15th Sustainment Brigade, US Army

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15TH SUSTAINMENT BRIGADE, US ARMY

Arms of 15th Sustainment Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 15th Sustainment Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a yellow rectangular shaped device arced at top and pointed at base 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, a bowed black bend and a bowed black bend-sinister saltirewise charged with five yellow mullets, in chief a black horse’s head; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold shield bearing a bowed black bend and a bowed black bend-sinister saltirewise charged with five yellow mullets, in chief a black horse’s head. Issuing from the top of shield is a gold rayed demi-disc surmounted by a gold covered wagon. Around the bottom of the shield is a black scroll inscribed with “SUPPORT THE ACTION” in gold letters.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Black and yellow reflect the colors of the unit’s lineage. The arches, symbols of support, indicate the vital support provided by the brigade. The stars highlight the five principle support functions of the brigade, namely: Supply, Maintenance, Transportation, Field Services and Human Resources. Together, the arches that form a stylized Roman numeral ten and the five stars represent the numerical designation (15) of the organization. The horse’s head symbolizes the long history of the unit tracing back to the days of the horse cavalry.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The covered wagon, adapted from the Brigade’s original patch, brings to mind the wagon masters of our Western expansion. This mode of transport signifies determination, fortitude and the “can do” spirit. The rayed disc or sun on the horizon, suggests optimism, vision and growth. Black and yellow (gold) reflect the colors from the unit’s history. The arches, symbols of support, indicate the vital support provided by the brigade. The stars highlight the five principle support functions of the brigade, namely: Supply, Maintenance, Transportation, Field Services and Human Resources. Together, the arches that form a stylized Roman numeral ten and the five stars represent the numerical designation (15) of the organization. The horse’s head symbolizes the long history of the unit tracing back to the days of the horse cavalry.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 13 January 2006.


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.