Heraldry and Insignia of the California
State Military Forces
224th Sustainment Brigade
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.
The dark blue of the motto scroll and sword detail represents
the Pacific Ocean and the units 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 units readiness to defend the United States and
its allies. The stylized corona around the top of the shield
represents California and the organizations protection
of Los Angeles citizens during the riots and unrest in that city.
Scarlet denotes courage and sacrifice. The motto translates
to Service Always.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 31 July 2008.
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.
dragon symbolizes East Asian culture and recalls the units
participation in the Korean Conflict and the award of the Republic
of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. The sunburst represents
the organizations 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 units lineage
to the 40th Infantry Division. Blue recalls World War II service
in the Pacific, scarlet signifies courage and sacrifice.
shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 31 July 2008.