500th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

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500TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE, US ARMY

Arms of 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: An oriental blue rectangle arched at top and bottom 2 inches (5.08cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62cm) in height overall with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) silver gray border bearing a crossed yellow lightning flash and sword surmounted by a blue globe grid lined and outlined silver gray, and overall a yellow torch with red flame.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of an oriental blue conical shape with apex at base bearing a white radiant sun behind a white snowcapped black mountain peak, overall a gold palm tree eradicated, surmounted by a scarlet and blue Taeguk, and in base a gold Siamese headdress all between two gold bamboo trees with shoots arched, all enclosed at the top with a gold scroll inscribed "SCIENTIA POTENTIA EST" (Knowledge Is Strength) in scarlet letters.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Oriental blue and silver gray are traditionally associated with U.S. Army Military Intelligence. The sword signifies vigilance; the lightning flash alludes to electronic communications and speed. The globe symbolizes worldwide service. The torch and flame signify knowledge.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The background is oriental blue the color used by Army Intelligence units. Service in Korea is indicated by the red and blue Taeguk of the Republic of Korea and service in Taiwan is indicated by the white sun which appears upon the Republic of China flag. The unit's long service in Japan is commemorated by the silhouette of Mount Fuji. The palm tree is for service in the Philippines. The bamboo trees allude to service in the Republic of Vietnam, the Siamese headdress to service in Thailand.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 27 February 1989. The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was cancelled effective 16 October 1997, when the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade was redesignated to the 500th Military Intelligence Group. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 500th Military Intelligence Group on 15 July 1970. It was redesignated for the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade effective 16 October 1987. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was redesignated for the 500th Military Intelligence Group effective 16 October 1997, when the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade was redesignated to the 500th Military Intelligence Group.


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Inforamtion from The Insititute of Heraldry, US Army.