642nd Regional Support Group

642nd Regional Support Group

Celebrating an outstanding coin to mark the end of a successful deployment

We always are happy to showcase coins that our clients have designed especially well. Today, our Customer Spotlight shines on custom challenge coins created for the 642nd Regional Support Group/Mobilization Support Brigade of the Army Reserve.

The 642nd RSG/MSG based in Decatur, Georgia, was recently deployed for a year to Fort Hood, Texas. The 642nd was mobilized to help ready National Guard and Reserve units for deployment both in the United States and abroad as well as redeploying them back to their home stations once their missions have been completed. The unit served at Fort Hood from December 2021 through December 2022.

Sgt. Michael Basley wanted to commemorate the unit’s successful deployment with custom challenge coins. A quick internet search led him to TJM.

He crafted a design with intricate details he wanted reproduced exactly.

“I designed and purchased challenge coins for two separate Brigade HQ elements,” he said. ‘”The coins were handed out to members of our team for successful completion of a mobilization.”

Custom challenge coin representing the 642nd Regional Support Group

He appreciated our responsiveness and attention to detail.

“The promptness of receiving proofs from our design staff was amazing,” he said. “the art and intricacy was astounding.”

He presented the coins to unit members at the end of the deployment, to rave reviews.

“They were blown away by the design team from my concept art,” he said.

Small wonder. Basley’s design includes key details such as an outline of the state of Texas in red, white and blue, overlaid with an eagle holding both an olive branch and arrows in its talons on the left side. A command sergeant major insignia overlays the right side of the outline.

To the left of the Texas outline are the words “Best Year Ever,” while the right side bears the phrase “One Team, One Fight.” The unit identification lies at the top of the coin, while the bottom bears the dates of mobilization and the term “Rockstars.”

The reverse features the phrase “Mobilization Support Brigade” and “Trained and Ready” at the bottom, both on a green background. The coin’s center features multiple insignia, including that of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.”

Reverse side of round challenge coin for 642nd Regional Support Group

Both Sgt. Basley and his troops were pleased with the coins. He plans to order more during a new deployment in Kuwait next year.

We thank Sgt. Basley for his confidence in our art team, customer service and pricing, and we thank him for his service to a grateful nation.


Rick Cundiff

Rick Cundiff

Content Director, Blogger

Rick Cundiff spent 15 years as a newspaper journalist before joining TJM Promos. He has been researching and writing about custom challenge coins and other promotional products for more than 10 years. He believes in the Oxford comma, eradicating the word "utilize," and Santa Claus.