3rd Medical Command, US Army

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3RD MEDICAL COMMAND, US ARMY

Arms of 3rd Medical Command, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of 3rd Medical Command, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA. Description: On a maroon triangle, one point down, with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border, 3 inches (7.62cm) in height and 2 ¾ inches (6.99cm) in width overall, two yellow serpents with maroon eyes entwined upon a yellow staff with a white Maltese cross at top.

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall, consisting of a maroon cross surmounted by a white Maltese cross; on either side a gold spring of laurel conjoined at top and surmounted at top by two brown scimitars crossed diagonally points down with red tassels; at bottom an arced red scroll inscribed "FRONT LINE SURGEONS" in gold letters.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The designation of the Command is denoted by the triangular shape of the insignia. The staff and serpents refer to medical service and the Maltese cross recalls the unit’s heritage of support in combat. Yellow/gold stands for excellence. The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 12 June 1992.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The maroon cross stands for Army medicine while the Maltese cross recalls the 3d Medical Command’s heritage of service and sacrifice in the field. The laurel sprigs, signifying honor and achievement, recall the unit’s World War II campaigns and service. They simulate an arrowhead recalling the unit’s assault landing in Sicily, while forming a triangle highlighting the unit’s numerical designation. The scimitars represent the unit’s participation in the two Southwest Asia Campaigns. Gold stands for excellence, red for courage and sacrifice. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 27 July 1992.


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.