U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, A-1-918

U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, A-1-918

Description/Blazon
A shield-shaped embroidered device 3 3/8 inches (8.57 cm) in height by 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width overall edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border, consisting of a stylized brown mountain range with snow-covered peaks upon a tripartite field, black, scarlet and green, with golden brown sprigs of wheat to either side. The silver wings device of the new Afghan Air Corps at center is surmounted by a black sword detailed silver, hilt to base and overall two rifles Proper hilts down saltirewise.
Symbolism
The wheat denotes prosperity for the Islamic Government of Afghanistan. The sword represents support of security for the combined efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces, the United States, and Coalition authorities as they bring peace and stability to the region. The wings device of the new Afghan Air Corps signifies the technological advances being implemented in modern Afghanistan. The rifles denote defense and military readiness. The Hindu Kush mountain range is represented by the snow-capped mountains, emphasizing Afghan sovereignty; the background colors of the National Flag, black, scarlet, and green, symbolize Afghanistan and the new democracy forming there.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the U.S. Army Element, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan on 21 May 2008. It was amended to change the description on 23 June 2008. It was amended to change the symbolism on 1 October 2008. The insignia was redesignated for the US Army Element, United States Forces-Afghanistan on 3 December 2008.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-918)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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