The 36th Infantry Division was officially activated at Fort Polk in February 2014 as 3rd Brigade Combat Team. As part of the Army’s transformation initiative, this organization was designed to create a highly mobile, lethal, and flexible combat unit to support the rapid buildup of combat power wherever needed across the globe. The structure of the brigade is modular and provides for organic infantry, cavalry, field artillery, maintenance, logistic and support capabilities. While stilled flagged as 4th Brigade, it deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006 to 2007 then again for Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2007 to January 2009. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in fall 2010 and returned to the U.S. in fall 2011. In October 2016, the “Patriot Brigade,” as they are known, became part of the 36th Infantry Division (Army National Guard) as part of the Army’s Associated Unit Pilot. The “Patriot Brigade” is the only Regular Army unit assigned to the 36th ID.
The insignia is the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division and consisting of an olive drab “T” on a light blue flint arrowhead was adopted by the 36th Division in 1918. Light blue is the infantry branch color. The flint arrowhead represents the State of Oklahoma (once the Indian Territory) and the “T”, Texas and commonly called the “T-Patch.” The song of the 36th Infantry Division is “The Eyes of World are on you 36th.”
From Peace Keeping Missions in the Balkans to the battles against terrorism at the dawn of the 21st Century, the 36th Infantry Division has played an innovative and important in America’s defense. Today, the 36th Infantry Division conducts training and mobilization readiness to provide ready and responsive forces that can deploy to theaters of operations and conduct unified land operations in joint and coalition environments in support of a geographical combatant commander.
Fort Polk is a United States Army installation located in Vernon Parish, approximately ten miles (15 km) east of Leesville, Louisiana, and thirty miles north of DeRidder in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.
This coin is dedicated to the fighting men and women of the 36th Infantry Division. Minted in bronze and given antique finish, this coin is imbued with bold colorful enamel on both sides.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.