Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Margaret of Scotland prayer

O God, who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for your church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate her this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of your saints; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

Prayer to Charlemagne

“Hail, o Charles, beloved of God, Apostle of Christ, defender of His Church, protector of justice, guardian of good customs, terror of the enemies of the Christian name!

"The tainted diadem of the Caesars – purified by the hands of Leo – sits on your august forehead; the globe of the Empire rests in your vigorous hand; the ever-victorious sword in your combats for Our Lord is sheathed at your waist, and on your forehead the imperial anointing was added to the royal unction by the hand of the Pontiff who consecrated you and confirmed your authority. As the representative of the figure of Christ in His temporal Royalty, you desired that He would reign in you and through you.

“Now God rewards you for the love you had for Him, for the zeal you displayed for His glory, for the respect and confidence you showed toward His Spouse. In exchange for an earthly kingship, transitory and uncertain, you enjoy now an immortal kingdom where so many million of souls, who by your hands escaped idolatry, today honor you as the instrument of their salvation.

“During the days of celebration of the birth of Our Lord by Our Lady, you offered to them the gracious temple you built in their honor (the Basilica of Aix-la-Chapelle), and which is still today the object of our admiration. It was in this place that your pious hands placed the newborn garment worn by her Divine Son. As retribution, the Son of God desired that your bones should gloriously rest in the same place to receive the testimony of the veneration of the peoples.

"O glorious heir to the three Magi Kings of the East, present our souls before the One who wore such a humble garment. Ask Him to give us a part of the profound humility you had as you knelt before the Manger, a part of that great joy that filled your heart at Christmas, a part of that fiery zeal that made you realize so many works for the glory of the Infant Christ, and a part of that great strength that never abandoned you in your conquests for His Kingdom.

“O mighty Emperor, you who of old was the arbiter of the whole European family assembled under your scepter, have mercy on this society that today is being destroyed in all its parts. After more than a thousand years, the Empire that the Church placed in your hands has collapsed as a chastisement for its infidelity to the Church that founded it. The nations still remain, troubled and afflicted. Only the Church can return life to them through the Faith; only she continues to be the depositary of public law; only she can govern the powerful and bless the obedient.

"O Charles the Great, we beseech you to make that day arrive soon when society, re-established at its foundations, will cease asking liberty and order from the revolutions. Protect with a special love France, the most splendid flower of your magnificent crown. Show that you are always her king and father. Put an end to the false progress of the faithless empires of the North that have fallen into schism and heresy, and do not permit the peoples of the Holy Empire to fall prisoner to them.” 


The original French edition of The Liturgical Year by Don Geranger listed January 28 as the feast day for Saint Charlemagne, which the Church permitted to be celebrated in some German villages. Later editions of the same work left out that feast day. 




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fatherhood

   When my son looks into me with those eyes, those chinky eyes as my not so P.C. grandmother calls them. They are chinky due to our Native American (damn dirty Choctaw) heritage, I see myself, my brother, mother, grandmother, great grandfather, and so on, and so on; as far back as there have been a people. Warriors, kings, peasants, and outlaws. On and on they go, my blood, my family’s blood, it stretches on through eons, through eternity, looking as far back as fathomable, and then some.
    One look, that is all it takes, he looks at me and I am bonded to him and to those before me, it is like lightening. Nay, more like roots boring down every time our gaze meets. Back to Doggardland, back to the first men, the caves; back to Eden. Spear points, swords, guns, universities, cathedrals, and all the ruins we will leave behind. Can you imagine every existential conundrum you ever had solved with one look? I can. Love/children are like a candle.


