108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard

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108TH SUSTAINMENT BRIGADE, ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Arms of 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a buff pentagon-shaped embroidered device a red wheel with six spokes surmounted on the rim 13 white stars, a blue hub bearing throughout a white “Y” all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border. Overall dimensions are 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in width and 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in height.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/16 inches (3.33 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a pairle buff fimbriated Or. On a wreath of the colors Gold and Blue, upon a grassy field, the blockhouse of old Fort Dearborn Proper. Attached below the shield is a Gold scroll inscribed “SINE QUA NON” in Blue.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder sleeve Insignia: Red and buff are the colors traditionally used by Sustainment units. Red, white, and blue are the national colors. The sides of the pentagon-shape allude to the armed branches of service: Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard. The wheel signifies the Brigade’s logistical mission and the six spokes denote the subordinate units within the Brigade. Teamed together they possess the ability to move the “Wheel of Logistics” in order to sustain the force. The stars represent the original thirteen colonies and the nation’s heritage. The “Y” suggests the joining point of the Chicago River and North Branch Rivers, landmarks in Chicago and the location of the 108th Sustainment Brigade.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The shield is blue to represent the Infantry Division assignment. The buff represents the Quartermaster Corps and the pairle the allocation of the organization to Chicago. The motto translates to “Without Which It Cannot Be Done.”

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 13 November 2006. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 108th Quartermaster Regiment, Illinois National Guard on 19 May 1939. It was rescinded on 10 January 1943. It was reinstated and redesignated for the 108th Supply and Transport Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard on 10 December 1964. The insignia was redesignated for the 108th Support Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard on 26 November 1968. It was redesignated for the 108th Maintenance Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard on 23 December 1997. The insignia was redesignated for the 108th Sustainment Brigade on 13 October 2006


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