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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 4:30 am

FORT HOOD — With more than 20 years experience in the infantry, Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Akuna said serving in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment taught him to embrace the history of mounted riflemen.

He said he was often asked why, as an infantryman, he wore the yellow cord of armor on his Stetson, and his answer was simple — he represented the entirety of the storied 176-year-old regiment. His Ranger tab, Expert Infantryman Badge and Pathfinder Badge showed he is an infantryman by trade, but the cord showed he was a proud member of the cavalry.

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