66th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

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66TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE, US ARMY

Arms of 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a silver gray hexagon, one point up, with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) Oriental blue border 3 inches (7.62cm) in height and 2 5/8 inches (6.67cm) in width overall, an Oriental blue hexagon bearing a Yellow sphinx superimposed by a Silver Gray dagger hilted Black.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in width overall consisting of a hexagon composed of a chequy of (6) Black and White sections (one angle up), surmounted throughout by a smaller hexagon (flat side up) composed of a chequy of nine sections of Gold and Blue (oriental) with the center square charged with a Gold sphinx head, facing to the right, all above a Gold scroll inscribed "HONOR VALOR AND SECURITY" in Blue (Oriental) letters.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Symbolism: Oriental Blue and Silver Gray, representing loyalty and determination, are the colors of the Military Intelligence branch. Yellow/gold symbolizes excellence. The hexagon borders reflect the numerical designation of the brigade. The sphinx, a traditional military intelligence symbol, indicates observation, wisdom and discreet silence. The unsheathed dagger reflects the aggressive and protective requirements and the element of physical danger inherent in the mission of the unit.

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Symbolism: The black and white symbolize enlightenment and knowledge both day and night around the world. The chequy represents the unit's tactical and strategic capabilities in counter-intelligence. The sphinx is a traditional intelligence symbol and indicates observation, wisdom and discreet silence. The hexagon within a hexagon "6-6" further distinguishes the numerical designation of the organization.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 27 August 1987. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 66th Military Intelligence Group on 16 July 1969. It was designated for the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade on 8 October 1986.


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