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
― Gautama Buddha



   Every time my child touches me, his little hands on my face, his little fingers wrapped around my little finger, there is a cellular connection that cannot quite be put into words. It is a flash into the future.
 Every single generation before me, 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 g,great grandparents, 32 g,g,great grandparents, and so forth and so on have come together, accumulated, and working in concert to create the perfect being before me. Ten little fingers, ten little toes curl to my touch. If I am blessed he will have 2 children; I will have 2 grandchildren, 4 great grand children, 8 g,g,grandchildren and so on and so forth. Stretching out into eternity; forever and forever until the stars birth new ones.
      With one touch my future is laid out before me, and my restless soul is at ease. My eyes are like his because I am a mere vessel passing a legacy that he will step into. Can you imagine the sheer weight of such a gift? If you cannot you should take the time to meditate on it, because regardless of if you can, you carry it. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Why go to the Gym, Why Meditate, Why Pray?


I have asked myself, why do we do this, why do we pursue these subjects of chivalry, preparedness, spirituality, and  the esoteric, where is this madness leading you to, if not in the right direction?

Amalgamate and synthesize, that is what I do. That is what we all do; we take the experiences from our past, and our desires for the future to navigate a course of becoming the person we wish to be. So what is the course for us, and many people like us? I believe it is to become a figurative Renaissance Man, or True Lady if you prefer. The idea that not only would a man become proficient with Donovan's 4 tactical virtues of masculinity that consist of strength, courage, honor, and mastery, but will have taken in the 4 base virtues to their highest levels of understanding, and from them branch out to the other chivalric virtues provided by our culture.  

This is the idea of being able to defend the innocent with brute force by the fist, sword, and gun is the most foundational paradigm, and could easily lead into hours of digression. But the other aspect that is not as glamorous is the way of the healer or repairer.

This idea could be enhanced by an example of a group of street thugs about to savage a damsel in distress but their aims are thwarted by you, a vigilante hero, or you are driving down the interstate and happen to be the first person upon a terrible car wreck, you can pull over; effectively administer medical aid to the living, spiritual assistance or last rights to the dying, and mental therapy for bereaved witnesses. Mind, body, spirit, with the capacity for defense, that is what I aspire to be. A true knight wondering the wastes, defending the meek, and delivering the wicked.

This is done on an individual or personal level, without the blessings or requirement of a government or higher authority comprised of men. These individuals form small bands, and these bands form larger decentralized societies that are working in concert to improve this retched place. Not through politics, not through soulless bureaucracy but through one individual, or singular situation at a time. We are wandering knights and Bishops, we are waiting for those in our rank and file who are stronger, to be distinguished by destiny and earn our respect, to lead us.

My sword is waiting
The 4th turning in the cycle is upon us
And a crown is without a head 


For more check out Navigating Tribalism 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

No Apologies


I refuse to feel guilt for my ancestors who dominated those who were weaker
I refuse to cow down and plea for reformations because my ancestors who were not strong enough
I refuse to apologies for having a penis
For being attracted to the opposite sex
For having fair skin
For following the teachings of Jesus Christ
For All men are created equal in the fact that they are all given 24 hours in a day
No apologies

Monday, October 8, 2012

Order of St. Joachim, "Self-Styled" or "Confraternal?"






The Order of St. Joachim: A Confraternal Order of Chivalry.
By: Nathan M. Glover
10-08-2012

           It has been said by so-called heraldic experts that the Order of St. Joachim (hereafter the OSJ), is a “self-styled” order of chivalry. The evidence of this they claim is that the OSJ lacks a proper “Fons Honorum.” A Fons Honorum, is a person or government which is a sovereign (A Prince, Duke, Head of State etc.), whom has lawfully established an Order of Knighthood. A “Self-Styled” order is one in which no valid “Fons” can be produced. I would like to counter these claims, and provide evidence that the OSJ is indeed what is known as a “Confraternal Order of Chivalry,” and is most certainly not “Self Styled.” First, let’s look at the claims made against the OSJ, that it is “Self-Styled, “from Guy Stair Sainty. Below I will rebut his claims, bit-by-bit:
          The Order of Saint Joachim, is a modern "revival" of an Order whose legitimacy was in question from its foundation. Promoted by a British writer on Orders (1802), who claimed that Admiral Lord Nelson had accepted the "Grand Magistery" - the Admiral being Britain's greatest hero at the time - but there is no historical evidence that Lord Nelson ever took up these duties. The Order ceased to function early in the 19th century. The present "Order" has been revived under the "Grand Magistery" of a certain Helmut von Braundle-Falkensee (this family is not included in the Genealogische Handbuch der Adeligen Häuser, the principal reference source on German noble houses).[11] This appears to be a body genuinely dedicated to charitable works, and the small sum required for membership (£15 sterling) is so modest that no-one could be fooled into believing this was any more than a charitable association which has assumed the guise of an order, rather than a body which seriously pretends to be an Order of Knighthood in order to defraud.”

