The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (unit patch) for the U.S. Army Element, United States Northern Command was approved on 1 October 2002. In the center of the shield-shaped insignia an image of the eagle, taken from the Great Seal of the United States, surmounted on the landmass of North America to denote the scope of the Command’s area of responsibility.

Five stars at the top are a reference to the five Armed Forces of the United States at the time the insignia was approved; that number increased to six in December of 2019 with the creation of the Space Force. The positioning of these stars depicts the umbrella of protection the command provides for the North American continent.

Between the eagle’s left wing and left leg (viewer’s right) are three stars that represent the three locations of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, an event that served as impetus for the creation of Northern Command; on the colored ASU patch, the star’s gold color alludes to the lives lost in the attack (as in Gold Star families).

United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM )was established on 25 April 2002, concurrent with President George W. Bush’s approval of a new Department of Defense plan for Unified Commands, and is one of the DoD’s six geographically based Unified Combatant Commands. Its area of responsibility comprises Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands (including the British islands), and the Turks and Caicos. It is also for monitoring potential enemy sea and air approaches in the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico.

(USNORTHCOM) was established on 25 April 2002, the sa USNORTHCOM’s area of responsibility (AOR) consists of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, Virgin Islands (U.S. and British), Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Because it also include approaches by land, sea, and air, it is also responsible for activities in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits.

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U.S. Army Element, United States Northern Command Unit Crest (DUI)
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