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I have recieved several requests from the Regiment about call sign names, which got me thinking, what was the call signs used by the border camp ops room guys when talking on the radio?  They may come in useful.




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Lower level nets used color codes & bumper numbers as call signs.  For Border Ops, I think everything came out of a CEOI. I do know that if Camp Rotz or Camp May ops requested a "routine" radio check from a patrol, SBO or RBO were on their way to inspect!  Not that we'd be sitting at the gasthaus on top of the Grosser Osser drinking lunch or anything untoward, but just as a heads up. 

Yea Heaven forbid some SBO or RBO Wienie drop a Handicap Black on you between bites of your schnitzel!


Hope you didn't laugh so hard the beer would spew from your nostrils. Come to think about it a lot of us had those little training aid things called "Beale Wheels" or Cav Leader Wheels. It was a little plastic map protractor thing with a red wheel in the middle and you could index it up to get the proper format for things like various NBC Reports, MEDEVAC Requests, Call For Fire and Airstrike Requests. I punched a hole in the corner of mine and laced a dogtag chain through it and then through my button hole and stuck it in my pocket. If I can find mine I'll donate it to the museum.

I remember Colonel Wagner was Dueler 6, that may not be what you were looking for Ryan but that is the one call sign that I can remember right now, and he was the Man....

Thanks guys,


I am looking for something comparable to what we do today with the different squadrons, for instance 3rd Squadron is "Wolf Pack" .


I have been asked for some ideas for a name to give to the D.R.2 (rear detachment) during the upcoming deployment, I was hoping to find something historic that would deal with home base or something like that.  Any ideas would be appreciated.


Rear D was like a double edged sword.  Those who deployed would give those who stayed behind a ton of grief all the while wishing that they could've stayed home.  Anytime we made reference to the Rear D guys, it was rarely good (because we were secretly jealous).  The name/term "Jody" comes to mind.  "Spend a dime- save a family".

LOL, ya I dont think the rear d commander will go for the name Jody! 



Rear D is the worst job there is especially if you are the NCOIC or OIC. I was NCOIC of rear D when I was going through my retirement outprocessing. Getting calls at home in the middle of the night because SPC Tentpeg's wife needed to go to the comissary and the car wouldn't start. PFC Messkit's wife called and said her husband took her Dependent ID Card in fear if she went on post she was "messing 'round with Jody". These are just a couple of the horror stories.

From the SOI, the SMLM cards, and all the training aid whiz wheels stuffed in your pockets, you must've had a hard time getting  through the TCs hatch!

Like I mentioned before in my e-mail Ryan, I'm partial to DRAGOON BASE, the call sign used by Regimental combat operations during the Battle of 73 Easting, the last great tank battle of the 20th century.

I got a coin from the last Rear D commander.

Ryan,I have to agree with Dave on Dragoon base after all it is the home of the Dragoons and it is a base and it is where all of our history is,the more you think about it the better it sounds, run that one buy them and see what kind of feedback you get..


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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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