The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia, also called RDI or a unit crest, was originally approved on 31 August 1979. Two lightning flashes at the top of the insignia are joined to form the shape of a chevron, an image long associated with support and strength in heraldry, but in this case they also symbolize the speed, accuracy, readiness, and offensive punch of armored cavalry. Three white stars are taken from the state flag of Tennessee, the Regiment’s home state, while the Y-shaped figure (a “pairle” in heraldry) invokes the convergence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers to form the Tennessee River. (Note: Customers who have purchased this item in the past have also expressed interest in this unit’s Combat Service ID Badge and Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.)

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The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment was constituted in the Tennessee Army National Guard on 29 April 1977 and organized just two days later in eastern Tennessee from existing units with its Headquarters based in Knoxville, which explain why the Regiment’s Campaign participation credits include action in World War I and World War II. The unit motto, “I Volunteer, Sir,” is a reference to a call for troops in 1846 to tab-278-armored-cavalry-regiment-13979.aspke part in the Mexican-American War; so many volunteered that a lottery was held, with only the winners allowed to join the expedition and Tennessee subsequently earning the nickname “The Volunteer State.”

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment or components of the Regiment have earned several honors, including the Army Superior Unit Award (Detachment, Troop T), the Valorous Unit Award (Troop N), and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Headquarters and Headquarters Troop). In the summer of 2018, some elements of the Regiment deployed to assist Ukrainian Armed Forces in the development of a Combat Training Center as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

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