The Death Star, lol OEF

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This is our 26’x26’ point-to-point, Brigade symbol, affectionately known as the Death Star. It was originally built in ‘08 on my first go-round here in Afghanistan. One of our first projects when we got here this time was to renew the star. We re-sheeted the face with 3/4 ply, replaced the yellow trim with 1×8 clear pine, painted the entire thing, and replaced the “lost” symbols. It has became a local landmark and we think, can be seen from space lol.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 06:32 PM

That look’s great! Looks like you made in a professional shop. Thanks for your service. Spent a tour in support of OIF, and had to make our own stuff. Used a forklift as a bench to make a desk for the shop. Love your shop and chair. Stay safe and thanks again.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:36 PM

Looks great. Tell us what all the symbols mean!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 07:26 PM

The compass rose and rope (yellow trim) symbolize the global directional support to forces anytime, anywhere under all conditions. The eagle’s head, adapted from the 101st Airborne Division’s shoulder sleeve insignia, alludes to the unit’s airborne status when it was founded. The playing card symbols and the Torii gate allude to the original symbols painted on the 101st soldiers’ helmets during World War II.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 07:28 PM

Looks great!

Thanks for your service!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 06:15 AM

The eagle is Old Abe, an eagle from the civil war. He was wounded several times and that is where the Screaming Eagles name for the 101st came from. The torii is the symbol for the Rakkasans, 187th Infantry Regiment, which I was a member of. Passing under this kind of torii symbolizes passing through the gateway of honor. The card symbols are for the other brigades in the division.

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