Army Overview: Mountain Tab

The Mountain tab is worn by those Soldiers assigned to the elite Mountain units, which specialize in fighting under harsh terrain and weather conditions.

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I’m 1SGT Lee Harrison, I’m a 19 Delta and I wear the Mountain Tab. I’m SSG Michael Bogden, I’m a 19 Delta Calvary Scout and I wear the Mountain Tab. The only unit allowed to wear the Mountain Tab above its patch is the 10th Mountain division. The history behind the 10th Mountain division is unique. No other unit has been able to fight mountain warfare with the effectiveness as the 10th Mountain division. In 1943, the 10th Mountain division came about. It was a specialized warfare dealing with mountain warfare. Then after World War II it was deactivated and then it was reactivated back in 1986 up here at Fort Drum New York. The 10th Mountain Soldiers in today’s Army are used for rapid deployment. Due to our light infantry division status, we are able to quickly deploy anywhere in the world. Boots on the ground is our main effectiveness; in today’s battle we can get there quickly and we can overwhelm the opposition. Being a Soldier in the 10th Mountain division is a great experience. The training is awesome, it’s a lot of fun, it’s exhilarating, it takes a lot of effort out of you. I volunteered to come to the 10th Mountain division, the reason I did, is I knew what I was in for. I knew it was a very tough assignment, I knew that the Soldiers were outstanding. A lot of good training, a lot of good leadership and I knew we would be widely deployed. This is something I wanted to be a part of, it is a sense of pride, I wanted the accomplishment. I knew that if I wanted to go into the best place, 10th Mountain division was the place to go. I spent half of my career with the 10th Mountain division. And it is a great division to be a part of, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned there’s nothing I can’t do. The training and the camaraderie, the tough assignments, it’s something that I’ll never forget. It’s something that anyone in the military, if they want to experience the toughest climate, then 10th Mountain division is it.