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3rd Chemical Brigade

3rd Chemical Brigade
Color
3rd Chemical Brigade
Subdued
3rd Chemical Brigade
Desert


Description: A purple hexagon, 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height overall, edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) gold border, with scarlet flames issuing from base throughout, surmounted by a black arrowhead charged with the numeral "3" in gold.


Symbolism: The hexagon, suggesting crystalline formation, represents chemistry. The flames and the colors scarlet and purple allude to the mission of the chemical brigade. The arrowhead denotes willingness to attack and defend; its triangular form symbolizes the unit's designation.


Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 19 November 2002. It was amended to change the background color on 29 November 2002.


Source: The description, symbolism and background are from "The Institute of Heraldry" website: http://www.nbc-links.com/ssi-brigade.html.

Notes:
- Dimensions: 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) in height overall


31st Chemical Brigade

31st Chemical Brigade
Color
31st Chemical Brigade
Subdued


Description: Within a red circle 2 1/2 inches (6.35cm) in diameter and 3/16 of an inch (.48cm) in width on a white disc the red letters D D back to back in the form of an octagon, elements of letters 1/8 inch (.32cm) in width.


Symbolism: The two "D's" stand for the "Dixie Division" from which the brigade descended.


Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 31st Division on 7 March 1919. It was redesignated for the 31st Armored Brigade on 25 February 1974. The insignia was redesignated effective 30 September 2002, with description updated and a symbolism added, 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:
- Dimensions: 2.5 inches (6.35cm) in diameter.


48th Chemical Brigade

48th Chemical Brigade
Color
48th Chemical Brigade
ACU


Description: On a yellow embroidered hexagon edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) blue border, a pyramid of red flames issuing from base, surmounted by a sword throughout and point up, with yellow pommel, hilt, and handguard, the blade white between four red droplets, two and two.† Overall dimensions are 2 1/8 inches (5.40 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in length.††


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with Chemical units.† The benzene ring is adapted from the branch insignia.† The flames suggest the mission of the Brigade.† The sword represents military readiness.† The red droplets imply the method of distributing chemicals.† The four droplets and the eight flame licks allude to the unitís numerical designation.††


Background: The shoulder sleeve 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:
- Dimensions: 2.125 inches (5.40 cm) in width and 3.0 inches (7.62 cm) in length.††


404th Chemical Brigade

404th Chemical Brigade
Color
404th Chemical Brigade
Subdued
404th Chemical Brigade
Desert


Description: On a blue vertical rectangle arced at top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) blue border, three inches (7.62 cm) in height and two inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, a yellow hexagon superimposed by a green dragonís head erased, langued and garnished red with white teeth.††


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow are the colors associated with the Chemical Corps.† The benzene ring is adapted from the Chemical Corps branch insignia.† The dragon, symbolically a staunch defender, is traditionally associated with the Chemical Corps.††


Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 404th Chemical Brigade on 11 May 1990.† It was cancelled on 1 April 1998.† The insignia was reinstated 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:
- Dimensions:


415th Chemical Brigade

415th Chemical Brigade
Color
415th Chemical Brigade
Subdued
415th Chemical Brigade
Desert


Description: On a golden yellow rectangle arced at top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) cobalt blue border 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall a rampant green dragon with a 3 pronged red tip tail, red tongue and red eye.††


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow are the colors used for the Army Chemical Corps.† The green dragon symbolizes fire and chemical destruction, whose strength lies in its tail.† The three barbs of the dragonís tail symbolize the areas of chemical, biological and nuclear warfare in the unitís overall mission and capabilities.††


Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 16 March 1988.††


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

Notes:
- Dimensions: 3.00 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2.00 inches (5.08 cm) in width


455th Chemical Brigade

455th Chemical Brigade
Color
455th Chemical Brigade
Subdued
455th Chemical Brigade
Desert


Description: A golden yellow rectangle arced at top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) cobalt blue border 2 inches (5.08cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62cm) in height overall bearing a green dragon's head erased with a light green chest, golden yellow eye, cobalt blue pupil, white teeth and a scarlet tongue and barbs.


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and yellow are the colors traditionally used Chemical units. The dragon, a legendary creature, symbolizes the fire and destruction of chemical warfare.


Background: The shoulder sleeve 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:
- Dimensions: 2.00 inches (5.08cm) in width and 3.00 inches (7.62cm) in height.


460th Chemical Brigade

460th Chemical Brigade
Color
460th Chemical Brigade
Subdued
460th Chemical Brigade
Desert


Description: On a yellow hexagon, one point up with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) cobalt blue border, 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, a wavy horizontal cobalt blue bar superimposed by a sword counterchanged.††


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow are the colors associated with the Chemical Corps.† The benzene ring configuration is adapted from the branch insignia of the Chemical Corps.† The three areas represent the chemical states of matter:† solid, liquid and vapor; the sword symbolizes military defense and preparedness.††


Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective 16 September 1987.† †


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

Notes:
- Dimensions:


464th Chemical Brigade

464th Chemical Brigade
Color
464th Chemical Brigade
Subdued
464th Chemical Brigade
Desert


Description: On a rectangle arced at top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) cobalt blue border 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, with the background divided saltirewise cobalt blue at sides and golden yellow at top and bottom, fourteen droplets four, three and three, and four counterchanged.††


Symbolism: Cobalt blue and golden yellow are the colors traditionally associated with the Chemical Corps.† The saltire connotes strength and support.† The droplets characterize a common method of dispersing chemicals.† They also recall the unit designation, four blue at top, six golden yellow in center and four blue at bottom.††


Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved 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:
- Dimensions: 3.00 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2.00 inches (5.08 cm) in width.







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