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USA Test and Evaluation Command Patch. Alpha Units. US Army

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Description
On a blue shield with a yellow border within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border, 3 1/4 inches (8.26 cm) in height and 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) in width overall, a white triangle issuing from base below a yellow demi-sun on a white horizontal bar throughout, overall a red sword.

Symbolism
The command’s mission, to seek truth through testing and experimentation, is symbolized by the triangle or fulcrum balancing a bar and sun. The bar and triangle represent a scale, the sun dignifies the search for knowledge, enlightenment and high ideals. Yellow is indicative of the precious metal gold, and represents “the worth of quality assurance of tested products.” Dark blue alludes to the sky and space, suggesting the possibilities and discoveries of the future. The red sword characterizes the individual soldier whose combat preparedness is aided by the data and information products the organization provides. The white is expressive of the command’s search for the truth and the sterling quality of the products produced.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the TRADOC Test and Experimentation Command on 24 January 1989. It was redesignated for the U.S. Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command on 20 November 1990. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 October 1999, for the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-759)

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