On Jan. 26, 1950, the Chairman's positional flag was displayed for the first time in Gen. Omar Bradley's office.
Gen. Bradley, the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led the effort to have a unique flag designed for the position. The shield on the eagle's chest includes 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies. The blue stripe on top of the shield represents Congress joining the colonies in unity. The eagle holds three gold arrows in its talons for the Army, Navy and Air Force and the four stars represent the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The placement of the stars on a diagonal line is intended to represent all three services. In Army and Air Force flags, stars are placed in a horizontal center line while in Navy flags, stars are placed in a vertical center line.