According to fan Phoenix Audubon, this patch was sighted being used by a group of US Air Force personnel. The designation “128 EACCS” refers to the 128th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron.
The year is 2004. I am in the U.S. Air Force, currently deployed to…well, we’ll say somewhere in Southwest Asia. Hanging around the “consolidated club” (read: bar), I notice some guys in desert flightsuits. They have some kind of patch on their arms, and the design seems strikingly familiar. Later, when I’m on duty, I check out the base newsgroup posts. There are several requests on here for various unit’s insignias. So, I do my best to describe the patch I saw in a seeking post. Several days later, I get a hit.
Now, this part of the story’s a little sketchy in my mind. But, if I remember right, the person who replied sent one of his co-workers to escort me to the building his unit worked at. Once I get there, my liaison gives me the patch I desired. Didn’t say much else, but I was gracious, nonetheless.
Fast forward to 2006. I go through a box in my closet, and find it has several souvenirs from my tour of duty. However, after emptying the box, the patch I had coveted so much was not there. I’m thoroughly bummed. “Where else could it be,” I wonder?
Fast forward to today. I brought my laptop with me to school today–the same laptop I took overseas–in case a classmate of mine wanted to do some practice physics problems. When I started to unpack the laptop and put it back in place in my living room, something slips out.
There it is!!! My patch!