U.S. ARMY CSIB, 218TH MANEUVER ENHANCEMENT BRIGADE

Originally organized as an Infantry Company of the South Carolina National Guard (née South Carolina Troops) around 1903, the unit today designated the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade has undergone a mind-boggling number of redesignations, so many so that it is almost ironic in light of the unit’s motto “Steadfast of Purpose.”

In the nearly twelve decades of its existence, it has been designated an Ammunition Train Company, Military Police, Company, Repair Parts Company, Administration Company, Personnel Service Company, Support Battalion, Maintenance Battalion, Antiaircraft Artillery Detachment/Group, Signal Group, and Artillery, though not in that order. It received its current designation with it was consolidated with Detachment 1, HHC 218th Infantry Brigade, and HHC 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

The Brigade’s Campaign credits include three from World War I—St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Lorraine 1918—and six from World War II, including Tunisia, Sicily, Rome-Arno, Northern France, Southern France, and Rhineland (Sicily and Southern France campaigns earned Arrowheads).

The 218th MEB’s Combat Service Identification Badge and Shoulder Sleeve insignia, or Unit Patch, employ the same imagery, with a shield divided into a blue upper and a gray lower half as the setting for two bayonets; blue and gray traditional infantry colors and also are a sign of combat readiness. The Brigade’s South Carolina heritage is reflected in its Unit Crest, or Distinctive Unit Insignia, which features an oval shape (a la the South Carolina state seal) bearing a blue crescent moon, white palmetto tree, and a bayonet.
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