Dec 2005

U.S. Army reorganization brings back YD patch

The U.S. Army has announced the conversion of all active and Guard combat brigades, including those organic to divisions, to modular brigade combat teams. The 'new' brigade combat teams will be attachable to any active or Guard combat division. Consequently, the 26th Yankee Infantry Brigade, Massachusetts Army National Guard, will sever its relationship with the 29th (Blue & Grey) Infantry Division, discard the 'Ying Yang' 29th ID patch, and don that of the 26th Yankee Infantry Division - Yes, the same YD patch all of you once wore!

Eventually, about 3,000 Army National Guard soldiers in Massachusetts and New Mexico will don the YD patch. That total will include a brigade headquarters company, two infantry battalions, cavalry squadron, field artillery battalion, support battalion, and a special troops battalion inclusive of intelligence, signal and engineer companies.

YDVA members will pin the YD patch on soldiers of the Brigade headquarters and headquarters company and the infantry battalion commanders at a noon, 10 December ceremony at building #623, Devens (Formerly Fort Devens) Massachusetts.

All YDVAers and Auxiliary members are invited to attend. Approximately 55 uniformed YDVAers will form ranks alongside the active soldiers and, on command, pin the YD patch on the active soldiers' left shoulders. The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, other YDVAers and Auxiliary members, and former Yankee Division commanding generals and command sergeants major will observe the ceremony.