174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, A-1-971


174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
Columbus, Ohio
Army National Guard, Ohio
 

Description/Blazon
A rectangle arched at the top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border, 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height overall divided per pale ultramarine blue and scarlet, between two yellow lightning bolts radiating pilewise in base a stylized missile of the like; in chief a chevron of nine white stars and on either side of the missile head are four white stars in the configuration of a square diamond.
Symbolism
Scarlet and yellow are the colors associated with Air Defense Artillery. The Nike Hercules missile was the weapon last employed in the ground based air defense of the United States Homeland and represents the Brigade's resumption of this mission. The seventeen stars represent Ohio as the seventeenth state to enter the Union and is home to the unit. The diverging lightning bolts allude to radar acquisition and speed of response. Red is the color of valor and yellow/gold is emblematic of excellence. The blue is symbolic of the clear skies that the Brigade maintains.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective 1 September 2008.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-971)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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