409TH SUPPORT BRIGADE
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
A shield shape device 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width overall, divided per pairle white, scarlet and blue, overall a silver gray sword palewise fimbriated white with scarlet flames edged golden yellow issuing from the sword blade; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) golden yellow border.

Symbolism
White, red, and blue and the device partitions are modified from the Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia and carry with it the mission of support and the flow of materiel to the Warfighters. Gold is emblematic of excellence and high ideals. The flaming sword, referring to the U.S. Army Europe heritage, represents the Brigade's mission to provide contingency contract support to all units assigned in support operations in the European Theater of Operations. The scarlet grip on the hilt symbolizes the blood shed of fallen comrades as they performed the craft of contingency contracting on the battle field and beyond.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective 16 September 2007. It was cancelled by HQDA, G-1 directive on 21 February 2010. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-932)




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 dark blue shield with a gold bar-gemel, overall a sword with a white blade with red flames issuing from it and a gold hilt, in dexter chief a gold terrestrial globe, in sinister chief a white polestar. Across the bottom of the device is a dark blue scroll doubled and inscribed "SEMPER PROTINUS" in gold letters.

Symbolism
The dark blue background reflects Acquisition Corps blue to signify the mission of providing contingency contracting support to the theater of operations. Gold is emblematic of excellence and high ideals. The sword is adapted from the U.S. Army Europe heritage and modernized to symbolize the transformation efforts in the modern day Acquisition Corps diversity of supporting communities of excellence and contingency contracting support on the battlefield. The globe represents worldwide support. The polestar represents the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the ever vigilant commitment to support the U.S. European Command. The four points of the star are for the ability to balance regional stability; economic development; counter terrorism; and advancing United States interests in the area of responsibility. The parallel bars signify stability and the efforts to balance local economies of scale. The motto translates to "Always Forward."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 16 September 2007.





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