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Armor School & Armor Center Heraldry

Armor School Patch: An equilateral triangle, one point up, above a horizontal tab attached in base, the overall dimensions of triangle and tab 4 1/16 inches (10.80cm) in height and 3 7/8 inches (9.84cm) in width, the triangle divided into three sections, the upper section yellow, the dexter section blue and the sinister section red, overall a gun bendwise in front of a tank track and wheels all black surmounted by a red lightning flash bend sinisterwise, all within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) green border. The attached tab of green background edged with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) green border, has the respective inscription:  School Shoulder Sleeve Insignia Tab: The inscription "The Armor School" in yellow letters 5/16 inch (.79cm) in height. The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved on 21 Oct 1954 for the Armor School.

Armor School Crest: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 7/32 inches (3.10cm) in height overall consisting of a shield Vert semi of escutcheons and javelins alternating Argent. Behind the shield two silver torches enflamed Proper; below the shield and entwined with the torches a white scroll edged in green bearing the motto "FORGE THE THUNDERBOLT" in black. Symbolism: The escutcheons and javelins are symbolic of defensive and offensive armor.  The torches represent learning and leadership. Originally approved for the Armor School on 20 Dec 1948.


Armor School Flag: The flag for the U.S. Army Armor School is yellow with yellow fringe. The device is centered on the flag.     
Armor Center Flag: The flag for the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox is yellow with yellow fringe. The Armor branch insignia is centered on the flag.

Armor School Motto: "Forge the Thunderbolt" is defined as the philosophy that armor machines of war are important but that success on the battlefield ultimately rests on the men who use those machines.


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