Description: On a rectangular shield arced at top and base 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width and 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) in height overall, quartered gray and blue, a bottony cross 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in height overall quartered red and white, and surmounted diagonally overall by a yellow bayonet (of the period of the War Between the States), the point in upper left, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border.
Symbolism: The blue and white are Infantry colors. The gray and bayonet allude to Confederate service. The red and white quartered bottony cross is taken from the shield of the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore and appears on the state flag and state seal of Maryland.
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 17 September 1976. The insignia was rescinded on 1 July 1988, when the brigade became a divisional brigade and was no longer a separate brigade.
Distinctive Unit Insignia
Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of two gold demi-fleurs-de-lis at center, one pointing north and bearing at center a blue arrowhead, the other pointing south and bearing at center a blue bayonet point, the fleurs-de-lis issuant from the center of a diagonal bar with rounded ends crossing from upper left to lower right and composed of six equal vertical segments alternately left to right of yellow and black, and crossing behind in the opposite direction a similar bar composed of six equal vertical segments, alternately from left to right of red and green.
Symbolism: The unit's World War I service in France is represented by the lower fleur-de-lis; the upper one denotes World War II European service with the arrowhead recognizing participation in an assault landing at Normandy. The red in the background refers to the Meritorious Unit Streamer awarded to the unit for European Theater Service in World War II, and together with the color green signifies the award of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for World War II service on the "Beaches of Normandy." The yellow and black diagonal bar is a reference to the Brigade's home state of Maryland.
Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 21 June 1977.