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Fort Bliss leader, father 'patches' son in Afghanistan

Photo by Sgt. Armando N. Avila 1st Bn., 501st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 11:06pm

The top enlisted leader of Fort Bliss' 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, "Task Force Dragon," pinned his son's first combat patch during a ceremony in Afghanistan.  

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McGee and his son, Spc. Jonathan McGee are stationed at different posts when stateside, but they are serving at the same time in Afghanistan. 

The younger McGee is a technician for the Unmanned Aerial System Gray Eagles with the 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan.  He is currently deployed to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank.

Although the senior McGee was operating out of FOB Fenty -which is located in another part of Afghanistan - he and his Task Force commander were at FOB Shank the same day to pin combat patches on their unit’s Soldiers.

“I never imagined having the ability to patch my own son with his first combat patch,” said Command Sgt. Maj. McGee. “It was an extremely proud moment for me.”

Task Force Dragon is part of the 1st Armored Division's Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bliss.  

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