Logistics Branch Insignia and Its Significance
An operating base is often abbreviated as LOB or LSOB. It is a fairly short term and does not mean anything very important, unless it is under your business name. The term is often shortened to simply LOB or LSOB for shortened-name or brand recognition. When you see an operation, whether military or civilian, with a LOB on the rear of the vehicle, that is one of the symbols of that unit.
This insignia typically comes in a band around the vehicle’s sides and has a symbol related to operations, usually an eagle or similar object. An eagle is a powerful symbol in the military world, because it is able to represent courage, wisdom, faith, courage, and loyalty and love of one’s country and family.
An LOB will often have the squadron motto embossed onto it in many places. This may be on the gear that is worn by all members of the vehicle or on a section of a vehicle that is not often seen. You can often find a little area at the back of the rear end of the vehicle for the LOB’s insignia. One of the symbols of this insignia is the Army Air Force emblem that can be embossed directly on the outer casing of the rear end of the LOB.
Another sign on the rear of the vehicle is a symbol that has significance to the support element of the vehicle. In addition to the eagle on the LOB, other symbols include an eagle with wings spread out, an army double eagle with a teardrop over its head, or the insignia for the 3rd Infantry Division. You may see this emblem on vehicles that are supporting various missions.
In order to determine what this means in the context of the support element of the vehicle, you need to take a look at the emblem on the rear end of a tank or how it looks on an F-16. If this is a LOB that you operate, there is a very real possibility that there is a single eagle with its wings spread out from the direction of a mission.
In the modern day, the LOB usually includes more than just one symbol. You are likely to see the name of the unit engraved onto it, depending on the scope of operations of the vehicle. If the unit is engaged in support of special operations forces, or similar missions, the symbols could be much broader.
For example, a LOB may include the squadron symbol, the Air Force symbol, or perhaps even a foreign national insignia. These symbols are representative of the capabilities of the vehicle and its mission to protect the operation or mission in general.
The LOB can also serve as a unit symbol, indicating that a specific vehicle or element in the operations supporting the mission is part of that unit. When a support unit is coming into contact with a foreign force that is currently fighting or harboring terrorists, this is a vital sign. You will see this insignia from a JTAC or JAG, which stands for Joint Terminal Attack Controller.
A particular JTAC is the controller for a very specific command that is designed to coordinate tactical operations of various units that are supporting a joint terminal attack command. These particular vehicle insignias are usually military green or tan with the white paint job of the JTAC unit. This is the most current incarnation of the LOB, which is commonly referred to as the Joint Terminal Attack Controller insignia.
In addition to the individual support operations, you will often see the Joint Terminal Attack Controller insignia used for training and as a morale symbol by those supporting the special operations forces in the U.S. or abroad. There are other examples of the use of LOB insignia as a sign of support.
The basic differences between the two types of insignia are the actual names of the respective operations, the colors, the insignia that is worn, and how they are utilized in support operations. The use of the LOB as a sign of support reflects the support of the missions that are taking place in the area where it is located.