201st Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

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Arms of 201st Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 201st Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a shield divided from upper left to lower right, silver gray above oriental blue with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 5/16 inches (5.87 cm) in width overall, a sword between two flashes all yellow.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a blue disc bearing a silver polestar encircled at top and sides by a black scroll inscribed “WITH COURAGE AND VISION” in silver letters, and in base three alternate wavy bars of blue and silver superimposed by a silver mountain peak supporting a griffin segreant grasping a sword and a lightning flash, all gold.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray are the Military Intelligence branch colors. The two parts symbolize the responsibility for acquisition and processing of tactical and strategic intelligence. The sword symbolizes the aggressiveness, and physical danger inherent in Military Intelligence operations. The lightning bolts refer to the electronic warfare capabilities of the unit and the commander’s need for accurate and ready intelligence from all sources.

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors associated with the Military Intelligence branch. Black denotes secrecy. The blue disc superimposed by the silver polestar symbolizes the world and far reaching capabilities of the unit. The blue and silver wavy bars allude to World War II campaign participation in the Pacific. The silver mountain peak is representative of the Korean campaigns. The griffin, having the keen eyesight of an eagle and the strength and courage of a lion, indicates the attributes of Military Intelligence and also alludes to the motto. The lightning flash is indicative of communications, electronic warfare capabilities and the origin of the unit as a signal unit.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and Distinctive Unit Insignia was both approved on 29 April 1987.

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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.