185th Aviation Brigade, Mississippi Army National Guard
185TH AVIATION BRIGADE, MISSISSIPPI ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a vertical blue rectangular embroidered device arched convexly at top and bottom, a pair of white wings elevated behind a red trident issuing from the base; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) golden orange border. Overall dimensions are 2 1/8 inches (5.40 cm) in width by 3 inches (7.62 cm) in length.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of an ultramarine blue cloud formation of three lobes, surmounted by a white magnolia blossom with a yellow center and green leaves, in base a pair of silver wings displayed, all above a semicircular ultramarine blue scroll inscribed “ABOVE VALOR AND COURAGE” in silver letters.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors traditionally used by Aviation units. The wings represent the Brigade as an Aviation unit. The red trident suggests the 185th Aviation Brigade’s aerial firepower.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The magnolia blossom symbolizes Jackson, Mississippi, the home station of the unit; the magnolia blossom also alludes to Louis Le Fleur, whose trading post at Le Fleur Bluff was located where Jackson, Mississippi now stands. The wings represent the Brigade as an Aviation unit.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 1 March 2007. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 131st Aviation Battalion on 7 October 1970. It was redesignated for the 131st Aviation Group with description amended on 16 September 1987. It was redesignated for the 185th Aviation Group on 26 October 1987. The Insignia was redesignated for the 185th Aviation Brigade with description and symbolism updated on 15 February 2007. Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Inforamtion from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.