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US Army Africa/Southern European Task Force Patch. US Army

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On a shield 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width and 2 11/16 inches (6.83 cm) in length overall, triparted vertically red, white and blue, a winged lion “passant guardant” above a bar, his right forepaw resting on a book and holding a dagger vertically, all yellow on the book the blue letters “PAX”. The insignia is enclosed by a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Army green border. Attached above the insignia is a tab consisting of a red scroll 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width and 3 1/4 inches (5.08 cm) in length, with the inscription “SETAF” in yellow letters.

The lion of St. Mark symbolizes NATO affiliation. The red, white and blue of the insignia represent the colors of the United States of America.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the Southern European Task Force on 6 December 1955. On 2 April 1958, it was redesignated for the United States Army Southern European Task Force. The description and symbolism was amended to delete reference to the tab “SETAF” on 9 February 1962. The insignia was amended to change the description on 6 December 1998. On 27 February 2001, the shoulder sleeve insignia was amended to include an airborne tab. The insignia was amended to delete the airborne tab and add the “”SETAF” tab on 4 September 2008. It was redesignated for United States Army Africa/Southern European Task Force with the symbolism revised effective 26 January 2012. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-195)

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