Eagles Of War Presents...Airborne Beret Flashes, Background Trimmings
and Helmet Patches!!!

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The Flash 1973-1979
101st Airborne Division

Beret Flashes
1973-1979
 
Maroon Beret
Department of the Army (HQDA) policy from 1973 through 1979 permitted local commanders to encourage morale-enhancing
distinctions and airborne forces chose to wear the maroon
international parachute beret as a mark of distinction.
This permission was rescinded when in 1979 the army
introduced a policy of standardized headgear,
but on 28 November 1980 permission was given for
airborne organizations to wear the maroon beret.
 
 Black Berets
US Army, HQDA policy from 1973 through 1979 permitted local commanders to encourage morale-enhancing distinctions, and Armor and Armored Cavalry personnel wore black berets as distinctive headgear until CSA Bernard W. Rogers banned all such unofficial headgear in 1979. Rangers received authorization through AR 670-5, Uniform and Insignia, 30 January 1975, to wear black berets.
 
Other units that had worn the black beret included: Company F (LRP), 52d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, in 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam; Company H (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division, in 1970 in the Republic of Vietnam; and Company N  (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade, in 1971 in the Republic of Vietnam. 
 
 
Sample of Beret Flashes Used!!
By the
101st Airborne Division
1973-1979
Fort Campbell Ky
 
 
Headquarters Command
United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
 
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
 
 
DIVARTY
 
DISCOM
 
101st Aviation Group
 
 
 20th Engineer Battalion
 
 
326th Engineer Battalion
 
 
86th Evacuation Hospital
 
101st Military Police Company
 
 
501st Signal Battalion
 
Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
561st Supply and Service Battalion
 
 
29th Transportation Battalion
 
1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment
 
 
2d Squadron (Airborne), 17th Cavalry Regiment
 
1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
 
 
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment
 
 
 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment
 
 
2d Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment
 
 
2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
 
 
1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
 
 
1st Battalion, 502th Infantry Regiment
 
 
1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
Note: I 
 
3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
 
 
3d Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment
 
 
1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment
 
 
2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment
 
Note: I
In March of 1977 I reported to the
21st Replacement Detachment,
at my first Briefing in the
Famous 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault),
I was told that the 101st Airborne Division had
Two types of Headgear!!
 
The Beret or a Steel Pot!!
&
That the 101st Airborne did not march!!
They Double Timed!!
 
At Lunch that day we all Double Timed
to the PX and we all purchased a
New Beret with the
1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment Beret Flash and the Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 506th!!
"CURRAHEE"
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