Prominently displayed on the 173rd Airborne Brigade unit crest (Distinctive Unit Insignia) is the unit nickname “Sky Soldiers,” a moniker given to them by Taiwanese paratroopers they trained with on Okinawa soon after they were given the Airborne designation. At the center of the insignia is an unsheathed sword positioned point to base to indicate the unit’s method of assault—from sky to ground. It is a reference to Operation Junction City, the combat-assault jump made by the Brigade in February 1967—the only parachute jump, in fact, of the entire Vietnam War, which is indicated by the “V” shaped formed by the blue area.

The lightning flashes symbolize the brigade’s combat capabilities and rapid movement into combat. Interesting, the Brigade’s numerical designation can also be found in the stylized design. The sword stands for “1,” while the objects surrounding it—two wings, two flashes, three parachute canopy sections—add up to “7.” The canopy sections by themselves represent the number 3.

If you are purchasing the 173rd Airborne Brigade unit crest, we encourage you to visit our pages devoted to the Brigade’s Combat Service ID Badge (CSIB) and unit patch, more formally referred to as a Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. There, you can add these items to our cart as well as read more about the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

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