Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI):
Symbolism: The sword is in the color maroon, suggestive of human blood, and symbolic of the medical needs of an army. The zig-zag bands are in pure white to suggest bandaging and the antiseptic requirements of medical practice; by entwining the sword they signify the support provided by the organization.
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 18th Medical Brigade on 25 October 1967. It was redesignated for the 18th Medical Command on 16 February 1984.
Lineage and Honors:
Constituted 10 May 1967 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 18th Medical Brigade
Activated 18 August 1967 at Fort Lee, Virginia
Inactivated 16 December 1970 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland
Redesignated 16 August 1984 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th Medical Command, and activated in Korea.
Inactivated 15 October 2008 as the 18th Medical Command and redesignated the 65th Medical Brigade.
Reactivated 16 October 2008 as the 18th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii and assigned to United States Army Pacific.
Campaign Participation Credit:
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy) for KOREA 1989