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Fires Center of Excellence Patch. Alpha Units. US Army

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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Description
A shield-shaped embroidered item, blazoned as follows: Gules, on an arrowhead Sable throughout issuant from base in front of two lightning bolts in saltire Or, all between two mullets of the last, a cannon erect the muzzle Or; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Yellow border. Overall dimensions are 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) in height and 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width.

Symbolism
Scarlet and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with Artillery units. The arrowhead denotes the growth of the two branches in the western plains of the United States, the first “indirect fire” at Agincourt and the symbol of the pointed tip for Air Defense Artillery. The stars indicate excellence, the requirements in support of Warfighting Commanders. The cannon symbolizes the Fires Center of Excellence’s mission to develop qualified fire warriors and leaders. The crossed lightning bolts signify the resolution for the future of Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery branches in the direction of Electronic Warfare and Directed Energy aspects.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 28 May 2009. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-999)

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