30TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BRIGADE
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
On a red shield arched at the top and base 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, three vertical yellow arrows pointed upwards encircled by a yellow band all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border.

Symbolism
The three arrows are used to allude to missiles and the three main Ryukyu Islands of the unit's former home station. The dual band symbolizes a specific area (target), and also simulates a zero which, in conjunction with the three arrows, suggests the numerical designation of the organization.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 30th Artillery Brigade on 12 April 1966. It was redesignated for the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on 4 April 1972. The insignia was amended to update the description and symbolism on 14 June 2012. It was amended to correct the description on 28 May 2013. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-417)




Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a vertical golden arrow with point up behind an arched golden scroll inscribed with the words "ALWAYS ON TARGET" in red supporting a red Torii Gate, its legs enclosing a blue fleur-de-lis.

Symbolism
The colors gold (yellow) and red represent the Air Defense Artillery branch. The blue fleur-de-lis stands for service in France during World Wars I and II, while the red Torii Gate represents the island of Okinawa, where the Brigade activated. The position of the golden arrow behind the center refers to the motto "ALWAYS ON TARGET" and alludes to the basic mission of the Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 30th Artillery Brigade on 13 April 1966. It was redesignated for the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on 3 April 1972. The insignia was amended to update the description on 14 June 2012.





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