Military Intelligence Brigade Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
"US ARMY PATCHES"
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission


501st MI Bde patch
501st MI Bde

Worn from:  29 December 1986 - Current.

The key is symbolic of authority and control and alludes to security.  The lightning flashes are symbolic of worldwide electrical communications, and the double-warded key, conjoined with the two lightning flashes, symbolizes military intelligence and security command united.

Campaigns:  World War II (Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome - Arno, Northern Apennines, Po Valley), Korean War (Second Winter, Summer-Fall 1952, Third Winter, Summer 1953), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered Korea), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Korea 1951 - 1953).


504th MI Bde patch
504th MI Bde

Worn from:  19 December 1985 - Current.

The wings suggest loftiness, or the advantage obtained from clear observation.  The lightning flash alludes to the unit's ability to respond accurately and quickly in support of the commander's needs for intelligence from all sources.  The fleur-de-lys is both a symbol of intelligence and of the brigade's roots in the battles of Northern France and Central Europe.  Gold signifies excellence and achievement.

Campaigns:  World War II (Northern France, Central Europe, Rhineland).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered European Theater).


513th MI Bde patch
513th MI Bde

Worn from:  20 November 1986 - Current.

The quartered field symbolizes the four primary intelligence functions:  the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of intelligence information.  The lightning bolt refers to the worldwide capabilities and the electronic warfare functions of the unit.  The sword symbolizes aggressiveness, protection, and physical danger inherent in military intelligence operations.  The helmet alludes to the origins of the unit at Camp King, Oberursel, Germany.  The helmet's front-facing position suggests alertness and vigilance and the closed faceplate the anonymity and aggressiveness of covert collection.

Campaigns:  Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).


525th MI Bde Abn patch
525th MI Bde (Abn)

Worn from:  30 July 1985 - Current.

The lightning flash refers to the communication and electronic warfare functions of the unit.  The checkered area alludes to the overt and covert aspects of the military intelligence mission with the black-and-white colors referring to constant vigilance day and night.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Vietnam (Defense, Counteroffensive and Phases II/III/IV/V/VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counter- offensive, Consolidation I and II, Cease-Fire), Armed Forces Expeditions (Panama, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1967 - 1968; Vietnam 1968  1969; Vietnam 1970; and Vietnam 1971 - 1973).

 

125th  MI Bn patch
125th MI Bn

Worn from:  1993 - 1995.

Approved for local wear only.

The Sphinx is the traditional army symbol for intelligence.  The design above the parachute is that of the Twenty-fifth Infantry Division.  The parachute superimposed over a line drawing of a globe indicates the unit's airborne abilities in performing intelligence functions around the world.  The lightning bolts symbolize electronic surveillance.


1st PERSCOM patch
1st PERSCOM

Worn from:  31 October 1978 - Current.

General Regulations of the Army of 1825 provided that "dark blue is the national color."  In addition, it is indicative of loyalty and firmness.  White is representative of knowledge and training. Scarlet refers to courage and zeal.  The three colors allude to characteristics the personnel of the command require in the accomplishment of their mission.  The arabic numeral is indicative of the numerical designation of the command and also represents the aspirations of the command personnel in performance of duty.


3rd PERSCOM patch
3rd PERSCOM

Worn from:  5 November 1990 - 1992.

The rings represent the interconnected personnel functions and activities provided by the command to support the individual soldier, symbolized by the sword, point up readiness.  The three rings also indicate the Command's numerical designation.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).


8th PERSCOM patch
8th PERSCOM

Worn from:  27 January 1987 - Current.

Blue, white, and red are our national colors.  General Regulations of the Army of 1825 provided that "...dark blue is the national color."  In addition, it is indicative of loyalty and firmness.  White is representative of knowledge and training.  Scarlet refers to courage and zeal.  The three colors allude to characteristics the personnel of the command require in the accomplishment of their mission.  The arabic numeral indicative of the numerical designation of the command.


10th PERSCOM patch
10th PERSCOM

Worn from:  26 February 1991 - 1992.

Red, white, and blue are our national colors.  The saltire or cross buck represents strength and support while simulating the roman numeral ten, an allusion to the command's designation.  The sword, upraised to indicate military preparedness and readiness, highlights the important role of each soldier t the command and to the total army.  Gold is emblematic of excellence and high achievement.

Campaigns:  Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

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