• BAGHDAD - Soldiers of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron salute during "The Star-Spangled Banner" at their combat patch ceremony July 22, at Camp Stryker. The Soldiers were awarded the Old Hickory patch from the 30th Heavy Combat Team commander in recognition of their wartime service. The squadron is based out of Bluefield, W. Va., and its history dates back to the War of 1812.

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers of 150th Armored...

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron salute during "The Star-Spangled Banner" at their combat patch ceremony July 22, at Camp Stryker. The Soldiers were awarded the Old Hickory patch from the 30th Heavy Combat Team commander in...

  • BAGHDAD - Soldiers of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron line up to receive a combat patch during a ceremony at Camp Stryker, July 22. The Soldiers were awarded the patch in recognition of their wartime service. Col. Gregory Lusk, the 30th heavy Brigade Combat Team commander, was the first in line to attach the patch onto the Soldiers' right sleeve pocket. Capt. Walter Hatfield, of Charleston, W. Va., (far right) holds the patches that were given to the Soldiers.

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers of 150th Armored...

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron line up to receive a combat patch during a ceremony at Camp Stryker, July 22. The Soldiers were awarded the patch in recognition of their wartime service. Col. Gregory Lusk, the 30th heavy...

BAGHDAD - West Virginia National Guardsmen from the 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron receive the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team's insignia patch during a ceremony at Camp Stryker July 22, as recognition of wartime service.

The combat patch, a tradition started by the Army during World War II, is worn on the right sleeve of all Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army units that actively participate in or support ground combat operations against hostile forces.

"Wearing the patch signifies a rite of passage, a sense of pride and significance," said Capt. Walter Hatfield of Charleston, W. Va.

The 150th, based out of Bluefield, W. Va., is comprised of four troops and one company. The squadron's lineage dates back to the War of 1812 and includes service in the Civil War, World Wars I and II and is currently on its second tour to Iraq.

The unit deployed with the North Carolina National Guard brigade, which known as the Old Hickory Brigade.

Col. Gregory Lusk, the 30th HBCT brigade commander, presented the Old Hickory patch to Lt. Col. Robby Scarberry, squadron commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Allen, the squadron's senior enlisted advisor.

Troops filed out of formation to personally receive the Old Hickory patch from Lusk, Swart, Scarberry and Allen.

Placing a patch on one of the Soldier's sleeve, Lusk raised his hand and slapped the patch down with a bit of force, securing it to its Velcro base; signifying an enduring Old Hickory connection.

"Their attitude (Lusk and Swart) is what made me want to wear the patch," said Staff Sgt. Lionel Jones, of Huntington, W. Va., about the insignia on his right sleeve. "It was cool how he (Lusk) slapped it on; I wear the patch with pride."

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