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Military Intelligence Readiness Command Patch. Alpha Units. US Army

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Description
On an Oriental Blue shield 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) in width at top and 2 3/16 inches (5.56 cm) in width at base and 3 1/4 inches (8.26 cm) in height overall, blazon as follows: Celeste (Oriental Blue), a sphere Argent gridlined of the first issuing from fess point four lightning flashes in saltire Or surmounted by a sword fesswise point up throughout of the like, the hand guard, hilt and pommel as a stylized key. All within a Golden Yellow 1/8 inch (.32 cm) border.

Symbolism
Oriental blue is the color traditionally used by Military Intelligence units. The shape of the shield pays homage to the First Military Intelligence Reserve unit patch. The globe denotes the unit’s global mission. The lightning flashes pointing at each corner of the globe symbolize speed to provide electronic communications. The sword represents military readiness; with the key-shaped hilt, hand guard and pommel, allude to security and control.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective 15 September 2005. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-870)

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