US Army desert camouflage combat jacket : Sergeant McMillan, 626 Forward Support Battalion

Accession Number REL30578.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Nylon, Plastic
Maker Unicor
Place made United States of America
Date made c 2000-2002
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-2021

US Army desert cam combat jacket as worn in Afghanistan during the 'war on terror'. Closure is by five buttons, four being concealed and the topmost one exposed. The jacket is made of a nylon-cotton blend beige rip-stop fabric printed in brown and pale green camouflage. It has beige plastic buttons, and long-sleeves fastened at the cuff by an adjustable button closure. There are four expanding pleated pockets, each having flaps with concealed two-button closures. The left hand breast pocket's top flap has a gap left in its seam corresponding to a small internal pocket. A tan coloured label sewn inside the collar reads 'SMALL-REGULAR HEIGHT: FROM 67 TO 71 CHEST: FROM 33 TO 37 STOCK NO 8415-01-327-5302 NATO SIZE 7080/8494', and another inside the front right hand panel behind the waist pocket contains instructions for care and usage. Sewn horizontally above each breast pocket is a beige cotton tape, with the words 'McMILLAN', (on the right) and 'U.S.ARMY' (on the left) woven in brown cotton. On the left upper sleeve, 12mm below the shoulder seam, has been sewn a curved beige cotton flash, machine embroidered in brown with the word 'AIRBORNE'. Below this is the machine embroidered subdued colour badge of the 101st Airborne Division, ('The Screaming Eagles') an eagle's head in beige on a brown shield. On the right upper sleeve, 8mm below the shoulder seam, has been sewn a machine embroidered US flag patch in red, white, blue and yellow cotton. At the point of each collar is sewn a short length of khaki cotton tape with a set of machine embroidered sergeant's chevrons in black cotton.

History / Summary

This jacket was worn by Sergeant McMillan of the 626th Forward Support Battalion, US Army. The 626th is part of the 101st Airborne Division, and was based at Kandahar, Afghanistan, until July 2002, supporting Australian forces operating as part of the war on terror.