National Guard general admits his ribbons were upside down during State of the Union

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The top general in charge of the National Guard screwed up his uniform in front of millions of Americans, but at least he has a good sense of humor about it.


As is the case at every State of the Union, the Joint Chiefs of Staff put on their poker face once again for the presidential address on Tuesday. And seated just behind Army Gen. Mark Milley was the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel — with his ribbons on upside down.

Whoops.

“Question: What’s wrong with this picture? I’ll give you a hint…It’s why they keep putting eraser on pencils,” Lengyel tweeted. “Answer: The ribbons on my uniform are upside down. Let this be a lesson and don’t let it happen to you!”

Let’s take a closer look. Enhance…

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It wasn’t clear from Lengyel’s tweet whether he did this one himself, or another one of the chiefs pulled a friendly prank on him.

A spokesman for the National Guard Bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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