The central emblem of the patch is designed as a heraldic shield with concave upper corners with the image of a scorpion and a bow with an arrow on the background of a parachute.
The shield is divided with the traditional colors of Russian Airborne Troops – blue and green.
Above the shield there is a red fluttering ribbon with the inscription: “31st Guards Separate Airborne Brigade.”
At the bottom of the emblem is the fluttering Guards ribbon with stylized wings coming off right and left up.
The Airborne Troops (VDV) are called the “Troops of Uncle Vasya” in the army folklore, in honor of their founder – General Vasily Margelov.
The brigade was created as a result of the reformation of the 104th Guards Airborne Division in 1998, received the final name in 2007.
The scorpion on the emblem of the Division represents a mortal danger and unpredictability of action on its part.
A scorpion is characterized as a creature which at any time can inflict an irresistible blow to its enemy, and this is typical for the fighting style of the Division.
The emblem also reflects the specifics of the 104th Division’s combat training for the operations in mountain and desert areas, where the compound was stationed for more than 45 years.
During World War II, the Division fought Hitler’s selected units in Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia. By the nature of training and psychological hardiness the 104th Divisions is the “unlike” other Airborne units. All exercises, training, experiments, research were based on the overcoming of the impossible.
The paratroopers of the 104th Guards Airborne Division were among the first in Afghanistan and fought in the “hot spots” of Transcaucasia.
In the service record of the 104th Division there are 12 Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia, about 4,000 knights of various military awards.