18th Aviation Brigade, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of 18th Aviation Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 18th Aviation Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: On a blue rectangle arced at top and bottom with a 1/8 inch golden orange border, 3 inches in height and 2 inches in width overall, a golden orange vol superimposed by a white quarrel.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches in height overall consisting of a blue cinquefoil couped in base bearing three overlapping yellow bars enclosing a blue equilateral triangle one point up and overall a quarrel point up, the feathers emitting two flashes pilewise all silver.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors associated with Army Aviation. The wings represent flight, high aspirations and preparedness. The quarrel symbolizes strike capabilities and aircraft.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The yellow triangle represents a three-runway complex on an airfield. The quarrel is symbolic of aircraft using these runways, while the two flashes allude to an Aviation unit’s capability to provide control approach, aircraft communications, and control facilities. The blue represents the sky.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was originally approved on 9 October 1987. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved on 21 September 1966 for the 269th Aviation Battalion; amended to correct the description on 7 November 1966; redesignated for the 269th Aviation Group on 3 July 1985; canceled on 25 October 1985, then restored for the 269th Aviation Battalion on 25 October 1985 and redesignated for the 18th Aviation Brigade on 12 August 1987.

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

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