Idaho Army National Guard, US
IDAHO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, US
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: On a blue (ultramarine) shield 3 inches (7.62 cm) in width and 2 15/16 (7.56 cm) in height overall, a gold elk shaded and detailed gold brown, facing to the front with head turned slightly to the right, couped at the shoulder issuing from a wreath of six twists alternating yellow and blue (grotto) all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of, at top a gold demi-sun between two blue snow-capped (white) mountain peaks bearing at the center a white elk's head and neck (front view) with antlers extending out in front of two green pine trees, one on each side, below the elk's head and between the trees a gold area charged with a stylized white syringa blossom, in base three wavy bars (blue, white, blue) all above a gold semi-circular scroll folded back at each end and inscribed "PROFESSIONAL FIRST" in blue letters.
Crest for Coat of Arms of Regiments and Separate Battalions of the Idaho Army National Guard: From a wreath of colors, an elk's head caboshed Proper.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The elk's head to the neck with full antlers is the crest which appeared on the first territorial seal of Idaho adopted on 5 March 1866. Idaho is a part of the "Oregon Territory" whose American title was established in 1846. As the territory is purely American, the twists of the wreath are white and blue. The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Idaho Army National Guard on 28 July 1975. It was redesignated with description amended for Headquarters, State Area Command, Idaho Army National Guard on 30 December 1983.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The elk's head was suggested by the Idaho Army National Guard's shoulder sleeve insignia. The pines symbolize Idaho's state tree (White Pine) and also allude to Boise, the capitol, known as the "The City of Trees." The sun and mountain peaks refer to the scenic Rocky Mountains and the vast mining industry in the state. The blossom on the gold background symbolizes the syringa (Idaho's state flower), and the plateaus of the southwestern part of the state, while the wavy bars in base allude to the many rivers and waterways of Idaho. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and noncolor bearing units of the Idaho Army National Guard on 19 March 1971. The insignia was redesignated and amended to update the symbolism, effective 1 October 1982, for Headquarters, State Area Command, Idaho Army National Guard.
Crest: The elk's head with full antlers is the crest which appeared on the first territorial seal of Idaho adopted on 5 March 1866. The crest was approved for color bearing organizations of the State of Idaho on 31 December 1923.
Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry.
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