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USAE United States Forces Korea Patch. Alpha Units. US Army

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Description
A shield-shaped embroidered device 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) in height and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in width overall blazoned: Azure, in chief four mullets bendwise Argent, all above a stylized American Bald Eagle, issuant from sinister base volant to dexter chief; the eagle’s body Gules surmounted by two bendlets, wider at base, of the second throughout; head of the second, eyed of the field, leg and talons of the second grasping a laurel branch and seven arrows Or. The entire shield shape is edged with a 1/16 (.16 cm) White border. Attached above the device is a designation band in Scarlet inscribed “USFK” in White letters. The entire device is edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Blue border.

Symbolism
The shield shape reflects the United States Forces Korea’s steadfast commitment to defend the sovereignty of the Republic of Korea. The abbreviation “USFK” stands for United States Forces Korea which activated on 1 July 1957. The four stars symbolize the service and contributions of the United States army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and the United States Marine Corps. The stylized American Bald Eagle represents cohesion and unity among the services. The laurel sprigs and arrows depict the mission of the United States Forces Korea to defeat aggression if necessary. Red, white, and blue are the colors of the flag of the United States of America. Red symbolizes hard work and honor, white represents innocence and purity, and blue refers to justice and perseverance. Yellow signifies wisdom and intuition.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 18 June 2012. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1077)

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