployments to Bagram.
On the left shoulder (right side of the photo) is a shield shaped morale patch in desert colors. It has a tan and brown checkerboard on top based on the black and white checkerboard painted on the top of the unit’s A-10 tails. In the middle is an outline of Afghanistan and barely visible embroidered in brown are the shark teeth and the 30mm as viewed from the front. There is lettering just above the bottom point of the shield which appears to be “A-10”. There is another version of this patch which has “Combat Hog Driver” in place of “A-10”. The patch appears fully embroidered with a cut edge.
I don’t have either of these patches in my collection, so I’m looking for them!