New Homeland Security logo knocks red tape

The new Department of Homeland Security seal


In an effort to forge a unified sense of mission for its 180,000 employees, the Homeland Security Department today unveiled its new seal. The emblem includes symbolism of the department's activities and heritage as well as a graphic strike against traditional bureaucracy, the department said.

The seal shows a stylized American eagle in a circular blue field. 'The eagle's outstretched wings break through an inner red circle into the outer ring to suggest that the Department of Homeland Security will break through traditional bureaucracy and perform government functions differently,' according to a fact sheet released by the department.

Other elements of the image include symbolic representations of the sea, land and air zones of operation; 22 stars to symbolize the department's predecessor agencies; and olive branches and arrows echoing the Great Seal of the United States.

All 180,000 DHS employees soon will receive a lapel pin and personalized certificate bearing the seal, DHS said. The seal will ultimately be used to identify DHS badges, vehicles, signs, sea vessels and aircraft.

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