DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description:
A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16
inches (3.02cm) in height consisting of a representation of the Philippine sun,
gold with white rays, the disc bearing a maroon cross moline voided gold;
surmounting the upper rays an arched band divided horizontally scarlet, white
and blue, and surmounting the lower rays a maroon scroll inscribed "BECAUSE WE
CARE" in gold letters.
Symbolism: The cross and the sun
stand for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Knox. The cross in
general symbolizes service and care; the particular type of heraldic cross used
in the design simulates four hearts and alludes to the motto. The sun, source of
our light and heat, has long been associated with the healing arts. The disc of
the sun also represents a gold coin in reference to the gold reserve at Fort
Knox where the Activity is located. In addition, the use of the Philippine sun
stands for the distinguished Philippine service of General Ireland for whom the
Ireland General Hospital is named. The scarlet, white and blue band simulates
the American Expeditionary Force arm band which General Ireland wore as a member
of General Pershing's staff during World War I. The colors maroon and white are
used for organizations of the Army Medical Department.
Background: The distinctive unit
insignia was originally approved for the Ireland Army Hospital on 31 Dec 1969.
It was re-designated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Knox on
4 Sep 1973.