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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

On a disc 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter, with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border a scarlet disc centered on a blue background and surmounted at center by a vertical black missile silhouette outlined in white and issuing to base a white-edged scarlet flame and white smoke cloud, the missile flanked by two diagonal yellow lightning flashes issuing from either side of the nose cone. Attached immediately above the disc, an arc tab 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in length and 11/16 inch (1.75 cm) in height consisting of a dark green background inscribed "PERSHING" in scarlet letters 5/16 inch (.79 cm) in height, with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) scarlet border.

Scarlet and gold (yellow) are the colors used for Field Artillery; blue denotes the assigned infantry support. The destructive power and target capability of the Pershing missile are suggested by the red disc at center and the upright missile signifies the readiness of the unit. The lightning flashes refer to the ability of the missile team to act and strike quickly in event of need.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 56th Artillery Brigade on 9 June 1971. It was redesignated for the 56th Field Artillery Brigade on 7 April 1972. The insignia was redesignated effective 17 January 1986 for the 56th Field Artillery Command.

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