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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height overall consisting of a red cone point to base bearing issuant from base a gold sunburst charged with a red Florentine fleur-de-lis and the sides of the cone enclosed by two black bird bolts with bottom shafts extending beyond the base saltirewise and the top of the shafts looped and joined by an arched gold scroll bearing the inscription “DETER OR DESTROY” in black letters.

Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The Florentine fleur-de-lis represents the organization’s campaign honors awarded for European service, World War II, in the Italian area. The red cone connotes a field of fire with the sunburst representing the force of artillery fire symbolic of the unit’s air defense mission. The sun, which also alludes to intelligence, stands for the evaluation and dissemination of air defense intelligence information. The bird bolts refer to the effective airstrike power of the Brigade’s missiles and weapons.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 45th Artillery Brigade on 23 September 1966. It was redesignated for the 45th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on 7 April 1972.

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