Army National Guard, Rhode Island, A-1-176

Army National Guard, Rhode Island, A-1-176

Description/Blazon
A stylized shield edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) scarlet border, 2 7/8 inches (7.30 cm) high and 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) wide overall, divided vertically white and blue bearing a diagonally crossed anchor and sword counterchanged.

Symbolism
The State flag of Rhode Island is white, recalling the white uniforms worn by the state's soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Blue refers to the importance of the sea to Rhode Island in all aspects of its civic and commercial history. The sword represents the National Guard and the U.S. Army. The anchor is adapted from the state flag of Rhode Island. Red signifies courage and sacrifice and with white and blue, refers to the flag of the United States.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the Headquarters, State Area Command, Rhode Island Army National Guard on 12 August 1993. It was redesignated for the Rhode Island Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description effective 1 October 2003.

(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-176)

Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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