Inflated valor

Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX; bio here) was an Army reservist who served as a civil affairs officer in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division.

The Pentagon just revoked his Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), which he’d been wearing on his civilian suit jacket, because he wasn’t an infantryman in combat. Poor Nehls is crying in his beer, or rather complaining he was robbed of the badge “for supporting former President Trump.”

I very strongly doubt that, although possibly he’d still have the badge if he hadn’t called attention to himself by flashing it in public to impress people. (By the way, thank you for your service, Troy.) Wikipedia says (here) to qualify for a CIB a soldier must

  1. Be an infantryman satisfactorily performing infantry duties
  2. Assigned to an infantry unit during such time as the unit is engaged in active ground combat
  3. Actively participate in such ground combat

That’s not what he was doing in Afghanistan (read story here). The video below is what you get a CIB for, not being a desk jockey on a base:

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