29th Infantry Brigade, Hawaii Army National Guard
29TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, HAWAII ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a white shield with arched top and bottom, 2 inches (5.08cm) in width, a blue barbed cross, in base two wavy bars - red and blue conjoined but separated from the cross, and bordered by a white fimbriation 1/16 inch (.16cm) wide all within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) blue border.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height consisting of a blue cross with barbed ends supporting between the arms two gold dolphins in saltire with heads up and facing out contained in base by an arced red scroll inscribed with the motto "KA OIHANA MAMUA" in gold.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The colors blue and white are used for Infantry. The blue cross is suggested by Hawaii's nickname "Crossroads of the Pacific," and the barbed ends represent the protective mission of the 29th Infantry Brigade. The red and blue conjoined bars in conjunction with the white appear on the Hawaiian Flag, and also on the Hawaiian Coat of Arms. The bars are wavy to allude to the geographical location of Hawaii as being overseas from the continental United States.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The blue cross is suggested by Hawaii's nickname, "Crossroads of the Pacific," and the barbed ends represent the protective mission of the 29th Infantry Brigade. The gold dolphins allude to the crest of the Hawaii Army National Guard. The motto is translated as "Mission First."
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 16 May 1968. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 25 April 1967.
Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.