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  UNIT CREST DISTINCTIVE BADGE FOR THE U.S. ARMY MEDICAL

  DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY, FORT CARSON, COLORADO

 

1.  The Distinctive badge that was originally approved for the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado, 6 August 1969, is redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Carson.

2.  The description and symbolism of the badge are as follows:

DESCRIPTION

A silver color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches in height consisting of a range of three white mountain peaks surmounted by a maroon cross with pointed base, all within and in front of an encircling maroon scroll, the upper part inscribed “Pro Deo” and the lower part “Et Humanitate” in silver letters.

SYMBOLISM

The range of mountain peaks symbolizes wisdom and strength; it represents the Rocky Mountains at the foot of which the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Fort Carson is located. In addition, the mountain peaks simulate Indian tepees and allude to the historical background of the area around Fort Carson, which was named for the famed Indian scout, “Kit” Carson. The maroon cross, emblem of mercy, service and physical care, stands for the Medical Activity. The base of the cross is pointed or “fitche”, a heraldic term, which had its origin in the spike attached to the foot of the cross, carried by pilgrims during the Middle Ages. The spike was struck into the ground, fixing the cross in an upright position to mark the location selected for encampment. Maroon and white are the colors used for organizations of the Army Medical Department.

 

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Last Modified 08 July, 2013