3rd Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of the 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Vert, a stylized sword Argent grip Gules between two arced lightning flashes Or.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Vert a double-headed chess knight Argent and Sable garnished Gules superimposed by a palm tree Or.
Motto: Power to influence


Jungle Green and silver gray/Argent are the colours traditionally used by Psychological Operations units. The sword represents military preparedness and has three combined cutting edges to denote teamwork and under-score the battalion's numerical designation, The flashes are arced, simulating a circle, highlightning the importance of each army element's role in total combat readiness. The sword and flashes together reflect the threee sources and types of propaganda. The double-headed knight ymbolizes strategy as well as the dual nature of propaganda and psychological operations. It is banded in red to commemorate the unit's Meritorious Unit Commendation and is superimposed by a plam tree for war service in Southwest Asia.

The Coat of Arms was authorized on 16 November 1995.

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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army

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