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image by Tom Gregg, 3 April 2001
Organizational flag of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate). U.S. Army separate airborne and infantry brigades are "brigade battle groups." In addition to the three airborne infantry or infantry battalions found in brigades of divisions, they contain a field artillery battalion, a combat engineer company and various other support units. They are authorized their own shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), which appear on their organizational flags. The flags are similar to those for brigades of divisions but the order of the vertical stripes is reversed, with national flag blue rather than scarlet at the hoist. Since separate brigades are not organic to any higher formation, no numerals appear on their flags.
The symbolism of the SSI of the 173rd Airborne Brigade is self-evident.
Tom Gregg, 3 April 2001