United States Army Fires Center of Excellence
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UNITED STATES ARMY FIRES CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, description: A shield-shaped embroided item, balzoned as follows: Gules, on an arrowhead Sable throughout issuant from base in front of two lightning bolts in saltire Or, all between two mullets of the last, a cannon erect the muzzle Or, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Yellow border. Overall dimesions are 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) in height and 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width overall consisting of a blue globe, gridlined silver surmounted by a red arrowhead throughout bearing three black discs, one and two, superimposed by a gold star, all above a black scroll inscribed "AGILE AND DECISIVE" in silver.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Red and Yellow are the Colours traditionally associated with Artillery Units. The arrowhead denotes the growth of the two branches in the western plains of the United States. The first "indirect fire" at Agincourt anf the symbol of the pointed tip for Air Defence Artillery. The Stars indicate Excellence, the requirements in support of Warfighting Commanders. The Cannon symbolise the Fires Center of Excellence's mission to develop qualified fire warriors and leaders. The crosse Lightning bolts signify the resolution for future Field artillery and Air Defence Artillery branches in the direction of Electronic Warfare and Directed Energy aspects. The SSI was approved on 28 May 2009 (TIOH Dwg. No.A-1-999).
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The Gloe alludes to the Worldwide strategic nature of the Fires Missions. The Arrowhead denotes the growth of the two branches of Field Artillery and Air Defence ARtillery. The Star indicates the Center of Excellence. The black discs signify Cannon Balls, suggesting the branch heritage of Artillery. The DUI was approved on 12 June 2009.
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