Positional Colors for the Department of Defense
Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense
The flag was approved by the President of the United States on 20 April 1949. The background is white on which is centered an American bald eagle, with a medium blue five-pointed star in each corner. The eagle’s wings are displayed horizontally; its talons grasp three crossed arrows, all in proper colors. A shield with blue chief and 13 red and white vertical stripes is on the eagle’s breast. The fringe is medium blue. Cord and tassels are medium blue and white.