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Pale orange is the distinguishing color used for flags of the ROC's Ministry of Defense. The badge combines a crossed rifle and sword for the Army, an anchor for the Navy and wings for the Air Force, superimposed on a wreath of rice stalks and surmounted by gold plum blossom. This flag and other MoD flags derived from it were officially adopted in 1992, though they existed and were used without official sanction for many years before that. The Minister of Defense's personal flag has a wide yellow border; that of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces has the same border and the area inside the wreath of rice stalks is light blue.

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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.

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US ARMY RESERVE  •  GUIDON, HEADQUARTERS & HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT, 380th QUARTERMASTER BATTALION

This year I mark the fiftieth anniversary of my entry into military service. On 4 June 1969 at what was then the Boston Army Base, I took the oath of enlistment for the first but not as it proved the last time. In all I served for 28 years: nine on active duty and nineteen as a drilling reservist. In 1997-98, HHD 380th Quartermaster Battalion was my final unit of assignment. My position was Battalion Supply Sergeant and in that capacity it fell to me to order the battalion's Organizational Color and HHD Guidon, an exercise that stimulated my interest in military flags and led to the creation of this website. The guidon is flanked on the left by the Regimental Insignia of the Quartermaster Corps and on the right by the Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 380th Quartermaster Battalion. The Army Institute of Heraldry designs the unit coat of arms and DUC to reflect the motto chosen by the members of the unit. The 380th's motto—SUSTAIN THE WARRIOR—was suggested by me and and ultimately adopted. The colors gold (buff) and light blue are the branch colors of the Quartermaster Corps. The color black and the three drops symbolize the 380th's mission, which is fuel supply.

See also Flags, Colors & Guidons of the US Army
 

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TOM GREGG

WAR FLAGS features selections from my extensive collection of GIF images. I enjoy hearing from people who share my interest in flags of all kinds. Comments and questions about the images on these pages, as well as information about military and naval flags, past and present, are always welcome.

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