6TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION

Distinctive Unit Insignia, 6th Psychological Operations Battalion

Coat of Arms, 6th Psychological Operations Battalion

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

COAT OF ARMS

The 6th Psychological Operations Battalion is a subordinate unit of the 4th Psychological Operations Group. The Battalion is tasked with the dissemination of propaganda by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets. The 6th has regional responsibility over the area covered by EUCOM, as well as over Africa, excepting the Horn of Africa.

 

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA.

Description: A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a wreath of oak leaves in gold surmounted in base by a gold sword hilt and issuant therefrom to chief three lightning flashes of gray, white and black enamel from let to right respectively.

Symbolism: The Battalion’s function of dissemination of propaganda by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets is characterized by the lightning flashes and oak leaves emanating from the sword hilt. The colors gray, white and black are borrowed from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 3 Jan 1967.

COAT OF ARMS.

Shield: Vert, a sword Or with three radiating lightning flash blades Argent (Silver Gray), Argent and Sable, the hilt issuing a wreath of oak of the second.

Crest: From a wreath Or and Vert issuing from a palm frond fesswise of the first entwined with a riband of the second a demi-dragon Gules.

Motto: VERITAS VOS LIBERABIT.

SYMBOLISM:

Shield: Jungle green is the primary color used by Psychological Operations units. The battalion’s function of dissemination of propaganda, by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets, is characterized by the lightning flashes and oak leaves emanating from the sword hilt. The colors gray, white and black are borrowed from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.

Crest: The dragon highlights the unit’s airborne mission and the palm commemorates the organization’s campaign participation credits and honors earned in Vietnam. Red symbolizes valor and sacrifice and is the color of the Meritorious Unit Commendation; gold is the color of honor and high achievement. The number of loops in the ribbon around the palm highlight the three decorations the organization was awarded in Vietnam; dark green is adapted from the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal.

Background: The coat of arms was authorized on 20 Jun 1997.