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[Flag of NATO] by Željko Heimer

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NATO military commands and some other organization also have flags. Almost all commands have their own flags (or banners), which have a great importance in all military units, and they have a special role during ceremonies held in occasions of changes of commanders. It is a subject of hand-over ceremony when former commander gives the flag into new commander's hand. It is a formal moment of transfer of his authority to new one.

All commands and other organizations has a badge or crest, generally it is placed on a monocoloured (blue, white, or green) flag as a command's flag. The official NATO military structure is a good base to introduce flags of various military commands, organizations and NATO-led military missions. More information on NATO structure:
Zoltan Horvath, 11 February 2010

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) - Rheindalen

[Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) - Rheindalen] by Zoltan Horvath, 21 February 2010

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps is a multinational NATO Headquarters, currently located in Rheindalen, Germany. But headquarters of ARRC and its intimate supporting elements are going to move to Innsworth, UK in the summer of 2010.
It is one of the NATO certified six High Readiness Forces. This Corps is a main element of NATO Rapid Reaction Forces (NRF), and it is subordinated directly to Allied Command Operations. The Corps is involved in ISAF mission in Afghanistan, and some elements were deployed in IFOR and KFOR missions in the Balkan and Corps had some duties in Iraq as well.
Flag of ARRC is green with its crest in the center.
Images of flag (behind the leaders):
Home page:
Zoltan Horvath, 21 February 2010

EUROCORPS HQ - Strasbourg

[Eurocorps flag] by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 8 February 2002

The flag of the Eurocoprs is blue with the Eurocorps emblem in the middle. The blue shade of the flag field appears to be closer to the United Nations blue than the European Union blue.
Marc Pasquin, 8 February 2002

On the Eurocorps website, you can find a gallery with a lot of flag images. One of these images shows the Eurocorps flag with the emblem of the Eurocorps light blue on a dark blue field.
Jean Patrick Fischer, 15 July 2003

The emblem, which is undoubtedly to be worn as a shoulder patch, is a lineal descendant of the one worn by Eisenhower in 1944.
Al Kirsch, 9 February 2002

The Eurocorps was the honour guest of the 14 July 2003 military parade which took place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Every year, the foreign guests open the parade, although being not part of it. The military governor of Paris opens the parade, behind the foreign guests which cannot be included in the official parade since they are not under French command.
In the parade, the Eurocorps was represented by an unit per member nation. I cannot remember having seen the Eurocorps flag. Every unit bore its unit flag (and not the national flag as said on TV), but the French unit was the only one to salute the President of the Republic by dipping its flag.
Ivan Sache, 14 July 2003

Multinational Corps Northeast - Szczecin

[Multinational Corps Northeast - Szczecin] by Zoltan Horvath, 20 February 2010

Multinational Corps Northeast was founded in 1999 in Szczecin, Poland. There were many factors that contributed to the establishment of a new NATO Corps and its headquarters in Poland. Apart from geographical and military reasons, the Corps was also to serve as a political symbol that would significantly accelerate the integration of the Armed Forces of Poland and other new partners into the multinational NATO structure, thus fostering the stability in Europe. It became a NATO Graduated Readiness Forces (Land) in February 2006.
Its flag is medium blue with its emblem in the middle of the flag. Ratio is 2:3.
More information about its emblem:
Images of flag:
Home page:
Zoltan Horvath, 20 February 2010

Sending this image in belief that it may be of general interest. I was unaware of such NATO divisional flags.
Gen. Hans-Lothar Domroese from Germany, right, decorates the flag of the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast, in Szczecin, Poland.
Jason Saber, 07 April 2015

[Multinational Corps Northeast - Szczecin] by Zachary Harden, 28 September 2023

I saw this [unknown] flag in a photo in "AUSA Extra" of NATO's Exercise Griffin Shock 23 at Bemowo Piskie, Poland. See attached photos.
Ruppert Baird, 3 July 2023

NATO Multinational Division Northeast.
Dave Fowler, 3 July 2023

Headquarters Multinational Division South East - Bucharest

[Multinational Corps Northeast - Szczecin] by Zachary Harden, 28 September 2023

Here's a flag for another NATO multinational division.
Dave Fowler, 3 July 2023

Rapid Deployable Italian Corps - Milan

[Rapid Deployable Italian Corps - Milan] by Zoltan Horvath, 21 February 2010

NRDC-ITA is a multinational HQ based in Solbiate Olona (Varese Province), close to Milan, with Italy as the framework nation. It is one of NATO designated corps could be formed as a NRF formation. It is involved in ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
Its flag is green with its emblem in the center of flag.
Image of emblem:
"The sword is historically based on the one adopted by the CELERE Division during WWII. The eagle head represents the strength and the Headquarters' ability to quickly deploy. The colors are the same adopted by the Projection Forces HQ. The shield is framed by another shield, which is green and carries the international acronym NRDC-ITA and the motto "CUBIQUE CELERE" which is the Latin for "Everywhere rapidly."
More details and history of its emblem:
More information about the Corps including images of flag:
Zoltan Horvath, 21 February 2010

