24TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY GROUP
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a scarlet broad arrow, shank bearing a gold fleur-de-lis and emitting three scarlet vapor trails over a concave arched gold bar, conjoined and angled with the outer barbs with a heraldic nebuly on the upper and lower edges and bearing throughout a narrow blue wavy band.

Symbolism
Scarlet and yellow (gold) are the colors for Artillery. The broad arrow and nebuly are used to represent a missile and cloud to reflect the Air Defense mission. The arrow is also the symbol for a determined directive and thus implies command. The unit's World War II battle honors are denoted by the following: The fleur-de-lis refers to France and represents the Normandy and Northern France campaigns; the concave arc simulates a bulge and alludes to the "Battle of the Bulge" in the Ardennes-Alsace campaign; and the narrow blue wavy blue band represents the Main and Rhine rivers and the areas along them where the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns where notated.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 24th Artillery Group on 18 March 1970. It was redesignated for the 24th Air Defense Artillery Group on 7 April 1972.





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