U.S. ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Vert, a pile reversed Murray, thereon a demi-gear wheel enarched of four cogs surmounted throughout by a torch Argent, entwined with two serpents of the first, the torch enflamed Gules, and surmounted by a spear erect, point and shaft Proper; all within a bordure Silver. Beneath the shield a curved Maroon scroll inscribed “UNA SANITAS” in Silver letters.

Symbolism
The shield represents protection of the health of the Army family. The green reflects the color associated with the Medical Corps during the last of the nineteenth century and the maroon represents the current color associated with Army medicine. The triangle, a shape that indicates strength and stability, here represents the triad of “One Health” concept: people, animals and environment. The spear tip within the triangle represents the organization’s mission which happens in peace and war and often before the first combat soldier sets foot in a combat zone. The serpents entwined around the spear represent the Rod of Asclepius, symbolic of the medical arts and humanitarianism. The cog wheel and torch are elements honoring the legacy of the predecessor organizations. The torch also signifies the light of learning and education which are the foundational missions of the organization. The motto translates to “One Health.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the United States Army Public Health Command on 11 March 2013. It was redesignated for the United States Army Public Health Center effective 1 October 2016.





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