The first claim Mr. Sainty makes, is: “Promoted by a British writer on Orders (1802), who claimed that Admiral Lord Nelson had accepted the "Grand Magistery" - the Admiral being Britain's greatest hero at the time - but there is no historical evidence that Lord Nelson ever took up these duties.”

This argument is somewhat of a red herring. For starters, Lord Nelson was never made “Grand Master of the Order, as is so stated in the quotation above.” He was simply given the honorific rank of “Knight Grand Commander” and never had any administrative duties or otherwise in the OSJ. Hence, why there is no “historical evidence” supporting that he was ever the Grand Master, because necessarily there wouldn’t be any would there?

A second claim: “The Order ceased to function early in the 19th century. The present "Order" has been revived under the "Grand Magistery" of a certain Helmut von Braundle-Falkensee (this family is not included in the Genealogische Handbuch der Adeligen Häuser, the principal reference source on German noble houses.”

          While the OSJ was “re-organized,” it never ceased to function. Whether or not the “Helmut von Braundle-Falkensee” family were nobility or not is immaterial, as this is not needed in a Confraternal Order of Chivalry as the “Grand Magistery” is an elected position.

The third and final claim of Mr. Sainty: “This appears to be a body genuinely dedicated to charitable works, and the small sum required for membership (£15 sterling) is so modest that no-one could be fooled into believing this was any more than a charitable association which has assumed the guise of an order, rather than a body which seriously pretends to be an Order of Knighthood in order to defraud.”
           
No, the OSJ does not “pretend to be an Order of Knighthood,” nor an “Order of Knighthood in order to defraud.” It is an Order of Knighthood, and the only pretending going on, is that it’s not, by some “Historians” with questionable agendas at best, and malicious intent at worst. Francis Townsend, the “Pursuivant of Arms,” of the English College of Arms had the following to say about the OSJ:




          So, let’s take a look at the founders of the OSJ, and see if we can determine what sort of Chivalric Order that it is. This is an excerpt from the official OSJ website:
         
The Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Saint Joachim was established on the 20th of June, 1755 by fourteen nobles and distinguished military leaders of the Holy Roman Empire. Having seen the terrible consequences of ongoing religious wars in Europe, our founders dedicated themselves to "worship the Supreme Being, show tolerance towards all religions, loyalty towards their princes, support the needs of their military, the poor, widows and orphans." The Order was uniquely composed of both Protestant and Catholic nobles and leaders at a time when religion violently divided Europe and the German states within the Holy Roman Empire, and other knightly orders allied themselves exclusively with one faith or the other. The Order was headed by His Serene Highness Prince Christian Franz von Sachsen-Coburg Saalfeld, son of reigning Duke Franz Josias. Prince Christian Franz was installed as our first Grand Master on June 20th, 1756, a position he held until 1773. In addition to Prince Christian Franz, the other founding members of the Order in 1755 were:


·        Duke Karl Friedrich of Württemberg-Oels

·        Prince Piccolomini

·        Count Josef von Clary und Aldringen

·        Baron Friedrich Karl von Eib

·        Ritter Michel Fachner von Trauenstein

·        Keck von Schwarzbach

·        Count Procop von Kollowrat-Krakowsky

·        Baron Johann Philip Schutzbar von Milchling

·        Baron Moser von Filseck

·        Count Johann Wilhelm von Nostitz

·        Baron Anselm Josef Reichlin von Meldegg

·        Johann Josef Wiedersperger von Wiedersperg

·        Baron Friedrich von Zobel von Giebelstadt”
         (2011, the Order of Saint Joachim)


