United States 5th Army was established on 5 January 1942 in Morocco, an event highlighted by a blue mosque found on the formation’s Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and its Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest. Approved on 31 October 1966, the 5th Army Distinctive Unit Insignia features five stars arrayed in the shape of an downward-pointing arrow, mimicking the Roman numeral “V” for five—the number of campaigns which the organization took part during World War II. Blue is the color infantry, and gold is the heraldic color of high achievement and excellence.

The U.S. 5th Army was briefly inactivated following World War II. Following redesignation as Fifth United States Army in 1957, it was given the command and control of U.S. Army Reserve Units, and in 1971 its headquarters were relocated to their current location at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. In 2004, the formation was redesignated as United States Army North and made the Army’s Service Component Command of United States Northern Command.

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