MEDICAL DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY (MEDDAC), FORT LEE
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A device of gold color metal and enamel 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) height overall consisting of a white background on which are two maroon five-pointed stars above three maroon horizontal bars divided in two by a vertical red bar topped by a blue demi-fleur-de-lis and just below it on the red bar a gold interlaced five-pointed star above the central point of a gold trident issuant out of base; enclosing the device at sides and bottom a maroon scroll in three folds with gold ends flanking the fleur-de-lis at top and inscribed in gold letters with the words "MEDICINE" on the left, "SERVICE" at bottom and "HEALTH" on the right.

Symbolism
The device symbolizes some of the highlights of the career of General Albert W. Kenner, after whom Kenner General Hospital, an element of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Lee is named. General Kenner received degrees in philosophy and medicine from George Washington University (represented by the three stars and three bars adapted from the coat of arms of George Washington). The red bar in center refers to the "Big Red One" of the 1st Division for which the General served as medical officer in France (symbolized by the blue fleur-de-lis at top) during World War I, participating in every engagement of the division and receiving wounds and a decoration for gallantry. The interlaced star in center refers to the flag of Morocco where General Kenner served as chief surgeon for the task force landing at Casablanca in 1942. Later on as the chief medical officer for the allies during the invasion of Europe (symbolized by the gold trident), General Kenner was responsible for coordinating the medical services of air, sea and ground forces. The colors white and maroon are traditionally associated with the Army Medical Department.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the Kenner Army Hospital on 5 Dec 1969. It was redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Lee on 4 Sep 1973.





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