Originally approved for wear by members of the 96th Division on 14 Feb 1927, the 96th Sustainment Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia has been redesignated, reassigned, and/or authorized for wear by another four units in the Division’s lineage: 96th Infantry Division, 96th Army Reserve Command, 96th Army Regional Support Command, and the 96th Army Regional Readiness Command.

Often called a unit patch, the “double diamond” design of the 96th was inspired by the fact that Oregon and Washington, the two states to which the Division was allocated after World War I, are the only states in the contiguous U.S. to never have been under control of a European nation. The two squares, oriented to resemble diamonds, represent those states and are blue and white, two of the national colors, in the nonsubdued version of the insignia.

Though originally formed before the end of World War I, the 96th Division did not deploy overseas. It was called into active service from the Organized Reserve on 15 August 1942, and earned the nickname “Deadeye Division” due to the emphasis the Assistant Division Commander General Claudius M. Easley placed on marksmanship training. The 96th took part in two campaigns in the Pacific theater, Leyte and Ryukyus, earning an Arrowhead for the assault landing at Leyte. It was also honored with a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation in 1950 that was announced in Department of the Army General Order 47.

The 96th Sustainment Brigade received its current designation in September 2008. It is a subordinate unit of the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and is based at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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