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Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a disc composed of three equal horizontal stripes blue, white and red surmounting a gold sword and gold torch of Liberty with red flames saltirewise, the sword point upward to the left and the flames arched toward and touching the sword point, all superimposed upon and extending over the top of a disc scored with wavy lines and bearing throughout a hexagonal fort all gold; and edging the disc upon a scroll composed of two concentric blue arcs one on each side extending from the sword tip and flame respectively and joined in base by a gold wavy band the inscription "FREEDOM'S" on the left and "FORTRESS" on the right in gold letters.

The central blue, white and red disc depicts the shoulder sleeve insignia of the United States Continental Army Command (now Forces Command). The torch from the Statue of Liberty together with the fortress signifies the motto "Freedom's Fortress." The illumination provided by the flames in conjunction with the sword, indicative of military readiness, denotes the military training activities of the organization. The hexagonal fort and outer wavy lines allude to the Command's location at historic Fort Monroe (an irregular hexagonal fort surrounded by a water-filled moat). They also connote the continental United States between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The blue arcs of the scroll additionally suggest two "C's" for Continental Command.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 15 January 1969. It was rescinded on 28 September 1976.

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