News: Texan style
Story by Capt. Gina Great
TARIN KOT, Afghanistan – The Security Force Advisor Team from the Texas 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team carries on the lineage of Audie Murphy when they receive the 3rd Infantry Division Combat Patch at Multi National Base Tarin Kot Afghanistan, Jan. 31 2013.
The patching ceremony was conducted by U.S. Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Moser, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division officially recognize the SFAT deployment into a combat zone.
“It is an honor for us as Texans from the 36th Infantry Division to be able to wear the 3rd Infantry Division’s combat Patch,” said Lt. Col. William Philips, Commander U.S. Security Force Advisory Team, 56th Infantry Brigade, 36th Infantry Division.
“The 36th Infantry Division and the 3rd Infantry Division share a proud heritage because of our linkage to Audie Murphy, one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers who received the Medal of Honor during World War II and served in both units,” Phillips said.
The Advisory Team, responsible for mentoring and training the Afghan Police Provincial Headquarters is part of a select few who are authorized to wear both divisions’ combat patches.
“Our 12-man team is now a small part of the ‘Rock of the Marne’ that will answer any call to duty in ‘spite of hell’,” Philips said.