The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the 86th Training Division was originally approved for wear by the 86th Division on 20 November 1918; the Division had been constituted in the National Army on 5 August 1917 and was organized at Camp Grant, Illinois on 25 August of the same year. Redesignated the 86th Infantry Division during World War II, the unit was inactivated on 30 December 1946 in the Philippine Islands.

More than sixty years would elapse before it was redesignated as the 86th Training Brigade on 11 February 2009 and finally reactivated on 16 September 2010 at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. It would receive its current designation as the 86th Training Division just two days later on September 18th. Currently, it is one of three Training Divisions under the U.S. Army Reserve’s 84th Training Command.

The insignia reflects the Division’s nickname “Black Hawk,” a reference to the leader of the Sauk people who at one time lived in Illinois and Wisconsin. It is unclear how the nickname was selected. It was subsequently redesignated for weary by the 86th Training Brigade and 86th Training division.

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