The 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team unit crest, formally called a Distinctive Unit Insignia, features an arrowhead symbolizing the Brigade’s wartime service and is fittingly positioned beneath the unit motto, “Point The Way.” A fleur-de-lis on the arrowhead connotes the unit’s assault landing in France during World War II; two of the units in the Brigade’s lineage, the 138th Quartermaster Truck Company and the 183rd Quartermaster Depot Company, earned Meritorious Unit Commendations for their outstanding performance in France and Italy respectively. Crossed bayonets reflect the Brigade’s mission and serve as an emblem of cooperation and strength.

Nicknamed the “Night Hawks,”a special designation officially recognized by the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team did not receive its current numerical designation until the 1st Brigade, 38th Infantry Division became the 76th Brigade, 38th ID in November 1965. It was consolidated with the 1213th Engineer Company in 1977 and retained the same designation.

It remained attached to the 38th Infantry Division until 1994, when the Army’s reorganization efforts designed to blunt the effects of budget cuts led to it being replaced in the 38th ID by the 37th Infantry Brigade. At the same time it became a separate Brigade, the 76th officially relocated to Indianapolis, but in point of fact it had been using Tyndall Armory in the city as a training area since 1969.

But space constraints at Tyndall meant the Brigade had also been storing its motor pool vehicles at Camp Atterbury in Edenburgh, a makeshift solution not conducive to effective training. In 2011, this situation was rectified when the Brigade set up its headquarters and training facilities at Lawrence Readiness Training Center, constructed on the grounds of what had been Fort Benjamin Harrison and just a 20-minute drive from Tyndall Armory.

If you are purchasing this item, you might also be interested in adding the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team patch (Shoulder Sleeve Insignia) and the Brigade’s Combat Service ID Badge (CSIB) to your shopping cart.

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