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Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height consisting of a representation of the Philippine sun, gold with white rays, the disc bearing a maroon cross moline voided gold; surmounting the upper rays an arched band divided horizontally scarlet, white and blue, and surmounting the lower rays a maroon scroll inscribed "BECAUSE WE CARE" in gold letters.

The cross and the sun stand for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Knox. The cross in general symbolizes service and care; the particular type of heraldic cross used in the design simulates four hearts and alludes to the motto. The sun, source of our light and heat, has long been associated with the healing arts. The disc of the sun also represents a gold coin in reference to the gold reserve at Fort Knox where the Activity is located. In addition, the use of the Philippine sun stands for the distinguished Philippine service of General Ireland for whom the Ireland General Hospital is named. The scarlet, white and blue band simulates the American Expeditionary Force arm band which General Ireland wore as a member of General Pershing's staff during World War I. The colors maroon and white are used for organizations of the Army Medical Department.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the Ireland Army Hospital on 31 Dec 1969. It was redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Knox on 4 Sep 1973.

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