142d Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
On a light blue circular embroidered item, a yellow star polygon of eight points, the sides arched inwardly, surmounted by a white star polygon, the same shape, displaying a red diagonal cross, surmounted by two silver gray diagonally placed swords, points down; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) light blue border. The overall diameter is 3 inches (7.62 cm).
The eight pointed star polygon, symbolic of Helios the Greek God of the Sun, who could see and hear everything, denotes alertness. The red diagonal cross of the white star polygon signifies the Alabama State flag, the home state of the Brigade. The crossed swords suggest the aggressive and protective requirements and the elements of physical danger inherent in the mission. The following colors represent the branches that form the Brigade: oriental blue refers to the Military Intelligence functions and yellow and red indicates the Cavalry capabilities to accomplish its reconnaissance mission.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 3 March 2011. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1045)
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pale, Gules and Argent, a lightning bolt bendwise Or. Attached above and below the shield a Light Blue scroll inscribed “TRUTH” at top and “THROUGH VIGILANCE” at base in Silver letters.
The shield, a warrior’s primary piece of equipment, represents the Brigade’s responsibility to the defense of national security. The lightning bolt symbolizes swiftness of communication, a basic category to Military Intelligence. The following colors represent the branches that form the Brigade: oriental blue refers to the Military Intelligence functions and yellow and red indicates the Cavalry capabilities to accomplish its reconnaissance mission.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 3 March 2011.