16th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of 16th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

Coat of arms (crest) of 16th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Per chevron reversed Sable and Vert, radiating to chief from fess point three stylized megaphone bells Or, the interior of the center Argent and that to dexter Gray and sinister Sable, above four lightning flashes radiating from base point Yellow.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: Strength in truth.

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of three gold stylized megaphones conjoined in base, mouths separated by two gold rectangles and charged from left to right with discs of gray, white and black enamel, the three megaphones between four small gold lightning flashes on a green enamel background enclosed below by a curving gold scroll inscribed with the words "STRENGTH IN TRUTH" in green letters.


Bottle green and silver gray are the colors used for Psychological Operations units. The battalion’s function of dissemination of propaganda by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets is symbolized by the lightning flashes and megaphones with rectangles between. The colors gray, white and black are adapted from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.

The arms were approved on 16 June 1996. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 305th Psychological Operations Battalion on 23 May 1972. It was redesignated for the 16th Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 June 1996.

Literature: Image from http://www.milbadges.com/

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