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United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
Worn by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Manufactured by:
N.S. Meyer Inc., American, 1868 - 2000  Search this
Subject of:
United States Armed Forces, American, founded 1775  Search this
United States Department of Defense  Search this
H x W x D: 1 9/16 × 11/16 × 3/8 in. (4 × 1.7 × 1 cm)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Colonel Colin Powell graduated from Air Assault School in October 1976 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
One (1) U.S. Army Air Assault badge worn by General Colin L. Powell, earned for his successful completion of the air assault training course. The Air Assault badge was created in 1974 and was originally called Airmobile Badge. Until 1978, the badge was authorized only for wear by members of the 101st Airborne Division. The silver metal badge is depicted in the shape of bird’s wings attached to the face and blades of a helicopter. After his promotion to Colonel in early 1976, Powell was given command of the 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in April of the same year. On the reverse of the badge is the “N.S. MEYER / NEW YORK” maker’s engraving alongside two small shield shapes. When worn on the Army Service uniform jacket the badge is attached on the right side of the proper left breast pocket flap.
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Politics  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alma J. Powell
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National Museum of African American History and Culture