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31st Chemical Brigade

31st Chemical Brigade


31st Chemical Brigade
ASMIC: 31A


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of a gold disc surmounted by a white enamel decagon divided horizontally with a gold wavy bar bearing a black enamel arrow with a scarlet arrowhead between a gold fleur-de-lis and a gold Philippine sunburst, overall a scarlet enamel saltire, at the top a semi-circular gold scroll folded back at each side and inscribed "Dixie" and a scroll of the like in base inscribed "Brigade" all in black letters.


Symbolism: The scarlet cross of St. Andrew on the white field was suggested by the State Flag of Alabama. The ten sides of the decagon allude to the unit's history of ten campaigns of Confederate service in the Civil War. The fleur-de-lis symbolizes the unit's participation in World War I. The sunburst represents the organization's Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for service in the Southern Philippines, World War II; the scarlet arrowhead alluding to the unit's assault landing at New Guinea. The black arrow represents the area's Indian heritage, the Black Warrior River and the city of Tuscaloosa situated on the banks of the river where the unit was originally organized in early 1861 as the Warrior Guards. Tuscaloosa is the present home station. The disc symbolizes the unit's speed and mobility. The color yellow (gold) is used for Armor.


Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 12 August 1974. The insignia was redesignated effective 30 September 2002, with description updated, for the 31st Chemical Brigade.


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/31ChemicalBrigade.htm.

Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s):
- Dimensions: 3.02 cm


48th Chemical Brigade

48th Chemical Brigade


48th Chemical Brigade
ASMIC: 48A


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device consisting of a rampant green dragon grasping in its left claw a gold sword, point up, all within a blue benzene ring, bearing around the benzene ring five gold stars.  Attached below the device, a blue scroll inscribed "TO PROTECT THE NATION" in gold.


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with Chemical units.  The green dragon grasping the sword alludes to the chemical operations of the Brigade and the unit’s mission to combat chemical and biological warfare.  The benzene ring is adapted from the branch insignia.  The five stars symbolize the chemical battalions subordinate to the Brigade.


Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 16 September 2007. 


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/48ChemicalBrigade.htm.

Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s):
- Dimensions: 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm)


404th Chemical Brigade

404th Chemical Brigade


404th Chemical Brigade (B)
ASMIC: 404A


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width overall consisting of a blue benzene ring bearing a gold demi-sun superimposed by a green grassy mound all supported on either side by a gold dragon rampant, perched upon a blue scroll doubled and inscribed "DRAGONS IN SUPPORT" in gold.


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow/gold are the colors associated with the Chemical Corps. The benzene ring is adapted from the Chemical Corps branch insignia. The sunrise over the prairie is taken from the seal of Illinois, the "Prairie State." The dragons, symbolically staunch defenders, are traditionally associated with the Chemical Corps and epitomize the unit's motto.


Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 404th Chemical Brigade on 11 May 1990. It was redesignated for the 404th Support Detachment on 14 April 1998. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 September 2002, for the 404th Chemical Brigade.


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/404ChemicalBrigade.htm.

Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s):
- Dimensions:
- Illinois Army National Guard


415th Chemical Brigade

415th Chemical Brigade


415th Chemical Brigade (A)
ASMIC: 415A
- USAR.


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a blue benzene ring containing a gold background bearing a rampant green dragon, its tail terminating into three red barbs, all above a gold scroll around base inscribed “CHEMISM” in blue.  


Symbolism: Blue (cobalt) and gold (golden yellow) are the colors used for the Army Chemical Corps.  The benzene ring was suggested by the insignia of the branch.  The legendary dragon, symbol of fire and chemical destruction, whose strength lies in its tail, is green (unity of blue and yellow) to represent the organization’s mission and alludes to Greenville, South Carolina, the unit’s place of activation.  The three barbs of the dragon’s tail symbolize the areas of chemical, biological and nuclear warfare in the unit’s overall mission and capabilities.  The motto "CHEMISM" means chemical force or action.  This dedicates the unit to the tradition of being prepared to use whatever force or action necessary for the national defense.


Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 415th Chemical Group on 28 December 1979.  It was redesignated effective 16 September 1987, for the 415th Chemical Brigade.  


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/415ChemicalBrigade.htm.

Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s): 22-M.
- Dimensions: (31x24mm)


455th Chemical Brigade

455th Chemical Brigade


455th Chemical Brigade
ASMIC: 455A


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold dragon's head upon a gold rayed background enclosed by a blue benzene ring; superimposed in base by a green scroll doubled and inscribed "PROTECTING THE FORCE" in gold.


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow/gold are the colors traditionally used by Chemical organizations. The dragon, a legendary creature, symbolizes the fire and destruction of chemical warfare. The benzene ring adapted from the Chemical Corps insignia of branch encloses a rayed background which suggests an explosion commemorating the unit's campaign service during World War II.


Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 25 Aug 1999.


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/455%20Chemical%20Bde.htm.

Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s):
- Dimensions: Not in catalog.


460th Chemical Brigade

460th Chemical Brigade


460th Chemical Brigade (B)
ASMIC: 460A
- USAR, Arkansas.


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width overall consisting of a cube positioned on its point within an elliptical band forming a scroll inscribed "COVER THE FORCE" in dark blue letters, displaying on its upper two faces a gold scorpion on a dark blue field at left and a red serpent on gold at right, and within the dark blue face at base a diamond shape divided horizontally with red above and green below.  


Symbolism: The functions and heritage of the organization are alluded to by symbols for the four elements associated with alchemy and chemistry, namely, the cube and gold for earth, the circle and blue and gold for air, the upward-pointing triangle and red for fire, and the downward-pointing triangle and green for water.  (The scorpion and serpent, associated with alchemy, symbolize fire and water respectively.)  The flag of Arkansas, home of the organization, is recalled by the blue diamond in base, and the cube, a chemical symbol for aluminum, refers to bauxite, a major resource of the state.  The hexagonal shape of the device is a further reference to chemistry.


Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 460th Chemical Group on 20 August 1985.  It was redesignated effective 16 September 1987, for the 460th Chemical Brigade.  


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/460ChemicalBrigade.htm.


Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s):
- Dimensions: (29x30mm)


464th Chemical Brigade

464th Chemical Brigade


464th Chemical Brigade (A)
ASMIC: 464A
- USAR, Florida.


Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of four cobalt blue drops per cross within a cobalt blue benzene ring below a gold rising demi-sun all above a cobalt blue scroll doubled gold and terminating at the sun, inscribed “WE SERVE IN SILENCE” in gold letters.  


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow (gold) are the colors used for the Chemical Corps.  The sun, symbol of energy and authority, and the benzene ring represent the overall mission and unit capabilities.  The number of drops refers to the four main chemical reactions.  The drops simulate water which alludes to the unit’s present location, Johnstown, PA, known for its many disastrous floods.   


Background:  The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 464th Chemical Group on 25 February 1974.  It was redesignated for the 464th Chemical Brigade on 4 June 1987.  The insignia was amended to update the symbolism on 20 November 1987.  


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Chem/464ChemicalBrigade.htm.


Notes:
- Fastener(s): Clutchback.
- Hallmark(s): G-23.
- Dimensions: (30x33mm)






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