September 29, 2010
Brad Walker sent us a pretty nice care package that included a whole bunch of cool bits and pieces from his tour in Afghanistan and his base in Ft. Rucker. This backwards black American flag caught my eye and here's what he told me it represented.
Those flags were issued to us in Afghanistan. They are black and tan or black and grey to blend in with our uniforms and they're IR (infrared) sensitive so they glow like crazy under IR light or under night vision goggles. So they're basically an easy way for us to identify each other with a quick glance. All US flags that we wear in the Army are backwards to give the effect that they're blowing in the wind and that the Army is always making progress and moving forward.
When I get done building my Sporty you can count on this being the first patch that goes on my leathers, Brad.