16th Aviation Brigade, A-1-1018

16th Aviation Brigade, A-1-1018

Description/Blazon
On a rectangle with rounded corners 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in height and 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width overall upon a dark blue background, two wings, feathers pointing down white, surmounted by a dagger point up black, arrayed to top the stars of the big dipper gold, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) golden orange border.
Symbolism
Ultramarine blue and golden orange the colors traditionally used by Aviation units. The wings represent the unit's Aviation mission, while the 16 feathers of each wing denote the numerical designation of the Brigade. The seven stars of the Big Dipper, part of the constellation Ursa Major, indicate the night flying capability significant of the unit owning the night. The dagger implies combat readiness and swift strike capability.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 3 December 2009.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-1018)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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