- Nevada Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
I worked with the JFHQ's 1st SGT Wheeler to design this challenge coin for the unit. Historically, challenge coins were used during WWI to designate the allies from the rest of the armies as there weren't any true set clothing regulations at the time. Now, many departments -- from military to law enforcement and firefighters -- have challenge coins to designate their unit/class. The tradition is that if a higher ranking person asks for your coin, and you don't have it, you have to buy him and the rest of the unit a drink. This taught the men to keep their coins on them at all times. On the front side of this coin is the crest of the state of Nevada: the star with two swags of sagebrush, and a ribbon with the proclamation "Battle Born" across the bottom against a dark blue outline of the state itself. On the reverse side are the words "In Recognition of Excellence", circled by the 1st Sergeant's stripes, Master Sergeant's stripes, and Major's leaf, with the seven Army values around the outer edge. Along the rim of this coin is engraved the names and ranks of the 3 soldiers killed in the Carson City IHOP shooting of September 6, 2012. Never Forget.