330th Medical Brigade, US Army
330TH MEDICAL BRIGADE, US ARMY
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a rectangle quartered scarlet and maroon arced at the top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) gold border 2 inches (5.08cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62cm) in height overall, a white cross throughout bearing a gold torch entwined by a green serpent.
Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI). Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in width overall, consisting of a cross quartered red (crimson) and maroon and centered in a silver disc encircled by a white ring within a blue ring surrounded by a continuous maroon scroll inscribed "TO LEAD AND MANAGE" in silver letters.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. Red suggests sacrifice and compassion. The four sections united by the cross symbolize teamwork and unity as well as highlighting the unit's medical mission. The torch, symbolizing leadership and knowledge, is entwined by a serpent, recalling the Staff of Aesculapius and underscoring healing and the medical arts.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. Blue refers to the location of the unit near Lake Michigan. Blue, white and red allude to the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the parent unit for service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The cross, a traditional symbol of medicine, is divided scarlet and maroon equally, symbolizing mercy and mission.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 6 October 1993. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 30th Hospital Center on 8 November 1979. It was redesignated for the 330th Medical Brigade, with description and symbolism revised, on 6 October 1993.
Literature: SSI Image from Wikimedia Commons and DUI Image from The Institute of Heraldry, Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.