Military Commands Patches

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

 Allied Cmd Europe patch
Allied Cmd Europe

Worn from:  8 June 1990 - Current.

The star, adapted from the national flag of the United States, and the lion, a traditional European symbol, are combined with the sword to emphasize the command's allied composition and mission.  The star denotes authority and the lion personifies courage and power.  The two halves of the shield, united by the sword, illustrate the unit's defense mission and goals.  Red, white, and blue are our national colors; gold stands for excellence.  

CMAC patch

Worn from:  1 August 1969 - 19 March     1973.

The United States Army Vietnam is symbolized by the crusader's sword (the "sword of freedom").  Placed upon a scarlet base, it represents the Capital Military Assistance Command.  The two white five-pointed stars placed on either side of the guard of the unsheathed sword refer to the constant and combined effort of the United States and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam to protect Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam.  The colors, red and blue, represent the artillery and infantry forces that defended the city.  Capital Military Assistance Command was originally the provisional "Hurricane Forward" headquarters sent from II Field Force, Vietnam to Saigon to counter the Tet Offensive of 1968.  Led by Major General Hay, it was known as "Task Force Hay."

USA Central Cmd patch
USA Central Cmd

Worn from:  22 February 1991 - Current.

Gold is emblematic of excellence; black suggests dependability and determination.  The upraised sword and shield signify military preparedness and vigilance.  The palm suggests the geographic theater of operations and symbolizes victory.

USA Central Cmd Jacket patch
USA Central Cmd(Jacket)

Worn from:  1991 - 1992.

This insignia is purported to have been worn on the flight jacket of personnel attached to the command.  The map shows the geographical location of the command in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

USA Computer Sys Cmd patch
USA Computer Sys Cmd

Worn from:  2 July 1973 - Current.

The scarlet thunderbolt denotes the rapid flow of computerized information.  The diamond shape at center is symbolic of the decision-making process, and the sphere suggests worldwide responsibility.  The stars, symbolic of command and authority, allude to the two parent units of the command.

USA Criminl Investigation Cmd patch
USA Criminal Inves Cmd

Worn from:  20 March 1972 - Current.

The central star and the lines of latitude and longitude suggesting a globe, together with the arrowheads marking the points of a compass, symbolize the basic mission of the command:  to perform and exercise centralized command, authority, direction, and control of army criminal investigation activities worldwide.  Blue, white, and red are the national colors.

USA ISC Eng patch

Worn from:  21 July 1989 - Current.

The color blue represents loyalty and devotion to duty.  The shield shape of the insignia emphasizes the command structure of the unit; the globe represents the worldwide scope of their operations and mission.  The twin electronic bolts, denoting speed and precision operations, refer to the command's two predecessor organizations (Army Material Command and Combat Development Command).  The black sword, symbolizing constant vigilance and readiness, alludes to the vital contribution that the United States Army Information Systems Engineering Command makes toward total military preparedness.

USA Foreign Intel Cmd patch
USA Foreign
Intel Cmd

Worn from:  5 February 1993 - Current.

The keys are symbolic of security, control, and authority.  The torch alludes to the unit's mission and implies knowledge, vigilance, and guidance.  Blue represents loyalty and determination; gold is representative of high ideals, achievements and excellence.  White signifies integrity and red stands for courage and zeal.

USA Intel Corps Cmd patch
USA Intel CorpsCmd

Worn from:  9 February 1965 - 30 June 1974.

The Sphinx symbolizes silence and wisdom.  The sun, standing for light and guidance, refers to the leadership function of the command.  The rays are seven in number for the seven Intelligence Corps groups under the command's direction.  Yellow or gold signifies successful accomplishment; oriental blue and silver gray are the army intelligence security branch colors.

INSCOM patch

Worn from:  25 March 1977 - Current.

The quartered field alludes to the four primary intelligence functions:  collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of intelligence.  The lightning bolt signifies worldwide electrical communications,  both friendly and hostile, and the torch stands for knowledge and vigilance.  The double-webbed key is symbolic of security and control.  Gold and silver (yellow and white) denote achievement and energy; gray and blue, determination and loyalty.


Joint Scty Area UN Cmd Supt Gp patch
Joint Scty Area
UN Cmd Supt Gp

Worn from:  January 1988 - Current.

The insignia, approved in 1986, is that of the United Nations Command Support Group Joint Security Area of Panmunjom, Korea.  The United Nations is a general international organization established at the end of World War II to promote international peace and security.  The security council, an element of the organization, has the responsibility for maintaining peace and security.  When a dispute leads to open warfare, the council may decide on cease-fire directives, enforcement measures, or collective military action.  Sometimes it sends United Nations' observers or peacekeeping forces to help reduce tensions in troubled areas of the world.