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2nd BATTALION, 2nd (COLDSTREAM) REGIMENT OF FOOT GUARDS  •  CRIMEAN WAR  •  1853-56
 

The colors carried by infantry regiments of the British Army did not change in any major way between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the 1850s. Foot regiments of the line had a Queen’s Colour—the Union Flag with regimental distinctions and battle honors—and a Regimental Color—a flag with a field of the regimental facing color, a canton of the Union Flag, regimental distinctions and battle honors. The three regiments of Foot Guards continued to carry regimental and company colors, and when a Guards battalion took the field, it was customary for the Colonel’s, Lieutenant-Colonel’s or Major’s Colour to be carried as the Queen’s Colour, with one of the company colors as the Regimental Colour. The Colonel’s Colour was scarlet with regimental badges and battle honors, the Lieutenant-Colonel’s Colour added a canton of the Union Flag and the Major’s Colour added a canton of the Union Flag with a “stream blazant.” The Company Colours were Union Flags with the company number and badge and battle honors.

The British army sent to the Crimea during the Crimean War included a Guards Brigade of three battalions, one from each of the Foot Guard regiments. The 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards is believed to have carried the Colonel’s Colour and the 13th Company Colour. The former displayed the regimental badge and the latter displayed the badge of the 13th Company: a Tudor rose and a pomegranate impaled.

See also British Infantry Colors (Napoleonic Wars).
 

 

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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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KEYSTONE BRIGADE

 

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2nd INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 28th INFANTRY DIVISION
PENNSYLVANIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
 

Divisions of the Army National Guard have been reorganized in line with the US Army's UEx program. Their brigades are now stand-alone infantry, Stryker or heavy combat teams. The division headquarters themselves are mainly responsible for the peacetime command, control and training of the brigades. Like the divisions of the Regular Army, those of the National Guard are now organized with a headquarters battalion containing the assets necessary for the division to operate as a deployable, stand-alone headquarters.

Some of the current National Guard brigade combat teams trace their lineage to former separate brigades; others were organic to divisions under the former organizational scheme. Pennsylvania's 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team was formerly the 2nd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division and continues to use the organizational flag specified for brigades organic to infantry divisions: vertical stripes of scarlet and national flag blue, fringed yellow with the division shoulder sleeve insignia and the brigade numeral vertically centered. The flag is made of heavy rayon banner cloth; dimensions are 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly plus 2 12-inch yellow fringe.

The 2nd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division was reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2005. The Keystone Brigade saw service in Iraq in 2005-06.

 See also US Army Modular Brigades.
 

 

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