Custom Challenge Coin of the Month- April 2016
This month’s military challenge coin was presented to soldiers who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom was a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Four weeks after the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon this operation began. The purpose of Operation Enduring Freedom was to end the terrorist presence that had taken over the middle-east and attacked the United States, primarily the al-Qaeda and Taliban and under the leadership of Osama Bin Laden. It started with air strikes from land based B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, and carrier based F-14 and F/A-18 fighters. Cruise missiles were then launched from both United States and British ships and submarines.
The very first ground troops to enter Afghanistan were Special Operation Forces. These groups specialized in unconventional war tactics alongside opposition forces. Eventually other regular troops were allowed to enter Afghanistan to assist in the war effort. The first city to be released from Taliban control was Mazar-e-sharif on November 9, 2001. Soon after multiple other cities such as Herat, Kabul and Shindand were also freed.
Operation Enduring Freedom lasted from October 7, 2001 until it’s completion on December 28, 2014. In August of 2003 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) became involved in Operation Enduring Freedom. With NATO’s help troops from 43 different countries joined the effort to free Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East from the terrorist presence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. While these forces were out-numbered and out-gunned by US and NATO forces their tactics of guerilla raids, suicide attacks, and ambushes made them difficult to eradicate and played a direct role in the 13 year length of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The soldiers that received this military challenge coin not only served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 but performed their duties above and beyond what was expected of them. “Lead by example” and “No one is more professional than I” are the mottos present on these unique military coins. For a soldier to be presented with this military challenge coin they would have to have upheld both mottos during their service. The center of this coin features the figure of the country of Afghanistan. The colors black, red and green are the three colors of the Afghani flag and are the primary colors of these military coins. It is made of high quality brass and features color and detailing on both sides.
At Unit Coins we believe in honoring the brave men and women who serve in the United States military. The military challenge coin tradition has been in practice for decades and seeks to recognize the exemplary service of soldiers who have served with distinction and dedication. We create only the highest quality military challenge coins so that they may last for generations. The men and women who are presented with these custom coins have honored their country with their service. It is our great pleasure to provide them with quality custom coins as tokens of their devotion to this country.