If you've been following my posting, you know that a bunch of my mates are deployed in Kosovo now. Some of these lads have been to Bosnia and Iraq with me...and this is their third deployment... and may not be there last. (most of the rest have been called up to fight fires in CA.) If you're like most average citizens, you may not even know we still have some troops in Kosovo....like when we were in Bosnia in 03-04, a lot of people didn't know we were still there...and didn't give a shit.
I did have as much fun as you can legally have on a deployment, in Bosnia...and I don't mean going to some stupid ass WMR rec center thing at night. I mean I went into the cites and villages to "work." It was the best job I ever had. Bosnia (in the later years) like the current Kosovo mission, is manned by National Guard troops for the US contribution.
So, while I was goofing off in the office, I looked up the web site for the US military in Kosovo (KFOR 10). I was having a really hard time trying to figure out why we were still sending troops there. Then I looked at the top leaders they have there.... they have no "Combat Patch."
However, Kosovo is a hostile/ hazard duty zone...tax free. So, I figured it out. This is a deployment for National Guard officers and Command Sergeant Majors to go to without getting shot at. It's safe, it's easy and it's tax free!
It's kind of sad...when we look at anyone who's trying to instruct us, or train us, we all look at their right sleeve and see if they have a combat patch.... if they don't we don't listen very close.