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Missile Badge
This patch was one of several produced in the 2005/2006 timeframe to protest the replacement of the Missile Operations badge with the new "space wings" for current missileers. The "Lord" referred to in this patch was General Lance Lord, the Air Force Space Command Commander, who was the primary force behind the phase out of the badge and the new "space wings". In 2008, the Missile Operations Badge was reinstated.

[i]From Greg Ogletree:[/i] The above patch is the third of three versions I'm aware of. The original version inadvertently omitted the second "I" in "MISSILE" (an all too common mistake) and the misspelling was corrected in the second run. Both of these versions used silver Mylar thread (tinsel) for the missile badge, and the lightning bolts and scrolls were canary yellow. This most recent version (pictured), which most missile patch collectors consider a knockoff, contains no Mylar thread and the bolts and scrolls are golden-yellow. BTW, I've been told that when he first saw the patch, General Lord chuckled and said he wasn't offended by it at all; in fact, he thought it rather clever. Even though intended as a pun, as it turned out the patch was prophetic because, as stated in the caption, the badge was recently resurrected. Lord took it away, but such changes have a history of being reversed in the military--especially when they prove unpopular from the get-go (like many of McPeak's changes to the uniform).

Missile Badge

This patch was one of several produced in the 2005/2006 timeframe to protest the replacement of the Missile Operations badge with the new "space wings" for current missileers. The "Lord" referred to in this patch was General Lance Lord, the Air Force Space Command Commander, who was the primary force behind the phase out of the badge and the new "space wings". In 2008, the Missile Operations Badge was reinstated.

From Greg Ogletree: The above patch is the third of three versions I'm aware of. The original version inadvertently omitted the second "I" in "MISSILE" (an all too common mistake) and the misspelling was corrected in the second run. Both of these versions used silver Mylar thread (tinsel) for the missile badge, and the lightning bolts and scrolls were canary yellow. This most recent version (pictured), which most missile patch collectors consider a knockoff, contains no Mylar thread and the bolts and scrolls are golden-yellow. BTW, I've been told that when he first saw the patch, General Lord chuckled and said he wasn't offended by it at all; in fact, he thought it rather clever. Even though intended as a pun, as it turned out the patch was prophetic because, as stated in the caption, the badge was recently resurrected. Lord took it away, but such changes have a history of being reversed in the military--especially when they prove unpopular from the get-go (like many of McPeak's changes to the uniform).

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Album name:AFUSHI Generic/Novelty
Inscription:NOT EVEN THE LORD CAN TAKE MY MISSILE BADGE AWAY
Date added:Mar 14, 2009
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