Invention

This Navy Officer’s Name Tag Invention Is Now Available For Purchase

Years ago, Navy Lieutenant Mitchell Kempisty saw a problem that needed to be solved.

Namely, the name tag on his suits kept getting wrinkled and curled up during the rigors of life aboard a warship.

“They just look really bad,” he said this spring. “People walk around looking disheveled with this badge. It’s the first thing you notice.

So he set about creating and then patenting a simple invention to fix that “unsatisfied” look.

And now Kempisty has partnered with one of the nation’s largest military insignia companies to bring his invention to other service members.

The basic concept of Kempisty is simple: a backing panel attached to the back of the tag which has its own velcro to attach to the uniform, keeping the tag straight and true in the process.

“The Enforcer”, as Vanguard, the military insignia company named it, gives a stiffer backbone to name tags on coveralls, flight suits and other uniforms, preventing curled and ragged edges that appear anything but squares.

“When I started the invention that became ‘The Enforcer,’ all I wanted to do was fix the sloppy, curled, crumpled mess that I saw as my wetsuit tag,” Kempisty told the Navy Times. “Having ‘The Enforcer’ on the shelves means the world to me, as it marks the culmination of three years of effort.”

Vanguard officials read an earlier Navy Times article about Kempisty’s invention earlier this year and realized it would fit their existing product line, according to Michael Harrison, the company’s chief operating officer.

The company entered into a license agreement with Kempisty, and the product is now available online.

Vanguard is also negotiating to put the product on military exchange shelves, Harrison said.

“It was a good idea,” he said of the product, which is not a required badge. “For the guy who wants to stand out among his peers, this product does a service.”

Kempisty, who graduated with an engineering degree from the US Naval Academy in 2014, said it took nearly three years to take his idea from light bulb to prototype.

He bought a basic 3D printer, used it on his dining room table in his spare time, learned computer-aided design, or CAD, and then created a prototype.

A childhood friend and patent attorney helped him legally lock down the idea.

Kempisty graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School in December with a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and joined the guided-missile destroyer Mason as an operations officer.

“My hope is that ‘The Enforcer’ will become a standard purchase, to protect and enhance the appearance of anyone wearing a work uniform with identification: name tag, unit patch or whatever,” he said. . “This could apply whether in the military, or in other uniformed professions or activities.

Geoff is a senior reporter for the Military Times, specializing in the navy. He has covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was recently a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes all kinds of advice at [email protected]