A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height consisting of a range of three white mountain peaks surmounted by a maroon cross with pointed base, all within and in front of an encircling maroon scroll, the upper part inscribed "PRO DEO" and the lower part "ET HUMANITATE" in silver letters.
The range of mountain peaks symbolizes wisdom and strength; it represents the Rocky Mountains at the foot of which the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Fort Carson is located. In addition, the mountain peaks simulate Indian tepees and allude to the historical background of the area around Fort Carson which was named for the famed Indian scout, "Kit" Carson. The maroon cross, emblem of mercy, service and physical care, stands for the Medical Activity. The base of the cross is pointed or "fitche," a heraldic term which had its origin in the spike attached to the foot of the cross carried by pilgrims during the Middle Ages. The spike was stuck into the ground, fixing the cross in an upright position to mark the location selected for encampment. Maroon and white are the colors used for organizations of the Army Medical Department.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Carson on 6 Aug 1969. It was redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Carson on 22 Aug 1973.