212th Field Artillery Brigade, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of 212th Field Artillery Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 212th Field Artillery Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA. Description: A vertical rectangle arched at top and bottom, 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height overall, having within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border a field divided per saltire of yellow and scarlet and between two yellow decrescents at center, two black vertical arrows conjoined, their points upwards.

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width overall consisting of a gold sunflower surmounted by a black enamel disc or “gunstone” bearing a gold double-headed battle-ax, all above a red enamel scroll inscribed “COURAGE AND COMMAND” in red letters.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for the Field Artillery branch. The crossed lines of the field refer to target finding and the two decrescents suggest the aerial route of the artillery projectile; the arrows denote artillery. The Roman numeral designation is represented by the two C-shaped symbols for 200 and the X-shaped field and two vertical arrows for 12.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Red and yellow (gold) are the colors used by the Field Artillery. The gold sunflower is used to represent Fort Riley, Kansas, where the unit was first activated. The sunflower, a symbol of the sun, also alludes to the leadership and training offered by the unit at Grafenwohr, Germany. The double-headed battle-ax, a favorite Teutonic weapon, symbolizes the alert combat record of the 212th Field Artillery Group in Central Europe, World War II. The black disc or “gunstone” stands for the fire power of the artillery weapons of the unit.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 28 July 1981. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 212th Artillery Group on 12 February 1969. It was redesignated for the 212th Field Artillery Group on 7 April 1972. The insignia was redesignated for the 212th Field Artillery Brigade on 20 July 1981.

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

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