U.S. ARMY 35TH SIGNAL BRIGADE PATCH

The 35th Signal Brigade did not receive its current numerical designation until 28 March 1967 when it was designated the 35th Signal Group and allotted to the Regular Army; it was subsequently activated at Fort Bragg on 25 April 1967, which would wind up being the unit’s home for almost forty years. On 12 April 2007, the 35th Signal Brigade was inactivated, but eleven days later it was resurrected when the 93rd Signal Brigade was inactivated and the 35th was reorganized and redesignated the 35th Signal Brigade (Theater Tactical) and relocated to Fort Gordon in Georgia.

It was after moving to Fort Bragg in 1967 that the unit earned Airborne status. In 1979, it became an Airborne Signal brigade when it was redesignated the 35th Signal Brigade and assigned the job of supporting XVIII Airborne Corps units and operations. It played a In fact, it became the only Airborne Signal brigade, which ensured its inclusion in every major military operation conducted by the Army since then.

Over the next dozen years, “The Lion Brigade” would take part in Operations Urgent Fury (Grenada), Golden Pheasant (Honduras), Just Cause (Panama), and of course Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition to two Campaign Streamers (Defense of Saudi Arabia and Liberation and Defense of Kuwait), the Brigade was also awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for its superior performance during the First Gulf War.

The 35th Signal Brigade unit patch, or Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, serves as the basis for its Combat Service ID Badge (CSIB) and was originally approved in 1980, shortly after the unit was designated an Airborne Brigade. This is why the lion, symbol of courage, is colored blue (the Airborne color); blue lions were also briefly used on the state seal of Myanmar before being changed back to their original gold color. Shortly before its 2007 redesignation and relocation to Fort Gordon, the “Airborne” tab was removed from the patch, reflecting the unit’s future role as a Tactical Theater unit.

Lions are also found on the 35th Signal Brigade unit crest, or Distinctive Unit Insignia, along with the Brigade motto “Utmost Of Our Ability.”
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