The 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia was approved on 2 October 1925. On a scarlet field in the upper right corner is a fishhook denoting the shape of the Union line that held at Gettysburg, thanks in large part to murderous artillery fire that was unleashed during the Confederate advance (Pickett’s Charge) on the final day of battle. The pair of cannons stands for the Battle of New Market, also from the Civil War, while the Lorraine Cross in the lower left is a reference to the service in that area of France by an element of the Regiment.

Over the years, the units that made up the 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment underwent almost countless redesignations as the Army wrangled with separate branches for Coast and Field Artillery before addressing the pressing need for a dedicated branch to defeat aerial threats. Since 1988 and the establishment of the Regiment in the U.S. Army Regimental System, there have been a total of five Battalions in the Regiment, but as of 2018 only two remain active. The 4th Battalion, 5th ADA Regiment is a subordinate unit of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade and is stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The 5th Battalion is a component of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade based at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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