2. The design of the flag. The flag displays a distinctive design developed for the U.S. Army Medical Department Regiment. The Regimental DistinctiveUnit Insignia (RDI) was designed by The Institute of Heraldry, and is one of the oldest crests in the Army. The 20 stars on the crest represent the number of states in the Union on April 14, 1818, the date of enactment of the Congressional authorization by which the Medical Department of the Army was first organized. The alternating red and white stripes on the left side of the shield, as you face it, are the 13 stripes of the American Flag. The green staff is the staff of Aesculapius, son of the Greek mythological god Apollo and the first healer. Green is the color associated with the Medical Corps during the last half of the nineteenth century. The phrase, "To Conserve Fighting Strength" gives testimony to the AMEDD mission as combat multipliers and guardians of our nation's strength and peace. The RDI is known as the "shield" when located on the Flag or the Coat of Arms. The shield is superimposed on the chest of the American Eagle. The Crest of the U.S. Army Medical Department is that portion of the Coat of Arms found above the Eagle. The cross and wreath of laurel are adapted from devices authorized for wear by the hospital stewards when the Hospital Corps was established in 1887. A similar cross and laurel wreath is found on the Combat Medic Badge. The seven stars clustered within the wreath represent the seven corps of the AMEDD. In early military conflicts, the crest was held onto the helmet by a twisted band of cloth called a wreath. The colors of the wreath of the AMEDD Regiment are maroon and white. Affixing the crest to the helmet of the commander or leader of the troops enabled his followers to distinguish him during battle. The background color of the flag is maroon and the fringe is white.
3. Display of the Flag. The Regimental Flag will not preceed any major army command flag.
4. Availability of the Flag. The Regimental Flag is available to all Active, Reserve, and National Guard medical activities within the AMEDD Regiment. Requests should be submitted as soon as an event requiring a flag is scheduled to ensure availability. The requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
5. Submitting requests. Requests should be made by email to Regimental Administrative Officer
The following information must be provided:
- Point of contact--name and rank.
- Building location--building number, room number, street address.
- City, state, and zip code.
- Commercial telephone number.
- Type of event (e.g., Dining-In).
- Date of the event.
6. Handling of the Flag. The flag will be mailed to the specified location via overnight mail. The requesting unit is required to return the flag by overnight mail to ensure accountability of the flag at all times. The flag is to be returned to the Regimental office the first working day following the scheduled event. If the Colors are damaged or lost, the Regimental office will require the requester to submit a report of survey or laundering expenses.