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Catalog Number 13225-1
Title Jacket, U.S. Army, Three-color Desert Camouflage
Object Name Jacket
Description This is a U.S. Army three-color desert camouflage jacket. This jacket belonged to Robert Ford. There are two badges on the collar. The left side is a bar meaning first lieutenant. The right side is two crossed swords meaning cavalry. On the chest there is a field medical badge. It is the regular medical symbol with a stretcher behind it. On the right shoulder has a 35th infantry division badge. It is two circles with cross arrows in the middle. There is an American flag on the left shoulder.
Date 2003 ca.
Material fabric
People Ford, Robert
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
History Robert Ford of Lincoln was the public affairs officer for the 167th Cavalry during its deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina from February through September 2003 to assist in peacekeeping operations.

The single most important item on the uniform is the U.S. Flag. I can't overstate how much credibility the wearing of the U.S. Flag provided. Although there were soldiers from many nations in the area, the local population felt they could trust the U.S. soldier the most. Previous history and wars still influence the public's perception of other nations. However, Bosnia has no history with the U.S., so there isn't any previous history to "hold against us." Once I was meeting with a Bosnian businessman and he pointed to my uniform flag and said (through my interpreter), "The day I saw this flag on my streets was the happiest and saddest day of my life. I was sad because I knew we were going to be occupied by a foreign nation, but I also knew that the civil war was now going to be over." - Robert Ford
Collection Ford, Robert