1st Personnel Command
On 26 June 2008, the 1st Personnel Command was inactivated in a ceremony at Kilbourne Kaserne as part of the transformation of the US Army.
The mission of the 1st Personnel Command (1st PERSCOM) was to plan, coordinate, and direct personnel operations in support of the Theater Army. It provided command and control of the 1st PERSCOM's 4 Personnel Services Battalions, Personnel Replacement Company, and the US Army Europe (USAREUR) Band, and transitioned to war/stability operations through the deployment of personnel support elements and sustainment operations. The 1st Personnel Command was located on Kilbourne Kaserne in Schwetzingen, Germany (near Heidelberg). Some units and all facilities were located across the street on Tompkins Barracks.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved on 14 August 1981. It was amended on 16 August 1983 to reflect that the insignia was manufactured in pairs. It consisted of a disc divided horizontally, dark blue above and the smaller area below in red. It included base 4 white demi-columns and top a gold demi-lion with red claws and tongue all encircled by a gold wreath. Dark blue and scarlet were the colors traditionally associated with the Adjutant General's Corps and denoted the Command's affiliation with the Corps that had traditionally served as the Army's personnel and administrative system operators. The gold lion was adapted from the City of Schwetzingen's coat of arms and refers to the unit's first home in the European Theater. The 4 pillars represented the 4 main areas of the 1st PERSCOM mission: personnel, administrative management, morale support and postal. The round device framed by a gold wreath signified the totality and denoted the quality of service provided to the commanders and soldiers in the Theater Army.
The sholder insignia, approved on 7 November 1978, consisted of a dark blue shield, on which was centered a white Arabic numeral one. Blue, white and red were the US national colors. General Regulations of the Army of 1825 provided that "dark blue was the national color." In addition, it was indicative of loyalty and firmness. White was representative of knowledge and training. Scarlet referred to courage and zeal. The 3 colors alluded to characteristics the personnel of the Command required in the accomplishment of their mission. The Arabic numeral was indicative of the numerical designation of the Command and also represented the aspirations of the Command personnel in performance of duty.
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