108 Air Defense Artillery Brigade
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
On a blue rectangle arched at the top and bottom 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, within a crenellated border of yellow, a pheon of the like point up, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border.
Scarlet and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with Air Defense Artillery. The crenellated configuration of the border indicates a strong defensive position. The blue center symbolizes the sky and the pheon alludes to the unit’s striking capabilities; thus, the design elements embody the unit’s mission. They also refer to the unit’s location, Kaiserslautern, Germany, which derives its name from a local stream (the blue area) and a castle built on the site in the 12th Century (the crenellated border).
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 7 December 1983. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-683)
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a black roundel surmounted by a gold saltire bearing in saltire a scarlet lightning flash and a green bamboo shoot, the lightning surmounting the bamboo; above and between the upper arms of the saltire a gold lion’s face; all between two scarlet scrolls, the upper inscribed “DEEDS” and the lower “ABOVE WORDS” in gold letters.
The colors scarlet and gold are for Artillery. The black roundel, representing a gunstone, and the scarlet lightning flash refer to Artillery fire. The upper end of the flash symbolizes the unit’s air defense and anti-aircraft heritage; the saltire is for strength. The gold lion’s face is taken from the arms of Normandy and stands for the unit’s initial combat service in the campaign for Normandy in World War II. The bamboo shoot and the colors green, gold and scarlet allude to service in Vietnam.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 108th Artillery Group on 1 November 1968. It was redesignated for the 108th Air Defense Artillery Group on 19 August 1974. The insignia was redesignated for the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on 2 June 1983.
Combat Service Identification Badge
A gold color metal and enamel device 2 inches (5.08 cm) in height consisting of a design similar to the shoulder sleeve insignia.