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U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), seal
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U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), seal

Description: An American bald eagle with wings displayed horizontally grasping three crossed arrows and bearing on its breast a shield of thirteen pieces Argent and Gules, a chief Azure. Above the eagle an arc of thirteen stars with alternating rays. Below the eagle a wreath of laurel to dexter and olive to sinister. On an encircling band the inscription "DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE" at the top and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" at the bottom. When illustrating the seal in color, the background will be medium blue; the eagle and wreath proper; the arrows, stars and rays yellow/gold. The encircling band will be dark blue with yellow/gold edges and letters in white.

Symbolism: The American bald eagle, long associated with symbolism representing the United States of American and its military establishment, has been selected as an emblem of strength. The eagle is defending the United States, represented by the shield of thirteen pieces. The thirteen pieces are joined together by the blue chief, representing the Congress. The rays and stars above the eagle signify glory, while the three arrows are collectively symbolic of the three component parts of the Department of Defense. The laurel stands for honors received in combat defending the peace represented by the olive branch.

Background: The seal was originally approved on 8 October 1947 by the President for the National Military Establishment. The designation was changed to Department of Defense on 15 August 1949.

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U.S. Department of Defense, Pentagon plaque
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U.S. Department of Defense, Pentagon plaque

U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), seal
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U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), seal

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), emblem
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U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), emblem

U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), seal U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), seal

U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), seal
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U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), seal

U.S. Washington Headquarters Services, seal
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U.S. Washington Headquarters Services, seal

U.S. Department of Defense, insignia of Aide to Secretary of Defense U.S. Department of Defense, insignia of Aide to Secretary of Defense

On a blue shield, 3/4 inches in height, surmounted by a gold color eagle displayed with wings reversed ½ inch in height, three crossed arrows in gold color between four white enameled stars (two and two).

The insignia for Aides to the Secretary of Defense was approved in August 1948. The three crossed arrows are of the style on the Department of Defense Seal. Four stars are commonly used on positional flags for secretarial level positions.

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