43rd Military Police Brigade, Rhode Island Army National Guard

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43RD MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE, RHODE ISLAND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Coat of arms (crest) of 43rd Military Police Brigade, Rhode Island Army National Guard

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 43rd Military Police Brigade, Rhode Island Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a green shield 3 inches (7.62cm) in height overall a yellow wall of two crenelles above three green wavy bars, issuing from base and surmounted overall a white pike all within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of a gold anchor vertically bisecting a horizontal white enamel wavy band on a green background all encircled by a continuous gold scroll, divided in four folds the upper three inscribed "PROTECT THE RIGHT" in green letters,

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The fortification above the wavy bars alludes to the wall surrounding the 15th century city of Rhodes, capital of the Island of Rhodes in the eastern Mediterranean after which Rhode Island was named. The wavy bars also represent Narragansett Bay and the many waterways of the state. The pike, any early weapon used by guards symbolizes the 43d Military Police Brigade's ability to give protection and strong support. Green and yellow are colors used for Military Police units.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Green and yellow are the colors used by the Military Police. The gold anchor adapted from the Rhode Island State Flag, and the wavy band, simulating the water of Narragansett Bay, allude to the home area of the organization.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 16 May 1969. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 23 May 1972. Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.


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