From:  Forrest Brandt

   Dated:  November 6, 2014

Subject:  Last of Us Draftees!

Dicky me lad, looks like Chief Rigby is wearing blues, brass and shoulder boards for Ordnance Corps instead of the usual muddy brown and nesting eagle brass of CWOs.  Anyone know when this change came about?
Forrest


AFVN Group Conversations

    From:  Forrest Brandt

   Dated:  November 6, 2014

Subject:  Last of Us Draftees!

Dicky me lad, looks like Chief Rigby is wearing blues, brass and shoulder boards for Ordnance Corps instead of the usual muddy brown and nesting eagle brass of CWOs.  Anyone know when this change came about?
Forrest


Last Vietnam Draftee -- CW5 Ralph E. Rigby

November 2014

    From:  Dickee Ellis

   Dated:  November 6, 2014

Subject:  Last of Us Draftees!


Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, presents Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby with an encased flag as a token of appreciation for his 42 years of dedicated service in the U.S. Army, during his retirement ceremony at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, on Oct. 28, 2014. Rigby is the last continuously serving draftee in the U.S. Army  (Photo: Chin-U Pak, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army)         
The last continuously serving Vietnam War draftee on active-duty is retiring from the U.S. Army.  Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby, 62, has served for 42 years, according to information from the 2nd Infantry Division.  He was just 19 when he was drafted into the Army.
In a news story by the 2nd Infantry Division, Rigby recounted his reaction when he was drafted.  His first response was to consider moving to Canada, but his mother, Dorothy, wouldn't hear it.  "We do not quit in this family," she told him, according to the 2nd Infantry Division's story.  "I took my mother's words and kept on going," Rigby said in the story. "After all, being drafted was the closest I have come to winning the lottery."
After training at Fort Dix, N.J., Rigby was sent to the Army's engineer school at Fort Belvoir, Va. He did not deploy to Vietnam. Instead, his first assignment was to South Korea.  Rigby enjoyed his time in Korea so much that he extended his tour.
Ten years later, as a sergeant first class, Rigby became a warrant officer.  He has served at various levels, from power generator equipment repairman to platoon sergeant to ground support maintenance technician.  He is now the senior ordnance logistics officer for the 2nd Infantry at Camp Red Cloud in South Korea.  "I love what I do," Rigby said in the division news story. "Knowing that I am able to work with all the brigades while still getting the opportunity to mentor officers and junior enlisted soldiers."
During a ceremony last week, Maj. Gen. Thomas Vandal, the 2nd Infantry's commanding genera, thanked Rigby for his service.
"Chief, you have truly been a bargain for the American people and our Army, a giver who has sacrificed much for the sake of our nation," Vandal said during the retirement event.  Rigby, who plans to settle in Fayetteville, N.C., said he's thankful for his time in the Army, according to the 2nd Infantry news story.  "It's mandatory to get old, but only optional to grow up," he said. "The Army has allowed me to travel and see things that I would have never seen otherwise."

    From:  Dickie Ellis

   Dated:  November 6, 2014

Subject:  Last of Us Draftees!

Says here he retired as Ordnance... can you wear your last assignment or can you go back and choose for retirement purposes only?    Got me...I was one of those draftees remember!!!   24 months sir....all the way!!!  

Dickie..Sp-5


    From:  Forrest Brandt

   Dated:  November 6, 2014

Subject:  Last of Us Draftees!

And then I decided to look it up:   (Cllick here)  Seems the change was made in 2004, before the order dropping the green Class As.