101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
On a shield 2-1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height overall, Sable the head of a bald eagle Proper. Attached above the insignia is a Black tab inscribed "AIRBORNE" in Yellow.

Symbolism
The design is based on one of the Civil War traditions of the State of Wisconsin, this State being the territory of the original 101st Division. The eagle alludes to "Old Abe," the famous war eagle carried into combat during the Civil War by the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 101st Division on 23 May 1923. It was redesignated for the 101st Airborne Division on 28 August 1942. It was redesignated for the 101st Air Cavalry Division on 5 August 1968. The insignia was redesignated for the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) on 10 September 1968. It was amended to update the description and correct the symbolism on 8 February 2006. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-148)





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