U.S. ARMY 1ST PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION UNIT CREST

The 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) was originally known as Headquarters 1st Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet Group when it was organized in November 1950 at Fort Riley, Kansas; it designation was appended with “8239th Army Unit” in September 1951. During the Korean War, the unit was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, due in no small part to the role it played in the development and distribution of leaflets encouraging North Korean pilots to defect to the South with a MiG-15.

In 1965, the unit was redesignated as the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (POB) , and then again in 1990 as HHC, 1st POB. Today, it is an Airborne unit that is a subordinate unit of the 8th Psychological Operations Group. Its motto, “First With The Finest,” is found on its Distinctive Unit Insignia, which also incorporates the three colors (white, gray, black) associated with the three types of warfare information—truth, half-truth, and untruth—and a lightning flash symbolizing the speed of delivery of psychological operations through TV and radio transmissions. The Greek symbol for “Psi” is an oblique reference to the psychological nature of the mission.
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