9TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION

Distinctive Unit Insignia, 9th Psychological Operations Battalion

Coat of Arms, 9th Psychological Operations Battalion

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

COAT OF ARMS

The 9th Psychological Operations Battalion is a subordinate unit of the 4th Psychological Operations Group. The 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (POB) is the Tactical Support Battalion for the 4th PSYOP Group.

Tactical PSYOP is that associated with "face-to- face" operations in support of maneuver units within the theater and is conducted by the Corps PSYOP Support Element (CPSE), Division PSYOP Support Element (DPSE), Brigade PSYOP Support Elements (BPSE) and by Tactical PSYOP Teams (TPTs). These elements enable tactical commanders to communicate directly with the enemy and foreign civilians.

Tactical PSYOP elements disseminate products normally developed by the regional battalions or by the Psychological Operation Task Force (POTF). The 9th POB has worldwide responsibility for all tactical assets including loudspeakers, helicopters and vehicles.

The 9th POB was in its origins a Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company which activated in the Panama Canal Zone.

 

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA.

Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold disc bearing on each side red circular segments projecting towards center, and overall three isosceles triangles constructed within each other throughout: white, with point up within gray, point down within black, point up extending over the disc and charged with three gold oblongs (heraldic billets); four red flashes radiant from the latter triangle, two each at the top and base, projecting over and dividing a black looped scroll inscribed "Win the Mind – Win the Day" in gold letters.

Symbolism: The colors white, gray and black refer to the gradations and types of propaganda utilized in the psychological operations mission of the Battalion. The triangle, symbolic of support, indicates the support operations. It is also the Pythagorean symbol from wisdom. The triangles each within the other allude to the mind which is considered the complex of man’s faculties. The Unit’s motto pertains to its significance. The gold billets indicative of leaflets, together with the flashes, refer to the production and disseminating of audio and visual propaganda. They also suggest the Organization’s origin as a Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company. The Battalion’s activation in the Canal Zone is depicted by the gold area of the disc narrowed by the red, indicative of the Isthmus of Panama as suggested by the historic Panama Canal Department shoulder sleeve insignia. In the symbolism of numbers, the numerical designation of the Battalion represents a triple synthesis here depicted by the three triangles.

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 14 May 1968.

COAT OF ARMS.    

Shield: Vert, on a bezant flaunches Gules, overall four lightning bolts saltirewise Argent between four billets Or, on a chief Gray a triangle point up of the third entoured by three triangles points up in triangle Sable.

Motto: WIN THE MIND, WIN THE DAY.

Symbolism: Dark green and silver gray are the colors associated with Psychological Operations. White, gray and black refers to the gradation and types of propaganda utilized in the psychological operations mission. The triangle, symbolic of support, indications its support operations. It is also the Pythagorean symbol for wisdom. The triangles, each within the other, allude to the mind, which is considered the complex of man’s faculties, and highlight the unit’s motto. The gold billets, indicative of leaflets, together with the flashes refer to the production and dissemination of audio and visual propaganda and suggest the organization’s origin as a Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company. The battalion’s activation in the Canal Zone is depicted by the gold area of the disc narrowed by red, indicative of the Isthmus of Panama (as suggested by the Panama Canal Department shoulder sleeve insignia). In the symbolism of numbers, the numerical designation of the battalion represents a triple synthesis, here depicted by three triangles.

Background: The coat of arms was authorized on 9 Aug 1995.