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FINNISH ARMY  • GUARD JAEGER REGIMENT

The Guard Jaeger Regiment of the Finnish Army, headquartered in the capital city of Helsinki, has several missions. Its Guard Battalion and Regimental Band constitute the Army's ceremonial unit, responsible for providing the President of Finland's Guard of Honor and for rendering military honors on formal state occasions. The Guard Battalion is also responsible for the security of military installations in the Helsinki area. The regiment's Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion is mainly responsible for training conscripts, most of whom come from the Helsinki area. The regimental headquarters is in effect the military district headquarters for the capital and so the regimental commander is a brigadier general instead of a colonel. In wartime, the regiment would become a brigade controlling mobilized reserve units, charged with the defense of the capital. 

The Guard Jaeger Regiment perpetuates the traditions of several historical units: the 3rd Finland Guard Rifle Battalion of the Imperial Russian Army, the Jaeger Battalion of the Finnish Civil War and the 2nd Jaeger Battalion of the Second World War. Jaeger (Jääkäri in Finnish) means hunter and is a traditional title for light infantry in the Scandinavian and German armies. The regimental color is reminiscent of the colors of the Russian Army in the nineteenth century. Blue and white are the colors of the Finnish flag; the central insignia is the national coat of arms. The color is carried on a staff with a gold spearpoint finial enclosing the Finnish lion.
 

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GUIDON  •  511th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

The 511th Military Police Company traces its lineage to the 1125th Military Police Company, which was constituted 12 November 1942 in the Army of the United States and activated on 1 January 1943 at Brookley Field, Alabama. After World War II service in the Pacific theater, the company was inactivated on 25 March 1946 in Japan. On  1 November 1970, the 1125th was redesignated  as the 511th Military Police Company, allotted to the Regular Army and activated at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The 511th is currently stationed at Fort Drum, New York, as a unit of the 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

The 511th Military Police Company's campaign credits include Leyte (Philippines—World War II), Panama (1989) and Iraq (2006 and 2008-09). The 511th received the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation for its service on Leyte and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service in Iraq in 2006.

The 511th's guidon is of the standard pattern for separate TO&E companies, with the Military Police branch insignia over the unit's numerical designation in the Military Police branch colors.

The soldiers of the 511th Military Police Company (including the daughter of the author of this site) deployed to Afghanistan on 11 September 2010 and returned to their home station on September 5, 2011. Their guidon will remain on display here in honor of the 511th's exceptional service during its Afghanistan deployment.

See also US Army Guidons of the Combat Arms.

SUPPORTING THE SCREAMING EAGLES

ORGANIZATIONAL FLAG  •  101st AIRBORNE DIVISION SUPPORT GROUP  •  1960

The first US Army division to adopt the Pentomic organization was the 101st Airborne Division, reactivated and configured as such in 1956. As an airborne division, however, the 101st's structure was not identical to that of the Pentomic infantry divisions. The divisional headquarters was supplemented by a command and control battalion and in place of the division trains headquarters there was a support group configured for airborne operations. This unit's organizational flag was of the design used for groups: diagonally divided from upper hoist to lower fly, red over blue, these being the colors of the organizational flag for infantry and airborne divisions.  The flag was made of silk or a silk-like material; dimensions were 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly with 2 1/2-inch yellow fringe.

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