US Army Military Intelligence Readiness Command
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US ARMY MILITARY INTELLIGENCE READINESS COMMAND
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On an Oriental Blue shield 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) in width at top and 2 3/16 inches (5.56 cm) in width at base and 3 1/4 inches (8.26 cm) in height overall, blazon as follows: Celeste (Oriental Blue), a sphere Argent gridlined of the first issuing from fess point four lightning flashes in saltire Or surmounted by a sword fesswise point up throughout of the like, the hand guard, hilt and pommel as a stylized key. All within a Golden Yellow 1/8 inch (.32 cm) border.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: On a gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a blue globe gridlined gold, the profiles in gold of the Minuteman and the head of a sphinx, back to back, the Minuteman facing dexter, the sphinx to sinister, surmounted and separated by a torch throughout gold, enflamed red, all encircled by a green laurel branch on either side, all above a semi-circular black scroll inscribed “ALWAYS ENGAGED” in gold.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Oriental blue is the color traditionally used by Military Intelligence units. The shape of the shield pays homage to the First Military Intelligence Reserve unit patch. The globe denotes the unit’s global mission. The lightning flashes pointing at each corner of the globe symbolize speed to provide electronic communications. The sword represents military readiness; with the key-shaped hilt, hand guard and pommel, allude to security and control.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: Oriental blue is the color traditionally used by the Military Intelligence units. The globe denotes the Command’s worldwide mission. The profile of the Minuteman signifies the unit’s history and the affiliation as a Reserve component. The sphinx, the symbol of Military Intelligence, represents the unit’s operations to implement Military Intelligence. The laurel branches highlight this achievement. The torch alludes to guidance and eternal vigilance to achieve a global mission.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and the Distictive Unit Insignia was approved effective 15 September 2005.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.