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image by Tom Gregg, 20 June 1997
Organizational Flag, 30th Field Artillery Brigade: Scarlet and red are the colors of the field artillery. Many separate brigade shoulder sleeve insignia are, like this one, rectangular with slightly rounded ends. There are numerous exceptions, however. The insignia is edged with white piping for contrast with the field of the flag.
Tom Gregg, 20 June 1997
image by Tom Gregg, 17 September 1998
211th Field Artillery Group. Scarlet and yellow are the Field Artillery branch colors. The 211th FA Group was activated in 1942 when the 211th FA Regiment was broken up into independent battalions; in the 1950's it was inactivated when
regimental identities were reestablished in the FA branch. Flags in the same colors are used by Air Defense Artillery groups.
Tom Gregg, 17 September 1998
image by Joe McMillan, 27 September 1999
Alexander Hamilton Battery - Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery is considered the direct descendant of the battery commanded by Alexander Hamilton (later one of the authors of the Federalist Papers and first Secretary of the Treasury) during the American Revolution. It is therefore the oldest unit in the Regular Army. In 1882, this unit was authorized to bear a distinctive guidon divided horizontally red over white, with a yellow embroidered device in the upper hoist consisting of the artillery corps device and the unit designation, all surrounded by a circle of stars. In addition, the guidon was embroidered with the date of the battery's establishment, Hamilton's name, a battle honor for Long Island (1776), and other commemorative information. (Source: R. P. Gill and B. Nimhart, "Keeping Tradition Alive," Military Collector and Historian 9:55-56 (1957)) The current version of this guidon was displayed until a few years ago outside the Army Chief of Staff's office at the Pentagon. Unlike other guidons of active Army units, it was made of rayon banner cloth rather than bunting and had a golden-yellow fringe.
Joe McMillan, 27 September 1999