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SSG Hicks wrote at 2007-05-21 15:19:42
I have looked through the whole regulations and have found no such designation for Kosovo and think that it has not been authorized.

SSG Hicks


db wrote at 2008-07-15 19:50:50
According to AR 670-1 dated February 2005, paragraph "2817. Shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service (SSIFWTS)" subparagraph b, there is no authorization for service in Kosovo.


stephen.a.green wrote at 2010-03-05 06:11:15
I agree with DB, Mr. Powers. Although I'd love to wear my 82nd patch from my trip to Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo from April-October 1999, AR 670-1 says nothing about it. Where's the proof? I'll slap it on TODAY if you can convince me the change actually happened. As of now, all we have is the LES showing HDP and IDP and the Presidential Memorandum declaring that part of the world as an official Combat Zone. I feel we got ripped on the deal by not getting official notification when friends of mine paid with their lives for the freedom of these people.


Jon wrote at 2014-06-17 12:09:44
Rod Powers,



I know this is an old thread, but I was researching something else and ran across it.  Just felt compelled to weigh in an make a small correction in the sake of ensuring good advice.



I was a LT in Kosovo Force (KFOR) 1B (second Brigade to deploy) in 1999-2000, Deployed with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Vilseck, Germany.  This was IMMEDIATELY after the air war ceased, before Camp Bondsteel and even the now defunct Camp Montieth were established.  We were NOT authorized a SSI-FWS for Kosovo.



Bottom line, SSI-FWS is NOT tied to IDP, HDP, or the previous iteration called HFP.  It is not tied to combat zone tax exclusion, as we got all of those in Kosovo.  The SSI-FWS is actually tied to congress declaring an area a combat zone.  The Combatant commander, through the JCS, requests and area be designated as such and congress approves it.  This is usually released via ALARACT for the Army identfying which areas are authorized award of the SSI-FWS.



In a strange twist of fate, I am now in Qatar, where we recently lost our IDP, but we still get to keep awarding combat patches as the entire CENTCOM AOR is designated a combat zone.



Hope that helps.

MAJ(P) Kovach


Jon wrote at 2014-06-17 12:09:49
Rod Powers,



I know this is an old thread, but I was researching something else and ran across it.  Just felt compelled to weigh in an make a small correction in the sake of ensuring good advice.



I was a LT in Kosovo Force (KFOR) 1B (second Brigade to deploy) in 1999-2000, Deployed with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Vilseck, Germany.  This was IMMEDIATELY after the air war ceased, before Camp Bondsteel and even the now defunct Camp Montieth were established.  We were NOT authorized a SSI-FWS for Kosovo.



Bottom line, SSI-FWS is NOT tied to IDP, HDP, or the previous iteration called HFP.  It is not tied to combat zone tax exclusion, as we got all of those in Kosovo.  The SSI-FWS is actually tied to congress declaring an area a combat zone.  The Combatant commander, through the JCS, requests and area be designated as such and congress approves it.  This is usually released via ALARACT for the Army identfying which areas are authorized award of the SSI-FWS.



In a strange twist of fate, I am now in Qatar, where we recently lost our IDP, but we still get to keep awarding combat patches as the entire CENTCOM AOR is designated a combat zone.



Hope that helps.

MAJ(P) Kovach


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