The 449th Theater Aviation Brigade Distinctive Unit Insignia, commonly referred to as a unit crest, is an unabashed tribute to its home state of North Carolina, where it was constituted in the Army National Guard as the 449th Aviation Group on 1 October 1987. “First in Flight,” the Briadge’s motto, is also the state motto, and its inscription on the insignia encircles a depiction of the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System, the monument was authorized as “Kill Devil Hill Monument” (the area is actually Kill Devil Hills, plural) on 2 March 1927 and was placed under control of the National Park Service on 10 August 1933. In 1953, Congress renamed it and made it a national memorial.

The 449th Theater Aviation Brigade consists of two Aviation Battalions, two Engineer Detachments, an Assault Company, an Operational Support Airlift Detachment, a Support Battalion, and an Aviation Detachment. It is a subordinate unit of 66th Theater Aviation Command, and its most recent Federal service was in 2008 – 2009 during the Iraqi Surge. Among its service deployments in the United States were relief operations during Hurricanes Fran, Floy, and Katrina; it also supplied personnel and equipment during 2006’s Operation Jump Start along the U.S.-Mexico border.

You can learn more about this Brigade by visiting our Web page dedicated to the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade Combat Service Identification Badge (CSIB) or its Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, or unit patch.

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