Support Commands Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein

Used by permission

32nd SUPCOM patch

Worn from:  16 August 1985 - 9 June 1988.

Buff is one of the colors for support units and crimson is for ordnance; blue refers to the atmosphere and to the air defense role of the unit.  The chevron is a heraldic symbol for support and is derived from the construction of a gable roof.  One chevron pointing upward relates to the maintenance of air defense systems; the downward chevron refers to direct automotive maintenance support.  The outer circle is symbolic of readiness and continuity of service.

167th SUPCOM patch
167th SUPCOM

Worn from:  24 July 1969 - 20 August 1976.

Re-designated:  167th Support Command.    Worn from:  20 August 1976 - Current.

The red crossbars in the lower section suggest the unit's basic mission of support to combat units who are represented by the crossed swords in the red field above.  The red saltire also refers to the state of Alabama, the unit's home state.

Campaigns:  World War II (New Guinea, Southern Philippines).

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

377th TAACOM patch
377th TAACOM

Worn from:  17 May 1966 - 13 July 1980.

Re-designated:  377th Support Command -- Corps.  Worn from:  13 July 1980 - 13 July 1982.

Re-designated:  377th Theater Army Area Command.  Worn from:  13 July 1982 - Current.

The supply, services, and maintenance elements of the organization are represented by the two red chevrons, and the arrowheads refer to the combat units that the organization supports.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France).

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

AWSCOM patch

Worn from:  1 April 1969 - 1 June 1988.

The colors crimson and yellow are those of the Ordnance Corps.  The six-sided figure represents an isometric view of a box or container, and alludes to the storage function of the command.  The sun at the top, appearing as though within the container, is symbolic of the energy of nuclear weapons, which are stored by the command.  The five rays represent the five special ammunition depots in the command.  The stylized wrench represents the maintenance capability of the organization and the key represents the supply function.  The star on the bow of the key and the yellow border completely enclosing the insignia are symbolic of the military police units and the protection that they provide to the command.

SASCOM patch

Worn from:  12 April 1968 - 31 October 1978.

The colors white and blue, the colors of the NATO flag, allude to the command's NATO-support assignment.  The four gold points in center, arranged like four spearheads in a defensive position, represent the four nations in which units of Special Ammunition Support Command are serving and further symbolize the cooperative-defense concept of the NATO union.  The colors red and yellow refer to the branch colors of both artillery (conventional and missiles), and ordnance units that comprise the command.  The white ring, simulating a cloud, with the jagged red hole through it alludes to the accuracy of high-trajectory ordnance (artillery and missiles).


Worn from:  28 April 1953 - 1 May 1956.

Re-designated:  Theater Army Support Command -- Europe -- United States.  Worn from:  1 May 1956 - Current.

The insignia, originally approved in 1953 for the United States Army Communications Zone, Europe, was re-designated in 1969 for the United States Theater Army Support Command, Europe.  The fleurs-de-lys refer to the organization's heritage in France and to Europe in general.  The broad, white arrow alludes to the command's combat service support mission to combat units in the European theater.

USA Alaska SUPCOM patch
USA Alaska

Worn from:  8 May 1967 - Late 1970's.

The Aurora Borealis, a phenomenon familiar to Alaska, is represented by the yellow zigzag arch.  The white and blue colors suggest the colder climate of the region.  The cogged wheel simulates the driving wheel of a tracked vehicle such as might be used in snow and rough terrain.  Inside the wheel, the box refers to supplies and its division into four parts applies to the provision of quarters or housing.


Worn from:  13 June 1991 - Current.

The five major elements of logistics (maintenance, supply, transportation, facilities, and services) are represented by the five discs.  The four- pointed star alludes to the points of the compass, symbolizing global logistics application.  Blue represents constancy and devotion; red stands for combat and courage.  White stands for integrity and, with blue and red, represents the United States.

ANG Oper Supt Airlift Cmd patch
ANG Oper Supt
Airlift Cmd

Worn from:  22 May 1992 - 9 February 1994.

Re-designated:  Army National Guard Operational Support Airlift Command.  Worn from:  9 February 1994 - Current.

The star symbolizes excellence, authority, and command.  It is combined with an annulet representing complete service and total readiness.  The pentagon refers to the command's location in the Washington, D.C. area.  Red, white, and blue are our national colors.

USA Supt Thailand patch
USA Supt

Worn from:  22 September 1966 - 15 May 1979.

The color red signifies the enemy threat.  The blue vertical stylized arrow refers to the penetration of threat and offensive action.  The elephant tusks symbolize Thailand and the barring of enemy infiltration.