77th Combat Aviation Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard
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77TH COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE, ARKANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a white diagonally placed square edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) blue border, a red disc emitting to the vertices four red spearheads. Overall dimensions are 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) point to point.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: On a blue vertical rectangular device with eight sides, 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height, a diagonal red stripe from lower left to upper right, overall a gold striking eagle in flight; attached below a blue scroll inscribed “FORCE FROM ABOVE” in gold.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Red, white, and blue are the national colors. Red denotes valor, white suggests purity, and blue indicates perseverance. The diagonal square alludes to a diamond, the rare and precious resource that each member of the Brigade brings to the fight. The disc at the center signifies the location of the Brigade’s origin in the center of the United States. The four spearheads symbolize the four cardinal indices representing the Brigade’s willingness to go in any direction to support and defend the constitution.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: Blue symbolizes the sky, where the Brigade fights and supports the mission. The red diagonal stripe indicates patriotism and the blood shed in the defense of our country. The eagle represents the might and will of the unit, signifying aviation as strong, powerful, and willing to stand and fight.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 27 July 2006.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.