8th Sustainment Command, US Army
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8TH SUSTAINMENT COMMAND, US ARMY
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a white shield 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width and 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in height overall with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border four red wedges pointing inward from each side and from top and bottom and centered thereon a large blue eight-pointed star.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color circular metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a red fer-de-moulin above an open wreath of palm fronds surmounted on the wreath by the hilt of a vertical sword, point up, positioned in the middle of the blade a blue eight-pointed star, all below an arched blue scroll inscribed “SUSTAIN THE FORCE” in gold.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The pattern of red and white is adapted from the Eighth Army shoulder sleeve insignia and the manner in which the wedges enclose the star is suggestive of the support mission. The blue star, symbolic of command, has eight points signifying the Command’s numerical designation.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The fer-de-moulin, the center of a millstone for grinding wheat, suggests support. The sword denotes force readiness. The combination of the two images reflects the motto “SUSTAIN THE FORCE”.” The blue star, symbolic of the Command, has eight points signifying the Command’s numerical designation. The palm fronds symbolize the Command’s location in the Pacific Theater.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was originally approved for the Eighth Field Army Support Command on 3 May 1968. It was redesignated for the 8th Sustainment Command on 6 December 2005. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 3 February 2006.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.