CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- The U.S. Army patching ceremony recognizes Soldiers who served in a hostile environment or area of operation declared by the Secretary of the Army higher. Its history dates back to October 1918 when General John J. Pershing ruled that the 81st Infantry Division could wear their "Wildcat" patch as a Shoulder Sleeve Insignia on their right shoulder to recognize their combat service.
The 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) held a patching ceremony January 12, 2019 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait to recognize Soldiers who served in a hostile environment.
Lt. Col. John Monroe, Maj. Gavin Furbert, 1st Lt. Nisha Chawla, and SFC David Moseley earned the 335th Signal Command combat patch for serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brig. Gen. Nikki Griffin Olive, 335th Signal Command (T) (P) Commanding General, placed the combat patch on the right shoulders of each Soldier and thank them for their service.
"I am honored to be a member of the 335th Signal Command (T) (P). It was an honor to receive my first Combat patch from the 335th SC (T)(P). I will always wear the patch proudly," said Lt. Col. Monroe.
Maj. Furbert, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 said, "Thus far my time as the G1 has been a fantastic experience. I did not think that my scope of responsibilities would take me outside of Kuwait but I am grateful that I got the opportunity to travel to Afghanistan to assist in a different mission requirement. It was an eye opening experience. Most of all I am thankful that I got the opportunity to meet coalition Soldiers from all over the world performing in that region and experience how our troops operate on a daily basis."
"I feel honored to have earned this visible reminder of support provided to soldiers in a combat zone," said SFC Moseley, G-1 NCO.
The command's mission is to plan, engineer, integrate, operate, maintain, and defends the Army's portion of the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) across Southwest Asia in support of USARCENT and regionally deployed Combined/Joint Forces.