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Distinctive Unit Insignia


A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a silver mountain peak with white snow cap issuing from two crossed branches of spruce proper, overall a maroon cross bearing a silver staff entwined by a serpent and enclosed at top and either side by a tripartite arced maroon scroll inscribed "MORE THAN CARE" in silver letters.


The colors maroon and white are those associated with the Army Medical Department. The green spruce branches denote hope, good health, and growth and are symbolic of Alaska's state tree. The maroon cross reflects medicine, compassion and zeal. The staff and serpent are adapted from the staff of Aesculapius, the mythological God of Medicine and represents life giving powers. The snow capped mountain refers to Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in the United States and the home state and area of operations.


The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 2 May 1989.

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