Army Electronic Warfare Collar Device
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (April 12, 2012) -- The Army's newest collar
insignia and colors are now available to Electronic Warfare warrant
officers and Electronic Warfare noncommissioned officers.
In recognizing the important role of Electronic Warfare, or EW, in
current and future operations, the Army established AOC 29A (EW
Officer), Military Occupational Specialty 290A (EW Technician) and
Military Occupational Specialty 29E (EW Noncommissioned Officer) in
January 2009. The establishment of this new field created a need for new
insignia and colors for EW warrant officers and noncommissioned
officers, but not for EW officers (29A) as they are in a Functional Area
and will continue to wear their basic branch insignia.
After close collaboration with the Army's EW Proponent Office, the
Department of the Army Staff, current 290As and 29Es, as well as other
stakeholder organizations, the Army's Institute of Heraldry developed
insignia and colors for these EW professionals. The commanding general
of the Combined Arms Center, the Army's force modernization proponent
for EW, approved them in August 2011.
The insignia and colors represent both EW's proud legacy and increasing
importance. The EW colors are U.S. Army Golden Yellow and Black. Golden
Yellow signifies the need to maintain control of an asset of
inestimable value, the electromagnetic spectrum. Black represents the
mission to blind and confuse enemies; it is also the color of the raven,
alluding to the first EW personnel who served during World War II and
were referred to as "Ravens."
The collar insignia consist of a shield, a key, and a lightning bolt.
The shield symbolizes the need to protect the ability to operate within
the EMS. The key symbolizes the importance of accessing adversary and
safekeeping friendly capabilities and information. The lightning bolt
represents the intent to rapidly, decisively, and precisely strike at
http://www.army.mil/article/77844/ April 13, 2012
By Bob Meier, Electronic Warfare Proponent Office