Started by Stonewall, March 17, 2019, 02:56:05 pm
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Quote from: Jester on March 17, 2019, 07:52:06 pmI have a jacket and trousers I got off eBay (just had to remove the chief stripes) but haven't gotten around to having new stripes put on it or getting the tie, cummerbund, shirt, or medals. I do have a crest that's been sitting in a box for a couple of years. Maybe by the time I'm a SNCO I'll complete it.
Quote from: PHall on March 17, 2019, 08:49:12 pmQuote from: Jester on March 17, 2019, 07:52:06 pmI have a jacket and trousers I got off eBay (just had to remove the chief stripes) but haven't gotten around to having new stripes put on it or getting the tie, cummerbund, shirt, or medals. I do have a crest that's been sitting in a box for a couple of years. Maybe by the time I'm a SNCO I'll complete it.That's the way I brought my Mess Dress. One piece at a time. Seems to hurt less if you spread it out over time.
Quote from: PHall on March 17, 2019, 06:07:40 pmThe Air Force "custom" is to wear the mini wings and badges on Mess Dress, especially if you have two or more rows of medals.You do have the option of wearing either the embroidered bullion wings, badges and CAP Seal or the metal ones. But it's all metal or all bullion, no mix and match.I got a new CAP Seal from Vanguard about four years ago and it was the "beveled" design. Fun fact: The seal is the same one they use on award plaques, they just add a couple single ribbon ribbon bars to the back with double sided foam tape so you can pin it to the jacket.For the medals I just mount them on the metal mini medal racks you can get at clothing sales (which are from Vanguard). I have seven rows so I use a 3 and a 4 row rack. Seems to work pretty good for me. As for which medals I wear, I wear all of my CAP medals plus my Air Force individual awards, i.e. Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal. And I only wear devices on the top row since they're the only one's that can be seen.
Quote from: lordmonar on March 18, 2019, 04:57:58 amSo....if you don't plan on using the mess dress for USAF functions.....just take off the button.
Quote from: HandsomeWalt_USMC on March 17, 2019, 04:38:38 pmIf you're crafty remounting mini medals isnt overly difficult. You can remove the medals from their original mounting bars and mount them to a piece of flexible plastic such as pieces cut from a milk carton fairly easily. Layout the medals in the manner you wish to wear them, trace a template, put the template on the plastic and trim the plastic as necessary. You'll have to do each row individually. Once the plastic is trimmed to size, carefully slide the plastic inside the front layer of the medal drape, adjust the medals as necessary to make them hang properly and use double sided tape to adhere first the rear layer of the drape and then the front to the plastic. Trim a stiffer piece of plastic to the rough dimensions of a mini-medal holder for your number of medals and push single ribbon holder bars, the flat type, through the front as necessary to support the medals. Take each row of medals, starting from the bottom, and attach them to the backer plastic using superglue. This sandwiches those single ribbon bars I mentioned between the medal mount and the backer. Voila, mounted medals! I do reccomend practicing this a few times if you have any spare medals. I used to make a nice chunk of pocket money around Marine Corps ball season mounting Marines' medals for them. People will notice how nice your medals look and ask where you had them done.
Quote from: Stonewall on March 18, 2019, 02:48:18 pmFun fact. I dropped my mess dress off at the cleaners on base to get dry cleaned, and I let them know that I purposely removed the button. I had to sign a note stating that I will not hold them accountable for that missing button when I pick up my dry cleaning.
Quote from: HandsomeWalt_USMC on March 18, 2019, 06:29:27 pmNIN, I'll grab photos of my medals when I get them from storage for the wing/region conference. I'm also doing a set of thin ribbons up at the moment. I'll take photos of those as I work on them so everyone can get a general idea how it's done.
Quote from: lordmonar on March 18, 2019, 04:57:58 am<snip>....unless you plan to wear ALL of your USAF and CAP medals....and your like me they don't make 27 row medal rack......</snip>
Quote from: Stonewall on March 18, 2019, 09:34:20 amI have no plans to combine my military and CAP medals. That would literally be 9 rows total and would look awful, especially since CAP has almost all ribbons equal medals.
Quote from: Eclipse on April 24, 2019, 10:30:57 pmEaker and Encampment, or PD and grade arenot necessarily connected.And not everyone does things only once.
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