National Guard troops part of the DC fiasco will be eligible for DC deployment ribbons. For their uniforms. That people will see. Based on the comments, they might not want to wear them. Ribbons are given to service members for many deployments. This one…well..read for yourself.
DC Deployment Ribbons
National Guard troops who deployed to the nation’s capital to provide security following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building will be awarded local service ribbons, a defense official said Friday.
The District of Columbia National Guard plans to award at least one of two ribbons to all soldiers and airmen who supported the security mission before, during and after the 59th presidential inauguration in recognition of their service, Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Carver, the spokesman for the Virginia Air National Guard and the director of the Joint Task Force- District of Columbia’s Joint Information Center, said in a statement…
…The two ribbons that National Guard troops could receive are the District of Columbia National Guard Presidential Inauguration Support Ribbon or the District of Columbia Emergency Service Ribbon, according to Carver. The inauguration ribbon is also a new decoration, he said.
The ribbons have stripes of red, white, and blue, and the presidential inauguration ribbon includes the three red stars in its center.Stripes
The service is also considering a federal level award. But not everyone is particularly happy with the ribbons.
Twitter users responded with these comments:
“The 3 stars represent: 1. Standing around waiting for insurgents, orders, someone to tell us what we’re f’ing doing here. 2. Holding guns with no ammo, and 3. Eating Sandwiches.” @UbervillesD
“I received this one for bearing arms against my fellow citizens.” This medal should never be worn by any soldier. It should exist only in infamy, as a symbol of a craven and illegitimate presidency. @OfBetters
“I didn’t think the military could come up with something dumber than the National Defense Ribbon but apparently a deployment to DC is the new deployment to Kuwait…” @RJNieder
“A ribbon for babysitting.” @JustEric
“So now they will have 2 ribbons, both are participation trophies.” @liberty__punk
“Will there be orange slices and juice boxes handed out after the ceremony to present them?” @TheWesleyJP
“I stood outside the capitol for 2 months and all I got was this dumb ribbon.” @JVDAMUSIC_97
“How about three question marks not three stars?” @Librari62752223
“That’s much better than going home.” @_mywitsend
The troops have endured raw food, metal shavings in the food, mold in the food, trips to the ER, sleeping in a freezing parking garage, and being “dissed” by officials. While some of the troops enjoyed perhaps their first time in the Capitol, some would rather go home than receive DC deployment ribbons.
In what has been both a long-running joke and a mystifying abuse of authority, in D.C. troops from the National Guard have remained deployed for nearly 2 months now. Originally called up following the attack on the Capitol, their presence has remained for an ever-lengthening list of reasons.
The initial call to be ready for more incursions was followed by protecting the transition, then the inauguration, then there were more wan excuses, and ultimately was the promise of a Qanon-inspired assault said to be planned for this past Thursday. Of course, unspoken was the desire to have them remain for the optics during the impeachment.Twitchy
Optics. Democrats are obsessed with “optics.” Problem is, normal people see through a different lens than the Democrats. Let the National Guard go home!
Featured photo: via DC National Guard
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