Military Engineer Brigade/Commands Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission

412th Engr Bde patch

412th Engr
Const Cmd

Worn from:  8 November 1967 - 12 February 1968.

Re-designated:  412th Engineer Construction Command.   Worn from:  12 February 1968 - Current.

The blue area denotes the Mississippi Valley and the crenelated red bars are reminiscent of the engineer's castle, which alludes to bridges and construction.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered European Theater).

416th Engr Bde patch

416th Engr Bde

Worn from:  20 April 1967 - Current.

The design simulates a castle turret, suggestive of the Corps of Engineers insignia, while the billets and turret allude to the unit's mission of coordinating activities of engineering construction.

Campaigns:  Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia - Kuwait).

420TH Engr Bde patch

420th Engr Bde

Worn from:  22 December 1967 - Current.

The division of the shield by the white center lines and gold circle indicates that the brigade was composed from a number of units of different sizes and configuration.  The larger gold circle is symbolic of the planning, coordination, and supervision functions of the brigade.  The gold circle in the center of the shield represents the command function of the brigade from which all brigade functions radiate.  The combination of the circles and the crossed center lines represent the dual engineering and military mission of the unit.  It resembles an optical measuring device or weapon sight.

USA ECE patch


Worn from:  2 August 1968 - 13 October 1976.

The blue background denotes the Unit's origin in the Pacific theater during World War II.  The white tower silhouette represents the famous Eschenheimer Tower landmark of  Frankfurt, Germany, where the command was permanently established, the star alludes to the unit's status as a permanent activity under the direct control of the commander in chief, United States Army, Europe.  The four battlements rising on the wall of the defensive fortification are inspired by the engineer's castle insignia and further represent the multi-missions of the command.


USA ECV Prov patch


Worn from:  December 1966 - May 1968 (Unauthorized).

The colors allude to the Engineer Corps (red and white) and to the flag of Vietnam (yellow and red).  The three arrows form a trident that is associated with waterways maintained by the command.  A white line separates the design into upper and lower portions.  The three arrows in the upper portion represent the three engineer groups of the Eighteenth Engineer Brigade, which operated in the upper half of the Republic of Vietnam.

USA ECV patch


Worn from:  3 February 10971 - 30 April 1972.

The colors scarlet and white refer to the Corps of Engineers, while scarlet and yellow are the colors of the flag of the Republic of Vietnam.  The three colors combined (scarlet, white, and yellow) represent the engineer command's commitments in combat engineering, construction, and facilities engineering services throughout the Republic of Vietnam.  The two crusaders' swords symbolize the roles of the engineer command with its two major military arms, the eighteenth and twentieth Engineer Brigades, in military assistance and defense of the Republic of Vietnam.  The hexagonal figure is a fortress viewed from above.  The upper three turrets represent the three Engineer Groups of the Eighteenth Engineer Brigade, which operated in the upper half of the Republic of Vietnam, and the lower three turrets the three engineer groups of the Twentieth Engineer Brigade whose area of operations was the lower half of the Republic of Vietnam.  The division of the fortress into three elements by the superimposed swords refers to the three engineer districts of North, Central, and South Vietnam.

USA CE Div patch


Worn from:  2 November 1977 - Current.

The globe refers to the activities of United States Army Corps of Engineers both in the continental United States and overseas.  The dividers are symbolic of design and planning and the tower signifies their construction mission.  Scarlet and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Corps of Engineers.


USA Engr Fld Supt Act patch

USA Engr
Fld Supt Act

Worn from:  2 November 1977 - Current.

The tower and scarlet-and-white background refer to engineer laboratories and other field operating activities.  The flaming torch, symbolic of knowledge and enlightenment, signifies the research and development mission of these organizations.  Scarlet and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Corps of Engineers.

USACE Dam and Lock Tender patch

and Lock Tender

Worn from:  1972 - Current.

The castle is from the Engineer Corps branch device, and the blue waves in the shield suggest inland waterways and dams.  Red and white are the Engineer Corps' colors.

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