139TH MEDICAL BRIGADE
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Description
On a white cross potent with a maroon star, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) maroon border. The overall dimensions are 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height and 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width.

Symbolism
The colors maroon and white are for the Medical Branch of the Army. The cross potent stands for the Brigade and is a device frequently used for medical organizations. The star is a symbol of guidance, referring to the Brigade’s mission of command, control and supervision.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 13 January 2014. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1093)




Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a maroon heart surmounted by a white cross potent bearing at the center a blue star of five points, all above a gold scroll inscribed “VALOR AND WORTH” in maroon letters.

Symbolism
The colors maroon and white are for the Medical Department. The heart and the colors red, white and blue refer to the activation of the 139th Medical Group at Kansas City, Missouri, the city which is nicknamed the “Heart of the United States of America.” The heart also alludes to medical care and compassion. The cross potent stands for the unit. It is a device frequently used for medical organizations, being formed of four T-shaped arms which are heraldic representations of crutches. The star, symbol of guidance, refers to the Brigade’s mission of command, control and supervision of its assigned battalions. In addition, the five points of the star allude to the organization’s home area and initial assignment to the Fifth United States Army.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 139th Medical Group on 15 January 1969. It was redesignated for the 139th Medical Brigade with the description and symbolism updated effective 16 September 2011.





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