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Old 08-30-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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First Sargent Coin?

Today I was awarded with a first Sargent coin for my performance during our mobilization training. My question is, what does this really mean? Is it just a recognition token?

I think it's pretty cool and I am glad my leaders are taking notice of what I do, but I am just curious what this means?

Thanks in advance for responses
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During World War 1, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck.

Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilots’ aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification.

He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.

Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner - a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.


and now the game....

Note: A "Coin Check" consists of a Challenge and a Response.

1. RULES:
A. The challenge is initiated by drawing your coin, holding it in the air by whatever means possible and state, scream, shout or otherwise verbally acknowledge that you are initiating a coin check. Another, but less vocal method is to firmly place it on the bar, table, or floor (this should produce an audible noise which can be easily heard by those being challenged, but try not to leave a permanent imprint). If you accidentally drop your coin and it makes an audible sound upon impact, then you have just "accidentally" initiated a coin check. (This is called paying the price for improper care of your coin.)

B. The response consists of all those persons being challenged drawing their coin in a like manner.

C. If you are challenged and are unable to properly respond, you must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and the group being challenged.

D. If everyone being challenged responds in the correct manner, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for all those people they challenged.

E. Failure to buy a round is a despicable crime and will require that you turn-in your Coin to the issuing agency.

2. WHEN - WHERE:
A. Coin checks are permitted, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE.

3. EXCEPTIONS:
A. There are no exceptions to the rules. They apply to those clothed or unclothed. At the time of the challenge you are permitted one step and an arms reach to locate your coin. If you still cannot reach it -- SORRY ABOUT THAT!

4. A COIN IS A COIN

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we have coin checks a lot in the AF. i always have one in my wallet and another in my truck
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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Congrats! Very cool indeed. ^^ great post too jaime ^^
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Congrats! Very cool indeed. ^^ great post too jaime ^^
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congrats. my buddy just got a special forces coin in ft irwin
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That sounds like a pretty cool game, but I only know three other people that have coins. I guess it would be unfair to play with people who don't have coins. Although I would enjoy the free beer
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That sounds like a pretty cool game, but I only know three other people that have coins. I guess it would be unfair to play with people who don't have coins. Although I would enjoy the free beer
there are MANY different coins out in the world, not just ones given for performance/by superiors. i'd say just about every squadron in the AF has a coin and definitely all the groups do. people also buy up their squadron coins before going on a deployment/going to a class/etc to trade/gift to others. hell, we're given one just before completion of basic
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Coins are like the pat on the back, atta boy, good job out there thing higher ups hand out. I know the historical meaning and what not but its really just some neat trinket. Not that you shouldn't be proud because you must've have performed well to get the recognition from your leaders.
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Coins are like the pat on the back, atta boy, good job out there thing higher ups hand out. I know the historical meaning and what not but its really just some neat trinket. Not that you shouldn't be proud because you must've have performed well to get the recognition from your leaders.
Depends on who you got it from. Some are handed out like candy and some are harder to get. Those that you have to really work for and do something exceptional to get mean more. I have a couple that mean more to me then any of my AAM's or ARCOM's.
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