111TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
A shield shaped embroidered item blazoned as follows: Per fess rayed of thirteen Gules and Or over Azure, overall a phoenix wings displayed forming an "S" Sable all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Black border. The overall dimensions are 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in width.

Symbolism
The red and gold sun rays above the Azure (oriental blue) are replicated from the state flag of Arizona and are symbolic of the current location of the Brigade. The seven gold sun rays represent the seven southeastern states where the former unit operated along with the seven intelligence disciplines. The six red sun rays represent the steps supporting the intelligence process facilitating situational understanding and decision making. The phoenix silhouette is directly tied to the unit's insignia. The shape of the phoenix is symbolic of the continuous process of intelligence directly supporting operations and is also symbolic of the intelligence warfighting function's ability to leverage the intelligence enterprise at every echelon.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 12 March 2013. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1086)




Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/16 inches (3.33 cm) in height overall consisting of the major portion of a black and gold heraldic rose above and behind the head and wings of a gold eagle rising out of a gold disc charged throughout with a burst of red flames having eight tongues radiant to base and interspersed with seven five-pointed blue stars, the disc enclosed by a blue scroll inscribed with the words "MISSION FIRST" in gold.

Symbolism
The heraldic rose, alluding to the insignia of the Military Intelligence Branch, is symbolic of the basic mission (to collect, check and make available any information about a present or possible enemy), and its position at the top of the design is relative to the unit's motto, "MISSION FIRST." The phoenix, rising out of flames, is symbolic of the location of the headquarters of the former unit, Atlanta, Georgia, and the seven southeastern states where the former unit operated is represented by the ring of blue stars.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 111th Military Intelligence Group on 27 February 1969. The insignia was redesignated effective 13 March 1987, for the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, with description and symbolism revised.





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