1/509th Airborne Infantry Concerned Over Possible Redesignation

05 April 2011

On my recent visit with the 1st Battalion at Fort Polk on April 5, 2011, to check up on things for the association, information was relayed to me that they are no longer allowed to wear the Geronimo patch, which is steeped in so much history. In conversations with the commanding officer and officers and senior NCO's, they related to me their concerns that the 1st battalion of the 509th might be taken off of jump status and made a regular infantry battalion.

Article and Photo contributed by 509th PIA Member - Phillip Handscomb