449th Aviation Group, North Carolina Army National Guard
449TH AVIATION GROUP, NORTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
History: Constituted 1 October 1987 in the North Carolina Army National Guard as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 449th Aviation Group. Reorganized and redesignated 1 September 2006 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 449th Aviation Brigade.
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in width overall, consisting of a stylized silver rendition of the Wright Brothers' Monument enveloped by the blue elliptical contrail issuing from a silver flight symbol; the contrail inscribed "FIRST" on the left and "IN FLIGHT" on the right in silver; the area between the contrail and the monument is golden orange.
Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors traditionally associated with Aviation. The profile of the Wright Brothers' Monument at Kittyhawk commemorates the birth of powered flight in North Carolina and alludes to the unit's location and mission. The motto exemplifies the continuing dedication to excellence and achievement. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 14 Apr 1988. Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons
. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.