Distinctive Unit Insignia, 2d Psychological Operations Group


Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of a silver disc charged with a green enamel horse’s head and issuing from the top a red enamel flame, all in front of a background of three vertical enamel wedge shaped segments, first gray, the center white, and the last black, all below two silver quills crossed at the top with points downward, in base on each side of the wedge shape a semi-circular green enamel area surmounting a silver lightning flash with point down and inward, all above a silver scroll double folded at each end and inscribed in red enamel letters,Veritas.

Symbolism: Bottle green and gray are colors used by the Psychological units. Gray, white and black are used to represent the three types of propaganda; the flame stands for the unit’s capability to penetrate the darkness of ignorance and to exemplify the truth. The quills facing left and right stand for the unit’s record of constant alertness. The horse’s head represents the knight in chess, the only piece capable of moving indirectly and of striking from within enemy territory. The "TWO" lightning flashes, "TWO" quills and the "TWO" green areas all allude to the numerical designation of the 2d Psychological Operations Group with the lightning flashes giving special emphasis to speed in communications.

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 30 Jan 1969.

Constituted: 29 October 1965 in the Regular Army as the 2d Psychological Operations Group

Activated: 20 December 1965 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Inactivated: 13 September 1972 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Redesignated: 30 October 1975 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 2d Psychological Operations Group; concurrently withdrawn from the Regular Army, allotted to the Army Reserve, and activated at Parma, Ohio

Reorganized and Redesignated: 18 September 1990 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Psychological Operations Group.