WISCONSIN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ELEMENT, JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
On a red shield, 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height, a badger's face, black with white markings and red tongue.

Symbolism
The red of the background is one of the National colors. The badger is from the crest of the State Seal of Wisconsin and alludes to the State nickname "The Badger State."

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Wisconsin National Guard on 2 December 1952. It was redesignated for Headquarters, State Area Command, Wisconsin Army National Guard on 30 December 1983. The insignia was amended to correct the wording of the description and symbolism on 7 August 1986. It was redesignated for the Wisconsin Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description effective 1 October 2003. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-185)




Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/16 inches (2.70 cm) in height overall: On a hexagon, one point up, divided per pale Or and Azure the coat of arms of the State of Wisconsin, as now in use, of Gold.

Symbolism
The sailor and yeoman jointly represent labor on water and land. The quartered shield contains a plow for agriculture, pick and shovel for mining, arm and hammer for manufacturing and an anchor for navigation. Centered on the shield is a small United States coat of arms to symbolize Wisconsin's loyalty to the Union. At the base, a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, stands for prosperity and abundance, while a pyramid of 13 lead ingots represents mineral wealth and the 13 original states. The badger is the state animal and "Forward" is the state motto.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for State Staff Corps and Departments, noncolor and nonstandard bearing units, Wisconsin National Guard on 13 August 1929. It was redesignated for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and noncolor bearing units of the Wisconsin Army National Guard on 31 December 1970. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 October 1982, for Headquarters, State Area Command, Wisconsin Army National Guard. It was redesignated for the Wisconsin Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters and amended to update the description and add a symbolism effective 1 October 2003.




Crest


Description/Blazon
That for regiments and separate battalions of the Wisconsin Army National Guard: From a wreath of colors, a badger couchant Proper.

Symbolism
Wisconsin is known as the Badger State. The badger appears on the State seal and flag.

Background
The crest for color bearing organizations of the State of Wisconsin was approved on 8 September 1922.





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