U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Forces Command, A-1-854

U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Forces Command, A-1-854

Description/Blazon

A shield 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height overall, embowed and inverted, point being upwards, divided per pale ultramarine blue to dexter side, green to sinister, with a black pile issuing from the point throughout, charged with a yellow trident issuing from base surmounted by a yellow lightning bolt and dagger saltirewise, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border. Attached above the insignia is a black arced tab inscribed "AIRBORNE" in yellow letters.

 

Symbolism
Ultramarine blue signifies the air and sea mission, while green denotes ground missions. The black V-shape area refers to victory and power. The three symbols, trident, lightning bolt and dagger are adapted from the Special Operations Command, Atlantic Command, the unit's predecessor. The trident, a symbol of naval prowess, symbolizes the Navy SEAL Teams and special boat units. The lightning bolt denotes the Air Force Special Operations, rapid response and aerospace power. The dagger associated with the Army forces (Special Forces, Rangers, PSYOP and Civil Affairs), also represents total military preparedness and readiness for deployment. Each symbol represents the three parts that form the whole of the Special Operation Command Joint Forces Command.

 

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 5 February 2003.
(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-854)
 
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!
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