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U.S. Army Campaign Streamers: Colors of Courage Since 1775

May 19, 2016

Campaign Streamers of the United States Army

A U.S. Army unit’s history is displayed in its colors—its lineage, campaigns and commendations. When Soldiers arrive at a new unit, they can study the unit’s colors to understand the honored tradition of which they are now a part. These flags, colors and guidons1 have been used by military organizations for centuries to position, signal and rally the troops. For Soldiers, they are a proud symbol of their unit’s important role in Army history. The story of the campaign streamers is intricate and has involved many of the Army’s prominent leaders for more than 140 years.