US ARMY130TH ENGINEER BRIGADE PATCH

    The unit patch of the 130th Engineer Brigade is identical to the unit’s Combat Service Identification Badge (CSIB), though the unit patch can be ordered in monochrome as well. The unit patch is a representation of the Brigade’s mission and achievements. The patch was initially approved for the unit in 1969, shortly after it was redesignated to its current name and activated in Germany. It also received its official unit crest at the same time. It was amended in the same year shortly afterwards to correct the description of the design.
    The most predominant colors on the patch are scarlet and white, the colors used to identify Engineer units in the United States’ military. The vertical bar in the center is a symbol of a lever, a support, or a measuring device the engineers of the Brigade use. The embattlements represent the military aspect of the brigade. The number of the battlements also stands for something, as three is the symbol for completion in numerology. The battlements are a detail that can also be seen on the 130th’s unit crest. When the bar and battlements are taken together, they resemble a bridge, a reference to one of the more famous accomplishments of the 130th Engineer Brigade. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the men of the 130th built the largest bridge ever built in a combat theatre (580 meters) across the Tigris River. The bridge was dubbed, ironically, the “birthday bridge,” as it was built on April 28th, 2008, which was Saddam Hussein’s birthday. The shield design of the patch alludes to the mission of the 130th, to protect and aid its fellow soldiers. It also stands for the readiness of the brigade, which can also be seen in its motto, “Combat Ready.” The Brigade moved to Hawaii in 2008, where it remains to this day.
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