4TH MEDICAL BRIGADE
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
On a rectangle divided per cross maroon and white and arced at top and bottom with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border, 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, a cross divided per cross counterchanged.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are the colors associated with the Medical Corps. Yellow/gold expresses honor and high achievement. The division of the insignia into four parts underscores "4," the numerical designation of the organization. The four divisions also allude to the main or cardinal directions on the compass and highlight the global scope of the unit's mission. The cross represents medical care. The counterchanged colors emphasize the integration of the Brigade medical mission with the Total Army.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 20 December 1989. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-773)




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 gold embattled castle wall in front of a stylized gold rayed demi-sun, overall a green serpent entwined around a sword with a white blade and gold hilt and at the serpent's right is a blue fleur-de-lis all enclosed around the bottom by a maroon and gold tripartite scroll of the sword hilt and inscribed "FORWARD" "AND" "READY" in gold letters.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. Gold is emblematic of high achievement. The gold sun and the color green express hope and regeneration. The serpent entwined around the sword recalls the rod of Aesculapius, the symbols of healing and medicine. The sword highlights the organization's military mission to support the medical needs of the soldier. The upright and aggressive position of the sword dramatizes the motto "FORWARD AND READY"." The castle wall and fleur-de-lis commemorate the unit's World War II campaign participation credits in France and Central Europe.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 20 December 1989.





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