19th Sustainment Command, US Army

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19TH SUSTAINMENT COMMAND, US ARMY

Arms of 19th Sustainment Command, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 19th Sustainment Command, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Description: A cinquefoil 2 1/2 inches (6.35cm) in diameter overall with one lobe at top center, having a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border and divided horizontally into two sections by a yellow S-shape line with red above and blue below.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of two blue stars joined at the horizontal arms within a gold arch at the top composed of a keystone between four staggered wedge shapes on each side, the keystone bearing a red stylized Rose of Sharon, and upon a red scroll encircling the sides and base of the device the inscription “MISSION FLEXIBILITY” in gold letters.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The five-lobed form is an allusion to the Rose of Sharon, national flower of the Republic of South Korea, where the organization has served continuously since activation. The colors red and blue, separated by the S-shaped line, are references to the yin yang symbol found on the South Korean flag. The unit’s branch and numerical designation are further suggested by the S-shape, S being the 19th letter of the alphabet and initial letter of the word “Support.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Gold, suggestive of buff, and red are colors used for Support. The keystone and arch from the Independence Gate, Seoul, Korea, signify the unit’s activation and service in Korea. The Rose of Sharon is the flower of Korea. The single flower and the nine segments of the arch allude to the numerical designation of the organization. The two stars are symbolic of guidance and enterprise, and are dark blue, the National color of the United States. The stars also refer to the command and control of all assigned and attached units; to the planning and directing the provision of specified combat services support; to the coordinated planning and supervision of physical security and rear area protection activities when employed in the Army service area; and to the providing of staff advice and planning assistance to supported tactical command and combat service support activities.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was originally approved for the 19th Support Brigade on 21 August 1975. It was redesignated for the 19th Support Command on 14 April 1978 and amended to revise the symbolism. The insignia was redesignated with description updated for the 19th Sustainment Command on 1 June 2006. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally authorized for the 19th General Support Group on 23 July 1969 and redesignated for the 19th Support Brigade on 19 December 1974. On 7 September 1976, it was amended to revise the symbolism. The insignia was redesignated for the 19th Support Command on 14 April 1978. It was redesignated with description updated for the 19th Sustainment Command on 1 June 2006.


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