Army National Guard, Missouri, A-1-486

Army National Guard, Missouri, A-1-486

Description/Blazon
On a red shield 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height, a black bear standing erect on a wreath of six twists alternating yellow and blue.

Symbolism
The grizzly bear is native in Missouri and has been a portion of the State Seal since 1822. The territory was originally a part of the Louisiana Purchase and the twists of the wreath are accordingly yellow and blue.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Missouri National Guard on 30 September 1949. It was redesignated for Headquarters, State Area Command, Missouri Army National Guard on 30 December 1983. The insignia was redesignated for the Missouri Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description effective 1 October 2003.

(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-486)

Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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