Facts: Organizational Heraldry

Distinctive Unit Insignia

The benzene ring is symbolic of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, and the two entwined benzene rings allude to the two former chemical weapons storage sites at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot and Blue Grass Army Depot. The green ring represents Blue Grass, while the blue ring represents Pueblo. A third, red benzene ring, created by the entwinement and emblazoned with an artillery projectile, signifies the successful assessment phase and recognizes the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons, or PEO ACWA, as having the unique charge of development of destruction alternatives specifically focused on assembled chemical weapons. The gold projectile, set against a red background, is reminiscent of the Field Artillery branch, the original chemical weapons delivery arm. The color red together with the white “ACWA” letters are reflective of the red and white Crossland family botonee cross on the Maryland state flag and are meant to honor the Maryland headquarters of the PEO ACWA.

Distinguishing Flag

Because PEO ACWA is considered a branch-oriented command, the colors of its Distinguishing Flag, cobalt blue and golden yellow, are those of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and make up the field of the 3-foot by 4-foot flag. PEO ACWA’s Distinctive Unit Insignia in proper colors, 15 inches high, is centered on a 10-inch golden yellow vertical stripe; all between two arched white scrolls, outlined in golden yellow with the top scroll inscribed “PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICE” and the bottom scroll inscribed “ASSEMBLED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ALTERNATIVES,” with all letters in cobalt blue. The flag is outlined on three sides by a two-and-a-half-inch wide rayon fringe in golden yellow.


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