71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
A blue (oriental blue) arrowhead shaped device 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in width overall bearing two yellow (goldenlight) lightning flashes pilewise, superimposed by a black griffin’s head erased with a white eye and brow, pupil black.
The arrowhead recalls the historical lineage and association as part of the 36th Infantry Division. The oriental blue is the traditional color of Military Intelligence Corps; the griffin embodies vigilance, alertness, and courage, referring to the unique Soldiers assigned this mission. The contrast of the white and black of the griffin’s eye symbolizes overt and clandestine nature of the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade mission. The two lightning flashes represent the extraordinary mix of communication, electronic warfare, and Cavalry, this combined symbology fully represents the speed, agility, and range of target engagement capabilities of the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade force structure.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 29 July 2010. It was amended to change the symbolism on 22 November 2011. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1031)
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned as follows: “Per pall inverted Gules, Azure and Or, in chief a mullet Argent and a griffin’s head erased Sable with an eye of the fourth (Silver) and in base a wing fesswise of the fifth garnished of the fourth (Silver).” Attached below the device is a Black scroll inscribed with “ON THE HUNT” in Silver letters.
Scarlet acknowledges the 36th Infantry Division Artillery from which the Brigade was transformed and highlights the key Battlefield Surveillance Brigade task of targeting. Oriental blue is the traditional color used by Military Intelligence Corps. Yellow is the traditional color of Cavalry. The lone star represents the home of the Brigade, Texas. The griffin embodies vigilance, alertness, and courage referring to the unique Soldiers assigned this mission. Black and white of the star and griffin’s eye symbolizes the overt and clandestine nature of the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade mission. The distinctive silver outline of all the symbols and boundaries is the heraldic color of sincerity and honesty; this is required to be an effective combination of the unusual skill sets within the organization. The wing refers to the airborne elements and the agile structure of the 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. “On The Hunt” is the motto and is the task of the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. Stealth, persistence, relentlessly pursuing to trap or kill our targets.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 29 July 2010. It was amended to change the symbolism on 22 November 2011.