Rapid Deployable Turkish Corps - Istanbul

[Rapid Deployable Turkish Corps - Istanbul] by Zoltan Horvath, 20 February 2010

NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Turkey (NRDC-T) is one of the NATO high readiness force HQ. It is to be prepared to deploy to an area of operation designated by SACEUR, and assume command of assigned units to conduct combined, joint military operations across NATO's entire mission spectrum including NRF and Combined Joint Operations (CJFLCC) in order to support crisis management options or s ustain extant operations. It is located in Ayazaga, north from Istanbul.
Its flag is red with its emblem in the center of flag. Its proportion is 2:3.
Image of flag:
More information about its emblem and symbolism:
Zoltan Horvath, 20 February 2010

Rapid Deployable German-Netherlands Corps - Münster

[Rapid Deployable German-Netherlands Corps - Münster] by Zoltan Horvath, 09 July 2010

The 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps is a multi-national Corps HQ based in Münster, Germany. Since mid 2002 the HQ is a High Readiness Forces (Land) HQ. This implies that it has to be ready to direct a military mission abroad after a preparation time of 20 to 30 days.
Its flag is olive-green field with narrow yellow edge at all four sides. In the middle the Corps' emblem is placed (but without the olive green shield), and the motto is written under it. Ratio is 2:3.
The Corps crest consists of a sword held by two hands on an olive-green background. The sword symbolises the sovereignty of the states and the combat power of the Corps. The Latin motto 'Communitate Valemus' means 'together we are strong'. The background colour olive-green is the colour of the army.
Images of flag: (page 26)
Home page:
Zoltan Horvath, 09 July 2010

Rapid Deployable Spanish Corps - Valencia

[Rapid Deployable Spanish Corps - Valencia] by Zoltan Horvath, 10 July 2010

The NATO - Rapid Deployable Spanish Corps (NRDC-SP) based in Bétera near to Valencia. Spanish Rapid Deployable Corps was activated at the beginning of the year 2000. The Full operational capability has achieved in November of 2002.
Its flag has a green field with a yellow-edged red Burgundy cross and a NATO compass, both in the center of the flag. Ratio is 2:3.
The Corps crest is a blue shield charged with a red burgundy cross superimposed by the NATO compass. Under the shield, there is a yellow ribbon with abbreviation of this HQ.
Image of flag can be seen: here at this page:
Home page of HQ:
Zoltan Horvath, 10 July 2010

NATO Deployable Corps - Greece

[NATO Deployable Corps - Greece] by Zoltan Horvath, 08 July 2010

NATO Deployable Corps - Greece (NDC - GR) is one of the NATO certified Readiness Forces. The C' Army Corps (parent HQ of NDC - GR) is a historic Hellenic Army formation. It was first established in August 1913 in the city of Ioannina and in December 1913 moved its HQ to Thessaloniki. Since then it has successfully participated in all national campaigns, including WW I, WW II, etc. In recent times, C' Corps units have participated in NATO, UN and EU peace operations in the Balkans. Following the NATO Military Committee (MC) and the Niece's EU summit decisions in November and December 2000 respectively, the Hellenic Army General Staff (HAGS) decided to offer the C' Corps HQ as Deployable Land Headquarters for Forces at Lower Readiness -FLR (L) HQ, named NATO Deployable Corps (NDC) - GR HQ.
Its flag is horizontally striped, purple, yellow, and purple, with two narrower light blue stripes separating the purple and yellow stripes. Emblem is placed in the center of flag superimposed the purple stripes, also.
Image of flag:
(cover page and on an image of page 6 on left side, next to Greek flag)
More information about its emblem:
Zoltan Horvath, 22 February 2010

I've just have received a letter from this command regarding its flag and emblem, together with images of them. Flag is similar what I have sent earlier but its ratio is 5:7.
And it is confirmed that the badge used on flag doesn't contain the name of Corps, but the badge itself does when it is used alone.
Zoltan Horvath, 08 July 2010