411 Engineer Brigade
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
A square 2 inches (5.08 cm) in length on each side with one point up and a white border 1/8 inch (.32 cm) in width enclosing a scarlet field divided vertically by a white bar indented on both sides between two white right angles, their apexes coincident with the center indentations of the vertical bar, and their legs terminating at the border.
Scarlet and white are the colors used for the Corps of Engineers. The sawtoothed bar at center and the right angles are suggestive of the construction mission of the unit. The X-shape formed by the two right angles refers to the military symbol for a brigade. The unit's numerical designation is roughly indicated by the four sides of the square, with a Roman numeral XI formed by the two right angles and the vertical bar at center.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 20 December 1973. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-569)
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a blue rectangle with silver grid lines within a silver border and bearing two silver fleurs-de-lis one at either side of two crossed silver bayonets at center, in turn surmounted by the handle of an upright pickaxe its head above the bayonet points bearing a scarlet fleur-de-lis the handle bearing two more; inclosing the device at sides and bottom a scarlet scroll passing behind the bayonet handle at left, in front of the pick handle at center and the bayonet handle at right and inscribed with the words "PLAN BUILD PROTECT" in silver letters.
Scarlet and silver (white) are the Engineer colors. The fleurs-de-lis, common symbols in European heraldry, are used to denote the unit's five campaigns, two in the blue area signifying Normandy and Northern France and three on the pickaxe representing the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. The unit's Meritorious Unit Commendation is symbolized by the scarlet scroll. The mission of the Brigade, embodied in the words of the motto, is indicated by the simulated blueprint in the background for planning, the pickaxe for construction and the bayonets for protection.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 28 January 1971.
Combat Service Identification Badge
A silver color metal and enamel device 2 inches (5.08 cm) in height consisting of a design similar to the shoulder sleeve insignia.