The unit patch of the 138th Fires Brigade is a symbol of the unit’s heritage and mission. It was implemented for the 138th in 1979, while it was still known as the 138th Field Artillery Brigade. The 138th’s unit patch is identical to its Combat Service Identification Badge (CSIB). The CSIB is given to units that have seen active combat.

The main colors used in the patch, scarlet and gold, are the colors used to identify a military unit associated with Artillery. The blue thoroughbred horse’s head is a reference to the unit’s home, the state of Kentucky, where it has served throughout its history. In particular, it refers to the history of horse racing in Lexington, the home of the Brigade’s headquarters. The color blue is also a reference, both to the heritage of the state of Kentucky, and the nickname of the 138th, the “Blue Grass Brigade.” The horse can also be seen as the chess piece of the knight, which symbolizes the Brigade’s mission, and its ability to strike behind enemy lines.

The unit crest of the 138th Fires Brigade can be found here, along with the unit motto, “Ready in Peace and War.” The motto refers to the history of the 138th. Created in 1953 in Lexington, it has never left its original home since its inception. However, it also has never been disbanded or deactivated in the entirety of its service.


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