A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold vertical sword with an eagle head pommel sheathed in a buff scabbard with gold frets, all within a gold circular scroll lined scarlet and divided into three arcs placed to the left and right of the hilt and surmounting the scabbard in base, all are reversed and counter arched by outward loops with the top arc passing through the support rings of the scabbard and terminating; the scroll bears the inscription of the left “SUCCESS” on the right “THROUGH” and across the base “SUPPORT” all in black letters.
Buff and scarlet are the colors used for Support. The eagle head, suggested by early American sword pommels, symbolizes keen vision and fortitude and the sword is the symbol of authority and command. The fret on the scabbard represents a coordinated support and the separate segments formed by the fret allude to the combination of battalions and separate companies providing supply, maintenance and field services under the command. The scroll ends passing through the loops of the scabbard signify the support of the security aspects of the unit’s mission and the counter arcs refer to the unit’s flexibility.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 47th General Support Group on 17 September 1969. It was redesignated for the 47th Support Group on 27 January 1982.