U.S. ARMY 311TH SUSTAINMENT COMMAND UNIT CREST

The unit motto “Provide Maintain Sustain” sums up the mission of the 311th Sustainment Command, an Army Reserve unit headquartered in Los Angeles and subordinate to the 79th Theater Sustainment Command.

The motto is inscribed on the 311th Sustainment Command Distinctive Unit Insignia that was originally approved for the 311th Logistical Command in 1970. Buff and scarlet are used extensively in the insignia to reflect the organization’s status as a Support unit. A horizonal key, a longtime symbol for Quartermaster functions, refers to Provide; the chevron has been a symbol of support for centuries and alludes to Sustain; and the wrench is associated with Maintain. Behind these images is a pair of wings, a reference to angel wings as in the “City of Angels,” the unit’s home of Los Angeles.

Deployed to Afghanistan in December 2012, the personnel of the 311th ESC proved how seriously they take the unit motto, earning a Meritorious Unit Commendation for serving with “unprecedented distinction” in the process. Permanent Order 305-07, describing the Command’s service, states that “the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 311th Sustainment Command developed and executed a world class campaign plan, bridging the strategic and tactical levels and increasing logistical and retrograde velocity while saving over $10 million for the American taxpayers.”

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