263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, South Carolina Army National Guard
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263RD ARMY AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND, SOUTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a yellow rectangle arced at the top and bottom, with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) red border 3 inches (7.62cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08cm) in width overall, a blue palmetto bearing a white crescent, overall a red missile and red field piece saltirewise.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height, consisting of a blue palmetto with a brown trunk superimposed by a gold missile and enclosed in base by a red crescent inscribed "DUTY HONOR EXCELLENCE," in gold letters.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Scarlet and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with Air Defense Artillery. Yellow/gold refers to excellence. The missile and cannon, adapted from the branch insignia, represent firepower and strength. The palmetto and crescent are associated with the South Carolina State flag and reflect the home of the unit.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The colors traditionally associated with Air Defense Artillery are scarlet and yellow/gold. The palmetto and crescent are adapted from the flag of South Carolina and reflect the unit's location. The missile suggests strike power and represents artillery warfare.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 14 February 1991. The insignia was redesignated for the 263d Army Air and Missile Defense Command on 20 February 2002. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 14 February 1991. The insignia was redesignated for the 263d Army Air and Missile Defense Command on 20 February 2002.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.