9th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

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9TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, US ARMY

Arms of 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

Arms of 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Vert, on a bezant flaunches Gules, overall four lightning bolts saltirewise Argent between four billets Or, on a chief Gray a triangle point up of the third entoured by three triangles points up in triangle Sable.
Crest: None
Motto: Win the mind, win the day.

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold disc bearing on each side red circular segments projecting towards center, and overall three isosceles triangles constructed within each other throughout: white, with point up within gray, point down within black, point up extending over the disc and charged with three gold oblongs (heraldic billets); four red flashes radiant from the latter triangle, two each at the top and base, projecting over and dividing a black looped scroll inscribed "Win the Mind / Win the Day" in gold letters.

Origin/meaning

Symbolism: Dark green and silver gray are the colors associated with Psychological Operations. White, gray and black refers to the gradation and types of propaganda utilized in the psychological operations mission. The triangle, symbolic of support, indications its support operations. It is also the Pythagorean symbol for wisdom. The triangles, each within the other, allude to the mind, which is considered the complex of man?s faculties, and highlight the unit?s motto. The gold billets, indicative of leaflets, together with the flashes refer to the production and dissemination of audio and visual propaganda and suggest the organization?s origin as a Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company. The battalion?s activation in the Canal Zone is depicted by the gold area of the disc narrowed by red, indicative of the Isthmus of Panama (as suggested by the Panama Canal Department shoulder sleeve insignia). In the symbolism of numbers, the numerical designation of the battalion represents a triple synthesis, here depicted by three triangles.

The Coat of Arms was approved on 9 August 1995, and the Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved 14 May 1968.


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