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History of the Order

Throughout my military career I have seen Soldiers wear insignia under their collar. The first, and funniest was my friend LTC Dan Pasch. Dan was an Armor Officer, Infantry Officer, Quartermaster Officer and all around funny guy. Dan tells me of when as an Armor Officer he took command of an Infantry Company and was ordered to wear Infantry Brass on his Uniform. Dan did as he was told but under the collar he sewed on an Armor Branch insignia. Later in his career, when he branch transferred to Quartermaster, he sewed a Chaplains cross under his collar. 

Dan found that most people did not plan logistics properly and did not have any lead time to get supplies, when they came to him expecting miracles to be performed he would say “ wait a minute” and flip over his collar exposing the Chaplain Cross and the say “okay go ahead with what you were saying”. Dan’s humor eased the tension and in most cases he was able to help the person who came to him for assistance.  Dan’s retired now but we still reminisce about when we served.

The second influence in my creation of the Order of the Undercollar™ was COL Richard Dean. An Engineer Officer I had the privilege of serving with. Rick had traveled to Korea and brought back embroidered patches of the Engineer Castle. He would come up to you, show it and grin. He handed a patch to every Engineer Officer he knew and they would do the same. Well my branch is Signal Corps and I did not like the feeling of being one upped so I went to the clothing and sales store and bought the biggest ACU blouse I could buy. Then I headed to my embroider and had her sew out some Signal Corps patches. Next was a trip to the seamstress to sew on the Velcro and in a week or two I had Signal Corps patches just like the Engineer ones.

Next time I saw COL Dean and he flipped his collar at me I flipped mine back!! To his surprise he was looking at my flags!! We laughed for about ten minutes and he asked me how I got it done and I told him.

The following year I deployed to Iraq with the 300th.Military Police Brigade. LTC Scotty Shrader and MAJ Paul Hullinger were with me on the Brigade Staff. I had my Signal Corps patches with me along with branch colored socks (Orange) which I wore every day. Scotty went down to the local sewing store and had them make him some Engineer patches and he had them make up some Military Police Patches too which he handed out to the Commanding General and Command Sergeant Major. We all wore them. Paul was an Ordnance Officer and that year field grade officers in Ordnance, Transportation, & Quartermaster were consolidated into the Logistician Branch.

I had my embroider make up the new insignia and ship them over to me in Iraq and another patch was born!! The three of us would hand out patches to our Soldiers as an on the spot reconigition of superior work. I used the patches as a symbol of branch pride and was always looking to catch my Signal Soldiers doing something great. When I saw an action that deserved reconigition I pulled my patch off and awarded it to them placing it on their collar. Later I would see them beaming with pride as they would flash the patch to me while walking down a hall. Paul did the same with the Logistician patch and Scotty as any Engineer would went overboard and made other patches he handed out during the deployment. One night we decided this would be a good gig to get into for my marketing and promotions business seeing as I was already doing embroidery and silk screening and I came up with the name Order of the Undercollar™!!!

Upon returning home from Iraq I found a better way to produce the patches and developed the logo and packaging.  I have also created custom patches for units (Mostly Engineers). But I must say that the Order of the Undercollar™ branch patches quickly communicate to another Soldier what your subject matter of expertise is when it is called into question and that they answer the question and can break the tension sometimes associated with the profession of Arms.