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For the US Army Special Forces, the group, e.g. 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is the color-bearing echelon. The organizational flag for SF groups is of the standard Army pattern: field in the primary branch color, fringe in the secondary branch color, with the approved coat of arms in proper colors above a scroll bearing the unit designation. Battalions of SF groups have duplicate colors but with a tablet bearing the battalion numeral in the upper fly. SF branch colors are jungle green and silver gray.
Company guidons for SF units are jungle green with the branch insignia (crossed arrows), letters and numerals in silver gray. The group number is placed above the insignia, the battalion number is placed between the insignia and the hoist of the guidon, and the company designation is placed beneath the insignia.
Tom Gregg, 18 February 2002
image by Tom Gregg, 19 July 2001
image by Tom Gregg, 9 June 1998
Guidon, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, 82nd Airborne Division (Ft. Bragg, NC). U.S. Army NCO academies may be affiliated with various units, centers, schools, etc. Those affiliated with units have teal blue guidons with the shoulder sleeve insignia in proper colors above the letters NCOA in yellow, within a yellow frame. All soldiers are required to attend an NCOA course before being promoted to NCO rank or being advanced to a higher NCO rank.
Tom Gregg, 9 June 1998
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