The 77th Sustainment Brigade’s Unit Crest, or Distinctive Unit Insignia, differs significantly from its identical Combat Service Identification Badge, or CSIB, and Unit Patch , both of which feature the Statue of Liberty. Unlike the CSIB and unit patch, a unit’s crest is derived from its coat of arms. And while all three insignias pay homage to the 77th’s pay homage to the Brigade’s birthplace of New York City, the Unit Crest’s imagery—a classic Dutch windmill in red, white, and blue—is much more subtle than the iconic Stature of Liberty.

The design is in fact a nod to the city’s heritage; the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam was the direct forebear of New York City. While the patch and CSIB concentrate on the city itself, the windmill recalls the culture and traditions that laid the foundation of the city. The vanes on the windmill were found on the seal of New Amsterdam and are currently on the coat of arms of New York City.

Like the unit’s patch, the crest was assigned to the 77th Sustainment Brigade on September 18th, 2008. However, the 77th’s crest has existed in one form or another since 1938. The three colors of the windmill are red, white, and blue, in that order—a clear parallel to the colors of the flag of the United States.

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