AEROMEDICAL CENTER, FORT RUCKER
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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 consisting of a scarlet saltire behind a white Greek cross bearing an orange lozenge, surmounting the lozenge and extending onto the cross a black torch enflamed orange, the torch entwined with a silver serpent; all above a maroon scroll, each end terminating in an elevated silver wing extending over the cross to meet the horizontal angles of the lozenge and curving upward to terminate slightly above the saltire, the scroll inscribed "CONCERNED CARE" in silver letters.

Symbolism
The cross is an emblem of service and care; it stands for the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center. The scarlet saltire, taken from the Alabama state flag, refers to the area in which the Aeromedical Center is located. The flaming black torch is from the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Army Aviation Center and the Army Aviation School. The Center and School, situated at Fort Rucker, Alabama, are served by the Aeromedical Center. The serpent entwining the stem of the torch simulates the Staff of Aesculapius, mythological gold of medicine. The wings refer to flight training and with the torch and serpent allude to area medical support and related activities. The lozenge represents a diamond, emblem of harmony and vitality; the color orange symbolizes health and vigor. Maroon and white are the colors used for organizations of the Army Medical Department.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the Lyster Army Hospital on 9 July 1970. It was redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Rucker on 21 September 1973. The insignia was redesignated for the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center, Fort Rucker, on 22 July 1974.





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