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89th Sustainment Brigade


89th Sustainment Brigade

89th Sustainment Brigade
Shoulder sleeve insignia
Country United States of America
Branch United States Army seal United States Army
Type Brigade
Role Sustainment
Part of US Army Reserve
Motto "Above the Rest"
Col. Gerard L. Schwart
Distinctive unit insignia

The 89th Sustainment Brigade is a subordinate command of 451st Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and one of only eight of its kind in the Army Reserve. The unit is the latest addition in the Army Transformation process for the 451st ESC, but will manage a peacetime downtrace that has command and control of approximately 1,000 Army Reservists located throughout the Kansas area, and its Soldiers support diverse missions that are logistical in nature. The 89th Sustainment Brigade mission is to plan, coordinate, synchronize, monitor, and control Logistics Operations within an assigned area of responsibility. The Brigade also coordinates host nation support (HNS) and contracting, as well as providing support to joint, interagency, and multinational forces as directed.[1]


  • History 1
  • Insignia 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The 89th initially started as the 89th Infantry Division activated on 27 August 1917 at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas.

The division was reactivated in 1921 as part of the Army Reserve when it expanded from a Medical Reserve Corps to the Officer Reserve Corps and Enlisted Reserve Corps. In 1942 the division was again called to active service at Camp Carson, Colorado.

In 1947, the division was reactivated in the Army Reserve with its headquarters located in Wichita, Kansas. In 1959 it was re-designated the 89th Division (Training) and then in 1973 it became a United States Army Reserve Command (ARCOM).

In 1995 it was again re-designated as the 89th Regional Support Command until late in 2003 when all the regional support commands were re-designated as regional readiness commands.


Shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI)

On a blue disc 1 5/8 inches (4.13 cm) in diameter and within a white annulet 3/16 inches (.48 cm) in width a white letter "W" formed of curved lines 3/16 (.48 cm) in width and joining the annulet, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border. The overall dimension is 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in diameter. Red, white, and blue are the national colors. The stylized “W” which when reversed becomes an “M,” refers to this Division, known in the past as the “Middle West Division,” since many of its personnel came from the Midwestern states. The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 89th Division on 25 October 1918 by telegram but not officially announced by the War Department until 23 June 1922. It was amended on 21 December 1948, to change the colors and reword the measurements. The insignia was approved for the 89th U.S. Army Reserve Command on 26 July 1974. On 16 April 1996, the insignia was reassigned and approved for the 89th Regional Support Command. It was redesignated effective 16 July 2003, for the US Army 89th Regional Readiness Command. The insignia was redesignated effective 16 September 2009, for the 89th Sustainment Brigade and amended to add a symbolism.

Distinctive unit insignia (DUI)

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a red octagon (two vertical sides longer than the other six sides which are all equal) charged with gold torch between two gold fleurs-de-lis, in base two white chevronels in front of the torch base with the internal area blue. The elements of the design reflect the history of the 89th Division, for whom the insignia was originally authorized: The gold torch symbolizes the 89th Division's peacetime role as a training unit. The two fleurs-de-lis allude to the Division's service in France during World Wars I and II. The chevronels represent support and also simulate the letter "M" for "Midwest," the geographical source of the Division's original personnel. The chevronels over the blue background also allude to the crossing of the Rhine River by the Division in World War II. The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 89th Division (Training) on 29 May 1969. It was authorized for the 89th U.S. Army Reserve Command on 26 July 1974. On 16 April 1996, the insignia was reassigned and authorized for the 89th Regional Support Command. The insignia was redesignated for the U.S. Army 89th Regional Readiness Command effective 16 July 2003. It was redesignated effective 18 September 2009, for the 89th Sustainment Brigade.


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External links

  • 89th Sustainment Brigade Home Page
  • The Institute Of Heraldry
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