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USA North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Patch. Alpha Units. US Army

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Description
A shield-shaped insignia with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 5/16 inches (5.87 cm) in width overall, the background divided vertically blue and red, a sword with white blade and gold hilt between a white star and gold rampant lion.

Symbolism
Red, white and blue are our National colors; gold is for excellence. The star, adapted from the National flag of the United States, and the lion, a traditional European symbol, are combined with the sword to emphasize the Command's allied composition and mission. The star denotes authority and the lion personifies courage and power. The two halves of the shield, united by the sword, illustrate the unit's defense mission and goals.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for U.S. Army Elements of Allied Command Europe on 8 June 1990. It was redesignated for U.S. Army Elements of Supreme Allied Powers Europe on 12 October 2000. It was again redesignated on 17 May 2001, for the U. S. Army, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-779)

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