30th Infantry Brigade, North Carolina Army National Guard
30TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, NORTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: The letters “O H” blue upon a red background, the “O” forming the elliptical outline of the device long axis to be 2 1/2 inches (6.35cm) and short axis 1 5/8 inches (4.13cm). The letter “H” within the “O”. The letters “XXX” on the bar of the “H”. The insignia to be worn with long axis vertical.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of a representation of a hornet’s nest in blue enamel charged at top with five gold fleurs-de-lis and in base with a gold fine-pointed star, all enclosed by a continuous scarlet enamel scroll inscribed with the words “OLD HICKORY” at top and “BRIGADE” below and crossing at center overall from lower right to upper left a gold branch of laurel beneath a gold sword with point at upper right and hilt at lower left the blade divided in half lengthwise with green enamel above and red enamel below, both ends of sword and laurel branch protruding outside the scroll.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The letters “O H” are the initials of “Old Hickory” and the “XXX” is the Roman notation for the number of the organization.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The hornet’s nest, adapted from the crest of the North Carolina ARNG, is a reference to the unit’s home area. The fleurs-de-lis represent the unit’s participation in five campaigns in Europe during World War II, while the sword with blade in the colors of the Belgium Fourragére refers to that award received for service in Belgium and the Ardennes. The laurel branch and the star denote awards of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and with Star for service in France during World War II; the scarlet scroll alludes to the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was originally approved on 23 October 1918 for the 30th Division. It was redesignated for the 30th Infantry Brigade on 20 February 1974. The insignia was redesignated for the 30th Armored Brigade, North Carolina Army National Guard effective 1 September 2004. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was authorized for the noncolor bearing units of the 30th Infantry Brigade on 11 June 1974. The insignia was redesignated for the 30th Armored Brigade, North Carolina Army National Guard effective 1 September 2004. Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons
. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.