Coats of arms of US Air Defense Artillery regiments are heraldic emblems associated with Field artillery, Air Defense Artillery, and coast artillery regiments in the US Army. Under Army Regulation 840-10, each regiment and separate table of organization and equipment (TOE) battalion of the US Army is authorized a coat of arms to be displayed on the organization's flag, called the "colors." This coat of arms usually forms the basis for the unit's distinctive unit insignia (DUI), the emblem worn by all members of the unit on their service uniforms.
The coats of arms for artillery units normally incorporate the color red, which has been the traditional color of the Artillery Branch in the US Army since the formation of the Corps of Artillery in 1777. Below are galleries of the coats of arms of US Army Air Defense Artillery units. These coats of arms are generally the ones brought forward from Coast Artillery units after 1968 under the creation of the Air Defense Artillery branch. Most are the work of Master Gunner and Master Sergeant Edward C. Kuhn (March 29, 1872 – September 4, 1948), who designed the first authorized coats of arms and distinctive unit insignia for the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Engineer Corps, Cavalry, Infantry, National Guard and other branches. The official mottoes (as awarded by The Institute of Heraldry of the U.S. Army) and/or special designations (as awarded by the United States Army Center of Military History) of the units are also noted.
Air Defense Artillery
- commons:Field Army insignia of the United States Army
- Division insignia of the United States Army
- Brigade insignia of the United States Army
- Miscellaneous shoulder sleeve insignia of the United States Army
- Coats of arms of U.S. Armor and Cavalry Regiments
- Coats of arms of U.S. Infantry Regiments
- Coats of arms of U.S. Artillery Regiments
- Coats of arms of U.S. Army units
Sources & references
- Army Regulation 840-10, Heraldic Activities: Flags, Guidons, Streamers, Tabards, and Automobile and Aircraft Plates
- The Institute of Heraldry (U.S. Army) coat of arms page[dead link]
- The Institute of Heraldry (U.S. Army) Air Defense Artillery page
- Day, Gene. "The Man Who Makes Our National Coats of Arms." The Boys World, November 8, 1924, 2.
- "Soldier Is Expert Embroiderer: Army Sergeant Designs Regimental Insignia." The National Spectator, January 23, 1926, 16-17.
- Greg Hagg; Bolling Smith, and Mark Berho. "Insignia of the Coast Artillery Corp". The Coast Defense Study Group, Inc.. http://www.cdsg.org/reprint%20PDFs/CACinsignia.pdf. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
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