U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, A-1-304

U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, A-1-304

Description/Blazon
On a black shield within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow (US Army yellow) border, 3 inches (7.62cm) overall in height, 2 yellow crossed arrows, points upward, surmounted by a white stylized antique lamp, the outline simulating the shape of the Greek letter "Psi," emitting 3 yellow and scarlet tongues of flame.

Symbolism
The lamp placed in the center of the shield refers to the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center (predecessor unit). The lamp also alludes to the U.S. Army Special Warfare School and the three tongues of flames to the three prime areas of instruction for which the School is responsible: Psychological Operations, Counter Insurgency, and Unconventional Warfare. The unconventional outline of the lamp, in simulating the shape of the Greek letter "Psi," refers symbolically to psychology - the traits, feelings, actions and attributes, collectively, of the mind; the tongues of flame implying the spoken and written words which are major tools of Psychological Warfare. The three flame sprouts at the top of the lamp simulate the heraldic delineation "embattled" - to array for battle. The two crossed arrows refer to the silence and stealth with which our early frontiersmen fought for the new found freedom in the New World, as well as the ingenuity, courage and survival by the usage of wasplike, yet devastating, attacks through the employment of irregular tactics, techniques and logistical support. The arrow, straight and true, thus characterizes the Special Forces of today. The color black signifies wisdom and prudence, the white perfection and faith, and the yellow constancy and inspiration. The black and white also allude to the "degrees" of propaganda used by Special Warfare units, a "gray degree" resulting from the admixture of black and white.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center on 22 Oct 1962. It was redesignated for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy for Special Warfare Center on 3 Aug 1964. On 25 Jul 1969 it was redesignated for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance. The insignia was amended on 26 Aug 1981 to extend authorization for wear to personnel assigned to the U. S. Army Institute for Military Assistance. On 21 Feb 1984 the shoulder sleeve insignia was redesignated for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center.
(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-304)
 
Color, NSN: 8455-00-082-5610
Subdued, Olive Drab, NSN: 8455-00-131-2120
  
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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