JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — In a heartwarming and unexpected ceremony, the 597th Transportation Brigade’s new unit crest took the spotlight when Col. Natasha Stanley, commander, and Command Sergeant Major Thomas Skelton, command sergeant major, unboxed a custom designed cake, unveiling the symbol that will now represent the Rapid Support brigade’s 21st Century mission.
The event, held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia on Sept. 29, 2023, marked the 597th Transportation Brigade’s birthday.
Over 100 Soldiers gathered for the occasion. The unveiling, typically a formal affair, took on a delightful twist, adding an element of surprise and camaraderie to the occasion.
As the slices were distributed, servicemen and women shared their thoughts on the emblem, highlighting the pride they feel in their organization.
The red and gold letters represent the U.S. Army’s Transportation Corps colors, while the black represents strength and power. The green and blue symbolize the earth, land and water.
The white represents the clean workings of mission, like that of a well-oiled machine.
The cargo vessel, truck, and train represent the modes transportation used to make the mission possible.
At any given time, there are about 25 vessels going around the world. Our ports are connected to military bases by trains and highway route driven by contractors.
The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command arrow in the center of the earth symbolizes the jurisdiction of the brigade, as the majority of the Western hemisphere.
The 597th Transportation Brigade unit boasts a rich and diverse history, with roots tracing back to Sunny Point, North Carolina, as an integral part of the Military Traffic Management Command. On Oct. 1, 1997, a significant milestone was marked when the 1303rd Major Port Command was redesignated the 597th Transportation Terminal Group at Sunny Point, North Carolina, evolving into the formidable force we know today—the 597th Transportation Brigade.