This excerpt from the official website of the OSJ makes it clear that the founding head of the Order in 1755 was not a sovereign. Yes, he was a Prince, but it were his Father whom was a reigning Duke, and hence, a sovereign. Even though the next few Grand Masters of the Order would most certainly qualify as a “Fons Honorum,” the position of Grand Master was an elected position due to the Order being Confraternal, and not based upon familial bloodlines, or other titles of nobility. So what is a “Confraternal Order of Chivalry?” According to Jonathan Dacre Boulton D’Arcy, a Confraternal Order is: “A class made up by those orders which took the form of a devotional confraternity but, unlike the monarchical orders, were endowed with a formally democratic constitution under which the chief office was elective rather than hereditary.” (1987, 2000, D’A.J.D. Boulton)


This precisely describes the Order of St. Joachim. As we can clearly see, the OSJ is a legitimate confraternal order of chivalry, based upon the definitions of such. We can speculate as to why there have been those whom have slandered the order, or claimed it was “self-styled.” Could it be because of the ecumenical nature of the Order? Could it be that they are opposed to religious tolerance, and forging relationships between religions? Could it be that they do not like that there are no religious requirements to join the order, and feel that Christianity, and more precisely Roman Catholicism has a monopoly over Chivalry? I think perhaps more light may be shed by viewing the order’s foundation with the understanding that it’s stated raison d’être was highly unconventional and even radical at the time it was created. Making it more radical, were some of the early members of the order, which had known memberships in the Freemasons, the Perfectibilists (Adam Weishaupt’s Bavarian Illuminati), and the Rosicrucians. These individuals founding this order in those times of radical upheaval would certainly have not garnered the generosity of other more conventional (Catholic) orders of Chivalry. I think perhaps viewed through this lens, it can possibly be seen why the order has historically had detractors!

In summary, I treasure my membership in the Order of St. Joachim. I strongly believe in its stated principals of religious tolerance, and brotherhood. It is an honor to belong to such an August company of men such as Lord Horatio Nelson. The order’s obscure historical connections with secret societies, and political intrigue, make it a very interesting order to research and belong to. For my next paper on the Order of St. Joachim, I will go into more detail of the order’s connections with the Freemasons, The Illuminati, and the Rosicrucians.

Respectfully,

Nathan M. Glover

          Mr. Glover is a Knight Expectant in the Order of St. Joachim. He is also a Master Mason in Mcmillan Lodge # 141, AF&AM, Grand Lodge of Ohio, Affiliate of King Solomon Lodge # 8, PHA Kentucky Inc., and a Knights Templar in Webb Commandery # 1, Lexington York Rite Bodies. Mr. Glover is an avid historian, fraternal enthusiast, and mystic. He also currently serves the citizens of the United States, as a Federal Police Officer, and was Honorably Discharged from the Army, where he served as a Combat Engineer in the 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Glover is the proud father of three beautiful children, and a beautiful wife whom is originally from Lagos, Nigeria.



References:
Sainty, G.S. (N.D.). Almanach De La Cour: Confraternal Orders of Chivalry. Retrieved from website: http://www.chivalricorders.org/orders/self-styled/slfstlod.htm
N.A. (2005-2012). The Order of St. Joachim. Retrieved from website: http://www.stjoachimorder.org/

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Honorary Colonel



An honorary commission or a regular military commission is the American equivalent of being knighted, The honorary title of Colonel is conferred by some states in the United States of America and certain military units of the Commonwealth. The origins of the titular colonelcy can be traced back to colonial and antebellum times when men of the landed gentry were given the title for financing the local militia without actual expectations of command. This practice can actually be traced back to the English Renaissance when a colonelcy was purchased by a lord or prominent gentleman but the actual command would fall to a lieutenant colonel, who would deputize for the proprietor.
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There is an aristocratic tinge to the social usage of the title “colonel", which today designates the southern gentleman, and is archetypal of the southern aristocrat. States conferring this title as an honor include Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Alabama. In 2005 Illinois allowed for the Governor of the State to make appointments to the Governor's Regiment of Colonels, but no such appointments have been made. Many states have provisions in their articles or bills concerning state defense forces which allow the governor to grant honorary membership of the officer ranks. While the honorary colonel of this usage has no actual military role, the title did evolve from the military.

