The red cross on the unit crest is a symbol commonly used to signify comfort and aid and used to mark the Army’s ambulances. For the 62nd, it also refers to the descent from being a collecting company and a motorized unit during World War ll. Maroon and white (silver) are the colors used for the Army Medical Department, and the fleur-de-lis references the unit’s service in France. The actions of the 62nd Medical Battalion, Motorized’s service in saving lives on the battlefields of the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns are represented by the four rays emanating from the bottom of the fleur-de-lis and shining on the unit’s motto: “Proud and Steadfast”.
Since its inception and service in WWll, the unit has transitioned from being focused on a few particular services to being in charge of the multi-facets of a modern Army medical group and battalion. The first major deployment with the unit’s new brigade designation and duties was to the affected areas of South Florida after Hurricane Andrew. When Andrew was finished, it was the most destructive hurricane yet for the U.S. with 26 billion in damage and 65 lives lost. However, the greatest challenge performing its medical group responsibilities came as it was deployed to the utterly devastated areas in Central America from the swath made by Hurricane Mitch. With over 25,000 deaths and 250,000 homes destroyed, the deployment became a test for the 62nd Medical Group. The unit also provided support for Hurricane Sandy in 2008.
These civilian deployments helped ready the unit for its expanded duties as a medical brigade. The 62nd was called into action to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom also in Iraq. As command and control for medical support of the theater, the brigade has also provided combat health support for Coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti and the Horn of Africa. These actions brought the soldiers and the unit a Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service in Operation Iraq Freedom (2007-2008) and another one for Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. (2010-2011).