On a gray vertical rectangular shaped embroidered item arched convexly at top and bottom edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border, a stylized RiverHawk, couped at the shoulders green, fimbriated black, armed silver gray, eyed and detailed white. Attached above, a gray scroll edged with a 1/8 inch
(.32 cm) black border inscribed "NORTHEASTERN" in black letters and "STATE" in green letters. Attached below a gray scroll edged with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) black border inscribed "RIVERHAWKS" in black letters. The overall dimensions are 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in width.
Black, green and white are the school colors of Northeastern State University. The Riverhawk is the school's mascot. The local river, the Illinois River, is an attraction of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and the hawk is a symbol of Native American Culture which has a rich history in the area. The white stripe detail on the Riverhawk's head is emblematic of honor and excellence. The silver gray background represents the steeliness of the Riverhawk Battalion to stay true to the Seven Core Army values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally authorized 5 January1983. It was amended to change the name of the school and update the description and symbolism of the new design on 9 February 2011. (TIOH Drawing Number A-10S-196)