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ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE  •  COLOR OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF
 

The Chief of Staff (COS) of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), is a lieutenant-general (Rav Aluf), which is the IDF's highest rank, held by the COS alone. The COS is the professional head of the IDF, being responsible under the Minister of Defense for its administration, training and combat readiness. In the event of general mobilization and war the COS acts as the supreme commander.

The Chief of Staff of the IDF is entitled to display a positional color: red with a canton of the national flag and the badge if the IDF within a laurel wreath in the lower fly. The fringe is gold and silver. The Israeli naval ensign with the same badge added in the lower fly serves as the flag of the COS at sea.

See also State of Israel Military & Naval Flags.
 

 

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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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ORGANIZATIONAL FLAG  •  434th FIELD ARTILLERY BRIGADE
US ARMY FIELD ARTILLERY SCHOOL
 

The 434th Field Artillery Brigade was constituted and activated in 1942 as Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Tank Destroyer Brigade. After service in WW II the brigade was inactivated in Germany (November 1945). In 1947, it was redesignated as Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 434th Field Artillery Group, allotted to the US Army Reserve and activated at Kansas City, Missouri. The group moved from Kansas City to Chicago, Illinois in 1965, was redesignated as HHB 434th Field Artillery Brigade in 1978 and was inactivated in 1990. In 2006 the brigade was again activated, this time being allotted to US Army Training Doctrine Command. Stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma the 434th is a unit of the US Army Field Artillery School, being responsible for initial entry training. The brigade has four FA battalions and an Adjutant General battalion under command. The former provide training and the latter is the reception unit for newly arrived enlistees. The brigade also includes a service and support detachment to administer and maintain firing ranges, training areas, etc.

The 434th FA Brigade's reactivation as a training unit is an example of the Army's post-Cold War policy of replacing generic school brigades and battalions with former active and reserve units that have seen war service or have distinguished histories. Service with Pride is the 434th FA Brigade's official motto.

 See also US Army Cold War Era Centers & Schools.
 

 

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