Pocket T-Shirt | MISSION #F-002W
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MISSION # F-002W | Tom Kerr | United States Army Special Forces
Mission #F-002 belongs to Tom Kerr, a co-founder of Eighth Order who began his career wearing the woodland BDU, ultimately retiring it after graduation from the U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification (Q) Course in 2005. The uniform offered in this edition is a “combat modified” version worn by him throughout his final days at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Tom wore this uniform in garrison and transitioned it to a “field uniform” in 2004 while attending the “Q” Course. Taking a queue from Special Operations units in Afghanistan and Iraq, Tom had the uniform modified with the lower pockets moved to the sleeves and velcro in place of the name and service tag. These modifications allowed for easy access of stored materials when wearing combat gear like a Load-Carrying Equipment (LCE) harness or a Rucksack, which he frequently wore during his tenure at the Q course.
The uniform took part in many months of training throughout Camp MacKall and surrounding training areas, conducting basic battle drills and learning to become an Unconventional Warrior. All of it taking place at the height of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Tom could not envision himself serving with any unit other than Special Forces. He secretly kept a tan Special Forces tab in his patrol cap throughout the training. The very tab was one he found on the floor of the Fort Campbell Deployment Bay a few weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. At the time Special Forces teams from 5th Special Forces Group had just departed on a deployment to Afghanistan. Tom took the finding of this tab as a sign and kept it with him during training and especially during hard times. He would refer to the tab each day when it “sucked”, was cold, wet, hot, or just plain exhausted as the tab motivated him to never quit. His uniform has endured through some of the most physically and mentally demanding training on Earth; from Assessment and Selection to the Robin Sage exercise. Now Tom wishes to share this uniform and story with the world, just as he did with the “motivation tab” he believes everyone should have that one motivational item. The one thing you can turn to during trying times as a reminder to NEVER QUIT.