3D PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS

 BATTALION (AIRBORNE)

Distinctive Unit Insignia, 3d Psychological Operations Battalion

Coat of Arms, 3d Psychological Operations Battalion

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

COAT OF ARMS

The 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion is a subordinate unit of the 4th Psychological Operations Group.

The 3rd POB serves as the PSYOP Dissemination Battalion (PDB) for the 4th PSYOP Group, providing, while deployed, media expertise. It is a functionally-oriented dissemination battalion whose three major companies possess the 4th Psychological Operations Group's organic print, radio and television broadcast, and audio-visual production and communication capabilities.

The 3rd PSYOP Battalion is capable of deploying these capabilities or they can be produced by the battalion at Fort Bragg, NC and shipped to the forward deployed PSYOP detachment in theater. If local host nation support agreements are in place, PSYOP personnel can print on foreign presses and broadcast from existing stations in theater. The battalion is made up of a Headquarters Company, a Print Company, a Broadcast Company, and a Distribution Company.

The 3rd POB is responsible for all radio, television and print assets for developing PSYOP products such as leaflets, posters, handbills, newspapers, radio and television broadcasts.

 

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA.

Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Vert, a stylized sword Argent grip Gules between two arced lightning flashes Or. Around the bottom of the shield a silver metal scroll inscribed "POWER TO INFLUENCE" in red.

Symbolism: Jungle green and silver gray are the colors traditionally used by Psychological Operations units. The sword represents military preparedness and has three combined cutting edges to denote teamwork and under-score the battalion’s numerical designation. The flashes are arced, simulating a circle, highlighting the importance of each army element’s role in total combat readiness. The sword and flashes together reflect the three sources and types of propaganda.

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 16 Nov 1995.

COAT OF ARMS.

Shield: Vert, a stylized sword Argent grip Gules between two arced lightning flashes Or.

Crest: From a wreath Argent and Vert a double-headed chess knight Argent and Sable garnished Gules superimposed by a palm tree Or.

 

Motto: POWER TO INFLUENCE.

SYMBOLISM

Shield: Jungle green and silver gray/Argent are the colors traditionally used by Psychological Operations units. The sword represents military preparedness and has three combined cutting edges to denote teamwork and under-score the battalion’s numerical designation. The flashes are arced, simulating a circle, highlighting the importance of each army element’s role in total combat readiness. The sword and flashes together reflect the three sources and types of propaganda.

Crest: The double-headed chess knight symbolizes strategy as well as the dual nature of propaganda and psychological operations. It is banded in red to commemorate the unit’s Meritorious Unit Commendation and is superimposed by a palm tree for war service in Southwest Asia.

Background: The coat of arms was authorized on 16 Nov 1995.