ARMY 116 CAVALRY BRIGADE UNIT CREST

    The unit crest of the 116th Cavalry Brigade is a symbol of the unit’s history and military accomplishments. The official unit crest was approved for the 116th Cavalry Brigade in 1989, when it took on its current designation.
    The color of gold that dominates the flag reflects that the unit is a Cavalry Brigade, as the traditional colors of Cavalry units are yellow/gold. The five arrows pointing upwards are a reference to the unit’s five campaigns in WWII. The rattlesnake coiled up and ready to strike across the bottom has several meanings for the 116th. The snake symbolizes both the military readiness and the capabilities of the Brigade. It also alludes to the unit’s old association with the 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Furthermore, it is a reference to both the unit’s motto and its origins. The 116th was originally conceived in the valley of the Snake River, near Boise, Idaho. The unit’s heritage, speed, and striking power lead to its appropriate unit motto of “Move Strike Destroy”. The snake is also the only symbol to appear on the unit’s crest, Combat Service Identification Badge (CSIB), and unit patch. When both the arrows and the snake are taken together, however, they symbolize the unit’s history and deeds as a Field Artillery unit. The traditional colors of Field Artillery are red and gold, as seen in the snake and arrows. The unit served its country as the 183rd Field Artillery and the 951st Field Artillery Battalion during the second World War, where it fought the five campaigns that the arrows refer to. In addition the unit received the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for its actions near the Meuse River.
    The 116th Cavalry Brigade is currently located throughout the American Northwest, in states such as Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah, though its HQ is still stationed in Boise, where it was first created.
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