District of Colombia Army National Guard, US

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DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, US

center Arms of District of Colombia Army National Guard, US
(Crest)
center Arms of District of Colombia Army National Guard, US
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


center Arms of District of Colombia Army National Guard, US
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)

Official blazon

Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the District of Columbia Army National Guard: From a wreath of colors, the dome of the United States Capitol Proper in front of a rising sun Or.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: A gold color metal and enamel device 15/16 inches (3.33 cm) in width overall consisting of the dome of the United States Capitol in white in front of a gold rising sun and supported by a torse of six twists alternately of white and red; on a blue scroll arched above the dome, the words "CAPITAL GUARDIANS" in gold.

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: On a red three-sided background 2¼ inches (5.72 cm) in height and 2⅛ inches (5.40 cm) in width with the base straight and the sides arced, the crest of the National Guard of the District of Columbia Proper.


Origin/meaning

Crest: The dome of the United States Capitol typifies the District of Columbia and the rising sun is from the District of Columbia seal.

The crest was approved for the National Guard of the District of Columbia on 14 June 1928.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The dome of the United States Capitol typifies the District of Columbia. The rising sun is adapted from the District of Columbia Seal and signifies the ascendency of the National Capitol and the country it represents. Since the District of Columbia lies within the territory of the original thirteen English colonies, the twist of the wreath are accordingly in white and red.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and noncolor bearing units of the District of Columbia Army National Guard on 1972-10-10. It was amended to change the description to reflect the base metal of the badge as gold color in lieu of silver on 1973-02-01. The insignia was redesignated effective 1983-12-30, for Headquarters, District Area Command, District of Columbia Army National Guard. It was redesignated effective 2003-10-01, for the District of Columbia Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The dome of the United States Capitol typifies the District of Columbia and the rising sun is from the District of Columbia seal. The District lies within the territory of the original thirteen states whose predominant population was of English origin; accordingly, the twists of the wreath are white and red.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the District of Columbia National Guard on 1948-06-07. It was redesignated for Headquarters, District Area Command, District of Columbia Army National Guard on 1983-12-30. The insignia was redesignated effective 2003-10-01, for the District of Columbia Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description and add a symbolism.(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-477)


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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army