South Africa Defence Force
Orange Free State Command Signal Unit 1975 - 1999
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0001]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0003]
Beret Command Button Badge
This example is the unofficial gold on green and is accepted as being the Signals issue buttons.
The Design Card states the horn as Black on a silver background and approved 19th November 1986.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0365]
I don't know of there ever being a badge made black on silver and would assume it to look like the Natal Cmd button. Some button badges often got cross-used due to short supply and right is an official issue OFS Workshop Cmd. button according to the design card and likely worn also by the OFS Signal Unit and possibly this eventually lead to the unofficial green version. The manufacture process for the green would be a simple adaptation and only use one colour as opposed to the three colours of the Workshop button.
The Orange Free State Signal Command Unit was so titled 1st August 1975. The lineage of the command unit started circa 1948 with ‘C’ Troop 10 Armoured Battalion Signal Squadron at Tempe, Bloemfontein. 1950 it became Central Command Signal Troop and in 1960 was titled Orange Free State Command Signal Company. The following year the unit was re-designated Orange Free State Command Signal Squadron and in 1971 it became 104 Signal Squadron.
The Squadron was given Unit status on 1st August 1975 and re-designated Orange Free State Command Signal Unit. The unit under went further re-designation on 1st April 1999 Command and Management Information (CMI) Service Centre Bloemfontein.
On 1st April 2003 the unit was redesignated Command and Management Information System (CMIS) Regional Service Centre (RSC) Free State. On 1st April 2008 all Army Signals formations migrated back to SA Army. The CMIS RCS's reverted back to Signal Units and on 1st April 2009 the unit was re-designated Free State Signal Unit.
This is an example of pair of SA Orange Free State Command flashes, SA 0001 left shoulder worn flash and SA 0003 is the right shoulder worn. These are a metal based badge faced in coloured plastics and epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
The OFS Command Signal Unit was responsible for all communications and telecommunication within Orange Free State Command area. The unit provided personnel as well as maintenance and repair of the communication equipment and systems.
The OFS Command Signal Unit official insignia is the Powder Horn with red strap. The horn has alternate coloured bindings of red and blue on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.
Pocket or Breast badge
Breast or Pocket badge is of the same design and construction as the larger shoulder flash and is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and buttoned to the breast pocket.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0000]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0152]