177th Military Police Brigade, Michigan Army National Guard
177TH MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE, MICHIGAN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: A yellow circular insignia with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) green border, 3 inches (7.62cm) in diameter overall consisting of a twelve spoke green gear wheel bearing two yellow keys in bend addorsed, the sinister inverted, and interlaced with two yellow keys in bend sinister addorsed the sinister inverted.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of a green background bearing at each side a gold snow-capped mountain peak and at base a blue background bearing two white wavy bars, overall a vertical double-warded gold key bearing a black gear wheel charged with a white five-pointed star, all enclosed by a continuous four-folded gold scroll inscribed at side, top and side "PROTECT DEFEND PRESERVE" all in green letters.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Green and yellow are the colors associated with Military Police. The gear wheel suggests the heraldic term "embattled" representing a fortress and reflects the unit's involvement in defense. The keys allude to the organization's mission of protection and law enforcement. The gear wheel also represents Detroit, the "Motor City," present location of the unit.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The snow-capped mountain peaks symbolize the organization's war service in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. The upright key alludes to the unit's mission of protection and apprehension. The five-pointed star, a symbol of achievement and authority, was suggested by the state flag of Alaska and the city flag of Detroit. The gear wheel also represents Detroit, the "Motor City" and present location of the unit. The wavy blue and white bars represent Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and other waters around the upper and lower peninsulas that make up the State of Michigan. Green and yellow (gold) are the colors used for Military Police units.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 29 June 1988. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 177th Military Police Group 5 January 1977. It was redesignated and the description updated on 19 November 1986 for the 177th Military Police Brigade. Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Inforamtion from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.