Military Commands Patches

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission

Abn Cmd patch

Abn Cmd

Worn from:  20 September 1942 - 1 March 1944.

Re-designated:  Airborne Center.  Worn from:  1 March 1944 - 15 June 1946.

Re-designated:  Airborne Command.  Worn from:  10 April 1952 - 22 August 1955.

The patch depicts a parachute and a glider plane, representing the sixteen parachute-infantry regiments and the twelve glider regiments that the Airborne Command trained for five separate airborne divisions organized during World War II.  Between 1952 and 1955, the patch was worn by members of the Tenth and Seventy-seventh Special Forces groups.  The unit's mission was classified and the reason this patch was chosen remains unexplained.

Air Def Cmd patch

Air Def Cmd

Worn from: 
25 January 1952 - April 1958.

The design of the insignia, approved in 1958, s that of a red shield with a missile between two radar waves crossing a band, which symbolizes a radar warning line.



Aleution Islands Forces Cmd patch

Aleutian Islands
Forces Cmd

Worn from:  May 1943 - November 1943.

Approved for local wear only.

The design, two seals in the snow with a rainbow of colors overhead, symbolizes the geographical location of the unit and the northern lights (aurora borealis) which are common to the area.

14th AA Cmd patch

 14th AA Cmd

Worn from:  15 November 1943 - 21 March 1946.

Approved for local wear only.

Fourteen stars indicate the unit's designation, while the letters "AA" represent "Antiaircraft."  Red, white, and blue are the national colors.

AA Cmd patch

AA Cmd

Worn from:  18 December 1942 - 6 March 1947.

The letters "AA" represent "Antiaircraft."  Red, white, and blue are the national colors.

TACOM US Forces Austria patch

 TACOM US Forces, Austria

Worn from:  5 February 1952 - 1955.

The colors, blue, yellow, and red represent the three basic combat arms.  They symbolize an infantry fighting force screened by armed cavalry, both of which are supported by artillery.

Chinese Tng Cmbt Cmd patch

 Chinese Tng
Cmbt Cmd

Worn from:  18 February 1943 - December 1945.

Approved for local wear only.

China is represented by the twelve-pointed sun.  Red, white, and blue are the national colors.

CD Cmd patch

 CD Cmd

Worn from:  12 July 1962 - 1 July 1972.

The star is symbolic of command, and its extended upper point emphasizes direction and purpose.  The arrowhead denotes the combat aspect of the command.

Engr Amphib SUPCOM patch

Engr Amphib

Worn from:  23 October 1942 - 10 June 1943.

Re-designated:  Engineer Special Brigade.  Worn from:  12 June 1946 - 31 January 1947.

Re-designated:  Engineer Amphibious Support Commands.  Worn from:  20 January 1958 - 31 January 1962.

The design of the insignia was approved in 1942 for the Amphibious Training Command.  Their mission was to organize and train army personnel in landing-craft operation and beachhead establishment.  Red, white, and blue are the national colors.  The seahorse is repre - sentative of the amphibious nature of the command.

USARJ patch


Worn from:  15 October 1945 - 1 October 1952.

Re-designated:  Far East -- United States Army Forces.  Worn from:  1 October 1952 - 20 December 1976.

Re-designated:  Japan -- United States Army.  Worn from:  20 December 1976 - Current.

The design of the insignia, a representation of Mount Fujiyama (sacred mountain), symbolizes Japan, the country in which the unit is located.

Arfica Mid East Theatre  patch

Mid East Theater

Worn from:  17 June 1942 - September 1943.

Re-designated:  Africa-Middle East Theater.  Worn from:  September 1943 - 7 May 1945.

The design of the insignia was approved in 1944 for the United States army forces in the Middle East and re-designated for the Africa-Middle East Theater in 1945.  The white star above the wavy bars represents the organization.