20th Aviation Brigade (Theater), USA

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20TH AVIATION BRIGADE (THEATER), USA

History: Formed in October 1998 as 635th Aviation Group in the Missouri National Guard. The Group was inactivated 8 August 1993 and reorganized 24 March 1997 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Aviation Brigade, 35th Infantry Division. Which in 2003 become the 20th Aviation Brigade (Theater). This was in 2 January 2009 redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Aviation Brigade, 35th Infantry Division.


Coat of arms (crest) of 20th Aviation Brigade (Theater), USA

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 20th Aviation Brigade (Theater), USA

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a shield shape with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Black border, 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.32 cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield reversed arched at top and quartered Azure and Golden Yellow with a straight sword throughout surmounted by a stylized White vol of twenty feathers and overall a Scarlet mullet charged with one Azure.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield reversed arched at top and quartered Azure and Golden Yellow with a straight sword throughout surmounted by a stylized Silver vol of twenty feathers and overall a scarlet mullet charged with one Azure. Attached below the shield a Scarlet scroll inscribed "STRENGTH AND HONOR" in Silver letters, the ends of the scroll enclosing a dogwood flower and leaves to dexter base of the shield and laurel leaves and berries to sinister side, modeled, recessed and filled with transparent green enamel.


Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Ultramarine blue (Azure) represents Aviation; the wings and sword denote swiftness of action and readiness. Red and blue signify courage and fidelity, respectively; white represents dignity and integrity. Together, they symbolize the United States' resolve and unity. The outer star refers to the Nation and the inner star to individual states and citizens. Golden yellow signifies excellence and high ideals. The black border represents strength and solidarity. The twenty feathers refer to the unit's designation.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Ultramarine blue (Azure) represents Aviation; the wings and sword denote swiftness of action and readiness. Red and blue signify courage and fidelity, respectively; white represents dignity and integrity. Together, they symbolize the United States' resolve and unity. The outer star refers to the Nation and the inner star to individual states and citizens. Golden yellow signifies excellence and high ideals. Dogwood alludes to strength, laurel to honor. The twenty feathers refer to the unit's designation.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and the Distinctive Unit Insignia was both approved on 1 August 2003.

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


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