The lightning bolt is used often in military insignia with different
meanings. On the U.S. Air Force Department seal, it refers to air
power (1). For the Army's 1st Signal Brigade in Vietnam, it stood for
communication (2). In the Army's 207th Military Intelligence Brigade,
it means electronic warfare and the ability to strike anywhere (3).
Speed is the meaning of the lightning bold in the insignia of the
Army's 729th Support Battalion (4). On the seal of the USS Harry S.
Truman -- where a golden eagle clutches a lightning bolt -- it simply
means strength and power (5).
The three arrows in an eagle's talons usually mean the U.S. Defense
Department (the Pentagon) or the secretary of defense. The three
arrows stand for the Army, Navy and Air Force (6).
So basically, the seal you describe would fit right into American
military heraldic traditions.
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Also note the U.S. Air Force Air Medal
(1) Air Force History Support Office, "History of the Department of
the Air Force Seal"
(2) The Vietnam Database, "Shoulder and Sleeve Pocket Patches"
(3) Total Army Personnel Command, "207th Military Intelligence
(4) Total Army Personnel Command, "729th Support Battalion"
(5) The Examiner, "The Seal"
(6) Total Army Personnel Command, "Department of Defense Seal"
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