Military Field Artillery Brigade Patches History

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

115th FAB patch

Wyoming Army National Guard

Worn from:  9 June 1988 - Current.

The rayed sun, a symbol of excellence, gives the allusion of a shell burst and also suggests the scenic wonders of Wyoming.  The bucking bronco expresses the spirit, determination, and heritage of the soldiers of the Wyoming Army National Guard.

Campaigns:  War with Spain (Manila), Philippine Insurrecton (Manila, Malolos, Luzon 1899), World War I (Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St-Mihie, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne 1918), World War II (Northern France, Central Europe).

118th FAB patch

Georgia Army National Guard

Worn from:  12 December 1978 - 1992.

Constituted in 1751 as four independent companies of volunteer militia and mustered into service of the Colony of Georgia at Savannah under the command of Captain Noble Jones.  The cannon barrels and their supportive position indicate the mission of the unit.  They also form an allusion to the central device of the Georgia state seal and refer to the unit's home location.  This device, three columns and an arch, also appears on the state flag.

Campaigns:  Revolutionary War  (Georgia), War of 1812, Civil War (Georgia 1861/1862, South Carolina 1862/1863, Atlanta, Florida 1864, North Carolina 1865), World War I, World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered United Kingdom; United Kingdom-France; European Theater; Belgium- Holland-Germany), French Croix de Guerre with Palm - World War II (streamer embroidered France), Belgian Fourragere (1940), cited in the Order of the Day of Order of the Day of the Belgian army for action in the "Ardennes."

130th FAB patch

Kansas Army National Guard

Worn from:  29 January 1979 - Unknown.

Organized 13 July 1917 in the Kansas National Guard as First Field Artillery and inducted into federal service in 1917.  Re-designated as the 130th Field Artillery, an element of the Thirty-fifth Division.  The cannon and cannonball symbolize the basic mission of the unit.  The sunflower refers to the state of Kansas, home of the unit, and alludes to an explosion.  The color blue is indicative of the support provided by the infantry.

Campaigns:  World War I (Alsace, Lorraine, Meuse-Argonne).

135th FAB patch

Missouri Army National Guard

Worn from:  29 May 1979 - Current.

The mountain represents the Ozarks, a distinctive geographic feature of the state of Missouri, the units home location.  The blue wavy area symbolizes the two major rivers (Missouri and Mississippi) that have been so vital in the settlement and growth of the state.  The howitzer refers to the field artillery mission.

Campaigns:  World War I (Meuse-Argonne, Alsace 1918, Lorraine 1918).

138th FAB patch

Kentucky Army National Guard

Worn from:  5 July 1979 - Current.

he thoroughbred horse's head refers to the horse-racing history of Lexington.  The head is blue, alluding to the Bluegrass State (Kentucky).  The horse also resembles a knight chess piece and refers to the Field Artillery which has the ability to strike behind enemy lines.

142nd FAB patch

Arkansas Army National Guard

Worn from:  29 September 1978 - Current.

Organized 1905 to 1910 in the Arkansas State Guard and mustered into federal service in 1916 at Fort Logan H. Roots, Arkansas, for Mexican border service.  The diamond shape and blue background refer to Arkansas, the unit's home state.  The gold diagonal stripe on the scarlet background, from the coat of arms of the Marquis de Lafayette, alludes to Fayetteville, Arkansas, the head-quarter's  location.  The projectile indicates the unit's mission and firepower potential.

Campaigns:  World War I, World War II (Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley), Armed Forces Expeditions (Kuwait).

147th FAB patch

South Dakota Army National Guard

Worn from:  28 February 1979 - Current.

The curvature of the top and bottom of the shield reflects the trajectory of an artillery shell.  The Field Artillery mission is indicated by the shell at center and the stalks of grain are symbolic of South Dakota's agriculture and her natural topography.

Campaigns:  Philippine Insurrection (Manila, Malolos), World War I (Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Alsace 1918, Lorraine 1918, Champagne 1918), World War II (East Indies, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley).

151st FAB patch

South Carolina Army National Guard

Worn from:  22 December 1978 - Current.

The revolutionary-period cannon barrel and the horse-shoe are historic symbols of artillery and refer to the mission of the modern artillery branch as well.  The crescent is adapted from the state flag and seal of South Carolina, the unit's home state.

Campaigns:  World War II (Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley).

Decorations:  French Croix de Guerre with Silver-Gilt Star (streamer embroidered Cassino).

153rd FAB patch

Arizona Army National Guard

Worn from:  19 June 1979 - Current.

The serpent (Bushmaster) coiled around the machete is symbolic of the Canal Zone jungles and represents service in that area.

Campaigns:  World War II (American theater, New Guinea, Luzon).

Decorations:  Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945.

169th FAB patch

Colorado Army National Guard

Worn from:  10 January 1979 - Current.

Organized 19 June 1909 in the Colorado National Guard and drafted into federal service August 1917 as Company B, 157th Infantry, an element of the Fortieth Division.  The fieldpiece, a symbol of artillery, refers to the organization's mission.  The light blue sky and mountain peaks, representing the Rocky Mountains, refer to the home station of the unit at Denver, Colorado.  Yellow alludes to the historic gold fields of the state, and the red mountains refer to the state name, Colorado, which is Spanish for "colored red."

Campaigns:  World War I, World War II (Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  French Croix de Guerre with Palm-World War II (streamer embroidered Italy).

196th FAB patch

Tennessee Army National Guard\

Worn from:  25 January 1979 - Current.

The vertical band, known as a "bend" in heraldry, is an allusion to the bend in the Tennessee River known as Moccasin Bend, located at Chattanooga, the home of the brigade headquarters.  The gun barrel represents the basic mission, and the blue disc with the three stars, adapted from the state flag of Tennessee, refers to the home area of the organization.

Campaigns:  World War II (Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Kuwait).