By Marshall Howell
The United States Army Financial Management Command held a ceremony at its headquarters here Thursday to formally uncase new unit colors and unveil a new shoulder sleeve insignia that symbolizes the unit as a two-star command reporting directly to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller).
After retiring the unit’s former colors and uncasing the new colors, Maj. Gen. David Coburn, the commanding general of USAFMCOM, fastened the new shoulder patch approved by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry to the uniform of Command Sgt. Maj. Courtney Ross and other Soldiers assigned to USAFMCOM.
“What we are recognizing and celebrating here today is the heart and soul—the spirit—of what this unit has been, and what it could be, in the future,” Coburn said.
Traditionally unit patches are rich in symbolism and have been worn on Army uniforms since World War I.
The new USAFMCOM patch consists of a dark blue horizontal diamond shaped with a dark blue sphere edged and grid-lined within a 1/8-inch yellow border. Golden yellow, one of the colors traditionally associated with the Army finance corps, signifies the command’s relationship to the corps whereas dark blue is associated with prestige. The sphere symbolizes the command’s worldwide financial management mission while the diamond shape is adapted from the branch insignia of the finance corps.
“Our new colors are now uncased and unfurled, and our nation is needing us to rally around these colors and work together as a team, as a unit, to carry our critical mission forward into the territory of the future,” Coburn said. “As a Direct Reporting Unit we will continue to support the critical financial management tasks that the ASA (FM&C) must deliver in order to fully support and fund the Army’s highest priorities of readiness, modernization and reform. We are driven to become as efficient and as effective as possible as we help the Army get auditable and on a strong financial footing. We are dedicated in our commitment to provide accountability and transparency.”
USAFMCOM provides finance support and liaison to Army commands, component commands, Direct Reporting Units, installations, and tactical units, as well as to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, on matters pertaining to the adequacy of finance policies, systems, and reporting requirements. The command also performs Army-wide financial management and unit training, E-commerce, and classified finance and accounting.