U.S. ARMY CHEMICAL MATERIALS ACTIVITY
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device, 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a black double-headed eagle wings displayed and inverted, heads and tail white, claws and beaks yellow, charged on the breast with a spray of three stalks of wheat yellow, all between in chief a green olive wreath and issuing from base a demi-sunburst in gold. Attached below is a gold scroll inscribed "COMMUNE BONUM" in black letters.

Symbolism
The octagon alludes to the eight chemical weapons storage sites in the United States. The rising sun denotes the dawning of a new day without chemical weapons and the unit's mission to safely destroy chemical weapons stockpile, thus changing the future of modern warfare. The double-headed eagle suggests the two current methods for chemical weapons disposal, incineration and neutralization. These methods' roots are traced back to Project Eagle I (incinerating of mustard agents) and Eagle II (neutralizing nerve agents). The three stalks of wheat symbolize the harvest of hope that has been secured through industry, cultivation and abundance. It also refers to the unit's chemical/biological, smoke/obscurant and support to Homeland security industrial base missions at Pine Bluff Arsenal. The olive branch signifies peace and the Activity's commitment to abide by the stipulations of the Chemical Warfare Convention Treaty and assisting other nations. The motto translates to "A Common Good."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency on 18 March 2004. It was redesignated effective 10 July 2012, for the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity with the symbolism revised.





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