U.S. ARMY 18TH AIRBORNE CORPS PATCH

Just as when it was originally organized in England in August 1994, today’s XVIII Airborne Corps contains two of the most famous Airborne units in history, the 82nd and the 101st. Two more renowned Army Divisions, the 3rd Infantry (Marne Division) and the 10th Mountain, round out the Corps’ four major formations. Of the four, only one—the 82nd Airborne—is headquartered at Fort Bragg, home of the XVIII Airborne HQ.

Other units attached to the Corps are the 16th Military Police Brigade, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, 20th Engineer Brigade, 35th Signal Brigade, 44th Medical Brigade and the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade. The Corps' sustainment and support is the responsibility of 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

The XVIII Airborne Corps Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (unit patch) features a dragon’s head looking down upon its prey, symbolizing the ferocity, endurance, and cunning employed by the Corps when it launches its attacks. Its design inspired the Corps nickname, “Sky Dragons,” which is featured on the XVIII Airborne Corps unit crest (formally known as a Distinctive Unit Insignia). Though highly similar to this unit patch, the dragon’s head on the unit crest is more upright; the tilted head and protruding tongue found on the patch and the XVIII Airborne Corps Combat Service ID badge (CSIB) have led some Soldiers to jokingly refer to it as the “Gaggin’ Dragon.”

The XVIII Airborne Corps organizational beret flash and background trimming (oval) employs the same blue-and-white color scheme of the colored unit patch.
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