U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command, A-1-858

U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command, A-1-858

Description/Blazon
On a dark blue shield with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border 2 ½ inches (6.35 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.32 cm) in height a pair of silver gray wings displayed enfolding a light green demi-globe issuing from base with yellow gridlines and bearing the yellow landmasses of North America. In pale a silver gray sword with a scarlet hilt and in chief, two yellow lightning bolts radiating from either side of the sword blade.
Symbolism
The defense of North American Continent is the responsibility of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, along with our Canadian allies. Together, they comprise this unified and bi-national command, NORAD. The Army element of NORAD is highlighted by the landmass. The wings enfold the globe to symbolize protection and defense by the unified command. The sword represents armed defense and readiness. The lightning bolts denote the decisive striking power that NORAD is prepared to use against any aggressor.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 3 October 2003.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-858)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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