45th Sustainment Brigade, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of 45th Sustainment Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 45th Sustainment Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Description: On a scarlet rectangle arced at top and bottom with a yellow 1/8 inch (.32 cm) border, 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, between an eight pointed silver gray polestar highlighted white in dexter chief and a cluster of five silver gray stars with four points in the configuration of the Southern Cross Constellation in sinister base, a yellow lightning bolt throughout bend-sinister.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a red scroll entwined in the form of an “S” about the blade of a gold sword held upright by a gauntlet of gold issuant from the left, the motto “WE FIGHT TO SERVE” inscribed on the two center turns of the scroll in gold letters.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The color scarlet and the yellow lightning bolt recall the unit’s history with the 25th Infantry Division. The lightning bolt also symbolizes speed and quick response to provide combat service support. Scarlet, a color used by support units, is the color of zeal and sacrifice and yellow (gold) is emblematic of high achievement. The compass rose indicates guidance, leadership and the ability to deploy worldwide. The compass rose and the Southern Cross Constellation together highlight the organization’s mission to provide logistics throughout the world.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The colors buff (with gold substituted) and scarlet are used by Support units. The gauntlet holding the upright sword signifies the unit’s readiness to fight in order to serve. The scroll suggests the shape of an “S,” the initial letter of Support.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 12 January 2006. The Distinctive Unit Iinsignia was originally approved for the 45th Support Group on 7 November 1968. It was redesignated for the 45th Sustainment Brigade with the description updated on 21 December 2005. Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army