23rd Quartermaster Brigade, US Army
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23RD QUARTERMASTER BRIGADE, US ARMY
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a white wheel with gold spokes encircled in base by two gold laurel branches tied with three red cords and at top by a blue scroll inscribed "THE CORPS STARTS HERE" in gold letters, and overall a buff parchment doubled gold bearing a blue band between a blue book with white pages supporting a gold lamp in base and a gold crossed sword and key superimposed by a wheel at top.
The colors buff and blue have been adapted from the Quartermaster School device and are traditionally associated with the Corps. The parchment alludes to matriculation, achievement and the unit's mission. The diagonal blue bar, book and lamp of knowledge have been adapted from the Quartermaster School device. The crossed sword and key superimposed by a wheel are adapted from the Quartermaster Regimental insignia. The laurel is symbolic of achievement and high ideals: the three cords represent the commendable qualities of courage, skill and strength and reflect the history of the unit. The wheel, with twenty-three spokes exposed, refers to the designation of the unit and its logistics heritage.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 27 April 1987.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Instiute of Heraldry, US Army.