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BRAZILIAN ARMY  •  COMMANDING GENERAL, EASTERN MILITARY REGION  • CIRCA 1965

The appointment and command flags used by the Brazilian Army during the Cold War era were similar to those in use during World War II. The basic pattern was a flag divided vertically, red at the hoist with a white lozenge, and the fly striped green and yellow, the national colors. The number of stripes corresponded to the level of command: two for a brigade, three for a division, four for a corps, five for an army. The command of a military region, equivalent to a crops command, thus displayed four stripes. The badge of the establishment, command or unit appeared, usually in red, on the white lozenge.

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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  •  1st SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE BRIGADE  •  ORGANIZATIONAL FLAG

The Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) was conceived as a specialized organization to deliver assistance and training to friendly foreign armies. Vital though this mission is, the Army judged it wasteful and inefficient to employ brigade combat teams on such duties. Organizationally, the SAFB is an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) at cadre strength. Its personnel, totaling about 600, are mostly experienced officers and senior NCOs. The SFAB could, therefore, be expanded into a full IBCT in a matter of months by incorporating soldiers from the individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and new recruits graduating from training. This makes it a valuable mobilization asset if needed.

There are now four SFABs, all of which wear the same shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), which also appears on their organizational flags. The organizational flag for SFABs has vertical stripes of national flag blue and scarlet, as for separate infantry brigades, but the fringe is white rather than yellow. The SSI appears above the numerical designation: the same arrangement used by brigades organic to divisions. The 1st Security Assistance Brigade was activated in 2017 at Fort Benning Georgia, and deployed to Afghanistan in February of 2018.

See also Current Flags & Colors of the US Army.

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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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