U.S. Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, A-1-845

U.S. Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, A-1-845

Description/Blazon
A medium blue shield with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border, 2 1/4 inches (5.72cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62cm) in height overall, a stylized white rendition of the continents of North and South America and in top right a red Maltese cross.
Symbolism
Medium blue is the color traditionally used by Department of Defense organizations. The American continents highlight the Western Hemisphere and represent the organization's mission to provide education and training to eligible personnel of nations of the Western Hemisphere. The Maltese cross, the insignia of Columbus who discovered the Americas, is adapted from the insignia of the previous organization, the United States Army School of the Americas and denotes the heritage of the Western Hemisphere for Security Cooperation.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 16 Nov 2000.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-845)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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