8TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION

Distinctive Unit Insignia, 8th Psychological Operations Battalion

Coat of Arms, 8th Psychological Operations Battalion

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

COAT OF ARMS

 

The 8th Psychological Operations Battalion is a subordinate unit of the 4th Psychological Operations Group. The Battalion 8th Psychological Operations Battalion is the functional broadcasting and loudspeaker component of the 4th Psychological Operatings Group.

The 8th has regional responsibility over the Middle East area covered by the CENTCOM.

 

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA.

Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height, consisting of a black octagon within a white border one point up, bearing four gold lightning flashes radiating from the base point, overall between the flashes, two and two, a gold quill pen; all above a gold scroll inscribed "TRIUMPHUS PERSUASIONIS" in black.

Symbolism: The black background of the octagon refers to the darkness of ignorance in reference to the uninformed state of mind of the Battalion’s target audience. The white border conveys light and knowledge and points to the unit’s goal of enlightening the mind by means of persuasion. The lightning flashes imply radio broadcasts or oral words; the quill is for written words and together they represent the methods used by the organization to persuade the target audience. The eight sides suggest the Battalion’s numerical designation.

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion on 7 Jan 1969. It was amended to correct the description on 4 Feb 1969. The insignia was amended on 22 Mar 1993 to include the metric measurement in the description and revise the symbolism.

COAT OF ARMS   

Shield: Vert (bottle green), on an octagon one point up Argent (Silver Gray) voided Sable, four lightning flashes two and two radiating from base point Or overall, and between the flashes a quill palewise of the last.

Motto: TRIUMPHUS PERSUASIONIS (Triumph of Persuasion).

Symbolism: Bottle green and silver gray are colors traditionally associated with Psychological Operations organizations. The black background of the octagon refers to the darkness of ignorance in reference to the uninformed state of mind of the Battalion’s target audience. The silver gray border conveys light and knowledge and points to the unit’s goal of enlightening the mind by means of persuasion. The lightning flashes imply radio broadcasts or oral words; the quill is for written words and together they represent the methods used by the organization to persuade the target audience. The eight sides suggest the Battalion’s numerical designation.

Background: The coat of arms was authorized on 22 Mar 1993.