15th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army
15TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, US ARMY
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Vert, an arrowhead point up tierced in Gray, Argent and Sable fimbriated White charged with in chief a torch of the last flamant Gules; a pomeis charged with a sine wave White and to base a quill bendwise sinister of the last.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Vert the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: Mindes, Words, Deeds.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) overall consisting of a silver scroll of black enamel letters with the words, "MINDS WORDS DEEDS," surrounding an arrowhead equally divided into bands of gray, white and black: at top, a black torch with red flame on a light gray background; in center, a green disc on a white background emitting a silver stylized representation of a sound tract superimposed on a silver horizontal line; and at bottom, a white quill on a black background.
The colors green and silver gray are for Psychological Operations organizations. The symbol of the torch is representative of knowledge and is expressive of the word "MINDS." The stylized sound tract symbolizing oral and mechanical sounds, expresses "WORDS." The quill, alluding to graphic persuasion and the printed word, expresses the word "DEEDS" and refers to the use of the printed word and graphic art to give a selected message the greatest impact. The arrowhead is symbolic of war or conflict and alludes to the struggle for the minds of men, the ancient use of psychological operations (warfare) in the history of man, and the fact that psychological operations is a weapons system that complements conventional weapons systems. The arrowhead with the colors gray, white and black is symbolic of the types of propaganda which may be employed in psychological operations campaigns.
The arms were approved on 14 August 1996. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved on 21 June 1967. On 14 August 1996 the description and symbolism was revised.
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