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 following:
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.
The following campaign streamers have been earned by the 515th Brigade
Support Battalion in service for their country.
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