The highest honor of Tennessee is “Colonel, Aide de camp, Governor’s staff". Those who receive this award are recorded by the Secretary of State of Tennessee with those who have been commissioned into the State Guard and Tennessee National Guard. This distinction went to only American citizens or Tennessee residents until Governor Phil Bredesen awarded it to the first non-American, a Canadian, Cory Ward Dingle of British Columbia for his contributions to the People of Tennessee.

Kentucky’s famous colonelcy evolved from the personal bodyguards of the governor and now confers its recipients as honorary members of the governor’s staff. Like Tennessee, Georgia’s honorary titles give its members a rank as Aides-de-camp to the Governor's staff and is codified in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 38-2-111, while the Alabama honor specifically makes one a lieutenant colonel in the state militia.

The Colonel is also often a shorthand reference to Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, who was an honorary Kentucky colonel. Another famous "colonel" was "Colonel Tom Parker", the manager of Elvis Presley whose title was granted by Jimmie Davis, the governor of Louisiana



Oklahoma Honorary Colonel


§446. Honorary staff of the Governor.


The Governor may appoint an honorary staff to consist of such number of honorary aides with the brevet title of Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel or Major, as he may desire. All of these staff officers shall be appointed by the Governor and hold office at his will and their commissions shall expire with the term of office of the Governor making such appointment. Staff officers shall not be subject to jury duty during the period of their service. The Adjutant General shall be ex officio Chief of Staff.


Laws 1951, p. 114, art. 1, § 7, eff. May 16, 1951.

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Oklahoma Sate Militia
Choctaw Governor Victor M. Locke and Oklahoma state militia officers, Oklahoma, 1910? – 1918?
Image courtesy Marquette University Archives, 11499

§4441. Composition of Militia Classes.
The Militia of the State of Oklahoma shall consist of all able bodied citizens of the United States and all other able bodied persons who shall be or shall have declared their intentions to become citizens of the United States, who shall be more than seventeen (17) years of age and not more than seventy (70) years of age, and said militia shall be divided into three (3) classes: The National Guard, the Oklahoma State Guard, and the Unorganized Militia.

Laws 1951, p. 115, art. 3, § 1, eff. May 16, 1951; Laws 1957, p. 422, § 1, eff. May 24, 1957; Laws 1968, c. 299, § 1, emerg. eff. May 3, 1968; Laws 1981, c. 136, § 1; Laws 1985, c. 96, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The American Legion of Merit

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Executive Order 9260--Legion of Merit
Source: The provisions of Executive Order 9260 of Oct. 29, 1942, appear at 7 FR 8819, 3 CFR, 1943-1948 Comp., p. 1222, unless otherwise noted.
1. The decoration of the Legion of Merit shall be awarded by the President of the United States or at his direction to members of the armed forces of the United States and members of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations, who, after the proclamation of an emergency by the President on September 8, 1939, shall have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services.
2. Awards of the decoration of the Legion of Merit may be proposed to the President by the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force, each acting upon the recommendation of an officer of the armed forces of the United States who has personal knowledge of the services of the person recommended.
3 (a). The decoration of the Legion of Merit, in the degrees of Commander, Officer, and Legionnaire, shall be awarded by the Secretary of Defense or his designee, after concurrence by the Secretary of State, to members of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations.
(b). Recommendations for awards of the Legion of Merit, in the degree of Chief Commander, to members of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations shall be submitted by the Secretary of Defense, after concurrence by the Secretary of State, to the President for his approval.

