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Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a cross divided quarterly gold and black bearing throughout a cross botonny divided quarterly red and white all in front of two upright gold serpents one on each side of the vertical arm of the cross with heads looking outward at the top and tails coiled in base, and encircling the sides and base a maroon scroll inscribed "CONSOLE IN ADVERSITY" in gold letters.

Maroon and white are colors used for the Army Medical Department. The color gold is indicative of the sun and dispelling the darkness; black connotes despair and adversity. The cross emblematic of support in distress in the colors gold and black alludes to the motto of the organization. The serpent, a symbol associated with physicians, refers to the effective medical treatment provided by the Hospital. The red and white (silver) cross botonny combined with the colors gold and black from the Great Seal and Flag of Maryland denotes the Hospital's location in that state.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 26 Mar 1969.

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