Only the United States Army will receive the patch, which will be worn on the sleeve of the left shoulder. All 3,335 U.S. Soldiers involved in Operation Inherent Resolve will wear the patch.
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The Army Times wrote,
The Army’s patch features crossed scimitars, a palm wreath and stars. The scimitars, short swords with curved blades, are meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIL, and to restore stability in the region, according to Army documents.
The palm wreath is symbol of honor. While the stars and the buff-and-blue colors on the patch indicate the three-star command and the land, air and sea forces involved in the fight.
Scimitars and palm wreaths have appeared on patches from previous periods of war in Iraq. Saddam Hussein also favored the look, building a grand sculpture called the Arc of Triumph to commemorate the Iraq-Iran War in the 1980s. It became a favored back drop for soldiers, contractors and journalists to snap photos after the invasion in 2003.
“Unit insignia is important because it fosters esprit de corps. The CJTF-OIR headquarters is made up of men and women from all services, many nations and many different units in the Army. This insignia will be worn by all of the Army members of the CJTF and may be authorized for wear by other services and nations according to their regulations. ” Army Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.
What kind of “esprit de corps” will this one foster? There is no reference to American symbols whatsoever on this patch. Scimitars are not American- they belong to the Middle East. While they can call the patch about “honor,” it’s more about appeasement than anything else.
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