[EO 9260 amended by EO 10600 of Mar. 15, 1955, 20 FR 1569, 3 CFR, 1954-1958 Comp., p. 245]

Issues with the Knights Templar Uniform



A reordering of the Uniform is long overdue. We have lost touched, and yet tenaciously held to our military history and as such now have a uniform that reflects a hodgepodge of pseudo militarism and profane fraternalism. In short our uniforms no longer look sharp. For this reason I recommend 4 uniforms authorized for wear within our Commandies. “ 4 you say the chapeau alone is killing me”  well bear with me, the idea is that a commandry has the option of which one of the 4 they wish to employ, and they are the Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs), the Working Uniform w/o bridge coat, Dress Uniform w/o Bridge coat, and lastly the dinner dress.
The Battle Dress Uniform
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The BDU’s would be for the Sir night who favors the more nostalgic part of our noble Order and its medieval history the Indiana's Levant Preceptory comes to mind.

Here are links to a cape, tunic, sword, and the site has just about anything else one would need.
The Working Uniform
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The working uniform is basically a less extravagant version of the dress uniform with a shorter coat, Fatigue Hat in place of the chapeau, and the removal of the sword and sword belt. In addition the medals would be abbreviated to ribbons on a bar, with the addition of military awards being added and the “Military Veterans Bar Pin” being removed all together. 





The Full Dress Uniform
The full dress uniform would include the longer Frockcoat with double breasted gold Templar buttons and high collar, the ceremonial belt/ sword and chapeau would also be worn also worn. The problem with the chapeau is that is only looks good with certain kinds of clothing and sadly the short Naval Officer’s blazer that we see it with today looks like a horrible mismatch. This uniform should also be worn with full size medals.
 For this to be feasible our award and medal system needs to be brought in line with the current military specs.
 
 
 



non mounted medals
Our current jewels look large, gaudy, and to be quite honest some of them look cheap.  If we were to make the them same size and quality of current military medals they could be mounted for a much more professional look.
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  Also, we are an order of chivalry are we not? Why not modify the Knights Templar Baldric Jewel into a breast star to be worn below the masonic and military awards.
  The Dinner Dress Uniform
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Dinner dress uniforms are modifications of service dress blue or service dress white uniforms, with the service ribbons and breast insignia replaced by miniature medals and miniature breast insignia. Additionally, officers wear an evening shirt and black bow tie with dinner dress blue.
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Boat Cloak
Dinner dress blue jacket could consist of a black waist-length jacket with gold buttons Bullion or imitation bullion rank stripes are worn on the sleeves of the officers' blue jacket and, hard shoulder boards are worn. A gold cummerbund is worn by officers. Shirt studs and cuff links are gold for officers. A hat or cap is not required with dinner dress jacket uniforms, but may be worn, but it must be worn with an outer garment, which is traditionally the boat cloak for males but in our case could be a Bridge Coat.

Tropical dinner dress blue incorporates service dress blue trousers, summer white (short sleeve) shirt, an appropriate cummerbund, and miniature medals and breast insignia.

An additional uniform, formal dress (white tie), is optional for all officers, but may be prescribed for Grand Officers and above. This uniform is worn as an equivalent to civilian white tie dress. It is almost identical to the dinner dress blue jacket, except a wing collar shirt, white waistcoat, and white tie are worn. A formal blue tailcoat may also be prescribed.
Bridge Coat
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The Optional Bridge Coat could serve as a wonderful addition to the Knights Templar Uniform, not only as an overcoat but it could also be authorized for civilian/profane use in order to help vindicate the additional cost. In this scholar’s perfect world the gold Navy Buttons would be replaced with Knights Templar Buttons, and the epaulets would be replaced with Templar Shoulder boards of the Sir-Knights rank. The sleeves could even reflect the Sir Knights former military rank with embroidery of the same color as the bridge coat for a subdued indication of past service.  

A Coast Guard Bridge Coat

Navy

US ARMY

Navy