304th Sustainment Brigade, US Army
304TH SUSTAINMENT BRIGADE, US ARMY
History: Activated in February 2006. Part of the Reserve.
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI). Description: On a shield-shaped embroidered device 2 1/8 inches (5.40 cm) in width and 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in height overall, edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Yellow border blazoned as follows: Per fess Celeste and Gules, a bridge of three arches Or, issuant from middle arch a pale wavy Azure.
Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI). Description: A gold color metal and enamel device, 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width consisting of two crossed black keys wards down surmounted in the center by a gold pillar throughout all enclosed by a scarlet tripartite scroll doubled and inscribed “AMERICA’S LOGISTICS CENTER” in gold.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Red and buff are the colors traditionally used by Support units. Light blue represents the sky. The dark blue denotes water. Blue is the color for honor and highlights the unit’s call to duty. The bridge symbolizes strong support; the seven stones on the top of the bridge represent the seven Army values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage, paving the way and guiding the unit to success. The two pillars foretell the unit’s future missions of combined and joint operations. The three arches allude to the window of the unit’s past. As the 304th Corps Materiel Management Center, active duty, reserve component and civilians forged a team to provide materiel management for I-Corps, America’s Corps. The river flows in the shape of an “S,” representing the triumvirate missions of sustainment, service and support which govern the task and purpose of the unit. The combined elements form the bridge, the symbol of the ethos of the 304th Sustainment Brigade. It also signifies the unit’s willingness to cross any obstacle; land, water and air to accomplish their mission.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: Scarlet is the color traditionally used by the Support units. The black keys signify the supply and maintenance mission of the 304th Support Center, the unit’s original designation. The gold pillar symbolizes fortitude and support provided by the center to installations and Army Reserve units in the western United States. The pillar is used in architecture alluding to the suburban landscape of Los Angeles, California, the “Golden State” and location of the Center. It also represents the unit being the “pillar of logistics” for the I Corps, along with the Center’s headquarters, located at Fort Lewis military installation.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 6 March 2006. The insignia was amended to correct the symbolism on 17 March 2006. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 304th Support Center on 10 August 2005. It was redesignated with symbolism revised for the 304th Sustainment Brigade on 1 February 2006. Literature: SSI Image from Wikimedia Commons. DUI Image and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.