HEADQUARTERS JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER

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JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER OPERATIONS GROUP

 

Headquarters Joint Readiness Training Center and Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Headquarters Joint Readiness Training Center and Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group Distinctive Unit Insignia

SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

 

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description:   On a rectangle, semicircular at top, divided vertically yellow and scarlet with a 1/8 inch white border, 3 inches (7.62cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08cm) in width overall a blue triangle throughout point to base, fimbriated white bearing a white winged yellow bayonet at top.

            Symbolism:  The unit’s mission of training nonmechanized rapid deployment forces is symbolized by the bayonet and wings.  The bayonet symbolizes military preparedness and the strike capability of rapid deployment forces which train at the  Center.  The wings are emblematic of speed, mobility and joint training with the United States Air Force.  The colors, blue, yellow, and red are traditionally associated with Infantry, Armor and Artillery and reflect the combined arms character of Joint Readiness Center Operations Group training.  The overall shape is reminiscent of an arch or portal and portrays the knowledge and education and training provided by the Center as the “doorway” to enhanced unit proficiency and skill.

            Background:  The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved on 25 January 1988 for the Joint Readiness Training Center.  It was redesignated for the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group on 30 June 1993, with description and symbolism revised.  The insignia was redesignated for Headquarters Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk and Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group and amended to add an airborne tab on 3 March 2004.  It was amended to correct the unit designation on 11 March 2004.

 

Distinctive Unit Insignia.  Description:  A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall, consisting of a gold torch enflamed blue, gold and red, enclosed at base and sides by a black scroll doubled and inscribed “FORGING THE WARRIOR SPIRIT” in gold, overall a diagonally crossed black and gold bayonet and white lightning bolt.

            Symbolism:  Red, yellow/gold and blue refer to the combat arms and combat readiness. Gold signifies excellence and black alludes to determination and dependability.  The torch symbolizes the training mission of the Center.  The flash is for speed and accuracy and the bayonet signifies combat capabilities and commitment; black and white allude to day and night preparedness and operations.

            Background:  The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 2 August 1989 for the Joint Readiness Training Center.  It was redesignated for the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group on 30 June 1993.  The insignia was redesignated for Headquarters Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk and Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group on 3 March 2004.  It was amended to correct the unit designation on 11 March 2004.