Army National Guard, Oregon, A-1-174, Old Type

Army National Guard, Oregon, A-1-783, Old Type

On a blue shield with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) blue border, 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 5/8 inches (6.67 cm) in width, consisting of a yellow demi-sun superimposed by the black silhouette of two diagonally crossed bayonets and at base a white wavy bar, all below a white stylized profile of Mount Hood.

The colors blue and yellow/gold are adapted from the State Flag of Oregon; gold is emblematic of honor and high achievement, blue denotes loyalty and devotion. The demi-sun symbolizes the West Coast and the setting sun. The Pacific Ocean and the mighty Columbia River are represented by blue and the wavy bar. The bayonets emphasize the Oregon Army National Guard's combat readiness. The Mount Hood profile is one of the Oregon's most recognizable landmarks.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Oregon National Guard on 23 January 1950. It was redesignated with description amended for Headquarters, State Area Command, Oregon Army National Guard on 30 December 1983. A new design was approved on 26 September 1990. The insignia was amended to revise the symbolism of the design on 10 December 1991. The insignia was amended to correct the width of the insignia and the color of the crossed bayonets on 3 January 2002. It was redesignated effective 1 October 2003, for the Oregon Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters.

(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-174)

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