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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a gold wavy scroll in base inscribed in black letters with the words “FORREST CRITTERS” its squared ends turned up and surmounted on either side by sprigs of gold oak leaves, the scroll and leaves supporting and partially enclosing a gold five-pointed star in front of a fleur-de-lis on a black background, the star with barbed points and bearing at center a blue five-pointed star, the fleur-de-lis having green on the center section between scarlet on the sides and each section charged at top with a small gold five-pointed star.

The unit’s participation in three World War I campaigns is represented by the stars at the top and five campaigns in World War II by the barbed five-pointed star below; the blue star refers to the organization’s Infantry background. The colors red and green and the fleur-de-lis refer to the award of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for World War II service in France; the oak leaves and the colors gold and black, (alluding to the arms of Belgium), refer to the Fourragere which the units received for service in Belgium and Ardennes. The motto “FORREST CRITTERS” is in reference to Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest, a Civil War Cavalry leader and native of Tennessee, the organization’s home state.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the noncolor bearing units of the 30th Armored Division on 16 November 1971. It was redesignated for the 130th Support Center on 28 November 1973. It was redesignated for the 130th Rear Area Operations Center on 25 November 1986. The insignia was redesignated for the 130th Support Center on 27 April 1988.

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