HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Soldiers assigned to Camp Edwards received a new soldier sleeve insignia during a patch ceremony held at the Yankee Division Memorial on base, August 1, 2015.
The more than 120 Soldiers assigned to Camp Edwards Training Site now wear the distinctive National Guard Training Center Garrison Command Patch after having the insignia affixed during the ceremony.
The new patch marks a significant change for Camp Edwards as it identifies the base as a component of the Army National Guard Training Center Network.
Each Soldier received the new patch as it was affixed to their shoulder during the ceremony which was presided over by Col. William O’Brien, Commander, Camp Edwards, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Widberg, Sergeant Major, Camp Edwards.
“I am proud to present these Soldiers with this new patch,” said O’Brien. “Camp Edwards has distinguished itself by its commitment to the training of not only the Massachusetts National Guard but our regional neighbors and local agencies as well. This patch reflects that commitment and our participation in the national training network.”
The unique design of this insignia features a triangular shape broken into three color fields. The three colors refer to the basic combat arms: Armor (Yellow), Infantry (Blue), and Artillery (Red); and also refer to the components of the ‘One Army’ concept: Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard, reflecting the association with Training Centers. The central disc with the representation of the Minute Man statue and the thirteen stars recall the beginnings of our country and its citizen soldiers.
The Army National Training Center Garrison Command shoulder sleeve insignia was approved by the Secretary of the Army and accepted by the Institute of Heraldry Nov. 1, 2011 and was approved for wear for Camp Edwards Garrison by Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, on Jan 8, 2015.
Camp Edwards today is now the major training area for Army National Guard soldiers in the northeast with 157,000 Department of Defense training days in 2014. Camp Edwards, during its busiest year since 9/11, provided 214,000 Department of Defense training days in 2012.
For more information on Camp Edwards and its history please visit http://thenationsfirst.org/camp-edwards.html.
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