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Heraldry and Insignia of the California State Military Forces
224th Sustainment Brigade
 
Distinctive Unit Insignia
Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width overall consisting of a scarlet shield, the top edge a corona of seven indentations, charged with a gold antique sword hilt to base pommel and hand-guard dark blue intertwining a scarlet sea serpent embowed; attached below a dark blue bipartite motto scroll doubled scarlet and inscribed “SERVIENS SEMPER” in gold letters.
 
Symbolism: The dark blue of the motto scroll and sword detail represents the Pacific Ocean and the unit’s World War II service in that area. The sea serpent refers again to that theater of the war and to East Asian culture, recalling the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and Army Presidential Unit Citation awarded for World War II service. It also recalls unit participation in the Korean Conflict and the award of the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. The unsheathed sword indicates military preparedness and the unit’s readiness to defend the United States and its allies. The stylized corona around the top of the shield represents California and the organization’s protection of Los Angeles citizens during the riots and unrest in that city. Scarlet denotes courage and sacrifice. The motto translates to “Service Always.”
 
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 31 July 2008.
 
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
 
Description: An embroidered shield-shaped device 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height by 3 inches (7.62 cm) in width overall consisting of a scarlet head of a dragon upon a stylized yellow sunburst of twelve rays charged with a silver gray antique sword point down all upon a blue field, edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border.
 
Symbolism: The dragon symbolizes East Asian culture and recalls the unit’s participation in the Korean Conflict and the award of the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. The sunburst represents the organization’s origins in the state of California and its service in protecting Los Angeles residents during the unrest experienced in that city. Yellow refers to the unit’s lineage to the 40th Infantry Division. Blue recalls World War II service in the Pacific, scarlet signifies courage and sacrifice.
 
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 31 July 2008.

 

Updated 23 December 2008


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