U.S. ARMY 197TH INFANTRY BRIGADE UNIT PATCH

.From 1962 until 1990, the 197th Infantry Brigade served as Infantry Training unit at Fort Benning in Georgia, with its original emphasis on preparing green formations for combat action in Southeast Asia in the 1960s replaced with training Soldier to fight on European soul against Warsaw Pact troops in the 1970s and 1980s.

Activated for combat deployment during the First Gulf War because U.S. Army concerns over the readiness of some National Guard units, the 197th quickly pivoted from training other personnel to organizing for combat itself. Selected to fill a slot in the 24th Infantry Division that had been reserved for an ARNG Brigade, the 197th’s preparations led to a one-of-a-kind achievement: it became the only Brigade to go into combat with the 24th Infantry and take part in both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with it.

In 2013, the Army announced that the 197th was to be inactivated in December of that year.

The 197th Infantry Brigade unit patch, also known as a Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, features a red cartridge on a white serrated band oriented vertically bounded by blue on the left and right. Blue and white have been Infantry colors since the U.S. was established, while the white serrated band is emblematic of close combat and counterattack abilities. The ability to unleash destructive firepower is brought to vivid life with the red cartridge.

In the past, customer who purchased the 197th Infantry Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia also bought the unit’s Combat Service ID Badge and its Distinctive Unit Insignia featuring the unit motto, "Forever Forward."
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