Alabama Army National Guard, US

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ALABAMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, US

Arms of Alabama Army National Guard, US

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Arms of Alabama Army National Guard, US

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Alabama Army National Guard Element Joint Force Headquarters)

Official blazon

Distinctive Unit Insignia: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron reversed debased Gules and Argent, in chief the crest for the National Guard of the State of Alabama Proper. Attached below the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed "POPULI VOLUNTATI SUBSUMUS" in Red letters.

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Resting on a bar of white and red twists, a sprig of cotton plant, green leaves with white full bursting boll, all on a gray disc 2¼ inches (5.72 cm) in diameter within a ⅛ inch (.32 cm) blue border.

Origin/meaning

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Cotton is a great element of wealth in the State. As the predominant original settlement within the State was of English origin, the twists of the wreath are white and red. The motto translates to "To the Will of the People We Subordinate Ourselves."

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the State Staff Corps and Departments, Alabama National Guard on 1928-11-16. It was redesignated for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and other non-color bearing units of the Alabama Army National Guard on 1969-06-06. The insignia was redesignated with the description amended effective 1983-12-30, for Headquarters, State Area Command, Alabama Army National Guard. It was redesignated retroactive to 2003-10-01, for the Alabama Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description and add a symbolism.

Shoulder Sleeve Inisgnia: Cotton is a great element of wealth in the State. As the predominant original settlement within the State was of English origin, the twists of the wreath are white and red.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Alabama Army National Guard on 15 December 1948. The insignia was redesignated for Headquarters, State Area Command, Alabama Army National Guard on 15 August 1985. It was redesignated retroactive to 1 October 2003, for the Alabama Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description and add a symbolism. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-474)


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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army