1st Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
The indomitable fighting spirit of those warriors on horseback remains very
much a part of the lore and soul of the subordinate units of the 1st Cavalry
|Presentation of Division Colors|| |
The concept of campaign streamers came to prominence in the Civil War when
Army organizations embroidered the names of battles on their organizational
colors. This was discontinued in 1890, when units were authorized to place
silver bands, engraved with the names of battles, around the staffs of their
organizational colors. When American Expedition Forces Units in World War I
were unable to obtain silver bands, General Pershing authorized the use of
small ribbons bearing the names of the World War I operations. In 1921 all
color-bearing Army organizations were authorized to use the large campaign
streamers currently displayed.
Only campaign streamers (2 3/4 inches wide and 4 feet long), embroidered with
the designation of a campaign and the year(s) in which it occurred, are
displayed on the Army flag. The 174 streamers attached to the Army Flag staff
denote campaigns fought by the Army throughout our nation's history. The
identification colors of the streamer is identical to the color design of the
campaign ribbon authorized for service in that particular theater of war.
Streamers (2 3/4 inches wide and 3 feet in length) are currently authorized
for display by organizations authorized a distinguishing flag to indicate the
- Campaign Streamers. - The streamer reflects campaign participation
credit and is the campaign or service ribbon design authorized for the
soldiers for that specific conflict or operation during the period.
Organizations display the streamers on the colors for campaigns or
service for which they have received campaign participation credit as
shown on the unit's lineage and honors. The inscription is as shown on
the unit's lineage and honors/statement of service. Campaign streamers
displayed by organizations do not have the date of the campaign
embroidered on the streamer unless it is part of the name (e.g. Mexico
1916-1917). The 174 campaign streamers displayed on the Army flag
include the date of the action.
- War Service Streamers/Battle Streamers. - War service streamers
without inscriptions were awarded during or prior to World War II to
units located in the theater but did not participate in designated
campaigns nor specified battles/locations. Prior to 1945, units may
also have been awarded streamers for participation in battles other
than designated campaigns. The lineage and honors and the inscription
on the streamer indicates location and year rather than the designated
campaign (e.g. Civil War Service may reflect "GEORGIA 1863" or WWI
reflects "LORRAINE 1918" rather than the name of a designated
- Unit Award Streamers. - Unit award streamers indicate the unit has
been awarded a unit decoration. Both foreign and US decorations are
reflected through the use of unit award streamers. In addition to the
regular size unit award streamers for display by organizations
authorized a distinguishing flag, unit award streamers (1 3/8 inches
wide and 2 feet long) are displayed by separate units authorized a
guidon. The inscription, normally location and/or date(s), is as
indicated in the unit's lineage and honor.
Streamers are affixed to the attaching device in a counterclockwise manner.
LEXINGTON 1775 is the first streamer and KOSOVO AIR CAMPAIGN will be the 174th
streamer (with an additional streamer to be added at a later date). When the
United States flag is not being carried, the streamers will be arranged in
such a manner that LEXINGTON 1775 is displayed in the preeminent position,
i.e., in the center facing forward and completely identifiable. The streamer
awarded for the most recent campaign will also be visible.
Separate Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) units authorized a guidon
will indicate campaign participation credit by use of a silver band in lieu of
a campaign streamer. The silver band is placed on the guidon staff immediately
below the guidon. Campaign participation credit for companies of battalions
are reflected by the battalion streamer since honors for those companies
accrue to the battalion if the battalion received credit. If the battalion did
not receive credit but individual companies received credit, the silver band
may be displayed by the company.
Only time and fate knows the future of peace, wars and the new missions that
the subordinate units of the 1st Cavalry Division may be called on to perform.
In any situation, they stand ready and can look to its combat record with
justifiable pride and hard earned satisfaction. All of the tasks have been
tough and they have been done well.
Headquarters, 1st Brigade Combat Team
The following campaign streamers have been earned by the Headquarters,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in service for their
World War II, Pacific Theater
Bismarck Archipelago (with arrowhead)
Leyte (with arrowhead)
Counteroffensive, Phase II
Counteroffensive, Phase III
Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
War On Terrorism
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