1. 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, as worn by Master Sgt. Jose Hernandez of the Florida National Guard.
2. 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment, aka the OPFOR at NTC, as worn by Spc. Antonio Rodriguez. The tanker deployed to Iraq with the Blackhorse Cav and now is assigned as driver to the I Corps chief of staff, Col. Mike Okita.
3. 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, as worn (also) by Master Sgt. Hernandez.
4. 8th Military Police Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Worn by Sgt. Ben Heaberlin, just back in September after 15 months in the box in Baghdad.
5. Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. (“This one took the longest,” says winner Dave.) Worn by Spc. Michael Nyeste, a public affairs soldier from Fort Lewis, who could also choose the 10th Mountain Division patch, the Central Command patch, or the International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan patch, which has Dari and Pashto writing on it (but he accidently gave that one away to his nephew or cousin or somebody before he thought better of it.) Still, the CFC-A patch “is an oddity, so I wear it. It’s a great conversation piece,” said Nyeste.
6. Pacific Command, as worn by Lt. Col. Matthew Matter.
7. 22d Support Brigade, Fort McPherson, Ga. Worn by Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Clark, for service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He’s now with the I Corps G1 section. “This is a good one,” he said. “You won’t see many with this one on — most of them are retired.”
8. 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, based in Germany. Worn by Maj. Gary Gossett, who earned it for deploying to Israel in 2003 as part of Joint Task Force Cobra, the air defense missile batteries sent there in case Saddam opted to launch Scuds on Israel again, as he did in the first gulf war.
9. 29th Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii National Guard. Worn by Maj. Keith Yoshida, who was deployed to Iraq with the brigade in 2005-06.
10. 8th Theater Sustainment Command, worn by Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Nunez of the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Sagami Depot, Japan.
* Technically, Dave said No. 3 was the 33rd ADA, when in fact it’s the 32nd ADA, but the judges say potential typo merits the benefit of the doubt.