Activated just nine months before the fighting in Europe drew to a close, the 428th Field Artillery Group took part in three campaigns in Italy—Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and the Po Valley—that saw some of the most ferocious combat in the European Theater of Operations. Over the following six decades, the unit would experience numerous redesignations and relocations (it became a Brigade in 1976) before being assigned to United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in 2006. It currently comprises with three Battalions that also have a noteworthy combat history.

The Brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, for example, had been in existence for just two years when it took part in the first of three campaigns in the Philippine Insurrection, all fought on the Island of Jolo between 1903 and 1905. 2nd Battalion also earned campaign credit during World War I (unspecified campaign name), and in World War II garnered credit for the Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe Campaigns. It was transferred to TRADOC in 1991.

1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment was organized too late (August 1918) to see action in World War I, but in World War II it earned credit for participation in three campaigns—Aleutian Islands, Rhineland, and Central Europe—while designated as Battery A, 30th Field Artillery and Battery A, 521st Field Artillery Battalion. In Vietnam, the Battalion fought in thirteen campaigns, beginning in 1965 with Defense and ending with Counteroffensive Phase VII, which ran from 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971. The Battalion was transferred to TRADOC in 1995.

Responsible for Advanced Individual Training, the 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery Regiment was formed as a Cavalry almost a year before the United States entered World War, but was redesignated a Field Artillery unit in 1917. In addition to one World War I and seven World War II campaign streamers, the Battalion also earned the Presidential Unit Citation, a French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, and Belgian Fourragere 1940.

The 428th Field Artillery Brigade’s unit crest, officially called a Distinctive Unit Insignia, was first approved for the unit on 17 December 1968 while it was still designated a Field Artillery Group. Its scarlet and yellow are the traditional colors used by Field Artillery units, while the three bomb bursts symbolize the three campaigns the Group fought in during World War II. The words “Support,” “Reinforce,” and “Defend” reflect the Brigade’s mission goals.

You can learn more about the 428th Field Artillery Brigade and pick up the Brigade’s unit patch, or Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, from our Army patches section of the store.

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