162nd Infantry Brigade, A-1-974

162nd Infantry Brigade, A-1-974

162nd Infantry Brigade

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Description

On a vertical rectangular embroidered item, the base semi-circular, diagonally divided from upper right to lower left, dark blue and black, displaying in the center a yellow diagonally placed lightning bolt from upper right to lower left between a red Cross of Lorraine above a diagonal green palm frond, at top and a red disc surmounted by a blue disc edged yellow, the red disc emitting four red pheons to each compass point, below; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border. Overall dimensions are 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) width and 2 5/8 inches (6.67 cm) in height.

Symbolism

Dark blue is the color traditionally associated with the Infantry units. Black denotes constancy and honors the fallen soldiers that made up the transition teams working in cooperation with foreign security forces. The Cross of Lorraine recalls the Brigade's wartime service during World War I in the Ardennes. The palm frond alludes to the unit's World War II campaign credit in the Philippines and the Western Pacific campaigns. The circles indicate the Brigade's continuous and swift movement of small transition teams to United States joint combat missions throughout the world. The spheres and pheons illustrate a compass rose, symbolizing readiness and deployment across the globe ? these elements represent the Brigade's worldwide operations of the transition teams to include Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Background

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 24 July 2008. It was amended to correct the symbolism on 31 July 2008. It was amended to change the dimensions on 30 October 2008.

(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-974)

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Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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