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[U.S. Army Chief of Engineers] image by Tom Gregg, 18 February 1997

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Flags representing individual officers and officials are either "positional colors" or "individual flags." The Corps of Engineers is not a major Army command, but a branch of service, and therefore has no organizational flag. It does have a "whole-branch" organizational color.

According to Chapter 3, Section III, AR 840-10 (The U.S. Army's flags regulation), the Chief of Engineer's flag is classified as a "Positional Color."

Chief of Engineers' positional color is a scarlet field with white fringe and the COE branch insignia--the twin-towered castle--in white.

The situation is somewhat complicated by the fact that the civil branch of the COE does use a scarlet flag with the insignia in white, sans fringe, as a vessel flag and as a distinguishing flag at non-military installations. This flag is also often flown at the headquarters of the post engineer on many Army installations, though regulations prohibit this.

Tom Gregg and Joe McMillan, 20 October 2002